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Creating an Accessible Bathroom
Creating an Accessible Bathroom

Ashley represents an independent and locally owned professional plumbing team. According to the United States Census Bureau, the percentage of residents age 65 and older has increased by nearly three percent since the turn of the century. This is largely attributed to the baby boomer generation, who started reaching this threshold in 2005.

How to Plant Hydrangeas
How to Plant Hydrangeas

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. One of the unusual things about hydrangeas is that their petal color can change based upon the soil pH. Even more unusual is the fact that one plant can have blooms of colors ranging from whites and pinks to lavenders, according to Almanac.

How to Prevent Black Spot on Your Roses
How to Prevent Black Spot on Your Roses

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. My favorite roses are heirloom roses. I love their myriad flower shapes and fragrances. I don’t love the fact that they are susceptible to black spot and drop their leaves every year.

How to Clone Tomatoes
How to Clone Tomatoes

Samuel Barrett lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and has far too many hobbies, many of which you can read about here.Everybody Loves Homegrown TomatoesHarvesting your own homegrown tomatoes easily makes the top of the list of reasons to grow your own vegetable garden. They really do taste better than what you will find in a grocery store, partly due to the fact that they are allowed to fully ripen on the vine before they are used.

How to Care for Tulip Trees
How to Care for Tulip Trees

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. BackgroundAccording to the Arbor Day Foundation, tulip trees thrive in hardiness zones 4 through 9, which covers almost the entire continental U.S. These trees generally grow quickly, at a rate of about 2 feet per year, and can reach heights of 70 to 150 feet in the forest and 40 feet wide at maturity.

How to Care for St. Augustine Grass
How to Care for St. Augustine Grass

Bert spent 25 years working as a home-improvement and residential construction contractor in central Florida.Many Southern homeowners choose St. Augustine grass as their lawn covering because of its ability to thrive in tropical and sub-tropical climates. St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum) spreads with stolons, often called runners, using a process called vegetative propagation.

Tropical Taste of Hawaii: The Sublime Surinam Cherry
Tropical Taste of Hawaii: The Sublime Surinam Cherry

Viet makes a great banana and Surinam cherry smoothie! He also likes eating the fruits right off a tree growing in his front yard. Surinam cherry (botanical name Eugenia uniflora) is a tropical shrub native to Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, and Brazil. It’s also known as Pitanga, Brazil cherry, Cayenne cherry, or Florida cherry.

How to Care for Carnations
How to Care for Carnations

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. Carnations are the traditional Mother& 39;s Day flower, according to FTD, a premier floral retailer. Like other flowers, each color of the carnation evokes a different sentiment.

Small Bedroom Den and Home Office Makeover
Small Bedroom Den and Home Office Makeover

My aim with DIY projects around the home is to look for innovative space-saving ideas and save costs on materials by recycling. Multipurpose Bedroom DenMy son is a professional photographer, which in the modern age, rather than spending time in a dark room developing film, involves editing raw images in post production on his iMac—raw images are high-quality uncompressed images uploaded from his camera to the computer.

Furnace Smells: How to Reduce or Eliminate Odors in Your Air Ducts
Furnace Smells: How to Reduce or Eliminate Odors in Your Air Ducts

Dan has been in the HVAC industry for 23 years with experience ranging from installation and service to sales and distribution.Freshening Up the Air in Your Home Common Causes of Furnace OdorEveryone likes the air in their home to smell fresh and clean. Many even want it to smell apple-ish, or lavender-ish, or even patchouli-ish, but no one I& 39;ve ever known has said, & 34;I love the musty smell my furnace provides.

My Favorite Angled Paint Brush for Cutting In
My Favorite Angled Paint Brush for Cutting In

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. What& 39;s the Best Paint Brush for Cutting In?Using a quality paint brush makes it a lot easier to cut in straight lines along trim edges and ceiling corners. Cheap brushes from the dollar store won& 39;t last long or produce neat lines like a premium brush will.

Tips for Painting Staircase Walls
Tips for Painting Staircase Walls

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Painting staircase walls might sound a little scary if you& 39;re scared of heights or have no experience working over stairs. But with my tips, painting high walls is actually a lot easier than you think.

Easter Lily Care
Easter Lily Care

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. Background of Easter LiliesNot only is the Easter lily a symbol of the resurrection of Christ, but they are also often referred to in the Bible.Lilies are also linked with fertility and motherhood, which is why they make great gifts for Mother’s Day.

Caring for Ohio Lawn Grass
Caring for Ohio Lawn Grass

Teri Silver is a journalist, commercial copywriter, editor, broadcast anchor, and Public Relations Specialist. Caring for grassy areas in Ohio yards is a seasonal job, especially in spring and summer. Cool season grasses for Ohio include fine and tall fescues (Festuca arundinacea), perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne), and the most popular Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis).

A Beginner's Guide to Small-Scale Homesteading
A Beginner's Guide to Small-Scale Homesteading

David Cory is a husband and father. He is a DIY / small scale homesteader enthusiast.Why Homestead?Homesteading might seem like an odd thing to do, given the readily available produce found at any grocery store or supermarket. And don& 39;t forget how cheap the produce tends to be. So why homestead?Homesteading provides the following:A sense of accomplishmentFresh and healthy produceGreater self-relianceA hobbyEnvironmental consciousness (you create less plastic waste, for example)A greater appreciation for natureCertainly there are other advantages to homesteading, but whatever the reason for starting.

How to Care for Blueberry Bushes
How to Care for Blueberry Bushes

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. Blueberries thrive in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 10, and when cared for properly, the plants can produce fruit for up to 20 years.Once you decided to add a blueberry bush to your yard, you’ll need to choose from the four varieties: highbush, lowbush, hybrid half-high, and rabbiteye.

How to Care for Easter Cactus
How to Care for Easter Cactus

Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist. Easter Cactus thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. Unlike their desert cousins, Easter Cactus prefers cooler daytime temperatures.Blooms range from light colors, such as white, pink, peach, and lavender to deep colors, such as orange and red.

10 Things to Do in the Garden While Waiting for Spring
10 Things to Do in the Garden While Waiting for Spring

Spring is like magic. Juli loves the magical feeling from warmer air to bright flowers and sweet scents! Impatient for spring to start? Gardeners can’t wait to see what comes out of the ground. What will bloom and when? Will leaves bud or is this plant dead? Seasoned gardeners know that patience is a gardener& 39;s friend but fret and worry anyway.

California Lilac Is Vibrant in All Forms: Groundcover, Shrubs, and Trees
California Lilac Is Vibrant in All Forms: Groundcover, Shrubs, and Trees

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM.Ceanothus Arboreus California LilacCalifornia lilac (Ceanothus arboreus) trewithen blue, one of the 60+ species of this low-maintenance, evergreen plant.Various Forms and Colors of CeanothusThe California lilac (ceanothus) provides fragrant blooms from late spring into early summer, and it comes in several forms for inclusion in your landscape.

How to Lay Plastic Grids for Gravel Driveways
How to Lay Plastic Grids for Gravel Driveways

Arthur strives to balance aesthetics, functionality, and quality with costs when planning DIY projects in the home and garden. InspirationWhile on holiday in Wales, we parked our car in the public car park to visit Carew Castle in Pembrokeshire. When we got out of the car, we were immediately impressed with the surfacing.