Having your own garden is such a rewarding hobby. Not an expert on perennials? Not a problem. With these gardening tips for beginners, you'll have a green thumb in no time. Know your yard It's important to understand that not everything grows everywhere. Where you live determines what you plant -- even climate and sun exposure will affect what you plant in your garden. Pay close attention to where the sun hits your yard and how long that light stays there. You'll get the best gardening results once you know how much or how little sunlight you're working with. Test your soil Testing your soil will tell you if it's acidic, neutral, or alkaline. Most plants prefer neutral soil but it ultimately depends on what you will grow in your garden. A soil test will also indicate what … [Read more...] about The Best Gardening Tips for Beginners
Don’t Make these Rookie Open House Mistakes
Open houses are great for both the seller and the agent. They give sellers a chance to find buyers and generate future business opportunities for agents, like yourself. However, there are also some Open House no-nos that can torpedo your Sunday. Nobody wants to be that agent, and no one has to be. Let us guide you through exactly what not to do. Here are 7 common rookie open house mistakes. Not advertising How can you expect people to attend your open house if they can't find it? Advertise your open house with around 10-12 directional signs or a-frames (or if you're feeling ambitious go for 20). Placing a sign at an intersection nearby will increase visibility and guide excited buyers straight to the home. Make sure the front of the home is well-maintained with good curb appeal so it … [Read more...] about Don’t Make these Rookie Open House Mistakes
What Color Should You Paint Your Front Door?
The color of your front door reveals a lot about your home's style and personality. As a main focal point of your home's exterior, a beautiful front door can add major curb appeal. Make a bold statement with a dark red or keep it neutral with a calm gray. What color should you paint your front door? Let's find out! Bright Yellow Photo courtesy of HomeBNC Nothing says "hello" like a bright yellow entryway! Give your house some eye-candy with a welcoming yellow door that is sure to brighten any visitor's day. Pair it with white walls or against a darker exterior for a happy surprise. With radiant yellow, it'll feel like summer all year long. Ravishing Red Photo courtesy of DIY Network Add a fun kick to your home with a ravishing red door. A bright red can transform … [Read more...] about What Color Should You Paint Your Front Door?
How to Dog-Proof Your Garden
Dogs are naturally curious beings and if given the chance, will dig up almost anything, including the plants in your garden. Prevent them from pawing at your perennials and learn how to dog-proof your garden. Here's how to do it: Barrier plants & containers Garden beds planted with tall plants will be harder for dogs to get into. You can also plant flowers on raised garden beds and in containers to prevent your dogs from pawing at your petunias. Large pots and planters will prevent your dog from rolling around in and flattening your garden. Garden gate A short gate can easily prevent a small dog from getting into your garden. For larger dogs, get a taller gate with strong latches. Check the bottom of your gate often -- dogs can easily dig holes … [Read more...] about How to Dog-Proof Your Garden
5 Ways to Style a Bookshelf like an Interior Designer
Whether you're a minimalist or a proud collector, there are plenty of ways you can decorate your bookshelves to match your style. Find inspiration for displaying your most prized possessions, books, knick-knacks, and more with these five styling ideas. 1) Less is more Photo courtesy of Studio McGee Allow room on your shelves to breathe. With airy shelving, you can admire your favorite keepsakes without feeling overwhelmed by clutter. A simple and balanced arrangement is fitting for contemporary spaces and ideal for a minimalist style. 2) Pop of color Photo courtesy of Houzz Give your bookshelf a colorful makeover with the paint color of your choice. Painted in Satin finish, this bookshelf's grey-blue pops against white cabinets. Feeling a tad daring? Go for … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Style a Bookshelf like an Interior Designer