Preparing Your Lawn for Spring: 5 Simple Steps

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


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2018 Home Trends

Spring Time in the Greenbrier Valley!

We’re looking into the latest home trends!

We can’t believe it’s already May of 2018! Spring has definitely sprung in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia. As we all know spring time is a time when we all feel the rush to weed those wintered flower beds, spruce up the exterior of the home, and of course the dreaded “Spring CLEANING!” Spring time often makes us think of new beginnings as all the beautiful spring flowers line our walk ways and flower beds and as the flowering trees show their flashy flowers throughout our town of Lewisburg and many others in our area.

Spring inspires home buyers and sellers alike, everyone seems to be ready for a change, a new beginning. It’s a wonderful time to buy and sell, and we feel especially that way here in Greenbrier County, WV. When selling your home you may begin to think of what potential buyers may like (and not like!) within your home. We decided to check in on just what the latest home trends are this year! What may buyers be looking for? What trends do we think will stick around and ones that we think need to go! Whether your home is due for a decor update or you simply prefer to keep up with the latest interior design styles, experts have revealed the decorating trends that will and have dominated 2018.


So, if you’re planning to put your place on the market and want it to appear like the freshest spot on the block, you need to know what’s hot and what’s not!

Let’s take a look at what design experts have come up with…

1. Mixed metallics

Silver and gold no longer need to be separated like sparring siblings. Not only can these metallics be mixed but also they can be joined by their pal, rose gold, which brings a softer, warmer hue to any room.

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2. Colorful appliances

If you believe stainless steel has lost its luster (pun intended), you’re not alone. The good news is 2018 is the perfect time to embrace a pop of color when it comes to your appliances. In addition to stoves in bright, bold shades, you’ll also find washers and dryers that are so decorative it’s almost a shame to relegate them to the laundry room.

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While we think it’s a great TREND, exactly how long are you going to love that blue stove? To each their own, but we feel like you just can’t beat the classic and true stainless steel. What do you think? Leave us a comment! Are you team stainless or not?

3. Patterned flooring

Goodbye, simple ol’ hardwood! Patterned flooring adds interest to a room and can pull it all together. Expect to see geometric shapes as well as exotic Moroccan-inspired designs that will make guests stop in their tracks and take notice.

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We know you’ve seen many DIY shows or Home Improvement shows that showcase patterned flooring! We love this trend! If the right decision is made on the pattern and colors, what could go wrong?! Although we do think it’s best to use in a smaller space such as a bathroom or laundry room.

4. Patterned fabrics

Say “See ya!” to solids when it comes to home furnishings as well. Don’t be afraid to juxtapose patterns, both geometric and florals, alongside neutrals for a one-of-a-kind look that shows off your personality.

Just remember, if trying to sell your home not everyone loves bold floral curtains…neutral could work more in your favor.

5. Velvet furnishings

Is there anything as luxurious as velvet? 2018 is the year to cozy up to this ultra-soft upholstery. Don’t be afraid to select an eye-catching color that makes the room as interesting as it is inviting.

Have you seen this trending in home design yet this year? Though possibly not for everyone this trend does definitely scream luxury, modern, contemporary home decor!

6. Color of the year: ultra violet

If you’ve always had a love for lavender, this is your year! The Pantone Color of the Year is ultra violet. The blue-based purple evokes both a modern and vintage feel at the same time. The best part is it’s extremely versatile. From the powder room to the bedroom, this soft hue can be dressed up with modern art and accent fixtures, or simply provide a stunning backdrop in an understated space.

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Once again, if you love it–go for it! Just keep in mind that not every buyer is looking for the hottest color of the year. We do love the paintings and rug pictured, what a great way to add some color to an otherwise neutral space.

7. Curvy furniture & natural accent pieces

Get ready to see curvier, rounder shapes in furnishings as comfort takes a front row seat in your living or family rooms. Adding to that more laid-back vibe, accent pieces add a more natural look, with woods featured prominently, particularly in the table arena. Because, let’s be honest, bringing a bit of the outdoors in never goes out of style.

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Enough said, we love it all! Here’s hoping this is a “trend” that sticks around a while! So comfy and cozy, who doesn’t want to feel that way in their home!

8. Spa-like bathrooms

Bathrooms get a fancy facelift in the new year. Transforming this space into a spa-like sanctuary may be simpler than you’d think. A new tub, luxurious black and white towels, floral arrangements, and candles all create an overall appeal that serves up an oasis in your very own home.

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Of course everyone wants to feel like their bathroom is their own spa oasis! Whether you have a large bathroom or a smaller one, by keeping the colors light and soothing you too can create your own spa oasis in your own home. Also, a great selling point to buyers!

9. Wabi Sabi

Not to be confused with the Japanese horseradish, wabi sabi is the Japanese aesthetic that finds beauty in imperfection. That means handcrafted items, including pottery, are going to be all the rage. So put them on display and embrace the notion that not everything needs to be flawless to be beautiful.

You’ve heard perfectly imperfect? We agree. Items incorporated into design that are necessarily perfect allow buyers to feel at home and comfortable, which might just help you sell that home!

10. Jewel tones

Beige and gray are taking a year off as jewel tones arrive on the home decor scene with a welcome flourish. These shades will help warm up any day by making your rooms more vibrant.17934359_834683113345611_176965432270389.jpg

They got it right when they said vibrant! Wow! Not so sure that this would fall in the great staging tips department. But as we said before, to each their own-if you love it, go for it! Nothing better than feeling at home right where you are. It would be easy to tone the colors down if you ever decided to sell your home.

We found so many of these surprising and interesting and hope that you did too. Let us know what you think! What trends are you seeing? What was your favorite trend listed? Least favorite?


We’d love to hear from you. As always, if you’re in the market for a new home or looking to find the right REALTOR to sell your home, we would love to work with you and for you.