Fall Lawn Care

As we begin to decline into the cooler months, now is the time to prepare your lawn for winter. Many homeowners overlook this important time because of the belief that grass grows slower during the cooler months. However, this is just the opposite. As the cooler months descend on us, grass is actually preparing for the long winter ahead by absorbing energy, moisture, and nutrients it will need.

canstockphoto11598871To ensure your lawn is ready for the winter months, here are 4 important steps to take today.

1. Mow your lawn. To keep your grass healthy, continue to mow your lawn. As we move further towards the end of the season, drop the blade of your mower to its lowest setting to allow for more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass.

2. Aerate the soil. Fall is the ideal time to aerate your soil to ensure the fertilizer and other nutrients get down to the dirt. Also, overtime, dirt and roots become compacted which makes it difficult for the water and nutrients to get in. By aerating your lawn, you add holes to the soil which allows for those critical nutrients to go deep into the soil and keeps your lawn healthy.

3. Rake the leaves. No one enjoys raking leaves, but the simple fact is that it’s important to remove fallen leaves from your grass, immediately. If the leaves become wet, they can turn into a dense mat which is impossible to break through. This can suffocate your lawn and cause fungus to grow and lead to disease,

4. Fertilize the grass. Your lawn has a long winter ahead so making sure it has the proper nutrients to survive is essential. One way to make sure your grass is equipped to survive the winter (and stay healthy) is to fertilize now. Talk with your local garden center to decide which fertilizer is best your grass, climate, and region.

Have some tips to add for preparing your lawn for the winter? Share them with us below in the comments.

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Buying A New Home vs An Old Home

Driving around Utah, there is a lot of building go on. Everywhere you turn it seems everyone is building a home, but is worth the cost? As you determine which is the best option for you, here are some of the pros and cons for buying an older home:new vs old

Benefits of Buying an Older Home Cons of Buying an Older Home
Larger yards, more room for kids to run around. More expensive, things get old and all apart, and there is always things to fix or upgrade.
More character, interesting architectural features. Smaller closets, storage space, and garages.
Established neighborhood, more people know each other. Required updates and remodels.

However, for some, owning a home with a larger yard and established neighborhood is not what they want. If you’re considering buying a newer home, here are some important factors to consider:

Benefits of Buying a Newer Home Cons of Buying a Newer Home
Modern conveniences, everything is newer. No uniqueness, tract homes tend to have identical floor plans which can pretty boring.
New construction, your items will last a longer. Immature vegetation, new homes aren’t established like an older homes.
Energy efficient, new appliances use less energy and makes your home more green. House settling, new homes haven’t had a chance to settle so you can expect cracks in the foundation, walls, and door frames.

In the end there is no wrong choice. The important thing is buy a home that fits your lifestyle, needs, and budget. Write down everything you want in your home, what you have to have, and what you can live without. The more you know about what you want going in, the better you’ll be able to decide if a older or newer home is the best option for you.

Have you bought an older or newer home? Would you do it again? What do you wish you’d known going in? Tell us about your experience below in the comments.

Best Ice cream shops in the area

IceCreamAs we move further in the hot summer months, many people are turning to their favorite cold treat, to help combat the heat and cool down. Ice cream is a wonderful, tasty treat and with so many ice cream shops out there, here are some of our top places:

  • YogoTogo. Located in Kaysville, YogoTogo is a great place to take the family for a night of great ice cream and laughs.
  • Nielsen’s Frozen Custard. There is nothing like a creamy treat of frozen custard on a hot day. Ready for a sweet treat? Make this your next stop.
  • Cold Stone Creamery. This is a fun place to go with the kids! Choose your tasty treats and watch them mix them into the ice cream of your choice.
  • Subzero. Unlike any place you’ve been to before, Subzero makes the ice cream right before your eyes!
  • Baskin Robbins. An oldie, but a goodie—Baskin Robbins has a lot of wonderful options to try.
  • Farr’s Fresh. A personal favorite, Farr’s fresh has the best frozen yogurt with the freshest toppings.
  • Not in the mood for ice cream, but still want a cold treat? Keva Juice has some great smoothies to try.

Do you have a favorite ice cream place you like to go with the family? Tell us about it below in the comments—we’re always on the hunt for new places to try.

Affordable Summer Fun That is Family-Friendly in Davis County

Family FunAffordable Summer Fun

Summer is here and soon school will be out. With the kids home, finding lots of activities to stay busy can be an expensive task. Here is a go-to list of what Davis County has to offer without breaking the bank.

Clearfield

Cool down with the Clearfield Aquatic Center. This fitness complex offers a refreshing break from the blazing heat. Although admission is not free, it is pretty reasonable. Admission for youth 17 and under is $3 while adults are only $5.50. With a large lap pool, kiddie waterpark and waterslide, the Clearfield Aquatic Center is a great stop for the whole family to enjoy.

Jesse D. Barlow Park provides 17 acres of free family fun. A mid-size pavilion accommodating up to 60 people is great spot to have a picnic.  The park also features multiple athletic fields for football and soccer. A baseball diamonds, basketball courts, playground equipment and restrooms. There is even a half mile walking/jogging path surrounding the park.

Layton

Ellison Park is another great summer hangout spot for the family. Besides being completely free, the park offers plenty of recreation opportunities. Basketball courts, baseball diamonds, football fields, a sand volleyball court, tennis courts, picnic pavilions, barbeque grills, a skate park, playground equipment and a splash pad fill this 44-acre park.

Plunge into Layton’s Surf N’ Swim year around. Enjoy this fun waterpark all summer long. During the cooler months, a unique bubble covers the wave and lap pools. Admission for children ages three and under is free while everyone else in the family pays $4.50 for an all-day pass.

Classic Fun Center offers affordable weekday specials. Monday is family night which includes admission for a family of five for $39.99. Admission includes unlimited skating, bouncing, mini golf, laser tag, one jumbo pizza and a soda pitcher. The fun center also offers $2 Tuesdays, Dollar Night on Thursdays and Super Saturdays.

Kaysville

Bring the whole family out for a fun filled day at Barnes Park. The park offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for the whole family. The park also provides two large and many small pavilions to accommodate gatherings of all sizes. The park also features two playgrounds, rest rooms, sand volleyball courts, softball fields, three multi-use fields, basketball courts and barbecue grills.

The Kaysville Theatre offers patrons a discounted movie screening experience. Admission is $2 for everyone two-years-old and up and $3 for Friday and Saturday evening showings after 6 p.m. The theater also provides affordable popcorn, soda and other concessions.

Boondocks Fun Center offers reasonable specials including Family Fun Mondays and $12 Tuesdays. Bring the whole family to enjoy bowling, laser tag, rollerball, arcade gaming, miniature golf, bumper boats, go-karts, batting cages, pizza and so much more!

 

Farmington

If you haven’t been over to check out the new Station Park, you really need too! They have so much more than just shopping. In the center, there is a playground and fountain for the kids to enjoy. The Cinemark movie theater hosts a Summer Movie Clubhouse that offers discounted movie screenings all summer long. For adults, they have various yoga classes and great dining options including The Habit.

South Park also known as the skate park, is a great place for the family to hang out during the summer. The park offers plenty of amenities including a pavilion that is large enough to accommodate 150 people. You will also find two ball fields, a large playing field, playground equipment, basketball courts, sand volleyball court, a small skate bowl and restrooms.

 

How You Can Give Back to Your Community

Are looking to make a difference in your community? There are some great non-profits to explore in Ogden and have volunteer opportunities worth checking out:

Giv Group. Giv works to create sustainable, lasting, and innovative structures that reside well in their place. For more information: contact them at info@givegroup.org or 801.917.GIV4 picket-fences-349713_640

McKay Dee Foundation. The foundation has worked on recent projects such as the Angel Watch Program, Cancer Survivor’s Day, NuHope Suicide Prevention Program, and many other hospital and community projects. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call 801.387.7175

GOAL Foundation. Their mission is to inspire the Greater Ogden Community and its visitors to “Get Out And Live!” through volunteering and spectating at events, programs, and activities. Learn more about how you can help: 801.399.1773

For a full list of non-profits looking for volunteers, check out Indie Ogden Utah. Do you have any foundations or causes that are close to your heart? Share them with us on Facebook.

How to Choose the Best Neighborhood

city-houses-village-2846A lot goes into buying a home and one of those things is choosing the right neighborhood. Before you start scrutinizing the neighborhood(s), you need to look at yourself first. Some things to ask yourself: do you have children or are you planning on having children? Do you want a historic area or a new development? Do you want a single-family home, townhouse, apartment or a co-op?

While you begin to profile your perfect neighborhood, make a list of “must-haves” and “would-like-to-haves.” Remember you are going to have to make compromises, but as you realize what is important to you, what your lifestyle needs are, you can move forward with your decision.

Narrow in on the area and choose the neighborhoods that best meet your needs and wants. If you are moving to a new city, you will want to do more research into which area is best. One way to start narrowing down your list, look at where your job is located. What kind of commute do you want to have?

As you tour the area’s you are interested pay attention to your senses. What do you hear, smell, see, taste? Do you like the sounds of the neighborhood? Can you see yourself living in the neighborhood? Is there any vandalism or abandoned buildings? What are the neighbor’s homes like?

Once you get clear on what you want, you will have a better chance on making the right choice that fits your needs and lifestyle.