With Spring upon us (more so in some parts of the country than others!), it’s time to start thinking about irrigation and landscaping. If you’re in the West, particularly, you’ll need to adjust your irrigation timers soon to increase your watering, if you haven’t already. If you shut off your system for the Winter, make a note on your calendar to turn the system back on when the drier season begins.
Remember: the key is to apply only as much water as the plants need for healthy growth. Watering is typically best done in the early morning when wind and temperatures are low. Established plants tend to do better when watering is done less often and deeper. As the weather conditions change through Spring and into Summer, make sure to fine-tune your watering program for proper watering.
Here’s a short video on saving money and water when irrigating your yard and garden:
One of our favorite parts of a change of season is the new fruits and veggies that come into season! We found a helpful list of what fruits and veggies are in season this month (and beyond). In season produce not only tastes better but is more affordable to buy. (This list may vary by region.)
It only seems right that we also offer up some recipes to use these yummy fruits and veggies in! Check out our Pinterest board for an assortment of fun recipes, but here’s a sampling to whet your appetite:
Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto
Baked Chicken with Artichokes (Hungry yet?)
Sauteed Swiss Chard
5 Healthy Rhubarb Recipes
20 Fresh Strawberry Recipes
Black Pepper & Honey Marinated Cantaloupe
Pineapple Bacon Bites (Dare you not to look!)
While there are many benefits to living in a condo, one common drawback is the limited amount of personal space. The community living environment offers a number of shared spaces, such as courtyards and party rooms, but each individual unit is typically somewhat small. Although not as little as an apartment, your personal area is still probably much smaller than a detached single-family home. Maximizing the space you have can be tricky, so you may want to try some unique decorating ideas that will help.
Before you buy any new furniture, it is a good idea to take measurements of each room and entryway in your condo. Knowing exactly how much space you have available will allow you to pick the appropriate size furniture. Large pieces of furniture, like sectionals, can make a small living room seem even smaller. When choosing several furniture items, try to limit the number of pieces in each room. Too many small pieces can make the room seem cluttered. Glass-top coffee tables and desks will help make the room seem more open. For parties, seating limitations can be solved with floor cushions. They are easy to store when not being used, and you can decorate them to match the rest of your décor.
If you can afford some remodeling, you may want to create a more open floor plan by removing an unnecessary wall between rooms. For example, you can turn the wall between the kitchen and main room into a half-wall and create the illusion of more space. You can also add counter space to the half-wall for more room to cook or eat. Dark colored walls and ceilings can also make a room seem smaller. Decorate your condo in light neutral colors that will make it look bigger and more open. You can add bright, bold colors with the furniture you choose, but keep the walls light. You can also use mirrors to reflect more natural light into the space by placing them opposite from windows. Your unit may be adjacent to another unit, limiting the number of windows available. Using a mirror to reflect the outdoor view will help brighten a space with only one window.
One of the biggest limitations your condo may have is storage space. This is a common problem with most units because they do not usually have attics or basements. Instead, you can create more storage by building floor-to-ceiling bookshelves along one wall. You can also purchase furniture with extra storage room, such as a coffee table with drawers underneath. A small kitchen might also lack the appropriate room to store pots and pans, so you may want to install cabinets and shelves along one wall.
Decorating your condo the right way will make it seem larger and more comfortable to you and your guests. Your own design ideas will differentiate your unit from the others in your community and bring your own personal style to life.
Each month we are including some helpful video links along with your monthly maintenance reminders. Here is an ongoing compilation of the links for your convenience!
Cleaning your range hood filters
Testing your AFCI’s
Testing your GFCI’s
How to weatherstrip a door
How to inspect for termites
Changing your furnace filter
Removing tough carpet stains
Irrigation Tips and Water Conservation