Oklahoma Home and Garden News and Features

  • Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for July 5

    Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    CALENDAR For more information, call the phone number or use the email address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send email to mhowell@opubco.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication. MEETINGS CENTRAL...

  • Richard Mize: Fiery Fourth makes for smoky Fifth

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The ’hood smells like hell? Ah, I love the smell of sulfur, nitrates and carbon in the morning. SNIFFF! Breeeaathe in that fine ash still hanging in the air from all that black powder! Pack away those memories. Oh, what? You are one of those “people” who don’t like fireworks? So...

  • Improving Your Home: Replacement best way to handle cracked concrete slab

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Q: Our house is only 4 years old. Within months of closing our builder went under, so we have no warranty. Also within months, our covered back porch started to crack. The crack now extends all the way across — about 25 feet — and several additional cracks are starting to appear. Although...

  • Rodd Moesel: Early presidents were gifted farmers, gardeners

    Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Happy birthday, America! Hopefully, you and your family got the weekend of celebrations off to a great start yesterday. Our great country is 238 years old and gardening, horticulture and agriculture have been a key part of our country’s history and success from the beginning. Many of our...

  • OKC Beautiful: Consider verbena to fill bare areas

    By Carla Sharpe | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Both perennial and annual verbena do great in Oklahoma City. They provide an array of beautiful colors during spring and summer. With just a little extra care now, they will provide that same great color until it gets cold again. Here are the late Loretta Aaron’s thoughts on the verbena and...

  • At Home with Marni Jameson: Get ready for gold rush

    By Marni Jameson | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Move over tight-fisted silver and poor-cousin nickel. We’re having a gold rush. It’s back with a fervor, and looking lavish.

  • Cast Iron Cookware Questions and Answers

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Cast iron cookware has long been appreciated by professional chefs and home cooks alike for its excellent heat retention properties. It’s also hard wearing and long lasting, with no fiddly bits to break or get lost. Add classic good looks to those qualities and you’ll see that there’s a...

  • Natural Sources of Nitrogen for Your Garden

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Recently, the leaves of my beautiful geranium plants started to look a lot less beautiful. In fact they were downright yellow at the edges. And with the dry spell we’ve been having, the “off” color definitely was not due to overwatering. When I checked the Internet for answers, it seemed...

  • 5 Sweeping Statements about Brooms

    Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Much as we might want to deny it, housework is a basic fact of adult life. And because everyone needs at least a rudimentary path to their doorway, you can’t get much more basic than cleaning the floor. Brooms have been doing faithful floor duty for centuries and you most likely have one in...

  • Yukon receives recognition for beautification, environmental efforts

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    The city of Yukon was recognized by the Department of Environmental Quality and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful.

  • LibertyFest car show cruises into Edmond

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Edmond’s LibertyFest holds its 14th annual car show. LibertyFest continues through the Fourth of July with a parade in downtown Edmond and fireworks at the University of Central Oklahoma.

  • 8 Top Home Renovation Planning Mistakes to Avoid

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Folk wisdom says that remodeling your home is hell while it’s in progress and heaven when it’s done. To make sure you end up with that heavenly feeling at your project’s completion, plan ahead carefully and avoid these eight common home remodel planning mistakes. 1. Neglecting to do your...

  • Home Energy Audit: DIY and Save Money

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Lower your energy bills and keep your family more comfortable. If that sounds good to you, it may well be time to perform a home energy audit. This procedure tracks power consumption and seeks out areas where energy is being wasted. While a professional energy audit with high tech equipment will...

  • Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows attract hundreds

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Australian terriers are among the dog breeds showcased at the Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows at Cox Convention Center.

  • Using water to manage insect problems

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    It seems like too simple of a concept, doesn't it? One of the most common substances on the planet can actually assist you in keeping bugs at bay. Consider using one or more of the following ideas as you maintain the grass, flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables on your property this year....