"Mulch" Improved - Increases Curb Appeal When Selling Home

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Real Estate Agent with UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA RS193539L

mulch pileLooking for a way to increase your home's curb appeal.  Start by pulling the weeds and applying some fresh mulch.  These are two of the best and cheapest things you can do to make your home sell quickly.

 

Call your local public works department, you may be able to get a load of mulch for free.  Adding mulch to your garden beds is a great and inexpensive way to really make your landscape clean and tidy.  Cedar mulch has a nice clean smell and really makes the green pop. Best of all, mulch can be applied quickly.

Don’t mulch too close to perennials, it will cook them, especially in the first sunny daysmulch of spring.  The idea is to keep mulch off of plant stems. When mulch is hot, it can shock the tender stems of emerging perennials (as you’ve seen). That happens a lot because most people mulch at the same time that those young shoots are just emerging (i.e. early May).

 

What type of mulches could be used:

  • Shredded hardwood (tanbark)
  • Bark mulch
  • Colored mulch
  • Wood chips
  • Stone over fabric
  • Mulch over fabric
  • Peat moss/compost
  • Cocoa Shells

wheelbarrow with mulch

 

It should be pointed out, be aware of what you are using in your gardens, and be aware of what your gardeners are using as well.   

 

Living less than 15 miles from Hershey, many of those shopping for mulch in our area are tempted to use the cocoa mulch.  Use cocoa mulch with caution though.  This mulch contains an ingredient called “theobromine” which could be lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate.  The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center lists cocoa mulch on its list of hazardous garden substances. 

 

In order to help determine how much mulch you will need, visit the National Gardening Association's Mulch Calculator.  

flower garden

Increase your curb appeal for a quicker sale and happy mulching.  When you have finished tidying up your landscaping, come on over and do mine… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Bette Brennan Gottwald, Realtor®, e-Proâ, RECS, CSP,
  Accredited Staging Professional  (ASP™) -  RS193539L    and
Joe Gottwald, Ph.D., Associate Broker – AB060350L
  State Certified Broker/Appraiser – BA001935L

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Rainmaker
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Bette Gottwald ,  Thanks for the information,  We just started putting cocoa-mulch down today.

Apr 19, 2015 01:04 PM #5
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Bette Gottwald
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Sylvia, it does smell good, however after a few periods of rain, the chocolate aroma fades away..

Apr 19, 2015 07:25 PM #6
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Bette Gottwald
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Joy, oh I agree the first impression is the most important and crucial

Apr 19, 2015 07:32 PM #7
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Bette Gottwald
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Keep in mind, keep your pooch away from the cocoa hulls, if eaten the mulch could be toxic Larry Johnston.

Apr 19, 2015 07:35 PM #8
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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I had not heard of cocoa mulch. Thank you for the information.

Apr 19, 2015 08:54 PM #9
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We don't have a dog and mulch that smells like chocolate would be very nice.

Apr 19, 2015 10:24 PM #10
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Bette,

 I did not know about cocoa mulch, we have a doggie so that would not work but I learned something new today! Thanks for sharing!

Apr 20, 2015 07:26 AM #11
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Bette Gottwald
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Gita, The cocoa mulch seems to be popular because of our proximity to Hershey.

Apr 20, 2015 10:57 AM #12
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Bette Gottwald
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Roy, In your situation, if you are without animals, cocoa mulch could be quite appropriate.

Apr 20, 2015 10:58 AM #13
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Bette Gottwald
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Yolanda, My thought is, if you have animals, it's better to be safe than to be sorry.

Apr 20, 2015 11:00 AM #14
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Debbie Reynolds
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Mulch makes landscape look fresh and neat. We have been freshening our landscape and have spread 10 yards of mulch so far. We have 4 yards more to spread. It is looking pretty.

Apr 28, 2015 11:49 PM #15
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Bette,

 Curb appeal is important, I just stopped by to say hello and re-read this again!

Apr 29, 2015 07:05 AM #16
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Gita Bantwal
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I am going to check with the landscaper to see how much it will cost in our area.

May 03, 2015 09:02 PM #17
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Mulch is one of my favorite things, LOL!  What a difference it makes in a yard's appearance!  I bet having a yard that smells like chocolate would be fabulous!

May 03, 2015 09:40 PM #18
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Bette,

 I just stopped by to say hello and hope you had a wonderful weekend!

May 04, 2015 05:25 AM #19
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope all is going well for you and your family.

Thanks for your comments on my blogs.

May 07, 2015 12:53 AM #20
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Bette - well kept flower beds with mulch really dress up curb appeal and makes your house more attractive

May 09, 2015 12:09 PM #21
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Noah Seidenberg
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Excellent advice Bette. Little things like the mulch make a big difference in curb appeal.

May 10, 2015 01:55 PM #22
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Rashid Ashan

Mulch is great for landscaping!

Rashid Ashan- Philadlephia Home Inspector 

May 17, 2015 05:00 AM #23
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Roy Kelley
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I hope you are enjoying a very productive summer.

Have an outstanding week.

Jul 15, 2015 11:29 PM #24
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