Board authorizes abatement-related fire department assessments

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County board of supervisors signed off on a Riverside County Fire Department request to add unpaid fire mitigation charges to the tax bills of individuals with properties throughout the county Tuesday, July 11. In a 5-0 vote without comment, the board approved tacking the costs onto the property tax bills of […]

Tips for staining wood

Tips for staining wood

TEMECULA – Staining wood can transform the look of everything from fencing to decking. While wood can be beautiful in its natural state, staining can protect the wood and complement landscaping and other home design elements. Staining can seem like a simple project, and that is often true. However, certain woods, such as pine, cherry, […]

Board raises rubbish collection fees

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County board of supervisors Tuesday, July 11, approved a Riverside County Department of Environmental Health request to increase fees for trash collection in unincorporated communities and to apply unpaid waste collection fees to delinquent ratepayers’ property tax bills. Before its 5-0 vote, the board held a brief hearing, during which Department […]

Fast-growing vegetables for the impatient gardener

Fast-growing vegetables for the impatient gardener

TEMECULA – Stepping outdoors and picking a freshly grown vegetable is a joy for many homeowners who like to garden. Growing vegetables at home offers many benefits. In addition to providing a worthwhile hobby that can increase your physical activity, having control over your own produce can reduce exposure to a number of chemical pesticides […]

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TEMECULA – According to the U.S. Department of Energy, well-designed landscapes can save homeowners enough energy to make the projects pay for themselves in less than eight years. The DOE notes that homeowners’ landscaping strategies should be dictated by the climates in which they live. For example, homeowners who live in hot, arid regions should […]

Tips to deter home break-ins during summer vacations

Automobile Club of Southern California Special to Valley News With families taking a record number of summer road trips and vacations this year, homeowners may be asking themselves how to deter break-ins before leaving. Home burglaries typically occur during the summer, while families are away or enjoying more time outdoors, according to insurance industry statistics. […]

How I care for hot summer roses

As unpredictable as the weather has been lately, one thing residents in Southern California can plan for historically is periods of intense heat in the coming months. There have been some samplings of this intense heat in recent weeks, temps in 90s-100s in June. As summer brings drier, hotter temps, roses will struggle to maintain […]

Weeding through lawn care service options takes work

Weeding through lawn care service options takes work

TEMECULA – Millions of acres across North America are devoted to lush, green lawns. According to Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, lawns take up 40.5 million acres and individuals spend $30 billion on average for lawn and garden upkeep in the United States alone. People certainly love their lawns and often wonder if […]

Remedy landscape drainage problems

Remedy landscape drainage problems

TEMECULA – Homeowners understand that reaping the rewards of beautiful lawns and gardens requires hard work. But sometimes even hard work won’t be enough to prevent problems in a lawn or garden. Drought can be very harmful to lawns and gardens, but so, too, can excessive amounts of water and precipitation. Soggy properties can make […]

Create a safe and enjoyable backyard play area

Create a safe and enjoyable backyard play area

TEMECULA – Homeowners often aspire to have attractive backyards that look like they belong in a magazine. While these can be picturesque and functional for adults, they may not be entirely practical for homeowners who have young children, especially when the majority of the yard is covered with paving stones or concrete. When young children […]

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