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Lindsay’s Corner

’Tis the season of BBQ and patio sitting…so let’s give you something pretty to look at while you’re out there! Hands up if you’re more than a little intimidated by the thought of designing and making your own patio planters. If you raised your hand, we are here to help. Did you know that it’s often SO MUCH CHEAPER than buying your planters ready made? It’s true. If you’re struggling for ideas and how to get started I highly recommend checking out; they have hundreds of “recipes” for hanging baskets, and planters. They tell you everything from what size of planter you’ll need, to what plants to buy, to where to put them in the container. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. I thought it would be fun to share one of my favourites called “Outdoor Elegance”. I love it because it’s timeless and versatile; it goes with almost any style/colour of door. The original recipe calls for tall grasses as the centrepiece but this year I made mine with an evergreen dwarf Alberta Spruce because sometimes I like to get a little crazy, you know what I mean? Don’t be afraid to take the recipe and make it your own. Here’s how to do it:

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We love our friends at Cedar Rim and they stock all kinds of Proven Winners plants for all of your gardening needs; they also have a huge variety of containers for you to choose from. When you stop in, tell them Lindsay & David say hello.

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We take Mother’s Day very seriously around here and as such we ran three days of Facebook giveaways in anticipation of the big day.  Congratulations to Mase Ubico who won the Blacksmith Bakery gift card, Curtis Braun who won the Reward Fitness Studio gift card, and Christy Yost who won the gorgeous hanging basket from Cedar Rim.  This mama hopes that all of YOU mamas were spoiled with breakfast in bed (even if it was inedible) and the opportunity to put your feet up and drink your coffee WHILE IT WAS STILL HOT!  

Lindsay’s Corner

In our last newsletter I talked about the importance of curb appeal when readying your home for sale. Making sure your garden and entry way are looking fabulous is key to giving potential buyers that “this feels like home” vibe before they even step foot in the door.

Despite Mother Nature giving us a run for our money this winter I do believe we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and we might even be able to get out into our yards sooner rather than later. I’m a huge fan of planting perennial bulbs so I don’t have to constantly re-imagine my garden every year and it will just keep getting better with time.

Unfortunately, I often miss the boat in the fall when I should be planting spring bulbs; I don’t know why but for some reason one minute it’s Labour Day and the next it’s Christmas and I’m looking at my yard that I never did get around to cleaning up properly wishing I had gotten some tulips and daffodils in the ground. Sigh. Friends, if you struggle with time management like yours truly there’s still hope! There are some fantastic summer flowering bulbs that can planted now (or whenever the ground decides to thaw). In fact, some of my very favourite summer flowers can be planted in the coming weeks like dahlias and lilies.

Don’t have a yard? No problem, these bulbs are awesome in containers too which means you can make custom planters to transform your entry way and patio/deck space. Our friends at Cedar Rim Nursery are having a sale on their summer flowering bulbs. Click HERE for their online flier. They know everything about everything so if you’re a beginner (like me) you can wander in and ask them all kinds of questions and they will listen VERY patiently and they will even answer…ha! Happy gardening.

Lindsay’s Corner (Client Q&A)

1. What mattered most to you in choosing to work with David & Lindsay?

Honesty, integrity and genuine caring personalities.

2. Can you share a little about the results achieved working together?

Multiple offers and sold for list price!

3. How did your experience differ from past real estate transactions?

Haven’t had many experiences buying or selling but Lindsay and Davids marketing strategies were amazing!

4. How do you think David & Lindsay’s marketing techniques helped?

Lindsay and David gave excellent insight to our home and property via drone video and printed materials that were marketed on all social media outlets. They are extremely organized and their marketing skills are incredible and very impressive. We were simply blown away by the results!

5. How was ‘people over property, always’ reflected in the process of selling your home?

There was never any pressure put upon us at any time during this process. Lindsay and David were always concerned about our input and feelings with respect to our decisions. We had multiple offers so it was nice to have Lindsay and David guide us and help us along the way. They are truly honest, hardworking and extremely passionate about their roles. We highly recommend Lindsay and David for any real estate endeavours! Thank you Lindsay and David! You two are simply the best!

Lindsay’s Corner

As we slip into the season of cozy sweaters and holiday celebrations the spring market seems a long way off BUT there are some things you might want to consider taking care of now.

Often we spend a lot of time thinking about all of the details inside our homes that need attention but the truth is curb appeal (or the lack thereof) is what potential buyers are going to notice first.

We asked our friends at Cedar Rim Nursery to give us their best tips for late fall lawn care that will help ensure your outdoor space is look its best when we all start to come out of hibernation.

Aerate or de-thatch: If not done in the spring you can de-thatch your lawn or, in bad cases of soil compaction, ideally done in September, aerating your lawn later is still ok as long as the soil is not frozen.

Apply moss killer: If you have existing moss, apply liquid moss killer now while the weather is still warm. This will help prevent moss build-up over the winter.

Correct PH by liming: Due to our naturally acidic soil, caused by our wet climate, it is good to correct the pH by sweetening the soil with lime in both Fall & Spring.

Shorten Length of Grass: Begin to shorten the length of grass. In the summer it is best to have a lawn length of 3”-4”, while in the winter the length should be 2”–2 1/2”. This allows the lawn to stay drier through the winter months.

Late October/November: Fertilize with a winterizer lawn food such as 6-8-6 and continue to shorten the length of grass when you cut.

Rake Leaves: Leaves left on the grass over winter will smother the lawn and cause brown patches. Remove them as quickly as possible.

Over seeding: Once we have reached mid-November it is a little late for over seeding as the temperatures are just too low for seed to germinate. Do this in the spring as soon as temperatures rise consistently above 10°C (50 Fahrenheit).

Remember: The more you do to your lawn in the fall the less you have to do in the spring.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Cedar Rim Nursery we highly recommend you do; they are super knowledgeable, friendly, and have great big hearts. As David mentioned our Realtor Monopoly event was a HUGE success and Cedar Rim helped make it so by donating a generous door prize.

– Lindsay