Have You Tried Dry-Scaping?

by Fireside Realty Group 06/30/2019

No matter where you live, smart planning means landscaping for your climate. While magazines, websites and home and garden television shows display verdant English gardens dripping with wisteria and spritely fountains, responsible landscaping means ecologically sustainable plants and watering systems is the way to go.

If you’re in a newly built home, designing a low-maintenance yard from scratch is more straightforward than removing an existing water-guzzling lawn. In more arid climates, consider xeriscaping—also called desert-scaping or dry-scaping—lower water use protects natural resources and native wildlife, while seamlessly flowing with the natural environment. Even in moister climes, it's wise to utilize plants that grow naturally without excessive watering. Choosing native plants with the assistance of a local garden center can start you on your way.

Plan your site use

Consider how you’ll use the space before tearing up the existing landscaping. Are the flat areas better for play spaces or for entertaining? Is there a slope or terraced area? Does water flow downhill from another yard? How does the sun, shade, wind, or other weather patterns move through the yard? Determine the best use and how weather patterns affect the area to reduce the amount of effort you’ll need to spend maintaining your landscaping.

Consider your needs:

  • Hire a professional to test your soil to see if you need to add special fertilizers.
  • Review the drainage and correct elevation issues so that water flows away from your home. A flooded basement is avoidable with proper preparation.
  • If you're new to homeownership and landscaping, think about hiring a professional to get advice or to complete the project.
  • Where possible, utilize drip irrigation systems rather than sprinklers. These reduce water waste and soil erosion. Set timers on your irrigation system to avoid overwatering and waste.
  • Try to preserve any naturally existing trees, especially native ones, but replace high-maintenance trees when necessary.
  • Choose shade-tolerant plants for areas shaded by trees or buildings.
  • Install ground cover plants, or even lava rock, gravel, or river stones to reduce water consumption and run-off.

Make space functional

For play areas, use environmentally-friendly grasses, or replace turf with pea gravel, mulch, sand or specially design playground materials made from repurposed rubber tires and other recycled products. Entertainment spaces allow for artistic use of paver stones with gravel between for drainage, raised beds that double as sitting areas and decorative pathways through your landscaping.

Simplify maintenance

Whatever your landscaping needs, careful planning to reduce maintenance requirements gives you more time to enjoy your yard. Cover any bare soil with water-permeable fabric weed barriers and layer gravel or mulch over the fabric. Advanced planning means less weeding later. Reach out to a landscape professional or garden shop for information on ordinances and specifics on safe herbicides that protect your environment while simplifying your life.

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The number one promise at Fireside Realty Group is to always put our client and their needs first. For this reason, providing expert service during every step of the real estate process is nonnegotiable and is something our clients can expect. Our expert staff manages every part of the transaction – Sales, Staging, Photography, Contract-to-Close, Listing Management and Marketing, Technology and Systems, Mortgage Lender Referrals, and Make-Ready Services – to ensure our client’s have a 5-Star Experience. 

How is this different?

Traditional brokerages have little or no concern with the client (buyer/seller) and leave it 100% up to their self-employed real estate agent to deliver the knowledge and service (or lack thereof). This means there is no consistent quality or standard of care and limited service by virtue of the capacity of a single agent. All of this can be risky for the customer. 

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Mediocrity is not an option at Fireside Realty Group, which is why our agents have areas of specialization and work as experts in their specialty. This means that every Fireside client will work with a real estate professional who has the knowledge and expertise to tend to their specific real estate concerns. You wouldn’t go to a cardiologist to solve a problem with your foot – you would go to a podiatrist! So for instance, why buy a mountain investment property from a typical agent who owns no mountain investment property? 

How is this different?

At Fireside you work with a team of expert agents who are trained to help with a variety of specific real estate needs. If you have a need that isn’t a fit for the agent you are currently working with, we will gladly refer you to another expert, or even outside the company if that is the best course of action…which is not the case in most brokerages.

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We invest in and use technology to ensure that Fireside Realty Group operations makes good on our promise of a 5-Star Experience. We have carefully tested and filtered out the gimmicks from the tools that really work. ALL agents are trained to use our technologies, tools, and systems in order to deliver the level of service that is required.

How is this different?

Other brokerages leave technology choices up to their agents. What this means is a lack of consistency because each agent uses a different system and operates based on their own individual preferences. We think you and your home or investment are too important to leave it up to a lone ranger agent and whatever tools they have at hand. 

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We Practice What We Preach.

All Fireside agents have personally purchased and sold at least five homes, so they have first-hand knowledge of the client-side experience. This has shed light on areas in which the real estate experience was lacking and needed improvement. Our leaders have taken that learning and built a solid foundation for Fireside in which they continue to work in and improve all facets of the company including sales, contract-to-close and client responses in order to truly understand . 

How is this different?

Other real estate companies are filled with sales managers and leaders who are full of good intentions but have no experience working with the buying/selling customer, or whose experience is no longer relevant in today’s market. In these companies, the systems, tools, and advice for customers comes from theory or outdated practices.