Friday, November 25, 2016

Keep up a Lush Indoor Landscape with these Tips

Keep up a Lush Indoor Landscape with these Tips
Do your plants whisper to each other every time you enter the room or cringe with anticipation of what you might or might not do to them? Well here are some tips to help you get your indoor plant garden healthy and happy in short order.

  1. Ignore non-expert internet advice. A couple of popular beliefs are putting a damp sponge in the bottom of the pot, dropping in ice cubes or setting up an upside down water bottle. Don’t, don’t and don’t. Using damp sponges and drip systems are not good ideas. Soil needs to dry so air can move through it and bring oxygen. Also plants like room temperature water so no ice.
  2. Be careful with the water. Don’t think that you have to buy bottled water for your plants but do be aware of what might be in the water. Don’t use softened water because the salt content is too high and eventually affect the plants. If you use tap water, make sure it sits out overnight so the chemicals can dissipate. Best option is to set up a rain water bucket to collect naturally occurring rain and water your plants with that. It sits long enough to disperse any chemicals and it is always room temperature or outdoor temperature. If you have freeze warnings out, draw some of the water and bring it inside in a closeable bucket. But don’t let it sit too long.
  3. Overwater, underwater, uggg. Best way to solve this issue is to learn as much as you can about the plants you are growing. Think about what type of pots they are in, clay pots tend to suck moisture away from the soil. If you can push your finger into about an inch of the soil and it comes away dry, time to water. But if you see water sitting in the bottom of your pot pan let it go for a day or so longer. Look for these signs:
    1. New and old leaves falling off at the same time.
    2. Root rot, consists of brown, mushy and smelly roots.
    3. Standing water.
    4. Moldy flowers.
    5. Leaves begin to develop soft brown rotten patches and won’t grow.
  4. Feed them breakfast. After you eat your eggs and drink your coffee in the mornings, save up some of the shells and grounds. Adding crushed egg shell once a year gives your plants an extra boost. Grind them into a coarse powder and sprinkle around the base of your plants and water. Coffee grounds give plants yummy nitrogen. Start with about a teaspoon a week mixed in the soil until you get the right blend then pause for about 6 months. Don’t add too much too quick.
  5. Keep away from pets. Cats are a popular pest for plants. Always chewing on the leaves and such. Here are a couple tips to keep they at bay.
    1. Put lemon or orange rinds on the soil, the smell keeps them away.
    2. Spray cayenne pepper on the leaves.
    3. Put crumpled up tin foil on the soil in the pot.
    4. Place camphor balls in the soil around the pot but you may smell like an old lady's closet.
    5. Consider buying and growing some cat grass. Cats crave natural nutrients which they can find in grass.
  6. Don’t over fertilize. Dilute your plant food one-half to one-quarter the recommended strength.
  7. Trim your plants. Most plants are a lot happier when they are trimmed back to the healthy center portion. Clipped off long tendrils on your spider plants (good for composting) and trim off the dead leaves from others. The plant will be a lot healthier and grow a bit fuller in your pot.
  8. Location, location, location. Just like with homes, the location where you place your plant determines a lot. Know your plant, if they like direct sunlight or if they are a low-light plant and place accordingly. Some plants like morning light because it's brighter and some plants do better in evening sun. Also pay attention to temperature control. Cold drafty places are not plant friendly usually.
  9. Should I repot? To determine if a plant needs a new pot you will need to lift it out and examine the roots. If the plan is root-bound then it is likely to need a larger pot. Look for one about 2 inches wider and 2 inches deeper than the existing pot. The plant will need time to adjust to the new pot so don’t feed it for about 6 weeks after repotting.
  10. Plant choice. Last but not least, just choose plants that are easier to grow then say a Venus Flytrap. Buying plants that are easier makes it not as big a deal when you forget about it. Spider plants, aloes, jade plants any of the succulents or plants with thicker leaves and stems.

And remember if you, a friend or family member need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.

For additional events happening in and around Greenville during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Hack Your Bedroom for Better ZZzzzs!

hack your bedroom for better zzzzs
A bit bright and a bit cluttered per this post.
Next time you want to do some improvements to your home how about think of your bedroom first? We all want and need better sleep. It seems these days we are trying to run on less and less of it. Well here are some hacks to get you the best sleep you can get on a budget.
  1. Come over to the dark side. Make your room as dark as you can while you sleep. Add some black out blinds, remove all ambient light and cover up your clocks. It might surprise you on how well you sleep. Night time light has been linked to low melatonin levels too.
  2. De-clutter. Remove all clutter that has nothing to do with your bedroom from your bedroom. Put away the laundry, carrying your bills to another room. These items can cause stress and more stress means less sleep. Also, people who doze in rooms filled with clutter are more likely to develop habits of hoarding.
  3. Enjoy entertainment in another room. Don’t add TVs or other screens to your bedroom. You lose more sleep than you think to TV plus the never turn off. Those little lights will stay lit 24/7. If your one who works after the sun goes down then do what apple iPhone has done and install a screen tint program to adjust the light from your screen after sundown. A free one to try is f.lux. Add to windows or mac. 
  4. Keep the bedroom sacred. Your bedroom should be used for sleeping and for romancing. Not working or exercising or doing laundry or crafts. Keep your bedroom streamlined with minimal furniture so you can sleep.
  5. Don’t let the sound of life intrude. Ok, it might be a bit drastic to tear down your walls to add in soundproofing but you get the idea. Try to fix all the errant sounds that can creep into your room. Another thought is get a white noise generator or use a fan. These items tend to drown out other noises so your subconscious doesn't hear them.
  6. Choose another color. Bright “blue” lights are very disruptive to your life and your melatonin levels. They can also amplify symptoms of depression. Things that give off this “blue” light are computer monitors, standard fluorescent bulbs and a lot of halogen-type bulbs. Light up your bedroom with red or amber hue lights like a warm-toned LED. Look for lights with a color temperature near 2700K and no higher than 4000K. Check the pack for details.
  7. Check your air quality. Dust, allergens and carbon dioxide levels can all alter your sleep. If temperature permits, sleep with open windows to improve air quality and keep CO2 levels normal. Or add some plants to the room as they will clean the air for you. Choose low-light plants like the snake plant.
  8. Relax through paint. Studies have shown that certain colors of paint are more conducive to relaxing and destressing than others. For example, blue will lower your blood pressure and your heart rate. Stick to cool-toned colors like silvers, grays or light purples.
  9. Scent it up. Adding a relaxing aroma such as jasmine, lavender and/or vanilla can reduce your instances of insomnia, depression and make you less tired in the morning.

Hope some of these sleep tips helped you out. I know it did me. I have already downloaded f.lux to both my mac and my windows machine so like my iPhone they will switch at sunset. I am all for a good night’s sleep.

And remember if you, a friend or family member need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.

For additional events happening in and around Greenville during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Sold - 421 Woodbark Court, Mauldin, SC 29662

421 Woodbark Court, Mauldin, SC 29662
421 Woodbark Court, Mauldin, SC 29662
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3.5
Levels: 3
Square Feet: +/-1800
Type: Attached Single Family
Style: Residential Townhouse
MLS # 1332621
Price: SOLD

This one's gone but check out the link below to see more great homes still for sale from The Victoria Cottle Group.

BestGreenvilleRealEstate.com


Friday, November 11, 2016

November Events and Happenings around Greenville SC


The holidays are about to begin. Black Friday is already looming and stores are already advertising their big sales. Thanksgiving is coming up at the end of the month too! So to help you plan out your month, here are some events happening in and around Greenville.
  1. 10th Annual Holiday Art Show from 11/18 to 12/23 at the Arts Center of Clemson. Times are 10am to 5pm. Admission is FREE! Recurs daily.
  2. All Saints’ Bazaar on 11/12 at the Christ Church Episcopal. Times: 9am to 12pm. Come do our holiday shopping.
  3. An American in Paris from 11/29 to 12/4 at The Peace Center. Times: Tue-Thu 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2 & 8pm, Sun 1 & 6:30pm. Admission $25-$85. Recurs daily.
  4. Disney On Ice from 11/23 to 11/27 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Times: Wed 7:30pm, Fri-Sun 1 & 5pm. Disney presents “Dream Big.”
  5. Divine Mozart from 11/28 to 11/20 at The Peace Center. Times: Fri 8pm Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. Admission: $44.
  6. Garth Brooks from 11/18 to 11/20 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Time: 7pm. Click link for details.
  7. Greenville Craft Beer Festival 2016 on 11/19 at the Greenville Drive.Times: 12pm to 5pm.
That’s just a bit of the highlighted events for November. For a full calendar visit Greenville SC Events. I set up the page for November already.

And remember if you, a friend or family member need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.

For additional events happening in and around Greenville during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.