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Autumn tones can transform a summer cottage into a delight for cooler months.

Make the right choices for a boundary of shrubs

While other patterns come and go in popularity, stripes are here to stay.

Fall is a prime time to put in new perennials – trees and shrubs, too – because winter’s cooler temperatures allow roots to establish before hot, dry weather arrives again.

After a blockbuster summer, the show in the garden goes on with a new fall cast.

Problems in the chimney lead to house fires in tens of thousands of homes each year. Those fires claim many lives and can cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Rain gardens provide habitats for an array of wildlife, including bees, butterflies, spiders, frogs, toads, lizards and birds.

Making the necessary repairs to a leaky toilet can save money.

Q: My wife and I want to change our bathtub for a walk-in shower stall. I’m a larger man and enjoy the feeling of a very solid floor when I shower. I would like your thoughts about installing a cast iron shower base with tile walls. Is cast iron still a good material choice for new bathroom remodeling jobs?

Carol Stocker answers readers’ questions about home maintenance and repair.

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