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JUNE 2022

Sweet Home

GARDEN PESTS BE GONE! Page 4

KEEP YOUR OUTDOOR PLANTS ALIVE AND THRIVING Page 18

GET ORGANIZED!

(with help from a team of pros) Page 13

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Dear Homeowners,

Summer has just begun, and I hope you have a lot of summer fun to look forward to!

I’m currently in the thick of the hot home-selling season, helping homeowners like you get the most money possible on their home sales. If you’ve been thinking about selling yourself, it’s not too late to get your home on the market this summer and in front of a lot of eager buyers. Likewise, if you know anyone else looking to sell, I’d love to meet with them to provide a free home estimate. And while I’m on the subject of home sales, this month’s issue of Home Sweet Home features an interview with two different home inspection companies. They divulge tips homeowners should know going into the selling process that you can potentially tackle before you sell your home.

Inside, you’ll also find a guide to helping your outdoor plants thrive and tips for getting rid of garden pests that might try to put a damper on your efforts.

You’ll also hear from a professional organizer with tips for clearing out your space and simplifying your life.

I hope you have a safe and fun summer with your family and friends! I am always here if you need me!

Best wishes,

Max Hahne ENGEL & VÖLKERS

(705) 441-5800 max.hahne@evrealestate.com max-hahne.homesweethome.digital

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Table of Contents 04 08 BUGS BE GONE! TIPS FOR GETTING RID OF GARDEN PESTS The summer growing season is exciting for the entire family. But guess who else looks forward to it? Garden pests! Wherever you happen to live in North America, garden pests can take all your hard work and claim it for themselves. Find out how to stop them. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE HOME-INSPECTION PROCESS There are two sides to the home inspection coin — either you’re looking to buy a home and want a professional perspective on existing issues, or you’re preparing to sell your home and want to know if there are any problems you need to address. Either way, a home inspector is an invaluable resource in your home-selling journey.

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ORGANIZE YOUR HOME AND SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE We talked to a professional home organization company to get tips on decluttering your space. With less things taking up room in your home, you’ll have less to clean up and more time to do the things you love. 7 OF THE MOST FORGIVING OUTDOOR PLANTS We’ve discussed seven of the most forgiving houseplants for people who have a hard time keeping indoor plants alive: aloe, cactus, jade, pothos, spider plant, snake plant, and ZZ plant (though there are many, many others). But what about outdoor plants? This is an entirely different ballgame.

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Bugs Be Gone! Tips for Getting Rid of Garden Pests

The summer growing season is exciting for the entire family — the kids are out of school and can help tend the plants; you have the perfect excuse to make fresh, tasty salads; plus, the sun is bright and the air is warm. But guess who else looks forward to the summer growing season? Garden pests! Wherever you happen to live in North America, garden pests can take all your hard work and, well … claim it for themselves. You can keep pests at bay with the help of some handy tricks that won’t harm your plants, pets or kids but will keep pests away. All-natural remedies for common garden pests are the key to a healthier garden (and healthier produce), so keep reading to keep your flowers, veggies and fruits free of pests this summer (and into fall).

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Whitefly These tiny white bugs are common in a number of gardens, thanks to their love of attaching to the undersides of leaves. Because they are so small, they can be very hard to locate on plants. There are four main varieties of whiteflies: ▶ Citrus Blackflies, known to attack citrus plants (and actually white in color) ▶ Cabbage Whiteflies, which harm your cabbages and other leafy green veggies ▶ Silverleaf Whiteflies, known to attack a variety of different plants ▶ Greenhouse Whiteflies, known to attack fruits and veggies grown in greenhouses. What to do about them: According to Bob Vila’s website, you can effectively kill adult whiteflies using dish soap and water. Simply add a tablespoon of soap to a gallon of water and spray onto plants, making sure you saturate the leaves and the stems of the plant. Codling Moth Growing your own fruits? Because codling moth babies aren’t able to eat leaves, they might steal your fruits from the tree before they ever make it to the bowl. The larvae of this pest adore apples, pears and other tree fruits and cause early ripening and thus rotting. Furthermore, codling moths are common on six different continents and have evolved to live in almost any type of climate. In other words, if you’re growing fruit, you’re battling these critters. What to do about them: Pesticide.org recommends luring these moths with a homemade trap. First, get a plastic gallon jug and fill the jug with one cup vinegar, half a cup of molasses, an eighth teaspoon of ammonia and five cups of water. Then, cut a two-inch hole in the jug below the handle, and hang the jugs in your fruit trees, up to three per tree, depending on the size. The moths will be attracted to the jugs and trap themselves. Leaf Miners The term “leaf miner” can mean any type of insect that eats leaves (including the whitefly from above). Other leaf miners include certain moths, sawflies — which are actually wasps but do not look like wasps — and certain beetles. What to do about them: The website Rebooted Mom recommends using a simple solution of castile soap (which you can order easily on Amazon) and water. Take about a teaspoon of the liquid soap, mix with a spray bottle of water, and apply to plants.

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Scale Insects Scale bugs get their name from the waxy, scaly coating they secrete to protect themselves. The coating can make them appear almost like sea creatures, but they are insects – and they will harm your garden. In particular, the cottony cushy scale insect is known to harm all sorts of wooded plants, with a particular love for citrus fruit trees. What to do about them: First of all, keep plants pruned to have less of an issue with these pests. And if you do spot scale insects in your outdoor gardens, take a tip from The Spruce’s website and mix one part rubbing alcohol to seven parts water, then spray onto plants. A neem oil spray, available on Amazon, is also effective. Gall Mites Eriophyidae, better known as gall mites, are worm-like insects with just two legs and a large appetite for anything in your garden, particularly berry plants and fruit trees. Two interesting facts about gall mites: their population spreads by the wind and they are sometimes used as a beneficial bug in agriculture to control invasive plant species. What to do about them: If you see a few mites, you can pick them off by hand, but if a plant or tree is infested, try a process called “syringing,” where you repeatedly spray water on the plant every day to wash off the mites — preferably before they start bearing fruit, according to the University of Minnesota. Make sure it’s a forceful stream of water, and check to make sure the mites are washed off. Thunder or Thrip Beetles Thrips are small insects with delicate wings. They “flutter” more than they actually fly, but they get far enough to cause a good bit of crop damage. Greenhouses, in particular, are often a breeding ground for thrips, due to their lack of natural predators. Getting thrips under control is imperative; not only do they cause a lot of damage to plants, they can even invade households and infest furniture or bedding — even computer monitors!

What to do about them: Bob Vila suggests spraying the bugs with a strong hose or stream of water, then follow up with the neem oil spray.

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Tomato or Tobacco Hornworm If you’ve got peppers, tomatoes, eggplants and other tasty veggies growing in your yard, you might be facing off with the hornworm. While the tomato hornworm is most prevalent in the northern United States, its close cousin, the tobacco hornworm, is common in the South. They behave similarly, but you can tell them apart by the color of their horns: the tomato hornworm has blue or black horn, while the tobacco hornworm has red. What to do about them: Similar to the whitefly and codling moth, you can make your garden unpleasant for hornworms with a mixture of liquid dish soap and water, plus a dash of cayenne pepper, according to HortiBiz Daily’s website. Remember, you only need to worry about the caterpillars — adult hornworms don’t eat vegetables. Ants Perhaps you don’t think about ants as garden pests as much as household kitchen pests, but ants can actually do a good bit of damage to plants with sweet-tasting sap or plants with wood they can burrow into. What to do about them: If you find ants are harming your plants, a mixture of either dish soap and water or vinegar and water should kill them. Remember, though, that ants can be beneficial for the ecosystem of your garden, so proceed with caution. Sprinkling used coffee grounds, citrus peels, cinnamon or cayenne pepper around the garden can deter ants without killing them, according to the Farmers Almanac, and so can getting rid of other pests first, like whiteflies and scale bugs, which secrete food for ants.

Your garden pest grocery list:

▶ Neem oil spray ▶ White vinegar

▶ Castile liquid soap ▶ Liquid dish soap ▶ Water spray bottles

▶ Cinnamon and cayenne pepper ▶ Citrus peels and coffee grounds

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What You Should Know About the Process Ask a Home Inspector:

There are two sides to the home inspection coin — either you’re looking to buy a home and want a professional perspective on any existing issues or you’re preparing to sell your home and want to know if there are any problems you should address. Either way, a home inspector is an invaluable resource in your journey.

David Mortensen | Discovery Inspection Services

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What is a home inspector and why do you need one? A home inspector is an unbiased middleman in the process of buying and selling real estate. His or her job is to assess the condition of the home (or business). A home inspector’s responsibility is different from a home appraiser, whose job is to assess the value of the home based on features, condition, and the current market value. Sellers use the information provided by the home inspector to decide what repairs to make before putting the house on the market. Buyers can use the information to decide if they want to continue with the purchase, make negotiations for repairs, or walk away from the deal. To find out what home inspectors wish homeowners, or potential homeowners, knew, we interviewed professional home inspection companies in two completely opposite parts of the country — Alaska and Florida. Home Inspector Backgrounds

inspecting homes in Northeast Florida ever since.

inspector is different in every state. However, most require certification through testing. The industry is attractive for many different types of people, from builders and contractors to those looking for a change during their retirement years. David Mortensen of Discovery Inspection Services in Anchorage, Alaska, explains how he got his start. “After working as a contractor for many years, I decided I wanted to parlay my skill set into the inspection business,” he says. “That was 16 years ago.” On the other side of the country, Becca Christy, General Manager at Southern Brothers Inspections in Jacksonville, Fla., says the company was founded in 2015 and has been

“Our team has always had a love of homes,” she says. “Our owner has a degree in construction management and was a home builder before deciding to pivot from building to inspecting.” What a Home Inspector Does When a home inspector evaluates a home, they roll up their sleeves for a good look top to bottom — even in those places that don’t see the light of day. They check the water heaters, electrical system, flooring, plumbing fixtures, lights, foundation, appliances, decking,

The criteria for becoming a home

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What a Home Inspector May Not Do Each inspector is different, so be sure to ask what isn’t included in their services. For example, some only view the roof from ground level, while others will climb up and take a closer look. The same goes for the crawlspace in the attic or underneath the house. While most inspect those areas, others may not. Mortensen speaks specifically in regards to his customer base in Alaska, which may be different than in other parts of the country. When asked what areas he does not inspect, Mortensen says, “Anything behind a secured panel.

We do not typically light any pilot lights that are off, and since we see very few pools or air conditioners, we typically recommend an appropriate professional look at those.” Similarly, many home inspectors may recommend professionals for chimney, roof, structural, or other specialized inspections. They may also not offer in-depth mold, termite, and other inspections, although they will note any evidence of issues on the inspection report. Here’s a brief Q&A to find out more about what home inspectors do and what customers can do to make the process go smoothly: What do you wish people knew about what you do? Mortensen: “Most, if not all, inspectors do their very best on an inspection. When something is “missed,” the inspector almost always gets thrown under the bus, but most of the time, the item was hidden, or our SOPs (standards of practice) prevent us from looking at it. The inspectors who don’t have their clients’ best interest in mind just do not last very long in this business.” Christy: “Even the most thorough home inspection can’t detect every possible issue or predict the future!

windows, doors, and everything in between.

A home inspection can bring to light any number of issues you’re unaware of. For example, there may be drainage problems if water is pooling near the foundation of the home. An expert will also notice if your water heater doesn’t have the proper drain line connection or if condensation inside the home is indicative of a larger problem. A good home inspector will point out these issues and give you information to make corrections. Home inspectors prepare reports of their findings and provide the information to clients, whether that be a home buyer, a home seller, a real estate agent, or a lender that is considering funding a loan.

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children], do so. Then, I have your undivided attention. Bring trusted family members who may know something about the building process to ensure all the right questions are answered and they can also assure the buyer the inspector knows what they are talking about. “While it’s important to know what questions to ask, and to loop in knowledgeable people, it’s also imperative to ensure access to all parts of the home. If it’s your home, take the time to clear paths to crawlspaces, electrical panels, water heaters, and beneath sinks. If you’re working with an agent on a home you’re considering purchasing, have your agent communicate with the homeowners to accommodate the home inspector’s needs.” Christy: “The more parts of your house that are accessible, the more we are able to inspect! Nothing needs to be perfectly clean or tidy, but something as simple as having a cleared spot where we can get to the attic access really goes a long way in ensuring you get the most out of your inspection.” What is the most common red flag on a home inspection report?

We do our best to give our clients as much information as possible about their home, but an inspection is only a snapshot of the home on the day of inspection, not a prediction of all possible future issues.” What is your primary goal as a home inspector? Mortensen: “To identify all visible items that may need repair now or in the near future so the buyer has a good idea of what they are purchasing. To identify anything which poses a Life Safety threat to the occupants so it can be fixed right away. To educate the buyer about home maintenance so they learn how to take care of their new home’s heating system or exterior, for example.” Christy: “To equip home owners with as much knowledge about their property as we can, so that they can make an informed decision about how to move forward.” What should clients do in preparation of your visit? Mortensen: “Be available for a minimum of two hours, be prepared with questions. If it’s possible to [make other arrangements for

issues that fall into categories of red, yellow, or green. As you may have guessed, red flag issues can be enough to break a deal, so it’s the kind of thing you want to be aware of and address before a potential home buyer discovers it and walks away from the sale. Mortensen says the most common red flag on a home inspection report is water entry, either through the roof, through the foundation or plumbing leaks. What can a customer expect from the home inspection process? The home buying and selling process is stressful, so the more information you have, the more your mind can rest. You now know that a thorough home inspection requires two to three hours to perform and the home inspector will need someone present as well

Most home inspection reports are written up with an attention to

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“Our customers can expect to receive a thorough report detailing, in photos and writing, what was found during their inspection. We break it down in categories from issues that are high priority and a potential safety risk down to items that just need general maintenance.” What is a standard fee or cost range for a home inspection? The cost of a home inspection is influenced by the location and size of the home. According to Bankrate, the fee can range from $300-

$600. Taking into account different regions and sizes of homes, the average is $350-$475.

as access to all parts of the home. But what happens after that?

Mortensen says his customers can expect a balanced, exhaustive third-party assessment of the home they are buying. They will receive a report within 24 hours, filled with everything talked about during the inspection and appropriate contractors to do any repairs. The report has tons of pictures showing any defects to help the parties involved with negotiation of the repairs. This is also helpful to the contractor when they show up to do the work.”

What else would you like clients to know? Mortensen: “Inspectors are human and make mistakes but are really looking out for your best interest. So, if there are questions about the inspection, please call and allow the inspector to talk to you concerning the issue.”

Christy concurs.

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Organizing Your Home Strategies for

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“I have been so happy since that day,” Deb says.

Deb Zechini is the owner and founder of Order in the House, a professional organizing service based in the Triad region of North Carolina. As more people are learning and working from home, it is easy for clutter to accumulate, and it can become overwhelming. When asked how she became a professional organizer, Deb shared her story: “I was working with an airline right after 9/11, and the airline I was working with filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I had four kids, my husband and I both worked, and we needed both paychecks. So, I thought I better find something else to do in case the airline didn’t come out of it.” When she was trying to figure out a backup career, Deb remembered a friend she had who would always call upon her to help her organize when she was moving. Then, Deb read an article about a professional organizer in New York, and a lightbulb went off.

Deb says she derives tremendous satisfaction from her work as a professional organizer because “I understand people.” Learning to organize your belongings and keep them organized requires embracing change and a systematic approach. Deb asserts that since she has ADD herself, she understands that every situation is unique, and you must customize the solution to fit each individual’s personality to give them the correct tools that will work best for them.

Deb credits her success as a professional organizer to a

combination of natural ability and lessons learned from her mother on the importance of keeping things orderly. The key, according to Deb, is to remember, “It’s like a puzzle, figuring out how everything fits together.”

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“It’s like a puzzle, figuring out how everything fits together.” - Deb Zechini | Order in the House

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Tips to Avoid Clutter Deb shares some helpful tips to stay on top of situations that can lead to a breakdown in time/life management and cause clutter in the home: 1. Store it or get rid of it! “With kids, you have to constantly be purging. As the child ages out of clothes, toys, everything, you have to either store it or get rid of it. You have to constantly be editing all of the time.” A great example of this is school artwork. Deb acknowledges, “The amount that comes in can just be overwhelming! I say, put it up, display it for a week, then have the child pick a favorite at the end of that week and let the rest go.” In doing so, you will free your refrigerator and the rest of your home from undue clutter while teaching your children a valuable lesson in how to let go of unnecessary possessions in their own lives. 2. Start with one item at a time.

three-step approach to manage clutter in your home. ▶ Step 1 – Editing: Constantly be editing what you have and get rid of unnecessary items. ▶ Step 2 – Delegating: Assign maintenance chores to others in the household so there is a joint effort to keep the family home clutter- free.

Deb says her clients often feel overwhelmed dealing with major life changes like a new move, new baby, or family member passing away and having to decide what to do with all of their possessions. Depression or any sort of life trauma can also trigger a breakdown in structure and

leave someone feeling unable to deal with the pressures of family life and children. People can get so overwhelmed by clutter that they simply don’t know where to begin. Deb suggests starting with one item at a time and working in sessions of three to four hours, stopping before fatigue sets in. 3. Focus on one space at a time. If you find yourself surrounded by clutter in every room of your home, the prospect of going through it all can become so overwhelming that you feel defeated before you begin. Deb recommends that you “zero down on one space to avoid being overwhelmed.” 4. Take a three-step approach. Deb suggests it is best to take a

▶ Step 3 – Scheduling:

This final step may be the most difficult due to the constant demands on our time from our personal and professional responsibilities, but it is crucial if you want to keep your home organized. Deb recommends blocking out time for organizing the home on your calendar, just as you would any other high-priority task.

5. If you need professional

help, ask for it! Deb says it is common for those with clutter issues to feel a sense of shame or embarrassment. She urges people not to feel anxiety or guilt. Deb notes, “Professional

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system that will work best with each client’s lifestyle and preferences.

Helping others and knowing she is entrusted with some of her clients’ most cherished memories is one of the aspects of her work that Deb finds most rewarding. As she puts it, “One of the joys of my job is to hear the stories because everyone has a story.” For some, decluttering is an ongoing process, and Deb has some clients, particularly those with ADHD, that she works with on an ongoing basis. Putting her professional expertise to work, Deb engages her clients, asking them questions about their daily routines and habits to create a

organizers are non-judgmental! After all, if there wasn’t a mess, I’d have nothing to do!”

If you are facing a cluttered home and want to re-establish a system of organization, Deb recommends you “chunk it down” into small areas, one item at a time, in short sessions, so that you do not give in to feelings of being overwhelmed and give up before you start. Use the tips listed above to guide you and remember to ask for professional help if you need it.

Learning to Let Go

Deb has had hundreds of hours of professional coaching to help people get organized and stay organized. According to Deb, people often hold onto things because they are reminders of precious memories. Her clients share the personal story connected with that object, and once they have done that, they find they are ready to let that item go.

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Forgiving Outdoor Plants 7 of the Most

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Here are seven of the most low- maintenance and forgiving outdoor plants for the least forgiving gardener or plant caretaker. In alphabetical order, we’ve got bee balm, chives, crabapple tree, daylily, feather reed grass, Russian sage, and sedum. Of course, there are plenty more, but these represent a diverse array of plants that can withstand the elements and don’t require particular tender-loving care.

particularly green thumb? If you’ve had bad past experiences with plants, there’s good news! You just need to do a bit of research and get more creative with your plant picks. There are many outdoor plants that can not only survive, but thrive, under less-than-stellar care. Many of the plants on this list are hardy, sturdy, drought-resistant, pest-resistant, and/or disease- resistant, and can do well regardless of what Mother Nature throws at them (or what you forget to do).

We’ve discussed in a previous issue seven of the most forgiving houseplants for people who have a hard time keeping indoor plants alive: aloe, cactus, jade, pothos, spider plant, snake plant, and ZZ plant (though there are many, many others). But what about outdoor plants? This is an entirely different ballgame. Outdoor plants are continuously exposed to the elements. So wouldn’t it be all that much more challenging to keep plants alive, especially if you don’t have a

1. Bee Balm This 3-foot-tall perennial, a member of the mint family, is not only low- maintenance, but also has a long blooming period. With a bee balm (Monarda didyma) plant, your garden could have up to eight weeks or more of gorgeous colors during the summer and even into the early autumn. Its red, pink, blue, or white flowers attract beneficial bees in addition to other pollinators, such as hummingbirds and butterflies, who enjoy its nectar. Bee balm is also considered a solution to the “soggy garden dilemma,” meaning it can do well and even flourish in overly wet conditions. After planting the bee balm, you won’t have to do much to maintain it except keep an eye on it. Left alone and wild, the plant can be quite aggressive and even dominating, particularly the newer varieties such as Violet Queen and Marshall’s Delight. However, any plants that grow out of control, however you define that, can easily be pulled out and managed.

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2. Chives Want to grow something low-maintenance and edible? There are several great options, and chives is one of them! Chives (Allium schoenoprasumare) are seriously one of the lowest- maintenance outdoor plant options out there. Once planted, they truly need barely any attention, except for in very hot, very dry climates, in which case, they will need to be watered often and well. Otherwise, herbs such as chives are easy beginner plants for those who consider themselves “plant killers.” Chives do well in warm or cool seasons and are quite cold-tolerant. In the spring, plant some clumps of chives and watch them grow and do their thing. If you’re growing them in containers, however, the clumps need to be broken up for transplantation.

While they’re not necessarily the prettiest of plants, they’re edible and a great addition to salads and baked potatoes and other dishes. Chives also flower colorfully, and their flowers are even edible. As an added bonus, chives repel pests, so they make fantastic companion plants for lettuce and tomatoes, for example, which are known to attract pests.

Chives reseed easily and quickly, so one thing you might want to remember is to occasionally deadhead the flowers.

3. Feather Reed Grass We’ve discussed a few edible plants as well as flowers, but there’s a type of low-maintenance ornamental grass that does well in most conditions without a lot of care: feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acuitflora) . This 6-foot-tall blooming stalk grass is extremely versatile — it can survive in hot, warm, cool, and dry climates and soil conditions — partly because of its deep roots. It also rarely has issues with pests, including insects and deer, and can withstand common diseases. This prairie grass species is a tall, erect hybrid that’s versatile and requires little to no fertilization, pruning, and watering. Feather reed grass is ideal for “lazy” urban and container gardeners, too.

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4. Crabapple Tree Speaking of growing low-maintenance, yet edible outdoor plants, have you thought about growing a crabapple tree (Malus sylvestris) ? Sure, growing a tree might sound like an overwhelming and major project, but the truth is, crabapple tree-growing is much easier than you think. In fact, once you’ve planted the tree, and after it’s been established, crabapple trees actually require minimal care and maintenance. Many gardeners or gardener wannabes assume that fruit trees are too challenging or complicated to grow, but a crabapple tree is both simple and low-maintenance. They’re super easy to grow from seed, plus they’re fairly compact, in case you have a smaller yard, and they tolerate a wide range of soils. Many species, such as

cedar-apple rust, apple scab fungus, and fire blight, are also quite resistant to disease. As for maintenance, most of the work simply involves removing branches that rub against each other or cross over each other, or branches that grow too aggressively.

In addition to the low maintenance, consider the benefits. A fruit tree, such as a crabapple tree, can provide fruit for munching, making pies, making jams, etc., as well as attracting pollinators, and allowing you to enjoy its fragrant blooms.

5. Russian Sage If you’re looking for a low-maintenance shrub, look no further than the Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) . The perennial Russian sage works well in hot and dry conditions, or generally in harsh environments, is able to survive and thrive in most soil conditions, and requires almost no effort to maintain. It’s known for being drought-tolerant as well as both disease-free and pest-free. Another benefit of Russian sage is that it has a long blooming period, producing small, lavender-colored flowers throughout the summer and into autumn. The one thing you might want to keep in mind is that this plant does best in full sun, otherwise the tall stems might flop over and hinder bloom production.

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6. Daylily These exotic-looking perennial flowers are not only easy to grow and popular, but they are super sturdy, long-lasting, and highly tolerant of varying climate conditions and of neglect, which goes against the common myth that exotic-looking plants are too delicate and must be hard to grow and maintain. In fact, some daylily (Hemerocallis fulva) species are not only tolerant of neglect, but also thrive on it! Rather than growing from bulbs like true lilies, daylilies grow from fleshy roots.

If you want to get the most out of growing daylilies, plant them and let them grow in a full sun position, then mostly just leave them be. They do not require fertilization, but plenty of watering in especially hot, dry climates. Daylilies will bloom abundantly (though single blooms last about a day or two), year after year, during their long bloom season, all with little to zero effort. Further, there are thousands of varieties to choose from.

7. Sedum One complaint that forgetful or neglectful gardeners have about hard-to-kill outdoor plants is that left to their own devices, these sturdy, hardy, wild plants run wild and can get out of control — which presents its own problems and level of maintenance that the gardener didn’t sign up for.

However, the sedum (Sedum oblanceolatum) , also know as “stonecrop,” is not quite so invasive and usually doesn’t run wild and out of control. These sun-loving, drought-resistant succulents require almost no care — very minimal watering (only if they’re quite dry), deadheading, dividing, and mulching. In fact, they can survive for years without much maintenance at all. They also don’t grow very quickly, which generally makes them a less invasive plant. There are many varieties of the sedum, but one variety in particular, Autumn Joy, produces clusters of nectar-rich pink flowers that are very friendly to pollinators near summer’s end.

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