Home and Garden

The life span of 10 common home appliances

While the life span of appliances in our home may not be something we regularly think about — if at all — it doesn’t hurt to know how many years you have left on your favorite household helpers.

After the storm

Once the storm has passed, clear away fallen fruit and vegetables, which could attract rodents if left to rot on the ground, and remove protection from around plants.

Before the storm

When storms are predicted, close patio umbrellas and store garden furniture indoors, if possible. Examine trees for cracked or broken branches and remove them before they're torn by strong winds and sent flying. If those trees are large, hire a certified arborist to inspect them; the cost is nothing compared to the damage they could cause if they were to break or topple.

Here's what gardeners can do in face of storms

As we celebrate blooming roses, ripening tomatoes and the pollinator frenzy in our backyards, we gardeners also should be aware of the downsides of summer: thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes.

Idaho Dept. of Lands giving away free seedlings for Arbor Day

BOISE, Idaho – People across Idaho can celebrate Arbor Day with free seedlings.  The Idaho Department of Lands is partnering with the Idaho Forest Products Commission to provide seedlings at IDL offices and businesses across the state.  Arbor Day, which…