Curb appeal is the impression that the exterior of a property gives off. In the real estate world, it’s one of the most important factors in determining whether or not a prospective buyer will want to look at a home, let alone purchase it. Good curb appeal can help a home sell in a matter of days given the right market, but bad curb appeal has... Read More
Bugs tend to give many of us the heeby jeebies and, while plenty of them can be creepy and even harmful, most bugs have important jobs to do. In fact, there are plenty of bugs that can be helpful to us humans, especially those of us who enjoy gardening. Many of them even play a role in getting rid of a wide variety of pests So if you're a gardener... Read More
Gardening is a wonderful hobby. It keeps you busy nearly all year long and can be a wonderful source of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs for you and your family. Unfortunately, some of us live in climates where gardening isn’t always easy.

Elevation, soil type, and PH balance can all be problematic in the gardening world, but can usually... Read More
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the very first Earth Day! As an environmentally friendly company, we try to treat every day like Earth Day. Even so, we think this very special anniversary deserves to be recognized with a special blog about how the history of Earth Day and how you can help make a difference in your local environment!

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Gardening is one of those things that sounds easy at first but proves to be trickier than you originally thought. Once you get into the planning process you begin to realize there’s more to it than choosing plants you think are pretty. In fact, there are many considerations to make when learning how to plan a garden, from the size shape, and color... Read More
At American Property Experts, we provide bulk mulch and bulk soil to businesses and commercial properties all over Wilmington, NC. But we also work with plenty of home gardeners who are looking for the high-quality soil or mulch they need to help their gardens grow and thrive. That's why we wanted to offer some of our top tips, not only for becoming...
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The tradition of using evergreens as decorations started many centuries ago. It actually has its roots with the Ancient Egyptians, who would use evergreen branches to decorate homes and temples for the winter solstice. By the 16th century, the German people began the religious practice of cutting down trees, bringing them into the house, and decorating... Read More
As North Carolinians, we’re used to seeing piles of pine needles from the lush, green forests that cover our state from the beach to the mountains. But in Autumn we’re treated to a spectrum of colors as the leaves turn and fall to the ground; signaling the end of hot, humid summers and the beginning of a cool, Southern winter.

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Historically speaking, the first frost in North Carolina can happen anywhere between September and November, depending on which part of the state you live in. The first frost in Wilmington, NC typically doesn’t happen until November, but has been known to occur as early as October.

Regardless of where in North Carolina you live, it’s... Read More
Hurricane season in North Carolina has a history of leaving some pretty serious damage in its wake. Not only can hurricanes total cars, rip roofs off buildings, and destroy homes, but they also throw debris from these structures all over the yards of local residents and property owners. 

Dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane can be quite... Read More
If you’ve ever gardened or cleared land in North Carolina, you may have come across a poisonous plant or two. In fact, it’s likely that you have considering that our state has over 600 different species of poisonous plants. While some of these plants are more common than others, all of them have the potential to be dangerous to animals and... Read More
Good landscaping can accentuate the style of your house, increase its curb appeal, and even make you more excited to come home each day.

Unfortunately, landscaping can be costly and time-consuming. While some people choose to hire a landscaping company to do the hard work for them, others neglect it entirely.

What few people realize is DIY landscaping... Read More
Summer is officially here! If you’re good at planning ahead, your garden’s probably already planned, planted, and yielding the fruits of your labor.

If you haven’t had time to get your summer garden started yet, don’t worry! It’s not too late. We’ve got some handy tips for getting your garden ready for summer that’ll... Read More

Planting a tree is always a good thing. They produce oxygen, can revitalize urban areas, and provide a sense of calm and beauty to every passerby. Often, tree planting comes with a little landscaping, either to “frame” the tree where it stands or to support it. And, while most of these landscaping techniques are harmless, there’s...

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Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse! We do it all the time at APE!

Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse, not just a catchy alliteration! Here are 9 great ways you can help reduce your impact on the earth! Why throw something away when you could recycle it and use it elsewhere? Check out these 9 tips for ways you can repurpose things in your home, from trees in...

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Screen your calls, screen your soil!

How to use soil amendments and understanding soil screening

Remember when caller id was implemented? All of the sudden, you could dodge sales calls and your Aunt Martha! Much lesser known but truly important is the ability to also screen, is soil.

Much like you can screen calls from Aunt...

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Zones 6-8 encompass the majority of the southern coastal region and help determine a baseline planting guide for the southern US.

Follow along with us month-to-month as we develop a guide to for you to refer to for years to come.

It’s MARCH! Spring is SO.CLOSE you can taste it. Mother Nature has teased us with a few...

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TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MULCH AND GARDENING THIS SPRING

Playing in the recycled mulch!

I just LOVE playing in the dirt or the recycled mulch as the case may be. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. No one told me way back then that there were rules to playing in the dirt. Of course, in those days, I was more into mud...

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Seldom does the average person know what we are talking about when we say “tub grinding”.

What is tub grinding? Let’s start by stating what it’s “not” … tub grinding is not a way to recycle the materials that bathtubs are made from. Tub Grinding refers to the shape of the opening of a large grinder....

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Hey hey!! Don’t get left out! Join us May 11th, 18th, 25th or June 1st for lunch from Trolley Stop Hotdogs! We’d love to tell you “thanks” for your business and feed you lunch!

If you’d like to be sent a reminder, give us your email address on the form! We will remind you the day before!

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The term carbon footprint bounces around a lot, especially on Earth Day. It also gets misused.

What a carbon footprint is, actually, is just a metric for understanding an individual or an entity’s impact on the environment. It’s specific to carbon dioxide, greenhouse gasses, and fossil fuels in most scientific conversations. In...

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Another “Earth Day” has come and gone. While we aren’t knocking any initiative that supports the preservation of our natural resources and overall health of our planet, Earth Day is, quite simply, inadequate. A Sustainable Garden is one way anyone can help.

One day … just ONE day to salute the place we all call home....

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