Green Manures

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Green manures are crops cultivated exclusively to add nutritional value to the soil. They are dug deep into the ground before they flower and get solid and woody, and left to rot down and add organic matter. Some green manures are also nitrogen enhancers, capable making an effort adding nitrogen to the soil and make it more abundant. If you’ve got a spot of soil that will be empty for the next months, then sowing a nitrogen upgrading green manure will give your next harvest a big development. You can also grow a small spot of green manure to slice and use as mulch in other places, or to supply green content for the compost bin.

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Green manure crops can have downsides if you don’t pick the crop wisely and take care of it properly. If you let a grass green manure expand until it becomes tough, it can take a quite a while for soil organisms to break it down. You can avoid this challenge by adding another source of nitrogen, or by thriving the grass with a legume. If you place seeds that can lie dormant in the soil for a couple of years before growing, or let a green manure go to seed, you can develop new weed issues.

Beautiful landscape can add nearly 20% to home value

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On the subject of real estate, initial impression plays a big part. Did you know it takes a typical homebuyer just one minute to form an impression about a home? Therefore, that subdue bait can work wonders here. Naturally, the interior of your home still counts, but a probable homebuyer won’t even step inside inside the house if the exterior is not up to their expectations. So, what is the proper approach to raise your home’s “curb” attractiveness and value?

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Landscaping & real estate: A good-looking landscape can add 20% to home value.

That’s correct, not only will top notch landscaping help you sell your home, but increasing the curb attractiveness of your home could improve its worth by as much as 10 to 20 percent. Clearly a win-win situation. This is why the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) suggests you invest 10% of your home’s worth in landscaping. The return on investment (ROI) can really pay off here.