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August
15

Get Ready for Fall With These Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping Ideas

Now that summer is drawing to a close, you can no longer rely on lush greenery to make your property look its best. The final days of summer are approaching, and it's time to start thinking about fall landscaping ideas. Our real estate agents know how important curb appeal is in any season. Here are some of their favorite tips to help get your home ready for the fall months.

  • Use Dead Leaves for Mulch
    Fall weather means lots of dead leaves to rake up – or does it? While it's become common to rake away the last year's foliage before the winter sets in, this practice actually robs your gardens of valuable nutrients they need to grow.

    Instead of disposing of the dead leaves, gather them up and place them around your still-growing plants. If you want to keep your garden beds looking neat, you can use a leaf blower with an attached mulcher to grind up the leaves before scattering them. The result will look just like store-bought mulch but will provide much more nutrition for your plants.

  • Choose Plants That Flourish in Fall
    Fall landscapes may not be as rare with growth as spring and summer ones, but some plants thrive in this season. There are many impressive vegetable plants (such as kale and cabbage) and ornamental grasses that do well in cooler weather. Some fruiting plants (including roses, elderberries, and winterberries) continue to produce fruits well into the colder months. 

  • Add Pumpkins and Other Squashes
    Cliché or not, there's nothing like pumpkins to bring out the beauty of fall. Their fellow gourds may not be as well known, but squashes, in general, are still unmistakably connected to the autumn months.

    Squashes grow well in colder weather, which is part of why they are so deeply connected with the season. You can grow your own for an impressive display, but be sure to start early to give your gourds time to grow. If you don't have the time or money for this, you can try using plastic pumpkins and squashes instead. If they're viewed from afar, no one will know the difference.

  • Incorporate Gates and Archways
    Doors and arches are a classic symbol for transitions, making them an apt landscaping decoration during changing seasons. They can also serve a practical purpose by blocking access to parts of your property where you may not want animals or other uninvited guests.

    If you have a gate or archway in your garden already, dress it up with some vines, trees, or shrubs to draw attention to it. If you don't have one, add one. Stone arches are particularly good for creating a fetching fall look. 

  • Add Rock and Water Features
    Want to keep your garden looking great all year long? Try adding some rock and water elements to the mix. Rock formations and water features add some flair to a garden and look great in all seasons, not just the sunny summer months. 

    Fountains and sculptures are some of the most dramatic landscaping elements available and are sure to draw the eye as part of your fall display. If you prefer to keep things more low-key, a tranquil pond, a low stone wall, or some decorative path stones might be just what your need to bring new life to your outdoor spaces.

Wish you had a little more outdoor space to try out these ideas? Many of our Richmond homes for sale have sprawling yards and gardens. Contact us today to book a viewing of any of our stunning properties and see for yourself.

August
8

National Relaxation Day: 5 Ways to Relieve Stress in Richmond

Richmond Places

August 15 is National Relaxation Day, and our real estate agents have some pointers.

Our agents work hard, but we also know the value of taking some time to rest and unwind. When you're exploring beautiful Richmond homes for sale, it's easy to get caught up in the moment and "go, go, go" all day long. Take some time to stop and smell the roses – you'll feel better and make better decisions.

August 15 is dedicated to exactly that idea. No matter what your idea of relaxation is, the RVA area offers it. Commune with nature or enjoy the unique culture that makes this one of the most beloved places to settle in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Here are just a few opportunities to relax:

  • True North Yoga & Wellness – 4025 MacArthur Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227
    True North Yoga & Wellness offers a wide variety of yoga classes and holistic practices that will nourish your body and spirit. Classes are available for every level, including those who have never tried yoga. A visitor can enjoy acupuncture, Tai Chi, and many more with a wide variety of on-site experts. It is right in the center of the highly desirable Belleview neighborhood.

  • Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa – 10 North Nansemond Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa provides you with a huge range of opportunities to have a truly relaxing experience that meets your needs. There are nearly a dozen specialized massage options, from Swedish massage to hot stone and decompression therapy. Fifteen different facials also await, all with different spa enhancement add-ons.

  • Waterfront RVA – 415 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Getting out in nature can be the key to a relaxing experience, and Waterfront RVA is your entry point to the area's famous waterways. From noon to 6 p.m. starting in May, you can rent boards or kayaks for a small fee of $25 per person per hour. With "Flow Flow," you can enjoy sunsets over the river while you take part in gentle yoga led by trained instructors.

  • Yoga One Studio – 306 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Looking for a calming experience near Petersburg homes for sale? You're in luck with Yoga One Studio. Since 2007, Yoga One has helped people from all over Virginia get in touch with their bodies and quiet their minds right in the heart of Old Towne Petersburg. There are seven different styles of yoga to pick from, most of which are accessible to all levels, with "Gentle" Hatha yoga ideal for absolute beginners.

  • The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen – 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen gives you the chance to contemplate wonderful artworks or make some of your own in a dedicated studio. One of the top cultural institutions near Glen Allen homes for sale, it welcomes all to explore five distinct galleries or contribute to the Community Gallery showcasing local talent. Low-cost art classes include 40 adult classes in 15 disciplines as well as teen and kid classes.

Contact us today to discover even more of what the RVA has to offer.

August
1

Food Truck Favorites in Richmond

Food Trucks in Richmond

The Richmond area has so much to offer, including gorgeous outdoor parks, entertaining festivals, and a lively downtown. And at all these spots, you'll probably spot a food truck! Whether you're in the mood for tacos, pizza, or something totally creative, chances are you can find it at a Richmond food truck. Check out these local options.

  • Babbs' Food on the Move
    Babbs' Food on the Move serves American classics all over town. Customers love their cheesesteaks subs, smoked sausage, and grilled hot dogs. This is the perfect place to grab lunch when you're on the go or stop for dinner on your way to an event.

    Babbs' Food on the Move updates their location often on Facebook, so you can find them easily. You'll also spot them at a lot of local concert series and at Midnight Brewery some Saturday nights.

  • Intergalactic Tacos
    Intergalactic Tacos serves tacos that are totally out of this world. Start your meal with an order of chips and salsa — the salsa is made in-house. Follow it up with the Local Pork Tacos or Local Steal Tacos, both of which are loaded with fresh sauces and veggies. Add a Mexican soda, and you have a great meal.

    Intergalactic Tacos posts their location on social media sites regularly. You'll often find them at Veil Brewing - Scott's Addition, and you may spot them while looking at Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Momma's BBQ
    Momma's BBQ likes to call itself "Richmond's Favorite BBQ truck," and our real estate agents really can't argue with that. They make real, pit-smoked, slow-cooked barbecue and comforting sides. Enjoy a pulled pork sandwich, cornbread muffins, mac-n-cheese, and country coleslaw.

    Momma's BBQ offers order-ahead services on their website. You can see where they'll be in the coming months on StreetFoodFinder.com.

  • Fireside Pizza
    Fireside Pizza
    keeps things simple, and it works for them. Their Neapolitan pizzas are so good they really don't need to serve anything else. They do have several different pizza options. The Heavyweight is a delicious pie topped with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, bacon, sausage, and pepperoni. The Maggie comes topped with roasted garlic and basil — vampires, beware!

    Fireside Pizza does offer online ordering via their website. They attend a lot of festivals but also park in various neighborhoods on weekends. You'll see them in The Grove, Bel Crest, and Winterfield Park.

  • JiJi Frozen Custard
    If you're in the mood for frozen custard, JiJi Frozen Custard is the place to go. This dessert food truck hand-dips their custard, and they have lots of tasty flavors. Order it in a dish or a giant waffle cone, and enjoy.

    JiJi can often be found downtown. They visit Walton Park, The Highlands, and Bexley. Look for them while you're out looking at Chesterfield County homes for sale.

  • Chili P's
    Chili P's does chili dogs right, topping each dog with a generous portion of their house-made chili. They also serve fries, which are seasoned with their own proprietary spice blend.

    Chili P's is a Veteran-owned company. They stop at a lot of locations around Richmond and post their location on Facebook often. You'll often find them at The Answer Brewpub and at local swim meets.

Food trucks are always one of the best things about events and festivals in Richmond. We hope you stop by a few food trucks and enjoy some of the area's best casual fare. Contact us if you're new to the area and looking for a place to call home.

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