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September 7, 2015

Curb Appeal Entry #20: Side Yard Revitalization – Paisley Richard + Kathleen Bradley + Noah Schoneberg + Meg Glossi, Portland, ME

A young man was passing through our side-yard, stopping briefly to take a photo of our neighbor’s truck. He stepped backwards into the yard to frame and capture the shot, then swiveled around to take in the scene. “Hey there!” we called from down the hill, where we sat on the patio. The young man looked to us, and with an air of bewilderment asked, “What is this place?”

August 21, 2015

Curb Appeal Entry #08: Back Yard Transformation – Lauren Webster LaFrance, South Portland, ME

Description of Project: Back Yard Transformation! My husband Ed and I bought our 1908 home in late 2011 and have been “bringing it back to what it never was” ever since. We’re in a tight knit old-fashion neighborhood where the houses are all very close together and the kids play in the street; we’re also adjacent to the South Portland Greenbelt so our house is viable from all for sides. So what did we do? In July of 2014, we transformed the back yard from a patch of under-used grass to a garden party space with a custom pergola, stone patio and curated gardens. Who did it? WE DID! Every last bit. DIY from start to finish. From the design of the garden layout and the custom pergola to setting the stone and removing the sod. Hundreds of bags of mulch! Thousands of pounds of stone! And the effect? HEAVEN. We vacation in our own home. You can’t see it in the pictures but in addition to the over all effect of a back yard oasis-Shangri La, Ed built a one-of-a-kind water fountain in the “L” nook of the deck and there’s a hammock hiding just near the red mulch pathwath to the Green Belt Walkway.

July 17, 2015

How much water does your lawn want?

Ever find yourself unsure of how much water to spray on your lawn?  Steady watering is extremely important to helping new plants to take root and flourish. Give your plants about an inch of water a day when there has not been rain within the last 24 hours. Make sure it is at a pace that the soil can absorb it all with creating runoff.  An easy way to do this is to place a cup on the lawn where the sprinkler is running and when the cup fills an inch deep, it’s time to turn off the sprinkler!

July 15, 2015

Avoid Short-Cuts When Mowing Your Lawn!

Doesn’t it seem like just when you get the lawn mower back in the shed, it’s time to turn around and do it again!?! While you may be tempted to cut the grass shorter, mowing your lawn too short can actually damage the grass and even encourage weeds to grow! To keep the grass healthy, do not cut off more than a third of the grass blade at a time. Sorry, no short cuts here!

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