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Space It Up!

Space It Up! highlights a different topic each month related to home improvement for both owners and/or renters in relation to mountain living. This can include home improvement projects, lawn/garden care, storage, home aesthetics, etc.

Safe Space

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Cold winter temperatures might have you seeking a little extra warmth. If you’re going to use a portable space heater, be sure to keep safety in mind.

Snow Problem

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When the flakes start flying, hardworking road crews are out 24/7 trying to keep some semblance of normal, but sometimes the sheer volume of snow that falls in a short span makes it difficult to keep up.

Therapeutic Growth

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While positive energy from humans has been said to improve plant health, this Space It Up author argues the growth is reciprocal.

Unauthorized Entry

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As days grow shorter and colder, mice will start to look for winter accommodations. Now is the time to make your abode uninviting to these unwanted — and unhealthy — guests.

Winter is Coming

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Take advantage of late summer and early fall days to get your house in check for winter. Now is the time to schedule things like chimney sweeping, driveway sealing, and snow removal services.

Doing it the Hard Way

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Defensible space is a common way for folks to protect their residences from wildfire, but there are other ways to harden the home and make it more resistant to fire risk.

It’s GO Time!

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Experts say that it’s not a matter of if a wildfire will hit the Tahoe/Truckee region but when. Will you be ready to roll should evacuation orders come down?

Burning Questions

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Planning to burn the debris from your spring clean-up? Permits were required as of May 1 in Nevada, Placer, and El Dorado counties. Here’s what you need to know before you light that fire.

Space Invaders

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You don’t have to use harsh chemicals to keep ants from invading your personal space as they hunt for food and water sources. Try these household items to keep the buggers away.

Germinating Success

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Eric Larusson from the Villager Nursery in Truckee shares his tried-and-true tips for starting seeds indoors so you can get a jump on our region’s notably short growing season.