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Thank you for visiting Homeowner Herald, the official blog of AustinHomeSearch.com, providing valuable information for both home buyers and sellers. Follow us on Twitter or check in each week for new posts on topics ranging from holiday decorating to the economy to moving into your new home. This blog is maintained by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. If you’d like to suggest a blog topic, contact the ABoR Marketing Department.

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Trees in Central Texas: Valuable and Vulnerable
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

Caring for trees during the extreme Texas drought can be a difficult endeavor. In general, the experts recommend watering a wide area round your tree (commonly referred to as the drip-line) and not to worry too much about the depth since most tree roots run less than six inches deep. TreeFolks, a local group that helps grow urban forests through tree planting, education and community partnerships, has compiled several resources to reference in learning how to care for trees as well as the area water supply.

In addition TreeFolks hosts events throughout the year to empower Austin-area homeowners and organizations to plant and maintain trees of their own. They offer two-hour workshops that teach Central Texans about tree care and maintenance, fruit tree pruning and tree identification. For the more dedicated urban tree lover, TreeFolks has an eight-hour tree care and installation class called Citizen Forester. This course employs both classroom and hands-on work on a range of topics including utilizing trees in landscape design, identifying trees, soil health, as well as pruning and maintenance. Citizen Forester and other TreeFolks workshops are taught by local arborists, foresters and landscape designers.

Learn more about what TreeFolks has in the works and keep the drought tips handy as we head into another Central Texas summer!

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Create Curb Appeal Across the Seasons
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

Right now the evenings are still getting cool in Central Texas, yards are green and newly-planted flowers are blooming. If you are looking to sell a home in Austin, curb appeal is happening pretty naturally. Come June, however, lawns won’t be looking quite so fresh without some careful pruning and planning. The most important thing to remember when looking to spruce up that first-impression is to make whatever you do intentional. Whether that means intentionally paying a professional to landscape your front yard, or intentionally filling those empty flower beds with fresh mulch, being purposeful looks a lot more polished than attempting something grand and leaving it half-finished.

One of the easiest ways to maintain a clean look for your home throughout the drought is by implementing some xeriscape elements. Texas A&M explains xeriscape as a landscaping style that saves water and protects the environment. As a bonus: It also requires minimal maintenance. Xeriscaping incorporates seven basic principles:

  • Planning and design
  • Soil analysis
  • Practical turf areas
  • Appropriate plant selection
  • Efficient irrigation
  • Use of mulches
  • Appropriate maintenance

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there are other ways to add curb appeal to your property. Pay attention to these hot spots as you are staging your home’s façade.

  • The front porch: Ensure the area outside your front door is well-lit and swept clean. Replace burned-out bulbs and outdated fixtures with pieces that match your home’s era and aesthetic.
  • The front door: Sand and paint your front door in an afternoon and see how it immediately adds to your home’s appeal.
  • House numbers: Replace house numbers with fresh ones that are easily seen from the street.
  • The garage door: Clean the outside of the garage door. This is an often overlooked element that can make a house look old and dirty.
  • The driveway: Pull those stubborn weeds in and around the driveway.

Choose the projects that suit your time, skill-set and the style of your home and you’ll be amazed at what a difference some attention given to your home’s exterior can make. Talk with your Central Texas REALTOR® about ways to increase the curb appeal of your home for sale.

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