With fall upon us, it’s time to think about fall maintenance at your home. Here is a checklist that will help you get ready for fall.
We are off to another beautiful summer! However, we had little rain in June and July is shaping up to be hot and dry as well. Therefore, you all need to water! Even dormant lawns and mature landscaping need a thorough dousing to avoid stress, and possible dying.
Seattle Public Utility Guidelines are:
The Seattle Public Utilities recommends that you water shrubs deeply, but infrequently when the weathers starts to get warmer.
Most plants do best if the soil is allowed to partially dry out between waterings. For lawns, a loss of shine or footprints showing indicate that it’s time to water. Vegetables and other annuals should be watered at the first sign of wilting, but tougher perennials (plants that live several years) only need water if they stay droopy after it cools off in the evening. Trees and shrubs usually don’t need any watering once their roots are fully established (two to five years) except in very dry years.
If a lawn is allowed to go dormant in the summer (turn brown) the lawn will still need a good soaking every month in the summer to remain healthy. If you choose to let your lawn go dormant and you have dogs, be aware that this can cause more damage to the lawn and the lawn may need to be aerated and overseeded in the fall to bring the lawn back to good condition.
Here is a link to the City of Seattle “Smart Watering” guidelines if you are interested in more information.
Remember to water in the evening to minimize evaporation.
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Keep gutters clear to help move moisture away from the house. Inform your property manager if they are clogged. One of the most common problems is when gutters are clogged, the water pools around the foundation and can flood basements or crawl spaces. Please keep all outdoor drains clear of leaves so water does not pool up in the yard. Keep an eye on drains on the street to help keep them clear also.
Need catering? Village Kitchen has opened next to our office in Maple Leaf. They do catering and private events. We were their first private party in the newly renovated cottage. An Oktoberfest FEAST. Cabbage soup, potato salad, mushroom stroganoff, chicken sandwiches in a pretzel bun with amazing pickles, finished off with German chocolate cake. All locally sourced ingredients. It was so much fun! Please support our new local business.
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It was “Sunshine Bowl” day at our “Welcome Summer” party! Maple Leaf
Property Management can’t get enough of the “I Love My GFF” bowls! The big
debate was which one we like better. No one could decide, they are both
worth 5 Stars!!! What a great company function to welcome summer, and they
deliver! We added White Sangria
This weekend we have the move to daylight saving time. For many this can be a challenge as we give up an hour of sleep. It may take a few days to get accustomed to the change. One other reminder is to check those smoke alarms. Many homes also have CO alarms. The semi-annual time change is the perfect time to change the batteries in those alarms as well.
Enjoy the longer days as we wait for the sunny warmer days ahead.
Seattle views are spectacular. Those of us who have lived here for a long time know this is true. If you’re a newcomer however, or if you just don’t get into the city that much it can be hard to figure out where to go and what to look for. The Visit Seattle website shares lots of great places for spectacular views. They range from the Space Needle, to the Seattle Public Library and even the glass wall atrium at SeaTac airport. Check them out, you might even be able to add places of your own. Spectacular Views In Seattle