Buying a high-quality new home can be a smart move for those with busy lives. Or really, anyone with more imaginative plans for the weekend than, say, updating electrical wiring or replacing old rain gutters. When you buy a new Shea home, you’re free to focus on the fun parts of homeownership—such as personalizing a brand new home to your taste and lifestyle.
Basically, you get to be the boss of your home instead of it being the boss of you.
If you’re a homeowner—prospective, new, or experienced—you’ll find lots of inspiring ideas on Shea’s Home Hints Pinterest board. It’s chock-full of tips for home and yard maintenance, cleaning, décor, and home improvement projects to get everything just so. Below are some highlights.
In October, weather is even more unpredictable than usual. By the end of the month, average temperatures will have dropped 12 degrees. And while temperatures typically soar into the 80s and 90s for a day or two, snow shovels will make their first appearance.
If you’re new to Colorado, you’ll want to check out the winterizing tips below.
Your beautiful new home and yard require just a little bit of attention this month. Then you can relax, knowing that everything is shipshape for the chilly season that lies ahead.
1. Tidy up your perennials. Colorado’s extreme temperature fluctuations and dry winds can brutalize many of our commonly planted perennials. And, as any long-suffering vegetable gardener will tell you, our first hard frost can land in September—which means that the foliage of most perennials starts to wither this month. If you prefer to remove dead foliage right away, gently apply mulch to protect the plant from the winter elements. (Always remove diseased foliage to avoid the spread of leaf-spot diseases and fungal problems.) Alternatively, you can wait to remove dead foliage in the spring.
2. Keep your plants hydrated. Our winter snows can be heavy and frequent…or irregular and insufficient. Make sure your landscape has the moisture it needs with a layer of mulch that’s several inches thick. Mulch should be coarse and loose, such as shredded leaves, to permit air movement to the roots. Become a mulch expert here. Also, water at least monthly under dry winter conditions. Apply water mid-day, and only when it’s 40 degrees or warmer. [read more…]