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On Gardening: Abuse-free crape myrtles

A 300-foot long crape myrtle allee is a sight to behold especially when it is in full bloom as it happens to be right now. While the visitors are shocked, if not mesmerized by the amount of blooming color, they are equally stunned to know we don't prune. You see, most gardeners think that pruning gives you more flower canopy, but it simply isn't so.

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Living Smart: Who to hire to repair or install a garage door?

When it's time to buy and install a new garage door or if your door needs a few repairs, it's important to hire an established, dependable company for the task. A shoddy installation or incomplete repairs can lead to an unsafe environment. To make sure you work with the best, review these tips to hiring a garage door professional.

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Nearly 60 years � and a redefining remodel � later, a lakefront home is ready for its (second) close-up

BELLVUE, Wash. - Like a child star of the built environment, Marty and Pam Vowels' naturally photogenic Bellevue home achieved fame at an early age. Adorable in youth, the precocious showpiece by architect Roland "Ron" Wilson appeared in the June 15, 1958, edition of The Seattle Times' magazine, "Sunday Color Rotogravure Pictorial." (Catchy!) In one of three black-and-white photos, its decks stretch toward Lake Washington behind a craggy landscape of waterfalls, paths and rock gardens.

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Ask Angie: How to clean an acrylic bathtub correctly

Dear Angie: I have a dirty-looking area on bottom of my acrylic bathtub ... and am sure it is from my hard water. The tub is just now being used daily. I know I cannot use regular products like CLR or Lime-A-Way. I have tried ammonia, vinegar, baking soda and a mixture of all three - no luck. Any suggestions?

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Victorian-era cleaning methods still work in today's households

Long before organizational guru Marie Kondo was espousing her popular KonMari method and TV shows such as "Hoarders: Buried Alive" were entertaining audiences (exploiting mental illness?) with tales of unchecked accumulation, British households of the Victorian and Edwardian eras (circa 1837-1910) and beyond were already hip to the life-changing magic of tidying up.

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Gardener Brie Arthur shows how to create an edible, beautiful garden

RALEIGH, N.C. - Traditionally, farming and country life go hand in hand: In the popular imagination, agriculture and hands-on, dirt-in-the-fingernails cultivation happen well outside urban centers, where there's space and where the air is clean. Yet a new narrative has emerged, one of rooftop gardens and reclaimed green spaces in places like Brooklyn and Raleigh. Modern small farmers seek both.

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Design Recipes: Do's and don'ts of picking the perfect side chair

While much time is often spent selecting the ideal sofa to anchor a space, all too often the side chair used in a living space is considered an afterthought. Not so. Side chairs can and should be treated as a primary piece of furniture that can add a space's finishing touch. Here are some tips on how to purchase the perfect side chair to enhance your home.

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Plumber: Looking to tune out while taking a shower

Q: Dear Ed, I am a young professional soon to be moving into my first apartment. My dad said he will install a new showerhead for me as a gift and wants me to pick one out. I have heard about the new showerheads that play music and would like a little information. Also, are these showerheads easy to install?

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West Bottoms full of shoppers on First Friday

In buildings and warehouses that were built over 100 years ago for agriculture, the West Bottoms is being repurposed into an area for shoppers on First Friday.
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