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  • Ken Moon: Door hinges leave unwelcome residue

    by KEN MOON aroundthehouse.com -
    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Dear Ken: Do you have a solution for that black residue around door hinges? - Mike Answer: This is a pesky problem usually seen on and around the most frequently used and heaviest doors in the house. That usually means the front door, bathroom door and at the house-to-garage...

  • Plant of the week: Arrowwood virburnum (Blue Muffin)

    by Julie McIntyre Summerland Gardens -
    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Common Name: Arrowwood virburnum (Blue Muffin) Scientific name: Viburnum dentatum "Chistom" Type: Deciduous shrub Height: 3-5 feet Width: 3-5 feet Blooms: White flowers in spring Where to plant: Full sun or partial shade Water requirement: Average Preparing the soil: Average...

  • Learn about pesky weeds

    by lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    It's a crash course in noxious weeds and a walk in the park, all rolled up into one. The Friends of Red Rock Canyon Open Space are inviting gardeners, outdoors lovers and amateur ecologists on a guided tour of pesky vegetation at Red Rock. It's scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The...

  • Knife block? Waffle maker? How to tackle those little dirty jobs

    by linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Housecleaning chores are all done and everything is shipshape. But we're guessing you, like probably everyone else, forgot to clean what Dr. Travis Stork on TV's "The Doctors" calls, "the dreaded knife block." Or, have you ever even thought about how to get those last crispy...

  • Garden tour a chance to learn

    by KITTY WEST Colorado Master Gardener -
    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    The activity: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2-3, El Paso County Friends of eXtension (FOX) Open Garden Tour. Why: Gardening in Colorado Springs is a challenge for most of us. And the challenge can be different based on where we live within El Paso County. But we can all be successful when...

  • The art of shutters

    by MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they're still popular for decoration. "They add another layer of thoughtful detailing to a house," says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, N.C. But to get the right look, you still have to...

  • Plant of the week: Hopflower oregano

    By Julie McIntyre Summerland Gardens -
    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    Need something that looks dramatic and different but is easy to grow? Hopflower oregano is a trailing ornamental oregano that's vigorous and has interesting flowers that resemble hops, or paper lanterns, that dangle from arching stems.

  • Making big use of small spaces

    By KIM COOK The Associated Press -
    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    or many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room's living, dining and sleeping spaces requires creativity. Simple design can make small chic - and livable, said Kathy Speas, owner of Speas Interior...

  • Water trees deeply if Mother Nature doesn't help

    By Eileen Tully Colorado Master Gardener -
    Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    In Colorado, July is typically the hottest month. Gardening activities will involve maintaining, weeding and even harvesting. However, you can direct seed zinnias early in the month. They prefer the ground warm before emerging, and it's fun to see how fast they show up. You'll have a...

  • Ken Moon: Pesky squirrels in house are more than a nuisance

    By Ken Moon Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Dear Ken: How do we control and eliminate squirrels in our house? - Mary Answer: You need to find out where they enter. Squirrels can jump amazing distances from overhanging branches. Then they manage to squeeze through roof vents or gaps in the siding and trim around the eaves....

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