Garden Gnomes Say: Do or Do Nothing New Landscaping

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You may have questions about real estate and first landcaping projects after moving in and not sure whom to ask? You could ask me as your personal Realtor or you could ask the usually reliable but sometimes erratic "Garden Gnomes".


You prefer to start with the garden gnomes, you say. OK, OK. Your Realtor is busy and the Garden Gnomes are sitting around outside in where else, your garden. Wisdom awaits.

garden gnome real estateAsk the garden gnomes about real estate & improvements that pay off and give your Realtor the day off


Walking into the garden, the Garden gnomes meditate and answer the question, "What landscaping project should I tackle first after moving in?" 


The landscaping needs something. But what? Shall I head to Home Depot and start buying shrubs and drip irrigation? Maybe I should map out a new retaining wall or put in a pond or af fountain?

What is the very first thing that I should do? What will make it special?

The Garden Gnomes at House Logic says, DO NOTHING!

You can learn a lot by DOING NOTHING. Of course Garden gnomes are experts at the art of doing nothing. 

Sit down, sip some iced tea, watch the grass grow and observe. You can learn a lot by doing nothing.

"The excitement of buying a new home, plus a stretch of warm spring weather, often creates a passion for yard work. But don't just do something, stand there! What looks like a spring weed might be a fall-blooming vine; that bare spot in March might reveal tulips in April.

Try this instead: Live with your land for a year. Observe how many hours of sunlight each part of your garden gets. Test the pH of your soil to determine if acid-loving or alkaline-loving plants will be happy in that particular patch of heaven. Observe when your lawn greens up in spring and becomes dormant in late summer.

The money and time you save by watching and waiting will be your own."

You can accomplish a lot by doing nothing.

"Do Nothing" the first year after moving in. Instead, put up a lawn chair and sip some ice tea and observe the rising and setting sun, the birds, the breeze, the rainfall coming off the roof, the shadows and the sunniest parts of the yard. Let nature rule the first year.

 Winfield Scott Scottsdale

Winfield Scott and his wife Helen founder of Scottsdale Arizona, did nothing when first arriving in 1888 in the desert observing the possibilities and then acted definitively planting with a great result.


In February 1888, Scott visited the Salt River Valley per Wikepedia, "Valley leaders hoped the chaplain would help promote the area. Scott was so impressed he purchased 640 acres of land in the valley for US $2.50/acre. The plot he chose was abutted the soon to be completed Arizona Canal. 


There he cleared the land of brush and began planted citrus orchards. Scott moved to his homestead in 1893 on terminal leave" This led to retirement from the US Army. "As the first person to grow peanuts, citrus trees, and grapes in the Salt River Valley, Scott advocated the area's potential as a health resort as well as its agricultural potentia A couple years after Scott's arrival there were a number of families living near his ranch.  Scott and his wife founded the Arizona Baptist Foundation and became part of the area's local leadership. In 1896 the area added a school and the settlement around Scott's ranch was officially named Scottsdale."


After doing nothing get some ideas for your yard from these beautiful art gardens from Duskeyswondersite. 


After observing your yard the first year, have some fun with some of these interesting art garden concepts or design your own. See link for other ideas.


The garden gnomes may look wise and have some good answers, but I as your licensed Realtor am ready to help and represent you as your personal Seller or Buyer's agent.


Ready to give the Garden Gnomes the day off and talk to your Realtor to get your home listed? Thanks, I am ready to help you.  Are you ready to buy a home so you too can start doing nothing? For answers to your questions: Selling My Home in Scottsdale or Arizona or Buying a home in Scottsdale or Arizona.


If you are looking to move to Phoenix including Scottsdale or to buy a home in Arizona or sell a home in Arizona, contact Jeffrey Masich, Associate Broker and Realtor. I would be pleased to help you and look out for your best interests while finding you the right home at the right price!


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Jeffrey Masich, Associate Broker, REALTOR®, MBA, GRI, BS Accounting


Scottsdale, Arizona





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