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

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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Cullins Service Curb Appeal bush remoal planting sod install

Landscape Curb Appeal Bush Removal Planting Mulch sod installation

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Landscape Curb Appeal Sod Bush Removal Planting Mulch finished

Landscape Curb Appeal Sod Bush Removal Planting Mulch finished

Landscape Curb Appeal Bush Removal Planting Mulch sod installation

Cullins Service Landscaping –

will give your home Curb Appeal. Just call us at 1-(617)-446-1382 or fill out Cullins Service online form. Cullins Service will come right over and give you a free Landscape Curb Appeal estimate. Then we will schedule a time to give your property Curb Appeal that is most convenient for you.

This Client wanted to put his property on the market. But first they wanted to add some curb appeal. When trying to sell your property curb appeal is one of the most cost effective ways to add value to your property. The first thing prospective buyers see when arriving is the yard. Trimming bushes, removing bushes, planting bushes or flowers, edging, mulching adding sod for an immediate beautiful lawn are a few ways to make your property more appealing to a home buyer.

On this property we removed a couple out of control bushes and planted some beautiful Rhododendrons and

Getting ready to plant some shrubs

Getting ready to plant some shrubs

green wave yews. We used a Toro Dingo to remove the old bushes and an auger bit to dig the holes to plant the new shrubs. After the shrubs were properly in the ground. Yes there is a proper way way to plant shrubs. We edged the bed with our EZ-Trench Bededger then Mulched the beds.

Now it was time to prep the ground and lay down some sod. We had to remove all vegetation. Some use a vegetation killer, dig it up or till everything and rake it up. We decided using our Turfco Kiscutter sodder was the best and quickest way for us. We then got to try out our new

Husquvarna Tiller DRT 900 H tilling up some dirt

Husquvarna Tiller DRT 900 H tilling up some dirt

Husqvarna DRT900H tiller. We tilled the area and removed any leftover vegetation and rocks anything that would prevent the grass roots from thriving. Now it was time for the Ford to drop some organic loam compost mix. This will give the grass nutrients and good drainage. Not done prepping yet we graded out the area with our razor back rake grader. Finally before laying down anything we put down some fertilizer and adjusted the Ph. Now we wait for the sod delivery. You have to time everything because you want to lay the sod as soon as it arrives. When the sod arrived we immediately started meticulously laying and cutting. After that we set up a simple watering system and stood back to enjoy the

Cullins Service fresh sod install

Cullins Service fresh sod install

new lawn. Two weeks later we came back for a follow up and saw a beautiful lush green lawn and one happy client. Hope you enjoy our work.

 

 

 

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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.

Check out the gallery here Fall Lawn Care Thatching Aeration Seeding Fertilizing in Wellesley, Ma Cullins Service

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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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Sprinkler System Installation Zone 01 Wellesley Cullins Service

Sprinkler System Installation Zone 01 Wellesley Cullins Service

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Cullins Service Sprinkler Installation Complete

Cullins Service Sprinkler Installation Complete

  Cullins Service Sprinkler System Installation Zone 01 in Wellesley

Cullins Service has installed a sprinkler System for Wellesley Property. We worked hard to get the lawn looking as beautiful as it does, and want to make sure it stays that way. The hot summer days can take a toll on grass. Installing a sprinkler can help relieve the stress of heat and keep your lawn looking lush and green.

We used Rainbird sprinkler heads, flex pipe, funny pipe, various pvc connectors and an automatic timer. So the homeowner has no need to worry about doing anything, but enjoy their healthy lawn.

Sprinkler System watering lawn

Sprinkler System watering lawn

This was zone 01 out of 06 zones. So look forward to seeing other sprinkler blogs, videos and galleries later. We sodded the grass and dug the trenches by hand. It was to time consuming so we have just got a kissCutter sod cutter and a E-Z Trench Bedscaper. Same great work with half or less the time. Cullins Service will be posting video, blogs and galleries on them as soon as we get some footage.

We enjoyed installing this irrigation system and hope you enjoy or posts and videos on it.

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Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service Needham Property

Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service Needham Property

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Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service Needham Property

Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service Before

Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service for one of our Needham properties. Cullins Service provided our full Leaf Removal Service for this great property. We brought out our 2 Echo PB-250 Blowers, JRCO Leaf Plow mounted to Husqvarna Z246 Zero Turn and our new Scag TLS20W-29BV Giant Vac. Obviously we started blowing in the back. In most cases trying to move large piles of leaves can be difficult and time consuming so we brought our JRCO Leaf Plow mounted to Husqvarna Z246 Zero Turn. It plows massive piles of leaves anywhere real quick. This property had plenty of leaves to plow. The plow moves most of the leaves, but leaves a few behind. Not really a problem. The blowers make short work of that. When all the leaves are brought to the front either by leaf plow or blowing it’s

Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service Needham Property

Blowing leaves in the back yard

time to vac them up. When we started out we used to use tarps. We filled them and stuffed them into the van. This year we came packing the big guns in the form of a 29hp Scag Giant Vac. We converted the back of the van into a leaf hopper (a gallery of that process will be available soon), and mounted the Scag Giant Vac onto our trailer. It’s a great setup because we can still fit plenty of equipment on the trailer. We saved a great deal of time using the Scag Leaf Vac. It sucked the leaves right up.

After Cullins Service finished our Leaf Removal Service there were also some flower beds to clean out. We removed the dead vegetation to make it look better and make room for new growth next year. We also mowed the grass which needed to be done and helps pick up any leaves left over from

Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service Needham Property

Cullins Service Leaf Removal and Cleanup Service After

the leaf removal process. Finally Cullins Service finished off by edging the walkway and sidewalk to give the property a nice fresh finish.

Cullins Service takes pride in our work and making our customers happy is top priority. Enjoy the gallery and video.

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Cullins Service Landscape Cutting Grass, Weeding, Trimming Trees and Bushes Jamaica Plain Property

Cullins Service Landscape Cutting Grass, Weeding, Trimming Trees and Bushes Jamaica Plain

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Cullins Service Landscape Cutting Grass, Weeding, Trimming Trees and Bushes Jamaica Plain Property

Cullins Service Landscape Cutting Grass, Weeding, Trimming Trees and Bushes Jamaica Plain Property

Cullins Service acquired this property this year and it has become a regular. We had already done an initial cleanup now we are doing routine maintenance. This time though we have some tree work to do.

First Cullins Service weeded out the front flower bed. We also removed some old bushes, and trimmed dead parts off a few bushes to clean them up. In the back yard he had a tree with a broken branch and some other branches that were to heavy. They were leaning down so much they were touching the grass. So to start we cut the broken branch off. We then strategically cut branches off the low hanging branches to lessen the weight and raise the branches up. We wanted the cuts to be effective without making the tree look like it was just chopped up it has to look natural. We cut a few more low hanging branches in the backyard the cut the grass real nice with our Turf Beast 54 in. 22 HP Subaru Commercial

Cullins Service Landscape Cutting Grass, Weeding, Trimming Trees and Bushes Jamaica Plain Property

Cullins Service Landscape Cutting Grass, Weeding, Trimming Trees and Bushes Jamaica Plain Property

Duty, Dual Hydro Walk Behind Finish Cut Turf Mower w/ floating deck.
Finally we trimmed some more low hanging branches that were hanging over the sidewalk. Cullins Service then cleaned all debri, grass, leaves, weeds and branches. Another job we can be proud of.

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Cullins Service Dek Turf Beast

Cullins Service new Dek Turf Beast Commercial Duty Walk-Behind Mower

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Cullins Service Dek Turf Beast

Cullins Service using the Dek Turf Beast Commercial Duty Dual Hydro Walk-Behind Finish-Cut Turf Mower with Floating Deck w/ 2 Wheel Mower Sulky and a side grass collector

 

Cullins Service has added a new Mower into out Fleet of landscaping tools. The Dek Turf Beast 36 in. 22 HP Subaru EH65V Commercial Duty Dual Hydro Walk-Behind Finish-Cut Turf Mower with Floating Deck. We also modified it w/ a velke sulky and a metal side mounted grass collector.


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Driveway crack fill and seal Dorchester Property

Driveway crack fill and seal Dorchester Property

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Driveway crack fill and seal Dorchester Property

Driveway crack fill and seal Dorchester Property

Cullins Service went to Dorchester to seal a driveway and fill in some cracks. First we edged and gained a few inches on either side of the driveway. Then we removed all debris, sand, dirt, mulch, rock dust and anything else that was on the driveway. Cullins Service Landscapers cleared all sides to define clear edges.

Then one of us took a brush and sealed all around and up the driveway on all edges. Then we spread the sealant all around all way up the driveway.

Cullins Service came back to make sure the job was done right. We had a few touch ups. The driveway as you can see looked great a big improvement. We filled all the cracks and sealed over them. In new England if you have cracks in your driveway or streets the water will get into them then freeze in the winter. Causing even bigger cracks. Now this customer will not have to worry about that.

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Cullins Service Landscape Mowing, Trimming and General Maintenance Wellesley Property

Cullins Service Landscape Mowing, Trimming and General Maintenance Wellesley Property

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Mowing stripes into Lawn

Cullins Service Landscaping Mowing Stripes into Wellesley Property

Cullins Service Landscape Mowing, Trimming and General Maintenance Wellesley Property.

This was Cullins service Landscaping first time mowing, trimming this beautiful property and it’s also my first post on my new blog.

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