Susan Hilton College Station Real Estate

Realtor & Vice President of Sales of Bryan College Station Real Estate

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Susan Hilton College Station Real Estate

Realtor & Vice President of Sales of Bryan College Station Real Estate

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Enjoy Your College Station Backyard

Summer has barely begun, and with kids home from school there’s no more perfect time to call the family together to do some gardening. Here are a few tips for some summer gardening to spruce up not only your Brazos Valley garden but also your backyard.

In your garden, keep in mind that it is important to avoid digging too early in the season. Your soil should be damp but should not be sticky. Since it is now June, I think we are officially not too damp! To test and see if your soil is ready, take a handful of it in your gardening glove and see if it is damp, but dry enough to crumble a little as you open your hand. If this is the case, your soil is ready to use.

To make your garden beds healthier, remove stems from the years before. These older plant pieces were left from the years before to protect plant crowns and to offer food for birds. To remove the stems, it is best not to pull them out, clipping them at ground level. This way, the bulb foliage can naturally mature and develop and eventually die. Then you can carefully pull away any mulch or leaves that have covered the beds over the winter season. It’s best to remove the winter cover on a cloudy day so that the sun doesn’t fry the plants as soon as they are first exposed.

Fertilizing your beds is important to give your plants the chemicals and nutrients they need. Fertilizer supplies your plants with the elements they need and allows them to grow faster. Sprinkling slow release organic fertilizer around bulbs and plants in your garden right before a rain will improve their health. Scratch it softly into the soil for added efficiency. Adding a fresh layer of mulch gives plants extra protection and the environment they need to grow. Compost and manure are good options for mulch for your plants.

To ensure the growth of healthy plants, germinate your plants inside, where you can be sure they receive anywhere around 16 hours of light each day. You can divide among different sections in your garden areas of summer- and fall-flowering plants and plant cool-season-vegetables into the soil as soon as you are able to work the soil easily.

Early spring is the best time to apply pre-emergent herbicide to your lawn to control crabgrass. To control other weeds, try either digging them up or spraying them with herbicide. This helps to keep them from taking over your lawn.

Bare spots are another nuisance to be avoided by either over seeding the bare spots in the cool seasons or, for warm seasons, in late spring or early summer, you can patch the turf. If you do plan to overseed your lawn, make sure that you do not use pre-emergent herbicide on it as well.
It is best to mow cool season grasses when they first appear green. Make sure you raise your mower blade after the first spring cut you give your lawn; being sure to never remove more than one third of the grass length.

Cleaning your deck and grills is another important step in making sure your back yard is in tip top shape for summer. Special formula deck cleaning solutions are available to remove stains from wood or other types of decks. Stains and mildew are common occurrences on outdoor decks, but this problem is easily tackled with a cleaner and scrub brush. Some solutions may be available that only require you to spray and let sit, minimizing the elbow grease required. If you have just recently built your deck, be sure that you purchase a new deck solution to clean with and refrain from using a normal deck cleaner. You can also follow the cleaner with a strong power wash to ensure all the dirt and stains are removed from the crevices in the deck. To avoid permanent damage to your deck, choose a nozzle with a vertical slit for the power wash. Also be sure to avoid bleach, as this would eat away at the wood. To put the last finishing touches on your deck, and to carry its appearance over the top, follow the thorough cleaning with a high-quality deck stain.

Checking the gas connection on your grill is important. To do so, make a mixture of warm water and dish soap and brush the solution onto the connection. Next, turn on the gas and watch the connection. If you see bubbles, this signifies a leak, and means you need to replace the connector on your grill. You will also want to remove baked on grease from the cooking grate and grill pan. This is a simple process. All that is required is for you to spray on a degreaser and use a wire brush to take off the unwanted grease. Heating up the grill first can make the grease easier to remove. You can also use a piece of wire to make sure that burners and holes are clear on your grill.

Cleaning up your backyard for summertime can seem to be a daunting task, but in reality, if the family pitches in and if you choose to do one step a day, it will seem to take no time at all. Not only will a clean yard make you feel a sense of accomplishment and better about your home, but it will also encourage you to enjoy it during the summertime, and share it with others in the neighborhood.

PS – Susan Hilton is Bryan College Station, Texas’ real estate specialist in foreclosure sales and real estate agent career building so if you need help – CALL! 979-219-3970

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