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Advantages & Disadvantages of Grass Seed or Sod

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As the winter snow melts and we all start daydreaming about hosting summer picnics and family gatherings it is time to look at our lawns and see what the damage is. In landscaping, there has to be a decision between maintaining your current lawn or starting over. A general landscape rule of thumb is that if at least 60% of your lawn is not damaged by weeds and brown spots you are probably safe to try and work with what you have. But if you are considering sod versus grass seed there are a few advantages and disadvantages you must consider. Before making this decision lawn care professionals recommending testing your soil to see if what your soil is going to need to encourage lawn health.


Having your yard fixed with sod can be a quick and easy solution to an unsatisfactory yard. If you are looking for a beautiful lower maintenance lawn with quick results, a lawn installation with sod might be perfect for you. Lawn installations with sod provide flexibility for the homeowner as well as convenience. The installation can happen at any point during the growing season except during extreme heat. That said, to get the full advantage of this method it is best to have this done as early as possible to save time, money, and work. Sod installations also require less weeding because state-certified sod comes with little to no weeds from the start. Some disadvantages of sod are the price. Also if the installation is done poorly, there can be more problems ahead of you. If you choose a lawn installation make sure to work with professionals who can assure that the sod is laid down correctly and that your soil and the soil the sod originally came from are compatible.

Grass Seed

For some homeowners, seeding is the right choice. Grass seed is less expensive, and it gives you more options for your yard. If you follow the best processes in seeding it can be pretty simple labor and something you can do yourself successfully. Once again, knowing your soil is key to having a successfully seeded yard. Seeding can have disadvantages compared to sod though. Seeding takes dedicated work, the results are not instant, and you have to stick to your schedule to get the best results. The worst case scenario is attempting to save money by seeding and ending up needing to sod your yard later in the season because the seeding failed.

When it comes to softscaping there are a lot of factors to consider. The best way to have peace of mind and get good results is to work with professionals. Having your soil tested by professionals is a surefire way to know your yards limits and save your wallet from having to pay twice. If you are considering redoing your lawn contact us at Dudley’s Tree and Landscape for our professional advice on your yard.

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Simple Preparations for a Successful Open House

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It’s cliché, but it’s true that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When you’re selling a home, an open house provides the perfect opportunity to attract buyers—and you’ll want to do all you can to put your home’s best foot forward.

Curb appeal

The very first thing people see when they drive up to your home is its exterior. Curb appeal is important, and regardless of how much work you’ve put into the inside, if the outside looks scraggly, unkempt, bland, or unwelcoming, prospective buyers will have a negative first impression.

Check out these ideas for improving your curb appeal:
● Paint your front door to freshen its look. A new coat of paint also adds a pop of color on your shutters or wood porch.
● If your sidewalk is cracked, replace it with a stone or brick path. Repair or resurface driveways, too.
● Trim shrubbery and bushes, especially those close to your home’s walls.
● Splash some color along the walkway in flower beds or window boxes, or group terracotta pots together with a variety of vegetation. Want to try container gardening? This color wheel will help you create foolproof designs.
● Put in new porch lights and upgrade door hardware and door knocker with paint, polish, or a complete replacement.
● Have a post-mounted mailbox? Improve its looks with paint or a different treatment around the post, like climbing flowers or a stone or brick enclosure.
● Update your house numbers, especially if they’re hard to see from the road. Most house numbers start at $2.00 apiece, but customized number plaques can cost significantly more.
● If you have lackluster landscaping, plant a tree! But make sure you’re researching the best tree for your area.
● For even more curb appeal secrets that add charm to your home, check out Country Living’s design site.

Interior staging

Staging sells. Not only do staged homes sell faster, but they sell for a higher price. Whether you stage your home yourself, hire a professional, or work with your realtor, taking time to set the scene adds another level of hominess and appeal for potential buyers. Here’s some advice on properly staging your home:
● Thoroughly clean and declutter. A general rule of thumb is to empty at least 70 percent of your home of your belongings.
● Highlight storage space. Keep closets, bookshelves, and cabinets mostly empty to enhance the storage you have.
● Depersonalize by removing family photos, kids’ artwork, and evidence of pets.
● Address cosmetic issues and minor repairs. Here’s a list of the top 50 common home repairs you can make for $50 or less.
● Wash windows and window treatments.
● Pop a bit of color on the couch with throw pillows. Update bedding and towels in neutral colors.
● Add small touches, like spa items in the bathroom, a plate of cookies or appetizers, and a selection of drinks. Play some soft music. If the weather and time of year are favorable, turn on the gas fireplace.

Open house day

When the big day comes, don’t forget to secure these items safely out of reach:
● Medication and drugs. Strangers thinking about buying your home will look everywhere—including in medicine cabinets.
● Valuables and heirlooms. Store anything that’s small, valuable, and easily stolen off property.
● Animals. Board your pets or ask a friend or relative to keep them during the open house.
● Political messaging. Keep your home propaganda free. Remove magnets from refrigerators and posters from the yard or garage.

While technology has made it easier to take virtual tours—especially for buyers who are relocating and searching from afar—nothing beats an opportunity to walk through a house in person. Hosting an open house can help you sell your home quicker at a better price.

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