Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 9/21/2017

 
 

Plant and fertilize in autumn to get a lush lawn come summertime.

Step 1: Spread the Fertilizer

Use a Spreader to Distribute Fertilizer or Inseticide

Apply fertilizer with a spreader, available at home stores. A walk-behind or motorized spreader is more accurate than a hand-held version. As you move the machine back and forth over the grass, grip the handle like a trigger and it releases pellets when you "shoot." Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package. Apply only the recommended amount. This is not a case of "If a little is good, even more is better" — too much fertilizer can burn your grass.


Step 2: Aerate the Lawn

Spiked Aerator Shoes

Provide some extra air for grass roots by aerating your lawn — taking out spikes of soil across your lawn to make holes for planting seed. Aerating is low-cost maintenance and even if it's the only thing you do for your yard, you should see improvement. There are motorized aerators for rent, or manual versions that work like pogo sticks, pushing out two plugs of soil at a time. The pogo-stick versions are good exercise, but beware: the motorized versions can require substantial upper body strength to use.


Step 3: Spread Cool-Weather Grass Seed

drop spreader

Purchase grass seed that says "cool season" or "cool weather" on the package, such as most fescues. Scatter it over the lawn with the same spreader you used for the fertilizer, or use a hand-held spreader for less fuss. Try to get the seed evenly distributed so you won't have clumps of grass later.


Step 4: Rake and Water the Lawn

Water Lawn after Fertilizing

Drag a rake over the lawn to break up soil clumps and cover the seeds a bit.

Water the lawn with the garden hose, using a nice gentle spray like rain. After that, keep the soil moist but don't overwater it or let it dry out. You may have to mow your lawn a few more times before the cold weather sets in, and you can also fertilize another time in a few weeks to help the grass grow. During the cooler months, you should see a lot of growth as a result of your labors.





Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 9/19/2017

Welcome home! This wonderful home is a commuter's dream w/quick highway access to I-495, Routes 24, 44 & 18 & minutes to the commuter rail to Boston! Step inside to view this splendid home & all that it offers to include a two-story entry foyer w/"catwalk" above overlooking a soaring cathedral living room w/fireplace & custom Andersen windows to show off the private rear yard & oversized deck, a first floor master suite perfect for single-level living or for the "extended family member" that may require a first floor bedroom, three additional generous-sized bedrooms, a spacious kitchen w/cherry cabinets/island/breakfast area, a formal dining room, a mud-room entrance leading to a cathedral family room w/pellet stove, beautiful hardwood flooring, a new heating system (2014), new replacement coils-a/c (2016), a new septic system (2012), a water softener, & a finished basement (not included in square footage) all situated on a beautiful manicured lot w/mature plantings & full irrigation!

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Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 9/19/2017


3 Carriage House Drive, Lakeville, MA 02347

North Lakeville

Single-Family

$549,900
Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome home! This wonderful home is a commuter's dream w/quick highway access to I-495, Routes 24, 44 & 18 & minutes to the commuter rail to Boston! Step inside to view this splendid home & all that it offers to include a two-story entry foyer w/"catwalk" above overlooking a soaring cathedral living room w/fireplace & custom Andersen windows to show off the private rear yard & oversized deck, a first floor master suite perfect for single-level living or for the "extended family member" that may require a first floor bedroom, three additional generous-sized bedrooms, a spacious kitchen w/cherry cabinets/island/breakfast area, a formal dining room, a mud-room entrance leading to a cathedral family room w/pellet stove, beautiful hardwood flooring, a new heating system (2014), new replacement coils-a/c (2016), a new septic system (2012), a water softener, & a finished basement (not included in square footage) all situated on a beautiful manicured lot w/mature plantings & full irrigation!
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Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 9/19/2017

The lifetime warranty. We’ve all heard about the wonders of owning an item with a lifetime warranty, but few of us actually own such products. Well, few of us are aware of it anyway.

The home is where we pour most of our money into. It seems like things are constantly breaking and needing to be replaced or repaired. But few of us check to see if the item has a manufacturer’s warranty. Nor do we remember if we bought an extended warranty.

In this article, we’re going to give you some tips on how to take advantage of warranties you may not know that you have, and how to shop wisely for warrantied products in the future.

But first, we’ll impart some general warranty knowledge.

Understanding the warranty

A warranty is a written guarantee provided to the purchaser of an item that they will repair or replace the item if it isn’t functioning as intended.

In most cases, there are time limits and exceptions to a warranty. Manufacturers know that their products won’t really last forever, so they plan for the eventual breakdown of the product from wear and tear.

Similarly, manufacturers don’t want you to misuse the product and then ask for a replacement, so they list exceptions to their warranties. To find out if one of your household items is under warranty, you can often check the manufacturer’s website.

To ensure you’re eligible for a warranty or replacement, it’s often necessary to have a copy of your purchase receipt which shows where and when you bought the item.

We know--keeping track of receipts is an annoyance few of us want to participate in. So, an easier solution is to keep an app like Google Drive or Dropbox on your phone with a folder called “receipts” or “warranties.” Then, the next time you make a purchase, simply snap a photo of the receipt and keep in in your drive.

Extended warranty warning

Many retailers will pitch you an extended warranty when you buy a product. Some of them are worth it, but most of the time you’re better off foregoing these add-ons.

Oftentimes, products are already covered by a manufacturer warranty. And, in some cases, the cost of the item is so low that owning a protection plan isn’t worthwhile.

Warrantied items you may not know about

Now that you know how to keep track of your warranties, let’s talk about some important items that you may not know has a warranty.

  • Roofing. Roofs are expensive and don’t last forever. However, many manufacturers promise 20 years of good service from your shingles.

  • Vinyl siding. Another expensive exterior item, siding is often warrantied by common manufacturers, including several “limited lifetime warranties.”

  • Tupperware. If there’s one product on this list you’ve probably heard of, it’s Tupperware. They’ve been famous for their lifetime warranties for decades.

  • Pampered Chef. This company makes an array of kitchen related products. Many of their items come with lifetime warranties.

  • Craftsman. Their power tools are affordable and include a lifetime warranty.




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Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 9/15/2017

This Single-Family in Plymouth, MA recently sold for $430,901. This Cape style home was sold by JoAnn M. Drabble - RE/MAX Welcome Home.


68 Timberlane, Plymouth, MA 02360

Single-Family

$445,900
Price
$430,901
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This lovely home, set privately on a 2.46 acre gorgeous retreat lot has it all. Custom stone Patio for your outdoor entertaining ,This beauty has an Open floor plan, Formal Living Room with Fireplace, Large Family room, beautiful Kitchen with island, Recessed lighting throughout, Loft/Office all large bedrooms, walking trails, home abutts conservation land, deeded beach rights and a short stroll to a private beach on Bloody Pond. This Beauty is minutes to Golf, Route 3, and the Pinehills Amenities, Restaurants and so much more. This home will not last No showings until Sunday July 30th, 12-2 pm per Sellers request.

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