What Can I Compost?

Beth asks, “What can I put in my compost pile?”

You can put all kinds of chopped and shredded things in there. Here’s a list of compostable items, including a few that might surprise you. Read on to find out.

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Pruning Lessons Learned the Hard Way

For many shrubs and trees, late winter/early spring is a great time to do large scale pruning and rejuvenating. Taking advantage of a rare warm day, I headed outdoors with my pruning shears in tow. What I found were the startling consequences of not practicing what I preach!

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How to Clean and Sharpen Garden Tools

Properly maintained quality garden tools are a joy to use and can last for generations. And, like most things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regularly cleaning and oiling your garden tools will prevent rust, keep them sharper, and allow the handles to stay strong.

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15 Favorites from the 2010 International Builders’ Show

From cool tools to handy appliances, we saw it all at the 2010 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Here’s my list of 15 impressive products that really stood out in four days on the floor at the show. Read on to find out more about my “fifteen faves” from IBS.

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How to Control a Ceiling Fan Without a Wall Switch

Cynthia asks, “There isn’t a wall switch for my ceiling fan, and I’m too short to reach the pull chain. Is there another way I could turn the fan on and off?”

Instead of a wall switch, consider installing a wireless remote that will allow you to control your paddle fan at the touch of a button. Read on to find out more.

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Ice on a home roof

Ice Dam Cometh: How to Prevent Ice Dams on Your Home

If you’re fortunate enough to live in the Sunbelt or some other balmy region, chances are you’ve never heard of—or at least experienced—ice dams. I, on the other hand, live in New England, so every winter ice dams are as common—and as welcoming—as frostbite and sub-zero temperatures. Here’s how to prevent damage to your home.

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Is It Safe to Use Pre-Emergent Weed Preventers Around Bulbs?

Helen asks, “Is it safe to use pre-emergent herbicides around my established bulb beds?”

The short answer is “sometimes,” because in gardening a simple question doesn’t always have a simple answer! Read on to learn more about safe weed prevention products.

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How to Winterize an Apartment to Save Energy

Jac asks, “Any advice for simple, inexpensive ways to winterize an apartment?”

Since you don’t own your residence, your options for energy reduction are limited to ones that won’t require making physical changes to your apartment. However, there are still a number of ways you can save energy.

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