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Posted by Janet Cramb on 10/18/2017

planting flowersWe all want our yard to look perfect, or at least better than the neighbor's. But taking care of the yard takes a lot of work and many of us come to depend on harsh weedkillers or insect deterrents to keep the yard looking pristine. What many don't know is that there are other, more eco-friendly options that will keep the pests at bay. Better yet, many of these solutions are easily made from household items. Follow these tips to keep your yard looking great without filling the ground and air with chemicals.

Killing weeds

What is a weed? Ralph Waldo Emerson lovingly describes a weed as "a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." While this may be true, it doesn't mean we have to let them take over our grass each year. Weeds are invasive because they spread--quickly--and kill off the plants and grasses we want in their place. To combat weeds there's no need for harsh chemicals that harm your yard and break your wallet. Instead, try diluting some white vinegar with water and pouring it on the weeds. This should take care of most of the weeds. However, the vinegar will drastically change the pH of your soil, so you don't want to rely on this for the rest of the season. The next time you see a weed popping up, pour some boiling water directly on it. It will kill the weed but keep your soil healthy so your grass or flowers can keep growing normally.

Insect deterrent

Having bugs in your yard is a good thing. They're part of the natural ecosystem that helps maintain your soil and pollenate your plants. Sometimes, however, insects can become invasive and destructive to the vegetation in your yard. If you notice beetles eating all of your plants' leaves, dilute some plain Dawn dish soap with water and spray it onto the infected leaves. The soap won't harm your plants but it will drive the beetles crazy, sending them off to someone else's yard. Nature has its own insecticides that few of us take advantage of. Plant marigolds, for example, around the perimeter of your property to deter scores of insects and other pests from ever entering your yard. See this helpful list for many other pest controlling plants.

Bug Repellant

We've talked a lot about protecting your yard from invasive pests. But what about protecting yourself? Whether it's pesky flies or biting mosquitos, there are many natural ways to keep the bugs away when you're out in the yard. Most effective commercial insect repellants contain DEET, a strong smelling chemical insecticide. We've all heard about the dangers of DEET, which was developed by the U.S. Army in the 1940s for use in warfare. The chemical compound has been approved and re-approved for use by the EPA since then, but studies have raised questions of its safety. Many people object to using DEET based on its potent smell alone. So, what are the alternatives? Many have taken the bug spray conundrum into their own hands, mixing various herbs and essential oils to keep the bugs away. Check out these recipes and let us know which one works for you!





Posted by Janet Cramb on 10/17/2017

This Single-Family in Pepperell, MA recently sold for $280,000. This Cape style home was sold by Janet Cramb - Janet Cramb & Company Real Estate.


1 Mason Street, Pepperell, MA 01463

Single-Family

$269,900
Price
$280,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Traditional New England Cape with an open floor plan throughout the first floor. Front to back kitchen and dining area. Living room with center fireplace and hardwood flooring. Large addition family room with cathedral ceiling, plenty of windows with natural light and slider to deck. 2nd floor offers 3 bedrooms, one bath and hardwood flooring. Finished lower level with a half bath can provide for in home business with separate exterior entrance. Once a hair salon. Detached 1 car garage with work area. Attached solarium offers space to enjoy the heat, plantings or extended living space. Convenient public water and sewer. Great opportunity to build your own equity.

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Posted by Janet Cramb on 10/13/2017


13 Coppersmith Way, Townsend, MA 01469

Condo

$171,300
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
"Affordable Housing Condo" Qualified applicants must meet the criteria for approval. Beautiful 2 bedroom condo located on the 2nd floor of a barn style 2 unit building. This GREEN energy efficient condo offers solar electric panels and ultra efficient heating system was built to energy star specs so you may pay less than $ 500.00 a year in fuel cost. Meticulously maintained by the owner. Enjoy plenty of natural light throughout the living room, eat in kitchen, 2 large bedrooms and full bath with laundry. Detached one car garage Exclusive use yard abuts 250 acres of conservation land. Condo fee is $88.33 per month. Pets are allow with restrictions.
Open House
Sunday
October 15 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 13 Coppersmith Way, Townsend, MA 01469    Get Directions

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Tags: Real estate   Townsend   Condo   Open House   01469  
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Posted by Janet Cramb on 10/13/2017


13 Coppersmith Way, Townsend, MA 01469

Condo

$171,300
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
"Affordable Housing Condo" Qualified applicants must meet the criteria for approval. Beautiful 2 bedroom condo located on the 2nd floor of a barn style 2 unit building. This GREEN energy efficient condo offers solar electric panels and ultra efficient heating system was built to energy star specs so you may pay less than $ 500.00 a year in fuel cost. Meticulously maintained by the owner. Enjoy plenty of natural light throughout the living room, eat in kitchen, 2 large bedrooms and full bath with laundry. Detached one car garage Exclusive use yard abuts 250 acres of conservation land. Condo fee is $88.33 per month. Pets are allow with restrictions.
Open House
Sunday
October 15 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 13 Coppersmith Way, Townsend, MA 01469    Get Directions

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Tags: Real estate   Townsend   Condo   01469  
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Posted by Janet Cramb on 10/12/2017


127 Root Rd, Barre, MA 01005

Single-Family

$169,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Updated 3 bedroom Contemporary Cape and two full baths. 2014 renovation included new kitchen, furnace and roof. Recent updates include exterior and interior painting and flooring. Newly designed kitchen with plenty of cabinets and breakfast bar with separate dining area. Refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, microwave, washer and dryer included. Enjoy cathedral ceiling and 2nd floor balcony in the living room. First floor master bedroom with full bath. Beautiful designed 3 season porch with cathedral ceiling. 2nd floor offers two bedrooms with shared full bath. Washer and dryer hookup in the basement. Enjoy wonderful meadow view from the front porch of your new home.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Tags: Real estate   Single-Family   Barre   01005  
Categories: New Homes