Fallen leaves can be managed by using them as mulch or compost, horticulture instructor Tony Bertauski writes. Lawn mowers can be used to grind leaves to smaller pieces to cover the grass, but take note of leaves that came from diseased trees, Bertauski notes.
Botanical gardens throughout the world can offer planting ideas, Tom Atwell writes. The Madeira Botanical Garden in Portugal features mostly native and tropical plants, as well as a pathway made of beach pebbles to reduce slipping, Atwell notes.
Caterpillar reported a 5% increase in global machine sales for the three months through November. That compared with an 8% gain in the three months through October. The company cited slower growth in North America for the drop.
Officials at the Federal Reserve are poised to hold their first policy meeting of the year this week with a statement to be released on Wednesday. Insiders say the Fed's statement probably will reflect cautious optimism about the economic recovery. However, the central bank is expected to continue with its bond-buying strategy.
Britain's retailers enjoyed the biggest sales ever recorded on the day after Christmas but many remain fearful about what weak consumer confidence will mean for them in 2011. Almost two-thirds of UK retailers expect sales in 2011 to fall short of this year's figures.