August 2022

Turning a strip of no-man’s land into garden, curb appeal

You know that boring strip of grass — or weeds — between the street and the sidewalk that technically belongs to your city or town but whose care ultimately falls to you?

It goes by many names: median, verge, tree belt, boulevard, parkway, utility strip, parking strip — and my favorite, the hell strip, which best describes the growing conditions there.

This slice of no-man’s land is typically plagued by compacted soil, tree roots, exhaust fumes from passing cars, and “gifts” from neighborhood dogs. But with a little effort, the hell strip can become a heavenly garden addition

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Lowe’s pilots faster delivery for pros

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Dive Brief:

  • Lowe’s is looking to better tap professional customer demand through new fulfillment and delivery pilots, CEO Marvin Ellison said on the company’s Aug. 17 earnings call.
  • The home improvement retailer launched its Pro Fulfillment Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, in Q2, offering customers same and next-day deliveries directly from the facility.
  • The company also expanded its fulfillment capabilities direct from Charlotte stores in April, with the rollout of a gig delivery network offering professional customers same-
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Better Buy: Home Depot or Lowe’s?

after reviewing each company’s mid-year updates, investors have a clearer picture of what’s going on at Home Depot (NYSE: HD) and Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW). The good news is that the home improvement industry is still growing even after soaring results over the past few years. Profit margins aren’t diving, either, as they have been for other retailing niches.

But the two competitors have different outlooks for the full 2022 year, which helps explain the valuation gap between the two stocks. With that in mind, let’s look at which investment might fit better in your portfolio.

Why Home Depot is

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‘Tennessee but With a Little Italy Spice’

Olive Garden

Olive Garden

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Olive Garden storefront

Shea Cravens, a Tennessee-based photographer who runs Hunter La Shea Photography, posted a TikTok and Instagram carousel last month showcasing the results of an innovative engagement shoot.

“When you want Italy vibes for your engagement photos, but you live in Tennessee … so you take your photos at Olive Garden,” reads the text over the TikTok video. The post had more than 23,000 views as of Saturday.

The photos, all taken outside the restaurant at 6 a.m., according to her posts, were noted by commentators as turning out quite

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Quick meals from your garden



With the garden full of delightful fresh selections, I thought it fitting to talk this week about quick soups and fresh casserole creations from the garden.

The last couple of weeks, the garden has produced a wide selection of veggies that can be put together and cooked easily, making a creative healthy meal for lunch or dinner. These selections are healthy, fresh, and low in cost.

Last week I featured a simple vegetable soup featuring chicken. This week the recipe is strictly using garden vegetables.

The ease and simplicity of meal creation at home is important. For me, the

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How To Use Your Costco Membership To Save on Home Improvement and Repairs

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slobo / Getty Images

Some well-known perks of having a Costco membership are its budget-friendly prices and exclusive discounts for members. While you probably head for Costco when you want to bulk-buy groceries or other household staples, you might not have thought about checking out how your membership can help you save on home improvement and repairs.

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Perk up your late summer garden with Crocosmia

When August rolls around, does your garden start to look like “Cinderella after the ball?” This time of year, many gardens are starting to need something to perk them up since most summer flowers have passed their prime.  Brightly colored crocosmia with its exotic-looking flowers can perk up any dull spot in a garden.

Crocosmia bloom from mid-summer to fall, depending on the variety.  The flowers bloom on arching stems which open one by one from the bottom up. The graceful arching sprays of blooms with sword-shaped foliage make a dramatic statement in the garden. Crocosmia are magnets for hummingbirds

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Lowe’s giving workers $55 million in bonuses amid inflation

The Mooresville-based home improvement retailer Lowe’s is giving $55 million in bonuses to its hourly workers in stores during this time of high inflation.

The Mooresville-based home improvement retailer Lowe’s is giving $55 million in bonuses to its hourly workers in stores during this time of high inflation.

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Lowe’s store employees will soon see bonuses in their paychecks.

The Mooresville-based home improvement retailer is giving $55 million in bonuses to its hourly workers in stores, during this time of high inflation, Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison said Wednesday during the second quarter earnings report. Supply chain and contact center workers also will receive the bonus.

“These associates have the most important jobs in our company and we deeply appreciate everything they

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Q2 2023 EPS Estimates for Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. Raised by Analyst (NYSE:MSGS)

Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (NYSE:MSGSGet Rating) – Investment analysts at Jefferies Financial Group raised their Q2 2023 earnings per share estimates for shares of Madison Square Garden Sports in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday, August 19th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst D. Katz now anticipates that the company will post earnings per share of $1.46 for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $1.26. The consensus estimate for Madison Square Garden Sports’ current full-year earnings is $1.19 per share. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Madison Square Garden Sports’

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Lowe’s is awarding $55 million in bonuses for hourly workers to fight inflation

Lowe’s is awarding bonuses totaling $55 million to its front-line hourly employees to help soften the impact of inflation.

The home improvement store chain said on an earnings call Wednesday it is offering those workers limited-time discounts of up to 20% on everyday household and cleaning items.

“We will continue to look for meaningful ways to improve our associates’ work-life balance while providing them with the tools to build a career at Lowe’s,” Executive Vice President Joe McFarland said.

Overall, the retailer said, customers are cutting back on discretionary purchases, even as a subset continue to hire professional contractors for

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