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.

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Protect your home investment

Broken water pipe in a garage last year.

Broken water pipe in a garage last year.


 It is rare to find water pipes in an attic, and this is why.  The weather is turning cold so it is time to make sure you have winterized your water pipes weather they run under your house in in your attic.  Here are just a few of the most important things to do to protect yoru property:

Remove your hoses and cover the spickets with insulation.  Don’t put it off!

Wrap water pipes!  It will save you money and inconvenience!

Clean your gutters so that the water does not back up and get under the shingles of your roof.

Winterize your irrigation system.

Put your lawn furniture and pots inside.

Clean the filter on your furnace so that it doesn’t have to work any harder than necessary.

Have yor fireplace and chimney inspected by a chimney sweep.

Drain the sediment from the bottom of the hot-water heater.  Most homes use a lot more hot water in colder weather.

The weather in Anacortes is much nicer than Seattle, but we do get a few cold days every winter.  Project your home, then curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book and enjoy island living!