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Feng Shui Leads to Better Landscaping

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Steve BoehmeRegular readers of this column know that we are hard-headed realists when it comes to landscape design. “Form follows function” is our guiding principle. “Less is more” is equally important. So is “paint with the big brush first”. These are well-known design clichés that help us decide what to do (and NOT to do) in landscaping. We believe that if you focus on practical, common-sense solutions, beauty will fall into place almost automatically.So, it might surprise you that over the years we’ve adopted many principles and ideas from the ancient oriental discipline of Feng Shui.


Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Identifies 5 Easy Ways to Spot Suspicious Calls

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is c...

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WeE Remember Once Again

Tim Throckmorton

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My Social Security Simplifies Your Life

By Tonie GarciaSocial Security District Manager in Portsmouth, OHSo many people buzz through extremely busy and complicated schedules these days. A smartphone in one hand, a computer in front of you, and a digital task list that never seems to end. In addition, to complicate things just a little more, there’s another event you need to add to your list—National Simplify Your Life week. This event takes place August 1 through 7. Put it on your calendar so you d...

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Tim Throckmorton

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Plant Mums Early For Success

Steve BoehmeHave you planted hardy mums that never came back the next year? One secret to success is to buy them before they bloom and plant them right away. The sooner you plant mums the happier they’ll be. Mums that are trapped in a small pot for too long, or allowed to dry out, rarely come back the following year. If your goal is to have hardy perennial mums, you should treat them as you would any other container-grown flower or vegetable plant.

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Do You HATE Your Landscaping?

Steve BoehmeAre you a homeowner who is dissatisfied with your landscaping? Perhaps you’ve been living with the shrubs your builder installed “way back when”, or landscaping done by the previous owner. Perhaps you’ve nibbled your way to your present situation in many small steps, afraid to do anything really bold. Most likely you have a plant collection instead of a landscape.

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When, Where, How and Why to Water

Steve BoehmeNewly planted shrubs, perennials and trees struggle to get established when temperatures are in the 90’s and drying winds keep us busy with supplemental watering. Proper watering is an important part of gardening. Lasting damage can occur when leaves and stems wilt. Regular watering helps keep plants and trees growing. Flower and fruit the following spring will be much better with regular watering, and so will fall color.

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