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Watering Season is Here!

sprinklerSpring has arrived in the Northwest, and it looks like our record-setting rain in the winter is going to be followed by record-setting heat. If your home has a lawn and landscaping, this is a good time to start a watering routine.

Most plants do best if the soil is allowed to partially dry out between watering. For lawns, a dull appearance or footprints not 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 for 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.

The flip side of the watering season is that water rates go up. To take care of your lawn, but also keep your utilities bill in check, consider following these tips:

  1. Water early in the morning (before 10 a.m.) or later in the evening (after 6 p.m.) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.
  2. Adjust sprinklers so that they are watering your lawn and landscape and not the street or sidewalk.
  3. Set it but don’t forget it! Whether you have a manual or automatic system, be sure to regularly adjust your watering schedules throughout the irrigation season.

For more tips and online resources, visit the Seattle Public Utilities website and read about “Smart Watering.”

We’ve moved!!

It’s official! We have moved to our new space and we LOVE it! Come visit us next to Cloud City Coffee on Roosevelt and 88th! Check out our Facebook post about the move!

 

fb post new digs

 

-Kit & MLM team

The Space Needle is the #1 tourist attraction in Seattle!

Can you tell us about your first ride up in the Space Needle elevators? Mine was during the 1962 World Fair. It made an impression because that is the only thing I remember about the fair! (I was 4 years old at the time!)

Click here to read more about the Space Needle!

Photo credit to Michael Fox/KiroTV.com

Enjoy this sunshine!

-Kit and the MLM team

6 Reasons Why More Baby Boomers Are Renting

Read this interesting article here  (from Yahoo & Nicole Schreck) and let us know what you think!

The 6 reasons that Millennial’s are more likely to rent:

1. Downsize
2. Convenience
3. Flexibility
4. Cheaper
5. Avoid Selling
6. Other Investments

Enjoy this lovely weather!

-Kit & the MLM team

How Well Do YOU Know Seattle’s Architecture?

Click here to take this fun quiz to see if you really know Seattle’s Architecture!

Credit to Cliff Despeaux/Seattle Times

While I’m a Seattle native, I somehow only answered 9 out of the 12 questions correctly!

What score did you get! Feel free to comment!

Make sure your pets’ are licensed!

Photo credit of this adorable dog goes to King5!

“Canvassers with Regional Animal Services of King County will go door to door in cities like Bellevue and Kirkland starting Saturday, April 4.

” ‘The purpose of the canvassing is to help ensure compliance with the city requirements for licensing cats and dogs eight weeks and older.  The canvassers will not issue citation, but they will issue temporary licenses for unlicensed pets, allowing pet owners up to 30 days to pay for a license,’ according to the press release issued by the city of Bellevue.”

Dr. Gene Mueller with Regional Animal services said only about 20% of pet owners comply with the law and that is why canvassers will be in several jurisdictions every weekend between April and October.

‘We may leave you some information if we hear your dog inside.  We may mail you. We are not going to search your home, we are not going to trespass,’ said Mueller. ‘We are using this as an opportunity to educate.'”

A license costs $30 and must be renewed annually. The price doubles if your cat or dog is not spayed or neutered.”

A big thanks to King5 news team for posting this on their website! Click here to read the article.

A New Brewery!

A 3rd brewery is set to open very soon in Lake City!  Along with Elliot Bay Brewery and The Beer Authority, Lake City is slowly starting to accumulate more breweries.  Can’t wait for Hellbent Brewery to open!

Credit to LCL for the photo of Hellbent Brewery’s new tanks!

Check their Facebook page here and click here to read the article from Lake City Live.

Wish the sun would come out!

Kit & the MLM team

Bellevue Real Estate News

“Bellevue is expected to adopt rules Monday night to prevent single-family homes from being chopped up into rooming houses,” according to Lynn Thompson of The Seattle Times.

While Bellevue might rule in new legislature that would prohibit more than 4 non-family members living together in a single family house.   And, the 4 non family members living together would all have to be on the same lease.

Click here to read the whole article!

What do you think? Comment to let us know!

Stay warm!
Kit & the MLM team

“Rent Hikes May Be Easing But The Trend Is Still Upwards”

Thanks to The Seattle Times, who published a great article yesterday morning, the rent in Seattle is still on the increase.

To read more about the article written by Sanjay Bhatt, click here.

Credit for the pictures goes to Dean Rutz/Seattle Times.

Seattle seems to be on the steady incline, along with the King and Snohomish County.
While the most expensive place to live is Downtown Seattle, the least expensive is Rainier Valley.
Enjoy this beautiful sunshine!
-Kit & the MLM team