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garden. Fence it Fences are one way to deter deer from entering a yard and dining on your garden. Keep in mind that deer can jump fences that are quite tall, but they have to be especially motivated to jump an eight-foottall fence. Still, they tend to be weary about scaling a fence when they cannot see what is on the other side. Therefore, if you are fencing out deer, choose a fence that camouflages the garden well and completely encloses the area to be protected. If you do not want the fence to be solid, consider putting stakes or thorny plants within the garden so that the deer will hesitate to jump into the garden. Scare them Deer are naturally skittish around people, but over time they can become quite complacent around human beings. Once a deer decides that something will not present a threat, the deer can adapt to its presence. Motion-activated devices may not work, nor the presence of pets. Predator urine is typically an effective way at keeping deer at bay. Bottled coyote urine can be quite

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in your space. Some people are more focused on the accents in their gardens than the plants themselves. Modern architecture pairs well with a contemporary style that blends minimalist accents and easy-to-maintain plants. Although you can change plants in your garden, investing in a garden that you will be happy with for a long time is a costly venture. You may want to consult a landscape architect or local nursery to find the plants and trees that fit with your design and lifestyle. These experts can also instruct you in how to maintain all of your hard work and when to expect the full impact of your new landscape to take form. Homeowners can browse ideas for gardens in magazines and online, but ultimately it will be up to their personal de-

A field of Black Eye Susan flowers may be someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea of the perfect garden. sign preferences and the climate where their home is located to determine which garden will look and grow best.

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SPRING HOME & GARDEN

Basement: Usable space BASEMENT Continued from page B4 chain of command and secure permits while having all work inspected. DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T overlook adequate lighting in your refinishing plan. A basement is likely one area of the house that has limited natural light pouring in. With traditionally small windows, or no windows at all, a basement needs ample lighting in its design scheme. This may include a combination of overhead and task lighting. Ample lighting will help the room feel like part of the house and not just a forgotten storage area. DO take into consid-

eration moisture issues in the basement. Many basements are plagued by moisture issues ranging from water seepage to condensation forming on walls. These situations may vary depending on the weather throughout the year. Certain materials may need to be used to mitigate water issues before finishing can take place. The installation of water-barrier systems, drainage, sump pumps, or encapsulation products could drive up the cost of a basement renovation. It is essential to have a professional assess the basement water issues prior to starting any finishing work. DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T simply cover

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up potential hazards, such as mold or mildew. Have them treated instead. Otherwise, you could have a breeding ground behind drywall that could lead to unsafe conditions in the home. DO have a radon test. Radon is a hidden killer that can cause lung cancer. Because it occurs naturally in the soil and water surrounding a home and is impossible to detect without a specialized test, many people are unaware of the presence of radon until it is too late. Radon may be more concentrated in the basement, where the foundation is touching the soil. Therefore, rule out radon before considering renovation of a basement

area. DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T limit furniture choices to one type. You may need to be flexible in your furniture choices, even selecting modular pieces, like sectionals, because entryways to basements may have small doorways or obstructions that make adding furniture more challenging. DO keep the possibility of flooding in the back of your head. Homes that are near waterways or at low elevation may be at risk of flooding. Basements are especially susceptible to flood damage. Therefore, think about the practicality of finishing a basement if you are prone to flooding. If you decide to move ahead, take certain

precautionary measures, such as keeping electrical wiring up higher and using a more water-resistant flooring material, like tile or vinyl. House important electronics and items on shelves so they are not at

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April 17, 2013

EARTH DAY 2013

The Face of Climate Change

On April 22, 2013, more than one billion people around the world will take part in the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it. Climate change can seem like a remote problem for our leaders, but the fact is that it’s impacting real people, animals, & places everywhere. This Face of Climate Change is growing every day. Fortunately, a different Face of Climate Change is growing too: the people stepping up to do something about it. The Face of Climate Change seeks to personalize the massive challenge that climate change presents, while uniting people around the globe into a powerful call to action. Help secure Renewable Energy for All and a sustainable future for our planet.

www.earthday.org/2013 Thanks to these local businesses for sponsoring & supporting “going green” in celebration of Earth Day’s 43rd Anniversary!

WAYS TO GO GREEN & SAVE GREEN • Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies • Reduce Water Waste Take Shorter Showers • Skip the Bottled Water • Plant Drought-tolerant Native Plants • Install Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs • Wash Clothes in Cold Water When Possible • Organize a Community Garden • Buy or Grow Organic Foods • Purchase Recycled Products • Keep Electronics and Batteries Out of the Trash

Fareway Stores Inc. 501 A Ave. Vinton, IA Grocery 319-472-2861 Meat 319-472-3068

Linn Coop 2851 71st St. Newhall, IA 800-369-0612 319-223-5191

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• Use Reusable Bags • Drive Less. Plan your errand trips, carpool, walk or ride a bike • Unplug appliances when you are not using them to eliminate “energy vampires” • Regulate Your Thermostat • Properly Insulate Your Home • Purchase Energy Star Rated Appliances • Practice the Four “Rs” Recycle, Reuse, Reduce & Repair.

Compressed Air & Equipment 707 Hwy. 218 N. La Porte City, IA 319-342-2440

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Frontier Natural Products Coop

Iowa Land Managment & Real Estate

3021 78th St. Norway, IA 319-227-7991

415 A Ave. Vinton, IA 319-472-5353

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McClure Financial Services 412 1st Ave. Vinton, IA 319-472-2950

Theisen’s 1405 Hwy. 218 S. Vinton, IA 319-472-4268

Country Floors & Interiors 23 Main St. Newhall, IA 319-223-5744

John’s Qwik Stop, p Inc. 814 C Ave. Vinton, IA 319-472-5137

Wilson-Hite Insurance, Inc. Vinton, IA 319-472-2379

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April 17, 2013

Vinton Livewire - B11

SPRING HOME & GARDEN

Garage: Utilize vertical space GARAGE Continued from page B7 sorting process, look at the garage as a blank space and measure out the room that you have. This will provide an empty canvas as a starting off point. To maximize the amount of space you have as a work area or a place to park your car, invest in as many tools as possible to utilize vertical space. Shelving, hooks and cabinetry will take things off of the floor, while storage units with doors can hide items that lack aesthetic appeal. Rolling tool caddies and cabinets can keep all tools neat and in organized drawers so you’re never hunting and pecking for a tool again. A cabinet that has a lock and key can be utilized for dangerous chemicals that need to be kept out of the hands of children and away from pets. Think about how the garage will appear from the curb when the door is

raised and create a design that will be functional and neat. Take the opportunity while the garage is empty to give walls and floors a fresh coat of paint and improve the lighting in the garage. A brighter garage makes for a better work station. For those who can use a little extra help, there are professional garage organization companies that can come in and install custom cabinetry and work surfaces. This is an option if you desire a high-end garage. When putting items back into the garage, label where everything is stored until you become accustomed to the new organization. This way you’ll be able to find everything easily. Organizing a garage can be tedious, but the reward is ultimately worth the effort.

Deer proofing: Know what to plant

DEER PROOFING Continued from page B2 human hair around the garden may repel the deer and keep them on a different foraging path. However, remember that any deer that is very hungry may ignore unpleasant tastes or smells for a quick bite. Change plants If other food sources are available, there are some species of plants and trees that deer will avoid. Filling your garden with these plants can help you maintain a beautiful, albeit untasty, environment for deer. When planting annuals, select among:

* Alyssum * Begonias * Calendula * Celosia * Dianthus * Foxglove * Geraniums * Parsley * Poppy * Snapdragons In terms of perennials, plant these items once, and deer could stay away: * Ageratum * Anemone * Astibe * Bearded iris * Catmint * Honeysuckle

* Lantana * Monkshood * Rock rose * Rosemary * Soapwort * Wisteria Plant these herbs alongside flowers for even more protection: * Chives * Eucalyptus * Garlic * Mint * Thyme * Wintergreen Gardeners who use a combination of methods to keep deer out of their yards and gardens may have a higher success rate at deterring these animals.

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