Keep Your Garden Going While You’re Gone

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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…)

Preparing Your Home for Summer

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

America's Best Builder, Energy Efficient, Energy Star, Grand Homes, Hot Weather Home Tips

We have had a great Spring, haven’t we?  Normally by this time of year we’ve already experienced weeks of 90 degree temperatures.  But here we are in mid-May and over-night temperatures are still dropping into the upper-sixties.  It’s great. 

But, unfortunately this will not last forever, and soon enough the heat of summer will hit us like Josh Hamilton hits a baseball: hard.  And we all know the worst part of summer isn’t the fact that you’re sweating by 9am, it’s the fact that your utility bills  double, and sometimes triple, in efforts to keep your house cool.

So we’re here to offer some energy-efficient tips and tricks on how you, your house and your wallet can find some relief from the summer heat.  Most of these tips will be very routine and easy, but we will also throw in some larger undertakings for anyone feeling up to it.  Lets get started! (more…)

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