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Spring time, grilling time: A few tips for barbecue weather

J.C. Pierce, 60, has been around barbecuing all of his life. As owner of Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que, he knows that healthier is better. For years now, his beef, pork and chicken have been free of antibiotics, preservatives and artificial ingredients. His collard greens are fresh from a farm 8 miles...

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  • Build a retaining wall

    Build a retaining wall

    When it comes to choosing a retaining wall to hold back runoff in a terraced area, there are a lot of choices. Concrete walls are particularly popular because they are easy to use and come in a nice selection of natural shades and a variety of shapes and textures that enhance a landscape. Stacking...

      • Install a ceiling fan

        Install a ceiling fan

        The Alliance to Save Energy tells us a ceiling fan will reduce your energy bills by providing additional cooling and better circulation so you can cut down air conditioning costs. And when you're choosing a fan, look for one that's marked as Energy Star-certified because it'll move air up to 20...

          • Install an in-ground sprinkler

            Install an in-ground sprinkler

            Avid gardeners agree that an automatic in-ground watering system is a good idea because it dispenses the exact amount of water your lawn or garden needs, when and where it needs it. The sprinklers are connected by hoses, and a controller directs valves to open and close much like a faucet turning...

              • Install shut-off valves

                Install shut-off valves

                You may not have noticed it but there's a small valve below all the plumbing fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms that controls the water flow to those fixtures. It is also called a stop valve because it allows you to repair the fixture without turning off the water to the entire house, an important...

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                  • Tips: Finding the Right Tree for the Right Place

                    Tips: Finding the Right Tree for the Right Place

                    Fall is an ideal time to plant new trees. The best way to keep trees healthy is by planting the right trees in the right places where they naturally grow best. Homeowners see many benefits to planting trees on their property. Trees provide shade, fruit production, spring and fall color, wildlife...

                      • Tips: Fruits, vegetables for fall planting, growing and harvesting

                        Tips: Fruits, vegetables for fall planting, growing and harvesting

                        Growing your own food is a joy—especially when it's harvest time. Fall is known primarily as the harvest season. But it is also a great time to plant fruit trees and late-season vegetable crops. Trees and bushes planted in the autumn have a chance to set roots before cold winter weather arrives....

                          • Tips: How to preserve and dry herbs

                            Tips: How to preserve and dry herbs

                            For thousands of years, drying was the only way to keep herbs from spoiling. Try it yourself—it's easy, inexpensive and, when you do it at home, requires no chemical additives. Getting Started It's important to harvest herbs at the right time. They should be picked before the flowers develop. Harvest...

                              • Tips: Take September to learn about natural disasters, hazards

                                Tips: Take September to learn about natural disasters, hazards

                                Over the last 30 years, U.S. floods have caused on average $8.2 billion in damages annually. Wildfire suppression costs in the United States have averaged $1.54 billion annually for the last 10 years. Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated $65 billion in damage and economic loss, making it the second...