ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Business Journal has named Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties the 14th largest women-owned company in St. Louis.

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The 13th Annual Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties Golf Tournament to benefit the Sunshine Kids Foundation is rapidly approaching! 

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Deb Campbell, a broker associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties in South County St. Louis and Concept Real Estate Company in Columbia, Ill., was recently voted the Illinois Certified Residential Specialist Chapter’s CRS of the Year in 2014. Campbell, whose career in real estate began in 2002, was recognized for her commitment and service to the community, the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS® and the Illinois CRS Chapter.

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Fall lawn-care tips

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Taking the time and effort to prep your lawn for the cooler fall and winter months will result in lusher, greener grass once the temperatures start rising again. Here are some tips to make sure your lawn is ready to take the cooler months looming ahead.

Fertilizing
Fertilizing before cold weather arrives gives your yard nutrients that are good for strengthening roots and increasing the nutrients stored for an earlier spring green. While the top growth of grass stops, grass plants are storing nutrients and energy for the following season.

To determine the best ratio of fertilizer for the soil in your yard, you should utilize a soil test. Otherwise, look for fertilizer with a nitrogen-phosphate-potassium (NPK) ratio of 3:1:2 or 4:1:2.

When applying the fertilizer, make sure that you follow the application instructions and rate information on the package and use a calibrated spreader to apply the correct amount. It is also a good rule to apply the fertilizer in the fall about 2-3 weeks before the ground freezes so the plant can start to take up some of the nutrients.

Instead of pacing the yard with a push spreader, consider a tow-behind spreader attached to your riding lawn mower or garden tractor. An attachment, such as a pull-type spin spreader , can quickly distribute fertilizer evenly across your yard.

Aerating
Aerating, the process of removing plugs of soil and thatch from the lawn, is ideal in cooler months. It encourages deep rooting, improves water and nutrient penetration, and promotes growth of beneficial soil microorganisms. There are a variety of techniques you can use to penetrate the soil such as spiked shoes or spray-on liquids, but to most effectively aerate soil, attach a de-thatcher, or a plug aerator behind a riding mower or tractor to remove plugs of soil from two to three inches deep.

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The client-real estate agent relationship will go a long way in determining how satisfied a customer is going to be with the entire home buying or selling process. First-time buyers need agents to reassure them and keep them informed to offer a seamless process, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study.

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