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  • Ornamental grasses provide winter interest to gardens around town

    In the Pikes Peak region, autumn brings striking displays of large ornamental grasses, which "flower" late in the growing season. Such grasses are a useful tool for xeriscape gardens - their slender leaves offer a pleasing complement to perennial flowers. Local gardeners tend to use them successfully in a dry corner of the yard, and more and...

  • From warm to cold in a snap: Freeze warning for Colorado Springs area

    The region's first hard freeze is expected to hit Monday night, forecasters predict. Forecasters with KKTV, The Gazette's news partner, reported wet snow and graupel were falling from northern Colorado Springs northeastward to Limon shortly before 5 p.m. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing Monday night through Tuesday morning,...

  • Around the House: Smelly fireplace could require a chimney sweep's services

    Dear Ken: My wood fireplace always seems to let odor into the house, even when we haven't used it in a while. The place smells like smoke downstairs. Any way to help on this? - Larry Answer: How long since it's been checked and cleaned by a chimney sweep company? If there is excessive buildup of creosote and other combustion products, then...

  • Year-round gardening: Cover crops come with many benefits

    Plant a cover crop this fall and your vegetable garden will be more productive and healthier next season. You may be wondering: What is a cover crop? It's a source of organic matter planted solely to benefit the soil; it is not harvestable. Cover crops give big benefits for minimal labor. They are easy to plant and are low-
maintenance,...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting Oct. 25, 2014

    Nov. 1 Homebuying - 10 a.m.-noon, Ent Federal Credit Union, 7350 Campus Drive, free. Registration: 574-1100, ext. 6670, ent.com/seminars. Nov. 8 Veggie Garden Class - A to Z in Gardening - 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Aspen Valley Ranch, 1152 County Road 231, Woodland Park, $60. Registration: tinyurl.com/m5y2un7. Nov. 15 Silk Flower Centerpiece for...

  • Easy Halloween decorations can last into late fall

    Halloween isn't just for kids anymore - it's become a real treat for grown-ups, too. The holiday has become one of America's favorites, and folks are ready and willing to spend money on it. "It's changed a lot," said Laurie Baker, customer experience manager at Michaels. "It seems like it's more of a holiday people are recognizing. Our...

  • Year-Round Gardening: Ornamental grasses add interest to yard

    In the Pikes Peak region, autumn brings striking displays of large ornamental grasses, which "flower" late in the growing season. Such grasses are a useful tool for xeriscape gardens - their slender leaves offer a pleasing complement to perennial flowers. Local gardeners tend to use them successfully in a dry corner of the yard, and more and...

  • Around the House: Rely on chemicals when softening water

    Dear Ken: Do you know anything about a water softener that works with sound waves? My husband noticed it at a recent home show. They say they can hook it up outside and that it's harmless to plants and pets. - Mary Answer: I'm sure it is, because I can't imagine this system having any effect on the incoming water quality. This reminds me of...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden calendar for Oct. 18, 2014

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR friday Pikes Peak Environmental Forum - Topic will be "Permaculture - The Evolution of Amazing Space," with Tim and Laura Spear, noon- 2 p.m., The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road. Free admission, pay for lunch. Registration required by Wednesday: 231-6265,...

  • After losing 'life story,' Colorado Springs woman helps others explore sense of home

    After Susan McConnell's home burned to the ground during the Waldo Canyon fire, she did not want to rebuild. So she opted to move away from Mountain Shadows to a bungalow near downtown. The new place was emotionally disorienting. The home and old neighborhood had been where her kids were raised and where much of her identity had been...

  • Around the House: Learn how to turn off utilities before emergency happens

    Dear readers: Do you know how to turn off your utilities in the event of a crisis? Let's go through them one by one. You're most likely going to have a water leak at some point, so it's important to locate the main shutoff. Usually it's next to the water meter where the pipe first comes in from the city line. In many cases, it's a round, blue...

  • Home and Garden calendar Oct. 11, 2014

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR TUESDAY Horticultural Art Society Talk - Pat Sullivan will present "21 Things Your Plants Wished You Knew," 7 p.m., Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St., free; 357-9427, Doris, 481-4608. OCT. 18 Fall Garden Class - "Our Most Challenging Year in the Garden - What We Did to Have a...

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