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ActiveRain Member "WINS" Extreme Landscape Makeover Contest

ActiveRain Member WINS Extreme Landscape Makeover Contest

Please join me in congratulating ActiveRain member Martha Kolko of Keller Williams Realty in New Jersey.  She was the finalist and winner selected for the Extreme Landscape Makeover Contest held back in July of 2009.  The ActiveRain community played a large role in supporting and providing entries for this contest. On behalf of SavATree, and the entire team here at ActiveRain, we want to thank all of you who participated and entered your clients homes.  The response from our members was awesome, thank you.

Over 50 properties were submitted for consideration. They selected Ms. Kolko's client's property because they believed it would benefit the most from their services. The trees and shrubs were significantly overgrown and the lawn was overtaken by weeds. Together with Tom O'Shea of Tom O'Shea Landscape Design and Paul Calicchio of Landscape Supply, they transformed the overgrown and unruly landscape into a beautiful buyer-attracting property.


Here's What They Did:


  • Conducted an assessment of the trees, shrubs and lawn to diagnose and treat disease, insect infestation and any other health and safety concerns.
  • Removed trees and shrubs that were not salvageable due to disease, overgrowth or improper care. New shrubs and colorful plants were added.
  • Pruned to create an attractive, more balanced, landscape that complements both the look of the outside of the home as well as the view of the front yard from the living room window. This will allow more sunlight to enter the home.
  • Expended the size of the flower garden and added a second to add color and beauty.
  • Gave three applications of fertilizer over the course of three months to thicken the lawn, rid it of weeds and restore its vigor.

Here's A Before and After Slideshow of Martha's clients Home:

Both the homeowner and Martha where thrilled with the results.  "You only get one chance to make a first impression! When selling a house, curb appeal is one of the most important factors ― no doubt [SavATree's] services improved the curb appeal of this home", explained Ms. Kolko. The home is set to go on the market soon.  A very special thanks goes out to SavATree for letting our Real Estate Community and members be involved in their contest.

CONGRATULATIONS To Martha and to her Client, we wish them both all the best in the sale of this home!, offers tree, shrub and lawn care services throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.



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Comment balloon 24 commentsBrad Andersohn • May 10 2010 09:04PM


Congratulations Martha! I can actually see the beauty of your home now!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 9 years ago

Wow, that is way to cool. Martha and her clients are very lucky people! That is such a dramatic difference.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 9 years ago

OK, my front yard would be massivly improved if it looked like her "before" picture...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 9 years ago
What a change. And what a wonderful way to make the transformation by winning a contest with the one that looked like it needed help the most...
Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 9 years ago

Congrats to Martha for winning the contest.  An amazing transformation...SavATree did a great job and I am sure the owners were very, very happy!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 9 years ago

OK, that is too cool and we should be proud to have her as a member of our ranks and we are!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

My goodness! You couldn't even see through that porch in the beginning. Now the home owners can actually sit on their porch and enjoy a view of something other than overgrown trees and bushes. I noticed the growth up the side of the house, and heading toward the roof in the before pictures as well. I'm sure it was great to get rid of that!

They really did an excellent job on this house. I can see why it won. Congratulations! =)

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 9 years ago

How great is that. Congratulations to Martha. It is a big change and a beautiful landscaping job. Yes curb appeal is a biggie. If you can't get potential buyers out of the car, then you can't sell the house! lol

Posted by Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale (Sells Real Estate, LLC) over 9 years ago

Wow, how exciting to read this.

Go Barb, go activerain bloggers.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

That is pretty cool Brad. It is good to hear one of the members was the winner!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Congrats on winning!  I am sure the AR community helped with "votes" ... I had a friend who tried to get FB friends to vote for her on this contest but the power of AR is Amazing!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 9 years ago
LANE om'gosh... hilarious. Good job Martha and her clients. Really deserving!
Posted by Kristen Correa, Broker, I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee! (Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services) over 9 years ago
Congrats Martha - what a wonderful service to your clients. I imagine they are thrilled with the result. Gorgeous home and landscaping!
Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago
Awesome! there really was a big difference there. That house got quite the haircut.
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago
Wow... very pretty. Congrats to you.
Posted by Stephanie Stringer, Mortgage Loan Originator (First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764) over 9 years ago

Wow, they used some large plants in that landscape makeover.  Looks great!

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) over 9 years ago

Congratulations Martha and to your clients - nicely done!

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (HomeSmart Professionals) over 9 years ago

We're very excited for Martha and her client to have been selected as the "Winner" for the Makeover contest! 

Having one of our very own AR members be chosen is a great honor and something everyone can be proud of.  There is nothing but opportunities out there when you're active and participating on the network and within the AR community. 

Well done Martha and special thanks to SavATree for involving the AR community with this contest.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Howdy and afternoon to ya Brad

Martha Congrats to you and your client, it sure does look mighty fine.

Have a good one

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 9 years ago

What a great makeover. My yard isn't overgrown, but it's undergrown... I need a makeover badly!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

Wow, what a transformation.  Congratulations to Martha for winning.  I somehow must have missed this contest last year.  But it sounds like it must have been a great success.

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) over 9 years ago

Martha.....the maker of happy......

If ActiveRain says you did good.....YOU DID GOOD!

Highest to all involved......

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 9 years ago

WOW!  That's awesome.  Congratulation Martha!  

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 9 years ago

Great job Martha and lots of fun, too.

Posted by Susan McLaughlin, Monmouth County Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty - East Monmouth) almost 9 years ago