What To Plant In The Fall Season

When you think of planting new flowers around your home, you may think of the spring as the time for major planting and landscaping projects. Surprisingly, the fall is actually the perfect season for planting. There’s so many different kinds of plants that thrive in the cooler weather. From perennials to trees to shrubs to vegetables, fall has it all. You just need to know what to plant in this thriving season that will be perfect for cooler weather. There’s so many different kinds of plants that are great for the fall, this article will surprise you.

The benefits of planting in the fall are many. The cooler temperatures are better for both the plants and you as a gardener. You can spend more time outdoors since the temperature is more suitable. Because the soil itself is still warm, it allows the roots of plants to grow all the way up until the time that the ground freezes later in the season. As a bonus, when everything is blooming during the spring, so will your fall flowers.

In the spring, you need to wait to begin planting until the soil is warmer, which can take some time. This actually means that there’s more good days for planting in the fall season than in the spring. The spring has notoriously unpredictable weather, making planting in this season even harder.

Just be sure that you provide your fall plants with enough water. This usually isn’t a problem considering the fall has quite a bit of rain. Pests and plant diseases are at a yearly low as well, making it a great time for planting.

The other bonus to the fall is that you don’t need fertilizer. It’s not the right season to fertilize in most cases. If you weren’t already aware, you need to stop fertilizing before the end of summer for most of your plants. The type of growth that fertilizer promotes can be stopped abruptly by winter weather, causing harm to the plant. If you’re planning on planting in the fall, try to plant about a month and a half before the first frost, which usually hits in late October.

Vegetables that can be planted in the fall include:

Brussel Sprouts
Swiss Chard

The fall is actually the best time to plant your turf grass and clean up your lawn as well. Blue grass, fescue and ryegrass need to be planted at this time. These grasses are all cool weather grasses and should be fertilized in early September and again later in the fall before the frost hits. This will give your grass a boost for an earlier green burst in the spring. Warm season grasses shouldn’t be fertilized during their dormant months. Hopefully, you’re inspired to plant during this fall season!

A Simple Guide to Condominiums

apartment buildingIs a condominium right for you? The market has been steadily rising for the past few years but condo living may not be for everyone.

Condo buyers typically fall into three categories:

-First-time buyers
-Second home or vacation home owners
-Retirees looking for a low-maintenance alternative

Under the right set of circumstances a condominium can be a great purchase. Before you run out and shop for condos you have to be comfortable living with rules and restrictions, and in close proximity to others.

There are different types of condominiums. They can take the form of apartment-style complexes, townhouses or converted multi-family dwellings. Most condominiums have common areas, such as stairwells, dividing and outer walls, fitness centers, pools, walking paths and gardens. These common areas are under shared ownership. Each unit owner holds an interest in these spaces.

Because space is shared there needs to a way to manage the maintenance, repair and costs of these common areas. To deal with that and other issues that involve space sharing every condo development has a condominium association. The association is typically elected by condo owners and makes communal decisions in the interest of the community.

When you find a condominium you are interested in you will want to inquire about the association: Some questions you may want to ask are:

  • Does the association maintain reserve of funds to pay for unexpected and potentially expensive repairs? If so, how much is in reserve and how is it managed?
  • Has the association maintained the building in good repair? Are there currently or any planned special assessments?
  • Does the association have plans to add any facilities, such as a swimming pool or gym, in the near future?
  • Does the development have any pending legal actions? Are there any disputes between owners, with developers or with the association that you should know about?
  • Buying a condo also comes with costs some are similar to a single family home purchase while others are condo specific. These costs include:

    • Down payment, mortgage and property tax
    • Condo fees, otherwise known as maintenance fees. Condo fees are paid by every resident to help with the maintenance of the building, pay the salaries of groundskeepers, concierges or handymen, and provide luxury facilities such as a pool, gym or rooftop garden. Condo fees are paid monthly and are subject to change. The condominium association budgets and determines the condo fees for all units. Condo fees are typically determined by the size of your unit, how many units are currently occupied, and the projected expenses for building maintenance and repair.
    • Special assessment fees. These fees may be requested when an unexpected repair or planned modification exceeds the cost of the condo fees collected
    • One of the most important considerations is to determine if you can live with the condominium rules or covenants. The rules vary from one condo development to another. Some condominiums may impose restrictions on pet ownership, noise levels, remodeling projects, and renting. Always read the condo rules and regulations to make sure that you are comfortable with them before you make a commitment to purchase.

Eight iPhone Apps for Household Chores

In an age of endless distractions, it can be hard to keep ourselves (and our families) accountable when it comes to doing chores and keeping the house clean. However, the digital age has also brought us an endless number of tools to fight the urge of being lazy and scrolling through our Instagram feeds for hours at a time.

In the iPhone app store there are hundreds of productivity apps designed to help you accomplish things throughout the day. The realm of cleaning and chores is no exception. Browsing through those apps, however, can be just as daunting as the chores they’re helping us do. So, we’ve built a list of the top eight most useful iPhone apps for cleaning and chores around the house.

(Many of these apps are also available on Android as well.)

1. Chorma

Do you have a full house but it seems like you’re the only one doing household chores? Chorma will help you change that. It’s designed for family, couples, roommates, and anyone else who is in need of dividing up chores. You’ll be able to sync between devices and earn rewards as you complete chores. This incentivizes cleaning (if having a clean house just isn’t that big of a deal to you).

2. Tody

I have no problem doing chores. I just always do them days too late. If that sounds like you, then Tody is for you. This app allows you to set the frequency that certain chores need to be completed. There will be small reminders in the app letting you know if and how many days you are overdue for cleaning the toilet. This really adds on the guilt factor if you’re the type who needs a bit of extra persuasion to get some cleaning done.

3.  Unfilth Your Habitat

Calling your cleaning tasks “chores” can sometimes make you feel a bit childish when trying to get some cleaning done. Unfilth Your Habitat is definitely not for kids. This is made obvious by the name of the app, which has been censored here to read un”filth” rather than the other “f” word. This app will motivate you with guilt and shame, but will reward you for completing your tasks.

4.  EpicWin

If you like playing video games, specifically role playing games (RPGs), EpicWin is the productivity app for you. The app is an RPG/to-do list where your epic adventures are your chores.

5. BrightNest

BrightNest is the all-inclusive homemaking app. It has cleaning tips, home decor advice, and a personal schedule for helping you spruce up your house.

6. SimplyUs

SimplyUs is the app for busy couples that helps them stay productive together. The app lets you share your calendars (Google, Yahoo, etc.), to do lists, and more.

7. Sortly

If you plan on moving in the near future or if you’re a collector of any kind, Sortly will help you catalogue and keep track of your entire home inventory. It helps you print labels for moving boxes, tells you how many boxes you need, and much more.

8. The Fridge App

The Fridge app is an electronic version of the sticky notes you would put in your home for your family. It can sync between your whole family and will give them updates on any new posts or changes that are made.