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Home and Garden

  • The perfect setting

    Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    Tucked away in the new subdivision College Place, John and Audrey Hadvab found just the right setting for their home seven years ago. As their home evolved so did their yard.

    Working with a landscape designer, they developed a plan filled with low maintenance shrubs and trees. Even after seven years of growth the shrubs, along with perennials they have added, through the years still create a beautiful look.

  • A place that seldom rests

    Michele Roberts

    For The Lancaster News

    athy Taylor never thought she’d be a farmer. She worked in offices her whole life, most recently spending eight years working for Mar Mac Wire in McBee as an accounts payable clerk. But when she was laid off from that job in 2004, her life changed in a way she couldn’t have imagined.

  • Tips for keeping your cat calm

    Statepoint Media

    The majority of pet owners say they have at least one dog or cat with behavioral problems, which easily can be exacerbated by such disruptive things as summer thunderstorms and road trips.

    And unfortunately behavioral issues are the No. 1 reason for euthanasia in dogs and cats, resulting in the death of about 15 million pets each year.

  • Out of the Earth

    Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    The Haires built their home in 1970. Many of the original boxwoods and hollies kept neatly trimmed continue to thrive in the yard – a direct result of Judy’s green thumb.

    “Growing plants has always been easy for me,” Judy said. “Many times I have just stuck a small cutting from a plant in the ground and it really takes off.”

  • I could use a little ‘mow money’

    In another realm, I was a ball of fire, always full of energy.

    Why, I took on all kinds of projects and tasks of all sorts and sizes around our Charlotte Road Camelot.

    Now, I get up in the morning with the best intentions of getting our yard in better shape.

    No, I don’t mean that blue ribbon, Yard-of-the-Month frenzy.

    While I enjoy lookin’ at the pictures, once you win that distinction, you are under pressure and the lawn is under neighborhood microscope.

  • Yard of the Month

    Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

  • Enhance your holiday landscape

    Add a little holiday sparkle to your landscape for you and your guests to enjoy. No matter the weather outside, a few decorative touches can greatly increase the beauty and enjoyment of your winter landscape.

    Try one, two or all eight of these tips to improve your landscape’s winter appeal.

  • Rallings' revamp catches eyes

    About five years ago, Mark and Sharon Rallings decided to overhaul the landscaping in their 30-year-old yard at 2124 Robert H Kirk Road. 

    They added a front porch large enough to accommodate rocking chairs and a bench, re-established their flower beds, reshaped their sidewalk and revamped their patio where a gold fish pond once existed. 

  • Yard with a 'touch of class'

     Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    wning a house on a corner lot sometimes creates a landscaping challenge for a homeowner.  Lewie and Robin Pitts of 1329 Somerset Drive stepped up to that challenge, creating a beautiful view from all three easily-visible sides of their yard.

    Janesta Williams of Green Gardeners Garden Club and Cecile Flanders of the Lancaster Garden Club enjoyed the view so much they selected the Pitts as the winners of the September Yard of the Month. 

  • August Yard of the Month: Well kept and full of color

    An inviting front porch and yard filled with an assortment of blooms and foliage at the home of Tony and Nancy Snipes caught the attention of Sara Phillips, Leaf & Petal Garden Club member. She selected their home, at 1970 Robert H. Kirk Road, as the August Yard of the Month.

    “From the white crepe myrtles that frame the driveway to the front plantings highlighting the front porch, this yard is well kept and full of color,” Phillips said.