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KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – END OF SEASON LAWN AND GARDEN
Now is a good time to add seed to the lawn . Make sure you always add topsoil when you seed. It will really help the seed to germinate and grow. Grass always does better in cooler weather. We've sure had that so far. Water the seed lightly every day Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – LIGHTING THE HOME
The average sized room needs four or five light sources. If you have dark walls and furniture you may need more lights or higher wattage bulbs . Dark colors tend to absorb light. The tops of all floor and table lamps should be level to achieve harmony Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – COOL WEATHER CLEANING
The cool weather this summer-ending holiday weekend has put me in a mood for some Fall house cleaning. Windows can be taken care of with two or three tablespoons of vinegar in a gallon of cool water. Use a squeegee to eliminate streaks. Wipe the squeegee Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – BACKYARD BIRDING
Feeding birds in the backyard is easy and rewarding. We have a great variety of species in the Chicagoland area. By using certain feed and feeders you can attract the species you wish. Ground feeders attract Mourning Doves who can't perch on a hanging Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GAREN TIPS – RAINY WEATHER
With all the rain we’ve been having around Chicago lately, I know it’s been hard to get lawn work accomplished. If you can’t get out to cut the grass because of weather and it gets too long, just cut it two times . You only have to make Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – NEW STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Even in a small apartment there are ways to store your stuff neatly and it can look good too. In the kitchen pots can go up on a rack suspended from the ceiling. Wide shelves can hold baskets or small containers to hold just about anything. A freestanding Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – WHAT TO DO WITH TOO MUCH SUMMER PRODUCE
After a cold, rainy spring and a hot summer the gardens around Chicago are really starting to produce. If your garden is anything like mine it's looking like I'll be getting a lot of tomatoes all at once. It's great to have all these great Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – NINE WAYS TO USE LEMONS TO CLEAN, FRESHEN AND SANITIZE
1. Quarter a lemon and throw it down the garbage disposal. Run hot water and grind it up. Freshens and cleans marvelously! 2. Use lemon juice to shine copper, brass and chrome. Dip a cut half of lemon in salt for scrubbing power. 3. Thinly slice a lemon Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – HOT SUMMER LAWN AND GARDEN
Water your trees, use a root waterer or just trickle the hose. Always water at drip line . This is a line around the tree where the widest branches reach. Water at least one hour at three positions around the perimeter. Even with the multiple inch rain Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – COOL MEALS FOR HOT DAYS
The entire Midwest, Chicago included, is in the middle of an immense heat wave. Heat indices are not expected to be under 100 for at least the next five days. Cool recipes are wanted here. I use an indoor grill pan when it's too hot to grill outside. Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – POWER OUTAGE HINTS
I feel for the many of you without power. It is so incredibly hot. The storms that came through the Chicago area on July 11, 2011 were some of the worst we’ve seen. Com Ed says they have never had so many customers out at one time. Before an outage Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!!!
Are you having relatives and/or friends over this weekend? Look around your yard, bet it could use some sprucing up. There are a few quick things you can do to perk up your property. Cut and manicure your grass. Use the string trimmer as an edger. Turn Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – HELP FOR THE DISHWASHER
We usually take our dishwashers for granted that they will do a great job cleaning our dishes. But there are some tricks we can use to make the machine run more efficiently and last longer. Try some of these tips and see if they don’t work with Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – SEVEN STEPS TO SMART GARDENING
Start small. You can grow quite a few vegetables in an area as small as 100 square feet. Train beans and peas up a fence, put tomatoes and peppers in front. Grow quick sprouting lettuce and spinach in between. Get the kids involved too! They will learn Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – SUMMER LAWN CARE
With a few simple hints you can have a green and lush lawn all summer long. These tips are for mainly in the Chicago and Midwest. Check local Garden Centers for Warmer Climate lawns. Proper Watering—this is one of the most important things for your Read More...
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