IN THE GARDENAnnuals may appear leggy and worn now. These can be cut back had and fertilized to produce a new flush of bloom.
Feed mums, asters and other fall-blooming perennials for the last time.
Prune to shape hedges for the last time this season.
Zoysia lawns can receive their final fertilizer application now. Apply insecticides now for grub control on lawns that are being damaged by their activity.
Protect ripening fruits from birds by covering plants with a netting. Prop up branches of fruit trees that are threatening to break under the weight of a heavy crop.
--Donna Leadbetter, University Extension and Outreach.
IN THE KITCHENGuide to grilling
The most important part of the grilling process is choosing the best meat, according to a guide from Lobel's Prime Meats in New York City.
The guide suggests the following when choosing meat:
AROUND THE HOUSE
Painting a floorPaint is an affordable and useful means of improving the appearance of a concrete floor. A path, porch, patio, garage floor, driveway, carport or basement floor are primary candidates for such a finish.
As with any painting project, the key to a successful job has much to do with preparation. In order for the paint to properly adhere, the surface should be thoroughly washed with a solution consisting of 1 cup of powdered laundry detergent, 1 cup of liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of hot water. For maximum results, exterior areas such as patios, carports and driveways should be power-washed or steam-cleaned.