community · DIY · Home & Garden

The Scent of Christmas Past

Article By: Vincent Lazaneo Remember when cut fir trees used for Christmas décor had a pleasant, piney scent?  That seasonal aroma you enjoyed in the past may now be absent unless the decorations you hang on your tree include a pine scented ornament. I have not purchased a cut Christmas tree for many years but… Continue reading The Scent of Christmas Past

Around San Diego · community · DIY · Home & Garden

Onion Secrets For Sweet Success

[Pictured Above: The onion variety, yellow Granex, is used to produce Maui onions in Hawaii. Photo Credit: Forest Starr and Kim Starr] Article By: Vincent Lazaneo Many cultures use onions to enhance the flavor of prepared food. If you use onions, it’s convenient to buy them from a retail store but people who like to garden… Continue reading Onion Secrets For Sweet Success

Around San Diego · community · DIY · Home & Garden

Spiders:  Good Outdoors – Not Indoors

[Pictured Above: Large black and yellow garden spider feeds on many pests in garden. Photo Credit: Jack Kelly Clark, courtesy University of California Statewide IPM Program.] Article By: Vincent Lazaneo You may dislike spiders, but before you kill them consider where they are located.  Their webs may be a nuisance but for the most part spiders in… Continue reading Spiders:  Good Outdoors – Not Indoors

Around San Diego · community · DIY · Home & Garden

Organic Mulch Saves Water, Stops Weeds

[Pictured Above: Flower and succulent garden with 2” wood chip mulch from the Miramar Landfill Greenery. Photo Credit: Lynlee Austell-Slayter] Article By: Vincent Lazaneo Native plants get the water they need from winter rains, but most of the shrubs and trees planted in our yards need periodic irrigation. We want our landscape plants to grow well but we… Continue reading Organic Mulch Saves Water, Stops Weeds

Around San Diego · Home & Garden

Watch Out: A Dangerous New Fire Ant is Here!

[Pictured Above: Invasive red imported fire ants are dark, reddish-brown and vary in size from 1/16-1/5” long. Photo Credit: Jack Kelly Clark, courtesy University of California Statewide IPM Program, copyright by Regents of the University of California.] Article by: Vincent Lazaneo Stroll, play or picnic on a lawn at a local park or school and you… Continue reading Watch Out: A Dangerous New Fire Ant is Here!