Before the Snow Falls: Holiday Decorating Prep

It’s never too soon to get a jump start on the holidays, particularly when you consider how fast time flies by between September 1 and December 31. Those industrious North Pole elves are already hard at work preparing for the Christmas crunch. Here are some tips to join them and get ahead on the holiday season. Clean House While you may be clinging to thoughts of warm summer nights, Jack Frost is on his way – whether you like it or not. Trick-or-Treaters, holiday carolers, family members, friends and even the UPS man will soon start stopping by, so take …

Bug-Proof Your Home for Summer

As the days get warmer, bugs get more active. They want food, shelter and perhaps a place to settle down and start a family. And there’s nothing wrong with that – as long as that place isn’t your home. If you’re an Oklahoma homeowner, read on to learn how to make your home as repulsive as possible to these invertebrate critters. Prevention before pesticides Before you coat your home with aerosol, learn how to prevent pests from entering in the first place. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service recommends the following tips for bug-proofing your home: Keep your home clean and …

Neighborly Blooms: Using Native plants in OK Gardens

Ah, the garden. A beautiful flora-filled space of retreat, relaxation and…frustration? If you’re struggling to polish up your green thumb in your Oklahoma backyard, you may be ready to throw your hands up as the weather undermines yet another attempt at a beautiful bed. Don’t worry – help is on the way! Xeriscaping, besides being a really cool-sounding band name, is the practice of planning your garden and flower beds to minimize work and potential for withered plants, It starts by getting to know some native OK greenery. A Splash of Color Thumb your nose at the fluctuating temperatures by …

Beautiful, Edible Garden Ideas for Small Backyards

Combine form and function by planting an edible garden this summer As the owner of a new, custom-built home, it’s exciting to embark on projects that make a home and yard feel like your own. After you have had your backyard housewarming party, what else can you do to maximize your space? The idea of planting a small garden that will add beauty to the backyard and provide edible produce to enjoy is attractive to many homeowners. Yet knowing how to plan and plant a garden can be overwhelming. Use this guide to plant a small garden that adds to …

New to gardening? Try these beginner’s tips and get to planting!

When you finally have a yard of your own, it’s natural to daydream about just what you’ll do with it. And many new homeowners want to take advantage of the space with a sprawling, prolific garden. Like most things worth working for, creating your first garden takes a bit of time and a lot of planning on the front end – but your efforts will be rewarded plenty of times over!  Here are some of our tips for beginning gardeners. Start small. When we start on new projects, our tendency is to jump in feet-first. But gardening takes practice, and …