Curb Appeal: 4 Fixes for a Lush Lawn
The colder months are notoriously hard on foliage -- and subsequently, curb appeal. Fortunately, spring is just around the corner, and that means now is the perfect time to prep your lawn for its revival.
Try these easy fixes, and you'll have lush landscaping in no time.
Reseed and fertilize. Have bare or thinning spots of grass? Take the time to reseed now, and use fertilizer to encourage new growth. Be sure to scrape any bare patches
with a rake before seeding, and keep the area moist until it begins to sprout.
Look for problematic slopes or shaded areas. Sometimes large, shady trees or steep inclines can hinder lawn growth. Step back and analyze your yard for these potential problem areas. Consider planting fescues in shady zones, and look into hydroseeding in sloped regions.
Use sod to patch extensive dead areas. If the cold weather has killed large swaths of the lawn, resodding may be your best bet. You can install sod any time of year; just make sure to water it often until it sets.
Consider xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is the easiest way to weatherproof your lawn no matter where you live. It's also super-low maintenance and low cost, and it can be a big selling point if your home's in a hot or arid climate.
Whether you're planning to sell your property or you just want a great-looking home, your lawn -- and its health -- is going to play a big role. Take care of it, address any problems now and by spring, you'll have an outdoor oasis you'll be proud to call your own.
Information courtesy of Scott More, Coldwell Banker/Round Rock.
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to see the duties and email Darrell Sorrels at Landscaping@steedshoa.com
to let him know you're interested.
. The curbside brush/limb chipping program is a free service provided to the citizens of Pflugerville. Requests for curbside service occurs by two zones to help expedite pickup by the city for this complementary service. City Chipping Service Citizens must call 512-252-CHIP (2447) or email Chipping@pflugervilletx.gov
with your name, address and phone number to be placed on the pickup schedule. You can call the chipping line anytime to be placed on the schedule. Visit the City's website to get specific guidelines on this free service at www.pflugervilletx.gov/chipping
Drop by Drop Program
. This program has been offered by the City of Pflugerville since 2001, and since that time, Drop by Drop has given approximately $28,000 in rebates to 93 homeowners helping beautify Pflugerville neighborhoods. Native plant species, properly planted and mulched, help Pflugerville residents and water customers reduce future demand on the water utilities, while creating beautiful, low-maintenance landscapes. From October 1 through June 15, the Drop by Drop Landscaping Rebate Program offers up to $500 to Pflugerville residents and water customers for landscaping improvements meeting the program guidelines. While the program has ended for this year, it's a great time to begin your planning for next year. For more information, go to the City's website at: http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/index.aspx?NID=1244
Eddie M. Garcia
Community Services Coordinator
Parks and Recreation Department
City of Pflugerville, TX
Yard of the Month
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. Judging takes place during the last week of the participating month.
September 2013: 20806 Trotter's Lane
August 2013: 1801 Fast Filly
July 2013: 20811 Jumper's Delight
June 2013: 20816 Morgan's Choice
May 2013: 1807 Steeds Crossing
April 2013: 20806 Racers Ford
November 2012: 20800 Derby Day
October 2012: 20806 Pacers Gait