Adding a Fresh Coat of Paint

Painting a home can transform the dullest and mundane home into an inspiring haven where you’ll always love to be. It also increases the value of the home substantially. In some cases, you may want to do it yourself. This has its inherent benefits as not only is it fun, you would be saving some cash in the process. Here are some steps you need to follow to get it right.

1. Take a tour of your house and develop a vision of how you want the house to look like. What colors do you want and in what shades do you want the color? If you are preparing the house for sale, your choice of colors should be neutral, blending easily with the furniture.

2. Get Others To Agree: There are other family members who are surely interested in the issue at hand. Discuss with them and get their opinion before embarking on your quest.

3. Estimate: Since you are not a professional, you need to make your guess as reasonable as possible. The amount of paint required depends on the area to be painted and the number of coats per area. Be sure to include the cost of tools required for the process.

4. Plan The Budget: The budget for the project depends on a lot of factors some of which are:

  • Paint Quality
  • Paint Area
  • Grade of tools

All these must be taken into consideration. For an area of 2000 sq. with top quality paint, it may cost you $350.00 in paint alone. You can add about $250 for brushes and any other materials that may be required.

5. Plan A Schedule: Make sure you have a grip on the time and how long it would take you to complete the job. Do you have kids? It would be a nice idea to send the kids on an outing to the park or to their grandparents so you can concentrate on the job at hand.

6. Protect The Furniture: You cannot paint the house with the furniture exposed. There needs to be some protection for the furniture. They can be covered with polythene wrappers or cleared out entirely. This would allow for ample working space.

7. Prepare The House: Clean the walls and remove anything that would contaminate the paint. Cobwebs, wall papers, stickers and anything similar should be removed from the wall. Open the window to allow for cross ventilation. This makes the paint dry faster and promotes a healthy work environment.

8. Apply Prime: Dark walls, stained walls and walls which have not been previously painted would need priming before painting. This would enhance the appearance of the end result. However, not all surfaces need to be primed. Some can be painted without priming. The essence of priming is to equalize the wall to an even surface and acts as a foundation for the paint to be applied.

9. Start Painting: Start with the most difficult part, applying paint from the top to the bottom. It should be applied gradually with a brush. Look at how things turn out and adjust accordingly. With a few strokes, you will understand the application process.

At the end of painting, make sure you clean the entire environment, removing and disposing all waste. Do not forget to reward yourself with a little refreshment as you have earned it.

Lawn Care Tips

An enviable, lush green home lawn never created itself. It requires much more than thatching, aerating, seeding, spraying, fertilizing, raking, watering, weeding, mowing, and edging – it requires a lot of dedication, determination, labor, and sweat. If you want your neighbors to admire your garden, you’re going to have to put your heart and pocket book into it completely.

Caring for a lawn may seem easy: it isn’t. You have to do your homework and learn about your garden, the landscape, and the kind of plants, shrubs and trees you wish to cultivate. Make sure you prune, fertilize, weed, and water to satisfy and meet the needs of all the different types of greenery in your garden.

If you hesitate to invest the time or money required in a lush lawn, you may want to reconsider. A dense, inviting verdant lawn attracts visual interest, creates curb appeal and is one of the best investments in your home that you can make to increase and maintain its value.

Test The Soil

You will never achieve a thick, luxurious green lawn if the soil beneath is poor. Take individual scoops of soil from the landscape and label with location. Label random soil samples from different areas of your lawn including full-sun locations, areas near sidewalks and the foundation of structures, deeply shaded areas, and soil around tree roots. While a simple pH test is available online or from a kit purchased at a local home and garden supply store, a full soil analysis requires a visit to your local county extension office. When you receive back the soil analysis, you will be able to determine areas of the lawn that require fresh topsoil, supplementation with well-aged manure, or other actions to either increase or decrease pH levels and provide nutrients the soil lacks.

Enlisting The Help Of Professionals

Looks like “one big bucket load of work, doesn’t it? Well, there is always a solution: handover your lawn maintenance to a professional, who can do the job properly while you sit and relax with family and friends. The landscape contractor you choose will meet you and discuss with you your preferences to develop a customized program that will enable you to achieve the lawn of your dreams without all the knuckle-banging, back aching tiring work.

Weed And Disease Control

A crucial facet of summertime lawn care is controlling weed growth. A consultation with a professional landscape contract will help will you take a closer look at weeds and devise and formulate a weed eradication program that controls their growth. Not only that, you will be provided with weed pre-emergence and post-emergence prevention.

During the hot and dry months, many types of grasses become prone to disease and insect infestation. Most commonly observed lawn diseases include leaf spot, brown patch, red thread, powdery mildew, blight, and other unpleasant lawn fungi. Your contractor will identify these problems and provide appropriate treatment.

Watering

One common question most lawn-owners have is in regards to the frequency and amount of water that is required for lawn care. An important thing to know about the water demand is that it varies with temperature, soil composition, drainage, and sunlight available. Generally speaking, lawns require a minimum of one-inch of water per week. If you too are confused your lawns requirements, your contractor can help by installing a landscape irrigation system.

Employing an experienced and trained contractor ensures that your lawn will receive the timely and attentive care it needs.

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