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The Grapevine (April 20)

  • Published Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 7:24 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 7:30 a.m.

Call 811 ahead of yard projects

If you’re planting trees or shrubs or fence posts, putting in a water garden or laying concrete, driving a mailbox post or building a deck, call 811 first to avoid interfering with underground utility lines. You can also request that utilities be marked by filing a report online at www.kansasonecall.com. Whether you call or make a request online, utility locations are marked on your property for free.

According to a proclamation signed by Gov. Sam Brownback, the potential dangers of hitting a utility line are “service interruption, damage to environment, and personal injury and even death.”

The Kansas One-Call website also advises keeping in mind the potential spread of plant roots while planting.

Designer Q&A

Q: I have a ceiling fan in a small (11-by-14-foot) room that I am using as a guest bedroom and home office. I hate the dark fan because it’s so modern and massive, and the rest of the room is light, comfy and casual. What would you recommend I use to replace the fan?

A: Dara Caponigro, editor in chief of Veranda magazine: If the ceilings are about 8 feet tall, look for a flush-mount fixture. If they are higher, you can get a more decorative chandelier. Your instincts sound right about getting rid of the ceiling fan.

– Washington Post

Root out that dandelion

Dandelions are beginning to grow and set seed. Avoid spraying herbicides by digging them out with a fishtail weeder, the kind that has a forked tip to remove the tap root. If you can’t get to weeding for a few days, pluck off the yellow flowers as they open to prevent seed development.

– Washington Post

Tuesday night market to open

One of Wichita’s weeknight farmers markets, the Kansas Grown Farmers Market at GreenAcres, will open for the season this Tuesday. Hours will be 3 to 6:30 p.m. at 8141 E. 21st St., half a block east of 21st and Rock Road, in the parking lot of GreenAcres at Bradley Fair.

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