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Selling Your Home? Here's Why You Shouldn't Neglect Your Landscaping

Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Neglect Your Landscaping

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Selling Your Home? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Neglect Your Landscaping

Guest Blogger on Cullins Service Kris Lindahl from The Kris Lindahl Team REMAX

Getting your home up to impeccable condition so that it not only sells quickly but nets you the highest price means that you’ll undertake a whirlwind of activity. If you’re like most people who are eager to sell their homes, this activity tends to be focused on the interior of your home. After all, you want interested home buyers to see the possibilities of your home from the minute they walk through your front door.

First Impressions Are Made Instantly

What you might not realize though, is that by the time someone walks through that front door, they’ve already formed an opinion about your home. How is this possible? The presentation that your home makes on the outside does a great deal when it comes to fueling that opinion. Most people who are in the market for a home will be more excited to tour one that looking appealing as they drive up than one whose yard is in obvious need of work. The exception to this is if a potential home buyer is specifically seeking out a fixer upper. In that case, he or she might overlook a disheveled and neglected exterior appearance.

The Statistics Support Curb Appeal’s Benefits

According to a survey undertaken by the National Association of Realtors, 96 percent of real estate professionals recommend that sellers take steps to improve the curb appeal of their home before they list it for sale. This figure goes hand in hand with the 99 percent of those professionals who believe that curb appeal is vitally important to attracting a buyer. Upgrades such as in the lawn itself or with the softscape were among those the provided home sellers with nearly a 100 percent return on their investment, according to the same survey.

How Much Should You Invest in Curb Appeal?

There are no hard and fast rules regarding the amount of money that is suitable to invest in improving the curb appeal of your home. A good rule of thumb is to invest about 10 percent of the value of your home in its landscaping. It can be difficult to know what types of landscaping projects will net the best rate of return.

Turn to Landscaping Experts

One way to know that you’re investing in the right landscaping projects is to call in the experts. A local landscaping company knows what is popular in your area as well as those projects that are most appealing. For example, though you’d love to put in an elaborate rose garden, a potential homebuyer might find the thought of maintaining it overwhelming.

Another reason to call a professional landscaping company is because homeowners often find themselves so busy fixing up and maintaining the interior of their home to ensure that it’s show-ready, that they neglect the exterior. As noted above, doing so can result in your home staying on the market longer. You might also find that you have a difficult time getting as many offers for the price you want if your home lacks curb appeal.

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Fall Lawn Care Thatching Aeration Seeding Fertilizing in Wellesley cullins service

Fall Lawn Care Thatching Aeration Seeding Fertilizing in Wellesley cullins service

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Cullins Service Fall Lawn Care Thatching with the Classen

Cullins Service Fall Lawn Care Thatching with the Classen

Fall Lawn Care Thatching Aeration Seeding Fertilizing in Wellesley cullins service

Having a great looking lawn is more than just more than just mowing it. Cullins Service has a formula that will work your lawn and get it growing green, healthy and crab grass free. We don’t want to give away all the secrets, but it involves cutting the grass, thatching w/ our classen seeder which I turned into a turf rake which you can see here. After the thatching we have to clean up all the thatch. Going over it with a mower should pick it right up. Then aerating with our ryan aerator. Coring the lawn with an aerator will relieve the compaction of the soil which can block the grass roots from getting the proper nutrition. It also allows water, air and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. Not everyone who wants a great lawn knows about aeration, but it is important.

Cullins Service Fall Lawn Care Aerating with the Ryan

Cullins Service Fall Lawn Care Aerating with the Ryan

So after perforating holes in your lawn let’s put some fertilizer and seed at the same time. Aerating should be done twice a year in the spring and the fall, but fertilizing should be done at least four times. There is more to it than just throwing fertilizer down some lawns need different types or more of one nutrient than others. Then there is hydro fertilizer or dry fertilizer, and we offer both. With seeding you can pretty much throw seed down whenever although there are better times when you should. We like to put seed down after we aerate and the times we fertilize giving the seed a better chance at surviving. With seeding you get better results when at least 3/4 of the seed is in contact w/ the soil.

So as I said there is more to it, and it’s not that simple of a process. If done right you will have an enviable lawn. Hope you enjoyed this bit of knowledge, and if your in the Newton ma, area looking for a great lawn give us a call 617-446-1382.

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Cullins Service Lawn Installation Seeding Wellesley

Lawn Installation seeding lawn care in Wellesley

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Cullins Service prepping soil before seeding

Cullins Service prepping soil before seeding

 Wellesley lawn care Lawn Installation seeding growing grass.

There is more than one way to install a lawn. For this property we are going to use the seeding method. There is also more than one way to seed here we are using our classen turf seeder.  One variable that does not change when installing a lawn is soil prep. One thing I believe about lawn care is “if the soil is good the grass will grow”. Now I know there are other things to take into account like water, sun, shade, weather ect… . But if your soil drains well has the right ph balance, good organic material and is fertilized correctly among other things your grass will be well on it’s way to a healthy life.

Cullins Service grass coming in.

Cullins Service grass coming in.

Some property’s are just plain lucky and their grass will just grow naturally. That is the exception not the rule. To have a beautiful, green, full lawn it takes maintenance. If you want a green velvety blanket of a lawn it will take a scheduled routine maintenance. Mowing, fertilizing, aerating, thatching, watering the right amount. Any way that’s not important right now, but if your interested give us a call ad we would be happy to give you a free estimate.

So we assessed the property and the owner wanted seeding so we removed the old grass, tilled the ground, added organic loam, fertilized, limed, and seeded. That with the right amount of water and some maintenance along the way. We or I mean the client got a great looking lawn. When the project comes out looking good we look good and that makes this work worth it.

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