Gardening with children

Gardening with children

Hello friends and fellow gardeners! This week I’d like to devote my column to those of you with kids. I know there are a lot of you out there, and I was just thinking about when my daughter, Sara, was young and how I got her into the garden with me. There are many books […]

Make the most of sale season

Fall can be an ideal time of year for homeowners to tackle home improvement projects, as the moderate temperatures make for ideal conditions to work in and around the house. In addition, many retailers offer consumer-friendly sales in autumn, helping homeowners to save money. As early as September, many stores begin stocking their shelves in […]

Agency offers signs recognizing drought busters

PERRIS – A Riverside County water agency wants customers participating in drought-busting programs to post signs that give them credit for conservation and advertise to neighbors how they can reduce outdoor irrigation. The Perris-based Eastern Municipal Water District began distributing “We Are Serious About the Drought” signs this week. The signs are free. “We wanted to allow customers […]

Are you prepared for El Niño?

Are you prepared for El Niño?

Bobby Webb Special to Valley News Meteorologists have been monitoring the patterns of the current El Niño storms and say it is likely to surpass the historic storms of 1997-98, which caused 1.88 billion dollars in damages statewide. Names such as “Bruce Lee” and “Godzilla” have been used, which only begin to articulate the severity […]

Coping with condensation and other home moisture issues

Finding the right moisture balance in a home can be challenging. Too little moisture and a home can be plagued by static electricity and interior spaces that can feel dry and uncomfortable. But too much moisture in a home may make it susceptible to mold, mildew and insect infestations. Moisture also can rot wood and […]

More of my favorite plants, trees and large shrubs

More of my favorite plants, trees and large shrubs

Hi friends and neighbors! This will be the last of my “Favorite Plants” articles and would like to cover trees, larger shrubs and anything else I forgot in the last two weeks! So let’s start with some trees, and I’d like to tell you right now, hold off on planting anything for a month or […]

More of my favorite plants

More of my favorite plants

Howdy Friends and Neighbors! As promised last week I’m going to give you some more of my personal favorite “go to” plants when I’m doing a landscape design. These plants are all ones that do great in this area and do well in the typical residential landscaping. Let’s start out with the medium sized plants […]

The problem with hard water

The problem with hard water

Home ownership opens people’s eyes to many new experiences, even requiring homeowners to familiarize themselves with certain things they never encountered as renters. Homeowners become novice plumbers, electricians, horticulturists, and even chemists as they wade through the projects and repairs involved with owning a home. Outside of high school chemistry class, you may never have […]

The importance of clean gutters

The importance of clean gutters

Every autumn, trees and shrubs take on their brilliant display of reds, oranges, purples and yellows that mark the end of the growing season. Fall foliage may make for ideal photo backdrops and scenic days in the countryside, but closer to home leaves may be more of a hindrance than an aesthetic pleasure. The hundreds […]

The magical, changeable nature of hydrangeas

Eye-catching, exquisite, and delicate, yet robust, are some of the descriptive words that come to mind whenever I see a flowering hydrangea shrub. These beauties are easy to spot in many area landscapes. One of the first things I came to admire about these plants, as a child, were the intriguing hues of their flowers […]

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