Wednesday, April 4, 2012

10 Tips for a Beautiful North Shore Garden!

Spring on the North Shore is an ideal time to begin outdoor projects on your North Shore home.  Whether you’re looking for a way to brighten up your outdoor living space and curb appeal or you’re considering selling your North Shore home this spring; you’ll want to take a look at the following ten ways to create a beautiful garden and welcoming backdrop for your North Shore home.  
In living in the North Shore and working as a North Shore Real Estate agent, I can attest that first impressions of a home are lasting.  If you’re thinking of putting your North Shore home on the market; you’ll want to do your part to ensure the first impression is a lasting one!  Here are ten ways to do so!
1. Bulbs- Want full, rich colors in your North Shore 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 frost, 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 an 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 winter months.  
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 consistent warm weather 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 so you can enjoy long summer days outdoors on the North Shore!
I hope these tips are helpful as you prepare your North Shore lawn and garden for the warm months ahead!  If you are hoping to sell your North Shore home this spring or looking to buy a home on the North Shore; please let me know!
I would enjoy the opportunity to talk with you about your real estate needs!  As an experienced North Shore Real Estate agent; I can guide you easily through the home buying or selling process!
I look forward to working with you!

Janie Bress
Your North Shore Real Estate Expert

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