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Posted by Mark Warden on 10/19/2017

 Curb appeal may very well be one of the most important aspects of a home to spruce up when selling. Why is that? Quite simply, it's all about first impressions. Whether it be an open house or an individual showing, the outside of a house is the first thing a homebuyer physically sees. And it’s their first impression of your home.

First impressions set the pace of a showing. If the landscaping is lacking or nonexistent and the homebuyer is not excited to be viewing your home then it could leave them with a less than favorable impression, all before they step foot inside. If the house is exuding appeal the homebuyer will be excited and eager to see more.

This is not to say that the homebuyer will purchase solely because of the curb appeal. The rest of the home should reflect what made that potential homeowner as excited as when they first pulled up and laid eyes on the house and accompanying land.

Here are a few tips to maximize curb appeal:
Paint: A fresh paint job lays the foundation of curb appeal. Painting or siding an entire home can be expensive, but painting the front door, porch and stairs can be fairly inexpensive and take only a day or two. Try adding a pop of color to the front door to really make your home stand out from the rest.
Mulch: Is there anything better than freshly laid mulch? The smell alone can set the tone at a showing, but it’s the color that brings it home. Try choosing dark colored mulch with a light colored home to really make it stand out.
Flowers & Bushes: Who doesn’t like flowers? It’s best to choose low maintenance flowers and bushes just in case the next homeowner isn’t looking for extensive yard work. The added color from the flowers and bushes only enhances the amazing curb appeal you will have when you’re done.
Lawn & Yard: Maintaining a healthy lawn and clean yard is essential. Burnt or patches of missing grass make the yard look unkempt and not cared for. To ensure bright, green grass invest in a spring clean up of the yard (many landscaping companies offer this service), which includes raking, fertilizing, mowing, etc. Seeding may also be necessary in areas of missing grass. Continue to water and mow throughout the spring, summer and fall for maximum beauty. 

Curb appeal is not only important when selling a home but also maintaining the value of a home. A house is an investment so make sure to take care of it. Creating and maintaining curb appeal is just one way of caring for your home. Now get to it and good luck!





Posted by Mark Warden on 4/17/2015

Flowers, if properly planted add color, style and allure to the look of the home. They are a cost effective way of giving your home and yard that desired face lift. However, to optimize the benefits that flowers provide, there are a few basics that should be understood in order to give the flowers what they need. Sun is fundamental Planting and growing flowers requires some hard work and consistent maintenance. However, it is important to recognize that the energy from the sun is the key element in keeping flowering plants in full bloom.  The recommended sunlight exposure to plants requiring full sun is between 6 to 8 hours daily.  Shade tolerant plants do not have the same sun requirement, therefore it is important to know the needs of your flowers prior to planting. Good Soil Is Critical The quality of the soil is very important as this is where the success of your plant lies.  It should be rich in organic matter to increase the mineral availability and the diversity of other microbes.  The texture of the soil will vary depending on where you live. Your goal is to provide a rich, PH balanced soil for your plants that will allow for easy expansion of their root systems.  Healthy soil is equally as important to vegetable and flower gardens. Feeding your garden soil is an ongoing process. Annuals and Perennials As far as planting is concerned, this needs to be taken into consideration as these are the two major types of plants. For annuals, their entire life cycle is in a single growing season. The plant sprouts, grows leaves and roots,  produces flowers, and dies at the end of the season.  Some gardeners prefer them because if properly taken care of, they will bloom all season. Perennials are flowers that stay alive all season and come up every year.   Even when the part above the soil dies back, the root systems stay alive and sprout again the next growing season.  Most perennials spread and multiply making them a gardener's delight.  However, spring and fall transplanting is often required to maintain a well manicured perennial garden. Which is preferable? The choice of which type of plant to use in the garden is relative as they all serve a different purpose. If you desire lots of flowers, annuals are great, however, they will require lots of care and watering to keep them alive. Be ready to replace them after one year. For perennials, they provide a steady structure for the look of the garden. Depending on your preference, you can go for either. For perennials, whether they are bought as plants or seeds, they may require up to a year or more to get established and bloom. If you desire flowers right away, annuals are recommended, however, some gardeners combine perennials and annuals to ensure full color throughout the season. Seed or Plant Annuals and perennials can be sown directly from seed. It will take time for them to sprout and develop. The duration for this depends largely on the plant variety and environmental factors.  You need to provide the optimal growing conditions in order to produce healthy plants.  The other option is to purchase plants from a greenhouse that were grown by a professional.  Choose plants that are strong and healthy looking and hardy to your area. Selecting a plant that is in the budding stage will typically provide a longer flowering season than one that is already in full bloom. Cost of Labor Taking care of flowers requires a commitment to regular watering and fertilizing. Plants that produce flowers throughout the season require a lot of nutrients, water, as well as sun light. Perennials are not totally carefree either, depending on the season, they may require some measure of attention. However, perennials tend to need the least amount of basic maintenance. Here is a list of 5 annuals that can be grown from the seed.

  • Carpet of Snow Alyssum
  • Jaguar Marigold
  • Sonata Mix Cosmos
  • Cleome Queen Series
  • Heavenly Blue Morning Glory




Categories: Yard Improvements  


Posted by Mark Warden on 10/17/2014

The weather is getting cooler but that means it is time to start thinking about spring. Bulbs planted this fall, will bloom starting in early spring.  Some of the most popular bulbs that flower in the spring include tulips and daffodils. Planting bulbs is easy and perfect for the beginner gardener. Here are some tips to get you started: 1. Plant in the fall or early winter before the ground freezes and when evening temperatures average between 40° to 50° F. 2. Prepare the planting bed by digging the soil so it's loose and workable.  You may want to add organic matter such as compost or peat moss to the bed. 3. Plant the pointy end of the bulb up. 4. Plant big bulbs about 8" deep and small bulbs about 5" deep. 5. Plant bulbs in clusters. A lone tulip or daffodil can look funny. 6. If you are planting bulbs that bloom at the same time, plant low bulbs in front of high. So before the temperature falls too low, get out there and enjoy your garden. In about six months your garden will put on a spectacular spring show.