Home and Garden


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Summer tips for maintaining healthy gardens and yards

PROSSER – The dog days of summer make it just too hot to go outside and care for the garden and lawn.

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Grow your own back yard paradise in a pot

Create a back yard escape with the help of container gardens.

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Sunnyside gardener takes pride in keeping his yard neat

Most people might not choose a color scheme of pink and bright orange as a landscape palette, but Sunnyside’s Dick Berk of Merrick Avenue has made the color combination work for him for years.

Volunteers needed for flower brigade

The time is approaching once again for Sunnyside’s flower brigade to maintain hanging flower baskets downtown.

Raise the roof on savings and the sale of your home

STATEPOINT – Looking to add value to your home and make it more sellable in the future?

Is it time to replace your home’s windows?

STATEPOINT–Looking for a home improvement project that is both a short- and long-term investment?

Dispelling common lawn care myths

FAMILY FEATURES – The lawn is the backdrop to the home and essential to curb appeal. While keeping a healthy lawn may seem straightforward (mow, water, fertilize, etc.), don’t be fooled by some common lawn care myths.

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Ace customers find what they need for weekend lawn and garden projects

Saturday is not a day to work, it’s a day to play in the yard, according to customers who shop at Sunnyside’s Ace Hardware Store.

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Six steps to a beautiful landscape next season

Don’t let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beautiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes in your fall landscape care.

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Five tips to haunting your house

(STATEPOINT) - Americans spent close to $8 billion on Halloween last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

Home winterizing checklist

(BPT) - Fall means colorful leaves, apple cider and cooler temperatures. It also means winter’s on its way, so now is the time to winterize your home.

Gardening in dishes gaining in popularity

For anyone who enjoys playing in potting soil, it might seem a bit silly to plant miniature gardens. But for the true gardener, there really is no wrong way to garden, as business partners Julie Spalding of Bickleton and Wendy Clawdus of Pasco have discovered. Whether creating indoor gardens for placement as centerpieces for the coffee table or outside gardens for added color on the family patio, this pair enjoys doing their gardening in a diminutive fashion. The owners of Bella Fleur began their adventure creating fairy and dish gardens by accident. "I have always liked decorating with miniature items," said Spalding. One day she found herself adding the miniatures to her indoor plants as tiny decorations. The result charmed the creative woman so much she started doing more small decorating touches until she shifted her focus to creating actual gardens with fairy-sized yard art. Soon, her best friend and future business partner revealed that she too liked working with miniature decorative pieces. Soon their efforts outgrew their space since each container within reach was transformed into a tiny weed-free garden. Being weed-free is a bonus for the dish style gardens, as is no physical exertion from digging holes in the yard from massive plantings. All of the planning and care for the little gardens can be accomplished while you're sitting down, Clawdus explained. While Bella Fleur's owners don't have a store front yet, they are busy attending vendor and craft shows around the area, promoting the joys of fairy gardening. During the past six months the duo has displayed and sold their gardens at holiday shows, in the Tri-Cities and at benefit events in Sunnyside. With each garden they sell, they include a short care instructions sheet to help new dish gardeners maintain their new gardens. "We hope to be offering classes at some point for the gardening technique," Clawdus said. Yes, the women know their business name is a combination of French and Italian words, meaning simply "pretty flower." And the women's Bella Fleur is all about promoting beauty - just on a very small scale. To learn more about fairy and dish gardening check out Bella Fleur-custom gardens on facebook.