• Oklahoma City home and garden calendar for Dec. 13

    Published: Sat, Dec 13, 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 FALL-WINTER BEEKEEPING CLASSES, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 10, 17, at Oklahoma County Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Location of classes in 2015 is to be announced. Classes are $75 for individuals and $25 for additional family members. Visit http://okbeekeeper.blogspot.com to check availability. APOGON IRIS GARDEN CLUB Christmas Covered Dish Luncheon, noon Wednesday, 12705 Cobblestone Parkway. Program is Santa’s gift exchange.

  • Gift ideas abound at holiday craft show at Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman

    Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Vendors offering a variety of handcrafted and specialty items will be featured at a holiday crafts show Saturday at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman.

  • Norman's art walk to feature receptions, music and more

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    The Second Friday Circuit of Art event will feature a variety of activities, including a reception for artist Rick Sinnett, who is painting a mural in downtown Norman.

  • Garden Hardscape that Makes Magic in Your Yard

    Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Planning your garden? Don't forget to plan for your hardscape as well. Hardscape is the inorganic part of the garden or yard, such as walkways and pergolas. Put a strong emphasis on "part of the garden"; any hardscaping should be carefully planned to integrate with your plantings and your house. Create a flow by combining two or more hardscape features to turn your yard into a truly magical place. Imagine strolling a rustic cobblestone path that leads to the surprise of a charming pergola ... or emerging from your backyard swimming pool just in time to grill supper on the adjacent patio. Design Traditionally, hardscape has meant non-living outdoor decor made of masonry and wood. However, these days that definition is expandin

  • TLC’s Tips on How to keep your Christmas Tree Fresh

    By Michaela Marx Wheatley for TLC Garden Centers | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Keep your Christmas looking beautiful for longer with these simple care and maintenance tips from the Oklahoma gardening pros

  • Fort Reno DAR members to lay wreaths on veteran graves in Canadian County

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Community volunteers helped the Fort Reno Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution make 1,410 Christmas wreaths to lay on veterans’ graves across Canadian County.

  • Edmond to give away 460 trees Saturday

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Edmond Electric customers can bring a copy of their monthly bill to J.L. Mitch Park for a free tree on Saturday in a program sponsored by the electric company and . Edmond Urban Forestry Department.

  • Butcher Block Countertops: How Do They Hold Up?

    Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Who else loves the look of brand new butcher block countertops? The natural wood gives a rich, cozy feel to a kitchen. But I've always wondered how these beauties hold up over time. Among folks who actually installed butcher block counters in their home, opinions tend to be sharply divided. After several years of heavy use, some call them a "disaster" while others have grown to love them even more over time. This polarization of opinion is related a number of factors: installation, type of surface treatment, and the level of care their owners are prepared to lavish on them. What People Like About Butcher Block Countertops Appearance is mentioned again and again as an enormous advantage of butcher block countertops.

  • The Secrets of Smooth, Even Drywall Finish

    Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Drywall installation can be described with those "three little words" that mean so much to homeowners in the midst of remodeling: quick, easy, and inexpensive. Also known as wallboard, plasterboard, Gyproc, or Sheetrock (although these last two are really trademarks), drywall consists of a layer of gypsum plaster enclosed by two mats made of fiberglass or heavy paper. Compared to concrete construction, panels formed in this way are lightweight and simple to use as non-load-bearing interior walls. They can be attached to ceiling joists or wall studs, using screws, nails, or even glue. For good looks, drywall does require a finishing process before painting. Let's take a look at what that entails.

  • Use a Patio Planter to Grow Fresher, Easier Veggies

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Who says you can't grow vegetables on a concrete patio? When you use a raised container, it's as easy as spinach pie -- even easier, in fact, than conventional veggie gardening. You can either buy a patio planter readymade or build it as a DIY project. Besides the way it simplifies planting, there are lots of other advantages to this type of patio gardening. Advantages of Raised Bed Patio Planting Planters may be purchased or constructed in a wide array of sizes and heights to suit your outdoor space. They can even come with lockable casters, enabling you to wheel your veggies around and catch the sunshine. This type of planter allows you super-easy access to your vegetable garden from the house.

  • 15 Facts About Ants and How to Keep Them at Bay

    Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    1. Ants are related to wasps and bees (as evidenced by their trim abdomens, or "wasp waists"). All of these creatures are members of the insect order Hymenoptera. 2. Although human beings tend to look down on them, ants are actually organized into a sophisticated society, which researchers study as a model of cooperation. 3. Ants are to be found almost everywhere on the planet, with the exception of Antarctica and a few isolated islands. In some places, they comprise as much as one quarter of the land animal biomass. 4. All ants hatch from eggs, which are laid by the queen of their colony. These eggs do not require fertilization in order to hatch. If they are fertilized, they will result in female (worker) ants. Unferti

  • How to Fix Common Aluminum and Steel Fence Problems

    Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Aluminum and steel fences are famous for their long life expectancy. Under normal circumstances, well-maintained metal fencing can last 30 years or more. However, unusually harsh weather, heavy use, or shifting of the ground may cause unexpected damage. How can you repair common problems? When will replacing your fence be the best option? Causes of Damage to Metal Fences Natural movement of the soil could cause steel or aluminum fencing to shift position over the course of several years, resulting in sags and droops that not only look unattractive, but may also interfere with proper functioning. Severe weather such as hurricanes, windstorms, or lightning can batter or uproot sections of your fence, especially one made f

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Dec. 7

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Tree Lighting, Tree Trimming, Starlight Ball Wrap Up

  • Improving Your Home: Gift ideas for the do-it-yourselfer on your list

    By Paul Bianchina | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Here are some suggestions worth considering this year, listed in order of manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

  • The Listing of the Week: 4309 Stirrup Lane, Edmond

    Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    The 4,540-square-foot home at 4309 Stirrup Lane has four bedrooms four baths, one half-bath, four living rooms, two dining rooms and an attached three-car garage.

  • The Nation's Housing Column: Mortgage lending restrictions are easing at last

    By KENNETH R. HARNEY | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    WASHINGTON — When it comes to buying a house, are you in the “no way I could possibly qualify” category? Not enough cash in the bank for a down payment or closing costs? Credit scores good but not great? So much deferred student loan debt that you assume any lender would slam the door? Join the crowd. Large numbers of Americans feel the same, in part because they read and hear that qualifying standards for mortgages are the strictest they’ve been in decades.

  • Metro First Realty of Oklahoma City unveils new branding

    Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    NV Design and Marketing created the new logo

  • Rodd Moesel: Plants play key role in Christmas celebrations

    Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Thanksgiving is now complete and our attention has shifted to Christmas as we prepare for a month of shopping, celebrating and worship. Plants play a key role in the Christmas celebrations. Most folks add a Christmas tree and greens like wreaths, evergreen rope or swags as part of their decorating for the holiday. The Christmas tree is one of the focal points for most family celebrations, and it can be a live tree you later plant in the yard or a cut tree you select at a tree lot or a garden center. We have a fair number of Christmas tree farms across our state and many families make an adventure out of going to the farm to select and cut their own tree.

  • Smart Moves: Carve out needed time when prepping to sell

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Here are a few tips for home sellers:

  • Richard Mize: Rope off home space for an exhibit

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Sometimes I look at a space in my own house and imagine it roped off, frozen in time, with an exhibit card posted — I mean, you know, if I’m ever famous.