DIY work on older houses takes flexibility
Dwain Livengood can save money on his home renovation project by doing the work himself. But he also knows that do-it-yourself projects in historic homes like his 100-year-old farmhouse require extra planning and research, and that mistakes can be costly.
Finding a look you love in outdoor decor
For decades, “outdoor decorating” meant arranging a few nice chairs and a table near a barbecue grill, then adding an umbrella to block the summer sun. But as patios and decks have morphed into “outdoor living rooms,” the bar has risen for outdoor style and comfort.
Glowing Inferno coleus: Flower with wow power
There is an inferno of color this spring coming from a coleus that has a lot going for it. The Inferno coleus is relatively new, but already it has heads turning especially when you consider that in the University of Georgia, University of Tennessee and Michigan State trials it was total perfection.
How, what, and why we prune
Perhaps you have been eyeing up your garden over the winter and have decided to cut back some of your flowering bushes.
Get busy now, make the most of annuals
Everyone’s a gardener in April and May. That is when cars almost automatically turn in the direction of garden centers where everyone stocks up on their favorite plants for spring.
Herb & Garden Fair center for plant trade
HARMONY — Annuals, herbs and small trees are just a few types of plants people will donate and trade for at the 12th annual Herb and Garden Fair, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10.
Trilliums gone wild in the shade
Late April and May bring blooms from many of our native wildflowers and some of the most spectacular are the different varieties of trilliums.
Rethink your basement for spring
Basements can be cold and dark, and often get much less decorating attention than the rest of the house. But you can gain new, useful and stylish living space by upgrading that subterranean space.
Soil & Sunlight
As the last bit of snow falls and melts in Western Pennsylvania, gardeners will begin to plan this year's plantings in hopes of a bountiful bloom.
Gardening workshop slated
Butler County Master Gardeners will welcome garden author and speaker Jan Coppola Bills at their fall workshop Oct. 22.
Preparing for Winter
As summer turns to fall, temperatures start dropping steadily, eventually to freezing conditions.
Keep birds away from crops
Birds are generally considered a welcome addition to the garden; they often eat many of the bad insects and bugs in our landscape.