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Video shows how to remove bush honeysuckle

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 31, 2012

I love hearing from readers. I love it even more when they pass along good information.

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Cheap tricks for Halloween

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 26, 2012
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Few things are scarier than your Visa bill after a holiday spending spree.

But getting your ghoul on for Halloween doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg, even though you could recycle those severed body parts in a macabre display.

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Magazine lists 100 best home products

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 24, 2012
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This Old House magazine is out with The TOH Top 100, its list of the 100 best new home products of the year.

A few of my faves:

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Get your mower runnin'

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 22, 2012

Lawn season is winding down, and leaf season is picking up.

Both of them involve your mower.

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Target + Neiman Marcus will get your gift list going

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 17, 2012

We can't all afford the fantasy gifts in the Neiman Marcus catalog, like a $100,000 chicken coop or a $150,000 vintage trailer outfitted as a bar.

But the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection? Heck, yeah.

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Pimp your pumpkin

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 11, 2012

Tired of the same old jack-o'-lantern? DIY Network has a how-to video on turning your pumpkin into a scary skull. Check it out.

 

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Garden cleanup prevents problems next year

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 10, 2012

It's time to clean up the garden, the folks at Buckeye Yard and Garden Line remind us.

The most recent issue of the newsletter from Ohio State University advises gardeners to clean out remaining weeds, particularly winter annuals such as chickweed and annual bluegrass. Remove and compost old vegetable plants, and be sure to get rid of any diseased plant parts from ornamental or food plants.

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Ikea to sell only LED lighting

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: October 4, 2012

Ikea is betting on the future of LED lighting.

The Swedish home-furnishings retailer has announced that LED is the only kind of lighting it will sell starting in 2016, according to a report in Illumination in Focus. It's also changing more than 1 million light sources in its stores to LED and other forms of highly efficient lighting, the report said.

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