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3 Ways to Up Your Curb Appeal

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Your home is your biggest investment, but while it’s tempting to focus on making the inside attractive and comfortable, the exterior needs your attention, too. The kind of outdoor beauty that makes you proud to call a property your own isn’t born, it’s made. It requires a commitment to good maintenance, an eye for design and a focus on detail. If your home's curb appeal needs a boost, try these three top tips.


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Lawn care and maintenance doesn’t have to be expensive or fussy, but experts agree that addressing dead spots on the lawn is a must. Whether it's suffered drought damage or has areas where greenery won’t grow because of shade or leaf drop, the remedy is simple.

For brown spots, remove any remaining thatch, and reseed the area with a grass seed that’s compatible with the rest of the lawn. New growth should show in a few weeks.

Invest in a fertilization and weed control program that includes annual core aeration and overseeding. This, along with proper mowing height, will ensure a lawn that gets noticed.

For areas with little no sunlight where nothing wants to grow, design in a special feature. Rock walls and artificial ponds are good choices. You can also consider growing an inexpensive shade garden with plants that thrive in less light. Remember that native gardens are designed to grow in the local climate. They are a great option for a beautiful, low-maintenance property.

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Snow and it's Effects on Plants

Snow and it's Effect on Plants

 

Like many things, too much or too little of anything can be bad. The same can be said of snow. 

On the one hand, snow can be extremely beneficial to plants. A blanket of snow can act as an insulator, protecting the roots of your plants. This can save them from the heave of the freeze and thaw, which happens often here in the Midwest. When the ground fluctuates between frozen and thaw, the roots of many plants can be forced out of the ground, and this will have a detrimental effect on your plants, possibly killing them. 

Another huge benefit of snow is the moisture. Snow provides much-needed water to plant roots, both during the Winter season and well into the Spring growing season. If there is a slow warm up, this water is available for a long period of time and is very manageable for plants to take up. Much of the water soaks into the underground aquifer and becomes available later in the season.

Our last few winters have been seriously lacking in snow, and it was evident once Spring hit. Many plants were weakened from a drought state over the winter and never recovered. So if lack of snow is an issue, don't forget that your plants still need water!

On the other hands, too much snow can affect your plants in other destructive ways. Too much moisture can lead to soggy areas, which in turn are more prone to problems with the freeze and thaw. Laying a heavy layer of mulch before...

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