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Posted by Donna Coffin on 4/5/2019

Everybody wants the garden the neighbors say “wow” at in amazement. But building the perfect garden doesn’t happen in one day. But by taking note of these easy steps, you can start your journey to a creating that perfect garden of your dreams.

  1. Take care of bugs as soon as they appear. You have to watch out for bugs and insects and deal with them as soon as they show up. They don’t just destroy the aesthetic value of your garden, a lot of bugs actually act as carriers for viruses and bacteria, transmitting them from one plant to the next. And a plant that is under insect attacks is less likely to be able to resist diseases.
  2. Don't tolerate weeds. Weeds are the biggest enemy of your garden. They compete with your legitimate plants for sunlight, water, and nutrients. Get rid of them early enough too. It is easier to kill off small weeds than large weeds. Spray them, pull them out or hoe them away, but whatever you have to do, do it to get rid of them.
  3. Space your plants appropriately. Overcrowding isn't good for humans, and it isn't good for plants either. Spacing plants too close together mean that they have to compete for the same amount of sunlight, soil water, and nutrients. Such conditions also make it easy for quick transmission of diseases between plants.
  4. Don’t overwater or underwater your plants. An overabundance of water will bring about rotting roots while water shortages will cause flowers to wither away. Keep on practicing until you know just the right amount of water good enough for your type of soil. When you water too, water in such a way that reduces the amount of moisture on the leaves, as disease pathogens need water to thrive just as much as the plants. The best way to water is to water the roots, holding the foliage out of the way. Those are the parts of your plants that need water. 
  5. Always apply the right amount of fertilizer. Too much ammonia can damage plant roots and reduce their water intake, making them more liable to come undone by drought or heat. If you are not sure of the right amount of fertilizer to use, contact your local agricultural extension agency and they will provide you with accurate information. 

Talk to your real estate agent about the best plants for curb appeal!




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Posted by Donna Coffin on 4/28/2017

When spring arrives it brings everyone out to the backyard for games, cookouts, picnics, and a number of other fun, fair weather activities. It also brings yardwork.

With the busy schedules that most homeowners have, it can be difficult to find time to spend hours working in the yard each weekend. Depending on where you live and the size of your backyard, there are many options for making it a bit easier to take care of your lawn and garden.

In this article, we’ll give you some advice on how to make caring for your backyard a lot simpler so that you can spend your time outside enjoying the weather rather than working up a sweat.

Lawncare

In most suburban and rural neighborhoods, lawncare seems like a competition. Everyone wants their grass to look as green as their neighbor’s. But keeping a meticulous lawn can be difficult if you have kids, pets, or just don’t have the time to spend manicuring and fertilizing your lawn. What’s more, lawncare can get expensive quickly and can go wrong just as quickly in the case of droughts and pests.

There are many ways you can simplify your lawn care. If you love having a lawn, but mowing is a pain, it can be easier to remove some obstacles from your yard. Bird baths and other decorations can be a nice accept, but sometimes they make mowing more difficult than it needs to be.

If you don’t want to deal with grass at all, or want a smaller area to mow, you have a few options.

You could make your yard more of a natural meadow by planting wildflowers and encouraging long grasses. Laying a brick path down the middle creates the air of a walkthrough garden where you can view the many florae that will be ever-changing in your yard.

If you like your yard to look neat and tidy, creating a patio and placing a few choice potted plants and trees on it will save you a lot of time pushing the lawnmower.

Choose the right plants

Many people plant bushes, trees, and flowers based solely on the fact that they like them. It makes more sense in the long run, though, to choose your plants based on their hardiness, and your ability to care for them.

Some plants are marketed as being impossible to kill. However, you should still read the care requirements to make sure they’ll work with your yard’s climate, light, and water conditions.

In warmer climates, cacti and succulents are a good choice and will likely fit the scenery. For colder climates, there are a number of conifers, shrubs, and bushes that will stay green throughout the winter, adding a bit of color to the dreary season.

A good way to make sure your yard will be low maintenance year-round is to use plants and trees that are native to your area. Since they’re in their natural habitat, they’ll likely require less work on your part.




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Posted by Donna Coffin on 3/11/2016

One of the most forgotten tips for increasing a home's resale value is to look into installing an irrigation system.  So many people have their property professionally landscaped without realizing how much the selling price of their home will increase by installing a sprinkler system as well. After completing major landscape projects, or improving your lawn by planting grass seed, or laying sod, installing a sprinkler system ensures all your hard work is sustainable.  Along with routine maintenance and regular fertilizing, consistent watering is essential to maintain all of your shrubs, flower gardens and lawn.  Irrigation systems also help homeowners save time and money when it comes to watering all of these areas. Sprinkler systems really are a great investment. When installed by a professional contractor, the installation is a minimally invasive process. It is possible to install a sprinkler system yourself, however, it is best to go with a professional irrigation system technician when setting up a system for the very first time. Home irrigation systems are installed below the sod and under the gardens to evenly disburse water throughout your yard.   The water is carried from the water source, through the pipe system, and out through sprinkler heads that pop up through the ground.  The even distribution of water will give you much greener grass and provide a better level of care for your gardens. Regular sprinkler maintenance is a big part of making sure that your system will continue to work properly. Hiring a professional water irrigation company to inspect your system annually will ensure the lines and sprinkler heads remain in top working condition.  You can prevent floods from occurring on your lawn or other malfunctions by staying diligent to a care and maintenance program. The increase in value that an irrigation system adds to a home stems from the ease and efficiency it provides in maintaining the upkeep of your yard.  Sprinkler systems can be set to come on automatically at the appropriate time of day.  When setup correctly an irrigation system will provide excellent results while using the most efficient amount of water.  




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