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What Incentive is Better Than Money?

Posted by: Kathy Butts on Thursday, October 17, 2019

Avoid a fast and furious bidding war.

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Fall Is the Time to Spruce Up the Yard for Spring

Posted by: Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Even though parts of Montana have already seen significant

Many hopeful sellers focus on indoor projects but don’t pay close enough attention to what prospective buyers will see first when they pull up to the house – the family yard. Attractive landscaping helps increase curb appeal, which can add as much as 17% to the sale price of your home. If you plan to list your home in the spring, fall is the time to start working on your living landscape.

 

Here are six tips from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) to help make your yard fabulous this fall and beyond.

 

Tip #1: Nurture healthy turf. Aerating the soil in autumn by punching holes in it allows oxygen, water and nutrients to reach hungry grass roots. This will create a lush lawn to welcome buyers in the spring.

 

Tip #2: Follow proper grass guidelines. Keep mowing the lawn as needed throughout the fall. For the last two cuttings of the year, adjust your blade to its lowest setting. This shorter cut will enable more sun to reach the crown of the grass and will result in fewer brown spots in the lawn.

 

Tip #3: Don’t leave the leaves. It may be tempting to wait until all the leaves fall off your trees before cleaning them up, but don’t delay. Fallen leaves block sunlight from reaching the turf, suffocating it and increasing the risk of fungus growth.

 

Tip #4: Leaf blow with care. A leaf blower can make quick work of clearing leaves from your lawn. Be mindful of your surroundings when using a leaf blower and make sure people and pets are out of the area.

 

Tip #5: Fuel properly. Lawn mowers, leaf blowers and edgers/pruners are key pieces of outdoor power equipment for fall. Be sure to “protect your power” by fueling the engines according to the manufacturer’s specs. That means using E10 fuel or less. If you’re using battery equipment, make sure they are charged and ready to go.

 

Tip #6: Grasscyle to feed the lawn. Using a mulching mower to shred and return cut grass back to the lawn is good for your grass. Another option is to finely mulch leaves and spread them on the lawn. Shredded leaves can help control weeds and load the lawn with nutrients before the long winter months.

 

To see an infographic with additional fall yard care tips, go here. For more information on the benefits of our living landscapes for property values, people and the planet, go to SaveLivingLandscapes.com.

snowfall, once the snow melts, these are some great lawn care tips to ensure a healthy lawn come spring.

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First House Jitters?

Posted by: Kathie Butts on Monday, September 16, 2019

Download this helpful buying guide.

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First House Jitters?

Posted by: Kathie Butts on Monday, September 16, 2019

Download this helpful buying guide.

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Home Financing is Easier Than You Think

Posted by: Kathie Butts on Thursday, August 29, 2019

The onslaught of financing questions can be baffling when you’re tackling them alone.

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Stress-Free Homes are a Trending Niche

Posted by: Lee Nelson on Thursday, August 15, 2019

Ten Ways to Make a Stress-Free Home

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How to Fast Track Your Closing

Posted by: Kathie Butts on Monday, August 5, 2019

Three Ways an Inspection Helps you Sell

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Buying a Place with Your Bestie

Posted by: Kattie Butts on Thursday, July 18, 2019

Buying With Friends Isn't Like Renting

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DIY Doesn't Mean Doing It All Yourself

Posted by: Kathie Butts on Friday, July 5, 2019

How handy would you say you are?

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Three Easy Steps to Transform a Dining Space

Posted by: Melissa Dittmann Tracey on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Transforming a dining room can seem daunting, but these easy tips can make it easy.

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Don't Get Blindsided by Closing Costs

Posted by: Kathie Butts on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Have you ever decided to buy something, only to find out about additional costs at the end?

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Don't Buy Too Much House

Posted by: Kathie Butts on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Don't need it? Then don't pay for it.

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5 Mistakes New Homeowners Make in Their Yards & How to Avoid Them

Posted by: Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute on Wednesday, May 8, 2019

How to avoid common mistakes when it comes to your yard.

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Backyard Ready Spring Checklist

Posted by: Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Spring is a great time to get your backyard ready for summer!

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3 Questions Every Homebuyer Should Ask

Posted by: Kathie Butts on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Keep the pain out of homebuying.

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Are You Doing the Little Things Homebuyers Love?

Posted by: Kathie Butts on Monday, March 25, 2019

There’s never been a better time to sell a home

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Beyond Curb Appeal

Posted by: Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Whether you are working with a buyer or a seller, your clients want a property that offers the most bang for their buck. Of course, many factors go into determining a home’s value – location, neighborhood, schools, safety, floorplan and whether it has been updated, to name a few. There’s another important feature that is sometimes overlooked – the family yard.

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What You Need to Know About the Spring Housing Market

Posted by: Kathie Butts on Thursday, February 14, 2019

Spring is near, which means the housing market is getting ramped up.

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How Practical is Smart Tech for You?

Posted by: Kathie Butts on Thursday, January 31, 2019

Smart tech has come a long way for homeowners.

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Are You Ready for the Top Hues of 2019?

Posted by: Kathie Butts on Thursday, January 17, 2019

Colors have the ability to evoke emotions and change our attitudes

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