15 Minutes to a More Beautiful (and Valuable) Neighborhood!

Hello Neighbors!

Here it is, the start of 2015, and many of us have been thinking about new year’s resolutions, or just general things we’d like to take care of this year.  One thing you may have been thinking about is your home and our neighborhood.  Well, here’s some inspiration to help put those thoughts into action:

Did you know that a nearby property’s overgrown weeds, peeling paint, or clutter can knock 5 to 10% off the sale price of your home?!*  With just a little work we can all help beautify the neighborhood, and increase our property values!

If you’re like me (the Webmaster), it might bug you a bit to see weeds and litter in the neighborhood (especially when you know you’d never litter yourself).  You might also feel like you shouldn’t have to pick up other people’s trash or help your neighbor pull weeds. We hear you.  But, if we all put those thoughts aside, we could get a long way towards keeping our neighborhood clean and increase our own homes’ values to boot!   (By the way, those of you out there picking up trash – your neighbors see you and appreciate you!!!)

Do you have 15 minutes to spare?  Recently the trash in the arroyo at the intersection of Ouray and Ronda De Lechusas was really bugging me, so I decided I would take two gloves, one plastic bag and 15 minutes of my time and see what could be accomplished. This is the before and after of those 15 minutes:

Yuck:

 Ouray

 

Less Yuck:

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If you have 15 minutes to spare, think about those weeds you’ve been meaning to pull or that trash along the sidewalk to the park…..together we can make a difference!

(You can report major trash and weed issues to the City by calling 3-1-1 or filling out the online form)

*Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-hurts-home-value-2013-5?op=1

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Tree and Light Recycling

Happy New Year Neighbors!

We hope you and yours have had a safe and happy holiday season.   To start off the new year, the city is offering free tree recycling (and free wood chips) – one location is right down the street at Ladera Golf Course!  (You can also recycle your lights.)  Here are the details:

The Solid Waste Management Department, Parks and Recreation and PNM will recycle Christmas Trees and Christmas Lights for FREE at three separate locations in Albuquerque beginning January 2, 2015.

PNM Vegetation Management crews and Parks and Recreation staff will grind trees into chips, which can then be used as mulch to provide a better growing environment for plants and landscapes. Residents can pick up the freshly ground wood chips for use in their home landscapes free of charge while supplies last.

After dropping off their Christmas tree, residents may deposit their Christmas tree lights into marked containers for recycling. Christmas tree lights should never be placed into the blue recycling carts that residents use at their homes.

Trees and lights may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Friday, January 2 through Sunday, January 11, 2015 at:
•Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros SE, 873-660
•Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE, 857-8318
•Ladera Golf Course, Coors and Ladera NW, 888-8115

Please remove all bags, tree stands, decorations and lights from trees before dropping them off to be mulched. Limit 5 trees per resident, no commercial customers.