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  • Water is the planets most precious resource. Having access to a clean water is really a privilege for most of us, unfortunately, many people still take this for granted. Cutting down on consumption whenever possible is something that everyone can do to live a little greener. Starting with our own little home garden you could save tons of water. Here are some tips to get you started:

    Water Pots in the Afternoon and Your Garden in the morning Scheduled watering of plans have significant effect on plant growth. According to the University of Illinois Extension,the optimal watering time for therestof the garden, is early morning before the temperatures begin to rise, winds are lower and there is less evaporation.Morning watering gives the plants a good supply of water to face the heat of the day.

    While wateringcontainer plants or in potsin the afternoon may lead to healthier, stronger growing plants compared to container plants watered early in the morning. This is because pots have low moisture retention properties, meaning pot plants dry out more quickly if watered in the morning. So water pots in the afternoon and the rest of the garden in the morning.

    Avoid evening watering as night-time temperatures are often inadequate to dry moisture on the leaves which can encourage fungal to grow on plants.

    Conserve water by Save and Reuse Install a water tank. This will be a rainwater container and roof runoff which can be used for your garden. Aside from that you can reuse water from kitchen. Those water you use to boil or steam vegetables can be later used instead of being tip down the sink. Same with fish tank water.

    Choose your Plant Container Think about your pot location before making a final decision, this is because different materials heat up quickly or lose moisture due to porosity. Metal container heats up quickly and it will draw moisture out of the soil, same with clay pots which loses moisture because of their porous surface. So you might consider using this type of containers as an outer decorative pots and put a smaller porous pot inside to retain vital moisture.

    Use Mulch! Up to 70% of water can evaporate from the soil on a hot day if you dont have mulch as a protective layer on top. Mulch is one of the best moisture holding strategies you can employ. It prevents evaporation from the soil surface, helps suppress water-thieving weeds from growing and many mulches add vital nutrients to the soil at the same time.

    And Lastly Reduce the Impact of Water Guzzling Plants Species with low water needs will save you time and money in the garden. These include:

    established or slow growing plantssmall plantsvarieties with small or narrow leavesgrey or silver foliage orleathery, hairy, curled or fuzzy leaves that typically require less moisture

    Growing a majority of thirsty plants that suck up moisture can steal your time and money! These include:

    those with high fertiliser needsspecies with large leavesnewly planted vegetation orfast growing species

    By utilizing and applying this steps will not only improve water efficiency on your home garden but it can help preserve the water supply for future generations.

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  • Are you thinking about buying your first home? Buying a home can be an exciting prospect but can be difficult if you arent adequately prepared. Well dont worry, Sold by Lani Real Estate Team of San Diego is here to provide you with the information and resources necessary to achieve the goal of homeownership.

    There are some things to consider and actions to take before walking the path to homeownership. You might be asking yourself if buying a home is the best decision for you. Are you financially prepared for getting a home? Do you understand the home buying process? These are the things you need to know and things you need to address in order to get your life in financial order and start living in that perfect house.

    This past Saturday on May 31st, 2014, Lani Sylvas a San Diego Real Estate Agent of The Sold by Lani Real Estate Team was a guest speaker for NAREB at The right path of homeownership seminar for buyers. The buyers that attended this seminar walked away with: The Top Ten Buyer Questions answered, The Home Buying Process, Understanding Credit, Short Sales, Bank Owned Property, HUD Homes and much more. There was also an open house from 1:00pm to 3:00pm where buyers were able to tour homes and get a feel for what it was like to view properties. Buyers walked away with a wealth of information that was valuable.

    Do you want to see more events like this? Get in contact with us today. The Sold By Lani Real Estate Team works in San Diego County and can assist you today. We are your path to San Diego Homeownership.

    Be sure to visit market Creeks Event & Venues | 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114 to find out when the next event is. The Sold By Lani Real Estate Team can be reached at soldbylani.com or call us toll free today at 888-681-8322.

  • Afree classforRealtorson sellingHUD Homeswill be hosted by thePacific Southwest Association of REALTORS (PSAR)a trade group for San Diego area Realtors onThursday, February 27th, 2014, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. The class is offered by the Local Listing Broker Lani Sylvas with Coldwell Banker Westand will take place at the PSAR East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon, California.

    Conducting the class will be myself Lani Sylvasof Coldwell Banker West. I will not only talk about theHUDprocess but will also go over the new changes and updates of 2014 as well as the HUD Home selling process.

    Information about the following will be discussed during the class:

    - Changes to selling HUD Homes in 2014

    - Writing aHUD sales contract

    -Bidding strategies

    - Marketing ideas

    - Financing programs

    - Escrow changes

    - Buyer select program

    February 26, 2014

    AHUD Homeis a residential property acquired by HUD as a result of foreclosure action on anFHA-insured mortgage. HUD also known as the Department of Housing and Urban and Development becomes the property owner and offers it for sale to recover the loss on the foreclosure claim.

    To purchase aHUD property, you can finance it or pay with cash. HUD does not finance homes.

    There are also special programs available for HUD property purchases. These are open to different sectors firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians, teachers, non-profit organizations and local government. Find out if San Diego has properties available.

    All these and more will be discussed elaborately during the class. This course will get you brushed up on the details you need to know aboutHUDproperties and keep you on track about whats new and whats changed. So mark the date and well see you there!

    For more information regarding HUD properties visit soldbylani.com or call 888-681-8325 today.