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Plant edible, decorative fall containers By Melinda Myers End the growing season with an extra burst of color and nutrition with a few fall containers. A pot of mums or asters can add color to your front steps and a container filled with kale and greens adds fresh flavor to your fall meals. But don’t stop there. Create attractive potted gardens by combining asters, mums, grasses, cool weather edibles, and other fall beauties. Spruce up an existing container by replacing weather-worn annuals with fresh fall favorites. Pansies, sweet alyssum, and dianthus are just a few annuals that hit their stride as cooler weather returns. Or plant new container gardens for your fall landscape. Just select a pot with drainage holes and fill it with a quality planting mix. Or upcycle items like a wicker basket, small bushel basket, wooden crate or galvanized tub into a fun fall planter. Just add drainage holes before planting. Or scoop out a pumpkin and set a pot of pansies or ornamental peppers inside. Use ornamental grasses, kale, blackeyed Susans and Swiss chard for vertical interest. Complement your plantings and containers with garden art, gourds, mini pumpkins, and berry-covered branches. Add a mum or aster for a vibrant surge of color. Include some trailing plants like golden moneywort, trailing lobelia, and ivy. Fill any voids with snapdragons, ornamental peppers, colorful greens, and coral bells. Just be sure to protect peppers and any other frost-sensitive plants on those chilly nights. Grow a container of Bright Lights Swiss Chard, colorful leaf lettuce and pansies—the flowers are edible—for an attractive and edible combination. Make your fall centerpiece an edible part of your gatherings. Fill a metal colander or basket with red dragon arugula, red mizuna mustard, red sails lettuce, bull’s blood beets, and other colorful greens in a metal colander or basket for your

A few fall planters can go a long way to help celebrate the transition from summer to winter.

outdoor gatherings. Test your container designs while shopping. Grab a cart and gather the plants you would like to grow. See if the colors and textures work well together. The bold leaves of plants like ornamental cabbage contrast with the fine leaves of ornamental grasses to create a focal point. Repeat colors from the flowers or leaves of one plant to another to unify your planting. For example, use a purple aster or pink mum to echo the colors of decorative kale, pansies or the colorful leaf stems of Swiss chard. Set containers on the front steps as a colorful autumn welcome. Group sev-

eral containers together for a garden of containers to display on the deck, patio or balcony. This collection of container gardens is sure to brighten your day when relaxing outdoors or enjoying the view from inside the house looking out. Go one step further and create a stunning autumn display by combining fall planters with gourds, decorative squash, and pumpkins. Use corn stalks or broom corn for vertical interest or as a backdrop. Then include bales of hay to elevate a few of the pots and pumpkins for multiple levels of fall beauty. Dress it up further with sprigs of American bittersweet, grape vines, and other fall décor.

A few fall planters can go a long way to help celebrate the transition from summer to winter. The last blaze of color will warm you as the temperatures start to drop. Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including “Small Space Gardening.” She hosts “The Great Courses How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the nationally syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” TV and radio segments. Myers’ website, www.MelindaMyers.com, features gardening videos, podcasts, audio tips, and monthly gardening checklists.

Autumn grass looks best—if these 5 things are done Get the lawn looking green and pristine with these five easy fall lawn care tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet:

1. Get rid of leaves The first fall lawn care tip to follow is to remove all the leaves from your lawn. Leaves trap moisture and block out any sunlight which can potentially kill the grass. When the leaves start to fall, you need to start raking or leaf-blowing. Keep up with the leaves throughout the fall so your lawn is not dead come springtime.

2. Continue your watering schedule Grass roots need to stay hydrated, even in the fall. While there is more moisture in the air and less evaporation, it does not mean your lawn is getting enough water. Lawns typically need at least an inch of water per week–you can use a rain gauge to keep track of how much water your lawn is actually getting. Continue watering through the end of October. 3. Continue cutting It is also important to continue cutting your lawn into the fall–just make

sure to do it at the right height. If you let the grass grow too long, it can become matted and susceptible to winter fungi. If it is too short, it can mess with the root system and make the lawn vulnerable to the cold and dryness of winter. Keeping the grass between 2-1/2 and 3 inches in height is ideal. Plus, regular cutting helps cut up and get rid of the fallen leaves.

4. Fertilize Another part of fall lawn care is fertilizing. A slow-release 24-0-16 formula fertilizer is perfect for fall application.

If you have never fertilized your lawn before, visit our how-to article for an in-depth fertilizer schedule to follow year-round. If you are unsure about winterizing your lawn, read through our how-to article on that. 5. Protect against weeds Finally, you need to protect your lawn against weeds. Overseeding your existing lawn is one way to accomplish this. It is a bit of a challenge, but worth it if it saves your lawn. The seeds need to be in the soil, watered and germinate to grow.


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How to tell when roof needs repair Four out of five homes in the U.S. have asphalt shingles, and it is easy to see why. The wide variety of available colors and styles, combined with durability and affordability, have made asphalt shingles the leading choice for residential roofing in the country. Like all exterior building products, asphalt shingles start to age as soon as they are exposed to nature. Buildings experience aging factors differently, so it is difficult to predict how long shingles will last. With storm chasers and insurance adjusters claiming roof damage or defective shingles after major weather events, it is important for homeowners to arm themselves with information about what type of roof aging is normal, and most importantly, what type is not. What is normal? It is natural for a roof to age, and the process begins as soon as shingles are exposed to nature. The sun can raise rooftop temperatures as high as 50 to 70 degrees above the ambient air temperature. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun and heat have been

shown to accelerate roof aging, as have pollution, hail, snow, ice, falling tree limbs and people walking it. Here are a few common signs of aging shingles: Curling is a common phenomenon in some shingles and is not considered a defect. It is natural for asphalt to age and shrink with time, which may result in a slight curling of the shingle edge. Minor cracks may also appear on the shingles as they age, but industry experts say it is a normal weathering characteristic and not cause for alarm, as long as the cracks do not penetrate through the shingle and the roof is still performing the intended purpose of shedding water. “Minor cracks may not be noticeable from the ground, but people often spot them while hanging their Christmas lights,” said roofing industry expert Rick “the Roofer” Taylor, a longtime roofing contractor now working as a traveling trainer for shingle manufacturer TAMKO Building Products. “The intense heat from the sun can deplete some of the protective

asphalt oils, and that can cause minor cracks.” Dark brown or black streaks down the roof are common in particularly moist or humid areas of the country, and are the result of algae growth on the shingles. While not particularly attractive, these stains should not affect the shingles’ ability to shed water. Some granule loss on the shingles is to be expected, especially if a roof has been recently repaired or replaced, since extra granules are a part of the shingle manufacturing process. Loose granules are usually noticed collecting in roof gutters after the shingles are installed. This type of granule shedding is common and not a cause for concern. What is a concern? While minor curling, surface cracking, closed blisters, algae stains and some granule loss can all be signs of normal roof aging, some more serious roof wear and aging could be indicative of a potential problem, and should be examined and monitored. These roof issues may need attention:

Blisters, or small circular raised areas, are often the direct result of under-ventilated attics or excessive use of plastic cement—both of which are installation errors. Buckling, a distortion of the shingles, can be a possible sign of inadequate roof ventilation, issues with the roof deck or other installation errors and may require attention. Deep cracks and excessive granule loss also are signs that it might be time to call a roofer.

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High-tech mirrors From mirrors with automatic, built-in LED lighting options or fog resistance to magic-like mirrors incorporating built-in clocks, TV panels or digital assistantconnected features, the bathroom mirror has gone way beyond a simple place to shave or check your look. Bathroom mirrors with automatic sensors light up as your face approaches the mirror. Some high-tech mirrors include touchscreen controls, some are controlled by remotes while others are responsive to voice commands. If it is connected to an advanced security system, you can use a smart bathroom mirror to check who is at the front door while brushing your teeth. With a smart mirror that connects to the internet, you can watch tutorials on your favorite makeup app while getting ready for that big date. You can also check the news and weather or tell your digital assistant to turn on your coffee maker while you are fixing your hair. The latest mirror features make all your simple grooming tasks easier. Standalone bathtubs Homeowners with the space and resources are increasingly choosing to separate the bathtub from the shower,

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In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and expertise than an online search engine can provide, and the project may end up costing more if doing it themselves. Fortunately, trained, experienced and certified experts are available to help turn your vision into an enjoyable reality and bring years of knowledge and value to your outdoor project. Experts found through the National Association of Landscape Professionals—which represents an industry of nearly 1 million landscape, lawn care, irrigation and tree care professionals—have the expertise to create and maintain healthy green spaces that benefit our communities and environment. How do you know if you need a professional? Here are five signs.

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Your lawn looks unhealthy You see brown grass, patchy growth and weeds. You have tried everything from various lawn products to altered watering techniques, but nothing works. Lawn care professionals have the expertise and education to get to the root of your yard problems. A trained lawn care professional can evaluate factors including the pH balance of your soil, the presence of non-native grasses or problems created by over- or under-fertilizing your lawn. These experts may have your soil analyzed and work alongside an agronomist to determine the best fertilizer application for your specific type of grass, and create a maintenance plan to achieve optimal lawn health.

You want a new landscape You love seeing colorful flowers and lush greenery at the local garden store, but do not know where to start. What will work best with your existing trees and plants? Where should you plant? What will grow best with your climate and soil type? You may be tempted to choose shrubs based only on their appearance, but improper choices could greatly impact your landscape design. A landscape professional is trained in proper plant selection and understands what flowers and greenery grow best in specific soil conditions, plus how to achieve a balance of colors and variety. They also know how to use plantings to camouflage unsightly areas of your landscape and add focal points to locations you wish to feature. When working with a landscape professional, they will help you consider layering plant sizes and textures to create a beautiful outdoor space.

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