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Fall Gardening

Fall Gardening  As the weather gets cooler, we all tend to spend less time outside and perhaps it’s the time of year when we all start to let the gardens go (with first frost approaching, it can sometimes be hard to stay motivated!) What most people don’t realize though is that fall is great time to do work on your gardens and that work could make everything much easier for you in the spring! Here are a few ideas: Planting and Relocating Warm days and cool nights make fall the perfect time of year for planting and relocating plants. Trees,
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The ins and outs of Putting Up a Fence

The ins and outs of Putting Up a Fence “Good fences make good neighbours”. Choosing the right fence for your home will not only play a significant role in vamping up your home’s exterior, but will also provide you with an undeniable sense of privacy and security. There is a wide assortment of starting points when it comes down to planning the installing of a fence around your yard, and it begins with a conversation. What type of fence are you looking to invest in? What sort of property do you own? What bylaws do you need to abide by?
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Time for a Green Thumb

English Gardens & You When it comes to gardens, there is nothing more beautiful than a traditional English style garden. If you’re not quite sure what an English garden looks like – I highly recommend taking a quick stroll through Google Images and allow yourself to be captivated by the beauty that unfolds before you. Now you may be thinking, how on earth am I going to create that landscape on my own? Have no fear; we have a few quick and simple gardening tips and suggestions to help guide you through the process. Before we go directly to the
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Spring Cleaning 101: Tips On Getting Your Home Ready For Sale

Spring Cleaning 101: Tips On Getting Your Home Ready For Sale Contrary to years prior, 2018 has presented us with a rather mild, wet March. As such, we’ve barely approached the standard season for “April showers” and have already received enough rain and wet weather to rid most of the snow! The month, however is still young; and, as unpredictable as Mother Nature can be when it comes to delivering cold weather and long winters, we think it’s safe to assume that Jack frost might just bite a time or two more. This said, if you’re in the market to
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Spring Cleaning 101: Tips On Getting Your Home Ready For Sale

Spring Cleaning 101: Tips On Getting Your Home Ready For Sale Contrary to years prior, 2018 has presented us with a rather mild, wet March. As such, we’ve barely approached the standard season for “April showers” and have already received enough rain and wet weather to rid most of the snow! The month, however is still young; and, as unpredictable as Mother Nature can be when it comes to delivering cold weather and long winters, we think it’s safe to assume that Jack frost might just bite a time or two more. This said, if you’re in the market to
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Gardening Trends for 2017

Gardening Trends for 2017 The winter snow is finally gone, and now that we can see our yards again it’s time to start thinking about how to make them look exceptional. Every garden is unique and fits what its creator wants to do with it, but there are a few trends that are worth thinking about when deciding what you want to do with your garden. Grow Food and Flowers Gardens aren’t just for looking aesthetics. A lot of people are experimenting with adding vegetables, fruits and herbs to their gardens. Growing edible plants will let you change up the
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Your Guide to 10 Popular Landscape Paving Materials

  If you are considering landscape paving, this excellent Houzz.com post by landscape architect Falon Mihalic includes guides to 10 of the most popular materials.  Focused on cost, climate, maintenance and functional application, the guides explain the pros and cons of cast-in-place concrete, the cheapest option, pre-cast concrete, gravel, limestone, brick, slate, tile, bluestone, granite, and travertine.  Mihalic also notes that many of the materials can be reused and suggests where the cost and/or environmentally conscious consumer can find them.  To read more click here. This article was first published on https://www.teamrealty.ca.
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8 Deer-Resistant Elegant Evergreen Shrubs to Plant This Fall

  Shrubs bestow privacy, a sense of enclosure and a splash of colour during winter.  In this houzz.com post, Brian Barth gives hope to discouraged homeowners who are tired of watching the local deer population feast on their shrubs.   Needle-bearing shrubs like the juniper will survive deer grazing, but they can lack artistic appeal.  Barth identifies 8 other options that have at least one redeeming aesthetic trait besides being evergreen.   Heath and heather are an unusual group of low shrubs with colorful flowers and needle-like leaves that change colour as the weather gets cold.  Doghobble spreads as it
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Winter Lawn Care: 4 Steps to Protect Your Turf

Home owners may be surprised to discover that fall is the most important season for lawn maintenance.  But, as we learn in this houselogic.com post by Lisa Kaplan Gordon, it is much more important than spring.   Aeration allows water, oxygen, and nutrients to reach roots, and gives seeds room to sprout.  Turf roots grow best in fall and winter when the soil temperature is cooler, so fall seeding ensures optimal growth.  Fertilize in late fall with phosphorous or nitrogen rich (10% – 15%) product.  Finally, mulching, rather than raking and removing the leaves is preferred because the shredded leaves will
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