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Posted by Janet Cramb on 4/21/2021

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Every homeowner wants a beautiful lawn devoid of dandelions and unsightly brown patches. Unfortunately, hiring an organic lawn care service isn't always in the budget. However, there are some easy things you can do to manage and improve your lawn without breaking the bank or harming the environment. You can care for your lawn without poisoning the water table if you use safe methods to discourage pests and weeds. You'll boost the beauty of your grasses and gardens while allowing helpful organisms such as bees and earthworms to flourish. Use these four tips to give your lawn a boost:

1. Aerate Your Lawn Regularly

Roots need air, water and nutrients to grow strong and lush. This is why it's necessary to aerate areas of your lawn that have become compacted over time. This is especially important for newly constructed homes with lawns that are still trying to recover from the shock of heavy machinery. Early spring or fall is the best time to aerate soil because it allows time for new growth before the change in growing seasons. You'll want to wait for a drenching rain before you begin.

You can rent a lawn aerator from your local home supply store. You can even use something so simple as a pitchfork. Poke it into compacted areas and wiggle the handle back and forth to create large holes. Save work by choosing only the most compacted areas of your lawn for aeration.

2. Mow Your Lawn Frequently

Allow grass to grow to approximately 3 inches before mowing, then strive to maintain that ideal height. By mowing often, you'll generate short clippings that won't need raking. If you allow them to sink down into your soil, they'll become a natural source of food that acts as organic fertilizer.

You'll also want to sharpen the blades on your mower regularly. Dull blades damage grass blades, making them more susceptible to disease and infestation.

3. Water Your Grass Efficiently

Over watering your lawn may be just as damaging as allowing it to dry out. For best results, only water when you can see footprints in the grass. But when you do water, water deeply and thoroughly. Do your best to plan around the weather by making allowances for wet days instead of sticking to a rigid schedule.

4. Use Lawn Chemicals Sparingly

If you take good care of your lawn, it will defeat weeds naturally. Most weeds that infest lawns thrive on neglect. So if you pay careful attention to maintaining a lush, green carpet, you've already won half the battle. If you do decide you need the help of pesticides or fertilizers, shop from the organic section of your home supply store. You can even make your own using ingredients like boiling water, vinegar or salt. These common household materials kill weeds without leeching toxic chemicals and carcinogens into the ground. For fertilizer, start a compost pile in your backyard and feed it regularly with vegetable clippings, leaves, coffee grounds and more. As it decays and turns to compost, you can spread it in thin layers on the weakest parts of your lawn to green them up beautifully.

If you keep up with your lawn in an eco-friendly way you'll see a natural resurgence of beneficial wildlife such as beetles, honey bees and earthworms. These creatures will help you keep the soil aerated and discourage harmful pests.





Posted by Janet Cramb on 4/18/2021


9 Leighton St, Pepperell, MA 01463

Single-Family

$389,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Newly renovated 3 bedroom Colonial has it all. Updated kitchen with granite counters and pantry. Open floor plan combines the dinning room and family room/in home office. Living room with gas fireplace can easily can be converted into a first floor bedroom. Full bath on the first floor with washer and dryer. Master bedroom and 2 additional bedrooms on the second floor with wall to wall carpeting. Amenities include: walk up attic, 3 season porch, 2 car detached carport, 12x8 storage shed, walk out basement and a fenced in half acre lot. Convenient to shopping, dining and enjoying the picturesque Nashoba Valley Rail Trail along with the Nashua River. Public water and sewer. Potential to add onto existing structure to create two family.
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April 18 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Posted by Janet Cramb on 4/14/2021


9 Leighton St, Pepperell, MA 01463

Single-Family

$389,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Newly renovated 3 bedroom Colonial has it all. Updated kitchen with granite counters and pantry. Open floor plan combines the dinning room and family room/in home office. Living room with gas fireplace can easily can be converted into a first floor bedroom. Full bath on the first floor with washer and dryer. Master bedroom and 2 additional bedrooms on the second floor with wall to wall carpeting. Amenities include: walk up attic, 3 season porch, 2 car detached carport, 12x8 storage shed, walk out basement and a fenced in half acre lot. Convenient to shopping, dining and enjoying the picturesque Nashoba Valley Rail Trail along with the Nashua River. Public water and sewer. Potential to add onto existing structure to create two family.
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Posted by Janet Cramb on 4/14/2021

Depending on how many years you’ve been working, retirement can seem like it’s too far in the future to worry about or too close to be able to effectively make any real change.

 However, retirement is about more than doing the math and investment planning. Retirement includes making several life decisions, and considering things you may not have thought of before.

 In this article, we’re going to talk about planning aspects of your retirement including your home and assets, your savings and investments, and setting and achieving goals for yourself.

Pay yourself first

If it feels like your paycheck is spent before you get a chance to set any aside each week, you’re not alone. However, it’s never too late to start setting aside money for retirement. The “pay yourself first” theory states that you should set aside a certain amount for bills, savings, and retirement plans before you spend a dime of your paycheck each week.

The easiest way to achieve this is to take advantage of an employer-based contribution matching program such as a 401K. However, if you are self-employed you can still open up an individual retirement account (IRA) or a Solo 401K. With an IRA, you determine where you want to invest your money, and can choose safer or riskier investments based on your own preferences.

Draw up your plan, literally

There’s no better way to start planning than to actually sit down with a notebook or your computer and start figuring out what you want to save and how you want to achieve those savings.

You’ll want to determine how much money you can accrue in your savings account, estimate the price of your assets and properties, and look at the projected return on investment for any IRAs or 401Ks you have in place.

As you likely know, these numbers are all projections. There’s no way to know for sure how much your home will be worth, or how well your investments will do by the time you’re ready to retire.

So, one of the most important aspects of making this checklist is to return to it yearly to determine if you should change your investments or alter your retirement goals.

Determine your lifestyle needs

Whether you have dreams of settling down in a quiet town for retirement, touring the country in an RV, or traveling the world, you’ll need to find out how you can make it possible on your retirement plan.

You and your spouse will need to sit down and draw up a plan for your mutual retirement goals. Determine which expenses you can do away with in retirement so that you can fulfill other goals. Having these conversations now will help you more effectively plan for the future. And, remember that the time of your retirement is always closer than you think.  




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Posted by Janet Cramb on 4/13/2021

This Single-Family in Pepperell, MA recently sold for $585,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Janet Cramb - Janet Cramb & Company/LAER Realty Partners.


8 Ridge Road, Pepperell, MA 01463

Single-Family

$549,500
Price
$585,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Attractive Colonial in Shattuck Estates. Over 3000 sqft of living space with 3+ bedrooms and 2.5 baths. This home offers all the additional space to personalize your needs for an in-home office, extended families or additional work space. Meticulously maintained and updated with new roof, windows, central a/c, exterior paint, walkway, furnace, hot water tank, hardwood floors, oak stair case all within the last 3-5 years. Wonderful open floor plan expands from the central island in the updated kitchen into the great room and out to the 3 season screened porch. Master bedroom suite with full bath and walk in closet. Finished 3rd floor walk up with two additional rooms can make a great teen suite. Finished lower level with family room, mudroom and exterior access to the back yard. Landscaped yard with irrigation system w/point well and patio.

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