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The Stagg family from Prosser (left to right) includes mom holding Tillie, 2, Boyd, 4, Gunnar 7, Adelaide, 10, along with LindyJean, 8, in the background smell the pleasant aroma of a monkey flower as they browse Buggirl’s Garden plants during the Prosser Farmers Market on Saturday. The fami…

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Houseplants make a wonderful addition to our home’s décor and improve the indoor air quality. Those with pets however may struggle with keeping plants safe from curious pets and the pets safe from indoor greenery.

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Fall provides a time for fun and celebration, but it also can be an opportunity to refocus on taking care of your home both indoors and out.

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Enjoying your outside space does not have to take place on a dimly lit patio o with moderately comfortable furniture devoid of fine furnishings and sophisticated style.

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Fall is the perfect time to complete those pesky home maintenance projects left on your to do list. If you’ve been putting off these chores, you’re not alone, but it could cost you.

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Now and then, every home gets to the point at which a quick tidy-up here and there just isn’t cutting it anymore.

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Most mornings Wilbur Ellis employees Reynaldo Barragan and Jose Cardenas spend a few minutes before work caring for a large garden plot to the north side of the business property.

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The 36th annual Yakima Valley Tour of Homes is set for Sept. 9 and 10 and Sept. 16 and 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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This year’s Central Washington Home Builders Association Tour of Homes featured two lower valley residences filled with modern custom detailing.

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Renters may be free of some of the concerns and responsibilities of homeownership, but there are a few considerations they should make for financial security and greater peace of mind:

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A gardening class for the whole family is offered by the Benton-Franklin Extension’s Master Gardening program.

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Most people think of the Washington State University Extension program as it relates to Master Gardener programs or youth organizations, such as 4-H.

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Raised beds allow you to overcome poor soil by creating the ideal growing mix, plus make gardening time more comfortable thanks to less bending and kneeling.

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Residents are being encouraged to “peek over the fences” June 18-19 during the Yakima Area Arboretum’s 2016 Garden Tour.

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A day of photographing nature is the theme of a Saturday workshop being offered for children and adults at the Yakima Area Arboretum.

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Leaves cascading down from trees indicate the arrival of autumn. However, colorful and awe-inspiring autumn leaves can be a hazard if left to lie on the ground too long.

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When working in the yard, you may be tempted to simply bag your yard clippings and set them out to the curb for pick-up.

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GRANDVIEW – City of Grandview officials recently presented the following beautification awards for the month of August.

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Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your garden and outdoor parties. Look for environmentally sound ways to manage these pests in your garden and landscape.

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One in five DIY-ers tackling home renovations ends up in the hospital each year due to accidents, according to the Home Safety Council. Don’t become a statistic.

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