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Beautify Your Landscape ..........................3 Hiring a lawncare Professional .......................4 Trade out Your Carpet.......5 The New Modern Kitchen ...............................6 Landscaping You Can Eat.......................8 Gutter Cleaning.................10 Service Directory ..............12 Upscaling Garages ...........16 Hot Remodeling................18 Gardening in spaces .......20 Bathroom Therapy..........22 CT Derm..............................23 XNLV27765


Beautify Your Landscape

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NATIVE PLANTS ARE BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, EASIER ON THE HOMEOWNER

or centuries, a major part of gardening has involved importing exotic and interesting plants from other parts of the world. Flowers, shrubs and ornamental grasses that are native in faraway lands are grown, potted and shipped to just about anywhere — many miles from where nature intended them to grow. vive those conditions. The same goes for cold, wet climates. Choosing plants that grow naturally in your area makes more sense. Picking plants that require more or less rainfall than what you receive is

a sure recipe to create stress for your landscaping, which results in more disease, wilting and rotting. Ideally, native plants will never need to be watered because nature takes care of them. When they do need

extra water because of drought or other temporary weather conditions, it won't require nearly as much as plants that are imported from other areas.

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Native plants grow wild without any special care in your area. If you're the type of person who doesn't have much time to spend tending their landscaping, or if you simply don't enjoy gardening, then native plants are a perfect solution. If you pick the right ones and plant them properly to begin with, they can provide years of trouble-free care.

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Another advantage of native plants is that they will always match your area's natural beauty. Native plants can be found all around where you live. The trees, shrubs and flowers that grow wild in and around your city create an easy way for your home to complement its surroundings. They also give your home a sense of place. Your lawn and landscape will perfectly match where you live, which is a pleasing feeling.

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This has been good for increasing the variety of plants available for your landscape, but it's also created a big problem: many of those imported plants simply aren't suited for where you live. Even plants that are hardy in your area's temperatures may not be ideal in your city because of soil conditions, rainfall, wind or other factors. That means they require more watering, more fertilizer, more care and more time to keep them thriving in an area where they don't belong naturally. There's a solution, though. Many landscapers are turning to native plants rather than imported varieties, and here's why.


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Hiring a lawncare professional

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* Compare prices. Professional landscapers offer an array of services and, as a result, those services vary in cost. Ask neighbors and friends what they pay for routine maintenance and any other special services. Get recommendations for companies that do work you admire. * Interview prospective companies. Set up appointments or price quotes from three different lawncare services. Compare the offerings and the prices. Ask questions about whether pricing is "per week" or "per cut." Determine if

services such as edging, blowing away debris, trimming, and clean-up are included. * Find out about extras. Some services will offer packages for spring and fall clean-up, and homeowners should inquire about any special offers during the initial comparison stage. * Who does the work? A company may farm out work to other landscapers. Figure out who will be arriving each week and base decisions accordingly.

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he most popular floor covering in American homes since the 1960s, by far, is carpeting. Carpeted floors feel great under bare feet and provide a cozy, elegant look that can be designed to match any room. Carpet does have its disadvantages, though. It can stain — think of toddlers spilling red Kool-Aid on beige carpet — shows dirt easily and can be hard to keep clean. It can also start to show wear prematurely in heavily trafficked walkways, and some people say it

can attract dust and pet hair that make allergies flare up. Those are some of the reasons many homeowners are choosing to switch out their carpeting for hard surfaces.

ranty before you buy it. You'll want to pick the best quality flooring you can afford.

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One option that has long been popular is hardwood flooring. Made from real trees cut down into planks, hardwood flooring is available in all the variety that nature provides. Hardwood floors are typically more expensive than laminate floors, but they also look better, with a natural texture and graining that can be stained in thousands of different options. Many hardwoods are available pre-finished with durable coatings, so they can have the same longevity and wear resistance of laminate floors, along with the ease of installation.

An affordable, very durable option is laminate flooring. It's quickly grown as one of the most popular floor surfaces in today's homes because it's easy to install and comes close to matching the beauty of real wood. Laminate floors are not the same as wood floors, though. They are typically thinner and manufactured to look like wood or other natural materials, but they're actually just a printed pattern that looks natural. It doesn't have the same variability and stainability of true wood flooring. Look closely at the floor's war-

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TILE FLOORS Tile flooring has perhaps the widest range of choices on the market today. It's available from very cheap ceramic tiles to very expensive natural stones. The big advantage of tile flooring is that it can have natural beauty, much like hardwood floors, but is also water resistant. It's often used in kitchens and bathrooms for that reason, although more and more homeowners are getting comfortable putting tile and stone floors in their living areas, too. Tile is also great for designers because it's available in a wide variety of colors and textures. Whether manmade like ceramics or cut straight from a quarry, like marble or sandstone, tile can provide the durability and natural style that matches today's lifestyle.

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The New Modern Kitchen IDEAS FOR GIVING YOUR KITCHEN A WARM LOOK K Modern styling continues to be a popular trend, although it's developing a twist lately. Instead of the cold, industrial, metal style that many people associate with the modern look, the new modern is warmer and more inviting. It uses elegant woods and natural materials in a clean, ornament-free design to combine the best in modern design and old-world craftsmanship.

Many people think of modern design as having a cold, industrial look, but that’s not always the case.

STREAMLINED DESIGN The streamlined look continues to be in for kitchens. Influenced heavily by the midcentury style, including straight lines and simple, Scandinavianinspired wood fixtures, today's streamlined kitchens use glass and clean lines for a thoroughly modern appearance. It's especially notable in the continued on page 7

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itchens are the heart of the home, and today's most popular designs take that into account. Open-concept, family-friendly layouts with islands and lots of countertop space are becoming the status quo for today's newly designed kitchens.


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The biggest trend in the new modern style is mixing different materials together — typically metal with natural materials, like stone and wood. Stainless steel appliances and fixtures remain the top sellers, but they're being paired with more old-world materials and colors. Natural stone tiles and backsplashes are especially popular, along with cork floors and rich wood cabinets. One new trend in cabinets is using more than one stain or color to create contrast. The old rule of always using matching cabinets has been

Finally, high-quality accessories — especially wooden accessories — are coming back into style. People want a sense of quality in their home at a time when cheap plastic kitchen tools are wearing out and being replaced far too often. Thick wooden bowls, handcarved dishes and other longlasting accessories are popular this year. As the economy recovers, people are wanting to invest in materials that withstand the test of time, and well-built wooden structures are doing the trick. They fit the new modern design while adding the warmth that makes your house feel like home.

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doesn't take up much room, and there's no rule that says gardeners have to separate their landscaping from their edibles. Just be careful what you harvest, because many landscaping plants are not edible.

CONVENIENCE While a traditional vegetable garden is usually planted away from the house, edible landscaping can be planted right outside your door. That makes it easy to step outside and pick some rosemary or pull a piece of fruit from a tree, making it easier to put your garden to use. It's also popular to use containers as part of an edible landscape. There are many varieties of dwarf citrus trees, for example, that are perfect for container gardening. You can bring them indoors in the winter and let them be visible as part of

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Finally, edible landscaping can be just as beautiful as traditional, non-edible landscaping. You have plenty of choices for edible plants that are also suitable for the landscape — including varieties of persimmons, pecans, citrus trees and peach trees — that are as tasty as they are good looking. When you choose edible plants for your landscaping, you're freeing up more space in your vegetable garden for other plants. You're also putting your gardening skills on full display, letting visitors get an up-close look at the bounty you're growing rather than hiding it in a faraway backyard garden.

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If you're considering inspiration from Colonial gardens of yore for your landscape, certain pointers can turn that dream garden into a reality. First, Colonial gardens are largely geometric and symmetrical. Elements should be arranged with thought to the central axis of the planting bed. Color is used sparsely in Colonial-style gardens; therefore, stick to small patches of color used in moderation against monochromatic hues of green foliage. Linear pathways are also a dominating feature of Colonial gardens. At the end of the path put a focal point, such as a large planter or birdbath. Brick, crushed gravel and seashells are pathway materials of choice when constructing the garden. Using more hardscape than plants and flowers enables homeowners who create Colonial-style gardens to perform minimal maintenance.


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GIVE YOUR CAR'S HOME A MAKEOVER, TOO n recent years, the home improvement craze has spurred many homeowners to give their living rooms, bedrooms and landscapes a makeover. But one important room in the house has largely been forgotten until recently: the garage.

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FAMILIES ADDING SUITES Today's families are living differently than they did a decade ago. There are more families today choosing to live with more than one generation under one roof, whether it's the adult children who have returned home after college or elderly parents moving in with their kids. That's why adding a suite â&#x20AC;&#x201D; often called the "mother-in-law suite" â&#x20AC;&#x201D; remains one of the most common additions to a house. These separate suites allow both privacy and livability within the home, letting families share one roof but remaining separated enough to stay sane. It's common to add a separate area with its own bedroom, bathroom and often a small, compact kitchen space to create an apartment-like zone that's separated from the rest of the home. This lets families combine their lives while still maintaining some level of independence and privacy.

OUTDOOR HAVENS Turning your yard into an extension of the home is one of the most popular ways to upgrade your home. When done properly, it feels like you've just added square footage to your home without having to knock out any walls. With upgraded patio areas, outdoor fire pits and barbecue grills, covered awnings and high-class seating, today's outdoor living spaces are as luxurious as they are relaxing. They can also make great entertainment areas. A big patio space with landscaping that sets it apart as a separate outdoor room is ideal for big family or social gatherings.

CUSTOM KITCHENS The kitchen is one room in the house where families tend to spend the most time together, and many people are choosing to upgrade their kitchen to make it more functional, spacious and stylish. A fully customized kitchen is a great way to make your home match your lifestyle. Granite and stone-look countertops are some of the hottest kitchen upgrades, as they have been for years, and integrating appliances with the cabinetry is gaining in popularity. This idea has been popular in Europe for years, but it's starting to catch on more in America as homeowners use custom panels to conceal and beautify their refrigerator and dishwasher, along with adding new features such as wine racks and hidden storage solutions.


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also may need to be watered more frequently. Containers also can be used to plant small trees or shrubs. Use them for vegetable plants as well. The advantage to containers is they can be moved elsewhere if a plant is not thriving in a particular area. People who have an extremely space with which to work may be limited to a few flower pots in the window, but they can easily grow herbs or annual flowers. Those who have a large space may want to consider breaking the landscape down into smaller quadrants; otherwise, the garden can seem unruly. Use hardscape materials, such as mulch, rocks, boulders, and slate to break up the greenery (and also cut down on items that need pruning and watering).


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Fortunately, our skin has unique ways of protecting itself from the harsh environment. For example, it has the ability to become thicker and increase itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secretion of protective oil called sebum. Just as importantly, thee are skin care routines we need to follow to keep our skin functioning to the best of its ability. In this article we will explore a few fundamental concepts about the skinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protective mechanisms and how its barrier functions. These concepts and strategies are based on rigorous scientific research completed by Treasure Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very own Dermatologist, Dr. Carl R. Thornfeldt, along with his clinical research team. This article has pertinent information everyone should be aware of and primarily focuses on prevention. The subsequent article will focus on treatment of summer skin diseases.

Other products such as Cetaphil, Aveeno, and CeraVe, contain just one or two of the three key barrier lipids and have ben tested to have about 1/4 the benefit of Epionce. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula and Eucerin have a similar level of barrier function benefit as the marketed brands mentioned previously, but use glycerin, mineral oil, and lanolin extracts. Pure Vaseline, pure glycerin and Aquaphor have been documented to be half as effective as Epionce and twice as effective as other brands. However, many people do not like the greasy gooey feeling. For resistant to treatment, extremely scaly and fissured skin, glycerin, Amlactin XL, LacHydrin 12, Carmol 20, or Ureacin 20 followed by pure Vaseline or Aquaphor will improve the appearance of th eskin. If your skin is moderately scaly, it is best to apply Carmol 20 or Ureacin 20 followed by glycerin. Recent research at Oregon Health Sciences Center indicated that barrier product are most effective when used six times daily, but there was also significant improvement to the skin barrier with three uses a day.

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Oral supplements with green and white tea or golden fern (also called heliocare) and are as effective as many prescription products in decreasing sensitivity to the damaging ultraviolet rays. Beta carotene taken at doses that induce â&#x20AC;&#x153;orange colored palmsâ&#x20AC;? is also somewhat protective. If you are planning to spend more than 20 minutes outdoors, always use sunscreen containing a 50 SPF or higher, and apply two layers 30 minutes apart. This is important because SPF is only a multiple of how long it takes for your skin to get red after being out in the sun. For example, if your skin reddens within 5 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF 50 means it will take 250 minutes (4+ hours) to get red. Although sunscreens are very effective in decreasing overall UV damage, no sunscreen gives 100% protection, and the light that penetrates the skin activates some degree of inflammation. Taking this into consideration, anti-inflammatory sunscreens are recommended. These would include Epionce Ultra Shield 50, Neutrogena 100 Full Spectrum, Aveeno 70, Aveeno 60 for babies, and Live Strong 50+. If you know you will be outdoors for a long day of sun exposure, expecially if you are going to be swimming or sweating, take 1-2 full strength aspirin prior to and immediately after exposure to

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People who are deficient in thiamine (or Vitamin B-1) are more susceptible to insect bites especially mosquitoes because their sweat does not secrete the vitamin which helps ward off the insects. With mosquito season well on its way, it would be helpful to start taking thiamine 100mg daily. Odorless garlic has also been proven to reduce the incidence of insect bites. Clothing is another vitally important way to protect your skin. There are several clothing lines carried online and in outdoor sporting stores that claim to protect against both UV rays and insect bites. Hats are also carried in these clothing lines and are very important in decreasing sun exposure to your face. Hats should have at least a 3 1/2 inch rim all the way around and have a tight enough weave that you cannot see through it. Baseball caps might as well be called â&#x20AC;&#x153;cancer capsâ&#x20AC;? because they give no protection to your ears, cheeks, and neck. Incorporating these fundamental principles of skin care NOW, will improve your quality of life over the next 6 months, and many more summers to come so you can enjoy the sunshine AND protect your skin!

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Blue skies, warm breezes, and signing birds let us know that springtime is finally here. The rise in temperature compels us to participate in recreational activities and hobbies that have been neglected during the winter months. Whether it be gardening, hiking, swimming, or taking a leisurely walk, it is important to remember to take care of our skin before rushing into the relentless offenses of the summer environment. Our skin takes on a variety of insults during the summer months including sunlight, heat, wind, insect bites, contact with toxic plants, and friction from clothing, backpacks, and life preservers. A unique type of insult can even occur unintentionally while relaxing in the summer sun, drinking a gin and tonic when a stray splash of lime juice comes in contact with the skin. The can cause a reaction resulting in blisters or a brownish colored rash to appear called phytophoto dermatitis.


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