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Container Gardening – Create a Garden Paradise

Container Gardening

Urban living doesn’t mean you can’t create a gardener’s paradise. Spectacular gardens can grow in unexpected places. Here are a few tips on how to create a rooftop or patio garden.

Check Zoning Rules – Before you start, consult your local zoning bylaws, municipal building requirements and your HOA (if you have one). Adding a rooftop or patio garden may require reinforcing the structure and possibly a permit.

 Plan Your Space – Decide how you intend to use the space. Are you trying to enhance the view from the inside or do you want an outdoor space for relaxing or entertaining? Once you map out the main design elements, you can plan your container garden around them.

Consider Weight – Keep containers lightweight by using soil-less potting mixes, planter inserts or lightweight containers, especially if you plan on growing plants that require a lot of water.

Choose Sturdy Plants – Pick plants that can handle the elements. Compact shrubs and hardy perennials that are ideal for container gardening include boxwood, cedar, euonymus, ferns, grasses, lavender, yews, dwarf conifers and succulents.

Think Safe and Secure – Consider adding walls or a lattice structure to provide a safety barrier and protect plants from wind damage. It’s also a good idea to secure planters to keep them from toppling over.

Raise Planters – Protect your rooftop or patio from rot and water damage by placing planters on bases or feet to prevent water from pooling underneath. Raising planters also allows for air circulation to the roots, encouraging stronger root development.

Water Regularly – Remember that container gardens are more susceptible to drying out so use moisture-retaining gel grains or mulch to lessen evaporation, or consider installing a drip irrigation system.

 

Lisa Southern Real Estate is located at 15 E. Martin St. Raleigh, NC 27601. Here is a list of local nurseries that are great for all your gardening needs! If you or someone you know is looking buy or sell a home in the Raleigh area, call us at 919-800-0880 to find out how we can help!

 

 

 

7 Curb Appeal Ideas to Attract Home Buyers!

7 Curb Appeal Ideas to Attract Home Buyers!

The first thing home buyers will look at when they arrive at your home is your front yard. The color of your home, the landscaping, walkways, and if the home is attractive from the outside, will be all that is on their minds. Regardless of the fact that you just put new appliances in the kitchen, or you have gorgeous hardwood floors, if the curb appeal is not attractive, many homeowners will never make it inside your home.  Ensure that your home is appealing from the curb, with these 7 ideas to attract your future home buyers.

1.)   Color of your exterior home: Before you start on the yard, start on your physical exterior of your home. Look at neighboring homes, and drive through the neighborhood to get the general aesthetic, and color palette of other homes. While your house doesn’t have to be the same color, it should be within the same historic or aesthetic color palette as neighboring homes. Consider repainting your home, or pressure washing siding or brick.

2.) Interior finishes don’t hinder the outside appeal: For many homeowners the thought of standing outside their home and looking back at the house isn’t considered. Interior finishes such as window treatments; window hanging decorations, and window obstructions, such as furniture in front of windows can be seen from the curb. Ensure furniture, window treatments, and other interior elements cannot be seen from the street, or they are in complimenting colors to the outside of the home.

3.) Walkway and entry areas: The next area home buyers will look at are the entryways to get into your home. Consider the driveway, sidewalk, stairs, and stepping stone pathways around your home and clear these of weeds, debris, and pressure wash concrete, brick, and pavers to give a clean appeal to your stepping areas. If preventable, try not to park cars in the driveway, especially if they leek oil and leave unsightly stains on the concrete.

4.) Bring in unsightly items: Curb appeal is also associated with how your family lives on a day-to-day basis while your home is up for sale. Ensure toys, garbage cans, yard debris filled trash bags, and garden tools are picked up immediately after using them. Items left out for days on end, gives your home an unkempt look, and forms opinions in home buyer’s minds about the upkeep of your home.

5.) Manicured grounds are ideal: Take a look at your lawn area and determine the condition of the grass and surrounding plant beds. While a newly cut and trimmed lawn is ideal, so is healthy landscaping. If you have dead spots, weeds, and unsightly poor areas of your lawn, consider hiring a lawn service or landscaping professional to get your lawn looking ideal as possible.

6.) Replace welcoming elements: Believe it or not, elements such as the mailbox, house numbers and door hardware can make a big impression on homebuyers. If you’ve lived in your home for a while, consider buying new elements and replace the old ones. These small elements can send a welcoming impression and are relatively inexpensive to replace.

7.) Add instant color: If you want to bring instant color to your curb appeal, consider planters with seasonal plants at your front door, positioned throughout your yard, and at the sides of your garage entry. Potted plants will add instant color to the overall appearance of your home, and will make home buyers happy to come see more inside.

 

Curb appeal of your home doesn’t have to be difficult; in fact many homeowners feel sprucing up the exterior is easier than the interior! Use these 7 tips to welcome homebuyers and have them loving your home in no time. Home buyers make up their mind about your home within 15 seconds of seeing your home. Make them want to spend countless minutes in your home with great curb appeal.

 

Lisa Southern Real Estate, located at 15 E. Martin St. Raleigh, NC 27601, is dedicated to helping you sell your Raleigh are home for more money in less time! Call us today at 919-800-0880 to find out how we can help you sell your home!