Although temperatures are chilly right now, spring is just around the corner, and that means spring planting.
At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, the White Hall Library will host “Ask an Expert” featuring Karen Smith, a local nursey owner.
The library is located at 300 Anderson Ave. in White Hall. Details: Call 247-5064.
Following are some helpful home and garden tips.
Caladiums are perfect for shady areas
Are you looking for a plant other than hostas to put in a shady spot? The horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recommend caladium, a tropical plant that prefers filtered sunlight and shade. The beautiful green, white, red and pink foliage of caladiums, also known elephant ear, heart of Jesus, and angel wings, is perfect for adding color to your home garden. It can be grown in containers or clumped together within beds and borders. The ISU extension office recommends starting them indoors in late winter/early spring about four to six weeks before the average last frost date in your area.
How to place a big bed in a small room
In an interview with Better Homes and Garden, interior designer Hillary Rondero shared her favorite tips and tricks in her own home remodel. Her master bedroom isn’t very large but she still wanted a big bed. To make the room seem larger, she skipped a footboard and instead has a long skinny bench. Another tip is using all white bedding as she claims it makes the bed “appear visually weightless.”
Find expert help with these apps
Curbed, a popular real-estate blog, compiled this list of top apps for finding experts to hire for home remodeling projects:
HomeAdvisor: Free on iOS and Android, it lets you discover and compare contractors, read reviews from real customers, view pricing, and schedule their appointments.
Smith: Home Remodel, Improvement & Repairs: Free on iOS, Android, submit project details and include a picture or tow and this service match you with up to 4 pre-screened professionals within 24 hours.
Thumbtack: Free on iOS, Android, perfect for finding cleaning services, movers or someone for simple home repairs.
Havenly: Free on iOS, this is perfect for working with a professional interior designer as you can chat with a designer for free or pay to book a custom project.
When to bring in a landscape contractor
It may seem like common sense to know to bring in a contractor when adding or removing a swimming pool, but there are other projects that aren’t so DIY friendly, says the experts at Houzz. Some other times to consider or at least consult a contractor are:
You want to add structures or an architectural elements to your garden such as pergolas, arbors and trellises
You run out of DIY steam. Don’t leave a half-finished eyesore, a good contractor can assess where you are and help get the work completed
You want a built-in fire feature. Outdoor gas fireplaces are trendy but require masonry and finding gas lines. A contractor can get needed permits and make sure the work complies with building codes.