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Traditional yew pine successfully grows in desert

Traditional yew pine is considered a tough mesic evergreen tree but is not a desert plant. It can handle our hot summers if it gets afternoon shade and is not surrounded by surface rock.

Experts offer tips to keep your home secure

There are a number of things you can do to keep your home safe and less desirable for any would-be intruder or burglar without breaking the bank.

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Copper adhesive should fix leak under sink

Q: I have a problem with my plumbing. Below my kitchen sink is a copper pipe that comes out of the wall, extends for about a foot and then goes back into the wall. I have noticed a small leak coming from a fitting and it needs to be repaired. My problem is that I’m scared to use a torch as I don’t want to burn my house down. Is there any other choice?

Size of pepper plant depends on variety

Pepper plant size depends on the variety. The recent trend in vegetable transplant hybridizing for home gardens is for closer spacing and early production.

Pest control in Las Vegas solved by regular service, cleaning

Southern Nevada is known for its beautiful desert sunsets, bountiful buffets and Elvis impersonators. It’s also home to some serious pests such as scorpions, spiders, ants, silverfish, bees and wasps. They thrive here thanks to hot summers, mild winters, seasonal rains and human settlements.

Kurapia may not be tolerant to extreme desert temperatures

Kurapia was started from the native plant, Lippia nodiflora, native to the tropical and subtropical areas of South America and the United States. That calls into question its tolerance to extreme desert temperatures and low humidity.

 
Solar screens on windows reduce heat inside house

Solar screens typically block between 65 percent and 90 percent of the heat entering your home through the windows. They also can help prevent your furniture and carpet from fading.

Pass-through windows merge indoor, outdoor spaces

If you’re remodeling a home or having one built, you may be considering how your floorplan allows you to entertain. We all know kitchens tend to be gathering places for guests and families, and great rooms or open areas can be designed to accommodate a certain flow between spaces that works for visits with friends or family.

Always check out rules governing pesticides use

It is important to follow all federal, state or local laws or ordinances pertaining to the use of a pesticide — whether it is used to kill weeds, insects, protect plants from diseases or terminate the life of a critter — and that any pesticide is used as a last resort.

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