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4 gardening tips for this spring

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Tulsa Home & Garden Show to offer ideas, expert tips

Tulsa Home  Garden Show to offer ideas, expert tips

Tulsa Home Garden Show to offer ideas, expert tips

Crowds walk the lower level at the 2013 Tulsa Home Garden Show at the Expo Center.  TOM GILBERT / Tulsa World file

Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:00 am

Updated: 7:38 am, Tue Mar 4, 2014.

Tulsa Home Garden Show to offer ideas, expert tips



From storm shelters and kitchen appliances to security services and landscaping, find everything you need to improve your home at the Tulsa Home Garden Show this weekend.

The event begins Thursday at the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St.

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Tips on deer and critter control in the garden


Q: Any ideas for dealing with the deer and wildlife that are ravaging my garden?

A: Browsing by deer and woodchucks has resulted in a large loss of plants at our Demonstration Gardens at Cornell Cooperative headquarters in Stony Point. To deal with this we have fenced in some gardens, use spray repellents, and accept some damage and use plants that are rarely eaten.

Your Cooperative Extension will have a guideline list of plants and their susceptibility to deer browsing. There is no list for woodchucks, which eat many vegetables and flowers. We have fenced in our Native Plant, Annual Cutting, Rain, Container and Shade gardens with great success. For deer, Cornell recommends using a fence at least 8 feet high. To deter woodchucks from digging under the fence, make an L-shaped bend 1 foot up from the lower edge of the fence and bury it a few inches underground. If rabbits are a problem, use fencing with very small holes.

Spray repellents work if they are applied consistently, changing brands a few times through the season so the animals don’t get used to them. Spray repellents have worked in our Fern Garden.

The Lower Hudson Valley has a very large population of deer. They are pressured for food sources and are eating plants such as ferns that are on the rarely eaten list, a list that they clearly don’t read!

Unfenced and unsprayed, our Hillside Garden and Ralph Snodsmith Perennial Gardens are evolving into gardens with fewer plants that are rarely browsed. Because the plants eaten by deer in one area can be very different from those eaten in another area, you should keep track of what is browsed in your garden.

Our Ornamental Grass Garden and our aromatic plant filled Herb Garden are, dare I say it and tempt fate, never browsed.

Starting April 27, at 1 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month through October, you can join the master gardeners for take a free hour-long tour of our Demonstration Gardens and ask us questions beginning at 1 p.m. at the Cornell headquarters in Stony Point. For more information, call 845-429-7085 or visit

Donna De Sousa, Suffern, master gardener, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland

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Fort Meade Residents Wants Pedestrian-Friendly Downtown

These ideas and others surfaced during a workshop Thursday night regarding a proposed redevelopment plan for the city’s downtown.

During the workshop, residents broke up into small groups, then presented their thoughts to others attending the event.

Ben Speight, who presented the ideas for his group, said residents liked the idea of wider sidewalks, but not at the expense of the existing angled parking downtown. The concept for downtown calls for those spaces to be replaced with parallel parking.

“We’re opposed to parallel parking,” he said. “We like our angled parking and don’t want to lose it.”

Retha Crawford, owner of the Southern Posh boutique at 145 W. Broadway St., said parking is already at a premium downtown.

“We’ll lose 30 percent of our parking if we go to parallel parking,” she said, “and 30 percent is a lot. We don’t have enough already.”

City Commissioner Bob Elliott said his group was on board with the parallel parking if it meant getting sidewalks that were 17 feet wide and a boulevard along Broadway Street.

“That center landscaping is a great idea,” he said.

He agreed with professional planners who said the redesign would encourage off-street parking in nearby lots.

But wider sidewalks and a center median will take more than just the city’s approval. Broadway Street is also County Road 630, which means Polk County controls anything that happens with its design. Any redesign would require the county’s approval, and the county would be responsible for funding those improvements.

Planners with the Bartow-based Central Florida Regional Planning Council, which is coordinating the downtown effort for the city, offered four alternatives for downtown’s streetscape, including one reflecting the existing design, and asked them to vote on the one they’d like to see. An estimated 55 percent of the votes went to the design with the wider sidewalks and parallel parking.

Council representatives also suggested areas where the city might create walking paths that will encourage visitors and residents to come downtown, including loops that incorporate many of the city parks.

Armed with the suggestions from Thursday’s workshop, planners will draft a proposal for future development in downtown Fort Meade. The planning council’s Colleen Burton said those plans should be ready to present to the Fort Meade community in April.

[ Suzie Schottelkotte can be reached at or 863-533-9070. ]

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Hamden Town Hall garage nearly complete

HAMDEN The last piece to the renovations of Memorial Town Hall is the completion of a parking garage, and officials say it’s “almost finished.”

The $2 million garage could be open as soon next month, said Joseph DiSanti, construction monitor.

If approved at Monday night’s Legislative Council meeting, the two-level garage will see addition of new features such as protective paneling on the upper level and a security fence on the lower-level.

The upper level will be designated for public parking and the lower level for police cruisers.

The new garage will have approximately 188 parking spaces, with 99 spaces designated for the public.

The safety enhancements will total “up to” $108,870 including the funding for a fence partition at the bike storage area, installation of a property line fence at the Eye Medical and Surgical Building, installation of hydraulic gate closers and a partition at the garage’s sallyport.

The lower-level fencing will be used to protect public safety vehicles, according to Curt Leng, chief administrator officer.

Leng said the town “unfortunately” didn’t receive any grant funding for the project.

“We were unfortunate in that we did not get funding for shovel-ready major projects we hoped to get and expected to get at the time,” Leng said.

DiSanti said if approved, the upper-level fencing is “more readily available” and could be installed as soon as the first week of April. However, the mesh-chain link on the lower level has a “longer lead” and wouldn’t be put in place until the end of April.

“Hopefully everything goes well with the weather; that could make it difficult to install,” DiSanti said.

Leng and DiSanti said the idea of not building a garage did surface, but numbers showed even a parking lot could cost millions.

“It would probably cost about $1 million to do some sort of parking lot, plus the cost for site lighting and fencing,” Leng said.

The garage is “substantially done, we still have the minor completion of landscaping. I think it’s come out great, it’s come a long way,” DiSanti said.

Leng added the project is still on budget.

The project started during former mayor Craig Henrici’s last term in office in 2009.

Call Ebony Walmsley at 203-789-5734. Have questions, feedback or ideas about our news coverage? Connect directly with the editors of the New Haven Register at

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Search for landscaping ideas, and you could find a treasure

Interested in adding a little style and charm to your yard? Belgard Hardscapes may be just the thing you’re looking for. With a variety of styles and colors to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding just the right product for your project.

Visit the huge Belgard trailer display to see the latest Belgard hardscape products for your yard and landscape. Tour Belgard’s mobile showroom, packed full of ideas for your outdoor living space. The trailer features a wide variety of Belgard products, including an outdoor kitchen, waterfall, fireplace and a wood fired brick oven, all on top of a floor that’s been finished with some of Belgard’s most popular pavers.

These days, more people are making the choice to stay and improve their current home versus purchasing a new one. Because of that, they are looking for new and interesting ways to utilize their space. Many of these people have taken to the outdoors, adding paver driveways and walkways, but one of the more popular trends in the home improvement industry is the outdoor living space.

Your patio can be much more than just a concrete slab and should be thought of as another room attached to your home. Your patio is a place that you share moments with your family and entertain guests. Why not invest in making it an extension of your home? With a good contractor and a little bit of creativity, it’s easy to turn that boring concrete slab into a beautiful outdoor room.

Belgard specializes in making products to transform your back patio into a new living room, dining room, or even a kitchen. They also offer a list of Belgard Authorized Contractors. Authorized Contractors provide installation services following ICPI standards and are approved by Belgard through a rigorous screening process. With products ranging from pavers and retaining walls to wood fired brick ovens and fireplaces, Belgard has everything you need to create the outdoor living space you’ve been dreaming of and can help you find the contractor to do it.

Register to Win an Outdoor Fireplace Worth More than $7,000.

Search the show for the latest landscaping materials and ideas, and you might find a treasure! Show visitors can participate in the Belgard Treasure Hunt and register to win an outdoor fireplace. Go to Belgard Hardscapes, Booth 503, to receive a map showing the landscapes in the show that feature Belgard hardscape materials. Visit these booths and find the “treasure” located in each one. Return the map to Belgard’s booth, vote for your favorite landscape and you will be entered to win an outdoor fireplace. Some restrictions apply.

Sponsored by 106.5 The Arch

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An Evening with Sybrina Fulton

Since the shooting death of her son, Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton has become an inspiring spokesp…

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Embrace spring early with fresh DIY home and landscaping projects

(BPT) – People across the country are feeling the winter blues after an unusually cold and snowy winter. But with warmer weather arriving soon, you can create a feeling of spring indoors and out with some simple do-it-yourself projects.

Roll up your sleeves and embrace the season of growth with these home and gardening tips:

* A fresh coat of paint is the perfect way to bring springtime indoors. Find inspiration from outdoor hues such as fun yellows, vibrant blues or a bright blend of pinks, oranges and reds. Start with an accent wall, which you can complete in just a few hours for under $50 with supplies from your local home improvement store.

* Spread the spring theme from your freshly painted walls into your outdoor gardens. Start now by planting seedlings indoors for delicious edible plants and beautiful, colorful blooms you can enjoy all summer long. Lowe’s garden center offers regionally relevant plants and the tools necessary for potting, planting and transplanting seedlings into your backyard garden once spring arrives and the ground thaws. In the meantime, cherish the beauty of your indoor garden as it reminds you of the warm weather on the way.

* As temperatures begin to warm, time to enjoy the outdoors is just around the corner. Soon enough you’ll be relaxing with family and friends on your deck or in the backyard around a fire pit. Take time now to get prepared for spring and summer days. Decorate and furnish your outdoor space with allen + roth patio furniture from Lowe’s. From bistro sets perfect for enjoying breakfast to conversation sets that will make your guests linger during longer days, you can create a specialty look at affordable prices.

* Get a jumpstart on your landscaping projects by removing traces of winter from your yard. As soon as the snow melts and the ground thaws, pick up or mow leaves and fallen twigs, trim or prune the bushes and give your grass a professional look by edging along paved pathways. Kobalt offers all the tools you need in its new outdoor power equipment line. Launched this spring, the line includes seven cordless tools that all operate off a single, interchangeable, 40-volt lithium ion battery. The selection includes two push lawn mowers, a chainsaw, pole saw, string trimmer and edger, blower and hedge trimmer. No need to wait for all the batteries to recharge – just switch them out from tool to tool and you can spruce up the yard in no time.

Spring is calling with these simple, affordable DIY projects that are sure to leave the winter blues behind you. In a weekend or less, your home and backyard will feel a sense of spring renewal that will provide long hours of enjoyment for months to come.

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Tour five beautiful feature gardens

We’ve endured a long, cold, snowy winter, waiting impatiently for the first signs of spring. It’s still winter, but inside the Home Garden Show, spring is here! The Show has long been known for its beautiful landscapes filled with fabulous flowers, hardscape materials, water features and the newest ideas for your yard and garden. Stroll through five fantastic gardens and be inspired to create your own retreat.

The theme for the gardens at this year’s show is Treasures of Spring, and the landscapers have worked hard to create gardens that are beautiful outdoor retreats and creative living spaces great for relaxation, family time and entertaining.

Frisella Nursery has created Rustic Spring Beauty. A pavilion made of stone and hand-hewn timber sits atop a hillside setting of boulder shelves and outcroppings. A stream flows into a waterfall that cascades to a flagstone patio with a kitchen and natural stone fireplace, and unique plant material forced into bloom creates a colorful spring display.

Outdoor Systems Inc. showcases Modern Style. Clean lines, simple colors and trendy style come together in the landscape for the Feature Home. This garden expands the creative possibilities for outdoor spaces with the newest products for natural stone retaining walls and a sharp, functional inground pool with the latest in water feature technology.

Prestige Landscape has built An American Garden. Antique freestanding stone fences give the garden a feeling of space and tranquility, and the sound of water trickling over rocks focuses your attention on the mossy waterfall. Tall evergreens and flowering trees will make you forget you are inside at the Home Show. Flowers in such abundance will cause you to pause and take in the beauty of this small space garden.

Rivers West Landscaping presents Elements of Nature. This garden features a bounty of natural elements, with an impressive 1,000 pound sandstone boulder with a fire feature at its centerpiece. A wide variety of pavers make up the landscape’s structure, including a fire pit, a seating wall and lighted columns. The natural stone bar with limestone countertop and outdoor cooking pit are perfect for entertaining friends. You’ll feel like you’ve gotten away from it all, surrounded by flowering shrubs, spruce trees, white pines and huge maple trees.

Signature Landscapes  Design presents the Treasures of Spring. Tucked away down a stone pathway and through lush gardens, a waterfall emerges from the earth, greeting visitors. Follow the path where garden treasures can be found at each turn. It’s never cold in this garden. Cozy up to a warm, rustic fireplace and kitchen hearth that welcomes those who find their way into the heart of the garden. Discover a resting place of untold beauty, with the best that Mother Nature can provide.

Tour these beautiful gardens and be inspired to turn your yard into a fabulous outdoor living space!

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