Curb Appeal

Found 13 blog entries about Curb Appeal.

Want a picture-perfect lawn? Maybe fake grass is the answer. It solves watering, weeding, and fertilizing woes. But is it perfect?

If you live in a low-water area, or if you’re just tired of constant lawn maintenance, you’re in good company.

More homeowners are saving time, water — and their backs — by switching from real grass to artificial turf.

Synthetic grass for landscaping and recreation is growing 10% to 15% a year in the U.S.

That means more and more homeowners are using fakes for:

  • Lawns
  • Dog runs
  • Play areas
  • Pool surrounds
  • Rooftops
  • Putting greens
  • Decorative borders between patio pavers

Faking It is Right for You If:

  • You’re tired of watering, weeding, fertilizing, and cutting real grass.
  • Your summer
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Gorgeous, cheap, and practically care-free — what’s not to love?!

Every plant needs water. But drought-resistant varieties need only dainty sips once they’re established, making them perfect for low-rainfall areas and low-energy gardeners.

Susan Gottlieb, an expert on drought-tolerant gardens, says native plants have the best chance of surviving dry summers or whatever nature throws at them.

“Natives have evolved to thrive in your climate without a whole lot of extra work,” Gottlieb says.

Include these five stunners in your landscaping and retire your watering can.

#1 California Lilac

This beautiful shrub flowers in late winter/early spring, emits a lovely fragrance, and shows flowers that run from white to purple. The “Concha” variety

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By: G. M. Filisko

Make your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process.

The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on your home is to impress them with its appearance so they begin to envision themselves living there. Here are seven tips for making your home look bigger, brighter, and more desirable.

1.  Start with a Clean Slate

Before you can worry about where to place furniture and which wall hanging should go where, each room in your home must be spotless. Do a thorough cleaning right down to the nitpicky details like wiping down light switch covers. Deep clean and deodorize carpets and window coverings.

2.  Stow Away Your Clutter

It’s harder for buyers to picture themselves in your home

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Winter pruning - Getty Images

Winter is a great time to prune your trees and shrubs!

And if you'd like to hire a professional, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) may be able to help. Their Tree-Bate program offers rebates for professional tree care – up to $100 for residential customers!

ABCWUA Tree-Bates!

Trees, while they do require water to survive, actually aid conservation by providing shade and reducing water loss to evaporation, not to mention the many other environmental benefits they bring to our community.  In order to promote proper care in our dry climate, the Water Authority offers “Tree-Bates” to help cover the costs of tree maintenance -- and even the purchase of new trees!   The “Tree-Bate” is 25 percent of the cost of…
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By: Jan Soults Walker

Make an outdoor living area comfy long after the sun sets or the leaves turn with outdoor lighting, a patio heater, and a glowing firepit or portable fireplace.

Light the Deck or Patio

The sun sets sooner on your outdoor living space in the fall, but that shouldn’t limit the hours you use your deck or patio. Adding low-voltage or solar outdoor lighting fixtures lets you party or relax well after dark.

With both lighting types, you can:

  • Light deck railings and stairs
  • Define the patio perimeter
  • Illuminate the edges of paths and walkways
  • Draw attention to a planter or tree

Other fixtures light up dining tables, grill surfaces, and even underwater in swimming pools. 

Low-voltage fixtures clip onto a

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house numbers

House numbers are more than a convenience for pizza delivery. They are important to your family’s safety.

Emergency services need to see your house numbers to find you. That is why the City of Albuquerque passed an ordinance requiring all buildings, both residential and commercial, to have easy-to-find numbers on the property. 

If you don’t have house numbers on your property, one of the easiest DIY solution is to paint them on your curb.

For this beginner DIY project, you will need; 

  •              Painters tape
  •              Number stencils
  •              White spray paint
  •              Black spray paint
  •              Paint brush and paint remover (for touch ups/overspray)

 

Step 1: Sweep and clean the curb. Once dry,

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patio idea

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Upgrading your outdoor spaces? Here are upgrades that landscape architects rate as most popular.

If you’re thinking of sprucing up your yard, install what you love; but also pick upgrades that will increase your home’s value and, someday, attract buyers.

The new "2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey" by the American Society of Landscape Architects clues you in on what outdoor features are trending up: 

1.  Outdoor lighting (98.3% of architects rated this as very popular): With today’s solar and LED lights, it’s a low-cost upgrade, too. 

2.  Terraces, patios, and decks (97.7%): Adding any of these features is like adding another room to your home for much of the year.

3.  Low-maintenance landscaping

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 Adobe girl from New Mexico True

You’ve heard the expression, ‘dumb as mud?’ Well, that’s not really how we think about our mud here in New Mexico.

Adobe is a defining feature of New Mexico’s unique architecture, and something visitors from around the world are drawn to discover and explore. Along with New Mexico's endless skies and stunning landscapes, adobe gives our state a look and feel that can’t be found anywhere else.

Find “Cured Earth” and the New Mexico True Adobe Trail at NewMexico.org.

Pick a trail and see where it leads – to classically New Mexican adobes or Victorian neighborhoods on the Architecture Trail; to green chile cheeseburgers and family-owned wineries on the True Cuisine Trail, to famous artists, Native craft and top museums on the Art, Culture

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Southwestern plants

Source: City of Albuquerque & ABCWUA

During the hot summer months, more than 70% of all water use in many New Mexico cities goes toward landscaping. Billions of gallons of precious water are applied to plants that, quite frankly, were never intended to grow in our climate. To maintain our wonderful quality of life in the desert Southwest and to ensure adequate future supplies, we need to reduce our outdoor water use. Adopting the water-wise principles of xeriscaping is one way to meet that goal.

By choosing xeric plants for your landscape, you can create a water-wise xeriscape that will add beauty to your home— and help preserve New Mexico’s enchanting quality of life.

Click here to download CABQ’s “The Complete How To Guide to Xeriscaping”

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 Southwestern plants

Source: ABCWUA

The rebate amount has increased to $1.50 per square foot. Plant coverage must still be 50%, but all of the plants must be from the low water use designation on the Rainwater Harvest Plant List below. These plants are native or xeric adapted to live on the 8 inches of natural rainfall that occurs in Albuquerque. A rainwater collection or direction system must also be a part of the plan, which must be approved by the Water Utility's Xeriscape Inspector. In order to allow for root establishment and development, supplemental irrigation is allowed for a two-year period for shrubs and grasses, and a three-year period for trees.

Plants Approved for the “Rainwater Harvest Garden” Rebate Program

All plants need regular watering when

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