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Date Archives: June 2022

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June
27

Beginner's Guide for Outdoor Potted Plants

Outdoor Potted Plants - Homeowners - Coach Realtors

If you have a small yard or a hilly landscape, you can still enjoy container gardening year-round. Growing potted plants is a little harder than growing plants in the ground, but our REALTORS® have some gardening tips to help you develop a green thumb in no time. Are you ready to grab your gardening gloves and start planting?

  1. Make a List of Plants You Like
    Before you head to the nursery, think about how you want your container garden to look. Do you want drought-tolerant succulents, leafy green ferns, colorful blooms, or a variety of different plants? If you're a beginning gardener, go online to get ideas of plants you like, then make a list or take pictures with you to the nursery.

  2. Evaluate Your Light
    Light is important for healthy plants. The amount of light needed varies between types of plants, but all plants require some amount of sunlight to thrive. To determine the amount of sunlight you get during the day in Nassau County homes for sale, choose a spot in the yard and watch for morning sun, afternoon sun, or full sun most of the day.

  3. Choose Your Plants
    When choosing your plants, it's important to read the tag on the plant that shows growth requirements for best results. The tag will note requirements for sunlight (full-sun, partial-sun, or shade), watering (keep moist, allow to dry out), and soil (clay, loam, peat, sandy). Different soils have different pH levels that impact plant growth.

  4. Save Your Plant Tags
    Plant tags are critical, so save them. They tell you how much light, water, and food your plant needs, how big your plant will grow, and how to care for your plant. Tags also tell you if plants are annuals or perennials which relates to planting and blooming seasons. You can check the planting zones for Suffolk County homes for sale.

  5. Choose Containers With Drainage
    Since you're planting in pots rather than the ground, your containers need good drainage. Whether you choose clay, ceramic, plastic, or wooden pots, drainage holes on the bottom need to be 1/2-inch to 1-inch in diameter. If you choose pots without drainage holes, you'll need to drill them. Good drainage means life or death to potted plants.

  6. Don't Skimp on Potting Soil
    Healthy plants need good, rich potting soil to thrive. Don't be fooled by tricks like adding peanuts, pebbles, and food scraps to increase plant moisture and nutrition. The more potting soil you use in your pots, the more water your plants will retain in their roots. When the potting soil in containers gets low or dries out, add a fresh supply to make sure plants stay moist and healthy.

  7. Feed Your Plants
    Most types of potting soil don't contain plant nutrients, so you need to add fertilizer to your potted plants. A slow-release organic fertilizer can be added into the potting mix. It's best to empty a big batch of potting soil into a bucket, mix the fertilizer into the soil, then fill your container for planting. After the initial planting, you should fertilize weekly or bi-weekly with a good liquid fertilizer.

  8. Plant Good Neighbors
    When planting container gardens, make sure all of the plants in the garden have similar growth requirements. Don't plant succulents that need full sunlight and little water in the same area with plants that need shade and moist soil. For a healthy, thriving garden, always combine plants with similar care and growth requirements.

If you're interested in Long Island real estate, contact us for information on available properties and prices that fit your lifestyle.

June
20

Keep These Summer Maintenance Tasks in Mind

Summer Maintenance Tasks - Homeowners - Coach Realtors

When George Gershwin wrote "Summertime, and the livin' is easy," he wasn't thinking about homeowners.  But the sooner you get summer maintenance out of the way, the sooner your summertime blues will fly away, and you can finally relax. Our REALTORS® have compiled a list of things to tackle in the early part of the season to help you keep your home looking its best and save you money in the long run by resolving issues while they're still small.

  • HVAC Inspection and Tune-Up
    Before you turn on the air conditioning, clear the unit of any debris that may have accumulated in or around the unit. Clean the coils, inspect the wiring and change the filter. You may find it worth the price to pay a professional to clean and tune up the unit annually, especially if your unit is on the roof. A licensed technician will do more than inspect for damages. He will check elements for wear and tear, lubricate moving parts, and advise you as to the expected life and efficiency of the unit. If you wait until the weather is hot and the unit fails, you may wait for days for costly repairs!

  • Clean the Exterior
    Power wash the outside of the house, garage, patios, and decks. Make sure windows sparkle inside and out to let in the glorious summer sun. Check the deck as it dries to see if the water forms puddles or is absorbed by dry wood. If the water doesn't bead, reseal the deck to prevent damage. Check for any signs of moisture or pest damage. Watch for standing water anywhere around the edges of the buildings to make sure you have appropriate drainage, making adjustments as necessary. Now is the time to upgrade if you have planned to build an outdoor room, add a water feature, build a pergola, or do any other major project.

  • Inspect, Inspect, Inspect
    Carefully make note of any repairs and replacements you need to make, from damaged screens to burned-out light bulbs. Now is the time to check for any signs of roof damage. Sagging sections, broken shingles, and granules around the perimeter are sure signs you need a professional to inspect the roof and determine the level of repairs it needs. Check for clogged gutters and cracked retaining walls. Check insulation to make sure you have no gaps that you need to seal. Schedule major repair work at your earliest opportunity as you may have to wait for an appointment.

  • Make Minor Repairs
    Spruce up trim with a fresh coat of paint. Replace damaged sprinkler heads. Replace broken or bent hinges. Lubricate gate springs and hinges on gates, doors, and garage doors to ensure smooth operation without any annoying squeaks. Clean up the lawnmower, replace spark plugs, clean out debris, and take it in for servicing if the blades are dull.

  • Perform Garden Maintenance
    Prune bushes and trim trees as necessary. Make sure plants are not encroaching on sidewalks, the air conditioner, windows, or the roof. You still have time to plant and add flowers to your garden. Add a final layer of mulch to hold in moisture and give your garden a well-groomed look. Take a trip to your local nursery for fresh ideas to update your landscaping.

Summer home maintenance may not be a lot of fun, but the results are worth it. Just look at all the gorgeous Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to see what we mean. If you'd like a closer look, contact usWe look forward to hearing from you!

June
13

Father's Day on Long Island: Where to Take Dad Out to Eat

Father's Day Dining - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Father's Day will be here on June 19th, and there are many different places in Nassau County and Suffolk County where you can take dear ol' dad for a wonderful meal. There are hundreds of great restaurants out there, and our REALTORS® have nailed down a few of their favorites:

  • Revel Restaurant & Bar — 835 Franklin Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
    If you're looking for a Father's Day restaurant that's a little on the fancy side, then the Revel Restaurant & Bar should be at the top of your list. Not only is the interior gorgeous, but the food is some of the tastiest in the area. Located near many Garden City homes for sale, the owners pride themselves on a selection of inventive dishes that are made from locally sourced, farm-to-table ingredients. And since it has a fully functional bar, you'll find a wide variety of craft beers, wines, and spirits. Their motto is "sophisticated, yet unpretentious," and they definitely live up to that philosophy.

  • Jerry and the Mermaid — 469 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901
    Jerry and the Mermaid has been around for multiple generations and is now a mix of classic dishes and modern culinary delights. If you're looking for a seafood feast, this restaurant has just about anything you could ask for. From their coconut shrimp and crab cakes to the blackened fish sandwich and lobster roll, you might find it difficult to pick just one or two favorites. Plus, they have a great selection of drinks like their toasted coconut margarita, and watermelon and mint mojito.

  • The View Grill — 111 Lattingtown Rd., Glen Cove, NY 11542
    Gourmet food. Beautiful landscape. What else can you ask for to make Father's Day extra special? The View Grill features many different selections, from grilled steak and poached lobster tails to BBQ burgers and sesame chicken. Headed up by executive chef Jeanine Dimenna, who was recently celebrated by the Long Island Herald, this is a wonderful restaurant to celebrate any day of the week.

  • Love Lane Kitchen — 240 Love Lane, Mattituck, NY 11952
    The always delightful Love Lane Kitchen is a favorite of the locals and visitors to the area. Many people make it a tradition to stop by during their Burger and Beer Night every Monday. With dinner selections that include littleneck clams, risotto, duck tagine, lobster rolls, and many other delicious types of food, you'll never leave this place unsatisfied.

  • Gregorio's Pizzeria & Trattoria — 4656 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, NY 11758
    Pizza is a favorite of fathers and pretty much everyone else all around the world, and there's nothing quite like Gregorio's Pizza & Trattoria. With more than three dozen types of pizza on the menu, including a breakfast pizza with seasoned scrambled eggs and a mac & cheese pizza that's almost too good to be true, there's something for everyone. And if pizza isn't your thing, they have many other Italian dishes to satisfy anyone in your party.

  • Farm Country Kitchen — 513 W. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901
    You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone in the area who wouldn't give Farm Country Kitchen a glowing review. Their menu is filled with favorites such as their park bench salad, BBQ shrimp, mussels, crab cake sandwich, New Orleans scallops, and more. They're also a popular place for catering and even feature a pre-selected dinner for four to-go special. Whether dining in or taking food home, give this place a try.

Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can find you your dream home. Contact us today to get started!

June
6

Go Kayaking This Summer Around Long Island

Kayaking Destinations - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

Paddlesports are not only great exercise, but they're also a great way to relax, connect with nature, and enjoy all the outdoor beauty Long Island has to offer. Living in an area surrounded by water means ample opportunity for kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Paddlesports happen to be some of our REALTORS® favorite summer hobbies. Here are some of our favorite places to kayak around Long Island:

  • Hempstead Lake State Park - 1000 Lake Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552
    Located just south of these great Garden City homes for sale is Hempstead Lake State Park, which has three ponds that are great for kayaking and paddleboarding. The park has a nice boat launch and dock, so water access is easy. The whole park is calm and serene and an excellent place to find some peace and quiet.

  • Wantagh Park - 1 King Rd., Wantagh, NY 11793
    Wantagh Park is a small but beautiful local amenity equipped with a boat launch that makes it easy to paddle around and explore the East Bay. You'll love the beautiful views and natural scenery all around—and the best part is, this spot usually isn't very crowded.

  • Idlewild Kayak / Canoe Launch - Craft Avenue and Huxley Street, Rosedale, NY 11422
    Idlewild Kayak / Canoe Launch provides easy access to the calm waters of beautiful Hook Creek Park. Paddle your way along this picturesque creek and catch some stunning views of the local wildlife. We're lucky to have this amazing urban nature retreat in our own backyard. If you'd like to live nearby, check out these Nassau County homes for sale.

  • Blydenburgh County Park - Veteran's Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11788
    Come explore Blydenburgh Lake, also known as Stump Pond, at Blydenburgh County Park. This lake covers about 100 acres and is about 8 feet deep. There are two boat launches: one near the rowboat rental area and one near the Historic District. Kayaking on this lake is a lot of fun in the summer, but it's also worth coming back when fall foliage is in full swing. After you're done paddling, swing by one of these nearby Smithtown homes for sale.

  • Stony Brook Harbor- 51 Shore Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Stony Brook Harbor offers some of the most scenic kayaking experiences on Long Island. It provides access to the nearby Porpoise Channel Inlet, between Stony Brook and Smithtown Bay. Need a boat? Stony Brook Kayak Rentals is conveniently located onshore, just down the street from some beautiful Stony Brook homes for sale.

  • Mount Sinai Harbor - 244 Harbor Beach Rd., Mt Sinai, NY 11766
    Mount Sinai Harbor is located near some spectacular Mount Sinai homes for sale. Between the harbor and the nearby beaches, there are plenty of places to launch. Paddle around the harbor or, if you're more experienced, head on out to the Long Island Sound. 

Kayaking around Long Island gives you a unique perspective on all the local wonders and beauty. Looking for more summertime activities? Contact us today for more local recommendations.

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