Home & Garden

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How to Safely Tackle Home Projects

(Family Features) When contemplating home upgrades or building projects, contractors and DIYers alike focus on factors such as budget, scheduling and materials. Another important consideration before starting work on any project – from renovating a main living area to expanding a bathroom or transforming your outdoor space – is safety. While having properly functioning tools…

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5 DIY Winter Home Repair Hacks

Photo courtesy of Getty Images Even if you’re not terribly handy, there are many simple household repairs that you can easily do yourself to avoid unnecessary time and expense. This is especially true in the winter, when little improvements can make a big difference in your comfort and energy consumption. If you’re like most people,…

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The art of water-wise gardening

PHOTO: Drip irrigation systems allow you to slowly  apply water right above the plant roots, encouraging the development of deep, drought-tolerant roots. Photo courtesy Gardener’s Supply Company   Making a few changes in your garden care can yield great benefits. Less time and water wasted means more time for you to relax or entertain friends…

Keep orchids blooming

Lift your spirits, enliven your indoor décor or give the gift of beautiful blooming orchids. You’ll enjoy these exotic blossoms for months with just minimal care – once you know what to do. Start with a healthy flowering plant. The phalaenopsis or moth orchid is the most widely available and easiest to grow. It’s similar…

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