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Here’s where to turn to wash winter out of your home and garden

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    Through Bay Weekly, you can turn to these experts for answers to your questions.
    What do you want to know?

• What routine can you use to keep your house livable between major cleanings?
• How do you decide what to do with what when you’re downsizing?
• What should your first steps be in redesigning your yard after a major ­construction project, like the installation of a new well or septic system?
• How do you tell whether an old piece of furniture is an antique needing special treatment — or a piece you can repaint?
• Is this winter-damaged bush worth saving?
• How to make a family heirloom work in your home?
• Can your home, an old beach house, have central air conditioning?

    Whatever you want to know, send me your questions and photos of possible. I’ll pass your questions along to the right expert for answers. I’ll send the advice to you and share it with Bay Weekly readers.
    We’re all waiting to hear from you: editor@bayweekly.com.


Arnold Farms

Arnold Farms’ garden center contains hundreds of varieties and colors of flowers, trees, shrubs and other garden goods for the widest variety in the area. We also offer extremely competitive prices. From that full-service garden center to complete landscape services, we offer everything to make your house a home. That coupled with our unmatched customer service has made Arnold Farms the area’s premier garden center.
    We’ve improved our home so that you can improve yours!

1355 Ritchie Hwy., Arnold
410-544-7573; www.arnoldfarms.com

Art Things

Are you a DIY sort of person? Do you need supplies and inspiration for your creative projects?
    Art Things, Inc. in West Annapolis is a place you should explore!
    Since 1966, the friendly and knowledgeable staff has been helping locals choose what they need from the amazing inventory of quality tools and materials at Art Things — from fabric painting to screen printing, from gold leaf to handmade papers, specialty markers, brushes, clays, paints and canvas, how-to books and lots more. Don’t miss the Creative Kid section with birthday gifts galore.
    Plus, Art Things has a unique selection of greeting cards and arty gifts that is the area’s most original.

2 Annapolis St., West Annapolis
410-268-3520; www.ArtThingsInc.com

Azul 2 Artisan Imports

We began our business in downtown Annapolis 17 years ago, specializing in high-quality arts and crafts from Mexico and Central America. Since opening on Randall Street, we have expanded our handmade arts and crafts selection. We still carry tile and tin mirrors, Mexican pottery and silver from Taxco. We are also merchandizing arts and crafts from the Himalayan region: textiles, bags, statues and more.

48 Randall St., Annapolis
410-263-3351; Facebook: Azul 2 Artisan Imports

Belair Engineering and ­Service Company

Belair Engineering is a woman-owned and -managed air-conditioning, heating, standby generator, gas fireplace and plumbing contractor. We’re celebrating our 52nd year of providing exceptional repair service and replacement installation for your air conditioner and heat-pump cooling systems at great prices. Our technicians are drug-screened and mom-approved. We give a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

888-8BELAIR; BelAirEngineering.com

Bowie-Crofton Garden Club

Established in 1984, the Bowie-Crofton Garden Club promotes interest in and develops skills in gardening through cooperation, joint efforts and good fellowship. Our policy is to stimulate interest and share knowledge on gardening, and to serve the Bowie-Crofton area through community service projects that enhance the beauty of our environment.
    To further these goals, Bowie-Crofton Garden Club holds a spring and a fall fundraising plant sale where the community can purchase nursery- and member-grown plants at competitive prices. Proceeds from these plant sales help us fund the BCGC Memorial Scholarship at University of Maryland College of Agricultural Sciences. Other local projects have included plantings at the Bowie Library, donations to the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry and school and scouting projects.
    The club meets the last Tuesday of each month at the Kenhill Center, 2614 Kenhill Drive, in the multi-purpose room. Our meetings feature guest speakers who are well versed in subjects relating to gardens and gardening. We encourage visitors and potential new members.

Read more about the club and upcoming events at: www.bcgardenclub.org

Catalina Pool Builders

Catalina Pool Builders design, build and maintain beautiful in-ground concrete pools.
    The process begins with our designers, who meet with you, listening to your ideas of what you want and need in a pool. Based on these ideas and the layout of your yard, the designers create a one-of-a-kind pool that will turn your backyard into a vacation oasis.
    Catalina Pools offers a vast array of options, including — but not limited to — custom waterfalls, slides, grottos, salt systems and in-pool beverage areas.
    The step-by-step process of constructing the pool is overseen by a superintendent from Catalina and is provided by contractors with many years of experience in their fields of expertise. Catalina Pools is one of the only contractors in Maryland that uses shotcrete instead of gunite for its interior shell because of its superior strength — which leads to a lifetime structural warranty for the shell.
    Catalina Pools is extremely proud of the pools it creates and enjoys a great relationship with the homeowners with whom it has worked. Catalina Pools would welcome the opportunity to turn your backyard into your own personal relaxing oasis.

836 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park
410-647-7665; www.catalinapoolbuilders.com

Chesapeake Spas

We offer the full line of Hot Spring Spas, Hot Spot Spas, Freeflow Spas, Weber and Helo Saunas; ­Napeoplon Gas Grills and Big Green Eggs; outdoor furniture, hammocks and more. You can even have a free test soak in one of our many new spas that are hot and ready. Our friendly, easy-going sales staff, all with many years of experience in the spa industry and their no-pressure approach, will make your visit a pleasant and educational one, geared to helping you make the best decisions for you.

2806 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater
410-798-5674; www.chesapeakespas.com

Ciminelli’s Landscape Services

Our business philosophy: To provide our customers with quality landscape construction and maintenance as well as friendly and responsive customer service.
    Our goal is to meet the needs of our customers by enhancing and beautifying their homes as well as solving any existing landscape problems. We specialize in landscape renovation and construction with craftsmanship and eco-landscaping incorporating environmentally sensitive solutions to landscapes using rain gardens, stormwater management, green roofs, living walls, native plantings, permeable pavement and more.
    We run our business with integrity in all areas while designing and installing landscapes that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our customers. We provide respectful working conditions for our employees and commit to the community by participating in charitable outreach in local schools, Christmas in April, See Forever Foundation, Annapolis Historic Society, The River Keepers, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and more.

1052 Bayard Rd., Lothian
410-741-9683; www.ciminellislandscape.com

Dr. Glass Window Washing