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  1. Yard MD Tip of the Week: Help your lawn by keeping off the grass

    Yard Md Rob Zimmer says don't be too eager to start raking or doing yard work. Doing too much too soon could damage your lawn later in the summer.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  2. Crocuses are now in bloom in yards and gardens throughout the area, one of the season's first and most colorful blooms. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media.

    Yard MD blog: Crocuses brighten spring lawns and gardens

    While many of us are still in denial, spring truly has sprung across Wisconsin as many garden flowers now begin to bloom. Among them, the tiny, but dramatic crocuses.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  3. Healthy Oshkosh: Healthy Kids Day to encourage families to focus on health

    Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind end with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain more weight and fall behind in studies.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    This room has been painted with several different shades of white. The grayed undertone in the wall color adds a cooling effect to balance the warmth in the gilded accessories and antique wood furnishings. Consumers often say they want to use white paint in order to avoid strong colors, but there are dozens of whites available, making it a challenging color to use. AP

    Shades of white

    So you want to paint a room white. Sounds easy, until you go to the store to buy paint and discover there are dozens of whites to choose from.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    This book cover image released by Rodale Books shows 'The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning,' by Alicia Silverstone. AP

    Alicia Silverstone out with book 'Kind Mama'

    She's famous as an actress for 'Clueless.' But Alicia Silverstone is also famous for her sometimes controversial ideas about mothering, and now she's put those philosophies down in writing in a just-published book, 'The Kind Mama' (Rodale).

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

    A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    'Captain Underpants' doesn't sit well with some

    The potty humor of 'Captain Underpants' children's books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in 'The Bluest Eye' would seem to have little in common.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Pan seared asparagus with shrimp, shiitakes, and chilies. AP

    Moving asparagus to the center of your plate

    Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it asparagos — literally, 'to spring up.' But however it is spelled, it makes me happy.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  4. Dahlias can be purchased now in multipacks for under $10 at most garden centers and retail stores. The potato-like tubers are planted shallow and need to be dug up each fall, dried and stored for winter.

    YardMD: Time is now for bare-root perennials and summer-flowering bulbs

    Looking to save money on your plant purchases this growing season?

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  5. The unusual, hooded flowers of skunk cabbage have emerged in area wetlands and cedar swamps. Protected from the cold from the thick, leathery 'hood,' skunk cabbage flowers create their own heat in late winter and early spring, melting the snow from around them. Following the flowers, massive whorls of cabbage-like foliage will emerge, growing 3-4 feet across in the largest plants. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media.

    Yard MD blog: First wildflower

    The first wildflower to appear in our area each spring is also one of the most unusual. With its thick, leathery spathe, or hood, surrounding the central flower stalk, skunk cabbage blooms in area wetlands and swamps, sometimes as early as February.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  6. The latest Master Gardener class in Outagamie County focused on growing roses and caring for your lawn. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Yard MD blog: What it takes to become a master gardener

    Last night's programs at the Outagamie County Master Gardener class were excellent, where we learned all about roses, including the best ones for our area, and which to avoid.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  7. Yard MD Tip of the Week: Dealing with winter burn on evergreen trees and shrubs

    Yard MD Rob Zimmer shows you how to treat evergreen shrubs and trees that suffer from the different effects of winter burn in this week's tip of the week.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  8. Creation of a hunt on migratory tundra swans in Wisconsin is one of the most controversial topics being discussed across the state in tonight's annual Conservation Congress Spring Hearings, held in each county at 7 p.m. Anyone who has an opinion either way on this topic, or any other on the agenda, should attend their county's scheduled hearing. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media.

    Yard MD blog: Be heard

    Whether you are for or against an annual hunt on migratory tundra swans in Wisconsin, as well as one of many other key decisions being discussed tonight for advisory to the Department of Natural Resources, it is your responsibility to attend your county's

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Each April, the American Counseling Association sponsors Counseling Awareness Month.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  10. Native to our area, wild columbine is a joy to see blooming in early spring with its red and yellow flowers hanging like jewels from tall stems. ROB ZIMMER/Post-Crescent

    YardMD: Traditional columbine brightens spring gardens

    One of the sweetest memories of my youth was exploring the forests around our grandmother's cabin in rural Marinette County and picking bouquets of columbine flowers.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  11. Jack Voight, owner of the Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin, Appleton, plans to introduce resolutions to help raise awareness of the plight of the Monarch in Wisconsin at next week's annual Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring hearings. One of Voight's proposals is making the Monarch our State Butterfly. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    YardMD blog: Monarch as Wisconsin's State butterfly?

    Jack Voight, owner of the Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin, Appleton, is passionate about butterflies and butterfly habitat.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Rob Lowe visits Fox News' 'The O'Reilly Factor' at Fox News Studios on April 9 in New York City. Getty Images

    Review: Rob Lowe wants readers to 'Love Life'

    When you look at actor Rob Lowe — especially on the cover of his new book, 'Love Life' — you can't help but think that guy has it all: looks, talent, a great marriage and family, and a successful career.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Tricia Williamson, her husband Mike Williamson, and their one-year-old son Adam at their home in Liberty, N.C. Tricia Williamson, 30, in Liberty, N.C., quit her job as an editor and producer at a TV station after crunching the numbers and realizing her salary after the birth of her son a year ago would go primarily to her commuting and child care expenses. AP

    At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows

    The rising cost of child care is among likely reasons for a rise in the number of women staying home full-time with their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  12. Wood frogs have begun breeding in our area, announcing their mating season with their loud, duck-like, quacking 'song.' Chorus frogs, spring peepers and American toads have also been heard in area wetlands as temperatures have warmed nicely. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Yard MD blog: Frogs burst into spring song

    The first frogs have begun singing in our area as warmer temperatures and melting snow have created ideal breeding habitat for several species of frogs that call Wisconsin wetlands and woodlands home.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    This undated publicity photo provided by Birchbox shows a typical monthly beauty sample shipment. Consumers can subscribe to companies like Birch Box to receive monthly shipments of beauty product samples. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Birchbox) AP

    Subscription sample boxes shake up beauty routines

    It's a beauty product fan's dream: a monthly box sent to the door filled with samples of lip glosses, face creams, hair treatments and nail polishes.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    This terrarium from Pottery barn is made of distressed painted pine and glass replicates early greenhouses, popular during the Victorian era. Those drawn to 19th-century style may be happy to learn that vintage garden decor is a trend for spring and summer. AP

    Vintage haven: Victorian garden style lives on

    Those drawn to 19th century style may be pleased to learn that vintage garden decor is a trend this spring and summer.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  13. Soon, marsh marigolds will be blooming in area woodlands and wetlands. Spring moves with a maddening rush once April arrives. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Yard MD blog: The speed of spring

    One of the most amazing things about spring is just how fast the season unfolds across our area.

    • Apr. 9, 2014

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