Keep Your Garden Going While You’re Gone


Posted on 17th July 2012 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Homeowner Tips

Gardening Tips, Grand Homes, Hot Weather Home Tips

It’s officially vacation season. The kids are out of school, you need a breather from work, and all the containers, flowerbeds, and houseplants you’ve worked so hard to plant and keep beautiful this spring are staring you in the face. How can you ensure your plants will survive a one or two week vacation? Here are some ideas that can help.

Drip Irrigation

Before you quiz the pet-sitter on his or her gardening skills, head for the local home-improvement store to stock up on drip-irrigation materials, mulch, and a timer or two to connect to the outdoor faucet. Vegetable gardens and flower beds are the easiest for drip irrigation. Weave lengths of drip tape or “leaky pipe” through the plants and cover the beds – irrigation and all – with a thick layer of mulch. Pine straw, shredded bark, or even shredded newspaper and cardboard make excellent mulch for retaining moisture and keeping weeds at bay. Attach your irrigation system to a timer at the faucet. Set it to come on in the early morning hours to reduce evaporation. (more…)

8 Steps to Smart Gardening


Posted on 19th April 2012 by Grand_Homes in Homeowner Tips

Earth Day, Gardening Tips, Grand Homes,

In honor of Earth Day this weekend, we thought we would take this opportunity to talk about an area of the home that is very important, but gets very little attention on our blog: the garden!  Gardens serve so many great purposes from making your home look welcoming and pretty to providing food for your family.  And since everyone has different levels of green in their thumb we thought we would share a fun and beginner-friendly article about how to start and maintain a garden of your own.  Enjoy!

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