"Most contemporary landscapes lack diversity, so gardeners should choose a variety of plants that flower and fruit," Badurek said. Plants with berries attract birds, and layering plants of varying heights provides hiding places for other species.
Q: How do I get our homeowners association board to open up our building’s three pools, all of which have been closed since March due to the pandemic? The board members say they are concerned that if someone gets COVID-19, they will be sued and will have to pay a huge sum to settle the dispute.
Q: My stepfather bought a house in Miami in 1999 and he included my mom on the title of the property at that time. It's not clear to me exactly how they held title, but I would say it was probably joint tenancy, because percentages of ownership are not mentioned in the deed.
Q: Tim, I read a previous column of yours in which you talked about repairing a shallow depression in a concrete surface using sand and Portland cement. My issue is I have a few shallow puddles in my blacktop driveway, and I know this ponding water will eventually create a far more serious issue. The normal patching products sold in bags will not work, as the depression is too shallow. I tried using it once and it all peeled up. How do you recommend creating a patch that stays put and matches the rest of the blacktop as closely as possible? I’m 78 years old and quite sure I can follow your directions. —Katie D., Laurel, Md.
The railing around a deck can be a distinctive design detail or a practical addition that creates a secure enclosure and safe footing on the stairs. Before planning to replace a deck railing, check the local codes about its height and construction so that it meets local building code requirements.