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September
20

How to Keep Your Yard Looking Its Best This Fall

Fall Landscaping

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. 

  • Keep Mowing Your Lawn
    Though your grass will likely grow slower during the fall months, make mowing a part of your weekly lawn care regimen until your lawn stops growing. During your last mowing session of the season, mow the grass about half an inch high to prevent mold caused by snow and winter precipitation. When it's time to stop mowing, spend a couple of hours on lawnmower maintenance, like sharpening the blades, changing the oil, and completing any repairs, so it's ready when spring rolls around. 
  • Water Your Lawn as Needed
    Keep an eye on your lawn during the autumn months to see if it needs watering. If your lawn doesn't get an inch or more of moisture per week, make time for a quick watering session. 
  • Regularly Rake Your Leaves
    It's important to make sure that you regularly rake throughout the fall months. When leaves stay on your lawn for an extended period, they can cause excessive moisture that leads to fungi.
  • Aerate Your Lawn
    Aerating your lawn will remove soil plugs so that your soil isn't as compact; this makes it easier for nutrients to reach your grass. Fall aeration ensures that your grass is ready to grow during the spring months. 
  • Fertilize Your Lawn
    Fall is the best time for you to fertilize your lawn. Your lawn will get the nutrients it needs to survive the winter months, and when spring arrives, the nutrients will help strengthen your grass. Apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer throughout your lawn. 
  • Seed Your Lawn as Needed
    If your lawn has bare patches from the summer heat or wear and tear from your kids and pets, reseed these bare spots with a grass blend that's suited to your lawn's needs. A quick-growing grass blend can help you fill in these bare areas before winter arrives. 
  • Prune Your Plants and Bushes
    Remove dead branches and old flowers from your plants and bushes. This will help keep them healthy and encourage them to produce even more blooms next year. Pruning also helps your garden look tidy during the winter months when your plants aren't blooming. 

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!

August
9

Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Yard

Front Yard

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.

  • Start with the Basics
    Before you decide to undertake a huge landscaping project or give your home a fresh coat of paint, make sure that your front yard is clean, clutter-free, and well-maintained. A clean, maintained yard instantly appeals to potential buyers. Pick up any old toys, stray sticks, or wayward trash, as these items make your yard look cluttered and "dirty." Then, see that any garden tools or outdoor toys and accessories have a dedicated storage spot, like a shed or storage chest. Examine your front yard for anything that's broken or past due for repairs. For example, if your mailbox has a dent, fix the dent or replace it. If your gutters are broken, they should be replaced or repaired. 
  • Upgrade Your House Numbers
    House numbers are frequently overlooked as a design element by many homeowners. Your house numbers should use an attractive font and complement your home's style, color, and other exterior features. 
  • Refresh Your Front Entryway
    Giving your front entryway a makeover instantly adds more curb appeal to your home. If your door is in bad shape or doesn't suit your home, replace it with a door that helps your home make a terrific first impression. If your entryway has vinyl siding or cement, use a pressure washer to ensure that these areas are dirt-free. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door and any trim or features in your entryway. Consider replacing your front door knob with an updated piece that complements the style of your home. Use decorative items, like doormats, potted plants, and outdoor furniture, to make your front entryway appear inviting and attractive to potential buyers. 
  • Check That Your Garage Door Works
    Before you list your home, make sure that your garage door works properly and coordinates with the rest of your home. See that it's clean, free of dents, and open and closes with ease. A garage door that looks old and worn-out will negatively impact your home's entire exterior appearance. Replace a garage door that's past its prime so that it doesn't detract from your home's positive features. If you have a garage door opener, confirm that it's programmed correctly and working properly. 
  • Add Flowers and Hardscaping
    Your landscaping is a vital element for optimizing your home's curb appeal. Start with your lawn; it should be neatly mowed, free of grass clippings, and appear healthy. If your lawn has bare patches, use sod or a fast-growing grass blend to fill them in. Next, turn your attention to your trees, shrubs, and bushes; they should all be neatly trimmed. Consider planting colorful flowers in your garden so that your home appears vibrant and welcoming. A fresh layer of mulch is also useful for helping your front yard look its best. Make sure to remove any dead plants or decaying vegetation. Now that your plants are tended to, consider adding hardscaping elements to your yard. These are especially appealing since they are low maintenance and offer a visual break from your greenery. Elements like stones and brick paths help make a visual impact. 

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!

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