Battling invasive plants
Awareness is growing about the threats that invasive plants pose to our ecosystems. But knowing invasive plants are a problem is one thing. Getting rid of them is another.
Teri Dunn Chace provides guidance in her book “Eradicate Invasive Plants” (Timber Press, $24.95).
Chace offers strategies for tackling dozens of weeds and other plants, including such troublesome invaders as Japanese knotweed, purple loosestrife and kudzu. She doesn’t always promise easy solutions; in fact, in some cases she warns you’ll be in for a battle. But she does provide both chemical and less-toxic options and offers suggestions on timing your attack to get the best results.
Sleek fire alarms
Fire protection has taken on a whole new look.
First Alert’s new Atom and Maximum Protection alarms are designed with aesthetics in mind. They’re less bulky than traditional alarms, so they blend better with a home’s decor.
The Atom is a compact smoke and fire alarm that comes in various finishes, including wood grain, stainless steel and bronze. It comes with a long-life lithium battery and has a suggested retail price of $39.99.
The Maximum Protection line comprises both smoke alarms and combined smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, all of them less than an inch thick. One of the combined smoke-carbon monoxide alarms has a recorded human voice to alert occupants to a threat and its location.
All the Maximum Protection alarms are battery-operated. They range in price from $19.99 to $64.99.
The alarms are expected to be available at many hardware stores, home centers and mass merchandisers.
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