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Shade Tree Jun. 24, 2020

A Greener View

Q: I have just moved into my newly built house and would like to plant some shade trees near the hou... Read More

Carpe-ing Every Diem Nov. 20, 2019

Dear AnnieĀ®

Dear Annie: My wife and I are both 86 years old and retired from meaningful careers. We have a very ... Read More

Ronald Making Friends Grimace Aug. 18, 2019

Dear AnnieĀ®

Dear Annie: My family moved from Shanghai four years ago and have settled in a lovely home in Califo... Read More

Select Small-Sized, Easy-to-Handle Tools May. 16, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I want to do some outdoor projects, such as adding a deck, a trellis, etc. Being petite,... Read More

Make Your Own Compost Bin for Recycling Feb. 28, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I am not very handy with tools, but my daughter wants me to build a compost bin for our ... Read More

Build a Budget-Minded Barbecue Grill Island May. 25, 2017

Here's How

Dear James: I entertain outdoors often and could use a patio cooking center, but I am on a tight bud... Read More

Peacock Visitor Jul. 02, 2016

Katiedid Langrock

My friend was over. It was to be her last visit before moving across the country. We sat on the floo... Read More

Dealing with Tree Cavities Apr. 20, 2016

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Q: We have a can of spray foam that says it can be used to fill cavities in tree trunks. There's a h... Read More


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