Team Zuhl wishes you a sun filled sensational summer!
Summer Lawn Care Tips
To keep your summer lawn looking ball park great, just employ these 5 proven care tips:
- Water to a depth of 3 - 4 inches to encourage deep rooting.
- Mow no more than 1/3 of the grass height during summer. During heat spells, don’t cut it at all.
- Keep your lawn mower blades sharp to avoid grass damage.
- Fertilize your lawn with a natural fertilizer. Try to use pesticide-free products which contain non-burning natural nitrogen. The slow-release formula releases just the right amount of food to keep your lawn looking fantastic.
- De-thatch and aerate your lawn. This loosens compacted soil and improves air, water and fertilizer penetration.
Following these tips will result in a very healthy lawn, which in turn prevents weeds from getting established.
Pack Some Fun on Your Road Trip!
Bringing along games and activities is a great way to keep kids busy and happy on a long car trip or plane ride. Make a VACATION BOX! Don’t let the kids peek until you are on the way! The excitement of opening the surprise will be worth the wait! Some suggested items to pack:
Magna Doodle - Etch a Sketch - Coloring books and crayons - Pad and paper for drawing - Tic Tac Toe - Hangman - Crossword puzzle book - Mad Libs - Travel versions of popular board games (Scrabble, Yahtzee, bingo, chess and checkers) - Hand held electronic versions of popular games (Candy Land, Connect Four, Boggle and Battleship). Also consider Playing cards, UNO cards, and Old Maid. A variety of children's books are available on CD or cassette, and try getting a children’s ATLAS so they can keep track of where you are!
These favorites have been keeping families entertained on the road for years!
License Plate Game: Find the License plates for as many states as possible. The one with the most - WINS!
Road Scavenger Hunt: Prepare a list of items for family members to look for on the road such as:
Convertible Star Red Truck Cow Barn Shoe in Road
Dog in car Nest RV Bridge Baseball Field Dice on Mirror
Welcome Sign Green VW Fire Engine Cemetery Water Tower Boat
Deer State Flag Tractor Detour Sign
Real Estate Tips brought to you by Wayne and JeanMarie Zuhl
WHEN AND WHAT TO REMODEL:
When remodeling your home, any major repairs must yield increasing returns. For example, if you spend $1,000 to enhance part of your home, it must yield more than $1,000 when you are ready to sell your home. These areas show increasing returns:
- Bathroom remodeling
- Master suite addition
- Bathroom addition
- Family room addition
- Roof replacement
- Window replacement
Hiring A Remodeling Contractor
- Get written estimates from at least three contractors
- Check references, including past clients
- Call local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau to ensure there are no complaints
- Make sure your contract is clear and specifies what the job entails, including time, price and changes.
- Do not pay in full until the work is done to your satisfaction. Make a down payment on services rendered.
- Check that all permits, licenses and insurance needs are met by the contractor.
- Many contracts have a 3-Day Rescission to protect you should you change your mind!
- Ask who will do the work. Will it be the contractor or what portion will be sub-contracted?
- Ensure that all work completed complies with local building codes and/or regulations.
- Hold contractors responsible for clean up and any damage that occurs during work completed.
- Guarantee that materials used are what you requested.
- Once you are satisfied, then make the final payment.
Simple Shrimp Scampi
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp (about 16 to 24)
1/3 cup clarified butter
4 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh if possible
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper, to taste
Rinse shrimp and set aside. Heat butter in large skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic
1 or 2 minutes or until softened but not browned. Add shrimp, wine and lemon juice; cook until shrimp are pink and firm, about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Do not overcook. Add chopped parsley, salt and pepper before serving.
Garnish with lemon slices.