Get your Fall Garden Ready for Winter, Spring

by Blake Herzog The autumnal months are crucial for any garden — what you do now can set it up for winter tenacity and spring vibrancy. You may still be tending to a few hardy vegetable plants, depending on whether the first frosts have arrived, but most of your time will be spent protecting your … Read More…

Brighten Bathrooms with Splashes of Creativity

by Blake Herzog While you’re busy staying current with your kitchen, living room and outdoor living space, it’s easy for other spaces to get left behind — particularly the bathrooms. If you haven’t taken the initiative to inject some “spa” vibes into the fixtures or décor, it’s easy to let the years flow by until … Read More…

Have You Renovated Your Home? Call Your Insurer

Americans have been busy renovating their homes in record numbers. Home renovation spending grew 15% in the last year to a median $15,000, according to a survey by home renovation website Houzz. Higher-budget projects (accounting for the top 10% of project spending) saw an increase to $85,000 or more in 2020, compared with $80,000 in the … Read More…

7 Trees With Brilliant Fall Color + Bonus

by Ken Lain, The Mountain Gardener Many mountain trees offer spectacular autumn colors, but glowing fall leaves light up only one of our four seasons. The best landscape trees shine in every growing season. Maples provide some of the best fall colors. Several are outstanding shade trees through summer, others a great source of sap … Read More…

Give your Fall Décor a Crisp New Twist

by Blake Herzog It’s always fun to keep your home design in step with the seasons — it’s another way to bring nature and the outdoors closer to you and your family. But it can seem like there are only so many ways to mimic the reds, browns and oranges of fall foliage, and you’re … Read More…

Try these 9 Ground Covers for Sunny Desert Landscapes

by Ken Lain, The Mountain Gardener Ground cover plants are beneficial in so many ways. The foliage provides visual interest across hills, between boulders, and down slopes. They also reduce yard maintenance by fighting erosion and suppressing weeds. Here is the definitive list for local groundcovers grown in the brutal sun or dense shade. Creeping … Read More…

How an Umbrella Policy Can Save You from Ruin

An umbrella policy is designed to protect you from almost everything your homeowner’s and auto insurance policies do not, as well as fill in gaps in coverage when the limits of these policies are exhausted. Lawsuits are filed daily against ordinary folks, with reasons ranging from the frivolous to the justified. More often than not, … Read More…

Low-Cost Tweaks Refresh Your Kitchen

by Blake Herzog When you’ve been using and living with a kitchen for a while you become familiar with all the things you’d like to change about it from the layout to décor to the built-in microwave with that one piece that keeps falling off. There are many cost-effective tweaks that can make your kitchen … Read More…

Live Big in Small Outdoor Spaces

by Blake Hertzog Outdoors is in for home living, especially in environments as appealing as what we have in Greater Prescott. But given rising land prices and the desire of many to have a lower-maintenance yard, you may not have enough outside square footage to have a full dining or living room set and organic … Read More…

These 5 Plants Help Purify Indoor Air

by Blake Hertzog Back in the 1980s, NASA was looking for solutions to indoor air pollution for everything from real homes to theoretical space colonies, and the results of one study found some species of houseplants were capable of removing one of the major classes of air pollutants from within controlled experimental chambers over a … Read More…