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Get your mind off wintertime at Waterloo home show

WATERLOO | After staring at the same four walls for a couple of frigid months, the urge to repaint, wallpaper or even knock ’em down for a new view can be overwhelming.

Whatever the home project, the place to find new ideas and products is the Eastern Iowa Home Improvement Show.

The 64th annual event opens Friday and runs through Sunday at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in downtown Waterloo.

“This is the place people can come and compare products and get ideas, whether it’s putting on a new roof or siding or building a new home, making interior design changes, looking for new windows or landscaping your yard,” said Barb Miller of Iowa Show Productions.

Typically 8,000 to 10,000 visitors attend the event. Nearly 200 home improvement and landscape professionals will participate in the show.

“There will be plenty of new products to look at, experts to talk to and interesting seminars to attend,” said Miller.

Don Engebretson, the “Renegade Gardener,” is the featured seminar presenter. He will discuss “Common Gardening Myths and the Mayhem They Cause” at 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and “Top 10 Gardening and Landscaping Blunders and How to Avoid Them” at 7 p.m. Friday and noon and 6 p.m. Saturday.

Homeowners also can consult with new home contractors and remodeling experts. Displays will feature exterior and interior products and projects, trends in home entertainment systems, geothermal systems, sun rooms, hot tubs, saunas, fireplaces, home organizing systems and decking.

Other exhibits will include kitchens, windows, doors, garages, real estate, insulation, furniture, carpeting, art, heating, cooling, cookware, asphalt, sewing, siding and security and vacuum systems.

Kathy Flack and Katie Bell, interior designer members of the American Society of Interior Designers, will showcase room designs.

Landscape and garden designers will construct landscaped garden displays. Patio furnishings, paving, grills, lawn tractors and the equipment and lawn care products will be exhibited.

In addition to Engebretson’s seminars, presenters will include Jacob Kvinlaug of Marshalltown, an expert on zero net energy homes, with presentations at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and facts on the emerald ash borer from Sheila Sartorius at 5 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Other Saturday seminars are “Kitchen Design Trends,” Randy Herman, 11 a.m., and “Kitchen Design 101,” Jenny Ferson, 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, Todd Redig will offer “Homebuilding 101″ at noon, followed at 1 p.m. by Katie Bell and “Stages of Bath Design” and at 2 p.m. by Bernd Wittneben with “Pond Ideas for Your Yard.”

The Iowa Pork Producers and Fahr Beverage will offer samples, and other food vendors are expected to be present. 

Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, and children younger than 12 are free. Friday matinee admission is $4 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Co-sponsors are the Waterloo Exchange Club and Iowa Show Productions. Discount coupons are available at local Kwik Star stores. For more information, go to www.iowashows.com.

Article source: http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/get-your-mind-off-wintertime-at-waterloo-home-show/article_a91954c4-6c04-5960-9036-5a0eb6d66e72.html

Chilhowie revitalization committee looks at downtown enhancements

Chilhowie Revitalization

Chilhowie Revitalization

Greg Webster, landscape architect with Hill Studio of Roanoke, gave a PowerPoint presentation on potential enhancements in downtown Chilhowie during the February meeting of the Chilhowie Revitalization Committee on Monday. He was joined by representatives of Thompson Litton and Mount Rogers Planning District Commission in discussing ideas with the committee and town officials.



Posted: Thursday, February 5, 2015 5:45 pm

Chilhowie revitalization committee looks at downtown enhancements

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If Chilhowie wins a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant for revitalization of the downtown area, project plans will be in place.

Members of the public can learn more about this grant during a public hearing at the Feb. 12 town council meeting, how much is available and offer input on how it could be spent. More specific details about the revitalization project and its budget will be offered at a second public hearing during the council’s March 12 meeting. The deadline for the grant application is March 25.

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Miley Cyrus selling Toluca Lake home

LOS ANGELES — Miley Cyrus’ family home in Toluca Lake is on the market at $5.995 million. Although the singer-songwriter-actress hasn’t lived there in recent years, the more than half-acre property recalls teenage years spent lounging around the swimming pool or practicing maneuvers on the skateboard ramp. Beyond a gate, a tree-lined brick driveway leads to a Tuscan-style house built in 2007 and designed by Montecito, Calif., architect Bob Easton. The Old World-inspired home and walls are partially wreathed in ivy. Wrought-iron work, copper rain gutters, a Juliet balcony, columns and arches are among architectural features. The three-car garage has arched individual doors. A flagstone courtyard with a fountain sits at the home’s double-door entry. Inside, a 21-foot-tall formal entry has a circular staircase topped by a skylight. A library, formal living room and dining rooms, a guitar display room, a home theater, multiple fireplaces, six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms lie within the 8,700 square feet of living space. Mature landscaping, palm trees, gardens and lawn complete the grounds.

Cyrus, 22, gained fame starring on the series “Hannah Montana” (2006-11). Her film work includes a starring voice role on “Bolt” (2008). The 2013 MTV Artist of the Year released her first album “Meet Miley Cyrus” in 2007. She toured last year promoting her most recent album “Bangerz” and is working on a new album. The property was purchased by her parents, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and Leticia Cyrus, in 2007 for $5.838 million and was later moved into a property trust in which she holds other real estate.

$60 million deal in Malibu

Mega-producer Marcy Carsey has sold her beachfront Malibu compound to Interscope Geffen AM Chairman Jimmy Iovine in an off-market deal for $60 million. She bought the 2.2-acre property in 2000 from actor Richard Gere for close to its $10 million asking price. The compound was described then as having 90 feet of private beach, a three-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot main house on a bluff, two guesthouses, a cottage near the sand, a swimming pool and a tennis court.

Iovine, 61, and rapper Dr. Dre co-founded Beats, which was acquired last year by Apple Inc. for $3 billion. The entrepreneur and record producer also co-founded Interscope Records. Carsey, 70, and producer Tom Werner founded the independent television production company now known as the Carsey-Werner Co. in 1981.

Time to reel in her web

Prolific actress Theresa Russell of “Spider-Man 3,” among other films, has listed a house in the Beverly Crest area for $3.595 million. Built in 1948, the gated house is approached by a flagstone pathway that leads to double doors. Large windows bring light into the stacked-stone-and-stucco residence. The 4,138-square-foot house has a large terrace off the living room and a wraparound deck that takes in ocean, swimming pool and canyon views. Other living spaces include an office, a bonus room near the pool, four bedrooms and six bathrooms. There are separate maid’s quarters and a service entrance. The income property was leased out two years ago for $16,000 a month.

Russell, 57, got her start as a model at age 12. Her scores of films include her debut in “The Last Tycoon” (1976) and last year’s movies “A Winter Rose” and “Moving Mountains.” Pete Townshend of The Who credits her in liner notes with inspiring him to write “Athena.” Originally titled “Theresa,” the song was penned after Townshend met the actress.

Saying goodbye to Picket Fences

Emmy-winning actress Leigh Taylor-Young has listed a Pacific Palisades house at $3.45 million. The Traditional-style home, built in 2014, includes a center hall, formal living and dining rooms, and a kitchen/family room combo with a fireplace and breakfast room. The master suite has a fireplace and a sitting room for a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms in the brightly decorated 4,141-square-foot house. White trim and fencing provide a pop of contrast to the wood-shingle exterior. A Buddha fountain, stone terrace, lush landscaping and lawn complete the grounds.

Taylor-Young, 69, won an Emmy for her supporting role in the 1990s series “Picket Fences.” She has also appeared on “Passions,” “Sunset Beach” and “Dallas.” The actress got her television start on “Peyton Place” in the 1960s. The property was purchased by her husband, John Morton, in 2007 for $3.395 million and has been leased out for the last two years at $15,000 a month.

Musician whips a Neutra into shape

Gerald Casale of Devo has listed his Richard Neutra-designed house in Hollywood Hills West at $3.5 million. Sited on a steep hillside with views of the Los Angeles Basin, the restored International-style home was designed by Modernist architect Neutra and built in 1936 for Los Angeles Examiner printer Joseph Kun. The Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument is considered a prime example of the architect’s pre-World War II work. The imposing white house has a top-level entry from the street, a rooftop deck, dining and living rooms, an office, a bonus room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are 1,732 square feet of living space on 3 1/2 stories. Horizontal bands of glass let in natural light and frame panoramic views. The steel-framed casement windows are among the restored features. Reflecting technological advances at the time it was built, the Kun house was the first home Neutra designed with all-electric fixtures. The top-floor deck and wraparound decks are intended to blur the lines between interior and outdoor spaces — a signature of Neutra designs. Colorful and exotic plants, a paved walkway, a landscaped path, a meditation area and bamboo plantings complete the grounds.

Casale, 66, is a founding member of the 1970s new wave band Devo. He co-wrote much of the band’s material, such as the 1980 hit song “Whip It.” The singer and bass guitarist turned his own design talents to helping create the band’s energy dome hats and radiation suit outfits. He has scores of television and film soundtrack credits. Since spending $2 million to buy the house in 2007, Casale has been researching and completing the restoration work, which included stripping and staining the wood floors to match their original color, replacing missing metal doors and built-ins and removing any post-1930s materials. Original and period fixtures were either fabricated or found to restore the space. Much of the original cabinetry was preserved. Furniture, such as the living room sofa and king-sized master bed, was made by following the original plans for the house.

Article source: http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/life/2015/02/06/miley-cyrus-selling-toluca-lake-home/22824891/

A Green-carpet rollout for Landscape show – Press

A Green-carpet rollout for Landscape show

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Jaime Vega, a contractor with Silver Oak Lanscaping Inc., takes photos of plants for landscaping ideas at the  Landscape Industry Show on Wednesday at the Ontario Convention Center. The show is trade-only.


Landscape seminars on tap for today

Sessions for trades-only include sessions on:

Mastering drip irrigation systems, zones and run times

Pesticide-smart strategies

Three ways to use compost

Water management certification

Mechanics of the home improvement agreement

The 2015 Landscape Industry Show bloomed Wednesday where it was planted, inside the Ontario Convention Center.

The trade-only show, organized by the California Landscape Contractors Association, attracts contractors, architects, irrigation specialists, concrete, stone, and erosion control experts, landscape workers and designers.

Roughly 250 exhibits were set up for the show, which is likely to have attracted 4,000 green industry professionals before it wraps up this afternoon.

“The buzzword this year is the California drought,” Larson Landscaping owner Gordon Larson said as the show chairman pointed to an entry garden in the exhibit hall made lush with barrel cactus, palo verde trees and desert-tolerant plants.

Behind Larson were rows of booths touting lines of artificial turf, seedlings, landscape clay and mulch, drivable grass, rain barrels, pool and electrical products and smart-controlled gizmos for irrigation.

The banner at the Hendrickson Bros.’ booth read, “Make Every Precious Drop Count.”

“With the right devices, you can easily reduce water use by 30 percent,” Dan Kamieniecki, of Hunter Industries, said as he demonstrated a wireless device that puts irrigation systems in sync with climate changes and weather cycles.

The sensor, which hones in on rain and freeze conditions, and sends a signal to the irrigation box to automatically shave or postpone watering run times. Another device acts like a fertilizer stick but reads moisture levels to adjust the watering clock, he said.

Products like those are growing in popularity and getting a big audience with drought conditions as they are in California.

“Landscaping is much different now than it was 10 years ago,” Larson said. “We used to put sod lawns in every week. Now we may have a couple, three or four a year.”

Taking the place of full-scale grass or sod installations are garden scapes and yards with low-water demands. Artificial turf projects haven’t fallen by the wayside.

Danny Reynaga, of Plantable Concrete stood on a flexible concrete pad and cement block system for homeowners to create retainer walls, gardens and driveways. Tony Vena, a co-owner of Purchase Green, touted artificial turf for yards, putting greens and high school baseball diamonds. Behind home plate, the turf is dyed brown to mimic dirt.

“Since 2009, we haven’t seen a growth rate that’s been less than 30 to 40 percent,” Vena said.

Practicality ruled, too.

Pete Sole Jr., of JWest LLC, traveled from Michigan to spread the word about the Landscaper’s Buddy, which works like a ball cart and dolly for boulders and trees. As Sole passed out business cards that read, “This Buddy’s Got Your Back!” he said, “It’s been great: I’ve never been to California. I’ve never seen a box elder tree.”

The show included education tracks on human resources issues, certification, design, LED landscape lighting and sustainable gardens.

Sandra Giarde, executive director of the California Landscape Contractors Association, said consumer awareness about the state’s water situation is at an all-time high, so any program to teach front-line workers about the new technologies, or certify them, is wise.

Landscape work follows the housing market, Larson said.

With home equity on the rise and homeowners feeling as though they have more discretionary dollars, they may begin to spruce up their surroundings again. “Our December log on calls was the best we’ve seen in four years,” Javier Lesaca of Lesaca Landscape Co., of Bakersfield, said.

Contact the writer: 951-368-9423 or dgruszecki@pe.com

Article source: http://www.pe.com/articles/landscape-759645-larson-california.html

Home and garden calendar for Feb. 7-21 – The Courier

Classes

Thieneman’s Herbs and Perennials “Sowing Seeds and Taking Cuttings.” 9120 Blowing Tree Road, 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Feb. 7 and 14; 1-3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 8 and 15. Learn from professionals how to be successful with starting seeds and cuttings. $35, includes materials. Registration, (502) 296-1499. www.thienemans.com.

“2015 New Introductions and Current Trends in Cultivated Plants — Annuals, Perennials, Herbs, Shrubs and Trees.” Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York St., 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Presented by the Jefferson County Master Gardeners Association. Speakers: association member June Sandercock and Jeff Wallitsch of Wallitsch Garden Center. Free. www.jcmgaky.org.

Preservation Louisville “Hands on History” Workshop. Brennan House, 631 S. Fifth St., Louisville, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 14. Program: “Planning a Project in a Historic District.” Members of the Landmarks Commission staff will answer questions about appropriate historic materials, design and rehabilitation guidelines for historic properties. $30; $20, Preservation Louisville members. Advance registration required: (502) 540-5146 or info@preservationlouisville.org. www.preservationlouisville.org.

Bullitt County Extension Service “Orchard Production.” 384 Halls Lane, Shepherdsville, 6-9 p.m. Feb. 16. Basics of fruit production. Free. Registration required, (502) 543-2257.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest “Smart Gardens and Landscapes: Fruit Trees.” 2499 Clermont Road, Clermont, Ky., 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 21. Learn how to plan, care for and harvest from trees. $15; $10, members. Reservations due by 4 p.m. the day before, (502) 955-8512. www.bernheim.org.

Clubs and meetings

Audubon Park Garden Club. Audubon Park Baptist Church, 1046 Hess Lane, 11 a.m. Monday. Winter luncheon. Speaker: Jacquelyn McGrail on “Spring Wildflowers and Where to Find Them.” (502) 634-4921 or (502) 634-1239.

Kentucky Orchid Society. Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2300 Taylorsville Road, Wednesday. Social hour, 6:30 p.m. Speaker, 7 p.m.: Ruth Schneider on “Orchids of Costa Rica.”

Riverside Garden Club. Riverside — The Farnsley Moreman Landing, 7410 Moorman Road, Louisville, 11 a.m. Feb. 14. Speaker: Ray Rock, nursery manager for Stephenson Garden Center and Landscaping on home gardening. (502) 935-6809.

Email items to listings@courier-journal.com. The deadline to receive items for next Saturday’s column is noon Tuesday.

Article source: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/life/home-garden/2015/02/06/home-garden-calendar-feb/22968707/

Tips To Remove Mold From Garden Soil

Do you know that removing mold from soil revives the life of a plant? Try these tips which I tried at my home garden. My hibiscus plant gradually turned from a blossoming plant to a withering one. No bud could survive and all the new growing leaves started taking a stunted look. There was a white feathery covering spreading across the stems, leaves and buds. All kinds of pesticides, both chemical and herbal, proved to be ineffective and the plant went on deteriorating. With no option left I decided to consult a specialist and got a surprising answer. The problem was not with the plant but in the soil.

Fence Gardening Ideas For Winter

It was rather surprising but made sense. If the soil was not healthy the plant was bound to suffer. So now my task was to get to removing mold from garden soil. A bit of research and reading soon revealed the process and it was a pretty simple one. All that was needed was a little bit of time and some basic material to bring the plant back to its original state.

So let us get to know how to remove mold from garden soil. The required material include basic garden tools like fork, spade and trowel, gloves, vinegar, spray bottle, fresh soil, fertilizer, and trash bag.

Identify Mold

Mold in the garden can be seen in the soil as a white layer. It can also be seen on plant stems which look like feathery clusters. It can also be green or black in color and appears to be spreading across the soil and on to the stems of the plant. Removing mold from garden keeps your plant healthy as it can be harmful to the plant and needs to be removed as soon as possible.

Remove Plant

When removing mold from garden soil it is important to first remove the plant from its place. The area of the garden in infected and hence the plant needs to be extracted from its place and replaced only when proper measures are taken. If you have a potted plant you must remove the plant from the pot. Make sure you are wearing garden gloves while performing the entire procedure.

Scrape Top Layer

It is the top layer of the soil where the mold spreads rapidly. As a first step of treatment make sure to scrape off the top layer, at least two inches from the top. Doing so will ensure that all infected soil has been removed to make place for new and healthy soil.

Dispose Infected Soil

Do not let the infected soil lie around. It can lead to infection in other regions as well. Soon after scraping the top layer fill the infected soil into garbage bags. It is important to dispose off this soil and prevent any further molding.

Spray Disinfecting Solution

The infected soil will have to be replaced with healthy soil but not straightaway. It is important to make sure that no further infection will occur and hence it becomes necessary to disinfect the region. Mix equal quantities of vinegar and water and spray in the garden soil or the pot. You will have to continue this spraying while you refill the soil too.

Replace Infected Soil

Your garden or pot is now ready to receive the soil and the plant as well. Mix appropriate amount of fertilizer to the soil and fill it in the planting spot or the pot. When removing mold from garden and refilling with new soil it is advisable to provide nutrition to the new soil. It helps keep the plant healthy and prevents further molding.

Plants are a source of satisfaction and great delight. The sight of fresh green leaves are very soothing and relaxing to the senses. In order to continue deriving such pleasure it is essential to take care of plants and when required take proper steps to removing mold from garden soil and plants.

Article source: http://www.boldsky.com/home-n-garden/gardening/2015/tips-to-remove-mold-from-garden-soil-062025-062035-062038.html

Tips To Remove Mold From Garden Soil

Do you know that removing mold from soil revives the life of a plant? Try these tips which I tried at my home garden. My hibiscus plant gradually turned from a blossoming plant to a withering one. No bud could survive and all the new growing leaves started taking a stunted look. There was a white feathery covering spreading across the stems, leaves and buds. All kinds of pesticides, both chemical and herbal, proved to be ineffective and the plant went on deteriorating. With no option left I decided to consult a specialist and got a surprising answer. The problem was not with the plant but in the soil.

Fence Gardening Ideas For Winter

It was rather surprising but made sense. If the soil was not healthy the plant was bound to suffer. So now my task was to get to removing mold from garden soil. A bit of research and reading soon revealed the process and it was a pretty simple one. All that was needed was a little bit of time and some basic material to bring the plant back to its original state.

So let us get to know how to remove mold from garden soil. The required material include basic garden tools like fork, spade and trowel, gloves, vinegar, spray bottle, fresh soil, fertilizer, and trash bag.

Identify Mold

Mold in the garden can be seen in the soil as a white layer. It can also be seen on plant stems which look like feathery clusters. It can also be green or black in color and appears to be spreading across the soil and on to the stems of the plant. Removing mold from garden keeps your plant healthy as it can be harmful to the plant and needs to be removed as soon as possible.

Remove Plant

When removing mold from garden soil it is important to first remove the plant from its place. The area of the garden in infected and hence the plant needs to be extracted from its place and replaced only when proper measures are taken. If you have a potted plant you must remove the plant from the pot. Make sure you are wearing garden gloves while performing the entire procedure.

Scrape Top Layer

It is the top layer of the soil where the mold spreads rapidly. As a first step of treatment make sure to scrape off the top layer, at least two inches from the top. Doing so will ensure that all infected soil has been removed to make place for new and healthy soil.

Dispose Infected Soil

Do not let the infected soil lie around. It can lead to infection in other regions as well. Soon after scraping the top layer fill the infected soil into garbage bags. It is important to dispose off this soil and prevent any further molding.

Spray Disinfecting Solution

The infected soil will have to be replaced with healthy soil but not straightaway. It is important to make sure that no further infection will occur and hence it becomes necessary to disinfect the region. Mix equal quantities of vinegar and water and spray in the garden soil or the pot. You will have to continue this spraying while you refill the soil too.

Replace Infected Soil

Your garden or pot is now ready to receive the soil and the plant as well. Mix appropriate amount of fertilizer to the soil and fill it in the planting spot or the pot. When removing mold from garden and refilling with new soil it is advisable to provide nutrition to the new soil. It helps keep the plant healthy and prevents further molding.

Plants are a source of satisfaction and great delight. The sight of fresh green leaves are very soothing and relaxing to the senses. In order to continue deriving such pleasure it is essential to take care of plants and when required take proper steps to removing mold from garden soil and plants.

Article source: http://www.boldsky.com/home-n-garden/gardening/2015/tips-to-remove-mold-from-garden-soil-062025-062035-062038.html

Garden Tips: New veggies created for small gardens

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Pasco police continue hunt for suspects in fatal Fiesta Foods shooting

Article source: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/02/04/3394098/garden-tips-new-veggies-created.html

Garden Tips: New veggies created for small gardens

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Pasco police continue hunt for suspects in fatal Fiesta Foods shooting

Article source: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/02/04/3394098/garden-tips-new-veggies-created.html