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  • No bees? Look for other pollinators

    The dramatic loss of honeybees to changing land use, viruses and pesticides is alarming, and they are irreplaceable as pollinators. But you can somewhat offset their loss by attracting alternative pollinators, such as beetles, butterflies and moths, dragonflies, feral bees, wasps and flower flies. Attracting these beneficial insects requires a...

  • KEN MOON: Find second, third opinion when facing a critical diagnosis on furnace

    Dear Ken: I have been told by a heating contractor that I need a new furnace because the heat exchanger is bad. What's the next step here? - Karen Answer: First things first. Make sure you have a good working carbon monoxide detector. Some furnace companies - thankfully, very few - "over diagnose" a faulty heat exchanger. It can be an effort...

  • Prices of huge TVs are down, which means the football season is looking up.

    Supersized isn't just for French fries. Americans increasingly are replacing their once-enviable 50-inch TVs with even bigger screens. Think: 65 inches and up. And what better time to expand your HD horizons than Saturday's official kickoff of college football and the NFL season start next weekend. People are snagging big screens -...

  • EAT WELL: Colorado Springs backyard gardeners can sell their nutritious produce to restaurants

    How does your garden grow? For many gardeners, backyard plots are producing nicely - so nicely, in fact, that some folks might be trying to think of ways to ditch their abundance of zucchini on unsuspecting neighbors' porches. When it comes to vegetables, it is impossible to overstate the virtue of freshness. Plants begin to lose nutrients...

  • The Country Life: Tallying up the 'before winter' to-do list

    Even after we say goodbye to summer this Labor Day weekend, the season technically still has a few more weeks to go, followed by three months of fall. But more and more I'm hearing - and saying - the dreaded words "before winter." As in: "I need to do this before winter" or "We need to find that before winter." I've gained new respect for...

  • Blog: Colorado ranks 8th in the nation for $1 million homes

    Zillow, the Seattle-based online real estate service, recently assembled a list of states with the highest percentage of $1 million-and-up homes. Hawaii topped the list with more than 11 percent of its single-family homes, condos and the like valued at $1 million or more. Colorado came in 8th on the list, with 2.5 percent of its homes valued at...

  • Tap the soothing sounds of water for home

    What do you imagine when you think of fountains? Maybe the amazing 24-ton, four-
story silver loop Julie Penrose Fountain in America the Beautiful Park that is said to be a bridge between earth and sky? It may be inspirational. But alas, it won't fit on your patio. The sound of water is said to be one of the most popular sounds worldwide....

  • Retreats should reflect a casual glamour, says Dallas decorator

    From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating. "You love that place; that's why you're there. That's the place you want to go to relax," says Dallas interior designer Jan Showers, author most recently of "Glamorous Retreats" (Harry N. Abrams, 240 pages,...

  • YEAR-ROUND GARDENING: Annoying fungus gnats are easy to defeat

    Shoo! Swap! Smash! Fungus gnats! I received a good luck charm in the form of a shamrock plant around St. Patrick's Day in March. When I repotted it in a slightly larger pot, to encourage longevity and prosperity, the fungus gnats appeared. These very small flies congregate around houseplants and adjacent windows. They are harmless to...

  • KEN MOON: Running a humidifier and the A/C a formula for a moist house

    Dear readers: A listener was complaining to me that the humidity in her house was high, even though she has central air. It didn't take long to figure out that she was running her furnace humidifier and the A/C at the same time. This is a big no-no. Air conditioning condenses water vapor out of the air as it cools. Meantime, the humidifier is...

  • Colorado Springs gardeners can dig into food sale, harvest festival

    
Thursdays and 
Saturdays Harlan Wolfe Ranch Pick 'n Pay - Spinach, lettuce, argula, kale, herbs and more available, 9 a.m.-noon, Harlan Wolfe Ranch, 915 W. Cheyenne Road; ppugardens.org. Sept. 6 Family Fun Cornhole Tournament - To benefit Abundant Harvest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable farming and community...

  • Side Streets: It's a miracle on Dale Street! Colorado Springs tree saved from chainsaws

    When I last saw Carol Willis in April, she was hugging a massive old silver maple in front of her Dale Street home. This was not just any tree. This had been her friend, sheltering her home with shade, attracting flickers and squirrels and raccoons to its tangle of branches and thick, knotted trunk. She'd loved this tree since she and her...

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