Nuts and bolts: Eliminate paper, dump phone book

  • Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:24pm
  • Life

Declutter da litter: If you’re overloaded with yellow and white pages, you can do more than vow to recycle them. is on a mission to stem the tide of unsolicited phone books with an opt-out service. Unlike the national “do not mail” lists, you don’t have to provide much information, just your name, address and e-mail.

Will it work? We can’t guarantee it, but we’re willing to give it a try.

Speaking of unnecessary paper, get the scoop on how to decrease pre-approved credit card offers, catalogs and other unsolicited mail at Have you had any luck decreasing junk mail? Which services work best? Share your stories with The Herald’s Eco Geek at

Prune it or not: We asked pruning goddess Cass Turnbull, who founded PlantAmnesty to prevent the rampant malpruning of trees and shrubs, to shed some light on when to prune.

It all started when a reader of Mudrakers — The Herald’s gardening blog at — asked why it’s a bad idea to prune trees in April and October.

Here’s what Turnbull said: “People are overly concerned about when to prune and not concerned enough about how to prune. A hundred thousand more plants are damaged by bad pruning than by pruning at the ‘wrong time.’

“The late, great Dr. Alex Shigo explained that when leaves are emerging (spring) and when leaves are falling (which are different times in the fall for different trees) are low-energy times for trees and they are more susceptible to fungal infections and other stresses. So pruning in times other than those are preferred.

“Generally speaking, if you are pruning selectively and in moderation, any time is the right time to prune.”

There’s lots more information in “Cass Turnbull’s Guide to Pruning.” A holiday gift idea?

Herald staff

Talk to us

More in Life

A clump of flowering ornamental grass or pennisetum alopecuroides in an autumn garden.
My garden runneth over with fountain grasses, and for good reason

These late-blooming perennials come in many varieties. They work well as accents, groundcovers, edgings or in containers.

Dark gray wheels and black exterior accents provide extra visual appeal for the 2024 Subaru Impreza’s RS trim. (Subaru)
2024 Subaru Impreza loses a little, gains a lot

The brand’s compact car is fully redesigned. A couple of things are gone, but many more have arrived.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay walks into the Prohibition Grille along Hewitt Avenue in Everett Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012 while reportedly filming an episode of Kitchen Nightmares at the Everett restaurant. (Mark Mulligan / The Herald)
Even more films and TV shows filmed in Snohomish County

Readers point out projects previously missed in this series, from reality television to low-budget indie films.

Daniella Beccaria / for The Herald

15-month-old Kantu attempts to climb a pumpkin at Stocker Farms in Snohomish on Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Stocker Farms offers a U-pick patch, farm animals and a corn maze.
Best pumpkin patch in Snohomish County

You voted, we tallied, here are the results.

A woman diverts from her walk on Colby Avenue to take a closer look at a pickup truck that was partly crushed by a fallen tree during an overnight wind storm Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in north Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / Herald file)
Storm season is coming. Here’s how to prepare for power outages.

The most important action you can take is to make an emergency preparedness kit.

Do you prefer green or red grapes? This antique Moser pitcher is decorated with enameled grapevines on shaded red-to-green glass.
Grapevine pitcher was made by renowned Bohemian company

Also, queries about grandmother’s coffee set and late husband’s Beatles records and memorabilia collection.

The city of Mukilteo is having a naming contest for its new $75,000 RC Mowers R-52, a remote-operated robotic mower. (Submitted photo)
Mukilteo muncher: Name the $75,000 robot mower

The city is having a naming contest for its new sod-slaying, hedge-hogging, forest-clumping, Mr-mow-it-all.

Death of parent with child. Piece of paper with parents and children is torn in half.
Helping children cope with the hard realities of divorce

I’s important to set aside one’s feelings and find a way to make this challenging transition as comfortable for children as you can.

In Belgium, each type of beer has its own glass – whether wide, tall, or fluted – to show off its distinct qualities.
Rick Steves’ Europe: Bruges brews lift a weary traveler’s spirits

The Belgian city is a mecca for beer lovers from around the world.

Most Read