Subscribe to RSS

Found 56 exhibits | Aisle 1 of 6

Winter Landscaping 101

by on 02/02/2017 - 12:53 pm
Category: Lawn & Garden

By Marcia HawkinsOwner, Uncle John’s Plant Farm
Some of the most stunning paintings depict winter landscapes. Think Claude Monet’s magpie and Vincent van Gogh’s snow-covered field with a harrow. Or acclaimed photographer Ansel Adams famous print of Clearing Winter Storm in Yosemite National Park.
If these heralded artists see beauty in winter’s barren land, you can also take an artistic look at your home’s winter landscape and spruce it up.
• Focus on bark and berries. Plan ahead to add some interest to the stark winter backdrop by planting trees and shrubs in the fall that have interesting bark, such as birch trees or red twig dogwoods, or those that do ...

Read More

Organic Gardening Tips and Tricks

by on 05/25/2016 - 04:42 pm
Categories: Home Exteriors, Lawn & Garden

The "eat what you grow" movement is gaining steam as an organic, non-GMO alternative to traditional produce buying.
Growing your own food isn't without its challenges. Choosing the right plants, fertilizers, enhancements, and plant care schedule presents burgeoning gardeners with a lot of choices to make. Fortunately, you don't need a PhD in botany to successfully embrace your green thumb, you can ask the experts at Uncle John's Plant Farm. Uncle John's has knowledgable staff and a variety of home gardening products with an emphasis on organic-friendly options.

Dear Downstairs Neighbor (Or Why I We...

by on 06/19/2015 - 11:28 am
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Décor & Lighting, Energy Savings, Garage/Basement/Storage, Home Exteriors, Home Technology, Kitchen & Bath, Lawn & Garden, Windows & Doors

By Max Klein
Lifestyle Writer & Misunderstood Attic Dweller
Upstairs neighbors are the worst. They're the faceless monster that takes joy in creating creaks and thumps. They're the ne'er-do-well that seems to coordinate their furniture moving schedule with your sleep schedule. They're the villain of apartment living.
I have a confession to make. I am the upstairs neighbor. I just might be your upstairs neighbor.

Dear Downstairs Neighbor,
I am an adult human being that weighs more than 100 pounds, and if your griping is to be believed, your ceiling/my floor is composed of cardboard imbued with special powers to make it whatever the opposite of noise-cancelling is. Sadly, I don't mo ...

Read More

Spring Arrivals At Uncle John’s

by on 05/29/2015 - 03:41 pm
Category: Lawn & Garden

Spring has sprung, and Uncle John’s is excited for the new arrivals to their Olmsted Falls location.
Everyone at Uncle John’s has their favorite pick, and for Marcia Hawkins it’s Foxgloves, the stylish gardening gloves that have been flying off the shelves. Zack “Hosta Man” Kinzy is a fan of the new “Magical Gold” Forsythia that sports more complete flower coverage and full, bold flowers.
For a more complete lowdown on the spring lineup at Uncle John’s, visit them in Olmsted Falls:

What To Consider Before Building A Fence

by on 05/26/2015 - 02:18 pm
Categories: Home Exteriors, Lawn & Garden

By Joe DeSouza
Owner, Fence and Deck Direct
Robert Frost wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors,” and we agree. Still, a good fence offers more than maintaining a respectful distance from the folks next door. Before installing a fence, consider:
Is the fence meant to keep the kids and dog from wandering off? Do you want to create a privacy or noise barrier? Or, are you looking to add a touch of class to your property? These questions should guide your choices. A basic chain-link fence, for instance, may be sufficient for the first scenario. A tall fence made of solid material reduces noise and prevents nosy neighbors from eyeing the burgers on your grill. And ornamen ...

Read More

On The Red Carpet At The 2015 Clevela...

by on 04/13/2015 - 01:41 pm
Categories: Building & Remodeling, Décor & Lighting, Energy Savings, Garage/Basement/Storage, Home Exteriors, Home Technology, Kitchen & Bath, Lawn & Garden, Windows & Doors

Every year, the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland holds the Cleveland Choice Awards to celebrate advancements made in the local building industry.
HGExpo’s Chelsey Alltop was on the red carpet for the 2015 Cleveland Cleveland Choice Awards asking all of the important questions.

Five Good Reasons To Splurge On Mulch

by on 03/27/2015 - 12:37 pm
Category: Lawn & Garden

By Jeremy Smith
President, Smith Bros. Mulch
We all want our gardens to be lush and verdant without spending a lot of green. But when it comes to laying a foundation for our flower and vegetable beds, scrimping on mulch is no bargain.
Here are five reasons why quality mulch is a good investment:
1. It protects soil and plant roots
High-quality mulch shields the soil from the effects of extreme weather, including heat damage from the sun and heaving from repeated melting and refreezing.
2. It saves money on watering and soil replacement
You will reach for the garden hose less often because premium mulch slows evaporation, which, in turn, keeps the soil moist longer. It also coaxes the ...

Read More

How To Save Money On Landscaping

by on 03/09/2015 - 01:52 pm
Category: Lawn & Garden

By Chris Peters
Owner, Peter’s Professional Landscaping
Just like any home project, landscaping can become expensive if you’re not careful about budgeting. But with some careful planning and the right crew of professionals, landscaping can be as affordable as it is beautiful.
At Peter’s Professional Landscaping, we recommend tackling your landscaping project in phases so you can spread your budget out over an extended period of time. This can enable you to make even grand visions possible, without having to come up with a large amount of upfront cash. We offer customers a year-by-year installation program. We install one phase of your project at a time, allowing you to s ...

Read More

Indoor Plants To Combat Winter Blues

by on 03/09/2015 - 04:59 pm
Category: Lawn & Garden

By Kyla Price
Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, impacts up to 20 percent of Americans and is known to be approximately four times more prevalent in women than men. Moreover, folks living in Northeast Ohio are even more prone to the disorder since the winter months offer very little natural sunlight.
In addition to taking Vitamin D supplements and engaging in SAD light therapy, you can also combat the winter blues with natural plant life. By mimicking the outdoors inside your own home, you are signaling nature’s bliss to enter your brain, which can have a positive overall effect on your wintertime moods.
First, consider doing your own planting, as getting your hands imm ...

Read More

Anatomy Of A Fence

by on 03/09/2015 - 04:20 pm
Categories: Home Exteriors, Lawn & Garden

By Joe DeSouza
Owner, Fence & Deck Direct
Just like the anatomy of the human body, a fence has many working parts that, when put together, create a well-functioning piece of equipment.
A structure consisting of strips of vinyl crossed and fastened together, with square or diamond shapes left between, used for a decorative element of a fence.
A horizontal support element to which fences are attached that can be on the top, middle or bottom edge of the fence.
Post Stiffener
A part that strengthens any post requiring additional stiffening, especially the hinge side or latch side of gates.
Corner Post
A post at the corner used to join two lines of fencing, usually at ...

Read More