With the air quality so poor in Seattle lately and the beginning of the colder months creeping ahead; now is the great time to start cultivating your indoor garden. House plants can not only generate clean air, but also can pull out toxins like formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide and even mold that linger inside your home. Cultivating plants inside can lead to stress reduction and encourage creativity. Now please don’t go digging up your backyard plants to bring them inside, we have carefully curated a list of five plants that will be best suited for your home.
1. Aloe Vera Plant: The Aloe Vera plant is part of the succulent family and is commonly known for its use to make the soothing Aloe gel, but it also makes a great addition to your home garden. Along with its gel soothing capabilities, the leaves and roots pull toxins out of the air effectively purifying your home. Where to grow inside: Place your Aloe plant in bright indirect sunlight preferably facing a southern or western window.
2. Jade plant: Similar to the Aloe Vera plant, Jade plants are another type of succulent that is great for indoors. Jade plants are a symbol of good fortune and are often give as gifts. Having a jade plant in your home can not only bring you good luck but also provide clean air circulation. Where to grow inside: Like other succulents Jade plants need as much sunlight as possible, a south-facing window will be ideal for these plants.
3. Peace Lily: The Peace Lily plant is one of the few flowering indoor plants. Placing the Peace Lily in or near the bathroom can improve air quality and reduce mold toxins in your home. Where to grow inside: Peace Lily’s do not need direct sunlight they prefer to be in partial shade. *Please keep your Peace Lily plants away from pets and small children as the flower and leaves can be toxic if consumed.
4. Philodendron: The Philodendron species originally from the rain-forest in South America has found its way to homes and offices around the world because of its air purify capabilities. Having a Philodendron can filter out pollutants like formaldehyde and replenish with oxygen. Where to grow inside: Since they are from the rain forest, Philodendrons do not need direct sunlight and should be placed in partial shade.
5. Money Tree: Money Trees are known for their braded trunks, small dainty leaves and low maintenance care. They are perfect for your home because they add depth and greenery to any space. Where to grow inside: Naturally grown in the rainforest, Money Trees need indirect sunlight in a humid room, the bathroom or kitchen will be the perfect spot.
Pop on down to your local commercial nursery or home improvement to learn more about our favorite plants and gather all the materials to set up your indoor jungle. If your plant does not come in a permanent pot, look for one that is made from a sturdy material like ceramic and comes with a dish to collect water and prevent stains in your home. Each plant should come with watering, planting and fertilizing instructions, please read carefully to ensure the survival of your plants. If you have a small watering can or even a pitcher that you keep next to your indoor garden it will make it easier on yourself to maintain your Eden. If you are nervous, try one plant at first and then make additions when you feel confident. Now you can bring the outdoors inside your own home.
It may seem that Summer was just yesterday, but it’s officially November! Before life gets more hectic with the coming holidays, there are a few outdoor Fall home tips that are essential to tackle. Let’s face it, despite great intentions, most of us tend to lapse a bit on home care between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Plus, what a nice way to enjoy a few sunny Fall days. Your home will thank you for it!
Lawn: Aerate and fertilize your lawn (use a winterizer fertilizer). Once you’ve done this, over-seed it. The cooler temperatures outside create the perfect environment for grass seed germination. Experts suggest this is the most important lawn treatment of the year, and bonus, this lawn treatment will ensure that beautiful lush green grass that we all love so much during the Spring (especially if you’re planning to list your home!)
Garden Areas: To keep your garden beds looking their best next Spring remove dead annuals and prune back plants that have flowered in the Fall. Deadhead any plants that have spent flowers. Another critical step is to rake up fallen leaves as they can change the chemical balance of a flower garden (no one wants blue hydrangeas when they’ve planned for pink!). Get those bulbs planted! This will give them an early start and ensure they get the longest underground “freeze” that they need.
General Exterior Maintenance: Fix any cracks in fences, remove and store hoses, Install a “weather” cover over outdoor spigots to mitigate freezing. Clean gutters to ensure they don’t overflow when the rainy season begins. Drain pools, ponds, and other water features; as these are also prone to freezing and thus could be damaged.
Check Outdoor Lighting: Shorter days mean it’s probably dark when you get home from work, make sure you have pathways and driveways adequately illuminated. Not only is safer, but we always tell our clients that excellent lighting adds great curb appeal!
Be sure to store and cover outdoor furniture too!
These simple tips will help avoid problems and ensure that your home is ready and raring to go come glorious Spring. And if Winter gets you down, keep in mind that a lush green lawn and beautifully emerging plants are just a few months away!
If you are looking for any referrals to help you to get some of this essential work done, please do feel welcome to contact your experts at Sound-Properties!