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  • Emerald ash borer to cost Bartlett up to $1.4 million next year Aug 20, 2014 5:44 PM
    Bartlett trustees have agreed to pay a Wauconda contractor up to $1.4 million next year as the village speeds up work to remove trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer. "(W)e need to spend more and pick up the pace because our residents would really like to get those dead trees out of their front yards," Village Administrator Valerie Salmons said.

  • Buy rare fruits, veggies and plants at Heirloom Garden Show Aug 20, 2014 4:42 PM
    “Love Lies Bleeding” and “Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate” may sound like titles of books or songs, but in the plant world, they are vintage flowers. See them in person when Garfield Farm Museum holds its 25th annual Heirloom Garden Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, in Campton Hills.

  • Fall decor does a Scottish fling Aug 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Where fashion goes, decor follows. And this fall, the fashionistas are inspired by Scotland.

  • Constable: Brace yourself for World War Zucchini! Aug 19, 2014 5:34 AM
    Every year as summer moves closer to fall, we suburbanites must steel ourselves for the onslaught of World War Z. Those who aren't vigilant end up with more zucchini than we know what to do with. And that number is one.

  • Streamwood ‘harassing’ her over her yard Aug 18, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the ediitor: A Streamwood writer compalins that a village code officer is harassing her over weeds in her yard, that she says are flowers.

  • Small cottage kits have an endless number of uses Aug 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Getaway houses are considered a true luxury these days. Therefore, if you can find a way to build a little piece of heaven, you might consider an affordable kit cottage. There are dozens of companies in the U.S. that sell pre-manufactured structures.

  • Matching? A decorating idea that died of boredom Aug 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    Q. When we remodel our kitchen, is it OK to mix cabinet woods and colors? I want white- or cream-painted cabinets and an eat-on island. Can I choose a different wood or color for it?

  • Pros and cons of power washing Aug 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    It’s not just national monuments like Mount Rushmore than could benefit from a good power wash every now and then. Is there grime on your siding that good old-fashioned elbow grease won’t take away? Stains on your concrete driveway? Is the deck looking dirty?

  • Lake Zurich ready to start aggressive removal of village-owned ash trees in parkways Aug 16, 2014 7:38 AM
    Lake Zurich officials are ready to make a significant financial commitment to rid the village of public trees infected by the emerald ash borer. “We think that for several reasons — the unsightliness of the dead or diseased trees, and the hazardous nature of the trees should limbs fall and cause damage to person or property — it makes sense to expedite the removal portion of our (emerald ash borer) plan,” Lake Zurich Director of Community Services Michael Earl said at a recent meeting.

  • Native Americans connect to past through city gardens Aug 16, 2014 1:25 PM
    The American Indian Center in Chicago has developed an Urban Ecology program designed to help Native American children reconnect with nature. The program provides gardens for the youths to grow edible and medicinal plants while also learning about cultural relevancy.

  • Use garden harvest for fruit or green smoothies Aug 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Smoothies are a nutritious way to stir things up in the kitchen, especially if the ingredients come from your garden. Few drinks are as refreshing as fresh or frozen fruits and syrups mixed with milk and yogurt. Many people also add greens. “Follow the harvest and work with whatever is ripening,” said Nan Chase.

  • Citizens for Conservation’s Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale Aug 14, 2014 10:52 AM
    Online ordering will be available in early August for Citizens for Conservation’s Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale. This is a great opportunity to add native woody plants to your property.

  • Seed bare spots in your lawn now Aug 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    It is time to plan for and order spring-flowering bulbs for your garden. These plants need well-drained soil, so any area that remains wet for long periods of time or has standing water is unsuitable for bulbs.

  • Shade garden design easy with award-winning perennials Aug 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    The Perennial Plant Association has chosen a Perennial of the Year since 1990 and plenty of their choices are suitable for shady sites. It’s easy to create a beautiful design if you begin with these plants.

  • The vagaries of the late-summer garden Aug 11, 2014 12:52 PM
    Q. I had planted two heirloom varieties of tomato obtained from a farmers market vendor; they seemed to really start to struggle in a heat wave and now most of the nine are mostly dead. Am I crazy to think I could attempt again next year with better varieties.

  • Design comes from the heart, not the wallet Aug 18, 2014 2:06 PM
    How can something as instinctive as the need to create your own nest or space be so unimportant to so many people?

  • Right at Home: Pop art packs decor punch Aug 10, 2014 5:00 AM
    Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home décor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. Eye-catching, graphic, often tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, pop art décor plays well off the vintage vibe and yet also makes contemporary furnishings, well, pop.

  • Glowing recommendations for outdoor lighting Aug 9, 2014 12:01 AM
    If you find yourself in this kind of dark place, don’t despair: We talked to professionals for some simple ideas on outdoor lighting that will make a big, bright impact. First, a few basic rules.

  • Bargain plants require extra pampering to thrive Aug 18, 2014 2:10 PM
    Q. Many nurseries are offering great deals on plants now that the busy season is over, and I would like to take advantage of them. Can they can survive if planted in the heat of summer?

  • Ask a designer: Exploring wood’s possibilities Aug 8, 2014 4:01 AM
    Working with wood comes naturally to New York interior designer Dan Faires. He grew up in an old farmhouse and has been developing his carpentry skills for much of his life. So in any house or apartment he occupies, he finds creative ways to decorate with this natural material. To rehab an apartment in Arkansas recently, he covered the dark pine floor with coats of glossy white paint, instantly brightening the room and making it seem larger.

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