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02Oct
Kid-friendly Milton restaurants near Main Street Village in Milton
Community & Lifestyle
milton restaurants

Main Street Village residents are lucky to be surrounded by a wide array of fantastic Milton restaurants. You’ll have no trouble at all finding great spots close to home where you can eat out with your family. Each of the establishments listed welcomes kids with open arms and is super family-friendly, with menu offerings diners of every age will love.

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26Sep
Tips to Get Your Yard Fall Ready
Community & Lifestyle

With cooler seasons rapidly approaching, you’re probably not spending much time thinking about your lawn. However, autumn is the ideal time to prepare your lawn for next spring! In fact, your lawn needs more care during this time of year because the grass is busily absorbing energy, moisture, and nutrients in preparation for a long, dormant winter. Follow these quick tips to make sure your yard is fall ready.

Keep Mowing

Make sure you continue to water and mow your lawn, as needed, throughout the fall. As the season starts giving way to winter, drop the mower’s blade to its lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year. Doing this will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass and means there will be less leaf to turn brown during the winter. As a note: when you’re lowering the blade, try no to trim off more than one-third of the grass blades at any one time. To help avoid this, you can gradually lower the cutting height until the time of the final two cuttings.

Aerate the Soil

Fall is the ideal time to aerate your lawn so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer can easily reach the grass’s roots. A walk-behind lawn aerator is self-propelled and will quickly punch holes into the soil and extract plugs of dirt. Of course, if you’ve got a very large yard and don’t feel like aerating it yourself, look into local landscaping contractors to get the job done easily.

Rake the Leaves

Try to stay on top of fallen leaves and remove them from your lawn as soon as possible. You don’t want to wait until they’ve all fallen to the ground to start raking, otherwise, the leaves will become wet from rain and morning dew. This causes them to stick together and form an impenetrable mat that, if left unmoved, will suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases. If you absolutely can’t stand raking, use a lawnmower fitted with a collection bag or vacuum system.

Fertilize

If you fertilize your lawn only once a year, be sure to do it in the fall. Grass leaves grow much more slowly as the weather turns cool, but their roots continue to grow quickly. A fall application of fertilizer will deliver essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots and will help to keep nutrients on reserve for a healthy start next spring. Wait until mid-to-late fall, then apply a dry lawn fertilizer to all grassy areas using a walk-behind drop spreader. It may take a little longer, but a drop spreader provides the best way to apply an even, consistent layer of fertilizer.

Weed Control

If weeds like dandelions have taken over your lawn, now’s the time to fight back! Like most plants, weeds are in the energy-absorbing mode during the fall. This means that they’re drinking in everything that comes their way, including weed killers. If you apply an herbicide now, those weeds won’t return in the spring.

There you have it! With these 5 tips, you’ll have your lawn all set for a great fall season. The wonderful thing about starting in the fall is if you give your lawn a little attention now, you’ll be rewarded with a lush, healthy lawn in the spring! Be sure to follow Falconcrest Homes’ blog series for more helpful tips and tricks like these.

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11Jul
Landscaping Tips to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Home
Home Improvement
curb appeal

Potential homebuyers form their first impression of a home from its curb appeal. This means that your outdoor landscaping is crucial in preparing for the sales process! An attractive and well-maintained landscape can add a lot of value to your home. Here are our top landscaping tips to improve the curb appeal of your home and help it sell quickly.

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27Jun
Tips to Save on Your Hydro Bill This Summer
Savvy Owner

With the hot summer days ahead, people will often see a rise in bills as air conditioners begin to work overtime. In fact, air conditioners can sometimes account for up to 50% of your summer hydro bills! Luckily, there are some things you can do to help lessen the cost. Here are some tips to save on your hydro bill this summer.

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06Jun
Best organic grocery stores near OH! Towns in the Durham Region
Community & Lifestyle
organic grocery stores

If you’re constantly trying to find the healthiest food choices for you and your family, odds are you’ve looked into organic options. Luckily, with the growing interest in wellness, more and more organic grocery stores are popping up to fill our needs. In Oshawa, our OH! Towns development is within quick reach of quite a few organic grocery store options. Read on for our favourites. We’re sure they’ll become yours as well.

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16May
Backyard Design Features that Increase Resale Value
Savvy Owner

Falconcrest – Backyard Design Features that Increase Resale Value

backyard design features

Are you looking for ways to improve the resale value of your home? One of the best ways to do this is to design an outdoor living space! With additions like patios, fire pits and more, you not only get more space, you also greatly improve the chances of selling your home at a higher price and – potentially – quicker! Here are some backyard design features we recommend in order to increase the resale value of your home.

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15Mar
Are You Ready to Buy a House? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions
Savvy Owner
ready to buy a house

Buying a new home is an exciting, but also a very big decision. If you are unsure whether you are ready or not, you may want to reassess your situation and figure out if buying a house is the right thing for you. To help you better identify whether you are ready or not, ask yourself these 4 questions.

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07Mar
Home Security Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe
Savvy Owner
home security

Your home is the place you escape to after a busy day of work. It is your sanctuary, and it is a place where you and your family enjoy evenings and weekends together, making memories that will last a lifetime. It is important that you feel safe and secure in your surroundings, and that you don’t feel like you need to worry about your home while you are away. Following some of these home security tips will reassure you while you are not home, and make you and your family feel safer within the walls of your house.

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01Mar
The Differences Between Fixed and Variable Rate Mortgages
Savvy Buyer
Fixed and variable rate mortgages

Choosing a mortgage to suit your lifestyle is a very big decision to make. So when the time comes to make the decision on whether you want a fixed rate or a variable rate, this guide will ensure that you are aware of the differences between them. This, in turn, will make it easier to choose the one that is best for you!

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31Jan
How to Get the Best Mortgage Renewal Terms
Savvy Buyer
best mortgage renewal terms

After owning your house for a few years, reassessing and renewing your mortgage terms is a great way to plan your financial future and save money for years to come. Even if you are unsure about the process, our hints on the best mortgage renewal terms will ensure you get the best deal!

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