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  • Mulch is good, but which is the best?

    Mulching can be one of the best things you do for your trees and shrubs. It also can be one of the worst things you do for your trees and shrubs. Firs ...
    April 16, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Pruning: Get the right cut for the growth you want

    In the short space that follows, I think I can guide you on how to prune any plant, from a midget marigold to a mighty oak.
    April 8, 2016 - 3:47 pm
  • Updated built-in breakfast nook brings practicality to kitchen

    The term “breakfast nook” sounds hopelessly trapped in the 1970s, but modern homeowners are embracing the style and practicality of built-in seating i ...
    April 8, 2016 - 3:48 pm
  • Want garden space in a city? Look up

    NEW YORK – Looking out across an urban or even some suburban skylines, most people see an expanse of rooftops.
    April 2, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Gardenfest keynote speakers offers spring tips ahead of conference

    The clocks have sprung ahead and the weather is starting to climb out of the icy winter temperatures, so now is the time to start stretching those gre ...
    March 28, 2016 - 12:27 am
  • Ask a Designer: coming up with a furniture plan that works

    Sometimes the way to improve a room isn't to buy new furniture: It's to rearrange pieces you already own.
    Feb. 20, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Paint a solution to worn hardwood floors

    Worn and faded hardwood floors can drag down the look of a room. But having scuffed floors sanded down and re-stained can be expensive and messy.
    Feb. 20, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • McHenry County Planit 10: 'Tenderly' Valentine's package, Home & Garden Expo, theater, Liverpool Legends Beatles' tribute and more

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. 1.) “TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL” V ...
    Feb. 11, 2016 - 12:07 pm
  • As winter drags on, splurge on your home, designers say

    So many of our home-improvement and design choices are practical ones: Which sofa will stand up over the years? Which paint color matches the furnitur ...
    Feb. 6, 2016 - 5:30 am
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