Wednesday, May 11, 2011

10 Tips for Creating a Beautiful North Shore Garden!

Chicago’s North Shore spring is in full swing, and with the above average temperatures this week, we’re reminded that summer is just around the corner! The warm months brings about a buzz of activity throughout the North Shore communities of Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook, Deerfield and the surrounding areas. Throughout the spring and summer, there are a wide variety of events, concerts, festivals and much more that make living in Chicago’s North Shore even more enjoyable.

Many North Shore residents are in the midst of their spring “to do” lists and taking care of their gardens and enhancing their curb appeal is on the top of their list. If you are hoping to sell your North Shore home this spring, creating a welcoming environment from the moment buyers see your home can make a large difference in the sale of your home.

Below are 10 tips for creating your beautiful North Shore garden and overall curb appeal.

1. Bulbs- Want full, rich colors in your yard? Begin planting bulbs of dahlia, lily, gladiolus and tuberous begonia.

2. Annuals- Now is the time to plant hardy annual such as petunias, dianthus, snapdragons and pansies. If you’re worried about front, simply cover the plants with plastic at night. You can also opt for hanging mixed baskets filled with fuchsias, geraniums and impatiens which can easily be moved inside if threatened by a frost.

3. Perennials- As you begin to see these return, be sure to give these plants some fertilizer to ensure they’re fed for the season.

4. Lawn care- Now is the ideal time to assess the needs of your lawn if you haven’t already done so. Begin cleaning away weeds and debris that settled during the winter. Begin fertilizing grassy areas and do any trimming to give a well manicured appearance.

5. Vegetables- Before you begin planting, consider the timing of your plants as well as who makes the best neighbors. Plant hardier veggies such as lettuce or potatoes now and wait until it’s consistenly 60 degrees before planting the more delicate plants. Beans, celery and cucumbers are happy to be planted near each other, but be sure to keep bean plants away from aromatic vegetables such as garlic.

6. Planting- Buy new plants along with replacements of those that may not have made it through the Chicago winters.

7. Fertilizing- This is key to keeping your plants well fed and growing all season. Don’t forget to give your well-loved plants their food! Be sure that you don’t “over-fertilize” as it can kill the plants or cause “leaf burn.”

8. Pruning- Pruning needs vary by climate zones. Be sure to check on more details of pruning for the Chicago area.

9. Weeding- No one likes to do it, but weeds need to be nipped in the bud before they get out of control. Spraying weed killer is a great option, just be sure to spray on a warm day with limited wind.

10. Preparing Your Patio- With Memorial Day just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure your patio is spruced up and the furniture is cleaned and in good working order.

If you’re wondering where you can find great plants and flowers for your North Shore garden, you’ll find a wide variety at our Chicago Botanic Garden this weekend! The 45th Annual Bloomin’ Sale is taking place this Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15 and is a fun event for everyone. Below is more information about the festival!

A Bloomin' Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

May 14 - May 15

- At the center of the Bloomin' Festival is the 45th annual Bloomin' Sale - the Midwest's premier plant sale. Sponsored by the Woman's Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society, this event offers plants that are particularly well suited to the Chicago area, reviewed by the Garden's director, Kris Jarantoski, and a team of Garden horticulturists for their ability to perform well in local growing conditions. The sale includes more than 25,000 annuals, ferns, fruit and vegetable plants, geraniums, herbs, native wildflowers, ornamental grasses, perennials, roses, shade perennials, shrubs, and vines.

I hope you’re able to get out and enjoy the North Shore this weekend and can take advantage of this Chicago Botanic Garden event! If you are sprucing up the exterior of your home in order put it on the North Shore Real Estate market and have questions about selling your home; please let me know! As a North Shore Real Estate agent for over twenty years, I have experience in selling North Shore homes and would love to help you each step of the way.

Feel free to contact me today to get started!

Janie Bress
Your North Shore Real Estate Expert

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