Help Your Lawn Survive The Winter With These Tips

Chances are the hot days of summer have taken a toll on your lawn as drought, insects and weeds have turned it from lush green to thin, patchy and brown.

To help it return it to its healthy state next spring and protect it from further damage over the winter months, there are a few things you can do from mid-August to mid-September. First, fertilize with a nitrogen/potash mixture. If the damage is extensive, aerate first by plunging a pitchfork about three inches down into the ground and wiggling it back and forth. Do this in rows about four inches apart. The holes allows grass to breathe better and absorb nutrients and water.

The next thing to do is overseed. Try perennial ryegrass, an all-purpose seed. You will need two to four kilograms of seed per 100 square metres of lawn to do the job well. Fine fescue seed works best in shady areas. You’ll need one to three kg of fine fescue seed to adequately cover 100 square metres. Tall fescue is an excellent, drought-tolerant seed. Disperse two to three kg of this seed over 100 square metres for best results.

Be sure to water well afterward to ensure germination.

Where there are weeds, use a weeding tool to dig down deep enough to uproot the pesky invaders. Do not compost weeds.

Rake fallen leaves and dead grass and then bag it all. When leaves are left to rot on the lawn, they prevent light from shining on the grass blades.

Raise the blades on your mower in the fall so that the grass on the lawn isn’t cut as short. This allows roots to grow deeper to make them stronger through winter. That’s not to say you should let your grass grow too long because it may encourage destructive mould growth.

In mid-to-late October, apply a second nitrogen/potash mix fertilizer application to ensure better winter survival and greener grass in early spring.

See what’s for sale in your neighbourhood – Do a quick search

Do a Quick Home Market Evaluation and see how much your home is worth.

Thank-you for reading our article about lawn care, contact us if you need anything or leave us a comment below.

Curb Appeal Is Key To Getting Buyers To Your Front Door

Freshening up the exterior of your home is critical if you want to get those all-important buyers to your front door. Here are some tips to update your outdoor living spaces that are sure to help you close that sale:

Colour code
Add a bit of drama to your front and rear yards by creating a theme or using a consistent colour scheme. Add splashes of vibrant colour like lime or teal in planters and on throw pillows for the chairs on your front porch. Be sure to update outdoor furniture with wrought iron or trendy wicker. You don’t have to be an entire set, even updating one main piece will do.

Re-arrange it
Literally, re-arrange it. A swapping of plant material and a little top-up of fresh mulch in your garden beds will reinvigorate your front and back yards.

Trim
A good prune and shearing of shrubs and hedges is a must. A good rake helps wipe out even more garden debris.

Year-round blooms
Choose flowering shrubs and perennials that bloom throughout the varying seasons. Yews, false cypress and Alberta spruce can all be potted to give your home an instant formal entrance. A long border of mums in a bright colour scheme is eye-catching. Hanging baskets of Boston Ivy and miniature hostas can change the look of any deck or patio.

Clean up walkways
Even stone walkways and driveways need a good cleaning. The easiest tool to use to get the job done is a power washer. After power washing, it is a good idea to remove any grass or weeds growing out of cracks with a hook knife and spade – this will show how well the property has been lovingly maintained.

See what’s for sale in your neighbourhood – Do a quick search

Do a Quick Home Market Evaluation and see how much your home is worth.

Thank-you for reading our article about improving curb appeal, contact us if you need anything or leave us a comment below.

Weekend Garden Makeover!

Garden Make overThere may be many reasons to give your garden a makeover. As a Realtor, two of the biggest reason is to improve curb appeal to sell the house and to improve curb appeal because my clients just bought a house.
Giving your garden a makeover may seem like an overwhelming job, but knowing where to put your time and energy can give you great results in just one weekend. So set a weekend aside and get planning, digging, and planting and you’ll get to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
One important key to this process is to start with planning out the work ahead of you. You want to make sure you have your design laid out, a list of the materials you need, and getting all the materials ready to go before you begin. First put your existing garden layout on paper, to help as you make your choices. Decide what kind of style you want. Put down which areas of the garden get the most sun and shade. Then consider soil type and which plants should go in which location. Also choose what existing plants you’d like to keep and which ones you plan to remove. Take out plants that are dead, damaged, diseased and have outgrown their space.
Once the new garden is well planned out and you go venture out to get all of your garden materials be sure to select healthy plants free of insect and disease problems. Keep in mind that bigger is not always better. Select compact plants with sturdy stems and the leaves should be deep green or the proper colour for that variety.  Avoid plants that have spots, brown leaf edges, and holes.
Now you have all of your materials and you are ready to get out into your garden and get started. Try to tackle the tough or messy jobs first. Prepare the soil before planting. It is important to build a good foundation for your garden. Dig one or two inches of compost, peat moss or other organic matter and a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer into the top 12 inches of the soil. Adding a top layer of mulch/wood chips also keeps the garden beds very neat and tidy looking.
You may want to incorporate a new path or patio in your garden space or fix up an existing one. Gravel, for example, can be an easy and good cover-up for an aging patio.

To make it unique, add some personal items you may already have around your house that will add character and charm to your garden. Like old wicker baskets, colourful rubber boots, or painted metal trash cans to use as cute planters. Or hang colourful glass bottles, and any other antique or funky items that might look great in the mix.

Your new garden will be a thing of beauty to enjoy and you can do all of this in only one weekend. Having some extra hands to help is also a bonus!

See what’s for sale in your neighbourhood – Do a quick search

Do a Quick Home Market Evaluation and see how much your home is worth.

Thank-you for reading our article about Garden Makeovers, contact us if you need anything or leave us a comment below.