Though many homeowners associate the spring and summer months with selling their homes, listing your home during the holiday season has a few advantages over more popular times of the year.
Our real estate agents know that homebuyers searching for properties during the winter months tend to be serious buyers who are ready to make a deal as quickly as possible.
There might also be fewer homes for sale due to homeowners opting to wait until after the holidays, often due to logistical issues and personal preferences.
Here's what you need to know about selling your home during the holidays.
Selling your home during the holidays poses a few unique challenges, but following this guide will help your home look its best so that you can secure a fast sale. Ready to list your home? Our team is here to help. Contact us to get started!
There's so much history to be discovered in Albany and Corvallis, from fascinating museums to the many historic buildings which have been preserved into the present day. Albany's historic districts each offer something unique to see, including historic homes, businesses, and museums that tell the story of how the community has developed over centuries. Our real estate agents have the details on what to expect from Albany's historic districts and attractions.
The Monteith brothers were Scottish immigrants who moved to Oregon from Albany, NY, and played a key role in starting the city of Albany, OR, that we all enjoy today. The Monteith District, which bears their family name, is home to the Monteith House museum, which showcases the history of both the family and the community they helped start, all housed in a beautifully, authentically restored historic home.
Nearby, you'll discover the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum, the perfect place for getting kids interested in local history. The carousel is historically accurate to the period when it was first built more than a century ago and has been updated with hand-carved, hand-painted wooden animals. After the kids have had their fun riding the carousel, be sure to check out the museum and gift shop, which are located at the same site.
This district is also where you'll find some of Albany's most spectacularly designed historic churches, with the English Gothic-style United Presbyterian Church, as well as the towering spires and Carpenter Gothic design of the Whitespires Church, which was constructed in 1891. You can download a guided walking tour of the Monteith District, provided by the Albany Visitors Association, to ensure that you get to visit every interesting landmark.
The Hackleman District is largely a residential district, though it is home to St. Paul's Methodist Church, the earliest church building in Albany that's still in existence today. The big highlights in this district, however, are the spectacular historic homes that were built here. The Chamberlain House, the historic home of former Oregon Governor and Senator George Chamberlain is still known as the tallest home in Albany. The Ralston House, located across the street, is known for its stained-glass windows and ornate design, while the Goltra House was the first plaster-walled house in the city.
Downtown Commercial District
The Downtown Commercial District features one of the largest concentrations of historic buildings in Albany, which is no surprise since this is where the Monteith brothers opened the community's first general store. Today, the Downtown Commercial District features historic homes and businesses built from when the community was settled in the 1840s through the early 1900s. Notable buildings include the Flinn Block, constructed in 1887, the Straney & More Livery Stable, built in 1892, along with many other buildings converted into present-day homes and businesses.
In addition to its diverse collection of historic homes and businesses, Albany is also home to the oldest airport in the Northwest and one of the oldest in the world. First established in 1909, a few short years after the Wright Brothers' flight, the Albany Municipal Airport has been in continuous operation ever since. It's also the only airport in Oregon listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop by to see the historic airport, learn more about its stories, and see the classic A-4 Skyhawk fighter jet that's on display.
Ready to write the next chapter of your own history in Albany? Our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Albany area.
Are you ready for some festive fun just in time for the holidays? There are events coming up in Albany and Corvallis to suit every interest, from live holiday music to local shopping and fun runs. Our real estate agents have more details on some of the holiday events around Corvallis and Albany that you'll want to mark down on your calendar.
Is a home for the holidays at the top of your shopping list this year? Our team is here to help you achieve your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Albany and Corvallis, OR, areas.
If you love art, then you're sure to find some fantastic places to explore around both Albany and Corvallis. With historic theaters, amazing art galleries, vibrant arts centers, and extensive educational resources, you can easily connect with the local arts scene whether you're interested in discovering new art or learning more about how to create your own. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 6 destinations for art lovers around Albany and Corvallis.
Ready to find your next home near all of your favorite theaters, art galleries, and arts centers? Our local team is here to help you find the right match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Albany and Corvallis, OR, areas.
Oregon's Willamette Valley is known as one of the West Coast's great wine regions. But we also have a burgeoning craft beer scene here, with exciting new microbreweries popping up all the time.
Cool fall weather makes this the perfect time of year to savor the best local, seasonal flavors these brewers have to offer. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite Willamette Valley breweries!
Contact us today to learn more about life in the Willamette Valley. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in Corvallis, Albany, and the surrounding areas.
There are a lot of beautiful homes for sale in Albany and Corvallis. If you've found the perfect home or are ready to sell your current home, but it could use a little work, then you've come to the right place. Our real estate agents know that remodeling projects can possibly add value to your home. Here are the key things they want you to know before taking on a home remodel.
It's amazing what a new coat of paint, some new flooring, or a few new appliances can do for a place. If you're still searching for the perfect home, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll help you find the perfect place for you and your family.
Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for kids and families across the nation. Due to the larger number of pedestrians and drivers, the night also has a higher risk of accidents. Our real estate agents suggest following these guidelines to ensure your Halloween is a safe, memorable night.
Keep your family safe this Halloween by following this safety guide. Ready to relocate your family to a new neighborhood? Contact us to get started.
When selling your home, staging is a valuable way to make your home more attractive to potential buyers and help you obtain the highest possible price.
Our real estate agents encourage you to use staging techniques that showcase your home's strengths. Whether you're selling your house in Corvallis or Albany, the same rules apply and work to impress potential buyers. Here are some tips to help you with the staging process.
Staging is an effective way to sell your home faster and potentially for more money. Ready to list your home for sale? Contact us to get started.
Thanks to rainy fall days and falling autumn leaves, it's important to remain vigilant about your lawn care during the upcoming months. Otherwise, you risk the high precipitation levels and leaves permanently damaging your lawn. Here in the Willamette Valley, fall weather brings its fair share of landscaping challenges. Whether you live in Corvallis or Albany, you're probably all too familiar with what this season can do to your yard.
The good news is, with a few simple steps, you can keep your yard well-maintained during this season!
Our real estate agents encourage you to consider completing the following tasks to keep your yard healthy and green through the autumn months.
Spending time working on your yard will ensure that your gardens and grass look their best during the fall and winter months. Want to upgrade to a home with more outdoor space? Contact us to get started!
There's so much to look forward to this fall around the Willamette Valley, including a busy schedule of special events for every interest. Whether you're in the mood to hunt for antique treasures, meet up with auto enthusiasts, or enjoy a classic community festival, there's an event coming up with your name on it. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop.
The Great Pumpkin Run – 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis, OR 97333
Support a great cause and have fun in the process when you participate in The Great Pumpkin Run, which will be held at the Benton County Fairgrounds on October 8, 2022. There will be 5K and 10K runs in the morning, as well as a fun obstacle course event for kids. There's also a costume contest for participants of all ages. This event supports the Home Life organization, which assists community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Is buying or selling a home at the top of your to-do list this fall? Let us help you accomplish your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Willamette Valley communities.
Local wineries are gearing up for a packed schedule of special events near Albany, Corvallis, and throughout the Willamette Valley this fall, with something to suit every taste. Sample some of the best wine that the Willamette Valley has to offer while you enjoy fun activities like rooftop yoga, live music, comedy shows, and even salsa dancing classes. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 6 events from local wineries to look forward to this fall.
Searching for a home close to your favorite Willamette Valley winery? Our team is here to help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Willamette Valley communities.
While downtown Albany is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it offers a vibrant present and future! Much like Corvallis, Albany's Willamette Valley neighbor, the city has retained downtown's classic charm while incorporating art, restaurants, and other contemporary features.
Our real estate agents take a look at some of the places and events that make downtown Albany a must-see location for locals and tourists alike.
Novak's Hungarian Restaurant - 208 SW 2nd Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Sybaris Bistro - 442 W 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Vault 244 Bistro - 244 W 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Brick & Mortar Café - 222 W 1st Ave. Suite 4, Albany, OR 97321
First Burger - 210 SE 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97322
Sweet Red Bistro - 208 W 1st Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Loafer's Station - 222 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321
If you're planning to put your home on the market in the Albany or Corvallis area, our real estate agents know that updating your front yard is an excellent way to help your home sell faster and look its best. Follow this guide to add valuable curb appeal to your home.
By making a few simple changes, you can add features to your front yard that will help your home sell. Ready to list your home? Contact us to get started!
Hoping to run a marathon? Our real estate agents have a few leads!
Every year, millions of people all throughout the United States participate in a running event for charity. The two most common are marathons – where participants race to a distance of just over 26 miles – and fun runs, which are less formal and can take many different forms. No matter which of these two is most interesting to you, you will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy them around Benton County.
Most events are organized for charity, with fees the racers pay going to a good cause.
Let's look at some of this year's marathons and fun runs around the area:
Contact us to discover more of all that Benton County has to offer.
A drive through the Willamette Valley reveals one of America's most productive wine regions. With more than a dozen wineries within 30 miles of Corvallis, our real estate agents are always proud of the wines our local vineyards produce.
The Heart of Willamette Wine Passport is a great way to get acquainted with some of those wines. This passport offers an opportunity to experience 13 amazing wineries, including these local favorites:
In cities and towns across the country, residents are invited to bring blankets, folding chairs, and snacks to settle in for an evening of live music at their local park.
Not only are these local concert series a great way to discover more of the talented musicians in your area – but they also provide the perfect excuse to become better acquainted with your neighbors. Both Albany and Corvallis host their own Music in the Park events each year, and our real estate agents have loved attending them. Check out the schedule for this year's concerts to see if one of these events might be of interest to you too.
Albany's River Rhythms
River Rhythms is Albany's annual concert series, and many locals look forward to it all year long. The event takes place Thursday evenings at 7 PM in Monteith Riverpark at 489 Water Avenue NW (with a brief break on July 14 when the park hosts the local fair). Admission is free, but guests are strongly encouraged to make donations of $1 per person at the park's main gate on Water Avenue to help cover some of the costs of the event.
This year, River Rhythms is also hosting a secondary event: Rock Out Against Hunger. This fundraising and donation drive is being run on behalf of the Fish of Albany food pantry, a non-profit that feeds local families in need. Those who attend the concerts are encouraged to donate canned or boxed non-perishable food in the donation barrels that will be on-site at each event. The pantry will also be taking cash donations at this time. This is a great opportunity to give back to your community while enjoying the talents of local artists.
The 2022 River Rhythms schedule is as follows:
The Corvallis Community Band Summer Concert Series
If you're not in the Albany area, don't worry. People who live near Corvallis can attend the Corvallis Community Band Summer Concert Series instead. This free concert series takes place Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM in Central Park at 650 NW Monroe Avenue. The band will play in the park's main gazebo, but guests are encouraged to enjoy the music from any location in the park. Pets are welcome, too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along if they tolerate noise and crowds well.
Each week, the band will play a different set list of instrumental music. Check out their schedule below to see which shows you'd be most interested in attending.
Both Albany and Corvallis are close-knit communities that go out of their way to bring people together. These summer concert series are just one of the ways they do this. Get to know more about this area when you contact us today. We'll gladly help you find the right property to settle down in.
The Willamette Valley is celebrated for its small family-owned restaurants, diners, and eateries of all kinds. Our real estate agents know well that also includes plenty of bakeries.
Let's take a closer look at just a few of your many local options:
See for yourself why life in the Willamette Valley is extra sweet. Contact us today to discover more about the local area.
Albany and Corvallis are both communities filled with fascinating sites, from wonderful museums to gorgeous examples of historic architecture. Summer is the perfect time to explore the historical spots in this corner of Oregon. Our real estate agents have the details for a memorable history tour near Benton County.
Whether you're buying, selling, or just looking, our local team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Albany and Corvallis, OR areas.
June is Great Outdoors Month, and it's the perfect time to take a hike! Here in Oregon's Benton County, we have endless opportunities to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.
Our real estate agents are excited to share our favorite easy hiking trails in the Corvallis and Albany areas. These trails offer incredible scenery and are ideal for hikers of all ages and fitness levels.
Contact us today to learn more about outdoor adventures in Benton County.
The fertile soil of Oregon's Willamette Valley supports an incredible variety of local farms that produce everything from organic fruits and vegetables to poultry, eggs, and honey. As a result, we also have some incredible eateries that serve locally-sourced fare. Our real estate agents recommend ordering farm-to-table dishes from these local restaurants!
Contact us today to learn more about life in the Willamette Valley! Fresh farm-to-table food is just one of many things that make our little corner of the world special, and our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in Benton County and the surrounding areas.
Thankfully, Benton County and surrounding areas have plenty of ice cream shops that your sweet tooth is sure to enjoy!
Take another tip from our real estate agents and stop off for a frosty ice cream treat at one of these great restaurants in the Willamette Valley.
Life is sweet in the Willamette Valley. Learn more when you contact us at Valley Brokers for all your real estate needs.
When you finally find your dream home, one of the biggest benefits will be having a place to plant your own garden.
After all, the Willamette Valley is home to many fantastic farms, and after visiting one, you might be inspired to start your own mini version with a backyard garden!
If you're new to the hobby and don't have much experience in the garden, your plants might not grow how you want. Don't worry. Here are a few easy plants to start with that will grow with just a little care and practice!
Even if you don't have much experience growing things, you can still have a beautiful, thriving garden. If you're ready to find a home in Corvallis or Albany where you can plant that garden, contact us. Our real estate agents will help you find the perfect home to meet your needs.
The Willamette Valley is home to so many high-quality farms, meaning there are ample opportunities to pick your own produce!
Visiting local pick-your-own farms is a favorite pastime for our real estate agents. It's not only a great opportunity to stock up on some freshly grown fruits and vegetables, but it's also a weekend activity that's fun for the whole family. Plus, it helps support our local farmers! Here are some of our favorite Oregon pick-your-own farms. Many of which are open year-round while others will be opening soon for the summer harvest!
Contact us today for more local recommendations.
Oregon has long been known as a haven for birds and a great place to enjoy outdoor activities. The arrival of springtime in the Willamette Valley is a particularly great time to be out in the wilderness with your binoculars and birding checklist.
The Corvallis and Albany areas are located directly under the Pacific Flyway, and hundreds of bird species may be spotted in this part of the Willamette Valley. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite birding locations in the region.
Contact us today to learn more about outdoor adventures in the Willamette Valley, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Corvallis, Albany, and the surrounding areas.
No matter if you're looking for homes in Corvallis or Albany, Benton County is a welcoming place known for its natural beauty, vibrant local economy, and plenty of restaurants full of culinary delights. One unbeatable Benton County tradition is brunch, that meal between breakfast and lunch.
Our real estate agents know that a spot of brunch is a terrific way to boost your energy before you head out for a day looking at the best local homes. You have plenty of ways to enjoy brunch in and around the Benton County area, but which one will tempt your tastebuds the best?
Let's look at some of the most popular spots for brunch in Benton County:
Every morning is a good morning when you start your day in Benton County. Contact us to learn more about what Benton County has to offer.
Whether you're interested in moving to Corvallis or Albany, any cyclist is sure to find plenty of options to choose from here in the Willamette Valley. Cycling is one of the most popular ways to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors. Our real estate agents know within Corvallis, cyclists can discover nearly 20 miles of paved multi-use trails. You can also enjoy cycling throughout much of the community. Many roads have wide shoulders for cycling and see light traffic.
But sometimes, you want to hit the trail – the bike trail, that is. The Willamette Valley will not disappoint. Not only are the trails carefully kept and in great condition, but many of them have also even been expanded in recent years.
Let's take a look at some of your options:
Outdoor adventures are one of the many benefits of calling this area home! Contact us today to find out more about the Willamette Valley.
National Library Week (April 3 to 9) is an invitation to get better acquainted with your local library. Our real estate agents know that there are many reasons why residents love calling the Corvallis and Albany area home. If you are an avid reader who is new to the area, you will love frequenting the several locations in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system. So before you begin your next literary adventure, here's what you need to know!
The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system includes four different branches: Alsea, Corvallis, Monroe, and Philomath. Members of any one branch can borrow from any of the others with the same library card. For those who can't make regular trips to their local library, they also offer service through their Bookmobile that circulates through regions of Benton County. This includes the part of Albany that belongs to Benton County.
The Bookmobile isn't the only thing readers will love visiting in the Albany area. Thanks to the Albany Public Library, residents of Albany have two branches they can stop at. The main location is on 14th Avenue, and their second location is in the Albany Monteith Historic District. This library system offers many of the same benefits as the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system.
Members can borrow a variety of items from any of these locations, including books, audiobooks, music, movies, and even tools like projectors and button makers. They can also access digital content through free BookFlix, Overdrive, CloudLibrary, LinkedIn Learning, and Kanopy subscriptions using their library ID.
In addition to its vast collection of books, the library also hosts many programs and resources for Benton County residents.
Avid readers will enjoy taking part in some of the library's six different book clubs, including a graphic novel club and a club exclusively for seniors. Each group meets every month or so to discuss their latest read with other members. Discussions can get very lively, so be sure to bring your sharpest observations and theories to the table.
If you have a free afternoon, you can try out one of the crafts in the library's online resource collection. These boredom busters will walk you through exciting crafts like marble runs, paper baskets, and even smartphone speakers. Just download and print the instructions from your computer and get to work.
If you have any young readers in your life, you'll be happy to hear that the library has plenty in store for them.
Just like adults, kids can attend a variety of book clubs to talk about what they've read with their peers. Children's clubs are divided by age: your child will be invited to the Tweens, Kids, or First Readers book club, depending on which category they fall into. In some cases, their reading level may factor into this decision.
There are also some exciting activities available for children who are still learning to read. One of the library's most popular offerings is the Reading Education Assistance Dog program (READ for short). The program offers young children the chance to build their reading skills by reading aloud to a canine companion. Each session provides one individual child with 10 minutes of reading time with a trained dog and their handler.
If your child isn't ready to read on their own, however, they might prefer the 20-minute story time sessions run by the library staff instead. These sessions feature fun, dramatic readings of short stories as well as songs and rhymes meant to stimulate children's developing brains. Storytime is offered multiple times a day, but families must register in advance to get a spot at each reading.
Benton County's exceptional library system is just one of the many appealing aspects of life in this area. Contact us today to learn more about the many stunning properties we have available in this region and see if any of them might be the right one for you.
Want to bring farm-to-table dining to your own home in Corvallis or Albany? A bounty of fruits, vegetables, and artisan foods is waiting for you just minutes away along the Marion Farm Loop. Plan your trip with this helpful information from our real estate agents.
About the Marion Farm Loop
Spanning the scenic Willamette Valley from Aurora to Jefferson, the Marion Farm Loop is one of five routes operated by the Oregon Agritourism Partnership. The loop connects a network of 24 local farms that offer fresh produce and much more. Visitors can enjoy various entertaining and educational activities, including wine tastings, live music, and nature walks.
What's in Season?
The Marion Farm Loop can be traveled any time of year, allowing for different experiences each time you go. Want to know when to get your favorite foods? Here's a look at what's in season.
Places to Visit
There's always something new and exciting to discover around Corvallis and Albany. Find out more when you contact us at Valley Brokers.
Spring has arrived in the Willamette Valley, and it's a mighty fine time to get outside and take a hike! Our real estate agents can think of no better place to do so than the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail.
True to its name, the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail connects Corvallis to the Pacific Ocean. This trail spans 62 miles and offers one of the region's greatest backpacking routes. Along the way, you'll get to experience unique flora in several distinct ecosystems.
Creating the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail
Crating a footpath from the Willamette Valley to the Pacific was a dream of local hikers in the Corvallis area since the 1970s. The C2C Trail, as it's often called, was only made possible in the last 20 years or so.
The C2C Trail Partnership was formed as a non-profit organization in 2003. In the years since, volunteers have put in over 2,500 hours a year to finally make that dream a reality. While the precise route remains subject to change, it currently stretches from the city of Corvallis across the Oregon Coast Range to Ona Beach on the Pacific coast.
The Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail begins at Shawala Point Park in Corvallis, near the confluence of the Willamette and Marys Rivers.
Hikers are asked to register at the kiosk located at the trailhead. The first few miles of the trail follow a bike path between Corvallis and Philomath before eventually breaking off into the mountains.
Following the C2C Trail
At a length of 62 miles, the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail typically takes anywhere from 3 days to a week to complete on foot, depending on your fitness level and preferred speed. It's also open to bicycles; most cyclists complete it in a day or two.
The course of the trail utilizes old gravel logging roads and Forest Service roads, as well as dirt single-track trails, bike paths, and a few sections that follow paved roads. Despite being stitched together, the trail is very clearly marked, with signage that makes it easy to follow.
Along the way, there are 18 trailheads, 15 of which have parking areas for vehicles. These are convenient options for hikers who are hiking the trail in sections or who may prefer to hike only a smaller portion of it.
Camping Along the Way
Over the course of a multi-day trek, it's always good to know where you'll rest your head. Fortunately, much of the Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail passes through National Forest lands, where, for the most part, dispersed backcountry camping is allowed.
The trail also passes through some privately owned lands, and camping on private land is never allowed without permission from the landowner. As you hike, remember to keep your bearings and take precautions to avoid getting stuck on a private section of the trail after dark.
One of the best places to camp near the trail is the Big Elk Campground in Suislaw National Forest. The campground offers potable water, private campsites, and a large hiker/biker group campsite that is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A quality trail map is always a good resource to have handy when you're hiking any trail. Maps of the C2C trail are available through the official Corvallis-to-the-Sea Trail website. Several local businesses also sell printed trail maps and guide sets, including Bike n' Hike Corvallis and Corvallis Cyclery.
Contact us today to learn more about the adventures that await in the Willamette Valley! If you're looking for the perfect Corvallis or Albany homes for sale, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.
There are plenty of reasons to get excited about springtime in Oregon. From wildflowers to wine tasting, spring is the ideal time to visit the Willamette Valley. But one of the reasons our real estate agents always look forward to spring is the return of trout fishing season.
Lakes, ponds, and rivers throughout the Willamette Valley are great places for anglers. The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife stocks trout in dozens of local waters—check out their weekly trout stocking schedule here—and stop by these local spots in Corvallis and the surrounding areas.
Contact us today to learn more about life in the Willamette Valley! If you're looking for your dream home in Corvallis, Albany, and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.
Planning to list your home this spring? Now is the time to tackle those last-minute repairs and upgrades, so your home will be ready to impress potential buyers. We're not talking about major renovations, but fixing up some basic things around the house can really help shape a buyer's perception of the property. And the good news is, all you need is one weekend to put some sweat equity into your home.
Preparing your home to sell can be a lot of work, but chipping away at several projects on the weekends can be very manageable. For more tips on selling your property and best practices for getting it ready to list, contact us today.
Stretching 150 miles through Oregon, the Willamette Valley is legendary for being one of America's great wine regions. At the heart of the valley, is Corvallis and Albany which both offer spectacular scenery, plenty of art and culture, and some of the best wineries in the Pacific Northwest.
Spring marks the beginning of the wine season for many local wineries, and it's a great time to savor the flavors of the Willamette Valley.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Corvallis and Albany. It's a truly unique place to call home, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in the Willamette Valley.
With winter temperatures coming to an end, it's the ideal time to make plans for your spring landscaping. Our real estate agents know that spring offers a valuable opportunity to get your yard and gardens looking their best. Check out a few tips to rejuvenate your home's landscaping.