Here it is, already the middle of February! People in the Georgia area are already beginning to think about how to plan their gardens. You can’t wait until it’s actually spring and then just decide to make a garden. There is a lot of preparation involved.
Order Your Bulbs and Seeds
One thing you want to do early is to order the bulbs you want to plant. If you want summer-blooming bulbs, like Dahlias, Lilies, Begonias, and Gladiolas, you’ll want them to arrive in time for the early spring planting time. Most bulbs will return for two to three years, so take into account what you planted last year and the year before when you place your order.
There are some flowers that need a longer growing season, so you should get the seeds and sow them in pots for later transplanting. Bachelor Buttons, Violas, Calendula, and Evening Primrose fall into this category, and should be sown in January or February. Later, in the early spring, you can start seeds of Pansies, Zinnias, Impatiens, and Marigolds.
Spring Clean the Greenhouse
If you have a greenhouse, now is the time to get it ready. Over the winter, many different pests and diseases can congregate in the greenhouse. After a thorough sweeping, be sure to disinfect the whole greenhouse, including the inside of the glass, with a hot solution of disinfecting fluid. Then, wash all of your potting trays and planters, to protect your young plants from diseases, such as “damping off”. After cleaning, be sure to keep the greenhouse well-ventilated until everything is totally dry. You don’t want mold and mildew to develop.
Preparing the Flower Beds
There are actually a couple schools of thought about the cleaning of the flower beds. Some people will want to clear away the underbrush from the deciduous grasses, or the remnants of any herbaceous flowers right away. Others may want to leave a lot of this until early spring, because they want to be wildlife friendly.
Look for Pests
You will want to examine your beds carefully for garden pests, such as slugs, snails, and aphids. Some people wait until spring to clean out last year’s summer bedding pots. This is where you should be on the lookout for white vine weevil larvae. You’ll want to destroy them, and then prepare for protection of your plants from the white vine weevil with parasitic nematodes, or chemical drenches.
Refurbish and Rearrange
If you have deciduous shrubs that you want to move, now is the time. It’s also time to take a look at the garden “infrastructure”. Check your trellises and any fencing for needed repairs. Does the gate need a new hinge? Don’t wait until the blistering heat of summer. You should treat any of your wooden structures with a preservative when the weather is dry.
Take the same care and precaution with your gardening tools. It’s not just a matter of lightening your work with sharpened tools, although that is a factor. If you keep your tools clean and sharpened, you prevent the spread of certain bacteria and fungi to your newly pruned plants.
For more details, here is a link to Thompson & Morgan’s Top Ten Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Spring.
Are you considering the possibility of selling your home in the spring? If so, you should be keeping it well-maintained right now. We are having a particularly cold winter here in Georgia, so you must take precautions to prevent damage to the inside and outside of your home.
Proper insulation is of the utmost importance. Yes, it helps you save on heating and cooling costs, but there’s more to it than that. If the space under your roof isn’t well insulated, the heat that is escaping through the roof will melt the snow and ice. Then, it can re-freeze. After a couple of times, it can create an ice dam that can damage your roof, gutters, and even on the inside of your home. Read the whole article here.
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Most people these days know that their credit rating is an important aspect of purchasing a home. Some people come to the realization later than others. By the time they want to settle down and buy a home, they have already seriously damaged their credit record. If this is a problem for you, there are ways to repair the damage, but they don’t come easily. As a matter of fact, if you try some of the purportedly “quick-fix” methods advertised in the media, they are likely to backfire on you. There’s so much on the Internet about this subject, it can be a bit overwhelming. Take it one step at a time.
Check your credit score You need to request a free credit report for yourself and go over it carefully to be sure there are no errors. Compare your actual payment history with the report, and if any late or missed payments are noted erroneously, challenge the report. Make sure they list the correct amounts that you owe, also. Read the whole article here
Before even considering placing your property on the market, there are certain actions you must take to prepare. One of these actions is to declutter the property from top to bottom, stem to stern, inside and out. It’s probably everyone’s least favorite project, but it is necessary if you want to get top dollar for your house.
Set Reasonable Goals
Don’t expect this to be a one-day job. Set goals which are not too overwhelming. Some people like to go, as I said, from top to bottom. If that’s your style, go ahead. Begin with the attic, or crawlspace, or whatever is in the upper reaches of your house, and work your way, gradually, down to the basement. Others would rather tackle things like closets, cabinets, and/or drawers first, and then move to the open spaces. Where you begin isn’t as important as actually beginning. Strive for a schedule which allows you to finish the job you begin each day. Read the whole article here.
The Davis Team is here to help you through every stage of buying or selling a home. Please contact us at DavisTeam@KW.com, or visit our website at www.eastgeorgiahomes.com. Let us help make your next move a rewarding and positive experience!