Friday, June 27, 2014

Caring For Your Lawn this Summer

Hot southern summers can take a toll on your yard.  Keep in mind these lawn care tips and you'll have a lush green lawn to enjoy all summer long!

Watering - Water deeply and infrequently. General rule of thumb is about 1-1.5 inches per week.  Water early in the morning to prevent most of the water being lost to evaporation. Watering early also gives your lawn time to dry out before evening when fungus and disease can develop.

Mowing - In the summer months - mow high. Doing so will encourage root growth. Longer roots can reach deeper for moisture. Make sure your mower blades are sharp. Dull blades will pull at the grass causing additional stress. Leave the clippings as mulch. This provides a long-release fertilizer for you lawn and additional cooling. 

Following these simple tips will help keep your lawn looking good through the hot summer months.

What are some of your tried-and-true lawn tips?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Making the Move with Pets!

Moving into your new home can be stressful enough as it is - but when you add in pets?  There's another layer of planning that needs to be involved.

Here are a few tips to make the move easier on you and your furry friends.

  • Bring moving boxes into your current home early. Allow your pets to adjust to the sight and smell of them.
  • Keep pets in the room that will be packed up last so their environment is the last to change
  • On moving day, keep pets in a crate or at a friends house while the moving van is being loaded
  • Always transport your pets in your own personal vehicle and not the moving truck
  • Once you arrive at your new home, don't let the pets run around unsupervised. Start them out in one room and then gradually introduce the rest of the house.
  • Quickly put out familiar items such as a food bowl, toys, bed, and litter box.
  • Try to layout their familiar items in places similar to where they were in your old house. For instance, the food bowl in the kitchen or the litter box in the hall bath.
  • Be sure to update your pet's collars and ID tags with your new address as quickly as possible.
  • Your pets will mimic your mood. If you stay calm, it will help them through this transition.
  •  Take time out from unpacking to play. Make the move a fun and positive experience!

Have you moved with pets? What tips or tricks worked for you?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Fathers Day!

This Sunday is Father's Day and we'd like to take a minute to celebrate all the Dads, Step-Dads, Uncles, Grandfathers and Father figures in our lives!

Father's Day Fun Facts:
  • First Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910
  • In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson issued a Presidential Proclamation making Father's Day the third Sunday in June
  • According to Hallmark, Father's Day is the 5th largest card sending Holiday
  • The U.S. Census Bureau says the neck tie is the most popular Father's Day gift
  • The official flower of Father's day is the rose

How will you honor the Fathers in your life this weekend?

Friday, June 6, 2014

Strong Economic Report for SC

The Department of Commerce reported this week that South Carolina's Leading Index of economic indicators rose for the third straight month in April, reaching a seven-year high!

The index reached 101.46 and any value greater than 100 is used to predict economic growth for the next three to six months.

The Real Estate market across South Carolina was a major contributing factor to the increase.  Between April 2013 and April 2014, median home prices increased as well as closings. Foreclosures fell by 19% and the number of home permits increased by 31.9%.

Inventory remains tight as home sales increase and interest rates remain low.  If you're on the fence about buying a new home, act quickly to make the most of your buying power!