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Yardsmart: How to pressure wash for plant health

All over the West, drought-ravaged gardens are coming back to life. The rain alone is pushing a banner growth year in the wild and in gardens, but many of the longer lived plants may need special attention. The new growth will be a huge lure for all the tiny bugs that seem to show up overnight, suddenly there as if by magic. That is the consequence of years when weather is unusual: The bugs get unusual, too.

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Painting your bathroom this color increases your home's value by $5,440

Color psychology probably doesn't affect your life on a day-to-day basis – until you're trying to sell your home, that is. The color of your walls can actually raise or lower the value of your property, a dollar amount that changes annually along with the year's color trends. Zillow recently examined over 32,000 photos of sold homes around the country, dissecting how certain colors impact their closing price. While some of the don'ts from 2016 still stand, 2017 has ushered in brand-new swatches of profitable paint colors. Here are the dos and don'ts of paint colors in 2017, as originally reported by MarketWatch.

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Style at Home: A family Fourth of July

Sometimes you don't have to travel very far to get that refreshed, just-been-on vacation feeling. That's how it was the first time I had dinner at Sandy's cottage on the lake. Even though it's just a stone's throw from the city, spending the evening at this family's weekend retreat gave me the same reboot power as a long weekend away.

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On Gardening: Pineapple lily easy to grow, exotically beautiful

Once you start growing the pineapple lily, you'll wonder why you haven't been growing it for years. Sparkling Burgundy was the first one to intrigue me at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens as it was thriving in what I might normally consider extreme conditions. It was and still is growing in full sun, practically no attention from horticulture staff and zero irrigation. Yet, every year it is there blooming with a Shoal Creek vitex, fire bush, and torch lily in a unique combination.

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Dream catchers are a comforting craft

Native American legend tells of a night sky filled with all sorts of dreams. To snare the nightmares, the Ojibwe hang a dream catcher over the bed, which allows only the sweet reveries to flow down to the person slumbering below. We hope your kids will be as inspired by this comforting traditional craft as we are!

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Design Recipes: How to prepare for an estate sale

When a loved one passes on, there are a number of financial aspects that need to be handled, including in many instances the sale of one's home. For most Americans, their home is their single biggest asset, and for those loved ones and heirs left behind, ensuring the proper preparation and sale of the home may be top of mind.

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Plumber: Freestanding baths need special tub fillers

Q: Dear Ed: I've learned a lot about plumbing fixtures from your column and really like the concept of having a freestanding bathtub in my new bathroom. But, since freestanding tubs just sit exposed on the floor with no walls or flat tub rim area for water fixtures, what kind of tub filler valve is used?

Videos

6 quick tips for Palmetto bug prevention

Palmetto bugs, or American cockroaches, are known to invade coastal South Carolina homes. Here are some quick tips from the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences on how to keep the pests out of your home (and what to do if they've already made their way inside).
Ashley Jean Reese Staff video
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6 quick tips for Palmetto bug prevention

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Building a raised garden bed in downtown Beaufort

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How to kill your lawn without chemicals

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Take a sneak a peek at this house on the Beaufort Architects Tour