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Springtime in Chicago is truly a wondrous thing. Neighbors stop hibernating and become neighbors again.  The sun's rays turn warm, and our world turns lush and green. 

With spring, comes lawn care.  Often overlooked is tree care.  

Click here to learn more about what to do in the Spring to keep your trees healthy all year.

 
 
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Everyone talks of staging, de-cluttering, and cleaning when preparing your home for listing, and yes, those are critically important.  Here are a few more tips to set your house apart when it comes time to show your home. 
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Great article to provide ideas on different design thoughts.  There are some creative easy ways to create unique spaces and personalize things.  If something resonates with your personality, you should not be dissuaded from pursing it because it doesn't conform to accepted standards.

There's really only one that I disagree with, and that is the one regarding following trends.  I agree it's okay to adopt a new trend in a scale larger than that of replaceable accessories, but to fully embrace a new trend with reckless abandon could lead to serious remorse down the line.

Read through and decide which ones you agree with and which ones you can do without.

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Downsizing can have a dramatic effect on your finances and may be the perfect move to ensure a comfortable retirement.

Continue reading to find out what other questions you should honestly ask yourself.

 
 
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Fall is a critical time for proper lawn care as grass stores nutrients for the winter and prepares to go dormant.

Follow these steps to ensure your lawn has a great head start in spring.

  • Aerate the soil - This allows oxygen, water, and fertilizer to easily reach the grass roots.  
  • Rake fallen leaves often - At least once a week.  If leaves are left on the grass too long it will block out sunlight and prevent nutrient storage.  Wet, compacted leaves on top of grass can suffocate the grass and lead to fungal growth.
  • Fertilize - If you fertilize once a year, fall is the time.  A good slow release fertilizer with proper nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium levels will give your lawn a great start in the spring and promote strong, disease resistant roots.  
  • Overseed - Fall is a great time to lay down grass seed.  Best to do it in conjunction with aerating so the seeds are in contact with the soil.  Either overseed early in the fall to give the seeds time to germinate and establish some growth, or wait late fall when everything is dormant before the seeds can germinate.  Anything in between and the seeds won't survive the winter.
  • Last mowing the season - This is the one time of the year to mow the grass short, 2 inches. This will lessen the chance of snow mold forming and the short grass blades wont smother new growth next spring. 
  • Weed control - Weeds, just like the grass, are storing nutrients for the winter.  Apply an herbicide to target the weeds.