Special Sections - Fall Home Improvement

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Why is my lawn turning brown?

By Penny Stine

When faced with brown and dead-looking grass in the yard, it can be tempting to simply water more often. After all, it’s been hot and windy, and those two conditions can make a lawn dry out. While that may be true, it’s also true ...


New hope for tomato lovers

By Penny Stine

We plant our tomato plants in May in hopes they look like this in July and August. Curly top virus can be a devastating disease for any tomato grower, since the only remedy is to pull out the infected tomato. According to entymologist Bob ...


Straw bale gardening easy, but jury still out on water usage

By Penny Stine

In the Spring Home and Garden section, which came out in April, I wrote a story about new gardening methods and products and mentioned straw bale gardening. As a gardener, the idea intrigued me, and I decided to see if the concept would work ...


Make irrigation headaches go away

By Penny Stine

Irrigation issues can create problems for homeowners this time of year, and with the low snowpack and hot, dry weather this summer, every drop of water is precious. Although irrigation water can save a homeowner money, it can also create new ...


Palisade residence wins ‘Home of the Year’

By Penny Stine

The Grand Valley is known for its peaches and wine, its golf and downtown sculpture. But words like “cutting-edge electronics applications” and “whole-house automation” may seem more appropriate when talking about home ...


Get the update on rebates

By Penny Stine

As the outside temperatures begin to drop and the days get shorter, it’s always a good time to think about what homeowners can do to keep their homes comfortable and their utility bills manageable. The good news is that there are plenty ...

10.17.10 FHI kick bucket

Rather than replace, renovate

By Penny Stine

In a shaky economy, expensive remodels seem as outdated as excessive lifestyles and easy credit. Homeowners who want to make improvements that make their home more livable and attractive without breaking vows to stick to a budget have ...

10.17.10 FHI garden compost

Put your garden to bed for the winter

By Penny Stine

You’ve been weeding, pruning, picking and watering for months and as the weather gets colder and the garden quits producing, it’s hard to work up the enthusiasm for any more garden tasks. Before ski season or the ...

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