April 15, 2019
Nixon's April Lawn Care and Gardening Tips

Nixon had a great time checking out the cherry blossoms this year! Did you have an opportunity to see them, or did you avoid the Tidal Basin altogether, and find a less-crowded way to enjoy the great weather we have been having? Speaking of warm weather, now is the time to get out in your yard and get it ready for the warmer months. April is a great time to clean up your yard, and complete some outdoor projects on your to-do list.

Do some spring cleaning in the yard, too. 

Twigs, branches, leaves, and other debris are hazards for your lawn mower. As soon as the weather gets warm, the grass starts growing, and that means it will eventually need to be cut. Do your mower a favor, and do a general clean up so you don't run over something later. Also, mowing your grass early and often helps it grow in thicker 

Clean out the flower beds and clean up the edges.

Once your lawn is cared for, clean out the beds, and clean up the edges. Trim back the shrub branches, and you have it, clean out the old mulch and replace it with new mulch. Not sure what to get? The hardwood bark mulch last longer than the brown wood chips. 

Aerate your grass. 

Are you looking to have a richer, greener yard this year? Then you'll need to aerate your lawn. Aerating helps to get the air, water, and nutrients it needs to grow in thicker and stronger. Aerating is not completely necessary, but if your dirt is compacted down pretty tight, then it will need to be loosened up. 

Got crabgrass? Lay some seed!

Crabgrass is unsightly and can be frustrating when you've worked so hard to have a beautiful lawn. If you do have any patches, then pick up a small bag of a turf building grass seed and toss it on. Don't forget to water it! 

Starting a garden? Now's the time to plant! 

If you're looking to plant some veggies, now is the time. Start with spinach, tomatoes, carrots, squash and radishes. The Urban Farmer has some helpful guides and tips to help you out! Don't forget to start the seeds inside first. 

Go out and explore! 
Warm weather means more exciting things to do and see in the DMV. Check out what's going on this month. 

Around the World Embassy Tour
May 4th is the return of the DC Cultural Embassy Tour. Experience the food, art and culture of different countries. This unique experience will allow you to tour any of the 50 embassies around Dupont and upper NW. Best part is that this event is free and you won't have jetlag! Some of the embassies will be offering free food that best represents their country. So bring your appetite, and don't forget a photo ID. 

No, we aren't talking about the corn and lima bean dish that you were forced to eat if you have a southern grandmother. Chef Edward Lee has brought his Korean influence to a southern menu at this beautifully appointed location in Penn Quarter. The supper menu boasts incredible dishes such as the "Dirty Chicken", seasoned with a honey Gochujang sauce with miso radishes. Or you can stick with the more classic southern dishes like Shrimp n' Grits or Chicken and Waffles. You really can't go wrong. 

The Freer/Sackler Gallery is celebrating the Empresses of China's forbidden city. This incredible exhibit features the prominent women of the Qing dynasty, during its 260-year reign. "The empresses’ significance in shaping Qing history is told through the objects made for, about, and by them." The royal portraits, seals, Buddhist sutras, costumes, jewelry and more are all borrowed from the Palace museum, and have never been seen outside of China. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn more about China's last imperial dynasty. Running now until June 23rd.  

This beautiful 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home, located in Marshall Heights is just waiting for you to move in and add your personal touches. The spacious, open concept living area boasts vaulted ceilings and an abundance of natural light! New carpet, central heat and air, w/d, gas cooking and a well thought out floorplan are a few of the perks that this home has to offer. Situated on a huge, 4,000sf lot, the backyard is perfect for summer bbq's, or just relaxing and reading a book. Minutes from 295, and the Benning Metro station, commuting in and around DC is quick and easy. Welcome home! 
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