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Even plants head indoors when it’s cold By Melinda Myers Help your houseplants make a smooth transition from their outdoor summer home back inside for winter. The lower light and humidity indoors along with any insects that hitched a ride indoors make it difficult to keep these plants looking their best. Give them a shower before they move indoors. A gentle blast of water washes dust and dirt off the leaves and dislodges aphids and mites that might be feeding on the plants. Gradually prepare the plants for the lower light conditions indoors. Start by placing plants in the sunniest south- or west-facing window available or grow them under artificial lights. Leave them here for several weeks if the final destination receives less light. Next move them to an east-facing or well-lit north facing window. Again, leave them here for several weeks. Gradually decrease the amount of light the plants receive until they reach their final location. This gradual acclimation helps the plants develop more shade tolerant leaves. Foregoing this process results in yellow leaves and massive leaf drop. This is stressful on the plant and its caretaker. Skip this step, reduce the stress on your plants, and keep them looking their best throughout the winter by growing them under artificial lights. Using a combination of natural and artificial light helps plants better tolerate the less-than-ideal indoor growing environment. Isolate these plants from your indoor houseplant collection until you are sure no insects tagged along. Check under the leaves and along the stems for aphids, mites, scale, and white flies. Use an eco-friendly product like Summit YearRound Spray Oil (SummitResponsibleSolutions.com) to prevent these pests from moving onto the rest of your indoor garden. This highly refined mineral oil suffocates the insects, does not poison

them, and is approved for organic gardening. Continue monitoring for pests over the next few weeks. Reapply the organic insecticide every two weeks as needed. Always read and follow label directions when using any organic, natural, or synthetic chemical. Increase the humidity by grouping plants together. As one plant loses moisture from its leaves, or transpires, it increases the humidity around its neighboring plants. Further increase the humidity and decrease your workload by placing the plants on a gravel tray. Place pebbles in the bottom of the saucer or other shallow container. Set the pot on top of the pebbles. Allow excess water to collect in the pebbles below the pot. As this water evaporates, it increases the humidity around the plants. This also will eliminate the amount of time spent and mess made when pouring off the excess water that collects in the saucer. Plus, you will avoid root rot and other diseases caused by plants sitting in a water-filled saucer. Give your plants a bit of TLC as you tuck them into their winter lodgings. Your efforts will be rewarded with healthier, pest-free, and better-looking plants to enjoy all winter long. (Gardening expert Melinda Myers has written over 20 gardening books, including “Small Space Gardening” and the “Midwest Gardener’s Handbook.” She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone” DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV and radio segments. Myers is also a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was commissioned by Summit for her expertise to write this article. Myers’ Web site is www.melindamyers.com.)

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Bringing sustainability to home as easy as ABC With 67 percent of consumers from across the globe preferring products from sustainable sources according to a recent Nielsen survey, creating a more sustainable home is the new normal. From buying down and feather products to repairing leaky pipes, making your home more sustainable is as easy as the ABCs. Here are three small ways you can make a big difference (and spare your wallet) when it comes to the sustainability of our world: A is for Audit Do a home energy audit by checking your windows and doors for air leakage, and by checking your pipes—faucets, toilet flappers and valves—for any leaks. Air leakage from windows and doors

can impact your home’s energy use. The United States Department of Energy claims sealing uncontrolled air leaks will save you 10 to 20 percent on your heating and cooling bills. Check your home for drafty windows and doors and discuss leak prevention options, such as weather strips and caulk, with your local hardware store. Fixing leaky pipes can prevent gallons of water from being lost every day. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency states that tightening pipes and repairing leaks can prevent the average household from leaking 10,000 gallons of water per year. B is for Bedding Changing your bedding to down and

feather can help reduce your heating bill. Down and feather pillows, comforters, duvets, and mattress toppers provide superior warmth, which in turn lets you lower the thermostat. You can save as much as 10 percent on your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, by lowering the thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees while you sleep. Better yet, down and feathers are a natural byproduct of the food industry. So recycling them into warm comforters means the down and feathers do not end up in global landfills. Since down and feathers are a natural fill material, they have a lower carbon footprint than products made from synthetic fill materials. They are biodegradable and can be composted along with your food scraps

or yard trimmings. Not to mention down and feather products are long-lasting with a lightweight feel, so you do not have to replace them as often. For more information about the sustainable benefits of down and feather products, visit the American Down and Feather Council Web site at www.DownandFeatherCouncil.com. C is for Compost Composting is the practice of recycling decomposed organic material waste with manure to turn it into rich soil. By composting in your backyard, nutrients are restored into the ground and less waste ends up in landfills. This practice also can save money since it allows you to purchase fewer soil conditioners.


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Make fall home upgrades with staying power Fall can be the perfect time for homeowners to complete projects that busy summer schedules did not allow. It is also a great time to look at ways to add lasting value to your property. This season, upgrade cheap fixes, freshen dated looks, and incorporate lasting improvements in your home. Changes that can bring impact and also increase the resale potential of your home include: Lose the linoleum—Linoleum has been popular in many homes since the 1950s, but these days it is not the only flooring option for durability and waterproofing in areas like the kitchen and bath. Wood-look tile has become hugely popular, and the style is not going any-

where. Retailers like Lumber Liquidators carry an array of wood-look porcelain tile, vinyl and engineered flooring products that are versatile, water- and stain-resistant and fit with any decor. Upgrade laminate countertops— Particleboard and laminate are affordable options, but not ones that will create impact in the kitchen. These days the options are vast for elevating countertops with butcher block, quartz, marble, concrete and more. Create a cohesive look with countertops matched to the cabinets. Updating hardware can also be an economical way to freshen the space and tie the look together. Scrape popcorn ceilings—Common

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Tri-County news • Fall Home Improvement • Thursday, September 21, 2017

Smart landscape choices can help stop wild fires

Nearly every state has experienced fires that rage out of control in the landscape. While the largest and most devastating burn in the West, fires also spread in other parts of the country where suburb meets country or housing development meets conservation land. Homeowners can protect their properties in two ways: n design and maintain a landscape that discourages fires; n build with flame-resistant materials. “Fires need fuel, such as dead trees,

shrubs and grasses,” said Tchukki Andersen, staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). “While no landscape is fireproof, there are steps you can take to reduce the danger.” If you are in a wildfire-prone area, reduce the amount of potential fuel around your home. Provide enough tree- and shrub-free space between your home and the undeveloped land to help ensure that your home can survive without firefighters. All dead branches that hang over your roof should be removed.

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8 Tri-County news • Fall Home Improvement • Thursday, September 21, 2017

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