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  • Best of Museums 2014: The big stories, from 'Bowie' to orchids

    Best of Museums 2014: The big stories, from 'Bowie' to orchids
    The biggest museum story in Chicago in 2014 was, of course, the one that's on the horizon. During the year, billionaire filmmaker George Lucas chose Chicago for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, was offered a prime lakefront site in a current Soldier Field parking lot, and put forward a building design that looks like the science-fair volcano of an obsessive "Star Wars" fan.
  • How to remove silver maple tree's young roots from the soil

     How to remove silver maple tree's young roots from the soil
    Several years ago I built a ring with decorative stone blocks around a mature silver maple in my backyard. It has a radius of about 4 feet. I filled it with 7 to 8 inches of soil. Now I want to remove the soil and blocks and have a large area around the...

    Mowing the lawn in winter? Some do's and don'ts

     Mowing the lawn in winter? Some do's and don'ts
    The weather has made it difficult for me to mow my lawn one last time. Is it OK to wait until spring, when it is time to start mowing again? — Bob Jones, Wheeling Stay off the lawn when frost is present, but keep trying to catch a break in the...

    How to make your fresh-cut Christmas tree last

     How to make your fresh-cut Christmas tree last
    I plan on buying a cut tree for Christmas this year and would like to know how to keep it fresh for the longest period of time. — Jennifer Woods, Chicago To last as long as possible, a Christmas tree must be fresh when you buy it and must always...

    Damson plum trees maturing, but where's the fruit?

    Damson plum trees maturing, but where's the fruit?
    Can you help me with two damson plum trees? I purchased these trees bare-root and planted them probably five years ago. They have flourished and now stand 8 to 10 feet tall. I have had them professionally pruned for the last two years. In spring 2013 they...