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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 7/3/2016

Curb appeal is an important aspect for a homeís value. It is also crucial for drawing in buyers. A large piece of your curb appeal is your lawn. Getting the perfect lawn will take work and there are vital things that must be done in order to get and maintain luscious, bright green grass. Here are a few tips for getting the perfect lawn: Spring Clean Up: Spring clean ups are essential for obtaining and maintaining the perfect yard. A spring clean up involves yard clean ups, dethatching, raking, mowing, edging, mulching and weeding. This preps your lawn for the seasons ahead. Weekly Mows: Weekly mows help keep the grass healthy. Regularly mowing your lawn helps your grass grow stronger and recover better and quicker from irritants. Fertilize: Fertilizing is very important as it gives your grass the nutrients to grow and be healthy. For best results fertilizing should occur about 5 times a year. However, itís best to consult a professional to know exactly how often to fertilize your lawn. Water: Your lawn needs water in order to grow. Installing a sprinkler system or manually watering your grass are both ways to accomplish this. Itís important to try to water as early in the morning as you can and for a couple of hours at a time, but no more than an inch of water a week. Aerating: Aerating opens the soil to allow for air, nutrients and water to seep into the grass roots. Aerating is important because it helps the grass roots grow deeper, allowing for your lawn to grow strong. Fall Clean Up: Fall clean ups include the removal of fallen leaves, cutting back any perennials or annuals that need it, and doing a final mow. Fall clean ups prep the lawn for the winter and ensure that nothing deters your lawn from a successful spring clean up. Add charm to your yard with new mulch, shrubberies, flowers, and hanging plants. For added lawn appeal, mow in rows starting in one corner and then mow in rows diagonally from the other corner. The end result will be an impeccable lawn, as if you hired a professional. It takes a good amount of work and effort to create the perfect lawn and a good amount more to maintain it, but the end result is worth it. The perfect lawn doesnít happen overnight either (unless you go and buy the roll out grass). Be patient and treat your lawn with care and you will end up with the perfect lawn.

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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 8/12/2012

With warmer weather comes greater lawn-care responsibilies. If you want your yard looking top-notch this spring, then adequate hydration is key to keeping your lawn green, healthy, and growing. During warmer months, your lawn should be soaking up about an inch of rain a week to ensure adequate root hydration. Unfortunately, New England doesn't always provide rain like clockwork. When this happens, it's up to us to guarantee our lawns the proper amount of water. A good sprinkler system will keep your lawn hydrated and happy. But before you run out and buy a few old-fashioned sprinklers, take a moment to consider other options, like a time-controlled sprinkler system. While they are more expensive, they take a lot of the guesswork out of your watering. Below, I'll list the various types of sprinklers and sprinkler systems, and the types of yards they are most effective in. Fixed Sprinklers - Ideal for small lawns, shrubbery, or ground cover, these sprinklers spray a fan of water in all directions at once. This type of sprinkler is also very useful in areas that are hard to reach with conventional watering methods. Impact Sprinklers - These sprinklers spray a jet of water that gets slightly interrupted every few seconds, causing water to cover more ground, and effectively mimicking natural rainfall. These are the types of sprinkers that make the "clicking" sound that we are used to hearing. While not as widely used as they once were, they are still in use in many lawns that are too cumbersome and large to be taken care of by a fixed sprinkler. Another great advantage of the impact sprinkler is its resistance to clogging, which makes it the ideal candidate for homes that use well water. Drip Hoses - These are ideal for long strips of lawn, raised vegetable or flower beds, and irregularly-shaped lawns, with the added bonus of being environmentally friendly. Because of evaporation and runoff, most sprinkler systems use more water than they need to. Drip hoses release water directly into the ground, putting water where its needed most; the roots. The drip hose is generally laid out in a pattern, and waters your lawn and garden through small holes spaced throughout the hose. The water pressure generated is also very low, which adds a bonus to people who live in areas where water use may be restriced in the drier months. In-Ground Sprinklers - While this option will cost more to install, the aesthetic benefits of an easily-concealable irrigation system cannot be denied. In-ground systems can vary from simple layouts with fixed times, to sophisticated systems that utilize many different types of sprinklers, and operate on a need-for-water basis. If you were to decide to install the system yourself, you'll first need to obtain the layout of the pipes and lines in your property before digging your ditches. Doing the installation yourself will generally save you about 60% in total costs, but will require a fair amount of work on your part. For more information on how to self-install an in-ground sprinkler system, as well as pricing, please visit the following link. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,641780,00.html