Why just mowing the lawn is one step in property maintenance

TAKE CARE OF WHAT YOU OWN   What makes green grass you ask? I can tell you there is more to a beautiful property than just mowing the lawn. It’s a bit of love and a bit of preventative maintenance that will bring out the greener grass that you crave all summer long. Last week’s post talked about common problems that you may see in your lawn and as promised I am going to talk about a few more this week. Spring lawn tips are great but maintaining your lawn all summer long takes time and money so get ready to put some effort into your property. What is lawn maintenance? Lawn maintenance is simply a term used to maintaining your outside property in order to bring the best out of your lawn and garden. Growing grass seems like an art and in a way it is because there are property services out there that specialize in growing grass and they are good at it. You can do the same if you do your research and take pride in your property knowing that just mowing the lawn is not all that it takes. While trying to maintain healthy, luscious green […]

How to keep weeds and other pests off your lawn

WEED FREE CAN SAVE MONEY   A well fed and well watered thick lawn will crowd out weeds and be less susceptible to damage from pests and disease. Our bodies require fuel and adequate nutrition to function properly and fight off infection well so do our plants. In the first part of a two-week series I am sharing some tips on how to manage some of the problems that most commonly affect our lawns. Everyone has to battle some of the common problems I will talk about below but we can try to limit the problems with prevention. Last week I talked about how to keep the grass-green on your side of the fence and this week I want to talk about those pests that like to invade our grass such as the ever famous weeds. I have worked on many properties over the years and have dealt with each of the following problems multiple times. While it can be frustrating to look out your window and see a blotchy, sick looking lawn there are ways to repair without having to cost you an arm and leg. Preventative maintenance and proper care will get you a lot further in your […]

How to keep the grass green on your side of the fence

GO GREEN THIS SUMMER   A lawn full of beautiful green grass that is free of weeds is something that many people strive for, while others are just happy to see green, even if it is a combination of weeds and grass. To the left is a backyard photo of a lawn that I’ve maintained with my business for the past 5 years. As you can see in my photo above the grass is green and lush and well-maintained. Now that you’ve started your spring garden in containers it’s time to think about your lawn. I follow all the tips I will be sharing with you today and throughout the next few months so make sure you are subscribed here so you don’t miss any of my upcoming landscaping and gardening posts. Spring clean-up has begun and whether you are ready for it you should prepare for some hard work with beautiful results. I’ll be sure and try to help you save some of your hard-earned money this season rather than waste it on playing guessing games around your property. To maintain a healthy green lawn maintenance needs to begin as soon as the snow has melted and the ground […]

Should you be decorating and renovating when you rent?

WATCH WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES   Decorating a living space makes the space a more inviting place to enjoy for many people. They say the rich get richer and that may be true especially when we give money away when we simply don’t have to. We may not be literally handing over money at the time but the landlord where you rent will be all smiles when it’s not coming out of his pocket. Sure your landlord could potentially deduct renovations to the rental from his/her taxes but why bother if you’re paying for them out of your own pocket? We all decorate our houses from time to time when the need takes us or just a change of décor inspires us. Decorating and renovating doesn’t have to be expensive handmade screen printed wallpaper or exotic hardwood flooring. It can be as simple as painting and that is probably the best return on investment there is. Painting will brighten any room in the home instantly and give it that brand new feeling back. I’ve talked before about decorating your home and which renovations tend to be better than others along with which ones we’ve done to our abode. There is however […]

How to start your spring garden using odd containers

TIME TO GET YOUR GARDEN READY   Now that spring is around the corner it’s time to get your green thumb ready to start your summer garden. Growing your own garden is rewarding because it can save you a good chunk of money in your grocery budget. Another bonus is that you get to sit down in the comfort of your home and enjoy putting food on your table that you had a hand in growing.   Growing your own food is like printing your own money—Ron Finley   Start your garden seeds   My favourite time of year is coming where I get to start working on landscaping projects for my customers and to get my own vegetable garden ready. Looking outside today it is extremely hard to believe that spring is on its way, but it will be here soon enough. Around this time every year my Spring fever starts to kick in and I can`t wait to see the beautiful green grass that is hiding under the dreaded snow. As long as Old Man winter keeps making his presence known I will just have to deal with it and wait but in the meantime I’ll get started […]

Prepare your budget for the renovation money monster

SAVE UP FOR HOME RENOVATIONS   Things always get in the way whenever you’re planning to do renovations especially when you’re doing all the work yourself. Time is the biggest factor quickly followed by money.   If you are planning on selling your home you know it’s very important to do your research to find out what renovations really are money well invested rather than wasted. If you put more money into your renovations than you really need to than you may not recoup the cash when it comes time to put that for sale sign on your front lawn. Talking to your real estate agent is a great start if this is the route you plan to take.   Real Estate agent   I have plenty of renovations in our house to get done even if we were planning to sell which we talk to our agent about yearly when we meet with her so we know if we are still on track with renovation ambitions. At the end of last year and the beginning of this year I told you that for this coming 12 months the plan around the house was to update the bathrooms. The upstairs […]

How to purchase the right home appliance the first time

OWNING A HOME COMES WITH A PRICE TAG   Major appliances are a costly home purchase so when they go on the blitz it’s important to make sure you have emergency savings in the budget or potentially be left without until you can afford new or second-hand. My family has been shopping in the appliance market this last month and while it has been an interesting experience for all of us, I have a learned a few things to keep in mind for future purchases. Being my first time as part of the decision-making process while shopping for a new fridge and stove, I think I did pretty well. Buying new appliances should be easy right? While purchasing the appliances for my home was a fairly smooth process, what my mom endured while buying a new fridge for her kitchen was not so much.  Even after a minor shipping fiasco I am 100% satisfied with the customer service I received and the purchases made. Both my fridge and stove were to be delivered together but somehow they ended up on separate delivery trucks. After originally being told I would have to wait until the following day for my fridge to […]

An organized kitchen: My time, my money, my happiness

By: Katrina A Kitchen Is A Time And Money Saving Tool Having an organized kitchen is a great way to spark enthusiasm to cook in the kitchen but also to create meals that you might not have done if your kitchen was upside down, like mine used to be. In my last post ‘Happiness is everything;  Saving Money, Buying Time’ I talked about my quest to de-clutter my kitchen to spend less time trying to keep it clean and organized so I can spend more quality time with my kids. A bigger kitchen Many times over the last 5 years I wished I had a bigger kitchen, nothing glamorous mainly just a little more counter space. I shared the post with a few of my friends, one being my awesome neighbour. She shared some of her time and kitchen organizing tips with me and we spent a couple of hours tearing my kitchen apart and now I have an organized kitchen. Having an outside point of view really made me realize I don’t need a bigger kitchen, I need to make better use of the space I have and just have less stuff! Make your kitchen make sense Step back and […]