Public Service Announcement for Home Sellers

In the world of real estate, I’m pretty good. In the world of household repair and landscape, I’m more or less inept. But even I can do the one think that any seller looking to sell a home this time of year ought to consider: plant a winter lawn.

What you see on your right is a before and after shot of a yard seeded with winter rye grass last Friday afternoon. In the span of a week, thanks to a bit of watering, what once was dirt now is grass. (In deference to the beagles and their, um, needs I have not yet seeded the entire yard.)

Scotts now is offering a product for the truly inept, a combination fertilizer/seed/seed cover concoction that is more expensive than the component parts but takes away the need to lay all three layers.

In truth, the fertilizer isn’t particularly necessary – winter rye has a very shallow root structure and can grow virtually anywhere the seeds fall and receive water. I’ve seen wayward blades of grass growing on the bases of palm trees, in the cracks of a sidewalk and once on a concrete walkway. In other words, not even I can screw it up.

Trade an hour of work and less than $100 for the curb appeal that comes from having a beautiful green lawn where otherwise there would be dormant grass, dirt and weeds and you should see a return on the investment with little problem.

Like I said, if I can do it virtually anyone can. So you have no excuse not to.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at