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Get Started on Your Spring Garden

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 7, 2019

Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier Boerne custom homebuilder, understand that you probably have a little cabin fever and ready to get outside and enjoy the weather.  (That’s not to say some of you haven’t already been doing so!)  That being said, it still might be a little cool, cloudy, or rainy in the coming days, and indoor spring cleaning can only be so engaging.  But on the days where it’s a little nicer out and you can’t quite escape the desire to be outside, take advantage of these early weeks of spring and get your garden ready to start growing!

“But wait!” You might say, “I’m not really a gardener and I don’t know the first thing about growing anything.”  Well, the good news is that most maintenance tasks you can perform now definitely prime your yard for springtime growth, and you don’t need to know anything specific at this time.  But this early set up will afford you the chance to take up a new hobby and make your yard absolutely beautiful in the coming months.

So what do you do to get started?  Our friends at HGTV recommend a fair number of activities that get you started.  Even better, these ideas are great for a family to do together as well as getting you active and moving (don’t make us remind you of your fitness-related New Years Resolution!).

Have you used mulch in previous years?  Mulching is a great way to add moisture and nutrients to the soil and the plants you want to cultivate as well as smother the weeds and unwanted lawn creepers.  Check the depth of your mulch as it has likely decomposed some or been washed away over the winter months.  Replenish your supply and use a rake to spread it around your garden and general landscape approximately 2-4 inches high.

Does your yard have stepping stones used for navigating outdoor traffic as well as adding to the general aesthetic?  We recommend that you check on these.  Sometimes with extreme temperatures,  they can become worn and weathered, making them unstable and precarious to walk upon.  Work those muscles to lift them from the ground and use a level if you need to to determine whether or not they are even.

Check your yard to ensure there aren’t potholes or tunnels that have been dug by critters.  Not only are they counterproductive to any planting aims you have, but they’re rather dangerous; you might step into one and twist your ankle.  Fill in these holes with dirt and soil and make sure they’re firmly patted down to prevent any accidents.  You’ll be able to add seed and grass turf to these bare patches in the coming weeks.

What are your plans for your garden this year?  Are you planting any fruits or vegetables, or are you sticking to flora and fauna?

 

Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.

Springtime Cleaning Indoors

Categories: New Braunfels Custom Home Builders | Posted: March 1, 2019

Spring is right around the corner and it is no wonder that whole house cleaning has been so frequently relegated to the Springtime months.  After being cooped up all throughout winter (or possibly just a few weeks), we’re anxious to get up, move around, and go outside.  Fact of the matter is, in our seasonal lethargy, we may not have felt ready or willing to make some major changes to our homes.  But a thorough or nearly so trip around the house with a cloth in one hand and a bucket in the other is sometimes all the motivation we need to get up, moving, and perhaps burn a couple of calories in our mission to tidy our house. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier New Braunfels custom homebuilder, shares some tips that Home Depot shared as ways to get motivated to tackle your Spring cleaning projects!

Staying focused is easier said than done, and depending on how things may have gotten away from us over time, the drive to keep pressing forward may be more elusive than we’d anticipated.  However, it can be done, and we believe in you!

First of all, a little musical motivation goes a long way.  Turn up some music or put on headphones, let your computer run through your upbeat playlist, stream music through a smartphone app, or even turn on the local radio to help you enjoy yourself just a bit more.  (As far as we can tell, dancing with the vacuum cleaner probably makes it work 10 times better!)

There are a few different ways to accomplish your goal of a clean home.  You can start in one room and work your way through the rooms by floor, or if you’d rather, you can hit up the same kinds of rooms all at once and split it up that way.  For instance, it may be beneficial to hit all the bathrooms at once once you’re in that mode.  Even better, you can multitask by running laundry load of towels, bath mats, and washcloths.  If you’ve got a couple of extra hands and offers to help, divide and conquer and it should be done in no time at all.

We at Weston Dean Custom Homes are committed to green building and living, and are fully in support of environmentally friendly cleaning products, whether they’re a reputable store-bought brand or if you try your hand at a thrifty DIY cleaner of distilled white vinegar, for instance.  Other natural cleaners include baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, or lemons/lemon juice.

Another quick tip: be sure to wash your windows on an overcast or otherwise cloudy day.  Sunshine frequently dries up the cleaner a little too quickly before you’re able to fully apply it, and leaves streaks on them in the process.

Let us know what’s worked for you!

Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.

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