• Is Your Garden Suffering from this HEAT?

        As real estate agents we know just how important curb appeal is. When buyers are looking for their dream home, first impressions are everything! With temperatures being so extremely high in Loudoun County over the past few weeks we have seen beautiful green grass turn into dry tumble weeds and have watched lovely flowers wilt right before our eyes! How can you protect your investment? Don’t worry! Meadows Farms Nursery, local landscaping experts, has some tips on how to protect your plants and grass:
        * Watering twice a week, but deeply, so that water seeps into the ground, is more beneficial than more frequent, shallow watering. For lawns, it is recommended to provide an inch of water each week. The simplest way to measure is to set out a coffee can, or similar container to capture water from the sprinkler. If you don’t water your lawn during the summer it is likely that it will go dormant and turn brown, but it should green up with more regular rains and cooler temperatures in September. Plants are less forgiving. If showing signs of stress they could be within a day or two of dying, and must be watered immediately.

        * If you are planting during the summer you should water every other day for the first couple weeks, then you should be able to back off to twice a week until temperatures cool off and soaking rains return.
        * The most critical watering is the one immediately after planting, and then two days later. When planting be certain to apply two to three inches of mulch to help retain moisture. Water early in the day so that evaporation is minimized. Try to avoid watering in the evening to prevent black spot, powdery mildew, and other fungal diseases, but it’s better to water in the evening than not at all.
        For additional tips on how to maintain the health of your yard and garden, please visit: http://meadowsfarms.com/v.php?pg=487
        Looking to sell your home for Top Dollar? Contact Gina Tufano and Jennifer Johnson with Ask Gina & Company today at 703-574-3478 or info@ask-gina.com and let our expertise guide you in your home staging efforts!