Planning a Low-Maintenance Garden for Spring

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear about gardens? It could be a row of gorgeous flowers, fruits and vegetables growing from the soil, or all of the back-breaking labor that comes with maintaining a garden. While effort is required for this outdoor activity, it doesn’t have to be so difficult. You’re the one who gets to decide what goes where after all. Why not start by planning a low-maintenance garden for spring? Here’s how you can do just that!

Choose Between Mulch and Rock

The best way to avoid having to do more work later on is to start off your garden strong. Sure, you could simply buy plants and stick them anywhere in your backyard. Not covering the ground around them, however, will come back to haunt you when the plants are completely surrounded by weeds. That’s why you should choose either mulch or rock for your gardening spaces. Each has its own pros and cons, but both will be effective at combating weeds from growing.

Purchase Low-Maintenance Plants

If you’re the type of gardener who would rather step out into the sunlight on occasion, then you should find plants that are a breeze to care for. HGTV offers a list of 13 Can’t-Kill Flowers for Beginners so that you can “watch your beginner’s thumb turn green.” This list includes:

  • Sunflowers
  • Marigolds
  • Begonias
  • Daffodils
  • And more!

Looking for plants that are a bit more edible? Sweet bell peppers are the perfect fruits to grow in your backyard. You can even decide if you want green or red ones just by allowing the pepper to mature longer. Raspberry and blackberry bushes are also easy, only requiring a bit of pruning once a year around wintertime – that’s it!

Invest in a Mix of Perennials and Annuals

Did you know that not every flower you plant will need to be replaced each spring? The ones that don’t are called perennials. These flowers tend to bloom once a season for three or more years after remaining dormant throughout the colder months. Annuals, on the other hand, live to the fullest for one season and try to leave as many of their seeds behind as possible. While you may want more perennials so that they’re almost guaranteed to be back the following year, their blooms are shorter than that of annuals. Mix in a combination of both and research deadheading flowers to get the most out of their blooms.

Leave Room for Family, Friends, and Fun

Remember to leave enough room for fun activities that you, your family, and friends can enjoy when placing a garden. The middle of the yard may seem like the best place for your petunias to soak in as much sun as possible, but it will always be in the way. Try your best to find open corners or areas that stretch along the fence, house, or shed. This way, there’s less of a chance you’ll have to eventually move the garden when someone accidentally steps in it.

Don’t Underestimate the Versatility of Potted Plants

Let’s say that you don’t want to pick just one spot for your garden. There’s an easy solution for that – craft an arrangement of potted plants! Ditch the shovel for a hand trowel and purchase soil along with pots that are big enough for as many plants as you want. Place a few near the patio, another out on the old stump you still need to remove, and anywhere else you’d like because, hey, it’s your yard!

New Home, New Garden

Maybe it’s just time to move on from your current home and you’re looking for places that already have the perfect setup for a potential new garden. There’s a decent chance the homeowner could have even recently had the landscaping done for someone like you. You’ll never really know what’s out there without the professional guidance and resources that The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties has to offer.

Check out our current listings or call us (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 today.

11 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home on a Budget

Have you found yourself itching for some change in your home? Do you feel uninspired looking at the walls that surround you? We’ve all been home a lot more often because of winter and the pandemic, and it’s common to feel restless and frustrated. Freshening up your space a bit – whether to invite the incoming season of spring or to celebrate the impending light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel – can do wonders for your mental health and your home. Best of all, it doesn’t have to cost much of anything or take too much time to do! Fall in love with your home all over again with these 11 easy, budget-friendly tips:

Rearrange the Furniture

If your couch, love seat, and entertainment center haven’t stirred since you’ve moved into your home, now’s the time to shake things up a bit. Try rearranging the furniture in your living room, dining room, and bedrooms to make things feel brand-new again! It costs nothing but a bit of elbow grease and creativity, and it can make you feel much more at home. Who knows? You might wind up liking your new setup!

Swap Out the Throw Pillows

You’d be surprised how much of a difference this one little change can make! Give your space a tiny makeover by simply switching up the pillows that adorn your couches, chairs, and beds. Choose colors that suit your mood or welcome the new season – anything goes!

Paint Old or Dated Items

Tired of looking at those oak cabinets every morning? Instead of spending a lot of money on remodeling or buying all-new furniture, why not give paint a try? Just a little bit of time and effort can breathe new life into unattractive furnishings around your home. Try your hand at regular paint, chalk paint, or even spray paint to get the job done!

Replace the Hardware

If you’re sick of looking at those tarnished bronze door handles or those ho-hum beige outlet plates, then it’s time to jazz it up with some new hardware! The options are nearly endless and quite affordable. Switch out your door handles, cabinet handles, or even the kitchen faucet for a quick and easy fix.

Update the Window Treatments

When’s the last time you splurged on some new curtains? Do you still have those plastic sets of blinds up in the bedrooms? Bid adieu to the old and say hello to some new, beautiful, and chic window treatments! Try pairing sheer curtains with a set of Roman shades or treat yourself to a few sets of bamboo blinds to perfect each room!

Switch Out a Light Fixture

Light fixtures aren’t just there to illuminate the room – they are also an integral part of your home’s décor. If you’ve been feeling unsatisfied with the quality of light in the living room or feel that your dining room is rather lackluster, consider switching out the light fixtures there. This simple change doesn’t have to cost much and can absolutely transform the tone of any room!

Try a Fresh Coat of Paint

We love paint because it makes everything new and exciting again! Grab a can of your favorite color, break out the brushes, and start working on that room you always seem to ignore or dread. Whether you focus on the entire room or create an accent wall, paint can really make your space feel brand-new again!

Change Up Your Bedding

Looking for a super simple makeover for your bedroom? Swapping your bedding could be the answer. It won’t just make your bedroom feel new – it can also help you sleep better and feel more relaxed. Treat yourself to new sheets with a hefty thread count and add a quality comforter or quilt that makes you smile every morning and night.

Do a Bit of Spring Cleaning

Sometimes getting rid of dust and unwanted items is all the change you need to feel satisfied and comfortable in your home again (and also make your space feel bigger!). Roll up your sleeves, break out the trash bags, crank up your favorite playlist, and tackle the dust bunnies and clutter! You’ll feel so much better once it’s all done.

Bring Home a Few Houseplants

If you can’t get outside, bring the outdoors inside with you! Choose a few cute, no-fuss plants to perch on your windowsills or hang out on your desk while you work from home. Caring for plants can boost your mood, alleviate anxiety, and purify the air in your home. All they need is a little water and sunlight. If you’re a beginner, try a snake plant, philodendron, or a beautiful succulent like jade!

Invest in a New Rug or Two

Perhaps the easiest way to tie up a room’s look is investing in an area rug. It adds warmth and definition to any room and can help the space feel complete and cozy. Try a texture that speaks to you – plush, shag, faux fur, and more – and see how you feel! Your home is your sanctuary and you should always feel relaxed and at peace. If you find that you’ve outgrown your home in one way or another, however, it might be time for a whole new house. Trust the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties to help you find the perfect place for you! Call us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to get started, or check out our current listings here!