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Gardening

RELAXING DESIGNS FOR YOUR LAKEFRONT YARD

Source:  realtytimes staff for realtytimes.com “According to Wallace J. Nichols, in his book “Blue Mind,” our brains are hardwired to react positively to water (http://www.huffingtonpost.lcom/2016/02/25/m,ental-benefits-water_n_5791024.html).  Our predisposition to embrace water might be the reason being near it can actually calm us. But water lovers probably don’t need to be told how relaxing their lakefront yard…

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LANDSCAPING TO IMPROVE RESALE: AT DIFFERENT PRICE POINTS

SOURCE:  realtytimes.com “As the weather starts to heat up, so too does the housing market.  Spring is an optimal time to get your house ready to sell.  The first thing that potential buyers will see of your home is the landscaping, so make a great first impression with beautiful outdoor spaces.  An investment in landscaping…

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SPRING HOME MAINTENANCE LIST – FOUR THINGS TO CHECK OFF!

Source:  Realty Times Staff “Just as you prepare your home for the winter by covering outside pipes, etc., there are also a number of things homeowners should do to ready their homes for warmer weather.  With spring in full swing, check out the following list of home-related chores and checkups you may want to do…

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DON’T FORGET TEXTURE WHEN PLANNING YOUR GARDEN

Excerpted from an article by Dean Fosdick/Associated Press “The most popular element in landscape design is color, but texture is another important building block. Texture in gardening can be seen as well as felt, and is used primarily to provide contrast. Color lacks dimension without texture, which can soften spaces, provide visual interest, fashion backdrops…

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IDEAS TO IMPROVE YOUR SMALL FRONT YARD

Source:  Andrea Davis for realtytimes.com “There are many ways to improve your small front yard without uprooting your driveway or dialing back your front porch.  With the right touches, small front yards can be just as appealing as large ones…. USE SYMMETRY.  Balancing the elements of your yard on either side of your sidewalk –…

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STAKING TREES CAN BE TRICKY…

SOURCE:  Lee Reich for Associated Press “To stake or not to stake?  Too many gardeners answer this question in the affirmative.  Who doesn’t want to lend support to a wispy, young tree?  There are some situations when a tree needs some mechanical aid  – but not as often as you might think.  Even when beneficial,…

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EIGHT GREAT TRICKS FOR KEEPING MOSQUITOS AWAY…

Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “We all know about using bug spray…and citronella candles.  But what about other ways to keep those pesky mosquitos away? As if they weren’t annoying enough before, the threat of the Zika Virus has made mosquitos even more dangerous.  So we’ve scoured the web for the…

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