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Landscaping Secrets from the Pros

Evergreen shrubs retain their leaves or needles all year long, so they’re constantly providing cover and color. “This gives you some interest even in the winter,” says Rich Cording Jr., co-owner of CLC Landscape Design, Inc., in Ringwood, N.J. He says evergreen plants advantageously placed near the house, such as in front of corners, can help soften the vertical lines of the house, giving it a more inviting appearance.

Connect points of interest with a walkway – Instead of trampling down the lawn, resulting in a makeshift path of dead grass between your patio, fire pit and garden, create an attractive walkway using concrete stepping stones, natural flagstone, decorative brick or crushed stone. “It’s all about connecting elements in your landscaping to pull those elements together,” says Craig Trenary, owner of Terra Forma Design in Bloomington, Minn.
Trenary advises constructing a pathway, walkway or any other landscaping feature from material that’s the same or similar to what’s used on the exterior of the house, such as a brick or stone, because it will tie the path aesthetically to the home. Or use the material to provide a striking edging along the walkway.

Make a water feature look natural – A water feature, even a small, self-contained unit that stands alone on a patio, should look like it belongs in its surroundings, Trenary notes. “You can use natural stone to build it up,” he adds. “You can use the same stone or material that you find on the house.”

However, Trenary advises not to use too many materials or the effort may backfire. “A good rule is to use no more than three elements in one area, or the area can get too busy and work the opposite way for you.”

Create curved lines instead of straight ones – Landscapers often add edging around flower gardens, the house foundation, and sometimes sidewalks and driveways. Installing the edging in creative curves instead of perfectly straight lines adds appeal and character. “I really enjoy creating those long, serpentine edges,” Cording says. “You really just improved the edge of the [garden] bed.”

The edging is permanent, so it enhances the landscape all year long. “The edging is there 12 months out of the year, so it is always adding a subtle, very attractive feature,” Cording notes. “This is an easy way to go from boring to beautiful.”

Combine a variety of plants – Cording encourages homeowners to choose a diverse range of plants that bloom at different times so ornamental leaves will be visible all season long. Otherwise, if all the flowers bloom at the same time, they’ll look attractive during that time frame but will lack color the rest of the year. Cording, for example, likes to use the perennial Rozanne geranium because it blooms from June through October.


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Joseph Sabeh Jr.

Please let me introduce myself, I am Joseph Sabeh, Jr a full time licensed professional realtor. I have been with Executive Homes Realty for over 13 years and was trained by my late father and Broker, Joseph Sabeh. I recently incorporated the company and we moved the office to 43513 Mission Blvd just last summer. I could not have found a more honorable place to work. After earning my experience selling high end Ralph Lauren suits and studying business management in southern California, I decided to pursue my dream of selling real estate and working with my father. He had already had such an excellent reputation and established a niche market of high end clientele that catered to the very best. I wanted to become the consummate professional just like him and have strived to become just that being just a phone call or email away from getting back to my client’s immediate needs! Known by my clients for my tenacity, perseverance , and excellence in negotia- tion(Certified Negotiation Expert), I have always strived to meet my clients high demands and goals. As a result of my professionalism, I have achieved an extensive portfolio of referrals from past and present clients. I credit my current values from my upbringing of my parents and the credit is due to them without question. Their integrity, pride, and willingness to sacrifice for the better of my life and my sister’s always left a mark on me that one day I will pass on. Their desire to achieve a better life and live it to the fullest is one that some families dream of and I certainly am appreciative of all of the education and etiquette I have learned from them both. I have sold condos up to 3.2 million dollar homes and I am here for any and all of your future real estate needs and wishing you the very best experience in your future real estate endeavors with me.

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