I need help finding plants that are drought tolerant, that are green year round, grow in Red Clay Soil, I live in the Atlanta area, and are suitable for a full sun, gentle slope area. I
thought of Yucca, but they are not suitable for the cold temps in this area. I would like for them to grow only about 4 feet tall. Smaller would be fine. Thanks for any suggestions.
Commented on Jul 26, 2012
Try contacting your local cooperative extension service office. They should have plenty of
information on plants appropriate for your area and should have some folks available to help you with any questions. Your local water office may also have information on good plants for the area, that require little water, as well as planting tips that save water.
Hi there, I purchased my home (that was built in 2004) as a Foreclosure in 2008. It was a complete mess, the paint schemes were horrible unless you were Willy Wonka with his addiction
for chocolate, Some rooms were missing carpet, there were no light fixtures, the railing on the stairs was missing and even toilets were pulled out. - I have Before pics if anyone wants to see them http://missnowmrsblogger.blogspot.com/p/our-...
During the time I have lived here, I made the updates and changes as I went. I kept everything neutral because I knew I would sell after I was married. I now have my home listed and have had a lot of showings and I'm being told the home is too neutral, nothing stands out and it starts to blend into the rest of the homes seen that day, and it needs to be "modernized"? I have always understood that you do not want your home to be too modern, traditional, colorful or personalized because the buyer cannot picture themselves there. What gives?
Here is the new MLS listing http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-de...
Help me sell my home please! We are at the end of a 10 day option period on our new home!
Commented on Jul 26, 2012
I second the advice to stage it better. I think that will go a long way with helping out once
people are inside. You have that great game room! I'd really play that up! Toss the balls on the table and leave out a stick so people are enticed to play a little. Leave out a little pail of cokes on ice and some snacks. Let them imagine having their friends over to hang out and play pool when they live there! Call a coin op rental place and see about renting a classic video game or pinball machine (both set to free play) to put in the space for a month. You'd have the guys hooked in a minute!
One thing that stands out to me in your pictures is the fridge, it's way too small for the space and gives it that "college students live here" feel. Could you rent a larger, fancier one? The kind that people who like to cook are likely to remember?
As for the HOA, I live in a place with a very strict one! Read through it again for loopholes. Ours has some specifics that don't require approval, decor under a certain height, changes to plantings in certain areas, etc. Yours may have something similar that would allow you to put out a few pots of flowers, maybe one with a little house number sign in it! What about putting out the pots on days you have showings and then bringing them inside? Usually an HOA violation gives you 14-30 days to fix the problem, and you'll have fixed it by dinnertime. Also, try getting the names and numbers of the realtors who call to make appointments and call them back to ask if they came by and if not, why not. If they ran out of time that's one thing, but if they drove by and didn't come in, then you know you need to work on curb appeal!
Does anyone know where I can find a deeply discounted/free, frameless bathroom mirror in Atlanta? Need one 38x60 or larger. I've checked Craigslist and Freecycle. Any builder's surplus
stores other than Northside Builder's Surplus or the one off of South Atlanta that anyone knows of?
Commented on Jul 25, 2012
When I needed something like that for an old rental house we lived in (the mirror was broken
when we moved in, landlord said it was 'still good enough") I went directly to a glass shop and had them cut me a custom piece and finish the edges. It was a fraction of the cost of something from one of the big box stores! Most glass places will also deliver since they have the proper truck to haul large sheets of glass!
have 3 dogs and want to make sure they and I are protected from them as much as possible. I've read some about snake-proofing a yard so have 2 questions. 1) See this pile of tree debris in my yard. Is there someone in the Gwinnett Cty (metro Atlanta) area who would come haul this off for me? 2) How would I find someone who comes to the house and does snake proofing?
Commented on Jul 22, 2012
If you are worried about the dogs, contact pacesetter training kennel in Winterville. They go
well beyond traditional sit/stay type dog training. If they don't do snake training, they will know who does. You may not be able to get every snake out of your yard, but you can train your dogs to stay clear of any they may come across and alert you to any they see as well. pacesttr at windstream.net A few hundred dollars of training now could save thousands in vet bills later, or worse!
These squares were made for college/kids rooms as bookshelves. They are like cubic cubbies except they are made of rubber covered metal. The flat squares were held together with round plastic piece. I uploaded a photo. Let me know if you got it.
Commented on Jul 22, 2012
You can probably call the company that makes them (safco) and order new connectors and use
them as shelves again. Or, attach them to the walls, maybe with a couple of washers behind them so they aren't tight against the wall, and use little S hooks to hang small items. I can see it in a closet, to hold belts or jewelry, or on the back of a cabinet to hold measuring cups and spoons, in the garage to hold paint brushes or small hand tools.
Sorry to jump in so late, but I figured one more good reference couldn't hurt if you hadn't
started already! We recently started planning our basement remodel and needed help with the overall design because it was laid out in a really bizarre way. Gary McCormick, with Affordable Craftsmen, (dot net) was the only person who was able to see past what was already there and come up with a floorplan that not only made sense, but made the space a lot more useable. He was also able to spot a number of code violations in the work done by the previous owner that we'll be able to fix as we move forward in the project. I was worried we were going to have to either live with a series of oddly connected rooms, or tear out the whole basement and $tart over, he's only moving 2 walls over about 2 feet, moving a couple of doors and building a hallway and the whole place works!
Our yard slopes to a low point in the back corner. Our neighbors yards also all slope down to this point. So when it rains heavily, the area turns into a pond with 6 - 12 inches of water. The water spreads far out and gets fairly deep. It takes a few days for the water to evaporate/seep into the ground. And for even longer the whole area is a soggy marsh that's unusable.
I've gotten suggestions from a few local landscapers. One suggested running a drain pipe underground to
the street with an immersed pump in a pit in the watery area. I'm very skeptical of this because it is a long uphill run to the street. I'm not convinced a pump would work given that.
Another suggested regrading to elevate the lower part stopping a foot or two short of the fence line. In the remaining gully against the fence, the suggestion was to install flowell dry wells to pull the water down. I'm skeptical of this solution as well because the soil is more clay-like and I don't want to just push water back into neighbors yards.
Anyone have any experience with or suggestions for a situation like this?
Commented on Jul 21, 2012
You could split the difference. Regrade the yard sloping gently away from the house, so you
get the flat yard you want, then landscape in some large rocks that define the border of the bog garden. Have that 'tumble down' the grade, the rocks getting smaller, eventually into gravel and sand, with the boggy plants tucked in and around all the rocks. It would give the appearance of having a little riverbed along the side and corner of the property. You'd get the same principle of the 'gully' suggested by the landscaper, without it looking like a boring little ditch!
It has been about a year since my last tune up, and I am wondering if a tuneup might be all I need, in order to avoid a service call and diagnostic fee and any other charges that may come along with all that. Thanks as always for your input!
Commented on Jul 21, 2012
If the outside unit is running but no air is blowing inside, check that the returns aren't
blocked, check that the filter is clean, and if that's not it, it's probably the fan or the blower motor (in my case, about a $500 repair) or the control board. If everything inside is working, warm air is blowing, but the unit outside isn't turning on, it may be as simple as a tripped breaker to the AC unit, or as expensive as a dead AC unit. An AC pro is the way to go with that! Sadly, we've had to deal with that as well and it was more expensive, but we were able to get a unit that was a better fit to the size of the house and more energy efficient than the old one that the builder had installed. If you have to replace, ask about rebates from the govt and the power company for installing new equipment!