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Improve efficiency of home appliances

Home improvement projects often involve remodeling. But homeowners can improve their homes without ever picking up a hammer. Upgrading a home's appliances with products that are more eco-friendly can...

 

Caring for your lawn is a year-round job

Spring and summer may be the seasons most often associated with landscaping and lawn care, but tending to lawns and gardens is a year-round job. If lawn and garden responsibilities dip considerably...

 

Reduce cold-weather fire risks in your home

Plenty of things heat up when the temperature drops, including the risk for fire hazards. Fireplaces, stoves, heating systems, candles, and even electric lights are used more often during the winter t...

 

Bold colors can add variety to rooms needing design help

Whether it's Independence Day, St. Patrick's Day or the holiday season, the bold hues that are synonymous with these events add a splash of color to rooms that can use a little design lift. While...

 

Design a garden for all of your senses

Gardens add visual appeal to a yard, but gardens also can appeal to individuals' senses of smell, taste, touch and sound. Gardeners who want to create gardens that appeal to various senses can do so...

 

Making spring projects more eco-friendly

The arrival of warmer weather means different things to different people. Some anticipate opportunities for outdoor fun, while others may be considering redecorating or remodeling their homes. For the...

 

PUD offers tips for spring planting

The Snohomish County PUD offers ideas for spring planting around your home to minimize power outages and help the environment. Trees and other brush growing into power lines are a major cause of...

 

Problems that can damage your lawn

A beautiful lawn is a goal for many homeowners. Some homeowners may find that lovely lawns may last momentarily, only to disappear when damage - be it pest-, weather- or child-related - sets in....

 

Spring cleaning tips for your barbecue

The weather is heating up and no matter whether you grill year-round or put the grill away for the winter, it's always a good idea to clean it thoroughly once or twice a year. Chad Wolfe, owner of...

 

Improve your home and diet with vegetable garden

Planting a garden can add aesthetic appeal and functionality to a property. Vegetable gardens can transform landscapes while putting healthy and homegrown food on the table. By growing their own...

 

Home projects perfect for spring

The rejuvenating spirit of spring makes this beloved season an ideal time for homeowners to take stock of their homes and properties and address any issues that arose during the winter. While some...

 

Fall is a great time for planting in the garden

While spring may be the busiest time for local gardeners, there is also a variety of things for them to do in the fall. "The biggest things in the fall for gardeners are planting spring-blooming...

 

Protect your pipes from freezing

Freezing pipes are a concern for homeowners who live in cold climates. When temperatures dip below freezing, the risk that pipes will freeze rises. Should a pipe burst, the damage that results can be...

 

Preparing your fireplace or wood stove for the season

Fireplaces and wood-burning stoves not only can be beautiful focal points within a home, but they also provide an additional source of heat and can be used to keep rooms or entire homes comfortable...

 

Identifying lawn problems

Landscaping can be a rewarding hobby that instills a sense of pride in homeowners. Whether you prefer to get your hands dirty planting perennials or devote the bulk of your attention to crafting a...

 

Veggie gardens for beginners

Planting a vegetable garden can be a worthwhile endeavor for anyone who has an available patch of land. Gardens need not take up much space, and even apartment dwellers without yards can plant small...

 

Renovations for senior safety

As adults approach their golden years, the homes they once thought of as sanctuaries can become unsafe. Families wrestle with the decision to keep parents and grandparents in their homes or move them...

 

Marysville's Spring Craft and Garden Show set for April 9

Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation is hosting its annual Spring Craft and Garden Show at the Totem Middle School Gym, located at 1605 Seventh St., on Saturday, April 9. The event features quality hand-made and commercial gifts for the...

 

How to tend to an indoor herb garden

Fresh herbs and recently picked ingredients can add flavor to any meal. A home chef can even improve the flavor of store-bought or prepared foods with an herb garnish that can transform otherwise...

 

Reduce pesticide pollution at home

Commercial farms are often blamed for the vast array of contaminants that find their way into water supplies and the soil itself. But home-gardening enthusiasts may also be contaminating water and soi...

 

Finding the right contractor

Home improvement projects tend to be costly. Because of the considerable financial investment homeowners must make when improving their homes, it's important to find a contractor you can trust and fee...

 

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