Lawn Care for Next Year...
Normally by Labor Day in Middle Tennessee your lawn is on the crunchy greenish-yellow side and this would not be the best time to do anything that might cause further damage. Even if you use a sprinkler system all summer, the grass stays green but may still not be as healthy as it would with regular rainfall. However, this year has been a bit of an exception and lack of rain hasn’t been much of a problem. In fact, you may now be in competition with the weather to get regular cuts and lawn maintenance done!
With the abundant sunshine and rain, now is a good time to formulate a plan for the health of your lawn and landscaping for next spring. The days are getting shorter and cooler providing perfect timing over the next few weeks to aerate if needed and spread some fertilizer without worrying about burning the grass. If possible, it is best to put down fertilizer a few days before a large rainfall is expected or a day or two after so it has a chance to soak in without washing it away. It is also a good time to put down some seed in the bare spots after the fertilizer has had a chance to soak into the ground. Seed should ideally be sown at least a month before the first frost while the ground is still warm and moist to allow time for it to sprout and get a root system in place before the cold temperatures of winter slow growth.
It is also a good time to clean up your landscaped beds by pulling weeds and refreshing the edges while the ground is on the softer side. You can also trim shrubs and bushes that have gotten unruly, just be sure not to remove any dried flower stems that might have viable seed pods as these can provide an important food source for the birds as the days get cooler. If you want some spring flowers to bloom from bulbs, now is the time to plan where you will plant those and order if you are not getting them locally. With a little extra effort and planning time as summer fades you will be sure to have a brilliantly colored spring!
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Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty 615.373.8214
Posted on 08/30/2021 2:38 PM by Jarod Tanksley
Not Your Grandma’s Wallpaper
It is not unusual to see homebuyers cringe when they tour a listing with wallpaper, especially if the home was built in the 1960’s or 70’s and it is original to the home. Many of us have had the experience of trying to remove old wallpaper only for it to come off in pieces and take chunks of sheetrock with it! And then there are the homeowners that decided they no longer enjoyed their wallpaper and painted over it instead of removing it. If you do a search, there are probably as many different “how to remove wallpaper” hacks on the Internet as there are patterns of old wallpaper!
Wallpaper use declined in the late 1970’s as homeowners started taking a more minimalist approach to decorating. However, wallpaper didn’t completely disappear. The wallpaper border became popular to add a bit of interest without the time or expense commitment of all four walls. But, unlike the older paper, borders were usually not as difficult to remove because they were installed after a room was painted.
After the border craze subsided, wallpaper took a rest. However, if you have looked at any home improvement sites, blogs or watched any shows recently, you will see the trend returning but it is not your Grandma’s wallpaper!
As with any returning trend, it has been reimagined and is much bolder to satisfy the new maximalist trend of bigger, brighter patterns, colors and textures. Current production technology has improved the medium and digital graphics allow you to choose and design a custom look specifically for your home. Having your design printed on paper is only one option. Fabric, grass cloth, cork, vinyl or custom papers can be used to produce a striking option for your space. Many homeowners choose to use modern wallpaper designs or custom murals in entryways, powder rooms or as accent walls in bedrooms and laundry rooms. The options available are endless!
If you are looking for a way to add some visual interest to a space in your home and paint just won’t do, consider perking up the space with a custom wallpaper creation.
Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty 615.373.2814
Posted on 08/13/2021 9:22 AM by Jarod Tanksley