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Posted by Janet Cramb on 3/31/2021

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Energy efficiency isn’t just for the inside of your home. What you plant outside can affect the bottom line inside. Choosing the right trees, grasses, and shrubs can help.

Location, location, location

Well placed trees can help to reduce your heating and cooling bills. Trees can keep your home cooler in the summer and protected and insulated in the winter. Determine where to plant the saplings so that when they mature, they shade your roof and upper rooms. Plant leafy deciduous trees to the East, West, or South sides of your home so that the shadows fall on your house. Eventually, they’ll keep you shaded in the blistering summer months. In the winter, those trees will lose their leaves allowing warmth from the sun to reach your windows through the bare branches.

When planting trees on the north or northwest side of your house, utilize evergreens as a windbreak. They’ll reduce the amount of frigid air that hits your house in the winter. Strategically planted rows can create a windbreak for an entire side of your home. Cypress, fir, or low-branch pines create great windbreaks. Be sure to account for growth when you choose a planting location, 10 to 15 feet between each tree is a good place to start.

Efficiency

If you have central air conditioning, use shrubs and bushes to shade your condensing unit. Experts estimate that a protected A/C can boost efficiency by ten percent or more. Keep your plants and shrubs about three feet away from your condensing unit so that it has proper airflow. Trim trailing vines or branches that grow close to the equipment or ventilation.

Groundcover

Replace grass with stones or a concrete slab that reflects light and heat toward your home. That will keep your home warmer in the winter months. Dark wood chips, mulch, or green groundcover help to absorb daytime heat that is then slowly released throughout the evening and overnight. This process works to keep your home cooler during the day but adds warmth to outdoor entertainment spaces in the evening.

If you’re searching for the perfect new house, let your real estate professional know about your desire for energy efficiency. They can help you find the ideal home to put your ideas into action.




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Posted by Janet Cramb on 9/4/2019

Need a quick, easy way to improve your house's curb appeal? Hire a home landscaping company, and you should have no trouble transforming an ordinary lawn into an awe-inspiring one.

Ultimately, there are many reasons to work with a home landscaping company, and these include:

1. You can reap the benefits of professional home landscaping assistance.

A home landscaping company employs courteous, highly trained professionals who know the ins and outs of lawn care. As such, this company can help you enhance your lawn's appearance in no time at all.

Typically, a home landscaping company will consult with you and learn about your lawn care needs. Following this consultation, a home landscaper will send out professionals who will mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform other lawn care tasks.

If you ever have concerns or questions about home landscaping, a lawn care company is happy to respond at any time. That way, you can get the lawn care support that you need, exactly when you need it.

2. You won't have to worry about completing landscaping tasks on your own.

When it comes to lawn care, why should you be forced to leave anything to chance? If you're unsure about how to care for your front lawn or perform various home landscaping tasks, it pays to get professional support.

It also is important to remember that your home's curb appeal may work for or against you, particularly in a fierce real estate market.

For example, if you have a clean-cut front lawn, your home may stand out to potential buyers, leading to many home showings. On the other hand, a messy front lawn is unlikely to do you any favors and may actually cause some homebuyers to avoid your residence altogether.

3. You can speed up the process of getting your house show-ready.

Getting a house ready for the real estate market may prove to be a long, arduous process, one that is filled with myriad hurdles along the way. Fortunately, if you hire a home landscaping company, you can instantly remove one item from your home preparation checklist.

A home landscaping company will perform assorted lawn care and maintenance tasks so that you don't have to worry about these projects. Instead, you can focus on other home preparation tasks and accelerate the process of adding your residence to the real estate market.

Lastly, it is vital to note that not all home landscaping companies are created equal. And if you're struggling to find a top-notch home landscaper in your city or town, you may want to consult with a real estate agent.

In most instances, a real estate agent can offer home landscaping company recommendations. This housing market professional will do what it takes to help you prep your residence for the real estate market and ensure that you can get the best possible home selling results.

Employ a home landscaping company today, and you can move one step closer to listing and selling your house.




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Posted by Janet Cramb on 9/3/2014

If you have shady areas in your yard it can be difficult to find the right plants for that shady spot. There are several types of  plants that will thrive in a shady garden. Here are some plants and shrubs that will flourish in your shady spot: Leading the pack of shady perennial foliages that come to mind; hostas and heucheras. These two plants are shade-loving, leafy ornamentals. Hostas have large-leaves and come in a wide range of shades, including fragrant and variegated varieties. Heucheras, or coral bells, come in many shades of green and also have many great hues like bronze, red and pink. Small trees accustomed to growing under larger, spreading trees are a great fit for shady areas in your yard. Persimmon and pawpaws trees even add edible elements to your landscaping. You will also want to consider Paperbark maple, Eastern redbud and the White Fringe tree for the shade. Ornamental shrubs add a nice addition for shade gardeners. Consider using daphnes, mountain laurels and large and dwarfing rhododendrons. There are also many perennial flowers that love the shade. Some favorites include Lily-of-the-Valley, Bleeding heart, Astiblle, Columbine and the Crested iris. You can even plant some edible plants in your shade garden. There are some herbs, especially mint that loves shady spots. Mint will also bring a delicious smell to your garden. Plant the herb in urns or under large trees. Be careful to keep mint separate from other perennials, it spreads quickly and will choke out neighboring plants.  If your garden has some partly shady areas you can also plant lemon balm, bee balm or tarragon.  




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Posted by Janet Cramb on 7/30/2014

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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