Home & Garden

Better Homes and Gardens is the fourth best selling magazine in the United States. The editor in chief is Stephen Orr. Better Homes and Gardens focuses on interests regarding homes, cooking, gardening, crafts, healthy living, decorating, and entertaining. The magazine is published 12 times per year by the Meredith Corporation. It was founded in 1922 by Edwin Meredith, who had previously been the United States Secretary of Agriculture under Woodrow Wilson.
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  • This Summer's Hottest Hamptons Design Trends
    Forbes

    This Summer's Hottest Hamptons Design Trends

    The season of Hamptons getaways officially arrives this weekend, and homeowners are embracing new trends to keep their properties in style. The glitzy, celebrity-studded south fork on the eastern end of Long Island takes pride in being fashion-forward, in everything from its construction and architecture to interior decor. Here's a peek at what we can expect to see in Hamptons homes this summer, according to experts: Biophilic design Since the East End is known for its natural beauty, it's no surprise that biophilic design, which incorporates environmental elements, is a hot trend for summer, notes a report from the real estate listings site Out East, which polled its Design Panel for insight.

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    Firefighters demonstrate sprinklers at Brat Fest

    MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Madison's Brat Fest is filled with music, food and fun—but on Saturday, the event also featured a more serious fire safety demonstration, displaying the necessity of home sprinklers. This is the first year the demonstration, organized by the National Protection Fire Association (NFPA) and the Madison Fire Department, has come to Brat Fest. The demonstration was set up with two identically furnished rooms, with one caveat: one room had sprinklers installed, and the other did not. Next, firefighters started what could be a wastebasket fire in each room demonstrated how quickly it spread in each situation. According to Guy Santelli, a Kenosha fire fighter and member of the

  • These are the best appliance deals you can get this Memorial Day
    USA Today

    These are the best appliance deals you can get this Memorial Day

    — Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Memorial Day is known for many things, primarily as a day (and weekend) to honor those who have given their lives to protect our country. But it's also a massive sales weekend, and while pretty much everyone has a Memorial Day sale these days, the biggest and best things to shop for around this holiday weekend are mattresses, cars, and of course large appliances. Luckily for you, we happen to have a bunch of appliance super

  • Sales tax holiday for energy-efficient appliances, products this weekend
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    Sales tax holiday for energy-efficient appliances, products this weekend

    AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- This weekend marks Texas' annual sales tax holiday for energy-efficient appliances and products. The program covers purchases of the following items carrying ENERGY STAR labels: air conditioners (with a sales price of $6,000 or less) refrigerators (with a sales price of $2,000 or less) ceiling fans incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs clothes washers dishwashers dehumidifiers programmable thermostats There is no limit on the number of items you can buy, and no certificate of exemption is required. Purchases can be made through midnight on Monday, May 27. Many items, even if they carry an ENERGY STAR label, do not qualify, including: water heaters clothes dryers freezers

  • Blundering Gardener: There's dirt and there's soil. Which do you have in your garden?
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    Blundering Gardener: There's dirt and there's soil. Which do you have in your garden?

    It's late May and lawn care looms. Time to lug home the pesticide and fertilizer combination and fill up the spreader. Does a round of golf strike you as a better way to spend the weekend? Me, too. Maybe this is the year to go cold turkey. Scotch the Scotts Turf Builder and see if the lawn can make it on its own. I know this sounds like dereliction of duty, but in a time of climate chaos, every little bit helps. Whereas natural nitrogen comes from decomposed organic material like manure, synthetic nitrogen is made by a process that was invented in the 1940s to make weapons. Out of that came a weapon for peace — anhydrous ammonia, aka synthetic nitrogen — and University of Minnesota agronomist

  • Tips to Outsmart Bugs in Your Home
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    Tips to Outsmart Bugs in Your Home

    (StatePoint) If you have bugs in your home -- as many households do and the majority worry about -- there may be good reasons for this. Insects are resilient, strategic and way smarter than you may realize. But before dealing with insect invasions, it's helpful to understand what you're up against. These surprising bug facts can help you better understand common opponents: • Cockroaches have the capacity to memorize and learn -- and they may just use those smarts to remember the layout and contents of your kitchen, including hiding spaces! But even without their heads, cockroaches are fairly formidable -- decapitated, they can survive for weeks. • Once an ant knows where food is located, it'll

  • Local garden centers booming during Memorial Day weekend
    WWLP Springfield

    Local garden centers booming during Memorial Day weekend

    HADLEY, Mass (WWLP) -- Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer. And for gardeners, it marks a time when you can plant flowers and vegetables, without any worries for frost damage. Temperatures on Saturday jumped to the upper 70s, and the forecast all week is looking very warm with multiple days in the 80s. And because of the spring warm-up we've been waiting for, many locals are exercising their green thumbs.  22News went to the Hadley Garden Center on Saturday where business was bustling due to the plentiful sun and warmer temperatures. One local resident said the weather couldn't have been more perfect.  "Well it's a beautiful day, it's good to--to look for plants here. And

  • 7 Sipping Gifts for Dad this Father's Day
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    7 Sipping Gifts for Dad this Father's Day

    (StatePoint) Planning for Father's Day doesn't need to be complicated. For a surefire win, turn to gifts that Dad can sip -- those are the best kinds of gifts, after all, giving him a chance to kick his feet up and relax with a delicious beverage after a hard day -- something every father deserves. From fine bourbon to sweet moonshine, the gift of a bottle is a gift that keeps on giving with every pour. Check out these Father's Day gift ideas offering bragging rights to their proud recipients from CaskCartel.com, an online spirits marketplace specializing in limited releases, new arrivals, and allocated and other hard to find spirited beverages. Toast Dad in person, or use doorstep delivery to

  • 7 Eco-Friendly Toiletries To Pack For Your Next Trip
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    7 Eco-Friendly Toiletries To Pack For Your Next Trip

    This one from Farmacy comes with packaging made of paper and recyclable material certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Both products come in the recyclable packaging used by the plant-based brand.

  • Top 10 mosquito cities
    Chicago Tribune

    Top 10 mosquito cities

    Pest control company Orkin released its annual list of the "Top 50 Mosquito Cities," which ranks metro areas by the number of new mosquito customers served in the last year. Atlanta snagged the No. 1 spot.  Mosquito numbers will continue to rise, Orkin says, especially when temperatures hit 80 degrees or higher. The study takes on heightened importance as viruses such as Zika and West Nile have tripled since 2004, with Illinois having among the highest rates in the country. Click through the gallery to see where Chicago falls on Orkin's list.

  • Robot vacuums on sale this weekend: Save on Shark, iRobot, and Eufy
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    Robot vacuums on sale this weekend: Save on Shark, iRobot, and Eufy

    You have better things to spend your time doing this summer than cleaning and a robot vacuum can handle your floors with ease while you're out enjoying the weather. SEE ALSO: 7 of the best robot vacuums to tackle pet hair Or maybe you want your robot vacuum to join in your festivities — it apparently makes beer pong more interesting: OK, likely you'll just be using the appliance for its intended purposes, so pay attention because we found deals on five robot vacuums that you'll want to take advantage of this weekend. This vacuum's self-cleaning brushroll captures short and long hair, dust, dander, and allergens throughout your home to prevent everyday buildup while dual side brushes pull in debris

  • Get Your Home Ready For Summer With These 22 Pretty Pieces of Patio Furniture
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    Get Your Home Ready For Summer With These 22 Pretty Pieces of Patio Furniture

    From couches you'd want to spend your whole Saturday on to luxurious lounge chairs and even Sunbrella umbrellas, you'll never believe you can pick up these products at Walmart, just in time for Summer. If you're ready to live your best life all Summer 2019, and you've got the luxury of outdoor space, make it worth your while by investing in patio furniture. With these 22 pieces, you can throw pool parties and barbecues, or just create your own outdoor living room.

  • Home of the Week: Beverly Grove cottage gets a new look
    Los Angeles Times

    Home of the Week: Beverly Grove cottage gets a new look

    Herringbone-patterned slate tile floors in the entry and a powder room dressed in designer wallpaper are among new ideas introduced by Mark Langos Design. Gently curved ceilings in the living room are original, while the custom kitchen adds a touch of timber — a reclaimed wood island and exposed ceiling beams — that injects warmth into the space.

  • Wood chips left behind could affect new grass
    Orlando Sentinel

    Wood chips left behind could affect new grass

    Answer: Hopefully you did a good job of removing wood chips from the new lawn site. If too many are left, it binds up nutrients that could affect the new grass. Also, stumps may only be ground down six inches or so, and the remaining portions could reduce new root growth. If you and the tree company did a good job of removing most of the tree, level the soil and add your new sod. Otherwise, adding a few inches of lawn or landscape soil is a good idea.

  • Stylist Mieke ten Have Transforms an Upstate New York Barn Into a Charming Family Home
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    Stylist Mieke ten Have Transforms an Upstate New York Barn Into a Charming Family Home

    Heeding the call of the country, stylist Mieke ten Have breathes exuberant new life into an erstwhile barn in upstate New York