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  • Find advice on remodeling, landscaping and more at Colorado Springs home show

    Know how you look (and feel) when you first wake up in the morning? That's your yard right now. When properties emerge from a long winter's nap, it's rarely a pretty sight. "It's the time of year when people are getting outside and looking at their yards and saying, 'I need help,'" said Shirley Rouse, director of member services at the...

  • Bill would allow Coloradans to roll out the rain barrel

    Rain harvesters, rejoice: It might soon be legal to collect and store the water that falls onto your property. A bill introduced this year would ease Colorado's longstanding prohibition on collecting rainwater, allowing up to two 50-gallon rain barrels per household. The water would have to be used on the property on which it is collected and...

  • Decorating with spring pastels

    After a long winter, the pastel colors of spring look pretty appealing. Cheerful pastel pinks, yellows, greens and blues can brighten a room. Decorating with these potentially too-sweet shades can be tricky, but worth it. "Pastels get a bad rap for being super-girly, sometimes being kind of '80s, and for even skewing babyish. But...

  • Year-round gardening: Help native bees with plant selection, habitats

    Honeybees, a European import to the Americas in the 17th century, are suffering a well-publicized decline due to colony collapse disorder. Less publicized but as important are the challenges facing native bees, including bumblebees and solitary bees. Native bees are critical pollinators. About 75 percent of our food supply depends on...

  • Around the house: Look to 'Scare Eyes' as way to spook woodpeckers

    Dear readers: I'm indebted to a loyal reader from Colorado Springs. She noted our quest for the perfect - or, at least, most effective - woodpecker deterrent. And she recommended a product generically called "Scare Eyes." It's a brightly colored balloon festooned with caricatures of eyeballs that she hung along the pecked side of the house. It...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting April 11, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Outstanding Plants for Your Xeriscape - 9-10 a.m., Conservation and Environmental Center, 2885 Mesa Road, free. Registration: 668-8232. Perennial Gardening - 9-10 a.m., Harding Nursery, 721 N. Powers Blvd., free; 596-5712, hardingnursery.com. Horticultural Art Society Founders Lecture - Leslie Holzmann will...

  • Colorado Springs gardening expert teaches how to make most of growing own vegetables

    A sure sign that summer can't be far off is the sight of the first bulbs cracking through the barren soil. Another is the announcement that Larry Stebbins, founder of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, is holding his last class for the spring. "Growing Great Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Beans, Squash and More" is the lifelong organic gardener's most...

  • New community garden takes shape outside Colorado Springs Fire Department

    The sweet smell of freshly tilled soil wafted near a Colorado Springs fire station Saturday morning, as the sound of hammers and electric screwdrivers filled the air. About 90 people from area schools, community organizations and the Colorado Springs Fire Department combined efforts to build more than 60 raised beds outside the city's Fire...

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