Tasteful Christmas lights are easy to accomplish when you hire the experts at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects. (Photos: Harold Leidner)

Though our winter weather in Dallas and Fort Worth is often mild, that doesn’t mean your landscape is out of the woods. And who doesn’t like to have their halls decked by someone else? Today we’re tackling some winter landscaping questions and myths with the one and only Harold Leidner. Find out how you and your yard can have a happy holidays this season, all without lifting a finger:

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Protect your plants with the coming cold snaps with these tips from the Dallas Arboretum.

From the Dallas Arboretum

With freezing weather approaching, it is important to take precautions to ensure your plants are protected from extreme weather conditions.  Following a few simple steps prescribed by Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum vice president of gardens, will enable your plants to survive the sometimes-harsh North Texas cold spells. 

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Do you love everything about fall? I know that this morning’s temperatures were a wonderful excuse to load up on pumpkin spice lattes and bask in the delicious coziness of sweater weather. 

Of course, your home wants to be just as beautiful for fall as that chunky cabled throw you’re cuddling under right now. But if you’re overwhelmed by the idea of making your landscape sing the songs of autumn, Harold Leidner Landscape Architects can help with that.

The full-service firm offers more than just design and installation for landscapes of all sizes, but they also do seasonal decor! So find some fall color and get your decorative gourd season on by enlisting only the best: Harold Leidner Landscape Architects.

The Texas Trees Foundation, in conjunction with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Urban Climate Lab, recently released a report on Dallas’ susceptibility to increased heat and ways to mitigate the impacts.  Titled, Dallas 2017: Urban Heat Management Study, it details the current expectations surrounding heat and climate change. But while most numbers you read about climate change talk in generalities, this report drills down into the ramifications for Dallas to areas approximately six blocks square.

The reason for the drill down is simple — vague doesn’t serve anyone.  In that vein, the report doesn’t evaluate the plethora of green technologies available, but instead focuses on trees/vegetation and reflective and porous roofing and roadway materials.  In the past few months, CandysDirt.com has talked about green roofing and other technologies (here, here) as part of flood mitigation. This report mentions but discards these due to cost and complexity … oh, and the Texas Tree Foundation sponsored the report, so sticking with what they know and all.

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Native plants like Salvia Amistad and Prairie Dawn Penstemon reduce the need for supplemental water. All photos courtesy of Laura Stone.

Attention green thumbs! The City of Dallas Water Conservation office announced its call for entries for its 2017 Water Wise Landscape Tour. Gardens will be selected for the October 14th tour based on beauty, maintenance, and water conservation efforts. If you’re ready to throw your hat in the ring, you can enter until August 18.

For those who may need some help understanding and improving your yard’s water usage, we’ve got your back. We asked Master Gardener Laura Stone for some guidance on making our gardens more water wise. So whether you want to improve water consumption in your existing yard, or to strategically plan a new landscape project, Stone has a blueprint for sustainable success.

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The Palmer Garden 8422 Forest Hills Boulevard

If you love gardens, gardening, or art then the annual White Rock East Garden Tour is the place to be on Sunday, May 15. East Dallas gardeners and artists come together each spring to showcase their beautiful gardens and creations for a single perfect day. Nine gardens in Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, and Casa Linda Estates will be open to the public on Sunday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Each garden will host several artists displaying a wide variety of artwork available for purchase. (more…)

Much is said about creating curb appeal when you put your home up for sale. But is it really that important in our sizzling real estate market? And what projects will get the biggest bang for the buck and attract the right buyer?

Why not ask Realtors? They’re on the front lines with buyers, hearing comments and seeing what works and what doesn’t.

“Curb appeal is one of the most important factors when it comes to the marketing of your home,” said Brandon Travelstead, a Realtor with Dallas City Center Realtors. “It’s all about what the potential buyer sees when they pull up out front, get out of the car, and walk to the front door—you really have 30 to 45 seconds to capture that buyer’s attention before they form their first impression.”

Dennis Hammett, Ebby Halliday’s 2015 “Rookie of the Year,” considers curb appeal one of his areas of expertise and offers specific recommendations for clients.

“I work with a wide range of buyers, sellers, and investors in the readiness and prep to get the most of the home’s appearance,” Hammett said. “Whether listing a $200,000 or a $2-million property, you only have one chance to make that first impression—I’m always looking for that ‘wow’ factor that will attract potential buyers.”

We asked top Dallas Realtors to weigh in on curb appeal improvements sellers can make to their properties. We’ve divided their answers into budget-friendly, mid-range, and high-end so you can easily see where to best spend your money. Let’s hear what they have to say!

 

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Little Forest Hills artist Janet Reynolds lets her flock of Barred Rocks and Rhode Island Reds frolic in her backyard under supervision.

Little Forest Hills artist Janet Reynolds lets her flock of Barred Rocks and Red Stars frolic in her backyard under supervision. (Photo: Jo England)

I can say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this home tour is the smallest and most unique in Dallas. It’s one of those events that has people saying “Only in East Dallas!” That’s what I love about it, too. If you haven’t already heard, A Peep at The Coops is an annual chicken coop tour that will lead you through nine lovely coops and gardens throughout East Dallas’ most fun and funky neighborhoods.

The Sunday, May 3, coop tour is a fundraiser for Stonewall Jackson Elementary’s garden program. It’s the perfect event for the chicken-curious folks considering their own birds but aren’t quite sold on it yet. And it’s a budget-friendly family outing, too, as you can purchase a map to the coops on tour for just $10. There’s a companion bike-led tour from the kind folks at Transit Bikes where you can pedal to the close-by coops on an easy-to-ride route, plus a raffle for a gorgeous modern coop designed by Mark Domiteaux, AIA.

This modern, mobile chicken coop will be raffled off to benefit Stonewall Gardens.

This modern, mobile chicken coop will be raffled off to benefit Stonewall Gardens.

We got a sneak peep at two coops yesterday. Jump for more!

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