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Do you have a cool treehouse? Let us know

The arborists say not to put nails in your trees, so we’re not advocating it. But if you have a cool treehouse, let us know, and we may feature you in a story in our Perfect Summer edition coming out in May. E-mail acalovich@wichitaeagle.com, put treehouse in the subject line, and include a brief description along with your daytime telephone number.

Gardener’s almanac (April 5, 2014)

Fertilizing vegetables — Once vegetable plants are established, sidedressing is the term used for fertilizing them. “A fertilizer containing primarily nitrogen is used to keep plants growing and productive,” Ward Upham of K-State says. “Nitrate of soda (16-0-0) is often used at the rate of 2 pounds fertilizer per 100 feet of row. More commonly available lawn fertilizers such as a 30-3-3, 29-5-4 or something similar can also be used, but cut the rate in half. Be sure any lawn fertilizer used does not contain weed preventers or weed killers. Note that most fertilizers weigh about 1 pound per pint of product.”

When to plant vegetables, fruits and flowers

Here is a timetable for planting a succession of vegetables and fruits this spring.

Tree Festival, Old Town Farmers Market herald spring

The living things of the Earth are waking up all around us, and each day is a revelation.

A refurbished appliance may be better than a new one

What’s the better deal for your pocketbook and the environment: a new major appliance or a refurbished one?

Updated floral patterns returning to home decor

After years of simple solids and geometric prints, and just in time for spring, the flower is making a comeback in decor. Floral patterns have been blooming all over fashion runways in recent months, and they are slowly finding their way back into the world of home decorating, too.

The Grapevine (March 29, 2014)

Foaming hand soap: The secret to the foaming is the pump, not what’s inside it. Refill these bottles with a teaspoon of liquid soap and the remaining volume in water. Turn the bottle upside-down and up again to gently mix the ingredients.

Gardener’s almanac (March 29, 2014)

Overseeding, mowing and crabgrass prevention – If you don’t have a thick lawn and have problems with crabgrass, apply a preventer now. Water it in. Try to find one without fertilizer in it, as now is not the time to fertilize. If you use a long-term preventer, be aware that it can inhibit overseeding in the fall. If you use a short-term preventer, you’ll want to make a second application in early June.

The keys to selling your house

Spring is here, and the warm winds of change bring a fresh crop of houses for sale.

What to do and not do when selling home

Planning to put your house on the market? Here are some things to do and some things to avoid before and after the sign goes in the yard.

The hearth can sell the home

Vikki Ruisch had a fireplace in her house, but it was in a room her family barely used. So during a remodeling project last year, she had a fireplace built in her living room, where everyone could enjoy it.

Don’t wait until you’re ready to sell to try to fix neighbors’ homes

If your neighbor’s house has knee-high grass, dilapidated siding or a car up on blocks in the backyard, don’t wait until you’re ready to put your house on the market to try to get theirs fixed up, said Janet Johnson, supervisor of the Office of Community Engagement for the city of Wichita.

Fix problems before putting house on market

When people are getting their house ready to put on the market, it’s better to get problems taken care of first rather waiting for an inspector to uncover them with a contract on the line, real estate agents say.

Which is better, a shower curtain or a glass door?

Q: I want my shower to look as high-end as possible, but I’m on a budget: Which is better, shower curtain or glass door?

Fake wood paneling: Remove or paint over?

In today’s market, fake wood paneling is never a redeeming feature, said Robert M. Nelson, an associate real estate broker in Southampton, N.Y.

Hide pet things for home showings

When showing a house, it’s best to have pets and all their stuff out of sight.

All the world’s a stage when selling a house

When Thomas and Jolene Inskeet put their Cheney house on the market in early March, they hired Gary Streepy of Three Pea to stage the house.

Tidy landscaping gives a home curb appeal

Curb appeal is something we all should shoot for, whether we’re putting our house on the market or not.

Clean walls help the house sparkle

It’s easy to pass by walls and woodwork every day without a second glance, but cleaning them up will make a big difference.

Color is front door to curb appeal

Linda Young of Wichita had a lime green front door at her old house before the real estate agent made her repaint it red to sell it.

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