Protect Your Yard From Pests


Honey bee flying away

Recent showers combined with warmer weather will create the perfect habitat for pesky summer bugs. Here are some effective ways to prevent the common bites, stings and nuisances.

 

Bees

To prevent bees from establishing a colony in or around your house, it’s important to remember these three things: food, water and shelter — bees’ keys to life.

As with any other summer bug, stagnant water must be kept to a minimum. Drain pots and repair any faulty irrigation systems. And if you have bird baths or pet bowls outside, mixing in 2 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water will discourage any bees from setting up shop near your house.

Plan an exterior inspection and eliminate any potential nesting sites. Cover holes, chimneys and animal burrows. Make sure windows and screens are tightly fitted and sealed. If you have any debris in your yard, such as old tires, cardboard boxes or old appliances, throw them out. Bees seek out such items for nesting sites.

Removing flowers as a source of food is not recommended. In fact, it’s very important for bees to pollinate many plants, including crops. If you have a colorful garden, not to worry. As long as you have their other two resources tamed to a minimum, you’re in tip-top shape for the summer.

 

Gnats

Although relatively harmless, these small creatures create quite the inconvenience with their constant swarming. Plus, you never know what germs they may be carrying as they travel from place to place.

If you garden, you want to make sure your fruits and veggies are staying fresh outside. If you happen to notice rotting or mold, act fast and pluck them out, then turn your soil or mulch to allow any moldy layers to dry out.

As with mosquitoes, be diligent in draining any standing water and drying out any moisture. With Texas humidity, the drying process may take a while. In this case, sprinkle a bit of sand on top of your soil, something very discouraging to gnats.

 

Mosquitoes

Unfortunately, Texas’ No. 1 culprit is here to stay. Aside from the traditional insect repellants and home remedies, it’s best to treat this problem at its source — water.

Turn over empty pottery to prevent from collecting water, drain plant saucers and fix any leaking outdoor faucets. Mosquitoes often lay their eggs in stagnant water, so the less the better.

 

Slugs

Like humans, slugs seek out shade on sunny days. And like many other bugs, they love moist areas.

To prevent slugs from damaging your plants and leaving their slimy evidence, get rid of any hiding places. Think cool, dark and moist. Try irrigating your lawn in the morning instead of the evening, allowing plenty of time for plants and soil to dry before the sun sets.

To protect plants, spray surrounding areas with soap and water. You can also create barriers around your plants, such as rocks, wire or anything rough and abrasive to slow them down.

Lastly, slugs have no bones. Therefore, they can fit in any crack or crevice they set their eyes on. Seal any cracks and cover any holes you notice throughout your house. By doing so, you not only eliminate the potential for slugs, but for other bugs as well.

 

If you’re experiencing bug problems not addressed here, contact your local nursery for expert advice.

Summer Bug Solutions


Close up of bumble bee pollinating wildflowers in the meadow

Recent showers and 100-degree days have created the perfect habitat for pesky summer bugs. Here are some effective ways to prevent the common bites, stings and nuisances.

 

Mosquitoes

Unfortunately, Texas’ No. 1 culprit is here to stay. Aside from the traditional insect repellants and home remedies, it’s best to treat this problem at its source — water.

Turn over empty pottery to prevent from collecting water, drain plant saucers and fix any leaking outdoor faucets. Mosquitoes often lay their eggs in stagnant water, so the less the better.

 

Gnats

Although relatively harmless, these small creatures create quite the inconvenience with their constant swarming. Plus, you never know what germs they may be carrying as they travel from place to place.

If you garden, you want to make sure your fruits and veggies are staying fresh outside. If you happen to notice rotting or mold, act fast and pluck them out, then turn your soil or mulch to allow any moldy layers to dry out. As with mosquitoes, be diligent in draining any standing water and drying out any moisture. With Texas humidity, the drying process may take a while. In this case, sprinkle a bit of sand on top of your soil, something very discouraging to gnats.

 

Bees

To prevent bees from establishing a colony in or around your house, it’s important to remember these three things: food, water and shelter — bees’ keys to life.

As with any other summer bug, stagnant water must be kept to a minimum. Drain pots and repair any faulty irrigation systems. And if you have bird baths or pet bowls outside, mixing in 2 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water will discourage any bees from setting up shop near your house.

Plan an exterior inspection and eliminate any potential nesting sites. Cover holes, chimneys and animal burrows. Make sure windows and screens are tightly fitted and sealed. If you have any debris in your yard, such as old tires, cardboard boxes or old appliances, throw them out. Bees seek out such items for nesting sites.

Removing flowers as a source of food is not recommended. In fact, it’s very important for bees to pollinate many plants, including crops. If you have a colorful garden, not to worry. As long as you have their other two resources tamed to a minimum, you’re in tip-top shape for the summer.

 

Slugs

Like humans, slugs seek out shade on sunny days. And like many other bugs, they love moist areas.

To prevent slugs from damaging your plants and leaving their slimy evidence, get rid of any hiding places. Think cool, dark and moist. Try irrigating your lawn in the morning instead of the evening, allowing plenty of time for plants and soil to dry before the sun sets.

To protect plants, spray surrounding areas with soap and water. You can also create barriers around your plants, such as rocks, wire or anything rough and abrasive to slow them down.

Lastly, slugs have no bones. Therefore, they can fit in any crack or crevice they set their eyes on. Seal any cracks and cover any holes you notice throughout your house. By doing so, you not only eliminate the potential for slugs, but for other bugs as well.

 

If you’re experiencing bug problems not addressed here, contact your local nursery for expert advice.

Feature We Love: Crystal Chandelier


One word can be used to describe today’s feature: timeless. Other adequate choices are classic, stunning, elegant, beautiful, regal, glistening. Well, that list could go on for a long time.

 

Crystal chandeliers are a statement piece and an eye-catcher no matter what room they grace with their presence. They instantly elevate rooms to a higher standard. You can bet that an investment in a chandelier is one that will keep on giving for years and years to come. In fact, many become family heirlooms that are passed down for generations.

 

Let’s take a look at the many gorgeous ways crystal chandeliers are being used to bring style and class to homes around DFW. The popularity of this feature means we have a lot of properties to show off!

Feature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^12541 Renoir Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^4463 Brookview Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^4463 Brookview Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^9250 Meadowbrook Drive, DallasFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^1001 Stone Cottage Lane, McKinneyFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^1 Kildonan, RichardsonFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^5 Santa Fe Circle, Dalworthington Gardens
Feature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^2260 Bluff Court, Cedar HillFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^5 Abbey Woods Lane, Dallas Feature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^5 Abbey Woods Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^9511 Estate Lane, DallasFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^300 W. Bethel Road, CoppellFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier

^5320 Doral Circle, PlanoFeature We Love: Crystal Chandelier^5508 Bent Tree Drive, Dallas

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends


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In the realms of home decor and design, trends are constantly changing. Here on the Ebby Blog, we’re dedicated to keeping up with the latest trends and then sharing them with you. In a recent post, CNN Money reported on the most luxurious trends that wealthy homeowners are looking for in their next purchase. Some you may have heard of, but others may surprise you.

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

1. Dine-in Wine Cellar: You’ve seen wine cellars, but now they’re being taken to the next level. Now, buyers want to be able to entertain guests right next to their immaculate collections of wine. (Pictured property: 3629 Wooded Creek Circle, Dalworthington Gardens)

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

2. Parking: Common collectors items of affluent homeowners are rare and expensive cars. These high-end toys deserve spaces of their own, like designated underground parking or systems that park and organize cars themselves. (Pictured property: 9226 Hathaway St., Dallas)

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

3. Air Purification: Whether it’s a mansion on a hill or a hi-rise above the city, the wealthy desire only the highest quality of air. Super savvy filtration systems featuring UV lights, energy-efficient fans, and humidifiers are more and more common. Water purification systems can also be found in homes like these. (Pictured property: 2555 N. Pearl St. #1402, Dallas)

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

4. Drawn Out Driveways: It’s a common theory- the longer the driveway, the grander the house. Lengthy driveways add wow-factor and an element of suspense when pulling up to a home. (Pictured property: 2304 Lafayette Drive, Heath)

The Latest in Luxury Home Trends

5. Hobby Rooms: Love movies? Golf? Basketball? Music? All of these things can be incorporated into the interior of your home for a price. Indoor theaters, putting greens, sport courts, music stages, and more are all on the rise. (Pictured property: 5480 Buena Vista Drive, Frisco)

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW


We’re always curious about what you can get for the money in different areas around D-FW. So, today we’re exploring 9 homes that can be yours for a cool $2,000,000.

 

Take a look at these beautiful listings in Dallas, Dalworthington Gardens, Mabank, Pottsboro, Addison, Celina and Fort Worth.

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,999,999: 17711 Cedar Creek Canyon Drive, Dallas

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^1,999,000: 3629 Wooded Creek Circle, Dalworthington Gardens

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,949,000: 9029 Broken Arrow Lane, Dallas

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,899,000: 10 Island Drive, Mabank

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,875,000: 2555 N. Pearl St., #1402, Dallas

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,850,000: 624 Lukehaven Drive, Pottsboro

 What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,750,000: 14901 Lake Forest Drive, Addison

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW

^$1,695,000: 6600 W. FM 455, Celina

What $2 Million Gets You in DFW^$1,680,000: 3616 Middlewood Drive, Fort Worth

 

Of The Day: A New Year, A New Price


Happy Monday, everyone! We’re starting off this week’s OTD’s with a list of seven amazing homes that have been recently reduced in price. We’ve seen reductions across the North Texas area and in many price ranges, from the $300,000 range to the $1,000,000 range. If you’re in the market for a new home in the new year, one of these might have just dropped into your desired range. Check out these stunners!

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1. 6 Nonesuch Road, Dallas, TX (-$50,000) 2. 506 E Tripp Road, Sunnyvale, TX (- $75,000) 3. 7004 Peters Path, Colleyville, TX (- $20,000)

 4. 5005 Auburndale Ave., Colleyville, TX (- $19,901) 5. 3 Santa Fe Circle, Dalworthington Gardens, TX (- $10,000)

6. 7310 Winterwood Lane, Dallas, TX (- $19,880) 7. 112 Charlotte Court, Heath, TX (- $25,000)

Don’t see one in the range you want? We’ve got many more that were just reduced. To see them, click here. Thanks for joining us for OTD!