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Prepare Your Landscaping For Winter

Your yard was beautiful this year. If you are new to Lake Kiowa then remember it takes work all year long. Years of your hard work have paid off and your lawn and shrubs, color, and even the trees are just like you like them.

If you are an avid gardner and lawn keeper, then please pay attention to these most critical things you’ll want to accomplish before too much more time passes by and cold weather hits. All your hard work all year will need some special care; as will planting, pruning, and fertilizing now to maintain that simple beauty coming into 2018.  It's all about maintenance now.

Here are the next planting recommendations for North Texas lawns and gardens:

  •  Make sure that your Tulips and Dutch hyacinths have 45 days in the fridge before you plant them outdoors by the end of the year. This is probably your last call to get that done. Daffodils and grape hyacinths can be planted at any time of course, just make sure you purchase fresh potting soil.
  •  Most of the regional trees and shrubs can still be planted now, but you may have to hunt for them in the backs of the nurseries – behind the shipments of Christmas trees. Remember you can always ask your favorite nurseryman for help.
  • Keeping your patio and curb appeal color like Pansies and other winter color plants is always an option. Plants in raised beds of well-prepared, highly organic soil are required, and remember they can be outstanding in pots as well.

Recommendations for Pruning those outdoor beauties is a must:

  • Be sure to trim to re-shape foliage plants you’ve brought in from the patio for winter. It will stimulate new growth in the fast growing season.
    Be sure to go ahead and mow your lawn to remove fallen tree leaves.
  • Try to snip erratic growth from shrubs, but save major reshaping for two months from now (late January, early February) for maximum growing this coming Spring.

Regular fertilization habits must continue:

  • Understand thatPansies, pinks and other winter color with high-nitrogen, water-soluble plant food to keep them growing vigorously. Failure to feed adequately is a common cause of poor plant performance and you want your work to pay off in beauty.
  • Remember that your houseplants need monthly feeding with high-nitrogen, water-soluble plant food at half the recommended rate. Your goal for the winter is to maintain them status quo, not to encourage them to grow while they’re in the darker conditions indoors. Staying healthy is always best.
  • If you want to sow Ryegrass and fescue (cool-season grasses), then you must feed with high-nitrogen or all-nitrogen lawn food to keep it green. Water immediately after feeding.

Keep and eye out for pests, weeds, and unwanted grasses daily:

  • All your Broadleafed weeds will need killer spray on a sunny, warm and relatively still day to get rid of those cool-season broadleafed weeds before winter moves in. Read and follow label directions for your selections; or contanct your favorite nursery employee.
  • Remember to keep close watch on all houseplants closely for signs of scale insects, mealybugs, whiteflies and spider mites. These pests commonly come in from outdoors when we bring plants inside for the winter and will need to be treated. It's a good idea to spray everything before you take them in; and there are great broad solutions that can eliminate issues before those pesky pests show up.

By the way, to everyone out here at Lake Kiowa, hope you and your families had a great Thanksgiving. We look forward to seeing many of you at the Season's Events at the Lodge.

 

 

Texas Association of REALTORS® Releases Inaugural Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index

Texas Realtors Working For You - Lake Kiowa Premier Real EstateThe November 2017 The Texas Association of REALTORS® released the new report that gauges Texas homebuyer and seller satisfaction of working with a real estate agent. This is great news for everyone who is a licensed realtor here in Texas. What this means to you as a homebuyer or homeseller here in Texas, is that this inaugural Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index showed that a majority of homebuyers and sellers highly value the local market knowledge and expertise that Texas REALTORS® provide. Over 17,000 Surveyed respondents cited word-of-mouth referrals and timeliness in communications as important factors in the selection and satisfaction of working with a real estate agent.

Lake Kiowa Premier Real Estate is proud to have been a part of this report for 2017, and lets you know here in Texas, we continue to strive to provide you with the best service we can in finding you a buyer or a seller for your home. Here is some additional information you may enjoy reading.

According to the report, Texas homebuyers and home sellers rated their experience of working with a Texas REALTOR® a 4.91 and 4.87 out of 5.0, respectively. Among those surveyed, approximately 98 percent gave a satisfaction rating of "good" or "excellent", 1 percent selected "satisfactory" and less than 1 percent selected "poor" or "below expectations."

Respondents' satisfaction of working with a Texas REALTOR® was most likely to be impacted by the agent's ability to communicate clearly and in a timely manner. Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of REALTORS®, commented: "The Texas housing market moves fast, and it's increasingly important for REALTORS® to be able to operate at the speed of the market. This means allowing for greater accessibility, setting communication expectations up front with clients and ensuring clear, timely communications so that homebuyers and sellers can feel confident at every step of the process."

Despite the growing role of technology in the real estate industry, the Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index showed that more than one-third of homebuyers and sellers found their Texas REALTOR® through a referral from friends or family. Less than 5 percent of respondents found their Texas REALTOR® through an Internet search or online portal. Eight in 10 respondents indicated that they didn't consider another broker if they had previously worked with a Texas REALTOR®. Texas homebuyers and sellers ranked a deep understanding of a client's unique needs and local market conditions as the top two deciding factors in working with a Texas REALTOR®.

Fullerton concluded, "Being a Texas REALTOR® means striving to make a difference every day, not just in the lives of the homebuyers and sellers we serve, but in the communities in which we live, work and do business. That's why you'll often see Texas REALTORS® taking a stand on issues that impact our economy and quality of life, such as the recently passed Proposition Two which gives Texas homeowners easier access to the equity in their homes."

The number of Texas REALTORS® has grown approximately 27 percent since 2010, now exceeding 114,000. In 2017, Texas REALTORS® remain committed to homeowner advocacy and in 2017 alone invested $4.96M to the Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (TREPAC) and donated more than $3M in Hurricane Harvey Relief through the Texas Realtor Disaster Relief Fund.

About the Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index - The 2017 edition of the Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index is based on survey responses from 17,000 Texas homebuyers and sellers collected in 2016 and compiled by RealSatisfied, a customer satisfaction and performance evaluation platform built specifically for the real estate industry.

About the Texas Association of REALTORS® - With more than 114,000 members, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights, and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. Thanks you Texans for supporting us here at Lake Kiowa Premier Real Estate.

Herb & Spices Drying Tips

New Techniques For Preparing Herbs

Drying Herbs - Tips For Lake Kiowa Gardners

All you gardners out there should have your pre-fertilizers complete, and hopefully you have started looking for the next round of beautiful tender plants, herbs and spices you will be growing this fall. Pay particular attention to the plants to see they are well branched, full, and a lovely green color. And, remember to continue to fertilize with appropriate kinds of fertilizer for a more robust harvest this year.

Many of our residents here at Lake Kiowa already have beautiful gardens. Most of these families have fabulous cooks that are also growing herbs and spices, then drying them to have all year long for those special meals. We  have events with options to sell your products at any of the booths that support many of our organizations here at Lake Kiowa if you have an overstock of products and so desire.

If you are interested in starting to grow herbs and spices, or have never dried them before, please take note, and yes take notes, while we challenge you to do your thing. Drying herbs is a great way to preserve them to use in your recipes into the fall and winter months.

For many of us who do not garden; store purchases are great options for purchases of herbs and spices are both fresh and dried. The selections are varied and have in recent years been stocked in most leading grocery stores. If you just want to grow your own, save some money, and have huge quality product, you will only have a one-time expense, with a fresh homegrown supply of herbs year after year. Also be aware that most store bought herbs also have been irradiated, similar to the pasteurization process done with milk. This means that they are exposed to gamma radiation in order to destroy possible microbes or pathogens, also killing a lot of the nutrient content and vitamins. Drying your own herbs is not only inexpensive, but you also preserve the quality of the herb.

Now, if you don’t have much of a green thumb, you can often find fresh organic herbs at the farmer’s market. With a little bit of work and time you will have a good quality, organic herb, bottled and ready for year round cooking. There are options in North Texas for those purchases. You may also want to learn about your neighbors out here who do grow and maybe work out a deal with them.

Tips On Drying Your Own Herbs:

  1. Be sure to pick them early: Remember to pick your herbs prior to overgrowth and flowering. Plants will continue growing throughout the season and prevent them from getting too leggy and overgrown, harvest and cut the plants back, leaving a few inches of stem on. Try harvesting your herbs in the morning, after the dew has evaporated, but before the afternoon Sun has drained color and flavor. If drying will happen later, you can store them in jars of water, just as you would fresh flowers. Try to not harvest your herbs too late in the growing season after the Sun has started to dry and wilt them. It is best to harvest them while they are plentiful and lush. Sage, parsley, rosemary, and thyme grow well into the fall. That means that you will be able to use these fresh until the first frost comes and still before they need to be harvested and dried.
  2. Be sure to wash the stems completely: In growth if you keep them free of dirt you can gently shake them to remove any residual dirt or dust. If you choose to wash your herbs, carefully swish them in a bowl of cool water or you can gently pat them dry with a towel or allow them to air dry on a cooling rack. Make sure you remove any leaves that are discolored or spotted.
  3. The drying process: Herbs that have a lower moisture content such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, and sage can be air-dried. To air dry, simply divide your herbs in small batches (about 3-6 branches) and bind them together at the sturdiest bottom stems and the main stem. You can use light twine, twist ties, or tender rubber bands for kids work well for binding. If you use string to tie, be sure toleave a good length of string at the end to use for hanging. Hang the stems upside down in a dry, dark place with some air circulation; and not in the sun. Sunlight will reduce the color and flavor. A well-ventilated garage, attic or basement will work. If you have no place to hang them, you can also lay your herbs on a screen to dry. Be sure to check on them frequesntly and not allow moldy leaves, or pests to gather. Air-dried herbs should be ready in a few weeks, or when they become brittle.
  4. Storing your herbs: Once herbs are dried and crisp they are ready to be stored. Remove the dry leaves from the stems and store them in a small airtight container. You can store whole leaves or crush them between your fingers before storing. Old spice bottles, Mason jars, or even plastic baggies work really well for storage. Be sure to label your herbs as many look similar when they are dried. To keep your herbs fresher longer, store them in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and away from steam.

Now, you are ready to begin your fall project in growing and drying herbs and spices. Enhancing your family favorites, or trying brand new recipes using these fresh and dried herbs will be a delight. Both for you cooking and for friends and family tasting your wonderful cooking. Enjoy the fall season.

Reminders About Living Here!

Consider All Your Real Estate Options

We Love Realtors In Texas - Begin In Lake Kiowa

Buy real estate, sell real estate, lease real estate. These are the most important 3 things all realtors love to hear! Yes, it's true. We also love to hear that there are many reasons why you love to love Realtors in Texas.  Everyone here at Lake Kiowa has the best of the best when it comes to real estate. Remember we love Texas Estate, it is why we are here.

Many of our realtors here sell all over the state to serve you better. Some may provide services here at Lake Kiowa. But regardless of the reason Lake Kiowa Loves Texas Real Estate and beyond.  The bottom line is you have access to the best real estate opportunities right here in Texas anytime you call. With over 100,000 loyal to Texas Realtors to choose from, we invite you to join us in finding you that perfect home for you and your family.

Author Jamie Lee with the Texas Realtors Association Says There Are Many More Reasons To Love Texas Real Estate:

  • The stable housing market here in Texas is first. Did you know Texas small land sales jumped by 14% percent in 2016?  It’s one of only 10 states on steady ground. Fantastic news across the board.
  • Home prices are expected to keep going up. Rising demand and low inventory have created a seller’s market. Here in the North Texas market, the introduction of international companies relocating to our state is creating a great opportunity for buying and selling to meet this new demand.
  • We have the highest average equity levels. This means your property may be worth more than what you owe. In a market with high demand to keep up, real estate becomes part of a successful economy. Jobs are created and filled as people relocate to meet their needs.
  • It’s the No. 1 destination for state-to-state movers. This demand for housing can benefit your resale value. Maybe you want to consider investing or may be considering retirement; now is a great time.
  • A low unemployment rate means lots of job opportunities to help you achieve your real estate goals. More and more people will relocate from other parts of the country to fill these much needed jobs and bring with them more economic buying power.
  • You can make a great living here. Special jobs need special people to fill those jobs. According to national statistics, Texas is the No. 2 state in which to make a living, due in part to its affordability and lack of state income tax. This is great news for everyone.
  • Thinking about making a change? When you’re done working, warm weather and low cost of living make it an ideal location to retire here in Texas in your favorite location. Maybe even here at Lake Kiowa. We have a great place to live here!
  • Relatively low housing costs help make Texas a great place to raise a family. Builders are gearing up to meet demand. Homes, Master Planned Communities, Duplexes, and slightly rural communities are making a big difference.
  • A supportive business climate makes it the best state for business, especially small businesses. If you have a great service to offer the Texas economy, check into Economic Development in the city of your choice to find out what benefits you may have for your relocation.

Because only in Texas can you find a Texas REALTOR® to help you meet your real estate goals. Texas Realtors, what is so special about them you may ask?

Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights, and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. With over 110,00 members, The Texas Association of Realtors has a professional organization that truly represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. It just doesn't get any better than this!

The agents of Lake Kiowa Premiere Real Estate are always available to help you with any questions or concerns. Please call us today!

940-665-3300

 

Try Butterfly Gardening for Texas

Butterfly gardening in texasHere in Texas there are really a large number of butterfly species. Whether you live near the beaches of the Gulf Coast or in the mountains of the Trans-Pecos, or here at Lake Kiowa, all Texans can enjoy the color and tranquility that butterflies bring to any outdoor space.

Lake Kiowa invites everyone who loves to garden, to consider using your garden to attract butterflies. Most of us out here do take the time to enhance our community with beauty, yards, patios, and have plenty of beautiful pots around to enjoy flowers and vines alike. This is just another beauty item you can add to the list.

In her book, Butterfly Gardening for Texas, author and expert Geyata Ajilvsgi took the time to share a wealth of practical information about all kinds of butterflies and the many flowers and other plants they utilize in their miraculous life cycle: from hidden egg to munching caterpillar to cryptic chrysalis to nectar-sipping, winged adult.

This engaging, nontechnical style of writing for anyone who wants to attract butterflies to the yard or garden, will provides tips for making gardens caterpillar- and butterfly-friendly, in-depth profiles of more than fifty butterflies, descriptions of the food plants for a variety of both caterpillars and butterflies, and plant lists for easy selection and substitution, depending on where you live and what is available.

If you are wanting more information, specific advice on what to plant where, Ajilvsgi has designed useful, adaptable landscape plans and extensive planting options for each of seven state regions. Helpful appendices aid gardeners in taking photographs of the butterflies they attract, in locating sources for seeds and plants, and in finding organizations and other instructive publications for additional information about these beautiful and beneficial insects.

As the popularity of butterfly gardening continues to increase, gardeners of all skill levels will find Butterfly Gardening for Texas an invaluable source of guidance and inspiration. Considered among the state’s top plant and butterfly experts, she is the author of Wild Flowers of Texas and other books.

It's never too late to add things to your patio garden, or even around the house in the exterior landscaping. Your time outdoors is the reason you are here, being able to play golf, be active in the community here at Lake Kiowa, so why not give it a try!

New Projects At Home

Remodel Your Lake Kiowa Home

Energy Star Savings For Your Lake Kiowa HomesSummer is here at Lake Kiowa and all those dreams about fun and exciting activities are just waiting around the corner for you. Fishing, water skiing, sitting on the dock, or having that BBQ out back on the patio are definitely going to happen. Holiday plans are in full swing with our Lake Kiowa activities, but also with you and all your families and friends as well. Keeping that in mind, since plenty of family & friends are coming with you to the lake it occurs to us that you may want to consider your options for upgrades of all kinds in your lake home.  Why not begin with hot water? Installing a new tankless water heater solution to help end the hot water wars with family here for the week!

There will always be enough hot water to go around, and give you the power to live better with providing your Lake Kiowa home with endless supply of hot water, whenever you need it—even for multiple tasks at the same time. Instant hot water at the kitchen sink is always a great starting place, and truth be known, Tankless Water Heaters revolutionize comfort, energy efficiency and convenience. Water usage in the home is a great way to start saving this summer. Remember increasing the value of your lake home will also help when deciding to sell as well. Every energy saving step you take now, means potential gains when you sell. Buyers are always looking for ways to save money.

Here is a consideration from the friendly people at Rinnai, who feature Energy Star Products in appliances, water heaters, gas water heaters, and so much more.
The Rinnai Ultra Series features what they call the Ultimate in efficiency. Delivering one of the most energy-efficient performances, the Ultra Series features a condensing design with two heat exchangers to maximize hot water output. RUR Models featuring ThermaCirc360 include built-in recirculation pumps to offer faster hot water. Instant hot water at the sink and dish washer is always a consideration for entertaining right!

Take A Look At These Great Features:

  • ENERGY STAR® qualified - Energy Factor of up to .96
  • RUR Models featuring ThermaCirc360 offer faster hot water with an integrated recirculation pump and internal bypass line - with or without a dedicated return line
  • Available in five sizes: 130,000,152,000, 160,000, 180,000 and 199,000 BTU
  • Allows for either Concentric Polypropylene or dual-pipePVC/CPVC venting, providing the most venting flexibility in a single application of any manufacture
  • Easy maintenance is achieved with isolation valves

Remodeling, upgrades to appliances, water heaters, HVAC units, and the like are always ways to increase the value of your Lake Kiowa Home. It's time to educate yourself about all the wonderful new energy saving products that have been approved to guarantee to save you money over the course of each and every year. Remember you can explore all your options now, and plan for the fall projects and be ready for the Holidays this year as well. That means more money for fun right. Maybe thinking about the purchase of a new boat, pontoon, or ski boat is in the goal you set last year. If so, then let's get busy making that happen now.

Happy Summer Everyone Out Here At Lake Kiowa!  We look forward to seeing you at The Lodge and Tavern. Happy Golfing as well.

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