So summer is almost here and you're already dreading the cries of, "There's nothing to do!" Our real estate agents have been there, and they recommend these wonderful summer programs near Richmond homes for sale to keep your kids engaged in productive and entertaining activities.
Richmond offers family fun all year long. Are you buying or selling a home in the area? Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for experienced real estate help.
With spring just around the corner, trees and plants are showing signs of new growth, green leaves, and early blooms. Our real estate agents think it's the perfect time to get outside and plant your Richmond garden so that you can enjoy all the benefits of National Garden Month in April.
On a beautiful spring day, there's nothing quite like planting new seeds and watching them grow. If you're ready to give it a try, it's time to roll up your sleeves and turn your Richmond garden into something spectacular.
Planting Annuals and Perennials
April is a great month to plant annuals and perennials in your garden, but first, you should know the difference. Annuals have a lifespan of one year, so they must be replanted the following season. Perennials grow back every spring, so you only need to plant them once.
Planting annuals in garden beds or pots marks the beginning of a season-long show of eye-catching flowers. Annuals are usually planted during the spring and summer months, unfurling flowers and colorful foliage until frost arrives. Some annuals thrive in the sun, and others prefer shade and cooler temperatures, Before planting annuals, it's best to check planting, growth, and care requirements with a local garden center.
Perennials can be planted any time during the growing season until the ground freezes, but for best results, they should be planted during spring or fall. Since perennials come back each year, many are bulbs rather than small plants. Whether you plant spring or fall perennials, they need plenty of room to grow and spread in your garden. Even without visible foliage, perennials will still send out roots underground until they go dormant when the ground freezes.
Planting Vegetable Gardens
If you enjoy cooking, you may want to plant a vegetable garden that fills your yard with color and provide herbs and veggies for the kitchen. Just like flower gardens, vegetable gardens can be planted in the spring and the fall.
Eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes can be started indoors then transplanted into the garden in late April.
If you like the idea of growing yummy summer vegetables, you should start planting your garden in mid-April. Imagine your endless cooking possibilities with a vegetable garden filled with asparagus, beans, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, cucumbers, okra, and squash.
Proper maintenance is essential to keep your flower and vegetable gardens blooming and healthy. Here are some helpful tips:
Mulch garden beds early in the spring
Apply a light application of 10-10-10 fertilizer over perennial beds
Deadhead perennials after flowering to extend bloom times
Cut back and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after flowering
Weed your garden beds every week during the growing seasons
Keep your gardening tools, hoses, and sprinklers in good condition
All flower and vegetable gardens are subjected to a variety of harmful pests that can destroy plants. You can protect your gardens with organic pest control products and barriers made from fabrics, fencing, or mesh around the planting area. Diatomaceous earth, a non-toxic natural product, hinders the movement of pests in and around fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
Sports leagues offer a fun, social way to stay fit, enjoy all of your favorite games, and meet some new people in the process. Richmond homes for sale make it easy to join up with leagues for all of your favorite sports, at locations all around the city. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on some of the local groups you can join when you move to the Richmond area.
Adult Soccer at the Sports Center of Richmond – 1385 Overbrook Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
If soccer is your favorite game, then you're sure to love one of the many adult soccer leagues held at the Sports Center of Richmond. Leagues here are all held in one convenient location and run all year long. There are men's, women's, and coed leagues available, with varying team sizes to accommodate your group.
Pick Your Game at River City Sports & Social Club
No matter how popular or how niche your favorite sport is, there's likely a league for it with the River City Sports & Social Club. These leagues are held at parks and athletic facilities all around the Richmond area.
Sports Leagues with Hanover County Parks & Rec
The Hanover County Parks & Recreation Department also offers a wide variety of sports leagues for adults of all ages. Depending on the sport, you may be playing at a park, YMCA, school facility, or another destination near Hanover homes for sale.
Are you searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of Richmond's fun sports leagues? Our local team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA area.
Once a month, Richmond's thriving arts community takes center stage in one of the city's most popular traditions. Our real estate agents love visiting Downtown Richmond for First Fridays from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. During these monthly events, make sure to stop by these wonderful galleries, shops, and restaurants that are right down the street from Richmond homes for sale.
Be a part of the creative energy in Richmond. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties for cheerful and dedicated help from our experienced agents.
Moving to a new place is never easy. In addition to the chore of dragging your stuff from one house to another, you also have to readjust to a new area and find a way to incorporate all of your old routines into unfamiliar surroundings. For instance, walking and playing with your dog. There are plenty of Richmond homes for sale, where you and your family can move, but where are the dog-friendly hiking trails near those homes? We've got you covered. Here are a few of our favorite spaces in nature where you and your dog can walk, hike, and play.
These are just a few of the amazing trails and parks in the Richmond area where you and your dog can have fun together. Our real estate agents can help you find all the best hiking spots near you. Contact us today.
The rich soil between the Blue Ridge and the Atlantic Coast is perfect for growing grapes and has given rise to some truly outstanding local wineries.
Our real estate agents are excited to highlight some of our favorite wineries in the region. These five local wineries are collectively known as the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail, and each one has something unique to offer!
From award-winning wineries and spectacular scenery to unique culture and outdoor adventure, the Richmond area has it all. Contact us today to learn more about all the opportunities that await in Central Virginia!
Ready to hit the water? Central Virginia offers some truly amazing paddling opportunities, and our real estate agents are excited to share their favorite summer kayak spots.
Nestled along the mighty James River, Richmond, in particular, is a great place to explore by kayak (there's a reason they call it the River City). Here's where to launch your kayak, join a guided trip, or gear up for your next kayak adventure in Richmond, VA!
Contact us today to learn more about all the adventures that await in Richmond and the surrounding areas! Our team can't wait to help you find your dream home in Central Virginia.
It's easy not to think about your gutters when they're doing their job, but a little cleaning and maintenance should be done at least once or twice a year. If you haven't cleaned your gutters since the trees dropped their leaves last fall, doing your maintenance now will help keep them clean throughout the summer's rainstorms. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for gutter maintenance this summer.
Keeping up on home maintenance is an easy way to protect your investment, but it's especially important to catch up on any maintenance tasks if you're planning on selling your home soon. The outside of your home is a great place to start because that's the first thing a buyer sees. For more suggestions on how to get your home ready to sell and boost your curb appeal, contact us today.
As the weather grows warmer, you may find yourself looking for a way to cool off. Stopping by a local pool or splash pad is a great option. Most of these places are kid-friendly and welcoming to families, so people of all ages can splash around and enjoy a break from the heat.
Summers in the Richmond area can be hot, and our real estate agents highly recommend staying cool by visiting one of these top-notch pools or splash pads. When you're done splashing around, make sure you spend some time looking at homes for sale. Contact us if you're looking for an agent to represent you.
If you're tired of your yard turning brown during the stifling dog days of summer or want to cut down on the time you spend watering your garden, it's time to install a sprinkler system. Not only will a sprinkler system make it easier for you to care for your landscaping, but our real estate agents know that it appeals to potential homebuyers when it's time to sell your home. Here are a few tips to follow when installing a sprinkler system.
Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to get started!
As one of the oldest major cities in the United States, Richmond features stunning examples of the various architectural styles that have been popular through the years. Get a new appreciation of the city's rich historical heritage when you view these classic buildings, only minutes from Richmond homes for sale.
If you love gracious Victorian architecture in all of its styles, from Queen Anne to Colonial Revival, you need look no further than the Fan District. But you didn't need our real estate agents to tell you that, did you? If you're considering one of the lovely Richmond homes for sale, let's look at some of the things that you may not have realized the Fan has to share.
Now that you have a taste of what life in the Fan District of Richmond has to offer, why not take a look for yourself? Contact us to arrange a tour of some of the most elegant homes in Richmond.
For centuries, butterflies have captured human imagination, serving as inspiration for art, poetry, and song. Explore the fascinating story of these stunning insects during National Learn about Butterflies Day on Sunday, March 14. Join our real estate agents by planning a visit to one of these wonderful gardens around Richmond.
Whether you're a social butterfly or cocooning is more your thing, we can help you find a home in Richmond that suits your lifestyle. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more.
If you have plans for a garden this year and prefer to save money and start your own plants from seed, now is the time to start those seeds indoors. Even if you're planning on selling your home this year, our real estate agents advise moving ahead with your normal gardening plans, as adding pretty flowers to your landscaping or to pots around the front door and porch can dramatically improve your home's curb appeal. Here are a few tips to help you successfully start seeds inside.
A successful garden takes some preparation, so start your research and get your seeds started now! In a few months, you'll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor (pun intended). For help deciding what touches like flowers and landscaping your home might need, or determining when the best time is to list your home on the market, contact us today.
Need a break from the fast pace and digital overload of daily living? Our real estate agents recommend bird watching as a perfect way to connect with nature and restore a peaceful state of mind.
Whether you go alone or with family and friends, check out these great bird watching trails in Pocahontas State Park, just minutes from Chesterfield homes for sale.
Bird Watching Tips
Where will you be feathering your nest this year? Find out why Chesterfield is a wonderful place to call home. Contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to learn more.
Wherever you decide to go, there's no need to leave town to take a vacation — there's plenty to discover right here in RVA.
Inspired by: Richmond Magazine
Photo: Adobe Stock
For International Geocaching Day this August 15th, our REALTORS® want to introduce the fun and excitement of geocaching!
Geocaching is a hobby that's being adopted in ever greater numbers by urban adventurers near the best Richmond homes for sale. Anyone who is interested in spending more time outdoors and has a mobile device, like a smartphone, can participate.
What is Geocaching, Exactly?
In geocaching, you use your smartphone to navigate to a "hidden treasure" stored somewhere in a publicly accessible outdoor space. These unique geocaches are left by other players.
The usual geocache is a small container, sealed from the elements, that includes a logbook and pen. When the cache is found and logged, the player should return it to its original location so it can be found again and again.
Players might be from the local area or just passing through. Likewise, many geocaches contain small items like toys or other trinkets, so each new discoverer can find an item and leave an item.
Get Started With Geocaching in the Richmond Area
Of course, we can't tell you precisely where to find active geocaches in Richmond!
That would take away the fun of discovering them all for yourself. But there are many areas around the city where caches can commonly be found. Geocaching has become so popular that the Virginia State Park System is in on the act, too.
When exploring a Virginia state park, you can expect to find at least one cache. These may be quick grabs you can find near an established trail or multicaches that require you to find a final location by consulting other cache sites throughout the area.
Let's check in with some of the parks known to harbor geocaches:
Geocaching is fun, but you don't have to range far and wide to find the right Richmond home for you. Contact us today for expert advice on local real estate opportunities.
Most of us would prefer to forego harsh chemicals to repel summertime bugs. But we also don't want our homes and gardens to be overwhelmed by pests. You know the kind: they bite, sting, make us sick, and destroy our flowers and vegetables. Some of them work their way inside and wreak havoc in insidious ways in our closets, in the kitchen pantry, or while we're trying to cook dinner.
You've probably heard of some natural remedies for a lot of these pests and have wondered how effective they are.
Need some additional advice about controlling pests and other issues as you think about listing your home among Richmond homes for sale? Follow these tips below.
The key to attaining success with the remedies listed above is to use them liberally, inside, and outside the home. Nevertheless, do keep kids and pets away from them, as you don't want them ingesting these substances.
National Weed Your Garden Day is set for June 13, and as far as we're concerned, it's a great opportunity to focus on the topic of controlling weeds. If you're looking around at Richmond homes for sale and imagining your new garden, you'll need to know about weeds and how to keep them away from your plants.
What's a Weed?
One person's weed can be another person's wildflower, but in general, we look at weeds as invasive plants that muscle in and threaten to take over from cultivated species. So a weed can be anything from crabgrass to a humble dandelion (much beloved by honeybees, but a horror in lawns). Other objectionable plants in our region are chickweed (another lawn invader), ailanthus (the so-called "tree of heaven" is anything but!), and the dreaded Chinese privet and multiflora rose, two invasive shrubs. There are hundreds more, but why not start with the 10 or 20 Most Wanted in our region and have at them? Your local horticultural extension service can advise you.
For ridding your garden of these unwanted visitors, follow these tips.
As the days get longer and the weather starts to warm up, spending more time outdoors becomes increasingly appealing. That appeal can fade a little, however, if you have a patio that doesn't suit your summer plans. If you're looking to sell, your outdoor space can be an introduction to your home's style. Our real estate agents appreciate a home that is welcoming at first sight, and potential buyers will as well. The spring is the perfect time to evaluate your patio and consider the following for your perfect summer outdoor space.
Your summer patio offers as many options for entertaining and private enjoyment as any room in your house. Make the most of your summer and your summer patio this year. If you have any questions about what the summer might mean for your home, contact us today.
This week in RVA there are a few special sporting events for your calendars!
Second in town, we have the 2019 World Overall Flying Disc Championships! Today the disc-related events are out in West Creek but will be moving closer to town starting tomorrow. Check out their schedule for a list of all the events!
On Saturday, July 13th at 7PM the Richmond Kickers will have a home game at the City Stadium. They will be battling North Texas SC and the game will be shown on WTVR CBS 6.3, ESPN+. Click here for tickets.
Last but not least, we have the IQA Pan-American Games for 2019! The IQA Pan-American Games 2019 is co-hosted by the International Quidditch Association, Richmond Region Tourism, and US Quidditch (USQ). It is being held July 13-14, 2019 in Glover Park in Richmond, Virginia. The event is co-hosted by the International Quidditch Association and US Quidditch, in conjunction with Richmond Region Tourism.
Admission is free and spectators can RSVP on Eventbrite to receive event updates and information. All games will be livestreamed.