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Looking After Your Orange Tree in Spain

Many people who own or rent a property in Spain are lucky enough to have an orange tree in their garden; however, it is often difficult to know how to care for it, resulting in the tree dying and the dreams of making homemade orange juice for breakfast fading.

Here is a simple guide of how to care for your orange tree:

  • Plant the orange tree in spring, before the hot summer arrives. This will allow the roots to grow and become strong enough to deal with the heat.
  • The tree must be kept in a sunny area, avoid planting near anything which may cause shade.
  • Make sure that the tree is planted in an area which has good drainage and give the tree two inches of water after planting.
  • Make sure that you water the tree at least once a week, particularly in the high summer season.
  • Wait until the fruit is completely orange with no green colour before harvesting them.

For those of you who may not know, here are some interesting facts about orange trees:

  • If looked after properly an orange tree can grow up to fifty feet high and live for over 100 years.
  • Before oranges form on the tree it usually blossoms little white flowers
  • Oranges start off yellow in colour before they ripen and turn orange
  • Some orange trees can take up to 18 months to blossom

For more information on garden maintenance on the Costa del Sol, please visit our website or contact us on telephone: (+34) 952 83 95 95 or email info@homecareontheweb.com

 

Tips for terrace gardening in Spain

Watering plant potsIf you own an apartment with a terrace, it can be hard to know what to do to make it a useful and beautiful outdoor space.

To help you make the most of this space for yourself or for rental guests, authors and gardeners Clodagh and Dick Handscombe have released a new book entitled Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style. It’s packed full of practical tips of what to do and what to consider, looking at plants, accessories and furniture.

They have included 12 useful tips taken from the book on the website InMalaga Today, which is very interesting reading for those of you looking to create a beautiful terrace. Click here to read the article.

If you would like someone to take the stress out of owning a home Spain, we offer comprehensive Costa del Sol Property Management Services and care for your home as if it was our own. Our services include property maintenance and gardening and we can even supply you with indoor or outdoor furniture to make your property beautiful and desireable both as a rental property and a holiday home for you. If you’d like to find out more, please visit our website www.homecareontheweb.com or email info@homecareontheweb.com

Outdoor furniture to inspire!

Outdoor space is a huge factor that holiday makers consider before choosing where to stay. They want to be able to enjoy the Spanish sunshine as much as possible, so it’s not just sun loungers to consider, dining and seating areas are also really important. If you can create a beautiful outside space, this is a great way to stand out from the competition.

This month’s Essential Magazine has a gorgeous feature on the “Outdoor Living Room” which is sure to inspire you. Author Sven Wombwell, one of This Morning’s Garden Experts no less, explains the concept of creating a comfortable, beautiful and practical extension of your home in the garden. The article includes how to use techniques such as zoning to increase the usability of the space as well as offering great information on style, lighting, framing the view, outdoor furnishings and accessories and much more. It’s illustrated with lovely glossy images of gardens and outdoor furniture which you won’t believe can be left outside! You can read Essential online on their website and be inspired.

If you would like help creating a beautiful outdoor space for yourself or your rental clients we can help. We have some fantastic painters, decorators and gardeners who can whip your garden or patio into shape and maintain it to look beautiful throughout the year. We also have Costa del Sol furniture pack suppliers who can offer a wide choice of outdoor and indoor furniture.  To find out more about our property maintenance services Costa del Sol please visit our website or email info@homecareontheweb.com

The bright side of the long winter

It’s been a cold, wet and windy winter on the Costa del Sol and unfortunately many properties have been damaged by the weather with flooding and damp being the biggest culprits. Please let us know if you have any concerns about property maintenance Costa del Sol and we can inspect your property on your behalf and fix any problems which have occurred.

An unexpected bonus of the bad weather is that it has stopped the devastating impact of the red palm beetle which have been destroying many of the palm trees along the Costa del Sol. Over the last year  over 12,000 palm trees have been killed by these bugs in Marbella alone – 20% of privately owned palms and 10% of public trees. However, thanks to a combination of the bad weather and preventative treatment, the spread of the beetle has been slowed significantly.

Property owners with palm trees are being warned to be vigilant now that spring is here and the sun is shining again. Look out for signs of the bugs, as if they are spotted early enough trees can be saved. You will often see the beetles in the garden or pool, or notice that leaves are going brown and falling out. If you have any concerns, consult an expert as soon as possible.

As part of our Property Management service, our gardeners can come and tend your garden regularly to look out for signs of the beetles and keep your garden in optimum health and looking great for when you or your guests arrive. Visit our website to see our full range of property maintenance services Costa del Sol including garden and pool maintenance and protect yourself against the red beetle.

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