May Flowers or “Garden Remodeling”

We certainly had our fair share of the April showers. And our hearts and prayers go out to those in the southern part of the U.S. who have experienced extreme weather and have lost homes and loved ones in the tornadoes over the last few days.

We have just come through the Easter season and enjoyed the beauty of the early season daffodils, tulips and hyacinths. These annual beauties trumpet the coming of the spring season and alert us to the need to be about the business of what we will call “garden remodeling.”

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If you haven’t already been out in the garden and flower beds, and some places have been too wet to even think about putting a shovel in the ground, you need to be making room in your schedule to hit the ground running (no pun intended) over the next week or so. Getting to the end of April means that some things should already be done and others should certainly be making it to the top of the “to do” list.

Let’s look at some “garden remodeling” tasks that can be done to make your garden and flower beds the envy of the neighborhood.

Your early Spring flowers are probably coming to an end and they need to be attended to. Dead heading and trimming plants off are house cleaning chores that help to make room for the new plantings.

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Turning the SoilIf you haven’t already done your tilling, it would be a good idea to take some time to turn over the soil and get the compost mixed in to the garden. This helps to aerate the soil as well as make the Spring planting easier.

Transplanting any indoor starter plants should be done only after you are confident that the frost season is over and that the temperatures don’t fall much below 50 degrees. Then again, some of your more hearty vegetable plants (peas, spinach, lettuce, etc.) should already be in and growing quite nicely.

Mulching After Plants Are In Mulching can be done before you get all your new plants in the ground, which makes installation a lot easier. But if you have bits of time to get the plants in here and there, it doesn’t hurt to go ahead and get them in when you can. It will just mean that you will just have to take a little more care working the mulch in and around the flowers and plants.

If you are hesitant to dive head first into gardening, whether flowers or vegetables, because you never did it before, I would Professional Greenhouse suggest that you take a trip to the local greenhouse and speak to the professionals there to get helpful and area specific input as to your desired outcome. These folks are in the business because they love gardening, so they are more than happy to help you through the process.

A little elbow grease now will pay great dividends of vibrant colors and tasty vegetables in the seasons to come.

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time… “Sprucing It Up”

Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

 

Stormy Weather

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April showers are here! As well as thunderstorms!

To some, this is a welcome sign of spring. Watering flowers, hydrating lawns and providing needed replenishment to the earth.

To others, this is a reoccurring nightmare that is relived every year. The coming of April showers means the headache of wet, flooded or damp basements and/or leaky roofs.

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Some things you can correct, other things, like living in a flood plain, there is little you can do to correct.

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It seems that no matter what we intend to do each year these issues seem to get pushed down the list of things to do as other things take precedence.

There are some things that you can do to combat the flooding problem that you can have done or try to tackle yourself that don’t need to break the bank.

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Grading. This sounds expensive and it could possibly get to be more so if there are major issues on the property. But small things like grading flowerbeds away from the house foundation can help funnel thousands of gallons of water away from your home over the course of a wet, stormy season.

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Downspouts. Properly maintaining and placement of downspouts also plays a big role in the removal of rainwater from the building envelope. It’s not enough just to put an elbow at the bottom of the downspout, the water needs to be able to get away from the foundation and not drain back towards the house.

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Drainage. This can be entering into the arena of more costly and perhaps not to be done by a homeowner. This option has two areas of focus. The first is focused on diverting the ground water away from the home before it reaches the foundation with French drain type system and the second is focused on properly draining the foundation to prevent moisture penetration of the foundation thus compromising the moisture prevention system.

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There is always the prudent advise of getting professionals involved early and to get a comprehensive moisture control plan in place prior to the onset of the rainy season.

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time… “May Flowers”   

Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

 

“A Call For Votes”

No, this is not a political rally cry. In fact, this has nothing to do with politics at all.

Our blog has been nominated for “Blogger of the Year” by JDR Industry Blogger Awards and we need your help to win.

If you could take a minute, and it literally takes a minute, to cast your vote for our blog, it would go a long way to putting us in the winner’s circle.

Your vote could be the one that puts us over the top!

If you click here, it will take you to the voting site or you can click on the picture above to get to the awards site as well. Scroll to the bottom of the webpage and find the Remodeling category. Cast your vote for Gehman Remodeling.

There are less than two weeks left! The competition is over on April 15, 2011.

Every vote is important.

So cast your vote and spread the word.

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time… “Stormy Weather”

Q&A&CQuestions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.