Ready set Go ...Outdoors!....
The weather has finally taken a turn towards the sun and this weekend is the unofficial start of summer! Many people will be planning gatherings and spending a lot of time outdoors over the next few months so here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare to get the summer started!
Outdoor spaces used to be defined by simple decks or patio spaces with some outdoor furniture, maybe a swing, blow-up kiddie pool and a grill. However, outdoor living has had a makeover in recent years and these spaces have become very elaborate and popular areas to unwind, de-stress and spend quality time with your family and friends. Many outdoor spaces are now built as complete “rooms” with televisions, full kitchens, dining rooms, fireplaces and other indoor amenities created specifically for outdoor durability. Some spaces even incorporate some solid walls, well-placed windows and heaters to allow for year-round use.
No matter what amenities your outdoor area offers, it is smart to prepare for outdoor living and entertaining by making sure you have ample comfortable seating arranged for good conversation and your outdoor cooking and dining areas are in tip-top shape before guests arrive. You may also want to consider some light sources that allow everyone to move around safely after dark but not attract the pesky bugs to the gathering! And speaking of bugs, you might want to consider having your yard and outdoor spaces treated by a pest control company or at least have some personal insect repellant close at hand just in case the citronella candles don’t act as a proper deterrent!
If you will be preparing or serving food in your space be sure you have food, drinks, dinnerware, utensils, napkins and other necessities in convenient self-serve locations with a few well-placed trash cans. This setup will allow your guests to help themselves so you can relax and save yourself countless trips back inside. If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors or entertain often this season you may want to consider some outdoor storage options where often used items will be close at hand and safe from the elements. With a little advanced preparation as the season begins, you can relax and enjoy!......... and remember...."You've Got Friend in Real Estate"
Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty 615.373.1675
Posted on 05/22/2020 3:27 PM by jarod tanksley
Beating the Weeds!
Beating the Weeds!
Many of us have spent quite a bit of time over the last few weeks outdoors getting landscapes back under control after the dark cold winter months. After a few visits to the local gardening center, you have chosen some new plants, trimmed emerging shrubs and bushes and fertilized everything in preparation for a new growing season. As you admire your hard work and pat yourself on the back for your efforts, you see the WEEDS! How is it possible that you spend so much time weeding and yet, they keep coming back?! The one thing that may be missing from your landscape efforts is mulch!
Mulch is an important addition to your home’s landscaped areas. Not only does it “complete” the look for better curb appeal, it offers protection to the soil and plants from heat and drought and maybe most importantly, works as a blanket to help keep weeds under control which is not only a win for your time, but also your leg and back muscles!
There are several different kinds of mulch you can choose from depending on your vision or what you already have in place. You should first decide if you want to use organic or inorganic material. Organic mulch will decompose over time adding nutrients to the soil which will create a balanced environment for earthworms and other beneficial organisms to thrive. Organic options include pine or hardwood bark, pine needles, shredded cedar, shredded leaves or grass clippings. Because these options are natural and decompose, you will need to add to them at least seasonally or more often to keep a good covering over your beds.
Inorganic mulch will not decompose over time so it requires less maintenance but it will also not add any nutrients to the soil or assist in aeration. It is a great option for those areas that you may not want to maintain regularly or where there are erosion or drainage issues. Inorganic options include pea gravel, lava or river rocks and rubber chips. Based on the size of the chips or rocks used, you may need to put down a layer of plastic or landscape fabric first for complete weed control if using any of these materials.
Regardless of what type of mulch you choose, adding this final landscape element will certainly help improve the growth of your plants, the curb appeal of your home and the health of your back!
..."You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"
Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty 615.373.2814
Posted on 05/08/2020 1:29 PM by jarod tanksley