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So, you filled your shopping cart and gardens with lots of new shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. Now what?

By MELINDA MYERS, Special to the Courier June 4, 2020
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At Capstone Homes at Yavapai Hills, we offer our unique Design Build concept to build the custom home you have in mind, or if you need inspiration, we proudly present four floorplans that exemplify our finest in Prescott living.

May 28, 2020
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String trimmers (also called weed eaters) are useful tools for landscape maintenance professionals and homeowners with large properties.

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Just as our local businesses, jurisdictional offices, airplanes, hotels, health clinics, restaurants, grocery stores, have all made modifications to halt, the “germ” I am finding out that homeowners are desiring to improve the indoor air quality in their homes, which is becoming an indispensable obligation during pandemic times.

By Sandy Griffis May 28, 2020
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Whether you’re downsizing or growing, this incredible Peregrine Townhome fits the bill. Casually elegant with many luxury features, this 2-story beauty has views to die for!

May 22, 2020
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Imagine if all the back and front yards — and even patio container plants — across the country were seen as one magnificent patchwork quilt, a Homegrown National Park.”

By KATHERINE ROTH, Associated Press May 21, 2020
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Growing on a deck or balcony is a great way to bring the garden to your backdoor. You can attract butterflies and hummingbirds into easy view and grow edibles within close reach when cooking. For some, it may be the only available space to garden.

By MELINDA MYERS, Special to the Courier May 21, 2020
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The mountains of Arizona are famous for easy-care roses. Because of the dry air and alkaline soils we just grow a better, brighter, more fragrant rose without the disease and insect issues that plague gardens in the high-humidity states.

By LISA WATTERS-LAIN, Special to the Courier May 21, 2020
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Rock squirrels (Spermophilus variegatus) are found in many areas of Arizona. Many people also call them ground squirrels.

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Sandy: We recently purchased a gently used home and want to remove the concrete driveway, sidewalks and patio and install pavers. Our biggest quandary is whether or not we should install a paver fire pit in the patio area. What are your thoughts? Nancy and Todd, Cottonwood.

By Sandy Griffis May 21, 2020
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Reverse mortgages allow older homeowners to turn part of their home equity into tax-free cash, using a loan that doesn’t have to be paid back until they die, sell or move out.

By LIZ WESTON, NerdWallet, via AP May 21, 2020
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Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) is a large, sprawling, native perennial that grows across Arizona between 1,000 and 7,000 feet elevation. It is a member of the family Solanaceae making it a relative of the tomato, potato, pepper, and eggplant.

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When Lisa and I were just married and struggling to keep fresh food on our table, a saint of a neighbor came to our rescue. Harry lived across the street, and his entire backyard was ...

By Ken Lain, for the Courier May 14, 2020
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Sandy: We are looking for new countertops and last week on your radio show, we heard the term ‘ultra compact surfaces. What is the difference between ultra compact surface material and solid surface countertop material? Joy and Ed, Prescott.

By Sandy Griffis May 14, 2020
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Consider growing some seeds for next year’s garden
Tomatoes and peppers are easy and popular seeds to save; here’s how

Since the coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in interest in gardening, especially vegetable gardening, some seed companies are having trouble keeping up with demand. But one thing we gardeners can do is grow and save our own seeds.

By LEE REICH, Associated Press May 14, 2020
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Sandy: We recently moved to Prescott from Iowa. What are those gorgeous cages with rocks by the Yavapai College entrance? Sal and Judy, Prescott.

By Sandy Griffis May 7, 2020
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Solitary bees are common in Arizona but rarely noticed. However, 4,400 species of solitary bees have been described in North America.

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How to protect your skin when gardening
Plan and Protect: Avoid gardening outdoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a busy time for gardening and other outdoor activities. Gardening provides many benefits but like any outdoor activity it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays.

By MELINDA MYERS, Special to the Courier May 7, 2020
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Lala, a 3-month-old black Lab, romped into Ufuoma George’s life a last month, just as she retreated into her New York apartment in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

By Associated Press May 7, 2020
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Jasper in Prescott Valley. This 1,200-acre master-planned community will feature custom homes with clean energy collection and storage, resulting in the highest level of energy efficiency available today.

April 30, 2020
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Dear Homeowners, please do your homework when purchasing an older resale home that possibly has had an addition, sunroom added or garage addition, deck addition, etc.

By Sandy Griffis April 30, 2020
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Gardeners are constantly seeking new and better-informed sources of horticultural information. There is no better source for this information than our national Cooperative Extension System.

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Our moist, cool winter is quickly turning to a warm spring which brings an abundance of aphids and thrips that enjoy feeding on tender new growth.

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Have you taken the time to count yourself and your family for the 2020 Census? I did and it was easy breezy

By Sandy Griffis April 23, 2020
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Each year we set aside one day to honor mothers. And each year we struggle to find the perfect gift to show them we care.

By MELINDA MYERS, Special to the Courier April 23, 2020

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