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You now understand your yard’s climate. Depending on your location you’ll be looking for cool-season or warm-season grass varieties for your lawn, or a hearty type that survives well in a mixed climate if you reside in a transition zone. Read on to learn about the different varieties of grasses and their features. 

Types of Grass.

There are many grass varieties in the world, but there are a few go-to types for a good lawn. Here are the significant varieties suggested for lawn use categorized by their growing seasons.

Warm-season varieties

  • Bahia — Bahia is a hearty turf grass that takes well to hot weather and humidity found in the southern United States. You can use a variety of soil types for planting, and the grass has a rough texture that helps it survive in warm climates. Bahia is very resistant to insects and disease, but it does not mix well with other grasses. When planting Bahia, it is important not to introduce any different grass varieties. This grass prefers full sun and less than one inch of water weekly. It is best to plant Bahia in spring or early summer.
  • Bermuda — Bermuda grass is a common choice for warm climate lawns. The grass is sturdy and can tolerate harsh heat, and even drought conditions. Bermuda grows aggressively and is therefore popular with homeowners looking to establish a lawn quickly. If you intend to plant flower beds as well, make sure you have a protective barrier between the flowerbed and your lawn as Bermuda grass tends to grow so aggressively it can take over your garden space. This variety does well in full sun but is not tolerant to shade at all. For best results plant Bermuda in late spring or early summer.
  • St. Augustine — For those living in the southern United States, especially along the coast St. Augustine is a great choice. This grass variety does very well in sandy soils and is much more salt tolerant than the majority of other warm climate grasses. St. Augustine roots grow quickly and establish easily in your lawn. For the best yard, regular watering is necessary. However, you must ensure you have a properly-irrigated yard with drainage points. St. Augustine is a beautiful grass that maintains its green-blue coloring well into Fall, but it is not a very tough grass, so yards with children or animals that have lots of traffic on the lawn are not ideal. Plant St. Augustine in the late fall in yards with full to partial sunlight. 
  • Zoysia — Like Bermuda, Zoysia varieties are robust, aggressive growers. Though some types of Zoysia can handle higher amounts of foot traffic, this grass is not well-suited for yards that get a lot of use. Of the warm-climate options, Zoysia can tolerate and adapt to different climates the best. It typically prefers a lot of sunshine but can survive in more shade as well. Plant this grass in late spring or early summer and keep moist to maintain your yard.

For those who intend to list a house, it helps to establish realistic expectations. That way, you'll have a good idea about what to expect during the home selling journey.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you manage your expectations as you attempt to sell your house.

1. Understand the Housing Market

You may own a great home, but even a top-notch residence may be difficult to sell based on the current housing market's conditions. If you allocate time and resources to study the real estate market, however, you can differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's market. Then, you can map out your home selling journey accordingly.

In a buyer's market, there may be an abundance of houses and a shortage of buyers. Therefore, sellers may need to price their houses competitively to stir up interest from buyers.

Comparatively, in a seller's market, there likely is an abundance of buyers and a shortage of first-rate houses. This means a seller probably won't have to wait long to receive offers to purchase after he or she lists a high-quality residence.

To distinguish a buyer's market from a seller's one, you should look at the prices of recently sold houses in your area and find out how long these properties were listed before they sold. This information enables you to review the level of interest in properties in your city or town and can help you determine whether you're preparing to enter a buyer's or seller's market.

2. Know Your Home's Strengths and Weaknesses

You may believe your home is flawless, but buyers may quickly identify problems with your house. Fortunately, a seller who conducts a house inspection can address any potential issues before listing his or her residence. Home inspection results may help a seller establish realistic pricing expectations for his or her house too.

During a house inspection, a property expert will examine a residence both inside and out. This property expert next will provide a homeowner with an inspection report that details his or her findings. With an inspection report in hand, a homeowner can correct underlying house issues before he or she adds a residence to the real estate market.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent understands the opportunities and challenges of the home selling journey. As such, he or she will help you set expectations for this journey, as well as help you make the most of available home selling opportunities and resolve property selling challenges.

Typically, a real estate agent will meet with you and find out what you want to accomplish by selling your home. He or she next will craft a personalized home selling strategy for you, promote your residence to potential buyers and do everything possible to help you maximize your home sale earnings.

Manage your expectations as you proceed along the home selling journey. By doing so, you can limit the risk of encountering home selling problems and boost the likelihood of a successful property selling experience.


Two of the most important ingredients in a successful house-marketing campaign are competitive pricing and making a great first impression on prospective buyers. Although your real estate agent can assist in achieving both of those goals, keeping your home in "show ready" condition will be up to you and your family.

When your home is actively being shown, the process is not unlike a job interview. The main similarity is that you don't get a second chance to make a good first impression. Potential buyers have a mindset that's similar to that of a hiring manager: They are intensely focused on making the right decision. Since the last thing they want to do is make the wrong choice (or a less-than-optimal choice) it's up to you -- the home seller-- to present your home in its best possible light.

Other than keeping your home squeaky clean and your lawn looking as manicured as possible, it's also to your benefit to reduce clutter. A house that's filled with clutter will definitely send the wrong message to prospective buyers searching for their next home. Clutter takes many forms, so it often requires a concerted effort to identify and remedy it. Here are a few key areas to focus on:

Furniture clutter: Having too much furniture in a room or entryway can give visitors the impression that your home is cramped, too small, or disorganized. If you've had a tendency to add furniture to your home, over time -- without putting some pieces in storage -- then you may have inadvertently created a cluttered "look and feel" to your living space

Surface clutter: Have you ever noticed how things that belong in drawers, cabinets, and recycling bins often end up on tables, counter tops, and bookshelves? If that's taking place in your home, rest assured you're not alone! However, if you're preparing to put your home on the market, you'll make a much better impression on potential buyers if you remove as much surface clutter as possible.

Storage-area clutter: Although there's a lot of truth to the saying "Out of sight, out of mind," that usually doesn't apply to preparing your home for the real estate market! Serious house hunters are pretty thorough, and are generally going to glance in closets, basements, attics, and garages. So if you simply move your clutter to another part of the house, it will still be noticed! Granted, your clutter will be less prominent in storage areas, but it will still have a detracting effect on the overall impression your home makes. The solution involves a combination of strategies, including selling or donating unwanted belongings. In some cases, you might even consider renting a dumpster or calling a reasonably priced junk-hauling service to get rid of things you don't want and can't donate, sell, or give away.

It's not always easy to be objective when staging your home or evaluating its marketability, so an experienced real estate agent can provide you with invaluable guidance, advice, negotiating help, and marketing assistance


Something must give. You know you are running at top speed most days. Then you read an article or two about how when families do such and so together, it benefits each member. Benefits like improved mental health, better school and work performance, and greater communication. In theory, you agree wholeheartedly, but in the practical application you know trying to coordinate these events result in personal frustration and stress. What do you do?

When your kids are young, you set their schedule. Naptime, playtime, when they eat and where they go are all in your control. When they are older their activities will often set the schedule. You allow what they are involved in, so you still have a significant influence on the family schedule. As, they become more independent, in their teenage years, they choose their activities and social calendar. So, family time all together can go from a natural part of your day to a scattered, rare occasion. Knowing the benefits of having a regular family mealtime and spending time as a family does not make it an easy thing to accommodate. Setting up a few things that your family does together and keeping those times prioritized can cut the stress of fitting in one more thing. 

Your priorities, not the experts'

Pick what activities are the most important to you and your family. Do not overwhelm yourself with "have to's." Instead, make the most of the times when you are all together. Cultivating family relationships is the goal when planning time together. When you focus on too many of the have-to because you somehow think you need to do everything the "experts" say, you will end up running yourself in circles. Your kids will not want to spend time together because you will be stressed out from the unnecessary pressure you put on yourself. Keep it simple and in rhythm with how your family already flows. Simplicity will set the atmosphere for growing communications and strengthening bonds. 

Keep it Simple

Some ideas for family bonding time if you do not already have some in your weekly schedule are:

- One weekday family meal 

- Walk around the neighborhood

- Family game night in the living room

- Morning brunch 

- Plant and maintain a small vegetable garden

You know what will draw your family into more in-depth discussions. The time together is about connecting and reminding each other of how much you love and value each other. Before you know it, they will be out the door and on their own. 

Plan this week to do something all together as a family that promotes connecting.


If you want to buy the perfect home, the price may not be budget friendly. As such, buyers can opt for old houses and plan towards making the house look new. There are several options to make an old home look fresh and attractive. An aging home can be renovated to look brand new and appealing to buyers. 

Changing the look of a home through an all-around renovation is not a cheap or straightforward process, but the overall advantage is worthwhile. Here are some easy ways to give new life to an old home:

Clean and Replace the Carpets 

An excellent way to change the appearance of your home is by cleaning the old carpets or replacing them if they are no longer in good condition. Cleaning or replacing your old carpet will make your home feel fresh, adding a new look to the interior of the house.

Repair the Walls of the Old Home

Another way to make your old home feel new is by repairing the old walls. Call on a painter to get the blemishes and the nail holes fixed. A beautiful coat of paint will make the wall look like new drywall.

Get Rid of Dated fixtures 

Replacing dated and builders-grade light fixtures, as well as the hardware, can make a home look several years newer than it is. You can also make use of hanging lights and LED bulbs to give your home a nice glow.

New Doors

Change the doors to upgrade the facade of the home. It is ideal to change the doors leading to the outside as well as the inner doors. A new front door can enhance the curb appeal of your home. You should consider replacing your old doors with a six-panel or shaker door. A beautiful mailbox or artsy knocker on the front door will also make a difference.

Paint 

Painting a house will not only beautify an old home but, it will make it appear new and attracts the attention of passers-by. So, if you want your old home to look as if you just built it, replace the old paint with a new one. Also, it is advisable to paint both the exterior of the house with weather-resistant paint.

Refinish the Hardwoods

Another part of the house to consider is the hardwood. To refinish your hardwood floors or trim, you must select the right stain to give it a new appearance.

Call a local contractor to help you with home renovations to ensure a proper job.