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By Lee Goade | Agent in Hendersonville, TN
  • TREE PLANTING ADVICE! -Springtime projects...

    Posted Under: Curb Appeal in Nashville, How To... in Nashville  |  May 17, 2011 5:48 AM  |  652 views  |  2 comments

    RISMEDIA, May 16, 2011 Before planting a tree make sure you know how to do it properly, advise tree experts. The way you plant a tree governs how it grows or dies. For example, girdling roots strangle a tree, and roots planted too deeply suffocate a tree.

    ***The most important aspect in planting a Tree is choosing the location! All too many trees are planted too close to the Home or structure. This can cause a multitude of problems later on. I've seen countless tree's planted so close to the home that when they begin to mature in size the limbs and branches are forced to hang onto the roof, gutters and rub against , fascia, siding and trim. This can damage all the above and the lack of Sun light on the roof allows fungus to thrive in wet or more humid environments compromising asphalt shingles and ALL wood products.

    The Root system can also cause catastrophic damage to foundations, Basement-walls and concrete or asphalt driveways and walkways, SEPTIC TANKS AND FIELD LINES... Another consideration is utility and phone line locations. Always check the characteristics of any plant or Tree before planting. i.e. The mature Height & Width and it's climate preferences.

    Thx, Lee

      

    Here’s how to correctly plant a tree, courtesy the International Society of Arboriculture and the website TreesAreGood.com:

    Prepare the Perfect Hole

    Dig the hole two to three times the width of the root ball. Do not dig deeper than root ball depth. Make the sides of the hole slant gradually outward.

    • For bare root trees, neatly cut away any broken or damaged roots. Soak the roots for a few hours prior to planting to allow them to absorb water.

    • Container-grown trees should have the plastic or metal containers completely removed. Carefully cut through any circling roots. Remove the top half of pressed peat/paper containers.

    • Balled and Burlapped (“B&B”) trees should have all of the ropes cut. Pull the burlap at least one third of the way down. Slit remaining burlap to encourage root growth. If in a wire basket, cut away the top of the basket.

    Plant the Tree

    Gently place the tree in the hole. Partially backfill with the soil from the hole, water to settle the soil, then finish back-filling the hole. Tamp the soil gently, but do not step on the root ball.

    Planting Pointers

    • Remove tags and labels.
    • Do not stake unless the tree has a large crown or the planting is situated on a site where wind or people may push the tree over. Stake for a maximum of one year.
    • Prune only the damaged branches.
    • Soak the soil well, making sure no air pockets form between roots. Wait until next year to fertilize.
    • Spread two inches of mulch over the planting area, but do not place it up against the trunk.
    • Be sure the root ball has plenty of water throughout the year.

    For additional information on planting and other tree care topics, or to find a local ISA Certified Arborist, visit www.treesaregood.com.


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  • TOP 5 MARKETING HOME IMPROVEMENTS (under 5k)

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Nashville, Curb Appeal in Nashville, Remodel & Renovate in Nashville  |  January 31, 2011 5:15 AM  |  699 views  |  1 comment

    "The City Vibe" by Lee Goade, area Real Estate expert/Blog

    Top 5 Marketing Home improvements (under 5k)
    January 31st, 2011 7:10 AM

    According to HomeGain.com's newly released 2011 home improvement survey

    The top five home improvements (under $5,000) that real estate professionals recommend to home sellers based on average cost and return on investment (from highest to lowest ROI) are:

    • Cleaning and de-cluttering ($290 cost / $1,990 price increase / 586% ROI)
    • Lightening and brightening ($375 cost / $1,550 price increase / 313% ROI)
    • Home staging ($550 cost / $2,194 price increase / 299% ROI)
    • Landscaping ($540 cost / $1,932 price increase / 258% ROI)
    • Repairing electrical or plumbing ($535 cost / $1,505 price increase / 181% ROI)


    Cleaning and de-cluttering is really a "No Brainer" and continues to rank as the top suggested home improvement (since the survey was originally conducted in 2000), recommended by 99 percent of real estate professionals, costing less than $300 and returning a value of nearly $2,000 to the home's sale price, or a 586 percent return on investment.

    The Preparation; "Sellers need to prepare their homes for sale before putting them on the market," said Louis Cammarosano, General Manager at HomeGain. "Homes that have initial appeal have a better shot at selling faster and closer to the asking price than homes rushed to the market with no improvements."

    The Top Ten things; Rounding out the top 10 low cost, do-it-yourself home improvements includes: updating electrical systems and/or plumbing, updating the kitchen and bathrooms, replacing or shampooing carpets, painting interior walls, repairing damaged floors, and painting the outside of the home.

    The home improvement projects with the highest price increases to a home's resale value are updating the kitchen ($1,265 cost / $3,435 price increase), followed by painting the outside of the home ($1,467 cost / $2,222 price increase) and home staging ($550 cost / $2,194 price increase).


    Note to my readers;

    Also, Curb appeal; enough cannot be said about the importance of Curb Appeal and 1st impressions. As everyone knows, overcoming a Bad 1st impression can be a rather daunting task. In Real Estate this may mean a much Lower sales price! Personally, we encourage our Sellers to fully consider their Curb appeal, Porch, Front Door and entryway. These are minor things that can make a Major difference!


 
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