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March, 2017 - Issue #149
Outdoor living can only go so far when you have to sneak back into the house for a snack, drink or food prep. Now is the time to make your backyard kitchen dreams come true. Barbecue in style as you sip on a glass of wine and watch the kids play. NV Landscape's award-winning designers can meet every need, from the practical to the over-the-top gourmet.
{NV Landscape 286-8888}

kissthecook: We had a wine refrigerator installed with our outdoor kitchen, as well as a sink and dishwasher, too. It didn't cost substantially more and it's so convenient. We hardly ever cook in the house during the spring and summer!


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The most fun spring to-do yet: planting a cocktail herb garden! Mint, basil, rosemary, cilantro and lavender will provide all the fresh drink garnishes you could ever need - plus they'll be a gorgeous addition to your patio whether they're planted in pots or directly into your soil. You can get started plants ready to drop into your soil mixture, as well as free professional advice, at Green Thumb.
{Green Thumb Nursery 259-1072}

weekendwarrior: Mojitos, sparkling wines, margaritas, bloody marys, oh my! There are so many options with these herbs, but my favorite is lavender, which tastes amazing in lemony drinks.

Looking to make a big curb-appeal impact with a smaller budget? We have four words for you: paint your front door. And, while you're at it, touch up your exterior trim, too. This combination is a one-two visual punch that draws the eye to the defining architectural features of your home, cultivating a look of distinction. Not a fan of ladders and paint buckets? Opt for ALLBRiGHT's Paint-For-A-Day service, which connects you to a professionally-trained ALLBRiGHT paint technician for eight hours of efficient, high-quality labor on the projects of your choice.
{ALLBRiGHT 1-800-Painting}

remodelmama: I've used ALLBRiGHT's Paint-For-A-Day service to paint baseboards, my son's bedroom, to powerwash the exterior and lots more. It's a really economical way to get a lot done in a day!


Green. It's a nice color - but it's not the only one! With rebates up to $5,000, many SCV residents are ditching their lawns to plant beautiful, colorful plants. Not sure where to start? Go to CLWA's gardening class on Saturday, March 18 at 9am to learn how to choose perennial plants for your landscape. A horticulturist will lead you through a variety of colorful plants that grow well in the SCV and will brighten up your landscape. To sign up for the gardening class, click on Community Outreach & Education.
{CLWA www.clwa.org}

happygardener: Our neighbors qualified for CLWA's lawn replacement rebate; we're going to apply asap at conservation.clwa.org. Looking forward to getting rid of high-maintenance grass!

Never underestimate the power of the pool.
A custom waterscape makes entertaining more fun;
keeps tweens/teens and their friends safe at home during weekends and vacations; offers a relaxing refuge from
the hustle and bustle and increases your home's value. Not sure you can fit a pool in your yard or budget? E & J Construction & Landscape specializes in SCV-yard friendly pools that are as affordable as they are impressive.
{E & J Construction & Landscape 250-1638}

sunshine: We have a small Valencia yard with a slope - and a pool! It can be done!

Outdoor furniture is a must and high-quality pieces are essential with SCV's scorching sun and whipping winds. Have your eyes on a set you love? Now's the time to buy; Oasis Garden & Patio is making room for 2017 merchandise, so every in-stock set in store now is on sale with discounts of up to 70 percent off.
{Oasis Garden & Patio
255-9909}

funinthesun: We are still getting great use out of our OW Lee set we bought from Oasis nearly a decade ago! These sets last and last, especially when you cover them during inclement weather. We love our deep-seated set! So comfortable and gorgeous!
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