January 23, 2019
Pool Installation

Mock Property Services can further compliment your outdoor living space with the addition of a swimming pool, the ultimate backyard enhancement! We partner with a local family-owned pool designer and installer to ensure that you are experiencing the ‘Wow’ factor intended. Our team is committed to offering the ultimate design build experience. Our structures, water features, premium landscaping and lighting can be coupled with your swimming pool features for year-round enjoyment!
Ten Reasons to Install a Backyard Pool
1. Encourage Family Time
When you build a pool, you’re creating a fun and relaxing space for your children and family to spend time together without ever leaving the backyard! You’ll make lasting memories as you teach your kids to swim, play with them in the pool, and barbecue by the water.
2. Create an Outdoor Resort at Home
A well-designed swimming pool isn’t just a bunch of water. It can turn your backyard into an elegant outdoor oasis. With waterfalls, vanishing edges and other unique amenities, a pool can serve as a relaxing and inviting centerpiece in your own backyard.
3. Throw A Party
When hot afternoons and warm summer evenings roll around, a pool is a great way to entertain. Invite your friends and neighbors over for a poolside barbecue or a dip in the water.
4. Stay Healthy and Lose Weight
Instead of driving to the gym, you can spend time exercising in your own pool. Research shows that swimming provides an excellent total body workout with a low risk of injury. Swimming in your pool can also promote faster weight loss.
5. Unwind and Relax
When you get home from a long day at work or need to escape the business of life, take a quick dip in your pool to unwind. Spending time in the water helps your body relax and get rid of stress. You’ll also sleep better than ever!
6. Increase the Value of Your Home
Recent studies show that owning a pool increases the value of your home by as much as 15%. Your property becomes more attractive to prospective home buyers if you have a pool. If it comes time to move, owning a pool may be the difference between selling your home quickly or keeping it on the market.
7. Stay Cool
Instead of hiding out indoors with the air conditioning,

you can beat the summer heat by lounging in the cool waters of your own pool while saving on the air conditioning bill!
8. Keep an Eye On Your Kids
With a swimming pool in your backyard, you can give your kids and their friends a place to play that is both convenient and safe. You can also rest easy knowing that your children are close by.
9. Save Some Money
A pool is easier to finance and maintain than most people think.  In the long run, pools are less expensive than big family vacations and other entertainment options. They last longer too!
10. Long Lasting Fun
Building a pool is a great investment that will reap rewards for a lifetime. A vacation, a movie, or a visit to a theme park will all come to an end, but a pool will be enjoyed by your friends and family for years to come.
Call today to schedule a consultation! 
Winter Care of Trees and Shrubs
Article Courtesy of: Flower Gardening Made Easy
Winter care of trees and shrubs is an important consideration in cold regions. Shade trees, ornamental shrubs and evergreens are the biggest plant investments you’ll make for your garden.
If you live in a cold-weather zone, you know that winter can be hard on garden plants. Here are tips for protecting your valuable woody plants.
Tips for winter care of trees and shrubs
Watering: Good winter care starts with thorough watering in the fall. When the garden season draws to a close, it is tempting to just forget about your plants.

However, you should continue to water all woody plants – especially newly planted trees and shrubs and all evergreens in the fall.
Water them well until the ground freezes, and make sure you water adequately through a dry fall.
These plants need the equivalent of one inch of rain per week. (In a wet fall, you can relax.)
Evergreens and broad-leaf evergreens don’t lose their leaves, so they need a good store of moisture going into winter because they continue to transpire (give off water vapor) through the cold months.

Most winter damage to evergreens doesn’t come from cold, but from the drying effects of late winter sun and wind. With the soil frozen hard, plant roots can’t take up water to make up for moisture losses from transpiration and, as a result, dehydration can cause browning or burning of foliage.
Winter care of trees and shrubs: To wrap or not?
Personally, when considering winter care of trees and shrubs, I don’t go crazy with burlap wrap.

It’s extra work and doesn’t look great.
After all, the whole point of evergreens is to give you something green that’s attractive through the winter. Contrary to popular belief, most established evergreens hardy in your region don’t need to be wrapped.
However, as with many things in gardening, there are exceptions. Some evergreens, such as dwarf Alberta spruce, are prone to winter-burn, so they should be covered, as should newly planted evergreens. New plants haven’t had time grow extensive roots that help them take up enough moisture to prevent excessive water losses.
To make a windbreak around vulnerable plants, hammer four wooden stakes into the ground and staple on a burlap covering. Never use plastic, or your plants could “cook” on sunny days. (Remember the greenhouse effect?)
More tips for winter care of trees and shrubs
  • If your plants get salt spray from the road, burlap may help, but wrap them with a double layer, not a single layer. To avoid having to cover your evergreens, don’t plant them near a road that gets salted, or plant salt-tolerant species such as junipers.
  • Protect broad-leaf evergreens such as rhododendron, pieris and laurel from the drying effects of winter sun and wind with an anti-desiccant spray such as Wilt-Pruf, which coats foliage with a protective waxy film. You can also wrap with burlap, if you must.
  • To help preserve moisture, cover the root area of evergreens and broad-leaf evergreens with a three-inch thick layer of leaf or bark mulch.
  • Protect upright evergreen junipers and cedars from breakage due to ice and snow by wrapping branches with heavy string or mesh covers sold for this purpose. Once fastened into place, you’ll hardly see the string or mesh.
  • Protect young trees by putting plastic tree guards around the bottom of their trunks to prevent damage from gnawers such as rabbits and mice. Make sure the tree guards go high enough – over the snow line. Always remove them in the spring because it looks better, and you don’t have the problem of the guards trapping moisture against the bark in the summer and attracting insects.
  • If rabbits are a big problem in your area, winter care of trees and shrubs should include putting chicken wire cages around the plants they find most tasty.
  • Prevent rabbit and rodent damage with a pest repellent spray that you apply on lower trunks, branches and stems. Such products generally need to be reapplied after wet weather.
New Snow Removal Tools and Tricks
Article Courtesy of EP Henry
Whether it’s manual labor or with a machine of some sort, snow removal is a winter necessity for many of us. The “why” is obvious: Life and work must go on. The “how” tends to get highly personal. It’s the age-old problem with a severe-weather twist: how to clear the walkway, the cars, and the driveway of snow. Everyone seems to have one swear-by method to rely on.
The good news is some advances in technology have produced a few new ways to remove snow.
It may seem obvious, but make sure to clear the car roof and hoods of snow before shoveling. You don’t want to dump the accumulation from the car onto a cleared driveway.
Reaching the roof of an SUV or minivan can be almost impossible with the typical scrapers. No-one wants to mar the paint job with a shovel, so we are left with soggy arms from pushing off the snow ourselves. Enter the extendable hand plow. Telescoping handles, rubber plow blades and removable scrapers make these tools super convenient. No more wide sweeping of your arms across the engine hood. A plow blade, rounded at the edges, extends from a grip handle and allows a person to easily push the snow clear off the other side of the car.
If car roofs aren’t a concern but hanging house eaves are, a unique forked-shaped scraper tool called a snow rake may help. Equipped with a nylon sheath (to allow for smooth falling of the chunks of snow) and an extendable arm, a snow rake can help pull down those big beds of snow that hover over your doorstep.
Heated Driveways 
Heated driveways are a homeowner’s dream. An electrical or hot-water system is installed beneath the pavers. The system can be activated by a switch. The relatively small amount of heat that radiates from the system is enough to keep the driveway (and walkways, if preferred) free of ice and snow. The time to look at installation of an underground heating system is when a new driveway project is in the planning stages. The cost of the project will rise, but the convenience of a heated driveway cannot be understated.
Instead of installing something under an existing driveway, a mat can be placed on top of the surface. A heated driveway mat is a portable mesh electric system that lays on the driveway. It’s heat-emitting wires prevent snow pile-up. The mat can be removed and stored after the storm passes. This solution also can be used to prevent ice from forming on the surface. It can also be used for walkways and cuts down on salt use. Driveway mats cost vary, but expect the price to hover around $1000, depending on the size of the mat.
Snow Removal App, SnoHub
Called the Uber for snow removal, SnoHub is a mobile phone application that matches up homeowners and hard snow-busting workers. Only available in some states, SnoHub is poised to be a big on-demand service for the snowy states and Canada. The app doesn’t require any methods or tools to be used, and price is based on driveway size and snow amount.
Pave the way
Many other new twists on the old standards like shovels and push-plows come on the market yearly. Some may be worth a try. Before you shop, check for reviews and demonstrations on sharing sites like YouTube. Whatever your methods, make sure to clear all public walks and never dump snow into the streets. Make sure to give another pass-through to the street corners after the plows come. The plow may have blocked access to the sidewalk. Some municipalities will weigh fines against homeowners who neglect their sidewalks. Safety is the priority, always.
Published: January 17, 2018
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