How to Stage Your Garden for Selling

Clean it up

Before you begin, hire a skip. A 4 yard, 6 yard, or 8 yard skip will cover your waste disposal needs.

Remove all fallen leaves, weeds, and debris. Trim hedges and bushes, and cut back any overgrown plants or trees.

Give your garden shed, fence and furniture all a good clean.

Set the scene

Give your garden furniture a lick of paint or varnish if needed.

If it doesn’t look good enough, throw it out. A bad set of outdoor furniture is enough to put potential buyers off.

If you need furniture, a lot of gardening and DIY shops, and supermarkets have sales in springtime, so keep an eye out then for a great deal. Or snap up a sample set, if available.

Remember though, you can take your garden furniture with you to your next home, so consider investing in your wish list set, if funds allow.

If funds are tight, and your friendly neighbours have a nice set, see if you can borrow theirs!

However you source your garden furniture, ensure it is set out neatly and inviting to the viewer.

Paint the picture (using colour)

When it comes to selling a home, a neutral colour scheme in a home is suggested (apparently, such a theme makes it easier for viewers to imagine it decorated to their own taste), HOWEVER, the opposite applies for your outdoor space.

Research has proved time and time again that colour effects us psychological. And when it comes to flowers and shrubs, never is this more true. It is an art in itself and different to using colour internally. As an example, blue flowers convey calmness (whilst blue walls convey coldness), yellow flowers convey feelings of joy, happiness and new beginnings,, and green send a message of good fortune and health. Think about the type of market you are selling to and the emotion you want to convey, and then do your flower power research.

Frame the picture (with a lick of paint).

A simple lick of paint sends out a message that the home is well taken care of, crisp and fresh.

One local estate agent we know here, told us that freshly painted windowsills could be the differentiating factor in someone putting an offer in. Whilst viewers may not study your paintwork, it subconsciously frames the property and sends out the message that the property is cared-for and therefore in good condition.

So ensure all furniture, fencing, sheds and walls are looking their best.

Seal the picture.

Again, first impressions count, and this starts the moment your property is in view.

An untidy or unsightly path can be distracting and deter viewing of your tidy garden, so ensure all paths leading to the door (including porches) are clear, and neat and tidy.

Tip: if you find some rubbish blows about or bins fall over on the day your bins are collected, put off viewings on this day. After all, you don’t want a blown-over bin, lying on the path to the open door.

Basic, Yet Effective Lawn Care Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

A lot of homeowners these days desire to have their own beautiful outdoor space at home. It can be a patio, a yard, a garden or a lawn. However, most homeowners opt for a lawn since it provides a lot of functionalities and purpose. One of which is it adds the property market value, should the homeowner decides to sell the house. Another smart purpose for having a lawn is it can serve as a nice venue for outdoor events and parties. And because of this, lawn care experts share some basic yet effective lawn care tips every homeowner should know.

When it comes to dealing with weeds, you will have an easier time if you stop these before they establish themselves. Use a pre-emergent herbicide specifically formulated to control weeds and similar types of weeds before these take control of your lawn. Ideally, this herbicide should be applied early in spring. For broadleaf weeds like dandelions, it is better for you to allow these to sprout first. If there are few of these unwanted guests on your lawn, you can simply pull these out manually. On the other hand, if you are dealing with plenty of these weeds, you can use granular weed control products. These should be effective remedies for rapid weed growth.

Learn how to mow grass properly. Avoid cutting the grass too short. You won’t save much time and effort. Worse, you can damage your lawn. And when your lawn becomes damaged, it becomes easier for it to succumb to pests and diseases. As a rule of thumb, you should not cut more than a third off the grass blades each mowing session. Also, make sure that your lawn mower’s blades are sharp. Dull blades can damage the grass and make the grass look grayish brown.

Remember to water the grass at the right time with the right amount of water. You do not have to water your lawn every day. Instead, water deeply but infrequently. Watering deeply facilitates deep rooting which, in turn, makes the grass resilient to heat and drought. Your lawn needs about an inch of water per week. If you notice that the grass has started to look brown, it means that it needs to be watered. Water early in the morning to minimize evaporation which leads to water loss. Plus, watering in the morning allows the grass to dry, preventing the onslaught of diseases.

When it comes to using fertilizers, you must learn to choose which types are the best for the type of grass you have. Using the wrong fertilizers won’t help you achieve your desired goal. Worse, you can end up wasting money and damaging the lawn. Subject the soil on your lawn to a soil test first. This will give you a fair idea of the nutrients the soil lacks. This is a smart way to ensure proper lawn care especially for the first-timers.

Measuring and Laying Lawn Turf

Measuring a Lawn

Measure the area where you plan on laying lawn turf.

Multiply the average width and the average length.

Add 5% extra to allow for trimmings to the edge and wastage.

Laying a Lawn

Ground preparation is vital to the future of your lawn.

Step 1. Remove any existing lawn or weeds. You can do this by spraying the area with a complete weed control product or cut under the grass or weeds and dig it up with a spade. Do not rotavate until 10 days after spraying the weed control.

Step 2. Prepare the soil for turf grass. Ensure the soil is turned over to a depth of 15 cm. You can do this by digging or hiring a rotavator. Ensure the area is free of any debris, stones, and weeds.

Renting a small skip can fit and easily dispose of the these.

Step 3. Rake the ground to a smooth surface. Lightly roll the ground or affirm by foot to reveal any soft areas which then can be raked level. *Tip the wider the rake the easier the job. Ensure the ground is firm but not compact before moving on to the next step.

Step 4. Apply pre-turfing fertiliser according to its instructions.

Step 5. Order your lawn turf. Ensure the previous steps are complete before doing this as most turf is cut fresh to order.

Step 6. Start with the longest straight row, work across the area in a ‘brickwork style’ by staggering the joints. Push the joints slightly together, then stretch them slightly. *Tip do not place small pieces along the edges as these can break, shrink or shrivel.Avoid walking on newly laid lawn. Should you need to gain access via the lawn place boards on top.

Step 7. Water, water, water. Newly laid turf must be watered within half an hour. It needs such a good soaking that the water seeps through to the soil. *Tip turn a corner up to check. Water twice a day or three times a day in hot weather.

Step 8. Mowing. Do not mow until the turf is properly rooted. You can check this by trying to pick up the turf. If it doesn’t move, you’re good to mow. Until your lawn is well established limit mowing to a third of the height. Once established, mow to your desired height.

Step 9. Sit back and enjoy your fresh, new lawn.