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The Inspector Newsletter
May 2015: Plumbing Inspections
Maintenance Matters

Maintenance Matters

Add Curb Appeal With Landscaping

Whether you’re preparing to sell your home or you just want to improve its look from outside, landscaping can be a valuable tool to add curb appeal. Maybe you just need to spruce up existing landscaping, or maybe you’re starting from scratch. Either way, here are some easy tips for landscape design.

  • First, draw a rough sketch of your yard and designate areas for landscaping, vegetable gardening, play spaces and any other things you’ll use the yard for.
  • If you’re completely at a loss as to what to do in your yard, consider hiring a landscape designer for an hour-long consultation.
  • Understand that landscaping is an ongoing process. Don’t feel like you have to do everything in a weekend. Plan to landscape as your budget permits.
  • Become familiar with the sun and wind patterns in your yard. This will help you determine what types of plants to plant and where.
  • Start small — landscaping is a process. You might start by planting shrubs or flower beds at the front of the house now, and then tackle the design of the side and backyard.
  • Create a focal point, whether it’s a fountain, a sculpture or an unusual and visually appealing plant.
  • Fill in with annuals. If there are areas you’re not ready to tackle or if you’re waiting while your perennials fill in, plant annuals for some color and a more mature look.
  • Add height to your garden or landscaping with planters and baskets.
  • Enjoy color throughout the growing season by researching when certain plants and flowers bloom and then planting for every season.

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Did You Know?

Improve Energy Efficiency by Planting Trees

Deciduous trees, which lose their leaves in the fall, are the most effective at reducing energy costs. When wisely planted around a house, deciduous trees provide excellent protection from the summer sun but allow winter sunlight to reach and warm your home. Before planting trees around your home, consider the height, growth rate, branch spread and shape and select those that will complement your yard and landscaping.

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MONTHLY TRIVIA QUESTION

Which hardwood species of tree grows to a larger diameter than any other American hardwood?

Be the first to answer correctly and win a $10 Starbucks gift card. Submit your answer to your local NPI/GPI inspector to find out if you’ve won.

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