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Welcome Mat: 'Summer Breeze' is weekly photo winner

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News
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'Summer Breeze' is Garden Photo Contest weekly winner

Susan Doughty's backyard pergola in St. Clair Shores offers a quick getaway into nature. The setting features hydrangeas, ferns, mandavilla, lilacs, geraniums and marigolds, she says. The effect is a calming oasis. As this week's winner, Doughty will receive a home or garden book and will compete for the grand prize — a $200 gift certificate to English Gardens — through online voting by Homestyle readers from Sept. 3 to Sept. 10. A winner will be announced Sept. 13. Enter your photos at  Also, don't forget to tell us a bit about what makes your garden special to you, what flowers you used, or what inspires you. 

Trailwood Garden Club holds the 26th “Flowers are Forever” Garden Walk 11 a.m.–7 p.m. June 25 rain or shine.

'Flowers Are Forever Garden Walk' returns

Gather outdoor inspiration when the Trailwood Garden Club holds the 26th “Flowers Are Forever” Garden Walk 11 a.m.–7 p.m. June 25 rain or shine. Explore five gardens around Plymouth and Canton, including a pollinator haven, a vintage-filled garden, a woodsy sanctuary, a garden 37 years in the making and a garden with water features. There will also be a Plant and Treasures Sale at a bonus garden. Online tickets are $12 and will be sold until June 23 or until sold out. Tickets can be purchased in person (cash or check) at select Plymouth merchants: Sideways (505 Forest Ave.), Specialty Pet Supplies (1449 W. Ann Arbor Road) and Wild Rose Boutique (983 W. Ann Arbor Trail #17). Tickets purchased in advance in person are $12 and $5 for children under 12. Tickets purchased the day of the walk are $15 at the stores and the gardens. After purchase, you will receive an email with a map and other details. Go to .

First Alert EZ Fire Spray can be helpful to have on hand during the summer months that come with endless activities.

First Alert EZ Fire Spray fights small fires

From grilling and camping to bonfires, First Alert EZ Fire Spray can be helpful to have on hand during the summer months that come with endless activities. The easy-to-use solution for a small fire has a lightweight spray can design with no pins or levers — just point and spray. Its small size makes it ideal for storage and travel and easier to use than a traditional fire extinguisher. Ryan Park, safety and security product leader at Resideo, maker of First Alert-brand safety and security products, recommends keeping EZ Fire Spray by the grill, at the bonfire, near the fireworks and with your camping gear. Go to .

Icebreaker Nordic 4-in-1 Dispenser, Ice Maker, Ice Bin & Ice Pack transforms the way consumers make, serve and use ice cubes without touching the ice.

Nordic breaks the mold with new product

For all your celebrations and travels for the Fourth of July and beyond, the Icebreaker Nordic 4-in-1 dispenser, ice maker, ice bin and ice pack transforms the way consumers make, serve and use ice cubes without touching the ice. Simply fill the Icebreaker Nordic Pop with water, freeze for seven hours, push down until flexible, pull open the lid, then shake and serve. The patented container is designed to be 100% watertight, so you can place and turn the tray in your freezer without spills. It can also be packed in a cooler for keeping beverages cold and adding clean ice to water bottles on road trips, since it works well as a freezing element and meets your refreshment needs at home and on the go. Visit or amazon.com.

Rodents can damage vital electrical wiring in your home.

National pest management group offers these tips

During National Homeownership Month, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) educates homeowners about the threats pest pose to property and the importance of working with a pest control professional to maintain the integrity of your home. Despite competitive market conditions, NPMA reminds potential homebuyers to not skip vital pest inspections as it could turn an exciting time into a nightmare. “From wood-destroying insects like termites and carpenter ants that will quite literally chew through the wooden foundation of your home to rodents that can damage vital electrical wiring and even pipes, pests can cause serious issues for homeowners,” said Jim Fredericks, senior vice president of public affairs for NPMA.  

Here are some proactive steps to protect your home:  

  • Seal exterior cracks and holes including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  • Repair fascia and damaged roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches off the ground.

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