These Landscaping Mistakes Can Make Your House Harder To Sell

Originally posted on House of Brokers Realty:

Clumsy, neglected, and hodgepodge landscaping not only hurts your home’s curb appeal, it can cut the value of your property and make it harder to sell. 

Real estate appraisers say bad landscaping is a buyer turnoff that can increase the number of days a property languishes on the market, which also hurts prices.

“I’ve been with clients who won’t even go into a house because of the bad landscaping outside,” said Mack Strickland, a Chester, VA, REALTOR® and appraiser.

Even more important, bad landscaping is a downer that hurts the way you see and enjoy your home.

Don’t let bad landscaping happen to you.  Here are the seven landscaping mistakes that bust, rather than boost, your home’s curb appeal.

1. Planting Without a Plan

Some landscaping choices, such as a line of begonias, will last a season; others, like trees, can last a lifetime. So, take time to plan and…

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Celebrating Earth Day 2014

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Originally posted on News:

The Contemplative Mammoth

Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Image via Wikimedia Commons .

Conservation paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill is interested in how landscapes change through space and time. You might recognize her blog, The Contemplative Mammoth, from reading her recent piece on “just-so stories”  — the entertaining (yet factually inaccurate) tales that people tell to explain the natural world. We enjoy Jacquelyn’s thoughtful narratives and discussions on a variety of topics, from the timescales of climate change to failed plant sex. Her writing is intelligent and accessible — a great mix to keep readers engaged.


On Milkwood, a family in Mudgee, a town in New South Wales, Australia, chronicles life on a farm and shares homesteading resources for both urban and rural living. You’ll read about best practices on everything from natural beekeeping to permaculture design to vegetable gardening.

Image by Milkwood.

Magic beans! Image by Milkwood .

If springtime inspires you to go outside and get your hands…

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Daily Tao / 112 – Nonanticipation

Originally posted on my mostly unfabulous life:

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Put forth your effort
With no thought of gain.

One should not pray or meditate with any thought of gain. Hold no expectations. Then the rewards will come. If one strives for power and gifts, no true results will come, and one will become lost in lust. Praying for results brings no results — the true spirit appears only when there are no expectations to hamper it.

Books and teachings talk of the results of meditation because they prepare the aspirant for the experiences that will occur. It is important not to look on these writings as advertisements. They are merely descriptions of what you will encounter.

Sit down with no thought of results and you will go naturally and spontaneously with Tao. It is admittedly a paradox. We are to know what to expect, and yet we should allow them to appear as they will. It seems irrational and…

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Happy Earth Day meditation from Louise Hay!

Originally posted on Purplerays:


“Happy Earth Day, Dear Ones!

Here is an Earth Day meditation for you, please share it.

The earth is a wise and loving mother. She provides everything we could ever need. There is water, food, air and companionship. We have an infinite variety of animals, vegetation, birds, fish and other natural wonders.

We have treated this planet very poorly, using up our valuable resources. If we continue, we will have no place to live.

I commit to lovingly taking care of and improving the quality of life in this world. My thoughts are clear and loving and concerned. I express random acts of kindness whenever I can. It is my planet, and I help to make it a better place to live.

I imagine a peaceful planet, with a clean, healthy environment for all. I see all the people on the planet opening their hearts and their minds and working…

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Q&A with William Morin (English Teacher, Writer)

Originally posted on United By Creativity:

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What is your advice to people who want to be creative?

 “My advice is for people to stop thinking about everyone else. When you start thinking about other people’s reactions, you lose what makes you who are you. I think the most courageous thing you can be in the world is to be honest and that is what creativity is all about. The most successful people are the ones that create the world around them and don’t let the world create them.”

Interview Conducted by: David Fruhling

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