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  • 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...

  • The wrong tool for the job

    When the right-now tool is wrong wrong wrong

  • KEN MOON: Spider egg sacs on the eaves are harmless and easy to remove

    Dear Ken: Do you have any anecdotal information about large clusters of gray spider egg sacs appearing under roof eaves? - Janice Answer: These are harmless. They usually accumulate around exterior light fixtures. The spiders set up housekeeping to capture the small insects that are attracted to that bright bulb. The nests can be scratched...

  • New book designed to nurture Colorado's beginning gardeners

    Diana Maranhao grew up the daughter of gardeners in the Pacific Northwest, eating fruits and vegetables fresh from the picking. As for the picking itself, she was never a fan - not until she was grown and raising two young children in rural Southern California. Lucky for her, her community plot was a heritage site, full of rich dirt that had...

  • Japanese architects return to their roots

    TOKYO - A new generation of Japanese architects is scoring success by reinterpreting the past. Unlike their predecessors, who modernized Japan with Western-style edifices, they talk of fluidly defining space with screens, innovatively blending with nature, taking advantage of earthy materials and incorporating natural light, all trademarks of...

  • YEAR ROUND GARDENING: Russian sage is hardy, low maintenance, lovely

    What is it: Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is just now beginning to bloom and I am reminded that summer is coming to an end and it is time to start planning for fall-related home and garden activities. Imported from central Asia, Russian sage can be seen in combination with various shrubs and perennials throughout Colorado Springs. It...

  • KEN MOON: Tankless water heaters great for new builds, not so much for everyone else

    Dear Ken: I am having a new home built, and I'm thinking of installing one of those tankless water heaters. Is that a good idea? - Chad 
Answer: A new home is one of the few situations where I think the tankless models make sense. You can install the bigger gas line feed pipe required plus arrange for the flue pipe, which exits the house in a...

  • Small is sometimes better in the vegetable world

    Truman Capote famously told friends that the very wealthy eat better vegetables - tiny ones. So there's another plus for gardening: It's easier to eat the way the super rich do. Not that smaller is always better in the world of vegetables. A cucumber picked undersize does not taste better than one allowed to swell up before harvest - as long...

  • Colorado Springs home buyers and builders want a little bling, some splash with all that flex space

    The annual Parade of Homes is a perfect time to pick up innovative ideas for a new home or to incorporate into your own. The 60th anniversary edition of the tour, put on by local builders and interior designers, is entering its final week. This year added handy, free seminars, including one with the most up-to-date "Trends in Materials and...

  • Waiting time can be long for those seeking wheelchair-accessible housing rentals

    People living in nursing homes across Colorado Springs can expect to wait two years before a wheelchair-accessible public housing unit is available, the leader of a local nonprofit said Wednesday. The issue was among several voiced Wednesday night at a hearing to gauge the housing and community development needs across the city - a key...

  • Going on vacation? Prep garden

    We pamper our gardens all year but then desert them to go on vacation during what's often the hottest, driest time of the year. A little planning can soften the blow. Ideally, a neighbor or fellow gardener could handle watering and other tasks while you're away. But if that's not possible, here are some easy ways to keep your plants and...

  • PLANT OF THE WEEK: Hummingbird Mint

    Common name: Hummingbird Mint, Agastache Scientific name: Agastache spp Type: Perennial Height: 12-24 inches Width: 12-24 inches Blooms: Summer to frost Where to plant: Full sun to partial shade Water requirement: Average to drought tolerant (once established) Preparing the soil: Average to poor soils, well-drained Hardy: Zones 4 (up...

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