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  • Home Style: ‘Plant This Instead’; lawn gone bad; sports-stain cleaner

    | Published: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    ‘Plant This Instead!’ Troy B. Marden believes that when it comes to gardening, a lot of us could do better. We could grow plants that are more resistant to pests and diseases, plants that are less aggressive, plants that require less effort or are just more attractive than the common varieties we’re used to seeing. Marden, a garden designer, recommends dozens of those alternatives in “Plant This Instead!” published by Cool Springs Press and sells for $24.99 in softcover. Get your lawn in shape Is your lawn a wreck? Getting your soil in good shape is the first step toward growing a healthy lawn. A soil test will tell you which nutrients your soil is lacking, so you can feed it accordingly.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Sacramento Bee asks! We answer!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    (Debbie Arrington from the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, Ca., reached out to the 20-40-60 team last week with several questions pertaining to water restrictions and neighbors.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: How should I respond to neighbor's wasteful watering?

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman and Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    20-40-60 Etiquette: How to respond to a neighbor's wasteful watering.

  • Oklahoma Contemporary Gallery does Marfa, Texas, right

    BY RICHARD MIZE | Updated: Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    Add Marfa Contemporary Gallery to the Marfa Lights, the Fort Davis Mountains, high desert climes and Marfa’s already substantial arts community to the list of reasons to visit the Way Far Out There West Texas town of Marfa.

  • The House Detective: HOA warns of 'hot spots' in aluminum wiring

    Published: Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    DEAR BARRY: Our condo was built in 1971, and the electrical system is wired with aluminum. Fortunately, all of the wire ends were retrofitted with copper “pigtails” about five years ago. But the homeowners association routinely issues the following warning to all of the condo owners: “Electric dryers will draw a large amount of electricity through our aluminum wiring, putting the entire building at risk. 'Hot spots' in aluminum branch wires and main cables have been a source of concern for years. In addition, having a number of dryers running concurrently could overload the main electric line to our building, causing a fire or necessitating a costly rewiring project.” There are 23 condos in our building.

  • Love is where the home is

    Published: Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    Admit it: If you’re living in a house you really like, one you decided to buy after looking for awhile, you know it was love at first ... something. Lots of us really do fall for houses the way we fall for our life partners.

  • Marni Jameson: How to make new a house feel old

    Published: Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    A recent Wall Street Journal article reported on the trend of residential designers offering up a new old house: “a sanely proportioned residence that’s historically accurate on the outside, but conceived for the needs of modern Americans on the inside.”

  • OKC Beautiful's Gardening Tip of the Month: Lilies, an overlooked perennial well worth a look

    Published: Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    Lilies are perennial bulbs which deserve a special place in the garden.

  • Ray Ridlen: Poppies deserve spot in any garden

    Published: Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    Flowers appear primarily in spring or fall when cool temperatures prevail.

  • Smart Moves: Condos and condon'ts for urban buyers

    | Published: Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    Besides the lifestyle advantages of condo ownership, many young professionals, who typically have few tax advantages available to them, look forward to a mortgage interest deduction.