How to Anchor Hardscaping with Plants | This Old House: Live

Steps for Anchoring Hardscaping with Plants:

1. Start by selecting the plants for around the hardscape. In general, Jenn considers the following when selecting plants:

  • Be sure to select plants that will bloom in different seasons, so there’s always some color along the walkway.
  • Take note of how much sun the area receives and select plants that will thrive in those conditions accordingly.
  • Consider colors. At Mark’s house, Jenn picked a Japanese maple to bring out the red of the brick walkway, and she also picked a few varieties of evergreens, which is the complementary color of the red walkway.

2. Stage the plants in the bed. Keep taller plants towards the back and shorter plants towards the front.

3. Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as each plant.

4. Tease the roots of the plant with your fingers.

5. Place the plant in the hole.

6. Backfill the plant with soil. Jenn recommends adding a little starter fertilizer to help the roots get established.

7. Repeat this process for the rest of the plants.

8. Water the plants with a garden hose. Make sure

Annual House Price Growth Increases by 3.7% in April, Nationwide Reveals

Annual house price growth increased by 3.7% in April, indicating a strong market prior to Covid-19 lockdown, but the impact this will have on the housing market remains unknown. 

Nationwide reports in its new House Price Index that this increase is up from 3% in March, meaning the average house price in the UK is now £222,915.

Nationwide’s data is based on mortgages approved in April but submitted earlier, which could explain the apparent growth during lockdown. 

It has been forecasted that the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to a decline in house prices by the end of 2020, although experts disagree on by how much. 

Robert Gardner, chief economist at Nationwide, says the government’s economic intervention could be crucial in limiting the economic damage once the pandemic passes.

“The raft of policies adopted to support the economy, including to protect businesses and jobs, to support peoples’ incomes and keep borrowing costs down, should set the stage for a rebound once the shock passes, and help limit long-term damage to the economy,” he said.

“These same measures should also help ensure the impact on the housing market will ultimately be much less than would normally be associated with an economic shock

Summer Lawn Care Tips – This Old House

Keeping your lawn healthy and lush in the summertime takes work, but it isn’t impossible. Once you know the basics, it’s easy to maintain and enjoy. Read on to learn our top summer lawn care tips.

To keep your lawn healthy all year round, This Old House Reviews Team recommends hiring a professional lawn care company like TruGreen. This industry leader offers five different annual plans tailored to different homeowners’ needs. To get a free quote, call 888-535-3193, or fill out this simple form.

Early summer

Fertilize your warm season grass

Fertilizing in the early summer can give you warm season grass, which grows best at about 70 degrees Fahrenheit, a boost to grow thick and healthy. Fertilizing at the right time can make your grass more heat- and drought-resistant.

However, if you apply too much, you run the risk of burning your lawn. Grass already gets stressed during these months, so maintain caution when applying it. Use a fertilizer formulated specially for summer feedings, and follow the instructions exactly.

If you have cool season grass, do not fertilize in the summer. The best time to fertilize cool season grass is in the spring and the fall.