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What is Mulch?

Posted by Joel S. on Sun, Jun 14, 2020

Mulch is any material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool, and make the garden bed look more attractive. Organic mulches also help improve the soil’s fertility, as they decompose.

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What's Behind Your Mortgage Rate?

Posted by Matt D. on Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Buying a home is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. If you’re like most people, you won’t pay cash—you’ll borrow most of the money by taking out a mortgage. And over the life of the mortgage, you’ll pay a lot in interest.

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How to Care for Newly Sodded Lawns

Posted by Rochelle N. on Sun, Jun 7, 2020

We've got some great tips on how to care for your lawn if you've just stalled new sod.  

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Timeless Decor Secrets: Use Vastu Shastra Principles for Your Kitchen

Posted by Rochelle N. on Wed, Jun 3, 2020

Vastu Shastra is an ancient art that creates spiritual health through the architecture of your home by promoting harmonious balance and the management of positive and negative energies. It's based on the belief that all things, living and inert, have energy vibrations. 

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Why You Should Wait Before Installing New Landscaping

Posted by Joel S. on Sun, May 31, 2020

One of the biggest questions we get is when should new home owners go ahead and start landscaping their yard? There is a very important factor that you must consider when deciding when to install your landscape and that is sub-surface settling. 

That's right, sub surface settling meaning settling of soil below the surface. Why is this important? When you build a new home you have to start by building a foundation. Building a foundation means you have to rip up the earth with excavators then pour the concrete for the foundation. This means that the soil around the foundation will become unsettled or loose until it settles again. This soil that sat for many years, was at one time rock hard, but now it has been fluffed up and is no longer compacted. 

When you put your landscape on top of this soft sub-surface soil, even if the surface is packed, you can have the entire area sink. We have seen landscapes worth tens of thousands of dollars sink 2 feet due to house settling! 😱Beautiful brick patios, fences and fence posts, 600 pound trees etc., etc...all sunk, leaving the owner to remove the new home landscaping and start over again. What a waste of time and money ! 😭😭

We tell new homeowners to wait at least 1 full year after their home is built to before starting landscaping to allow for house settling. In that time you can soak the area within 6 feet of the foundation all around the house. Take a garden hose and thoroughly soak the area on a weekly basis, then sit back and watch it sink. After the settling you will have to add more soil to bring the area back up to level.

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