Jump-start your lawn resuscitation as soon as the ground defrosts, and you’ll avoid a muddy disaster zone later — not to mention ignite your neighbors’ envy.
Here’s how to prepare your lawn for spring:
#1 Assess the Mess
Case your property for thrown branches, dead leaves, and other debris. Clear it away so you’re able to do a general inspection of your soil, lawn, trees, shrubs, and garden structures. See what grass is coming back — or not. Get rid of broken tree limbs; call an arborist if they look dangerous. Now’s the time to take stock and make a plan.
#2 Rake and Wake Your Grass
Just as you like to hunker down on those dark winter days, so, too, do your grass and trees. “As soon as the snow fades, vigorously rake that grass to wake it up and begin to get it to grow”, says Walt Nelson, horticulture program leader for the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Monroe County, N.Y.
Rake out areas of thatch — dried, dead grass that can be thick and deep. If you don’t, thatch will keep oxygen and sunlight from other plants and grass. Check for fungus and mold growth. Don’t worry if you run across “snow mold” — a pinkish or gray web over matted blades of grass, or possibly just a slimy brown mess. Despite its name, it’s rarely serious. Gently rake it out and it will dry.
The grass may be a bit brown, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. There are two types of grasses. “Cool season grasses green up in early spring. Warm season grasses green up really slowly in spring,” Koski says.
#3 Weed Out Weeds
Finding a lot of crabgrass out there? It’s decision time. Will you avenge the scourge? If your crabgrass is out of control or you’re just hell-bent on getting rid of it, here’s what you need to know: Preventing crabgrass is all about timing. You want to nix the nasties before they start germinating. You need to use a pre-emergent crabgrass control before the soil temperature hits about 55 degrees and the crabgrass begins growing.
“But most people aren’t walking around with thermometers to measure their soil’s temperature,” Koski says. “Blooming forsythia is a good indicator you should put out your crabgrass preventer. That will be a different time in Michigan than in Virginia.”
You can choose a toxic or an organic preemergent such as corn gluten meal, but understand that with the organic, Nelson says, it will take two to three years of applications to be effective.
Oh, and if you’re eager to get seeding, note that you can’t put out grass seed until at least eight weeks have passed since you applied crabgrass control.
#4 Trim the Trees (and Shrubs!)
Move on to trees and shrubs as the world defrosts, but the garden is not yet growing. “Trim out the dead, and it’s off to the races on another growing season,” Nelson says. “You can do the shrubs on your own, but if you’re concerned about trees, hire a professional.”
The important thing about trimming is to “be careful about trimming growth,” Henriksen says. “You want new growth to get healthy enough to sustain itself in case of a second cold snap.” For flowering shrubs, wait until flowers bloom so you don’t cut off limbs that will be producing flowers or fruit.
#5 Don’t Forget the Mower and What-Nots
Winter is hard on other garden elements. Make sure your irrigation system works properly, and checking to see if there’s damage to any outdoor lighting. Fix broken or damaged patio furniture and any wooden structures. Even clean off and refresh your deck once it’s warm enough that power-washing won’t create a deck ice rink.
Don’t forget to tune up the lawn mower and string trimmer. Clean, sharpen, and oil your pruning shears so they’ll be ready when the temperatures start to rise.
Prepping the yard won’t be just a single weekend event, but if you get the heavy lifting out of the way early, it won’t be long before you’re leaving your socks and boots behind, and feeling the warm, soft grass between your toes.
Article adapted from Stacey Freed of House Logic
Spring has sprung in the Greenbrier Valley and it’s beautiful. Blooming trees, spring flowers popping up and showing their bright faces! It’s a great season, and a great season for real estate. If you’re looking for a dedicated team to help you with any real estate needs, we’re that team! Give us a call 304-645-2255 Greenbrier Real Estate Service
Chocolate Festival THIS WEEKEND! Will you be joining the many others that attend this festival yearly? If so, be sure to stop by and grab a chocolate house from our office on Washington Street!
It’s the 13th annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival and the tastiest of fundraisers for the United Way of Greenbrier Valley. The day includes chocolate samplings of every kind, live music, face-painting, professional chef demonstrations, bake-offs, the 10K Chocolate Chase and more!
April 13th 11am – 4pm Come visit Lewisburg and indulge in CHOCOLATE!
CHOCOLATE. Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center or the Lewisburg Chocolate Festival website. It’s advised to get your tickets in advance as they are limited by the number of tastings.
PARKING. On festival day, side-street parking is available along with public lots on either end of downtown Lewisburg. The municipal lot is on Lafayette and E Foster streets. The New River Community & Technical College lot on Court Street is also open to festival goers.
With your attendance, know that you are supporting the United Way of Greenbrier Valley.
Lewisburg has a long standing reputation of a “cool” small town. Not only does it offer a rich history but also a rich arts community and a thriving dining scene. Recently, a new restaurant opened in downtown Lewisburg, they’ve settled into one of the city’s oldest buildings that dates back to 1790.
To read a full feature article from 59 News David Horak, follow the link to learn more about The Humble Tomato!
Fun events happening in the Greenbrier Valley!
Greenbrier East Lady Spartans win first round of State Championship playoffs! Congratulations Lady Spartans!! Their next game will be played Friday night at 9 p.m. at Charleston Civic Center.
Make plans to attend! You won’t be disappointed, the Annual WV Winter Music Festival adds yet another amazing event to attend in the Greenbrier Valley.
The 8th Annual WV Winter Music Festival will take over downtown Lewisburg on Saturday, January 26th. Festival goers will be entertained by seven venues, scattered throughout the downtown, brimming with personable people, energy, and mixed musical genres. You will find old-time and bluegrass, funk and reggae, thrasher metal and classic metal, blues and R&B. Any one venue is no more than a block from another, meaning you can walk everywhere. This 2019 is an expected 40 acts (TBA) across 8 venues including Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Wild Bean, The Asylum, Sweet Shoppe, the Visitor’s Center, and the Lewis Theatre.
Last year, the event raised $16,000 as an emergency fund to help area musicians caught in unexpected financial stress and educational purposes. Over the years, the festival has helped many musicians across southern West Virginia and has sent dozens of students on field trips and music camps. It has provided Greenbrier East High School’s musical band, Second Block Rock, the opportunity to experience managing a series of performance along with Liberty High School’s aspiring young musicians. It has also helped students practice in their dedicated all-ages venue at The Hub Teen Center in Lewisburg. Moreover, the event has contributed proceeds to disease research at a Duke University. The $16,000 figure represents more than 800 locals and visitors from across southern WV and Virginia who converged in downtown Lewisburg last January. Many of the visiting attendees stayed in local hotels, b&b’s, and ate in our restaurants.
This year, the Winter Music Festival will be presenting 2 free workshops: Taxes and the Working Musician with a rep from H&R Block, and Learn the Harmonica for Beginners and Intermediate Players taught by a Hohner Harmonica rep, and the President of the Huntington (WV) Harmonica Club and Marshall University professor. PLUS! They are excited to offer everyone a free viewing of The Last Waltz on Thursday, January 24th at the Lewis Theater.
Head over to HashtagWV.com to view the full 2019 WV Music Festival Schedule!
Saturday, November 24, 2018 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. While you’re out and about in the Greenbrier Valley getting a start to your holiday shopping, support your local small businesses!
Lewisburg, Ronceverte, White Sulphur Springs, Alderson, Hinton, and many other of our surrounding communities have small businesses and stores that are a vital part to making the Greenbrier Valley area so unique. This Saturday take a while to explore those shops and small business. Shop Small and enjoy Small Business Saturday!
Take a look at some of the few events happening this weekend in honor of Small Business Saturday…
Shop Local Saturday Vendor Show Ronceverte River Festival is sponsoring a 2nd Annual Vendor Show for Shop Local Saturday at the Lion’s Club Gym. Food will be served, come and enjoy the morning browsing thru the different booths for that unique Christmas gift and support our LOCAL vendors!
Yarid’s Candy Cane Pull Shop Local on Small Business Saturday and Choose a Candy Cane worth 10-25% OFF One Item!* at Yarid’s in Downtown Lewisburg
*Some Exclusions Apply
Going green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings.
Solar panels: The upfront cost is big, but the long-term savings are huge. Solar panels will cost several thousand dollars to install, but ongoing maintenance costs are very low, and a typical system could save you hundreds of dollars per year. You can even sell your surplus electricity.
Wood furnace: Wood-burning furnaces are relatively inexpensive, and though the yearly savings aren’t as dramatic (about 10% on heating bills), it adds up over the long run.
Insulation: There’s a good chance your insulation isn’t very efficient, especially in older homes. Look into installing floor, cavity, wall, and loft insulation to reduce your heating bills.
Rain barrels: Rain barrels are extremely inexpensive, and provide gallons of free water to use when you wash your car or water your garden.
Geothermal system: OK, so the price tag is scary at first. A geothermal system uses the earth’s temperature to heat and cool your home, but can cost $30,000 to install. But tax credits allow you to get a lot of that money back, and the energy savings average about $1,900 per year. If you plan to be in your home for a decade or two, it’s a great investment.
Greenbrier Valley Upcoming Events
September 7, 2018 First Fridays After Five Check out the shops, galleries, and restaurants in downtown Lewisburg! Most stores staying open until 9 p.m. serving complimentary refreshments and entertainment!
September 8, 2018 10a.m. – 4 p.m. White Sulphur Springs own Freshwater Folk Festival
The Freshwater Folk Festival is a celebration of our nation’s fish, wildlife, and natural resources. The 2018 festival will feature great music, food, dance, crafts, fun and educational activities.
September 8, 2018 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Ronceverte 1882 Heritage Days Celebration
Celebrate Ronceverte’s rich hertitage
September 8, 2018 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. DARE to CRUZ Car Show Showcase of more than 100 street rods, muscle cars and vintage automobiles. All proceeds benefit the Lewisburg Police Department’s D.A.R.E program.
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Get ready to gather your friends and family with some of these great recipes and decor tips! Greenbrier County is popping with adventure and events this time of year! Whether your floating on the Greenbrier River, hiking the Greenbrier River Trail, or experiencing the PGA Golf-Military Tribute at the The Greenbrier –we’re sure that you are outside and enjoying this time of year!
Check out these links and pictures to get your backyard BBQ ready!
The Greenbrier Valley is place to be in the coming days! It’s sweet summertime and this area is buzzing with excitement for upcoming events!
Flowers on the main street of Alderson, White Sulphur Springs, Union, Lewisburg, Rainelle are blooming bright and so is the Greenbrier Valley!
Mark your calendars and come check out all that is offered!
Alderson’s 4th of July Celebration
June 29 – July 5
Every year, the Town of Alderson turns red, white and blue and hosts what has become known as West Virginia’s BEST Fourth of July Celebration. This 6-day event features everything from a Fireman’s Rodeo, to an All-American Baking Contest to the Ducks on the River Rubber Duck Race. And, of course, a Grand Parade and Grand Fireworks Display!
The most anticipated stop on the PGA TOUR, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, formerly The Greenbrier Classic, covers seven days of tournament play on the world-class Old White TPC. First played by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, expect to see all sorts of new drama unfold as 156 of the game’s best players confront this demanding course.
Tournament coverage isn’t the only event that keeps golf fans coming back. The week is chock full of activities for the whole family including Wednesday’s Pro-Am, Youth Day, Kid’s Zone, Patron’s Park and the Ford Vehicle Giveaway.
We absolutely loved this article featured on Reader’s Digest website! They posted the question “Do You Live in the Nicest Place in America?” And this article sure shows that yes we just might! –Article credit to Valerie Pritt
Coming upon the two-year anniversary of a devastating flood to our area, what better time to focus and reflect on just how great our community is. This truly is a wonderful article showcasing many wonderful events in our area but mostly it shows just how caring and compassionate the people of the Greenbrier Valley are.
We enjoyed this article and hope that you will too!
You can also go to Reader’s Digest website to comment on the article and let them know just how nice the Greenbrier Valley is!
Greenbrier Valley, WV
“OUT OF TRAGEDY COMES HOPE” NOMINATED BY VALERIE PRITT
People describe the Greenbrier Valley as nice. They complement the beauty of the mountains, the genuinely friendly people, and the quaintness of its towns. Walk down any street, and it’s likely that someone will smile and say hello.
With a population less than 40,000, the Greenbrier Valley has a strong sense of community. Most of the families that live here descend from a long line of Appalachian resiliency and compassion. When residents are faced with hardship, community rallies. The Greenbrier Valley thrives on neighbors helping neighbors. Through floods, fires, and the current opioid crisis, residents are there to step forward and ask, “How can I help you?” Together they have rebuilt neighborhoods, organized benefits, and created programs to help friends in need. Every community experiences hardships, but it’s how a community works together that reveals its true character and genuine hospitality.
Stories About Greenbrier Valley
A Fresh Start and New Beginning
In 2016, a 1,000 year flood swept through the Greenbrier Valley, devastating the towns of Rainelle and White Sulphur Springs. In the wake of tragedy, 4,600 volunteers stepped in, totaling 62,000 hours to help rebuild the areas impacted. We’ve yet to reach full recovery, but communities finally feel a sense of hope for their future. As the water receded from Greenbrier County, it revealed the harsh realities of the disaster underneath. While most were still reeling from its aftermath, Tom Crabtree and Rob Vass were formulating a recovery plan to rebuild the community of White Sulphur Springs.
Tom is the owner of 50 East, a restaurant and gathering spot in town. Although his home was not directly impacted, the destruction was personal, as employees’ homes and his Main Street business incurred significant damage. Rob is an architect and contractor in the area and lives in White Sulphur Springs with his wife and young son. The two men wanted to give hope to this close-knit community that is now displaced. It was realized in the form of Hope Village. With land gifted by the city of White Sulphur Springs and an operational childhood-home-turned-office-space hub donated by Frank Alderman, founder of MedExpress Urgent Care, the project took less than two years from concept to completion. Today Hope Village is filled with energy and activity, giving 42 families a new start as they discover the meaning of home once again. Although the impetus for the project falls squarely on Tom and Rob, the vision would not have been realized without the support and contributions made by countless community members and other organizations. Special thanks go to Frank Alderman, Maggie Hutchison, Storm Aid, Mennonite Disaster Service, Brad Paisley, pharmaceuticals company Mylan, United Way of Greenbrier Valley, and Appalachia Service Project.
A Fire Sparks a Festival
Musicians are bound by the beat; it’s what drives a song forward. Just as they are bound to the beat, they become bound to each other, creating a community. So when one of their own needs help, they unite around them.
When an electrical fire engulfed Tim and Tammy Pynes’ home in December 2012, the family was left with few possessions. Days before Christmas, the Pynes were homeless. Close friends took action, helping them find housing, clothing, and other day-to-day household items that were lost to the flames.
Tim is a drummer for the West Virginia Jazz Orchestra and has been a part of Greenbrier Valley’s music scene since he graduated high school. Fellow musicians suggested a benefit concert to fundraise for the family. As multiple local bands offered to perform, the concert-turned-festival was taking shape. John Foster and Jim Snyder spearheaded the benefit, orchestrating 25 bands and five venues for the first TNT Winter Music Festival, a nod to Tim and Tammy. On a cold snowy evening in February, Lewisburg was beating to the spirit of its community.
John and Jim have kept the festival going, changing to West Virginia Winter Music Festival. The event has expanded to two nights, seven venues, and more than 50 performing acts. Despite all the changes, the event stays grounded in its missionof providing financial help to musicians in crisis.
Fruits of Labor, Fruits of Hope
While the Greenbrier Valley is full of nice residents, it has not gone untouched by the opioid crisis. The effects have brought a darkness to the community. While some neighbors are struggling, one woman is trying to help people get back on their feet.
It all began in 2009 with a visit to the women’s prison not far from Tammy Jordan’s home in Greenbrier County. As she sat in the waiting room, she watched the women pass by and noticed their despondence. She could see it on their faces and in their quiet posture. With each return visit, the feeling got stronger: what could she do to help these women re-enter society with a renewed sense of hope?
Tammy runs her own local restaurant. It’s not just a dining experience, but encompasses all phases from soil to service. It took three and a half years from her observations at the prison to transform her cafe and farm into an educational training center with a certified culinary curriculum.
From the outside, Fruits of Labor Cafe & Bakery is a quaint downtown diner in the heart of Rainelle. Behind the scenes, Tammy gives women going through the county’s drug court system new purpose and a career path, which become vital components of long-term recovery.
For Tammy and her staff at Fruits of Labor, it’s about supporting and nurturing their students as they learn life skills to recover from addiction. She offers the program free of charge, with 80% of the cost absorbed by her cafe. It’s now in its sixth year and has realized a 75% graduation rate, with 90% of the women completing their drug court requirements.
With Tammy’s faith firmly rooted at the center of her life and business, she has expanded the training center to include an at-risk youth and young adult prevention program. She and her team have found one way to abate addiction while opening new doors for the next generation.
A Whacky Start to the New Year
Throughout the year, many parades come marching down the center of the Greenbrier Valley towns, though none more unique than the first of the year.
Downtown Lewisburg’s year starts with the Shanghai Parade. With no rules or guidelines for participation, the only requirement is to show up! The lack of limitations and day-of signup process make the parade a unique curiosity, like llamas in pajamas, a pack of dog lovers and their canine friends, and a life-sized Rock’em Sock’em Robots float have been known to march in the bitter cold on the first day of January. While the participants can be whacky wild cards, a few traditions hold constant.
Everyone who marches receives a crisp $2 bill. The judges award prizes to specific categories, but the judging can be skewed with participant bribes. Leading the parade is Baby New Year in an oversized diaper. For years this role went to the local fire chief with the police chief playing the nursemaid. After their retirement, the oversized diaper has been passed on to other pillars in the community. In recent years, Lewisburg’s very own mayor donned the diaper. Closing the parade are the Super Duper Pooper Scoopers who, as indicated by their title, serve as cleanup crew. The origins of the parade are a mystery, as are most of its traditions, but the unknown is half the fun.
From the Outside Looking In
It’s easy to brag about your hometown, but someone else’s perspective can truly make you proud of where you live.
In 2014, the Greenbrier Resort opened its doors to new guests: NFL teams. The Sports Performance Center originally brought the New Orleans Saints to train in White Sulphur Springs. When the Saints training returned to Louisiana, the Houston Texans were quick to step in. Looking for relief from the heat, a sports facility in the cool, mountain air of West Virginia was sure to be the right fit.
Sports writers journeyed 1,200 miles from Texas to cover the day-to-day training, but they were covering more than just football. Their stories were being peppered with the hospitality of the Greenbrier Valley. They found themselves captivated by the natural beauty of the region and how genuinely friendly the residents were. Chris Baldwin for Paper City noted, “Visitors are treated like royalty.”
John McClain for the Houston Chronicle quickly fell in love with the area. In his first article recapping the Texans training camp, he ended with an unexpected call to action — visit the Greenbrier Valley. McClain wrote, “If you’re thinking about coming to the Texans’ training camp or just looking for a cool place visit, I’d highly recommend this charming part of West Virginia. It’s beautiful, the food is great, and the people are friendly.”
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This time of year is always busy with family events, festivals, fairs and we can’t forget its a very busy time in real estate!This weekend in the Greenbrier Valley is jam packed with events. Not only is it a busy weekend in Greenbrier County but it sure has been a busy week in our real estate world! New listings and SOLD properties are keeping us busy, and for that we are very thankful! Stay tuned for a blog post next week about the many properties that have found their new owners! For now…take a look at a few events this weekend that we’d like to highlight.
Ronceverte River Festival kicked off Friday June 8th! This isn’t a one day event at all, this festival offers so many activities including the Great Rubber Ducky Race held on Saturday June 9th at 4 p.m. The festival also offers carnival rides, food vendors and lots of live musical performances. Find more information from the link! Ronceverte River Festival
On Saturday, June 9th, the 36th Lewisburg Home and Garden Tour will feature three homes and one garden in Lewisburg, WV and two homes in White Sulphur Springs, WV. These homes are absolutely beautiful and so very unique! You’ll want to participate in this tour! You may begin the tour at any home from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available the day of the tour at all featured homes. Follow the link for more information and pictures of the homes featured. Lewisburg Home & Garden Tour
Greenbrier Real Estate Service and REALTOR® Jill Allman are hosting an OPEN HOUSE event for a lovely Cape Cod style home right here in Lewisburg. This home is absolutely full of character and is waiting for someone to make it HOME! This home on Court Street in Lewisburg, WV is the perfect place to make home, with quick access to all things downtown Lewisburg has to offer-you’ll love living here! You’ll want to see more.
The OPEN HOUSE event will be held on June 10th 1-3 p.m. Stop by and check it out!
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1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901