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Getting New Homes Ready Now for Spring Season

September 10, 2016 8:53 pm

As the winter season arrives, preparing your family for the cold weather is easy. Just pull out those boxes of gloves, jackets, and scarves, and dust off those galoshes and umbrellas. But new homes also need TLC to prepare them for winter. Preparing new homes in PA for the winter season can be easy and fun for the whole family. Here are a few things you can do outside help you prepare for the upcoming winter season:

Aerate and Fertilize the Lawn

The start of winter signals the best time to lay the groundwork for a lush field of grass for your new construction home come spring. With summer’s heat over, and fall’s dryness coming to an end, the start of the winter season is the best time to prepare next year’s fabulous lawn.

To prepare your lawn, you should first aerate the turf to reduce compaction and make it easier for fertilizer and water to reach the roots. Afterward, you can reinvigorate any thinned areas by adding fertilizer and seed. Use a hand spreader for smaller areas and a larger broadcast spreader for larger lawns. Rake the ground lightly with a leaf rake to ensure there is a good contact between the seed and the ground. Finally, water the lawn to make the seed, fertilizer, and soil nice and moist. You can use the back end of a rake to press the seed down to avoid wash out from water run-off.

When aerating, fertilizing, and seeding, always make sure to go over the turf twice, in crisscrossing paths. This avoids stripes in your new lawn. And of course, make sure you rake up your fallen leaves around your new construction home before you start working on your lawn!

Trim Outdoor Shrubs

Since you are already outside working on the lawn of your new home, why not take a little extra time to trim your outdoor shrubs? Not only will those extra few minutes be good for the plants in your yard, but trimming them back will allow them to grow and blossom once again next spring. Trimming your shrubs now keeps them in shape, gets rid of dead and diseased wood and encourages new growth.

You should prune younger shrubs should lightly to help encourage them to grow bushier and fuller. You can also trim long unbranched stems by cutting just above the bud of the stem. As a shrub develops, you can thin out old, weak, or wayward branches. This will help to open up the middle of your shrub to more sunlight. This keeps the interior branches of shrubs around new homes healthier and helps stimulate growth and flowering of your shrubs. Dormant pruning just before winter allows the tree or shrub to deal with healing the cut, without having to worry about producing leaves and flowers or sending out new growth. It also reduces the stresses of bugs and insects which tend to be more active in the spring and summer months.

Plant Bulbs for Spring Flowers

The start of winter time is also the perfect time to get your spring flowers ready for blooming around your new construction home. Most springtime flowers require time to properly root themselves into the ground. It is important to place the bulbs in the ground before the ground freezes. That way, the flower will start establishing its roots in the cool soil of late fall, and stay dormant over the winter until the warm temperatures and rains of spring cause them to sprout.

There are many different ways to add colorful flowers to the yards of new homes. You can cluster them in groups of up to a half dozen in a single large hole amidst flower beds and shrub borders. If space is tight, you can plant them in rows or encircle them around the base of the tree or another focal point. Or, if you would like to add a natural look to the landscape of new homes for sale, simply scatter them about and plant them wherever they may fall.

Planting bulbs is a very simple process. First, dig a hole in the ground about 2.5x as deep as the height of the bulb. Next, add a little fertilizer to stimulate the growth of the plant and its roots. Place your bulbs in the hole with the tip up and root-end down. Finally, cover the whole what soil and water it once to settle them in.

An Ounce of Preparation for New Homes

By getting new homes ready early for Winter, you can make sure you’re ready after the cold weather hits.  A little preparation beforehand can help save you a lot of potential work in the future. Even better, these tips can help keep your home beautiful and low-maintenance for years to come. And that’s something everyone is happy to come home to.

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