Planning Your Garden for Spring



Enhancing curb appeal includes enhancing your garden! Time for fresh flower scents, new plants, and working outside. Many bulbs have already begun to bloom, however the good news is that you can buy flowers and plants that have already bloomed and your yard will instantly look great! This is also the time to consider any fall bulbs or crops you want to have around once the summer is over.

Our Favorite Ways to Begin Planning Your Garden

Make a Sketch of Your Yard
You don’t necessarily need accurate measurements to do this (although if you want a to-scale sketch of your yard, feel free!), but it is necessary to visualize where you want everything to go. Drawing it out will help you determine how your yard will look once everything is in place and allow you to better allocate your money.

Plant Trees First
As trees typically take up more space in yards and require a little more work, it is best to get them done first and plant smaller items around them.

Year-Round Plants and Upgrades
Some plants such as shrubs and bushes that don’t “bloom” can provide aesthetic appeal to your yard year-round. If you plan to implement any of these, plant them when you do your trees to again get bigger items out of the way. This is also the time to work on any yard enhancements such as new pathways or retaining walls that will add dimension to the yard as a whole.

Perennials, Bulbs, and Annuals
This is the time to have fun and add color to your yard! Many spring bulbs are available for purchase and already in full-bloom by May first. Determine what feel you want your yard to have and browse a couple of nurseries and garden centers. If you are unsure of how to care for the plants you are looking for, the individuals that work there will likely be happy to share their knowledge.

Having a well-planned garden always attracts the eyes of passersby, especially those eyes that are interested in purchasing your home.

Contact us for more tips on how to enhance your home and garden for the market! If you are looking to buy in Anacortes, WA or anywhere in Skagit County, we can be your guide in finding a great home in a beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest.

Enhance Curb Appeal- Planning Your Garden

Would you like to add value to your home without spending thousands of dollars?

Having a good landscape will add curb appeal, improve the overall look of the outside of your home and add value to your investment . Right now is the time of year to start working on your home garden to enhance the curb appeal. If you are thinking of selling this year, having a great curb appeal can get you more money for your investment and will help sell your home faster. A garden can help contribute to the overall landscaping and curb appeal of your home increasing the interest of future buyers, impress your neighbors, or make you feel cheerful to see a beautiful landscape as you pull into your driveway.

If you are unsure where to start, here are a few steps to get you headed in the right direction:

1. Planning- Sketch out your existing yard. Include the intended planting areas, decks, trees, slopes, fences, walkways, etc. Make sure you have the actual dimensions to help you make the right choices when picking out trees, shrubs, and flowers. Note bloom times, color, and varieties to ensure an appealing garden year round.

2. Start with trees- Trees create a focal point that will help you layout the rest of your garden. Trees provide shade and colorful foliage in the fall and elegant flowering trees in the spring and summer.

3. Shrubs come next- Large bushes and shrubs create beautiful garden art, help develop pathways, and make for great privacy walls.

4. Incorporating flowering shrubs and grasses- Flowering shrubs and grasses can be used to screen plain garages and help create attractive accents to frame your garden.

5. Finish with perennials, bulbs, and annuals- Perennials offer shape to your garden, bulbs create colorful arrangements in the early spring, and annuals provide as later spring and summer accents.

Size, color, and bloom span are all important aspects when creating a garden, make sure to research which trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials, and annuals will best fit your garden. Keep in mind the mature size of each part of your garden; try not to go by the current size of each plant. Maintenance is the key to help keep your garden beautiful throughout the years to come. Developing a watering routine and removing all dead, broken, diseased, or problem limbs will promote new growth.

Most important of all is to have fun gardening! The outcome of your hard work can make the outside of your home more appealing if you are thinking about selling and why not… impress your neighbors!

If you would like to learn how to add value to your home or if you are thinking about selling, please contact Jean Groesbeck (360) 941-3734 or

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Anacortes Community Garden Open House

The Anacortes Community Garden is getting ready to start it’s second garden at the Mt. Erie Elementary School.  They will be holding an Open House on October 16th from 1-3pm at the 29th Street Garden with raffle prizes, proceeds to help build the second garden.  They will also have snacks from this year’s harvest.
Please stop by the garden behind the Bowling alley (29th street and Commercial) on October 16th and help them raise funds to build their second Garden.  They will have a sign up sheet there if you would like to participate in building the next garden later in the year.  The Anacortes Community Garden is in the process of organizing efforts and will be contacting volunteers soon.  You can also reply to Sylvia Cooper at with your contact information and she will add you to the list to help build this garden.

If you are thinking of moving to Anacortes, please stop by the Coldwell Banker Bain office to see me for all your real estate needs!

A GARDEN 4 U is Launched in Anacortes

Ron and Linda Harris build and market raised bed garden boxes for growing veggies, herbs, plants, or flowers without bending over.  No more tired backs or sore knees from gardening!  These practical garden beds make planting, weeding, and harvesting easy for everyone, and are ideal for small spaces.

They are built with plastic coated screws and 100% solid cedar, coated with clear wood protector.  The base is cement and fiberglass with drainage holes.

Two standard 36” inch high sizes are available:
a 2’ x 5’ perfect for an herb garden close to the kitchen or apartment deck (see above picture) for $150

and a 3’ x 5’ raised garden bed (see below) for $175 for expanded gardening.  Prices include delivery.

Ron recognized the need for a convenient, easy way to garden after taking part in the “EAT YOUR YARD” program sponsored by Skagit Beat the Heat last season and by helping with the Anacortes Community Gardens project.  The Harris’s are excited to play a small role in helping make gardening fun for all ages.

GARDENS 4 U are already proving popular for Mothers’ Day gifts, too!

Call  Ron or Linda @ 360-333-9956  For Your RAISED BED GARDEN!

WSU Know and Grow Workshop: Drip Irrigation for the Home Gardener

From the Skagit County Website

WSU Know and Grow Workshop: Drip Irrigation for the Home Gardener
WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners in partnership with WSU – Mount Vernon NWREC present a Know & Grow workshop, Drip Irrigation for the Home Gardener
Tuesday, May 26, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, 16650 State Route 536 (Memorial Highway). Trickle irrigation uses less water than sprinkling, and it reduces weeds and plant diseases. Jeff Thompson, an expert on the benefits of low volume watering, will review the various types (soaker hose, emitter systems), then get right to the specifics: designing your system, what and where to purchase supplies, and a hands-on demonstration of assembly. This is drip irrigation demystified! Come early for limited seating. Free-will donation suggested. For more information, visit .WSU Know & Grow: A Series of Tuesday afternoon workshops for the home gardener that combine the latest in horticultural research with sound gardening advice presented by the Washington State University Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners in partnership with the WSU – Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center.



 Britt Shellenberger, WSU Master Gardener Program Coordinator
WSU Skagit County Extension
11768 Westar Lane, Ste. A
Burlington, WA 98233
360-428-4263 (FAX)



“Why mow when you can grow?”




Saturday, April 11, Anacortes “Eat Your Yard” Program will sponser a workshop featuring Becky Stinson on  “What Vegetable Varieties are Specifically Best for Skagit County”.  She will cover starting them from seeds or indoors, or sowing the seeds in the garden.  When?  OR, should starts be purchased to transplant.  


This timely workshop with be at the Anacortes Public Library at 10th & M from 10-noon.  Come early to get a front-row seat! 


Happy gardening in beautiful Anacortes!Linda Harris (360) 202-8888
Coldwell Banker Island Living

Certified Residential Specialist
Certified Negotiation Expert




Get out the bikes or your walking shoes this Saturday, March 21, and head to the Anacortes Public Library at 1220 10th. St. for the start of a tour to visit a selection of yards and gardens that local Anacortes home owners have designed to grow food at home.  Some feature veggies, fruit trees , or herbs or berries. You may get some ideas just in time for the growing season!  All selected gardens are within two miles of the library where maps and garden descriptions will be found in the lobby between 10-11 a.m.


Anytime you need a free may of Anacortes, stop by the new Coldwell Banker Island Living office at 3110 Commercial Ave., Ste 101.  Maybe you need to buy a house in beautiful Anacortes BEFORE you plant that garden!


 Linda Harris (360) 202-8888Coldwell Banker Island Living

Certified Residential Specialist
Certified Negotiation Expert