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Landscaper’s Note

Just a reminder for those of you who have moved into your new home over the winter:

When lawn installation ceases in October, a list of closings is compiled until planting commences again in mid-May.  Those lawns are then planted in order except when efficiency dictates that two or three, in a given neighborhood, get done at once.  Please be patient as Spring weather can be less than accommodating at times.

The seed will be applied with fertilizer, but future fertilization is critical for healthy growth. A new lawn should receive five applications of fertilizer per year for the first two years. (See landscaper’s recommendations received at orientation for timing.)  Remember to soak the lawn once a day and rake the straw back over bare spots if it gets blown by the wind.

You won’t need a green thumb… just follow the directions.  Happy Mowing!

Photo by Matthias Cooper from Pexels

Windsor Homes

Top 5 – Spring Check-up

As March begins like a lion and we look to vacation as a respite from the long cold winter, keep in mind that your home has weathered many a winter storm as well.  There are several things you should inspect to keep your home weather tight and comfy as we move into the wet Spring season…

1.Put a ladder up (a drone if you have one :)) and inspect your shingles, siding, and flashing.  High winds can damage these and you don’t want costly leaks.

2.Inspect the grade around your home to make sure water will shed away from the foundation.  Sometimes landscape projects can change the original grade set for your home.

3.Make sure your gutters are still secure and your spouting disperses the water well away from the foundation.

4.Window wells:  if applicable, make sure that no debris has collected in the bottom as this will plug the back-up drain and could create a really big problem in a heavy rain.

5.Check the caulk.  There are many areas, of your home’s exterior, that rely on sealants to help keep moisture from penetrating to unfinished or unprotected surfaces below.  The sun and changes in temperatures can cause drying and cracking of these sealants.

When the April rains begin, you’ll feel a lot more confident knowing you’re ready for the storm!

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Cold Weather Reminder

BRRRRR … RECORD LOW TEMPS ARE NOT SOMETHING YOU … OR YOUR HOME ENJOY.

YOU ARE LIKELY EXPERIENCING SOME STRANGE THINGS IN YOUR HOME LIKE FROST IN PLACES … ON THE INSIDE!

OR CONDENSATION ON A TILED FLOOR! THESE ARE DEFINITELY NOT NORMAL … ON A NORMAL DAY.

IT IS NORMAL TO PANIC A BIT … BUT GOOD NEWS …. IT WON’T LAST AND THERE IS A LOGICAL REASON FOR IT. HOMES IN THIS REGION OF THE COUNTRY ARE DESIGNED TO A TEMPERATURE BAND THAT COVERS THE LARGE MAJORITY OF THE WEATHER/TEMPS EXPERIENCED IN THIS REGION. THIS WOULD INCLUDE INSULATION LEVELS, WINDOWS, HEATING AND COOLING, ETC. OUR BUILDING CODES RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE GOING TO BE LIMITED TIMES THAT THE TEMPS MAY RISE ABOVE WHAT YOUR AC IS RATED FOR AND IT WILL STRUGGLE. ALSO, THERE WILL BE TIMES THAT THE TEMPS WILL DIP BELOW WHAT YOUR FURNACE OR WALL INSULATION IS DESIGNED FOR.

YOU MAY THINK, WHY NOT JUST DESIGN IT FOR 100% OF POTENTIAL OCCURRENCES? THINK CO$T. MOST PEOPLE DON’T INCREASE THE SIZE OF THEIR HOME FOR THE TWO TIMES A YEAR THAT THEY MAY HAVE TWENTY PEOPLE OVER FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

IF YOU BELIEVE YOU MAY HAVE AN ISSUE THAT GOES BEYOND THIS, PLEASE LET US KNOW AND IF YOU’RE NOT HEADED TO SOME PLACE WARM, BUNDLE UP AND BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!

OLD MAN WINTER WILL BE GONE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!