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Posted by John Boey on 8/19/2018

After a long winter, it’s nice to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures. That is, until I remember all of the insects that the season brings.

Insects can wreak havoc on your lawn by digging holes. Others can demolish your garden in a matter of days by eating leaves and laying eggs.

It’s no wonder we turn to pesticides to keep them away from the yard and garden we’ve spent so much time perfecting.

On the other hand, there are some insects that provide immense benefits to your yard. These ones often go unnoticed due to their nocturnal activity and tendency to stay out of sight.

In this article, we’re going to talk about some beneficial bugs that you actually want in your yard and garden. We’ll discuss why they’re so important and how you can encourage them to stick around.

But first, let’s discuss why you’d even want to invite insects in your yard.

The problem with pesticides

It would be reckless to label all pesticides as harmful. However, some pesticides have been shown to have detrimental effects on us, and on the bees who pollinate the plants that keep us all fed.

It is difficult to examine the effect of pesticides because there are so many factors at play, making a controlled study difficult to achieve. However, some “natural experiments” (meaning ones we don’t plan for and execute in a lab) have shown the pesticide chlorpyrifos to cause developmental problems in children.

Many people born before the turn of the century will probably remember or at least heard of the pesticide DDT and the risks that came with it. The dangers of such pesticides have led us to seek out alternatives in our yards, where our children play, and our gardens, where we get our food.

So, which bugs do you want to stick around in your yard?

Lady beetles

Lady beetles, or “ladybugs” as they’re known in North America, are both beautiful and useful to have around the yard.

These colorful beetles look gentle but they are predators who prey on plant-eating insects called aphids. In its lifetime, a lady beetle can eat up to 5,000 aphids, which comes to about 50 per day. That’s a lot of protection for your garden.

To attract lady beetles to your garden, all you’ll need is a source of pollen for them to eat. They particularly like cilantro, fennel, dill, geraniums, and dandelions. You can also purchase lady beetles online and, with some luck, they’ll keep returning year after year.

Parasites

There sure don't sound beneficial, but there are a few varieties of parasitic insects that won’t harm you or your garden, but will kill pests like aphids and flies. Parasitic wasps lay their eggs inside of aphids, killing them. Fly parasites kill flies in the pupal stage.

Flies are attracted to manure and other composting materials that you may want to use in your garden. If you keep a composting bin outdoors, you’re probably no stranger to flies. Purchasing fly parasites will help you manage the flies without resorting to sprays.

Earthworms

These slimy creatures aren’t like the others on our list. Rather than managing pests, earthworms help your soil directly. They aerate the soil, improving drainage, and they add nutrients to the soil in the form the of castings they leave behind.

The best way to attract earthworms to your yard and garden is to simply take good care of the soil. Earthworms thrive in moist soil with plenty of organic material.

So, when you see those tiny piles of worm castings in your dirt, just rake them out. It’s a sign that you have a healthy lawn and healthy soil underneath.




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Categories: Lawn Care   Gardening   insects  


Posted by John Boey on 8/15/2018


414 John Mahar Hwy, Braintree, MA 02184

Condo

$499,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Luxurious and spacious "Hinsdale style condo at Jonathan's Landing. 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths with a 1 car detached car garage, Eat-in kitchen with granite countertop, backsplash and stainless steel appliances, Formal dining room with shadow box molding, Living room with slider to private balcony, Spacious master bedroom with master bath include soaking tub, stand up shower, double granite vanity and custom built walk-in closet, 9' ceilings, Crown moldings, Gleaming hardwood floors, Spacious laundry room with additional storage,The complex offers a private clubhouse with a theater room, fitness room, in-ground pool, tennis courts, putting green and walking trails throughout the beautifully landscaped grounds, This is the perfect commuter location, close to the highway, walking distance to public transportation(Red line), restaurants, and shopping.
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Saturday
August 18 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 414 John Mahar Hwy, Braintree, MA 02184    Get Directions

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Posted by John Boey on 8/12/2018

Once you discover your dream house, you probably want to do everything possible to acquire this residence. However, it is important to remain calm, cool and collected as you navigate the homebuying journey. Because if you act too hastily, you risk overspending to purchase your ideal residence.

Let's face it – the temptation to submit an offer to purchase your dream home that may require you to break your homebuying budget can be overwhelming. Lucky for you, we're here to help you consider your offer to purchase closely and ensure you provide a competitive homebuying proposal that won't force you to exceed your budget.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you craft a competitive offer to purchase your dream house.

1. Analyze the Housing Market

The real estate market may have major ramifications on the offer you submit to acquire your dream residence, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

For example, if you are operating in a buyer's market, there likely is an abundance of sellers and a limited number of buyers. If you find your dream house in a buyer's market, you may be able to acquire this residence by submitting an offer to purchase at or near a seller's initial home asking price.

On the other hand, navigating a seller's market may prove to be tricky. In a seller's market, there is a shortage of high-quality houses available and an abundance of buyers. Therefore, if you want to purchase your dream residence in a seller's market, you may need to submit an offer to purchase at or above a seller's initial home asking price.

Consider the housing market closely as you prepare an offer to purchase. If you can differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's one, you can submit an offer to purchase your dream house that falls in line with the current housing market's conditions.

2. Weigh a Home's Strengths and Weaknesses

When it comes to putting together a competitive offer to purchase, it helps to consider a house's strengths and weaknesses. That way, you can account for the costs of any potential home repairs or improvements in your homebuying proposal.

You should consider a home's location as well. For instance, a home in a remote town may prove to be more affordable than a comparable house near a big city. And when you craft an offer to purchase, you should always account for a house's location.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent can help you submit a competitive offer to purchase at any time. This housing market expert is happy to provide a recommendation about how much to offer to acquire your dream home. And if you have homebuying concerns or questions, a real estate agent is ready to respond to them at your convenience.

Want to buy your dream residence? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can avoid the risk of spending too much to acquire your ideal house.




Categories: Buying a Home   buying tips  


Posted by John Boey on 8/10/2018

This Condo in Quincy, MA recently sold for $265,000. This Hi-Rise style home was sold by John Boey - Central Real Estate.


1025 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

Condo

$259,000
Price
$265,000
Sale Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
This is the one you've been waiting for! 1 BR unit at Executive House ... simply the best this in-demand complex has to offer. Situated high in the building with Beautiful Boston City views, this is also one of the units with a balcony. Heat & Hot Water Included! Bathroom was renovated top to bottom.. unit has new flooring and wide open floorplan. Walk to the new Quincy Center, Red Line, shopping and more. Don't miss this one! Call for your appt today.

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Posted by John Boey on 8/10/2018


1025 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

Rental

$1,600
Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Spacious one bedroom unit on 8 floor, Bathroom was renovated top to bottom. Hardwood floor throughout with wide open floor plan. good condition, convenient location, few minutes walk to Quincy Center T. one parking. Rent includes heat & hot water. No pets. Move in / Move out fee $300 pay by tenant
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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