Get Ready for June Gardening:

vegetables-790022_1280The shining sun and warm weather mean that summer and gardening season are just around the corner. Most of Utah falls under zone 5 of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones. This map helps gardeners and growers identify which plants will thrive in certain locations and best of all, when to plant and harvest them. So put on your hat, find your gloves and get going on this gardening to-do list for June.  

Flowers & Plants:

  • Divide and transplant spring-flowering perennials that have finished blooming.
  • Sow or plant seeds of perennials directly into the ground.
  • Fertilize roses now.
    • Trick: To supply potassium, blend banana peels in a blender, then add the mixture beneath the mulch around your roses.
  • Pinch newest shoots on geranium plants to encourage fuller plants.
  • Feed roses as the first flower buds appear and apply fungicide to prevent powdery mildew or blackspot disease from appearing
    • Tip: Organic fungicides that work on blackspot disease include copper, lime sulfur, neem oil, potassium or ammonium bicarbonate and sulfur.
  • Mulch flower gardens to conserve water and keep costs down during heat waves.

Fruits & Vegetables:

  • Weed strawberry and asparagus beds.
  • Feed young corn plants with high-nitrogen fish emulsion fertilizer.
  • Dust potato plants to prevent infestations of potato beetle.
    • Did you know? The potato beetle is one of the most difficult garden pests to get rid of due to its developed resistance to many insecticides.
  • Mulch vegetable gardens to conserve water during heat waves.
  • Spray tomato plants with compost tea to prevent diseases.
    • Trick: Make your own compost teat by steeping an old pillowcase filled with compost in a bucket of water.
  • Harvest salad crops and replant every 2 weeks for a constant supply of tasty leaves.
  • Great time to start planting sweet potatoes and regular (russet) potatoes.
  • You can also start planting carrots, peppers, cucumbers, winter and summer squash.
  • Toward the end of the month start planting corn and beans.
  • Don’t forget to harvest spinach, broccoli, beets and peas this month.

Lawn & Trees:

  • Train your lawn to grow deep roots by mowing often, at a high setting.
  • Did you know: Deep roots are the key to a healthy lawn and improving drought tolerance.
  • Make sure your lawn gets one inch of water per week. If you irrigate, water deeply to encourage deeper roots.
  • Control existing weeds with a post-emergent herbicide, or by pulling or digging.
    • Tip: Removing weeds before they bloom and disperse their seeds helps reduce next year’s crop.
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped and container shrubs and trees.
  • Thin out small green fruits on apple, peach and plum trees to one every 6-inches on the branch

Summer Cleaning and Maintenance Checklist:

birdhouse-2427217_1280With the temperatures rapidly rising into the 90-degree range and summer holidays just around the corner, get your home up to snuff, comfortable and ready for that big family barbeque. Here is a quick cleaning and maintenance list to get your home looking, feeling and smelling great for all season long. After all, a clean home is a happy home!

For your home:

  • Make sure to get an air conditioning tune-up and replace any dusty filters.
  • Check the batteries and functionality of all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles and leaks. Detecting a small problem now prevents a larger, leakier problem in the future.
  • Wash your windows if you haven’t already. Nothing can freshen up the outside of your home and provide great curb appeal like sparkling windows.
  • Clean out those gutters to help with the appearance and curb appeal of your home.
  • Pressure washing the exterior of your home annually is another way to show that you take pride in your home and the way it looks.
  • If you have a deck and/or porch now is a great time to inspect them for possible repairs such as replacing rotten boards and pinning down nails that stick out. They may also need polishing or a new coat of stain.
  • Don’t forget to clean and shine up the grill!


Don’t forget the yard:

  • Add an additional layer of mulch to aid in weed control. Extra mulch also helps your garden retain moisture in the heat and gives your plants a chance to grow.
  • Patch any cracks and holes in the driveway. A good pressure wash also freshens up that aging driveway.  
  • Primp and prune your plants especially those around the AC unit. Clear away all foliage within 18-inches of the sides of the unit and at least three feet above. The better the air circulation the more efficient your unit can provide comfortable living and savings.
  • Look for leaks from hoses, faucets and the sprinkler system. Even small leaks can add up to big costs.
  • Plan your watering schedule. An ideal watering schedule trains your plants to endure dryer days by promoting the growth of deep and strong roots. To achieve this, you can water deeply a few times a week versus lightly every day.
  • Leave the dirt outside and get two doormats for the main entry and one doormat for all other entries. Sweep out the garage consistently to avoid tracking dirt back in.

Utah’s job growth

canstockphoto3789644As per the countries of the whole world are concerned, there are a lot of countries that are struggling day and night for their job growth. Utah, on the other hand, has to provide its residents with the different job opportunities. As per the studies conducted in 2016 showed, Utah has created around 4000 jobs. According to this figure, the job growth in Utah was 2.8 percent which is nearly the double amount of national average. Likewise in 2017, the job growth rate of Utah continue of growing and it was named as the number one in terms of growth rates.

According to the employment report that is issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Utah is on number one rank. It has a total job growth of 3.2 percent in the US. Moreover, it is also placed on number one for the private sector jobs. However, as far as the unemployment rate of Utah is concerned, it is on the eighth position with 3.1 percent.

As the authorities are suggesting, the Utah is moving towards the right goal and currently going on the right path. The rankings will eventually increase which will then lead to the positive outcomes. The only thing that the major people of Utah has to do is to provide opportunities to the people so that they can play their part in the economic success of Utah. With the increase of job growth rate, the living Utah conditions are also improving.  It is predicted that are people of the Utah who are currently enrolled in different educational programs will be able to get the best jobs once their education is completed. Moreover, the chief economist in the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Carrie Mayne, has suggested that the students who will graduate in the near future must start looking for the employment opportunities.

The growth in the travel and the tourism activity of Utah has played a great role in this development. The Utah’s ski resorts and the national parks have attracted a lot of visitors in the past year which is why the job growth rate is positively affected. Moreover, Utah has shown an economic growth rate of 6.1 percent in the state’s leisure and hospitality sector.

Everyone can see the fact that good things are occurring in Utah, a great development is taking place which is why the future is quite bright. Moreover, Utah is also considered as the soundest state of the nation. The reason behind this dramatic change according to Gov. Herbert is the productive and the prepared skilled labor force. Multiple factors are playing their part in the development of Utah. The monthly labor market of the Utah is indicating that the economy is operating at near or full employment.


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3 Signs Are You Ready to Buy a Home

Blog-Post---Signs-You-are-Ready-to-Buy-a-Home---DaneneIf you are renting an apartment or a home, you may feel like you are throwing money away month after month.  But how do you know if you are ready to buy a home?  There are many factors that go into what will be one of the biggest decisions of your life, and here are 3 signs that you may be ready to start looking for your first home.

  1. Are you ready to commit? Buying a home encompasses many different types of commitment. While people don’t usually spend the rest of their lives in the same home, they typically spend 5+ years in a house.  If you have been in your current location for several years you may be ready to choose a long-term location.  Also, realize you are committing to the care and upkeep of your home.  If you find yourself completing small repairs and improvements around your current space, you are definitely ready to care for your own home.
  2. Are your rent costs close to or larger than a mortgage payment would be? If you are spending close to what a house payment for your area, (taking credit, available loan programs, and other factors in to consideration) perhaps you are ready to purchase a home. When you purchase a home, you are building equity that will benefit you in the future.  When you are paying rents, you retain no benefit and build no value.  Talk with a qualified Loan Officer to see what your mortgage payment would be.  If your rent is equal to or greater than a payment on a similar sized home, you may be ready to buy.
  3. Do you have money in the bank? I am not talking about a few dollars left over at the end of the month. If you have been saving and have amassed more than just an emergency fund you may be ready to buy a home.  While most home purchases do require some type of down payment that you would need money for, the larger factor is that you are in the habit of living within your means and saving money.  Buying a home is a large investment that you will be paying on over time and strong money management skills are a great sign you are ready to take the next step.

If you answered yes to one or more of these signs the next step will be speaking with a qualified Loan Officer and looking at all your options.


Update Your Front Entry with These 5 Steps

Blog-Post---Front-Entry-Tips---DaneneFrom the moment, you move into your new house you being making it your home.  One way to make it feel more homey for you and your guests right off the bat is by creating a welcoming entryway, that conveys your personality.  Here are 5 easy steps to creating an entry way you are proud of.

  1. Color your door with a bold color. This will boost curb appeal and also provides protection from the elements.  Start by buffing down the door with 220-grit sandpaper, then apply a coat of primer and allow to dry.  Keep in mind when choosing your paint to select one with a smooth or glossy finish that will assist in keeping moisture out, and prevents mildew.
  2. Turn it up with unique lights. Whether you have the option for a hanging light or even simpler sconces, choose unique ones that add to your overall look.  Look at different materials such as unfinished copper or brass and also different textures of glass.
  3. Get real, with plants. Strategically place low-maintenance plants like succulents or any other plants that will thrive in your area.  Just check with your local nursery for plants that are fitted to your climate, amount of sun, and commitment level.
  4. Make a statement with your house numbers. Placing easy to read and stylish numbers can make it easier for your friends and family to find your home and round out your entry way.  Depending on the theme of your home you can place purchased number tiles, simple vinyl numbers, or hand painted numbers to help your address stand out.
  5. Add special touches with accessories. Adding trendy door knocker or vintage mailbox can be just like adding a dazzling necklace or bracelet to your favorite outfit.  Seasonal wreaths are also a great way to keep your look updated all year long.  Add just one or two extra touches, or you could be overdoing it.

Creating a welcoming entry to your home can make both you and your visitors feel comfortable from the first moment.  Remember first impressions last forever, so make it a good one.