Prepare Your Trees for Winter

green-692079_640Winter is almost here and with the winter months, now is the time to prepare to protect your bushes against the upcoming frost and snow. As you begin to get ready for the winter months head, wrapping them in burlap is an excellent way to guard against winter burn.

As you first go about wrapping your plants, one site recommends you place 3-4 stakes around the plant, allow for a few inches between each stake, and drape a double layer of burlap over the stakes. When you place the burlap around the tree, be careful not to touch the foliage in case plant gets wet and freezes which can damage your plant.

Not all plant will required to be wrapped for the winter months. If you’ve recently planted shrubs and trees, you will want to wrap them for at least the first 3 winters to keep them protected as they mature.

Create a Smooth Remodel with These Tips

small garden flowersAre ready to start remodeling your home? There is a lot that goes into the process and hiring the most qualified contractor is one of the most important. Before you hire a contractor, ask for references and fits the best with what your visioning.

As you move forward with your remodel, know what is important to you. There might be many items/details you want in your home and knowing which are a priority is important. Keep a wishlist as well because you never know when you will be able to make something a reality from your list.

Be realistic in setting your budget because if you set too big of a budget you can put yourself too much at risk. Speak with a loan officer at your bank or credit union to know what you can afford and how much you may be able to stretch in your budget.

After you have set your budget and know what is important to you, find out what the builder includes in their base price. It is important both you and your contractor know what is expected in the relationship and the terms are set so there will be no unwanted surprises as you move forward with the remodel.

There are many things going on when you are remodeling, be sure to view the floor plan and do a walk through (repeatedly) to ensure nothing is overlooked, no mistakes were made, and keep the communication lines open with your contractor.

Remember, remodeling your home can be a long process. Keep your sense of humor, do things to reduce stress, and keep your vision clear. In the end, it will be worth it to have your home exactly as you want it.