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It Is Inspection Time!

How often should a Rental Owner or Property Manager Inspect A Rental?

It is a good idea to inspect your properties on a regular basis. If you don’t do it often enough, you may miss some things and could turn into serious problems. You also could risk the rate of not maintaining a solid relationship with your tenants. More communication is better than not enough.

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Your lease agreement should detail about your inspection policy. If you don’t have an inspection policy, that needs to happen immediately. Technically, you can stop by your rental properties at any time you feel like it, but only to inspect the exterior of the property. You can’t just enter the rental premises any time you feel like it to check on a tenant. This can open you up to risk.

 

You need to give your tenant at least 24-hours notice before entering the rental until. THe notice to them should state why and when you intend to be there and what time you will leave. Make sure you are not violating your renters rights by checking with your particular state and local laws. This is also why many owners hire a Property Management Company like, Picket Fence Properties.

 

Here are some great times to inspect your property:

  1. When the tenant moves in – this can also be a move-in inspection
  2. When a tenant is moving out – This is done when they are departing the rental unit so you can determine the final condition under their lease. Renters will take better care of rental units if they know you’ll be inspecting them on a regular basis.
  3. Routine maintenance checks – this helps you maintain the property upkeep and value. It is a great way to keep you tenant satisfied too as it feels like customer service, ensuring that all things are working great for them.
  4. Check for unauthorized tenants – This is common when a family member overstays or when a tenant begins to house a significant other. This is usually an easy fix to change the terms of the lease and how is living in at the property.

 

All my best,

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

Property Management Companies Increase Retention

Today’s rental market owners are finding out that having a professional property management company helps retention.

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Why is this? Let’s face it. We are all busy. Managing our own households can be enough for one person, let alone worrying about properties you own and are leasing.

 

Today’s property managers are finding out that good customer service is no longer cutting it. They expect amazing service. Most individuals fall short of the kind of service needed. This is why property management companies are in business, to ensure that both you as the owner and the tenant are happy.

 

Property manager can find out for certain what the renters want instead of thinking they know what they want. There is a huge difference.

 

The other thing a property manager can usually do better than a busy individual owner is respond very quickly. When there is an issue, tenants want a quick response.

 

When there are problems or issues at hand, this is when emotions generally run high and communication can be missed or sloppy. Let’s not let one minor problem turn into losing a great renter.

 

In today’s world, you must have the communication style that works best for your renters. This means you need to know them. People screen and ignore calls all the time but a text from their property manager may get their attention quickly.

 

Offering stellar service should be one of your main drivers as the owner of a property. We’d love to ensure that your properties are rented and that we retain the great tenants you pick.

 

All my best,

 

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

Did You Know 4/12/18 was National Grilled Cheese Day?

National Grilled Cheese Day! 

No matter how you like your grilled cheese sandwich, we must admit celebrating odd holidays is a great way to make your house a home. Celebrate your very own traditions no matter what they might be.

Mozzarella, Pesto, and Ham Toasties

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Rather than griddling these ham and mozzarella creations, stick the pesto-topped bread slices under the broiler. It will already be nice and toasty from roasting the red pepper! To save time, feel free to swap store-bought basil pesto in for the homemade mint-parsley pesto included in the recipe (although the latter is next-level nutty thanks to plenty of toasted almonds).

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Make-Ahead Smoked Turkey and Grilled Onion Panini

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Build and freeze these Italian-inspired turkey sandwiches so you’re never more than minutes away from melty mozzarella cheese bliss. Try the filling combination inside a sandwich thin, bagel halves, two slices of bread, or even a pita.

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Bacon-Cheddar Chipotle Chicken Panini

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Stacked with bacon, ranch, cheddar, and more, you’d never expect this BLT upgrade to be as diet-friendly as it actually is (about 400 calories and a whopping 32 grams of protein!). Our little secrets? Including plenty of nutritious veggies for satisfaction and making high-impact, barely noticeable swaps like calling for light ranch, reduced-fat cheddar, and light sour cream.

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Roasted Red Pepper Gazpacho with Pepperoni Cheese Toast

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In this play on pizza parlor favorites, we separate the sauce (here, pepper-tomato soup) and the crust, toppings, and cheese (via the sandwich). Combine in your ideal ratios by dunking or scooping, or enjoy one at a time.

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Bresaola-Gorgonzola Panini

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Tangy, crumbly blue cheese joins forces with melty provolone on this grilled sandwich that’s beefed up with savory slices of bresaola (cured meat). If you can’t find bresaola, try speck, prosciutto, or ham instead.

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No matter how you like your grilled cheese we hope you’ll consider celebrating a few off-the-wall traditions with those in your house to make it feel like home-sweet-home.

 

All my best,

 

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

 

Pros and Cons of Pet Friendly Rentals

Rental owners and property managers have to make some hard decisions to make when it comes to what is allowable in their rentals and what is not.

Deciding to allow or prohibit pets might be one of those tough decisions.

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We thought we would help by outlining the pros and cons of running a pet-friendly rental property.

 

Properties that allow pets should expect to attract a wider range of applicants. Most pet owners tent to be more responsible because they are assuming responsibility for their animal. Similar to parents, they ten to lease longer. This might be because there are less places to choose from.

 

Property owners and managers should know the laws of their local state regarding service animals so as to avoid any legal issues.

 

Cons of Allowing Pets

 

Normally people don’t have any problem with the pet owner themselves but it is the pet thay can/may cause problems. Some problems to consider:

  • Dogs may bite, threaten or annoy other residents.
  • Other renters could have serious allergies to pets.
  • Pets can cause odors and make messes.
  • Some insurance companies may raise premiums for some kinds of pets.

 

Pros of Having a Pet Friendly Rental

 

One thing to consider when allowing pets in is that you can offset risk and costs because you have the opportunity to earn more money.

  • Charge extra fees or even non-refundable cleaning deposits to pet owners.
  • Potentially charge higher rent.
  • Increased occupancy rates in some properties that have been difficult to rent.

 

The first thing rental owner and property managers should check on is their insurance premiums. Some insurers will allow most breeds of dogs, cats, fish and birds with minimal or even no additional charge.  You don’t have to allow all kinds of pets. It is also a good idea to require renters to purchase renters insurance to cover their own liability, keep dogs on leashes when they are outside, clean up waste on a timely manner, etc.

 

It is only natural to consider charging an additional pet fee or deposit for cats and gods.

 

Ultimately it is up you as the person in charge of your renters.

 

All my best,

 

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

This Easter: Bacon and Tomato Khachapuri

This Easter you might be going to someone’s house or having your home full of guests. Either way, making a house a home is something I love to do.

Here is a delicious recipe you might consider making this holiday weekend.

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Bacon and Tomato Khachapuri (Egg and Cheese Bread)

Stuff bread with cheese and crispy bacon, then put an egg on it, for this tasty crowd-pleasing breakfast or brunch recipe. Brighten things up with a fresh tomato-shallot topping.

 

MAKES: 4 SERVINGS

MAKES: 4 BREAD BOATS

PREP: 15 MINS

RISE: 1 HR 30 MINS

BAKE: 20 MINS TO 25 MINS 375°F

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • tablespoons water
  • tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded firm goat cheese
  • slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
  • egg + 1 tablespoon water (egg wash)
  • eggs
  • tablespoons butter, cut into cubes (optional)
  • cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • shallot, finely chopped (2 tablespoons)
  • teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Chopped fresh chives

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl stir together 1 1/4 cups of the flour and the yeast. In a small saucepan stir together the milk, butter, 1 tablespoon of the oil, water, sugar, and salt. Heat and stir over medium heat until warm and butter almost melts (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F). Add to flour mixture. Beat with a mixer on low until combined. Beat on medium for 3 minutes. Stir in enough of the remaining flour as you can with a wooden spoon. Transfer dough to a floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes). Transfer dough to a large greased bowl. Turn dough to grease surface. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours or until double in size.
  2. Punch dough down. Transfer to the floured surface. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine mozzarella, feta, goat cheese, and bacon; cover and chill until needed. Grease a large baking sheet; set aside. Pat and stretch each piece of dough to a 7×5-inch oval about 1/4-inch thick. Place on prepared baking sheet. Divide cheese mixture among the 4 dough pieces, leaving about a 1/2-inch border. Roll the long sides of the ovals towards the cheese creating a border. Pinch and twist the ends.
  3. Cover loosely and let stand 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush edges of bread with egg wash. Gently make a well in the center of the cheese mound on each bread oval. One at a time, crack an egg into a custard cup then carefully slip into each indent. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until bread is golden brown and yolks are thickened. Remove to a wire rack. Top each with a piece of butter, if desired.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine tomatoes, shallot, 1 tablespoon oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Top bread boats with tomato salad and chives. Serve warm.

From the Test Kitchen

USE FROZEN BREAD DOUGH:

Thaw and rise 1 1-pound loaf of frozen white bread dough according to package directions. Continue as directed in step 2.

Per serving:

727 kcal ,

40 g fat

(19 g sat. fat ,

4 g polyunsaturated fat ,

15 g monounsaturated fat ),

215 mg chol. ,

1266 mg sodium ,

58 g carb. ,

3 g fiber ,

8 g sugar ,

32 g pro.

Enjoy your Easter weekend!

All my best,

Teresa


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

 

 

Truth About The Rental Market

It is my job to keep an eye on the market regarding trends in Real Estate in and in the Rental Market. Let’s face it, sometimes keeping a trend on anything can be hard to do as all of our plates are very full.

 

I wanted to share this Facebook LIVE with  you as a way to keep current on the following things:

  • Occupancy Rates and Rent Growth
  • Renter Migration
  • US Homeownership Rates
  • Age Demographics
  • Affordability

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Nat Kunes shares the 5 Trends he is seeing in the rental market as far as macro trends:

Occupancy Rates

Occupancy rates drive what is happening in the rental market. In 2017, there was a dip from the 2015 high in the market. Nat thought 2018 will be lower than 2017. 94% occupancy is expected for the year.

 

Effective Rent Growth

You can see here that 2017 was the lowest in the last 7 years. As occupancy dips it is harder to raise rent. We are still high above long term averages. This is good to look at when you are building your rental portfolio.

 

Migration

As we look at these areas of the US – the entire Southwest, Northwest, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado we see in flux of a hotbed of activity. Where other areas of the US are seeing an outflow of activity like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.  

 

Home Ownership Rates

Home ownership rates are at a historic low all the way back to the 1960’s. This kind of positioning drives the rental market. Many of these factors cater to the market being the way they are right now:

  • Housing Prices
  • Rental Prices
  • Taxes
  • Job Growth

This is going to be an area that will stay low for a while as it is not something that you just bounce right out of. This is backed up by historical data from the real estate trends in America.

 

Check out the last 8 minutes of this Facebook LIVE to learn more about what is happening in regards to age demographics and affordability in Real Estate and in the Rental Market in the US.

 

Enjoy!

All my best,

Teresa

Is It March Madness In Your Home? It Will Be!

Are you having people over to your home in March? Whether you are into basketball or not, this great presentation will surely entertain anyone who comes to your home. 



It is always good to have some fun in your life.

After all, it is March Madness right now.

Sports fans will have a ball dunking and dipping into this easy, cheesy supreme pizza-flavored dip. When it comes to hot appetizer recipes, this one is a slam dunk!

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Basketball Pizza Dip for March Madness


  • Ingredients
    4 ounces hot or mild Italian sausage

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pepperoni or miniature pepperoni

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green sweet pepper

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  • 
1 8 ounce can pizza sauce or 1 cup marinara sauce

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)


  • Sliced pitted black olives

  • Assorted dippers, such as pita chips, pretzel crackers, bagel crisps, cucumber slices, and/or pepper slices


Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium skillet combine sausage, pepperoni, sweet pepper, and mushrooms.
  • Cook over medium-high heat until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  • Add cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and pizza sauce to cooked pepperoni mixture and stir to combine.
  • Transfer cheese mixture to the prepared pie plate and spread to an even layer.
  • Sprinkle top of mixture with cheddar cheese.
  • Place olives on top of the cheddar cheese to resemble the lines of a basketball.
  • Bake dip about 20 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Serve with assorted crackers and veggie dippers.

Enjoy this delicious and entertaining dip – your guests sure will.

 

All my best,

 

Teresa

 

Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

Taxes: It is Time!

Are you ready for taxes?

The time is upon us to prepare your final documents and get your taxes filed before April 15, 2018.  It is our hope that all of your data and documentation is easily accessible and in order. This should make for a an easy appointment with your tax professional.

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You want to ensure your transactional data is intact so that you don’t under or overpay the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

 

As a business owner it is vital to ensure you and your team keep accurate and reliable data throughout the year on your earning and expenses.

 

Even tax professionals aim to product clean and error free files but whenever you are importing data, having multiple hands touching the data, errors can be made. This is why you want to keep your accounting and financial data current throughout the year vs. just a few long weekends before tax time.

 

In our case, we tend to check and double check the numbers as a $1,000 rent payment from a tenant can sure mess up balance sheets and income statements if entered as either $100 or $10,000. One zero either way can make havoc on the books. Avoiding a last minute tax crunch can be avoided by doing your tax prep daily, weekly or even monthly throughout the year.

 

Here are some tips that will help you with tax prep and ensure a speedy tax appointment:

  • Get a checklist from your tax professional of the needed documents
  • Reconcile all bank accounts – remembering to watch for high or low transaction entries.
  • Before you print or release any 1099 or W2 info, confirm the recipient’s personal information.
  • Generate year end financials including owner statements, employee earnings, vendor transactions, purchase orders and any other information that your tax professional will need to reflect your profit and/or loss.
  • You’ll need your vehicle logs, list of capital assets, summary of mortgage interest, property tax paid
  • Keep your employee profile updated at all times.
  • If you don’t use a tax professional, make sure you check IRS.gov fo the latest tax code rules and regulations
  • In our case we use an amzing Property Management software to help us track data accurately which shortens the need to scrub data, update records and prepare documents at the last minute.
  • We highly recommend you invest in your industries data management software to help you keep track of your data as well.

 

Your main job this tax season is to ensure your data is as accurate as possible.

 

Enjoy!

All my best,

 

Teresa

 


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

Gardening 101: Dig into some gardening ideas now – Part II

Spring Gardening 101 Continues…

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Last week we gave you 5 ideas to dig into your spring gardens and this week, we’ll give you 5 more ideas.

Whether you the property owner, tenant or are looking to work with a Property Management company, making the outside of your home is key to loving it there.


Here are a few more spring gardening basics:

  1. Pick your plants. Some people pore over catalogs for months; some people head to the garden center and buy what wows them. Either method works if you choose plants adapted to your climate, your soil, and the amount of sunlight in your garden. You can even surf the Internet for plants to purchase. Here are a few easy-to-grow plants for beginners:
  1. Put them in the ground. Some plants, such as pansies and kale, tolerate cold, so you can plant them in autumn or late winter. Tomatoes and most annual flowers, on the other hand, are touchy about cold, so don’t plant them until the danger of frost has passed in your area. Midspring and midautumn are good times to plant perennial flowers.

Some plants, such as lettuce and sunflowers, are easy to grow from seed. You can sow them directly in the garden. Be sure to read the seed packet for information about when to plant, how deep to plant, and how far apart to plant the seeds. If you’re an adventurous beginner, you can get a head start on the growing season by sowing seeds indoors before the last frost date. You can buy containers or flats designed especially for seedlings, as well as seed-starting soil mixes (available at garden centers). Follow seed-packet instructions, and place the containers on a sunny windowsill or under artificial lights if you don’t have window space. Be sure to keep the seeds and seedlings moist but not wet (or they may rot).

An easier method is to buy young plants, called set plants or transplants. Just dig a hole and plunk them in the ground.

  1. Water. Seedlings should never dry out, so water daily while they are small. Taper off as the plants get larger. New transplants also need frequent watering—every other day or so—until their roots become established. After that, how often you need to water depends on your soil, how humid your climate is, and how often it rains. Plants are begging for water when they wilt slightly in the heat of the day. Water slowly and deeply, so the water soaks in instead of running off into the street. To minimize evaporation, water in the early morning.
  2. Mulch. To help keep weeds out and water in, cover the soil with a couple of inches of mulch. All sorts of mulch are available, from pine needles to cocoa hulls to bark chips. For a vegetable garden or bed of annuals, choose a mulch that decomposes in a few months. For perennials, use a longer-lasting mulch, such as bark chips.
  3. Keep it up. Your garden is on its way. Keep watering when needed, and pull weeds before they get big. Fertilize with a dry fertilizer about halfway through the season. If you use a liquid fertilizer, fertilize every month or so. And remember to stop and smell the—well, whatever you grow.

 

Enjoy!

All my best,

 

Teresa

 


Picket Fence Properties, located in Windsor, CO is Northern Colorado’s Top Notch Property Management company helping owners with their rentals, income/investment properties and vacancies in Northern Colorado. Are you a owner of a home for rent or that you’d like us to manage? We help you have the perfect tenants in NoCO. Are you looking for somewhere to rent in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Eaton, Evans, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone? Look no further, we have all your real estate and rental needs covered. Check out website for vacancies today.

Gardening 101: Dig into some gardening ideas now – Part I

Spring gardening is almost here!

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Gardening 101: Spring is a good time to begin growing and digging, although planning can take place before the snow melts. Gardeners spend most of the summer watering, weeding, and watching young plants grow. Fall is a good time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs, and some perennials. We  hope this helps you make your property or home a place you love to be.

  1. Get an idea. Is this going to be a vegetable garden? An herb garden? A flower garden? If you choose to grow flowers, do you want annuals, which you must replant each year but which give color most of the summer? Or do you prefer perennials, which have a shorter bloom time but come back year after year? You can mix any of the above—after all, it’s your garden. Just one bit of advice: Start small. ‘Tis better to succeed just a little, than to fail grandly.
  2. Pick a place. Almost all vegetables and most flowers need about six hours of full sun each day. Spend a day in your chosen spot and watch how the sun moves across the space. It might receive more sun than you think. But don’t despair if your lot is largely sunless; many plants tolerate shade. Check plant tags or ask the staff at your local garden center to find out how much sun a plant requires.

Put the garden where you can’t ignore its pleas for attention—outside the back door, near the mailbox, by the window you stare out when you dry your hair. Place it close enough to a water spigot that you won’t have to drag the hose to the hinterlands.

  1. Clear the ground. Get rid of the sod covering the area you plan to plant. If you want quick results, you can dig it out, but it’s easier to smother it with newspaper. A layer of five sheets is usually thick enough; double that if your lawn is Bermudagrass or St. Augustine grass. Spread a 3-inch layer of compost (or combination of potting soil and topsoil) on the newspaper and wait. It’ll take about four months for the compost and paper to decompose.

If you don’t want to wait or if the area is covered with weeds such as creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea), you’re better off digging the sod out.

  1. Improve the soil. Invariably, soil needs a boost. The solution is simple: organic matter. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure. If you dig soil (see Step 5), till the organic matter into the soil. If you decide not to dig or are working with an established bed you can’t dig, leave the organic matter on the surface and it will work its way into the soil in a few months.

To learn more about your soil, have a soil test done through your county cooperative extension office. They’ll lead you through the procedure: how much soil to send from which parts of the garden, and the best time to obtain samples. Expect a two-week wait for their findings, which will tell you what your soil lacks and how to amend it.

  1. Dig or don’t. Digging loosens the soil so roots can penetrate more easily. But digging when the soil is too wet or too dry can ruin its structure. Dig only when the soil is moist enough to form a loose ball in your fist, but dry enough to fall apart when you drop it. Use a spade or spading fork to gently turn the top 8 to 12 inches of soil, mixing in the organic matter from Step 4. In vegetable gardens and beds of annual flowers, turn the soil only once a year in the spring before you plant.

We’ll continue gardening basics next week!

Enjoy!

All my best,

 

Teresa

 


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