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Welcoming a New Pet to Your Apartment

One of the very few, if any, positive outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic is that pet ownership has increased. If you are looking for a furry, feathered, finned or scaly friend to keep you company during these tough times, keep reading. A pet can bring you untold joy, entertainment, comfort and unconditional love. However, they can be quite a bit of work and are a responsibility that can span many years. If you get off to a good start with your new best friend, you will reap the benefits for years to come.

First of all, check your lease and with your property manager to make sure that pets are allowed. Many apartment complexes require a pet deposit and a small monthly pet rent fee. This money goes toward covering any damages that the apartment sustains due to your pet. Pets can be destructive. Dogs, especially puppies, like to chew on anything and everything. Cats love to claw at the carpet. Not to mention that “accidents” are unavoidable, especially when house-training a young animal.

Once you have the green light to bring home a pet, do your research and ask your property manager if there are any breed restrictions. Some apartments and even city jurisdictions prohibit breeds that they deem “aggressive” such as pit bulls, Dobermans and Rottweilers. Whether you agree with that assessment or not, you need to abide by the rules in order to avoid eviction or city fines.

Some breeds of dogs and cats are better suited to apartment living. For dogs, temperament, as opposed to size, determines how well they will do. Some smaller breeds are conditioned to roam and hunt and need a lot of space to run around and burn off energy. On the other hand, some large dogs need only one or two walks a day and are perfectly content to laze around the rest of the time. Cats are a little easier, but unless you enjoy constantly vacuuming and brushing away pet hair, a short-haired breed would be a better fit in an apartment.

Once you’ve chosen your new pet, take it to a veterinarian for a thorough check-up and to get all vaccinations required to maintain its good heath and to meet local ordinances. For example, most cities require that all pets have an annual rabies vaccination. Your veterinarian is a good resource for potty training guidance and where to take your dog for obedience and socialization. Cats, being independent creatures won’t need that, but the vet can advise you on how to coax the cat to use its litter box and how to keep it from destroying your furniture.

Introduce your pet to your apartment carefully. Let them wander around and sniff and explore. While a dog will happily trail around after you, don’t be surprised if the cat makes a beeline to the bedroom and hides beneath the bed. Don’t worry. As soon as the cat gets hungry enough, it will venture out in search of food. Give your dog and cat special bowls for food and water. They will know that it is “their” place for eating and drinking and won’t be tempted to drag food into other rooms or beg from your plate when you’re eating.

If you apartment has a dog park (all Vision communities do), your dog is going to love it! Gradually introduce your new dog to the dog park and let it get to know its canine (and human) neighbors. When walking the dog around the apartment property, keep it on a leash at all times, unless the dog park if “off leash.” For a cat, keep it indoors, which means keeping it away from the balcony or patio. A lot of cat owners set up “catios” for their cats, which is an outdoor enclosure where the cat can enjoy being outside but is prevented from escaping.

Make sure your new dog or cat has its own bed and plenty of toys and treats. Of course, don’t be surprised if they decide they like your bed (with you in it!) better than their own. Having a pet can be a very rewarding experience and with some preparation and patience, you will have a lifelong friend who will keep you company through this challenging period and in brighter days in the future.

At Vision Communities, our facilities are designed for the whole family, including pets. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment as needs arise. With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 

 

Redwood is a 3BR apartment

Floorplan Friday: The Redwood

The Redwood at The Timbers

A 3 bedroom floorplan in Westerville

The Redwood is a 3 bedroom , 1876-square-foot apartment that is ideal for a family or roommates and part of the new Timbers community in Westerville. This spacious apartment features a modern open floorplan on the ground floor with one bedroom and full bath.

The kitchen is outfitted with Energy-Star rated stainless steel appliances and granite countertops and includes a contemporary work island that doubles as an eating area. There is also plenty of room for a dining room set. All materials and surfaces throughout the unit are made of natural or recycled materials as part of the commitment to “green” living.

Upstairs are two more bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths and tons of closet space. The washer and dryer are in a utility room on the same floor for convenience in doing laundry. Both floors have plenty of windows to let in natural light and the unit has a balcony and patio for enjoying the outdoors.

Timbers combines luxury living and a natural setting with plenty of green space and plant life. Enjoy walking on nearby trails or take your dog for a walk at a local park or around the grounds; pets are welcome and dog stations are available for your convenience.

Timbers is minutes away from Downtown Columbus, which puts you close to work, shopping and entertainment. There is also plenty to do at the community with a full-sized pool, clubhouse, coffee bar and fitness center.  

Become part of the growing community at Timbers and take a look at the Redwood apartment floorplan. It’s great value for the price, and you can enjoy the ease of apartment living with amenities of a five-star hotel. It’s easy to submit an application online and take a virtual tour. Contact us today for more information.

Timbers Amenities:

  • Free 24/7 Starbucks coffee bar
  • Fenced dog park
  • On-site car wash
  • Outdoor fire pit
  • 24-hour fitness center with complimentary classes
  • Pool table and volleyball court
  • On-site professional management
  • Online submission of rent and maintenance requests
  • Package acceptance

 

At Vision Communities, we are committed to creating the best apartment communities for you and your family. We feature multiple, pet-friendly apartment layouts, in desirable communities such as ClintonvilleWesterville, and Worthington. For more information about our communities, contact our team to get started.

Avoid Plumbing Issues in your apartment

Avoiding Apartment Plumbing Issues

Plumbing No-Nos

With everybody staying indoors at home more frequently now, many are dusting off their cooking skills and undertaking major cleaning and organizing projects. While maintaining social distancing and flexing the domestic muscles are laudable, they can result in major plumbing issues — if you aren’t careful. With more people staying home, maintenance requests at apartment complexes are on the rise. Keep yourself, your roommates, your family and the maintenance staff safe by following a few common-sense rules.

  1. The garbage disposal isn’t a disposal-ALL. If you are cooking and eating more at home, great! However, be careful of what you put down the garbage disposals. Do not put oil and fats, pasta and rice or fibrous vegetable scraps down the disposal. All of those can cause serious clogs in the disposal and plumbing lines. Instead, put these types of food scraps in a trash bag to take to the dumpster.

Tip: If the garbage disposal is stalling or sluggish for another reason, before you call the apartment maintenance office, try pressing the “reset” button on the bottom of the unit.

  1. Watch what you flush. Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. Do not dispose of feminine hygiene products, disposable diapers and wipes down the toilet as they can cause clogs, not to mention what they do to the municipal water treatment system. As well, do not dump buckets of wastewater from cleaning down the toilet as it could cause the toilet to overflow.

Tip: For small clogs, try using a plunger. You can buy one anywhere and they can clear up routine problems to avoid a maintenance call.

  1. Is it really an emergency? At some apartment complexes, maintenance has been cut back due to COVID-19 and will not respond to after-hours emergency calls that aren’t deemed a true emergency. Typically, in most apartment communities, emergencies are: loss of heat or air conditioning during extreme outdoor temperatures; toilet not working in units with one bathroom; no hot water, major water leaks and broken locks on windows or doors. Of course, check with your property manager for specifics regarding your apartment community

Tip: You will get a faster response if you contact the utility company directly about power outages after you’ve checked your breakers. 

  1. Staying safe during maintenance calls. The person who comes to respond to a maintenance call should be wearing a mask and hopefully, your property management company should have COVD-19 safety protocols in place. However, it is within your right to request that maintenance personnel wear a mask while inside your apartment. Wear a mask yourself while the work is being completed and limited conversation to the problem at hand and how it is being addressed. After the service call, disinfect all surfaces that the maintenance person, as well as their tools and supplies have touched, such as light switches and floors.

Tip: Have some paper towels on hand in the work area so maintenance personnel can use them to protect your surfaces and clean up after themselves.

Making the most of these uncertain times can have a positive effect on morale and result in healthier eating and a cleaner, more organized apartment. Just don’t let your zeal override good judgment and you can make life for yourself and your apartment community’s maintenance staff much easier.

At Vision Communities, we are dedicated to providing the best living experience in Central Ohio. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment as needs arise. With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 

Doing laundry in apartment community facilities

Laundry Room Etiquette

If you live in an apartment without a washer/dryer hook-up, you probably have a shared laundry room in your building or somewhere else on the property. While it might not be the most convenient situation, it certainly beats having to haul your dirty stuff offsite to a laundromat, especially in the heat of the summer or during a frigid Ohio winter. If you want to maintain harmony in the community laundry room, here are some practical tips to follow:

  1. Be mindful of the hours. In many apartment communities, there are designated hours for when you can do laundry, which are usually restricted to “normal” business hours – so don’t try to sneak in at dawn or after midnight. The same goes for weekends, when the machines might be available during limited hours as to not disturb people who like to sleep in.
  2. Make sure to have exact change. Nothing is more frustrating than realizing that you are short on quarters (or whatever currency is needed). Make a habit of buying a roll of quarters at least once a month when you are out shopping or running errands. Most grocery stores will sell a roll of quarters or make change at the customer service desk.
  3. Keep track of the time. How many times have you tried to use a washer or dryer and found it full of clothes and nobody comes to get it for hours on end? That is inconsiderate to other residents. Simple solution: set the timer on your phone when you put a load in either machine, so you can retrieve it promptly. The longer you leave clothes in the dryer, the more prone they are to wrinkles.
  4. Empty your pockets. Tissues, pens, chapsticks and other items that go through the washer end up with disastrous results. It’s also a nightmare to try to clean up. Do yourself and everybody else a favor and empty your pockets before you even head to the laundry area. 
  5. Remove dryer lint. If takes only a few seconds and is a common courtesy to other residents. Lint build-up hinders dryer performance and can be a fire hazard.

With COVID-19, laundry room usage may vary due to more people being at home during the day. Maintain your distance from other residents; you’d be surprised how many people like to socialize while doing laundry. Make sure you are wearing a mask and adhering to social distancing. If you can, try to gauge peak hours and avoid them.

Avoid handling other people’s laundry, no matter how tempted you are to remove somebody’s stuff from the dryer when you need to use it. If there are repeat offenders, let the property manager deal with them. Clean up after yourself.  If you drip water or spill anything, clean it up and throw your used dryer sheets in the trash; don’t leave them in the dryer for the next user to deal with.

At Vision Communities, we encourage our residents to be good citizens when using the common laundry areas in our apartment communities. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 

Floorplan Friday: The Grand

A spacious 3BR apartment in Worthington

The Grand at The District at Linworth combines the best features of a townhouse and loft. This unique and spacious layout offers plenty of space for a family or roommates. The 1,951-square-foot until includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms. One of the bedrooms and en suite are in the loft, which offers the ultimate in privacy for parents or guests. The main living area was designed with a contemporary open-concept floorplan — the living and dining areas flow in to the kitchen, making it ideal for entertaining or keeping an eye on the kids.

The kitchen area has a large work island with a sink and seating, so it makes a great breakfast bar or area for kids to do their homework. All appliances are stainless steel and Energy Star-rated. The cabinets are made from environmentally-friendly reclaimed wood products and countertops are durable granite. There is plenty of room for a full-sized dining table for dinners with family and housemates.

Both ground-floor bedrooms are separated by a hallway to allow lots of privacy. Each bedroom has its own full-sized en suite with low consumption water features, and a huge walk-in closet. The oversized windows throughout the unit let in plenty of natural light and you can also enjoy the outdoors with both a balcony and a patio — roomy enough for outdoor furniture, plants and parties!

There is plenty to do at The Grand. If you have a dog, there are doggie stations located throughout the property and a dog park, so your dog can meet its canine neighbors. Relax at the heated pool and firepit or work out at the Certified Crossfit Center. There also is an on-site movie theatre and Starbucks coffee bar. The community is close to the Downtown Columbus area, which is a short commute via SR-71.

We would love to tell you more about The Grand. Take a virtual tour and contact us if you have questions or would like to submit an application. For your convenience, you can submit requests for information or fill out an application online. If you crave the charm of a loft with the amenities of an upscale apartment community, then make The Grand your new home!

Amenities:

  • Free 24/7 Starbucks coffee bar
  • Fenced dog park
  • On-site car wash
  • Outdoor fire pit
  • 24-hour fitness center with complimentary classes
  • Pool table and volleyball court
  • On-site professional management
  • Online submission of rent and maintenance requests
  • Package acceptance
  • Planned community events that focus on philanthropy and social well-being

 

To learn more about The Grand or other floorplans at District at Linworth,  contact our team or apply online to reserve your apartment.  

At Vision Communities, we are committed to creating the best apartment communities for you and your family. We feature multiple, pet-friendly apartment layouts, in desirable communities such as Clintonville, Westerville, and Worthington. For more information about our communities, contact our team to get started.

Pool Tips for Summer 2020

Pool Etiquette During COVID-19

Memorial Day weekend is the “unofficial” beginning of summer and signals the opening of pools around the country. However, this year, COVID-19 has definitely disrupted these plans. It’s a tough decision for property managers, who have to decipher regulations issues by the state, county, and in some instances, the city, which is not an easy task.  You can enjoy all of the outdoor amenities your community has to offer, but you’ll need to abide by the rules issued by your apartment management and use common sense.

  1. COVID-19 can’t be transmitted through water. This has been verified by the CDC. Chlorine and other chemicals used in the pool will kill COVID, so you’re safe while you’re in the pool. It’s what happens once you get out of the water, where you need to take precautions.
  2. Maintain social distancing. Pool deck furniture such as chaise lounges, tables and chairs need to be six feet apart. This furniture, along with other common surfaces, like railings, should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Don’t share goggles, water toys, floaties, etc., unless it’s within your immediate family.
  3. Wear a mask. Obviously, you can’t wear a mask in the water, but you can when you are socializing with people around the pool. It’s OK if you’re sunbathing and want to remove it, but once you start engaging with other pool-goers, you should put your mask back on.
  4. Cut out the horseplay. Sure, it’s fun to splash, do cannonballs, upend your buddy’s float, but use common sense. Not only does rough-housing annoy other swimmers, but it doesn’t help in the fight against spreading COVID. How? When somebody gets water in their nose or mouth, the first thing they do is get out of the pool and cough, blow their nose and wipe their eyes. Even with the benefit of chlorine, an asymptomatic person could unknowingly spread the virus as droplets can travel great distances and also linger for a long time on hard surfaces.
  5. Clean up your trash. Yes, there is always that person who leaves their trash laying around their chair. Trash blowing around the pool not only clutters the pool area but can increase the person to person spread of COVID-19.
  6. Wash your hands frequently. Even though you’re going to be in water, you still need to wash your hands before and after visiting the pool area. Carry your own hand sanitizer with you. On that note, the good news is that more local companies are making their own brands of “artisan” hand sanitizer, so the dearth is slowly being replenished. This advice is especially important if you use the restroom or shower in the pool area.

COVID-19 has put a crimp in everybody’s lifestyle but it is what it is.  Vision Communities is closely following the guidelines set by the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health. Our goal is to keep all residents safe while allowing them to enjoy the pool during the hot summer months. Be a good community citizen and do your part by keeping yourself and your fellow residents safe.

At Vision Communities, we encourage our residents to be smart this summer but enjoy the experience of living in one of our apartment communities. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment, but the cleaning and assembly are up to you! With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 

Working from Home in your apartment

Successfully Working From Home

You may be among the millions of U.S. workers who have been abruptly transported from the office to working from home (WFH). While this may be second nature to many, to others, it’s a brand-new concept. If you’re new to WFH, especially if you share an apartment with roommates, you need to devise a plan to be productive, keep the peace with your roomies and maintain work-life balance. The following are some tips for setting up a WFH space that will work for both you and your roommates.

  1. Set up a dedicated work area. Since all of you can’t work at the dining room or kitchen table, the best option is to create a work space in your bedroom. That way you can close the door which will signal to your roommates that you are busy and will also shield you from the noise of other people working. You’ll need a desk or table and a comfortable, ergonomically-correct chair. This is one area where you don’t want to scrimp, as you’ll be spending a lot on time in this chair. You could check with your employer to see if they have any kind of allowance or budget to assist their WFH employees.
  2. Set boundaries with your roommates. Agree in advance about work hours and when they realistically begin and end. For example, if you need to work late for a conference call or to complete a big project, ask your roommates to keep the volume down. You should also have your own office supplies, or create a system if you’re going to be sharing a printer, paper, etc. Be considerate. If you use the last of the printer paper, load up the tray or replace an empty ink cartridge.
  3. Source the right technology. Make sure that your computer can withstand the extra workload. Is it fast enough? Can it accommodate company-issued software or other products you may need to download? You might also be connected to a company VPN, which is a good idea for keeping work separate from personal and also offers a measure of security. Talk to your company’s IT department to make sure everything on your end is good to go. If you and your roommates are all online during the day, bandwidth and speed might become an issue. It would be a good idea to have a group call with your ISP if you suspect there is going to be an overload.
  4. Create a schedule. Plan your workday just the same as if you were going to the office. The only real difference is that you don’t have to commute. Get up at the same time you normally would, have your coffee, eat breakfast, check your email, the news, etc. Then, start working at the same time you would as you would in the brick-and-mortar office. Allow yourself a lunch break and close up at shop at the same time you usually would at the end of the workday. Exchange schedules with your roommates. Set some grounds rules such as when is it OK to interrupt each other. Emergencies only? Advice on how to word a sentence in a report? Computer help?
  5. Schedule breaks. For your physical heath and sanity, schedule frequent breaks throughout the day. First of all, it gives you an opportunity to stretch and rest your eyes. If you can, go outdoors. Take a short walk around the property. This is also a good time to talk with your roommates if these is anything you need to discuss that had to be put aside due to work. Avoid any emotionally-charged issues until after work. You don’t need the distraction.
  6. Leave work at work. Even if you are just moving from your bedroom to the living room. Leave work behind. One drawback of WFH is called work creep. That is when the line between work and personal time start to blur. This can lead to burnout. If it helps, make a plan. At 5 p.m., make a plan with your roommates that you’re going to watch a show on Netflix, go for a run, start dinner, etc. The same thing can apply to the end of the work week. Plan something to look forward to when Friday afternoon rolls around. A lot of companies now have virtual happy hours. You could join in that or plan something fun with your roommates like ordering pizza or trying a new craft beer.

At Vision Communities, we encourage our residents to make our apartment communities home. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment, but the cleaning and assembly are up to you! With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 

The 1BR Magnolia Floor Plan

Floorplan Friday: The Magnolia

A spacious 1BR apartment in Westerville

The Magnolia combines studio efficiency with luxury apartment amenities and offers a lot of living in 329 square feet.  The main living area is contemporary open concept with plenty of room for a sofa bed or futon, and other furnishings. You can even comfortably accommodate a big-screen TV. The kitchen features Energy Star-rated stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and reclaimed wood cabinetry.  The bathroom includes low-consumption water features and a full bath. You won’t be short on storage, as the unit features a massive walk-in closet. Best of all, The Magnolia comes with a full-sized balcony; perfect for enjoying the picturesque setting as well as container gardening.

The Magnolia is part of The Timbers community in Westerville and this brand-new development features luxury apartment living surrounded by nature, with lots of parks and walking trails. You can enjoy the great outdoors and retreat to the comfort of home enhanced by first-class amenities such as the fitness center and heated pool.  Pets receive “top-dog” treatment, too. The grounds include a dog park and dog stations for cleaning up after your pet. While the community’s ambiance is one of privacy and seclusion, it’s only a short commute to the Columbus Business District for work or play. Enjoy bars, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

If you’re interested in The Magnolia, we are happy to assist you with a virtual tour. It’s easy to submit your application or inquiries online. Our contact information is located in the upper right corner of the homepage. We look forward to saying, “Welcome home!”

Amenities include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Garage
  • Business center
  • Hardwood floors
  • Energy-efficient stainless-steel appliances
  • Dog stations
  • 24-hour emergency maintenance
  • Electronic rent payments and maintenance requests
  • Package acceptance
  • Clubhouse
  • Starbucks coffee bar
  • Fitness center

To learn more about The Magnolia or other floorplans at Timbers,  contact our team or apply online to reserve your apartment.  

At Vision Communities, we are committed to creating the best apartment communities for you and your family. We feature multiple, pet-friendly apartment layouts, in desirable communities such as Clintonville, Westerville, and downtown Columbus. For more information about our communities, contact our team to get started.

tips for working from your apartment

Apartment Living + Social Distancing

Depending on where you live, you’re probably into your third or fourth week of social distancing due to COVID-19.  Cabin fever has long since set in, especially if you work from home. Compounding the situation is sharing space with family or roommates within the confines of your apartment, which seems to grow smaller and smaller each day. So, how do you protect your health — and your sanity — during these trying times?

  1. Communicate. Talk to your apartment-mates about expectations during the pandemic. For example, set some ground rules about work space, online meetings & quiet spaces. Come to an agreement on visitors during the quarantine, and most importantly, agree on safety protocols for any housemate that needs to leave the apartment. The best way to stay on the same page is to communicate with one another and get ahead of any living space challenges.
  2. General cleaning. During the stay-at-home order, it’s essential to keep your apartment as clean and disinfected as possible. Wipe down the door handles and light switches every day (more with frequent use). Kitchen counters and the sink should be cleaned daily, as well as the easily-overlooked areas like the refrigerator and freezer doors and the microwave. Each roommate should clean up the bathroom after every use — sink, faucets, bathtub and shower. Also make sure that the floor, toilet bowl, toilet seat and handle are frequently cleaned. Lastly, minimizing clutter will also go a long way towards helping everybody feel calmer and less hemmed in.
  3. Grocery shopping. If everybody usually does their own thing, now might be the time to consolidate. Each resident can make a list of what they need and combine them into one shopping trip. This is a good opportunity to purchase larger quantities of commonly-used staples and you can save some money by doing so.  Designate one (or two) roommates to do the shopping or have your groceries delivered. Yes, it costs more, but most supermarkets reduce the delivery fee based on the dollar amount purchased. It’s easy to order online, pay and tip (generously, please!) the shopper.
  4. Escape. If you work at home or just need some space, you probably spend a lot of time in your bedroom. That can get old. If your apartment has a balcony or patio, steal some quiet time outdoors. Just getting away and breathing some fresh air can do wonders for the psyche. If your apartment community has green space, go for a walk, just make sure to maintain social distance from other walkers. If you have a dog, take it for a nice long walk. A change of scenery, even if just for an hour or so, can help put some distance between you and your roommates.

Apartment Common Areas

  1. Elevators. If you live on an upper floor, try to take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you must use the elevator, try to time your trips to when fewer people will be riding. Wear a mask and gloves for pressing the buttons.
  2. GYM Facility.  Many apartment communities offer gym and workout facilities. If you are keeping up with your workout routine, thoroughly wipe down any equipment before and after you use it. 
  3. Mailbox. You have to get your mail to pay your bills, so use common sense and appropriate caution when going to a common mail area. Wipe down your mailbox before and after opening it and when you get your mail to your apartment, avoid placing it on kitchen counters. 

Vision Communities is committed to taking care of our apartment communities with COVID-19 in mind. We have increased our efforts to keep common areas clean and sanitized to keep COVID-19 risks low for our residents. We encourage our residents to follow CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines to practice social distancing and reduce human to human contact as much as possible.

At Vision Communities, we pride ourselves in the communities that we build. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment, but the cleaning and assembly are up to you! With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family. 

Learn plants that are great for apartments

The Best Plants for Apartment Living

Best Outdoor Plants for Apartment Living

If you think that living in an apartment means you can’t enjoy gardening, you’re wrong! Spring is here and now is the time to prepare your patio or balcony for the warmer months ahead. Container gardening is inexpensive and fun, plus, it’s not as labor-intensive as maintaining a traditional garden. You don’t have to dig, plant seeds or weed. Many plants species, including vegetables, can be successfully grown in containers. Central Ohio is in Zone 6, meaning that prime growing season is from that last frost to the first frost, roughly May 1-November 1. Some “crops,” such as lettuce and other leafy greens, are best harvested early and usually don’t grow as abundantly through the summer. Tomatoes should be planted as soon as possible but you’re going to have to wait until July or August to enjoy them. Flowers (annuals) can be planted any time and will last through the early fall. Herbs can be put out early and will last all season. As a bonus, you can bring them indoors during the winter, just make sure that they get plenty of light.

The key to choosing the best plants depends on how much light your patio or balcony gets during the day. Full sun means about six hours a day, partial is three hours, then there is full shade, but don’t despair if your apartment falls in the last category. There are plenty of shade-loving plants such as hostas. You can put plants in practically any type of container but make sure that there is adequate drainage, otherwise, the roots will get to wet and rot. If the container you want to use doesn’t have drainage holes in the bottom, that’s an easy DIY with a hammer and nails. Another benefit to having a container garden is that is will attract bees and butterflies and the occasional hummingbird. If you are interested in setting up a habitat to attract pollinators, you can check with your local university extension office or go online to learn which plants are native to this region and will thrive in containers.

Here are some popular flowerings plants and herbs that you can find at your local nursery or lawn and garden center:

  • New Guinea impatiens (low maintenance; like partial shade)
  • Lobelia (great for hanging baskets; partial shade)
  • Sweet potato vine (cascades from hanging baskets; full sun)
  • Caladium (greenery; partial to full shade)
  • Hibiscus (full sun; can winter over indoors)
  • Salvia (bees love it; full sun)
  • Hostas (greenery; full shade)
  • Marigolds (repels harmful insects; full sun)
  • Petunias (top-rated; full sun)
  • Roses (full sun)
  • Rosemary and basil (full sun)
  • Chives and cilantro (full sun)
  • Mint (full sun-partial shade)

These are some of the vegetable plants that will grow well in containers:

  • Lettuce (partial sun)
  • Spinach (partial shade)
  • Kale (full sun)
  • Chard (partial sun)
  • Tomatoes (full sun)
  • Green beans (full sun)
  • Jalapeños and chili peppers (full sun)
  • Zucchini (full sun)
  • Cucumber (full sun)
  • Radishes (full sun)
  • Sweet peppers (full sun)

You can grow practically anything you want in a container as long as you have the right sunlight, soil and container. It can help you feel productive and turn into an enjoyable hobby that requires little efforts. Flowers and plants add a pop of color to your patio or balcony, can help the environment and provide a source of fresh food. Add some comfy chairs, a table and some mood lighting (like fairy lights) and you can create an urban oasis to escape from the pressures of daily life. Relax with a good read, coffee, tea, wine or a mojito (made from your mint plants) and appreciate a little slice of nature in your own home.

At Vision Communities, we encourage our residents to make our apartment communities home. We take pride in the communities that we build and want our residents to feel the same way. We’ll take care of the maintenance of the facilities and your apartment, but the cleaning and assembly are up to you! With apartment communities near ClintonvilleDowntown Columbus, and Westerville, Vision Communities has the floor plan and amenities that you are looking for. To learn more, browse our Central Ohio communities and find the right floor plan for you and your family.