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Las Vegas Market takes critical steps forward

The April 11-15 Las Vegas Market was originally slated for January, but due to travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was pushed to spring. Under the “Together Safely” program, management has instituted protocols that align with state and federal best practices to minimize COVID-19 spread.

Allergy season is in full swing in Las Vegas

Pollen alert. That’s what we see on our advisories in the early spring regarding pollen from mulberry, ash and junipers. The alert continues through the pollen season as we go from mulberry to pine to olive.

Winter freeze can affect citrus fruit production

It only takes a 1- or 2-degree difference in temperature between having a tree loaded with fruit versus having a tree with not much fruit. If this temperature difference comes along two or three times during the spring when it’s trying to flower, then there is no fruit produced that year.

Warmer weather in Las Vegas a boon to outdoor living

Outdoor living is so popular throughout Southern Nevada that the lines between it and indoor living have become blurred. Outdoor furniture designs are similar to indoor furniture, which helps maintain a consistent look as courtyards are often visible from inside the home. The material for outdoor furniture features sun-proof fabrics that don’t bleach or fade, along with furniture that is heavier so it isn’t pushed around by the wind.

Patching wallpaper comes out looking like afterthought

Q: We were moving into our house over the weekend and while moving a large dresser, we gouged the wallpaper and tore a piece out of it. We found a roll of wallpaper left by the previous owners, but we need to know exactly how to patch the damaged area. Any advice?

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Planting season in Las Vegas starts with arrival of spring

The final frost in Southern Nevada usually occurs around mid-March. Therefore, one can assume that the best time to plant is when the soil has warmed.

African sumacs sometimes grow shoots from epicormic buds

Lumps or bumps on the trunk are probably epicormic nodules, places on the trunk covered by thin bark that have a cluster of buds under it. These buds will sometimes grow into shoots. On some trees removing these shoots as soon as they are seen may cause these nodules to stop producing shoots or fewer of them.

Bending wood defies laws of nature but can be done

Q: I have a corner in a home office where I want to build a corner cabinet. The question is how to make the front of the cabinet round so that the radius of the front goes from one wall to the other. Also, I haven’t decided if I want to paint it or have it stained so the wood shows through. How can I make the front of the cabinet rounded?

Lighten up with chandeliers, wall sconces and lamps

Lighting is an essential ingredient in home decor. The right lighting can lift your spirits and make you more productive. It is the jewelry of a room.

House, landscape create microclimate in yard

As soon as a house is built, the microclimate of its landscape is created. The landscape enhances this created microclimate. How the landscape is created can enhance or distract from this microclimate.

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