John Colby


Posted by John Colby on 2/3/2018


0000 West Rd, Phillipston, MA 01366

Land

$70,000
Price

1.50
Acres
Residential
Land Type
Located about a half mile from from Rt 122 in Petersham ! Super nice lot that is generally flatter with a very slight rise above the quiet Country Road ! A drilled well also known as an Artesian well was installed in 2008 at a cost of over $10,000.00. Other Engineering has been completed to enable a quick turnaround time to get a building permit and is available upon request. Very nice fieldstone walls remain intact on the property !
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Posted by John Colby on 2/3/2018

This Single-Family in Royalston, MA recently sold for $350,000. This Colonial style home was sold by John Colby - Colby Realty.


118 Falls Road, Royalston, MA 01368

Single-Family

$359,000
Price
$350,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Conservation Allows Animals, Farming, Logging, & many other permitted uses here with lower taxes ! Open Fields, Woodlands and Stonewalls located on a dead end road walking distance to Gorgeous Tully Brook and the Royalston State Forest ! As one of the Oldest homes in Royalston with Plank house Architectire and Old Growth Floors this Wonderful and Private 1780 Colonial has been carefully updated . Recent Major Systems updates include a modern Buderus forced hot water heating system, 200 amp electrical service, 180 foot deep drilled well, Title 5 Designed 4 Bedroom septic system, Insulation & Architectural Shingle Roofs ! Historical & Nostalgic features remain throughout the house. A large in house 1st floor workshop could easily be used for a home business or art studio. New Roof 2017. The Huge Attic Loft is just waiting for your inspirations.........






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Posted by John Colby on 2/3/2018


0000 Ridge Rd Extension, Athol, MA 01331

Land

$95,000
Price

5.00
Acres
Residential
Land Type
Tremendous Western Views with Panoramic Sunsets and the prevailing Westerly Breezes ! This 5 Acre Building Lot has been cleared, has Town Water and Town Sewer Connections. A perfect site for the sought after walk out lower living and basement area. Sunset views possible from Lower leve basement as well Take advantage of the opportunity to utilize your basement as an inviting , spacious and real living area with lots of Natural Light options that not available on a traditional flat lot !
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Categories: New Homes  


Posted by John Colby on 1/28/2018

Bonsai is a Japanese artform that originates from the ancient Chinese practice of potting trees. Although it is an art that has existed for centuries, bonsai needn’t be inaccessible to the average person looking for a new household hobby.


To successfully grow and care for a bonsai, all you need are a few tools and a lot of patience. In this article, we’ll cover bonsai basics to help you get started in this craft. Keep in mind, however, that there are thousands of resources and communities to help you out along the way.

To buy or to cultivate?

The two most common ways to start a bonsai tree are to buy a pre-cultivated tree online or at a greenhouse, or to cultivate one yourself with seeds or cuttings. Many beginners elect to buy a pre-cultivated tree to decide if they enjoy the hobby before devoting years to cultivating a tree from seed. If you enjoy caring for plants and think you’re up to the challenge, starting from seed or cuttings could be more rewarding.

A third option is to collect a tree from nature that has been stunted by natural conditions. These types of trees are called yamadori and can be difficult to collect because their roots may be in a precarious location. Also keep in mind that it is illegal to remove plants from some parks and forests.

How to shape your tree

Once you obtain a bonsai your work has only just begun. The real challenge of bonsai is caring for and shaping your tree. That means clipping off growth, repotting, watering, moving it indoors and outdoors, and shaping/training its branches to grow a certain way.

Every tree is different and will require different care. An important thing to remember about bonsai is that many of them will need to be brought outside to mimic their natural conditions. Trees survive winters because they have prepared for it through the process of dormancy. By bringing your tree outdoors, it will keep its internal clock on time to prepare for winter. In this way, cold-climate bonsai trees can handle the harsh temperatures and weather that comes with the winter time.

Aside from subjecting it to different temperatures and weather, your bonsai will also need to be pruned and wired. Pruning thick branches that grow high up on your tree will help you maintain the natural look of its larger counterparts out in nature. Similarly, wiring helps you transform your tiny tree to look fully-grown and weathered.

Tree care

Just like other plants, your tree will need water, sunlight, and fertilizer. The amount of each will depend on the type of the tree, so you’ll want to do that research before you ever buy, cultivate, or collect a bonsai to make sure you can adequately care for the tree in your area.

Overwatering causes the death of countless bonsai trees. Root rot occurs when soil stays too damp for too long. Roots need air, and damp soil suffocates the roots causing them to rot. When it comes to fertilizer, follow the advice of others of have successfully grown the type of tree you have.




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Posted by John Colby on 1/25/2018

This Single-Family in Athol, MA recently sold for $75,000. This Cape style home was sold by John Colby - Colby Realty.


11 Essex Street, Athol, MA 01331

Single-Family

$75,000
Price
$75,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Large three bedroom home with one-car garage. Enclosed three-season porch, formal dining room, large living room. Hardwood floors in some rooms, built-ins, spacious kitchen with dining nook. Modern replacement windows for energy efficiency. Condition good and move-in ready. Location is in a quiet residential area, yet near town. Great value.

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