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Spring Home Show in Daytona Beach buzzes with home ideas – Daytona Beach News

A live hive is generating buzz for The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Spring Home Show at the Ocean Center starting on Friday.

The enclosed hive is one of the attractions at the free, three-day show that will feature more than 150 vendors giving homeowners ideas and inspiration for home and outdoor projects.

Among the busy bees will be landscapers, outdoor kitchen outfitters and home improvement specialists, not to mention demonstrations, seminars and contests with prizes. 

Sara Bendrick, the host of “I Hate My Yard” TV show on the DIY network, will give seminars with tips on how to update outdoor living spaces on a budget. 

“We will have a little bit of everything,” said Alex Middleton, events marketing manager for The News-Journal.

Royal watchers should be pleased that the queen bee will be easy to spot because “she is significantly larger than any other bee in the hive,” said Donna Athearn, former president and booth organizer for Beekeepers of Volusia County.

The bees should be at home at a show dedicated to the latest in landscaping trends.

“As you know, beekeeping in your backyard is chic,” Athearn said. “It started from beekeepers in New York City who would keep beehives on their rooftops. Those guys started a trend and it picked up.”

Kids can also stretch their imaginations by building bird houses during workshops presented by the Home Depot.

People without the knack for building or lacking a green thumb might appreciate the seminars by celebrity guest Bendrick, the “I Hate My Yard” host who is a landscape designer and contractor.

Bendrick has built a career of finding beauty everywhere, especially in often-neglected areas of the backyard.

Outdoor kitchens, fire pits and patios can be like adding an extra room to the house, but outdoor opportunities are often missed by homeowners, Bendrick noted.

“Landscaping will add to your quality of life. Most people have these spaces and they are underdeveloped,” Bendrick said. “Take advantage of the space you already own and make it yours.”

— Correspondent Eleanore Osborne contributed to this story.

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6 best landscaping ideas for your yard

Spring has sprung that means you’re substantially contemplating your yard and meditative about how to make yours a best on a block. We’re here to help! Here are some of a tip 6 favorite ideas combined by internal landscape contractors.

Does your yard have a slope? This is a ideal instance of how to not usually forestall dirt erosion though also make your yard into a work of art. Salt Lake Sprinkler and Landscape used opposite sizes of rocks intermixed with drought resistant trees and underbrush to get this effect.

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Want a immature weed but an contentment of weed to mow? Why not make your possess personal forest? That’s what Salt Lake Sprinkler and Landscape did during this home. Make certain we investigate a trees we squeeze for watering conditions, mature size, etc.

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Late nights around a campfire are what summer memories are done of. Get a knowledge right in your possess backyard with a pleasing built in glow array with healthy mill seating. This underline was designed by Scenic View Landscape.

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Want to supplement some tone and creativity to your yard but holding adult a lot of space? This thought from Superior Rockwork and Landscaping is a ideal fit. Three graduated planting areas with a accumulation of plants. This works also works good for that tiny scale garden you’ve been definition to start.

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Make a trail to your front doorway some-more mouth-watering for visitors with a tradition mill pathway flanked by gardens like this instance from Hallmark Landscaping. Fill them with colorful flowers, sensuous underbrush or mill features.

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Enjoy your dishes and a outdoor with a pergola, mill square and set of relating square furniture. This setup was designed by Superior Rockwork and Landscaping.

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Want to make your ideal yard dreams a reality? Choose a landscape executive from KSL Local! Check reviews, photos, get quotes and more.

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Annual wildlife event raises awareness, funding for wild animals

Warmer weather is around the corner, meaning more time tending to gardens and landscaping. 

A lot of the chemicals and fertilizers used often times affects wildlife, including the animals. 

An event at the Snider Ag Arena Saturday aims at letting people interact with some of these wild animals and learning how to maintain a wildlife-friendly environment. 

Hundreds had the opportunity to interact and pet rabbits, birds, llamas, horses, and reptiles at “Wild About Animals.” Some domestic animals were on-site as well. 

A lot of the animals are getting their second chance at life. 

Centre Wildlife Care, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping displaced, sick, and orphaned animals by nursing them back to health deals with about 1500 wild animals due to some type of effect from humans. 

“Around this time of year, we start getting a lot of orphan babies when people are landscaping, doing construction, cutting down trees,” Robyn Graboski, the organization’s executive director said. 

Agriculture activity is prevalent in the Central Pennsylvania area and Graboski encourages more people to do their pair in making sure natural habitats are safe for animals. 

“Before mowing the grass or gardening, look for nests in the grounds,” Graboski suggested. “If [people] can just wait a week or two, they can continue their gardening or landscaping.” 

The Humane Society suggests keeping water sources clear of toxic sprays and using responsible chemicals when landscaping, a small way to help the animals. 

All proceeds from the event benefit Centre Wildlife Care. 

The event raised about $18,000 in 2015 to help wild animals in need of care. 

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The Dart: Stamford gardeners warm up to spring

  • Lenny Scinto, manager of Design by Lee Stamford, Conn, offers tips on springtime flower beds on March 17, 2016. Photo: Matthew Brown / Hearst Connecticut Media / Stamford Advocate



STAMFORD — Spring may have started with a little snow but, for many, winter ended with a trip to Designs by Lee.

Manager Lenny Scinto said he has seen more people walk into the North Stamford landscaping business this March than last year because temperatures have been unseasonably warm.

“When people get tired of the long, dreary winter, they want to see color,” Scinto said. “We’re early this year because last year we had snow on the ground this time.”

Snow-covered ground was a fleeting sight this season. The couple of inches that fell last week melted away by the end of the day.

“People are getting out there now,” Scinto said. “They’re trying to fertilize their lawn.”

For those who care for lawns and gardens, the landscaping business on more than 20 acres off Interlaken Road is a well-known destination. It has existed as Designs by Lee since the 1960s, but the property has been home to a nursery since the 1800s, Scinto said.

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Trees, landscapes fare better than in Red River flood

All through the night of March 8, Sis Theuerkauf rose from her bed and watched as the waters of Cross Lake rapidly rose toward her house.

She was one of the lucky ones – the floodwaters topped out at her deck, leaving her home dry.

However, the garden she’s cultivated there for about 25 years, one so pretty it has been featured on the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners Le Tour des Jardins, was inundated for about a week.

“It’s devastating to a gardener, but then when I look at the neighbors, I say we are so blessed.”

Still, she couldn’t help but worry about the effects on her yard.

After three days of cleaning up, it seems to be minimal.

LSU AgCenter area forester Ricky Kilpatrick believes the toll on trees and plants from this flood will be milder than along the Red River after last June’s flooding when many trees and plants died.

He attributes the better outcome to two factors: the time of year this flood happened and the source of the water.

“Water on a tree in June is a lot worse than water on a tree right now,” he said. “In early June, the trees are already fully leafed out and fully growing. Once those trees leaf out, they are taking oxygen through their roots and it’s a lot harder impact on a tree or a plant in general to have its roots underwater than it is right now as they are waking up in their dormancy. I think that played a huge difference.

“Another difference is type of water. Last time, it was flooding out of the banks of Red River. This is mainly flash flooding. This is my thought — the sodium content in river water coming down from Oklahoma and Texas is a lot higher than just flash flood water. Some trees, every one of the species died.”

Among those hardest hit: tulip poplar and magnolias, even mature trees. Trees best suited for planting in high-pH Red River alluvial soils include live oak, elm, hickory, pecan and red maple.

“I don’t think the trees in this flood will die,” Kilpatrick said.

Steps you can take now

If the ground in your yard doesn’t seem to be drying out, Kilpatrick said you might want to aerate the soil around small trees or those less than 5 years old. Take a rod or pitchfork and plunge it into the soil around the root zone to allow oxygen to penetrate.

Homeowners with large trees near structures also might consider having them pruned. If conditions are windy while the ground is soft, some trees could uproot.

“A lot trees will have a fuller crown in a couple of weeks than they have now and it’s going to be a lot more of a sail for the wind to catch,” Kilpatrick said. “That’s one concern. The ground is going to be soft for a little while. Even though you can walk on it and it looks dry, it’s still soft below. If you had a big pecan or something that’s got a big, dense crown, it might not be a bad idea to prune that tree and open up that crown to where it’s got more air moving through it and takes some weight off it.”

And watch for pests and diseases in coming months.

“Anything that weakens or stresses a tree makes it more susceptible to insects and diseases,” Kilpatrick said.

Flower bed maintenance

LSU AgCenter area horticulturist Jennifer Williams said flower gardeners should inventory their landscapes for plant damage, but advised a wait-and-see attitude before taking action.

She also believes carefully aerating the soil in flower beds to allow better oxygen penetration could be beneficial.

But be gentle.

“If you mess with the soil when it’s soaking wet, it will cause more damage to soil structure.”

Based on last year’s flood, she said azaleas seemed to be among the landscape plants most affected by floodwater.

Many herbaceous plants can be cut back and will respond with healthy, new growth.

It may take several months before plants recover, if drainage is poor. In some cases, plant death may occur long after the flood water has gone.

What about vegetable gardens?

You won’t like this.

All those greens, carrots, strawberries and other cool-season treats you have growing in your garden should be discarded if floodwaters touched them.

Floodwaters can carry a high microbial load, said LSU AgCenter food safety expert Wenqing Xu in a news release. Whether floodwaters remained on the garden or just touched the plants then receded, any edible parts of the plant should be picked and destroyed, Xu said.

“Home gardeners are at risk because food safety may not be on their minds, and they can’t see the bacteria on the plants,” she said.

And it doesn’t matter if the flooding was from rainwater or a river, said LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Melanie Lewis Ivey. Any plant part that is to be consumed should be pulled up and discarded.

If plants that produce edibles, such as strawberries, survive the flooding, subsequent fruits or vegetables are safe to eat, Ivey said.

AgCenter associate professor J. Cheston Stevens recommended vegetable gardeners remove any layer of silt from the soil surface of their plot and wait until there is spontaneous weed growth to indicate that the soil has recovered before replanting.

Critters may make your home theirs

Residents returning to their flood-damaged homes may find squatters have already moved in.

Rats, snakes, ants, bees and small mammals displaced by the flood waters often find their way into homes and yards — and decide to set up permanent residence.

Chris Baez, an owner of Ace Wildlife Removal Services, said he has noticed a rise in calls from flooded neighborhoods, mostly due to rats and mice.

“What we believe is going on, a lot of the flooded areas overtook habitat. We’ve seen an incredible spike in that.”

Other calls have come in about snakes, bees and ants.

Theuerkauf says she’s seen lots of big red ants in her yard since the Cross Lake floodwaters receded.

And this is Louisiana — so if your home is located near a waterway, an alligator could drop by.

The bad news is if the new habitat is to the newcomers’ liking, the critters are likely to stay after the water levels recede, so you’ll need to take action to get rid of them.

Baez warned homeowners to be cautious when cleaning up the leaves, limbs and debris that typically get left behind after a flood because animals often congregate there.

“We’ve had reports of people kicking branches out of the way or who were raking leaves and, all of a sudden, here’s a snake. They will be moving debris and, all of a sudden, here’s a rat or mouse running up underneath, or a raccoon hiding under big limb.”

Clean patios and decks

Floodwaters often carry contaminants like sewage and harmful chemicals, so it’s important to clean surfaces that were under water, such as decks, patios, lawn furniture and play equipment.

If your outdoor living areas were inundated for several days, check for erosion, cracking or signs of rot. Dealing with such problems quickly can prevent further damage.

For more information on gardening/landscaping:

To reach LSU AgCenter area forester Ricky Kilpatrick: or (318) 965-3712.

To reach LSU AgCenter area horticulturist Jennifer Williams: or (318) 698-0010.

To contact Ace Wildlife Removal Services: or (318) 752-9422.

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Minneapolis author shares tips for ‘Pollinator Friendly Gardening’

Bees have become a high-profile cause in recent years, with lots of talk about their decline and the role of pesticides. But bees are just one piece of the pollinator puzzle, and helping them thrive requires a multipronged approach that begins in our backyards. That’s the topic of “Pollinator Friendly Gardening” ($21.99, Voyageur Press), a new book by Minneapolis master gardener Rhonda Fleming Hayes.

Hayes has been gardening “since I was in diapers,” she said, but lately she’s been gardening with a mission: to help pollinators. “Over the past 15 years, I’ve been working to enhance habitat value in our gardens,” she said. “I wanted to share what I’ve learned.”

You may think your garden is too small to have much impact on the big picture of pollinator health, but Hayes begs to differ. “Collectively, gardeners have a lot of land under their control,” she said.

Her book covers everything the average gardener needs to know to create a garden that attracts and sustains bees, butterflies and other pollinators — including plant selection, hardscape choices and growing practices. We caught up with the author and Star Tribune contributor at home in Linden Hills to talk about natives vs. “alien” plants, why you should think twice before planting one particular bee magnet and how to create a pro-pollinator garden that won’t annoy your neighbors.


Q: Tell us about the “Aha” moment that inspired your interest in pollinators.

Bees need flowers for the nectar and pollen they provide in return for pollination services.

Spring into the garden with 10 top seasonal tips to help wildlife

Now that spring has sprung and the weather is becoming more suitable for being outdoors, many people’s thoughts turn to their gardens.

But as well as providing outdoor spaces for us to enjoy, our gardens, with a bit of planning, can also be havens for wildlife.

Here are the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s top tips:

Don’t be too tidy – leaving a corner of your garden to grow wild will provide food and habitat for a whole range of insects.

Feed the birds – provide a good quality seed mix to help adult birds before the breeding season.

Leave some long grass – let the grass grow long in damp areas to provide a safe area for frogs, toads and newts.

Give hedgehogs a helping hand – providing food and water (never milk) for hedgehogs will help them to refuel after hibernating over winter.

Install a bird box – now is the best time to put bird boxes up in your garden, just find a north-facing surface protected from driving rain and wind.

Create an insect hotel – tie short lengths of bamboo canes together and string up to attract insects.

Make a pond – old sinks, washing up bowls or buckets sunk into the ground can provide a valuable habitat and source of water for many animals.

Plant wildflowers – wildflowers provide a fantastic source of nectar for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and moths.

Avoid using pesticides – a wildlife-friendly garden should be pesticide free!

Use peat-free compost – make sure that the compost you buy doesn’t include peat taken from our wildlife-rich peatlands.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust and People’s Postcode Lottery are celebrating the first day of spring on Sunday 20 March with a list of 10 top tips for your garden.

Every year the People’s Postcode Lottery supports a variety of activities on the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s network of 120 wildlife reserves.

From the urban wildlife garden of Johnston Terrace in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle to the remote wilderness of Ben Mor Coigach in Sutherland, Postcode Lottery players are helping to provide safe havens for wildlife across the country and inspiring people of all ages to connect with nature.

Jonny Hughes, chief executive of the Trust, said: “The Scottish Wildlife Trust has received a staggering £3.8 million from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery over the last eight years, helping to support a huge range of activities to safeguard Scotland’s wonderful and iconic wildlife.

“From inspiring thousands of children at our Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre to protecting peregrine falcons at the spectacular Falls of Clyde, the generosity of players of People’s Postcode Lottery is certainly something to celebrate this spring.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “The beginning of spring is always a time to look forward to.

“Whether it’s hearing birdsong or admiring springtime blossoms, we all love spotting the signs of spring in nature. That’s why we want to make it easy for people to do their bit to protect it. We’re very proud of what players have enabled the Scottish Wildlife Trust to do for Scotland’s wildlife – birds, butterflies, red squirrels and beautiful wildflowers are just a few examples of what players are helping to protect.”

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What does your garden grow well? Share your tips!


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My first garden plants of the season are sprouting out of the soil, dotting the ground with vibrant, perfectly shaped leaves.

There’s nothing quite like the vibrant green of a radish leaf, poking above the soil surface. The curled fist of a rhubarb stalk forcing its way through the soil and unfurling its wrinkly leaves, the first fronds of a carrot surfacing … it’s all so exciting. Spring gardens are all about hope, promise and potential for the season ahead.

Speaking of which, it’s time to talk more about those recommended varieties of edible landscapes we started digging into about a month ago, when I wrote about regional specialties. Inspired by the Midwestern veggies featured in “Kitchens of the Great Midwest,” the Mesa County Library’s One Book selection, I asked gardeners to share their favorite varieties that perform well in our arid, high-altitude desert environment. While the book’s chocolate habanero peppers and Moonglow tomatoes sounded exciting to grow, they aren’t ideal for our climate, so why not talk about what grows well here?

My general rule is to dedicate garden space to things I can’t buy from a local grower, or something I want to step out the back door, pick and eat within minutes. Space is a premium for me, and I don’t waste space on things that don’t perform well if I can help it.

I also opt out of planting vegetables like corn — and here’s why. I can buy a whole box of Olathe Sweet corn for relatively cheap, and it’s delicious. To obtain good pollination, you need several rows of corn so the pollen is swept from the tassels and distributed effectively. I’d rather plant other varieties in that space. The other reason (and I know this because I grew up with rows and rows of corn growing around our house) is that there are quite a few bugs that like corn. I don’t like fighting pests all season. I don’t like wormy corn and I don’t really want to deal with it, so corn is out for me.

So what could you plant? Right now, you can plant potatoes, greens, carrots, radishes, beets and peas in your garden, along with other cold-tolerant crops.

Reader Sandy McFarland has several recommendations and has been gardening here since 1979. She also took Colorado State University Extension’s Master Gardener class and has experimented a lot. She has a small raised-bed garden that is about 4-feet by 8-feet and produces a bounty of produce, probably because she adds composted leaves to the soil each fall and a few bags of mushroom compost each spring.

Her successful varieties include a few types of seeds from Botanical Interests, namely Parris Island Romaine lettuce and Bloomsdale heirloom spinach and Burpee’s “salad fresh” cutting mix. She also recommends planting Oregon Sugar Pod II peas and Armenian cucumbers, which were extremely prolific in her garden. She reported that one plant yielded at least 30 cucumbers, ranging in length from 15 to 39 inches long.

Do you have tips on favorite, proven varieties you would like to share? Email me and I’ll include them in a future column.

Erin McIntyre is an advanced master gardener, writer and Grand Valley native. Please email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with story ideas or feedback.

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