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Fall Lawn Care

by The Rullo Team

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather and have a great looking yard in the spring! 

Below are a couple of things you can do now before the snow flies.

 

 LAWN CARE:

Contrary to popular opinion, fall is the best time of the year for lawn care. Fertilization, weed and thatch control, establishment of new lawns, and renovation of poor quality lawns should be done over the next few weeks.  Now is the time to prepare so that you start next spring with a healthy lawn. 

  • Keep mowing until your lawn stops growing.  Don’t mow too short, if anything, leave it a little bit long.
  • Don’t starve your lawn. If you live in the northern U.S., fertilize one more time around Thanksgiving.
  • Kill broadleaf weeds like dandelions and ground ivy. Time your herbicide application around the first time there is frost in your area or when the temperature dips to at least 40°F overnight.

 

SPRING FLOWERING BULBS:

“When fall is in the air, it’s time to put spring in the ground”.  Autumn is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs.  Bulb experts usually recommend planting bulbs when the nighttime temps drop into the low 50’s or 40’s for two weeks, although you can even plant in December as long as you can still dig

 

  • Choose a spot where the soil drains well. 
  • Spring-flowering bulbs like sun, but you can plant them under trees that will still be bare when the flowers bloom. 
  • The rule of thumb is the planting hole should be about 3 times the length of the bulb; dig individual holes or a wider hole that can hold a number of bulbs. 
  • Plant them pointy side up

Sure, it is delayed gratification, but the appearance of flowers and a beautiful lawn at the end of a bleak winter will be worth the wait.

 

  If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in our area please contact a real estate professional with The Rullo Team.

Leaves Are Falling!

by The Rullo Team

                         

2015 Tri-Cities Leaf Collection Schedule   

 

Be sure to check the 2015 Leaf Collection Maps and Schedules for boundaries, schedules and availability.


 

St. Charles

Leaves must be on the parkway by 6:30 a.m. on your area’s designated day even though it may take several days to pick up the piles in your specific area.

This program is funded by a portion of the fee collected on the utility bills of eligible homeowners. Check your utility bill or call Utility Billing at 630-377-4426 with questions about your eligibility for this program.

 http://www.stcharlesil.gov/services/leaf

 

 

Geneva

 Residents must place their leaves on the parkway no later than 7:00 A.M. of the day of your scheduled

pickup period. If leaves are placed on the parkway after the collection crews have gone by, they will not

return until the next scheduled pickup date.

Each year, the order in which the zones are collected is alternated to provide equal service to all residents. Collection this year will require approximately 2-3 work days to complete each zone

 http://www.geneva.il.us/DocumentCenter/View/1063


 

 

Batavia

 Residents are asked to rake leaves to the space in the parkway no farther than 6’ behind curb and not in street by 6 a.m. on the Monday of your scheduled week.

Leaves will be collected in designated areas, rain or shine.  Crews will not return to an area once they have made one pass during the scheduled weeks. 

 http://www.cityofbatavia.net/581/Leaf-Collection

National Chocolate Day

by The Rullo Team

 

 

 

National Chocolate Day is observed annually on October 28

 

While there are many specific chocolate related holidays throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates all things chocolate.  As America’s favorite flavor, chocolate is well deserving of it’s own day of honor and celebration

 Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree.  Cacao is grown in Mexico, Central America and Northern South America.  The earliest known documentation of using cacao seeds is from around 1100 BC.  The cacao tree seeds have a very intense, bitter taste that must be fermented to develop the flavor.

 Once the seeds have been fermented, the beans are dried, cleaned and roasted.  After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs.  The cacao nibs are then ground into cocoa mass, which is pure chocolate in rough form.   The cocoa mass is usually liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients. At this point of the process it is called chocolate liquor.  The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

◦Unsweetened baking chocolate –  cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.

◦Sweet chocolate –  cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat and sugar.

◦Milk chocolate – sweet chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk.

◦White chocolate – cocoa butter, sugar and milk but no cocoa solids.


NOTE: Research has found that chocolate, when eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate! Go out to your favorite local restaurant and indulge in a delicious chocolate dessert...

Grahams Chocolate: http://www.grahamschocolate.com/

Grahams 318 Coffee house: http://www.318coffeehouse.com/

All Chocolate Kitchen: http://www.allchocolatekitchen.com/

Kilwans: https://www.kilwins.com/geneva

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: http://stores.rmcf.com/IL/Geneva50776/


...Or try one of these recipes at home:

Chocolate Lasagna
Fudge
No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

Another Geneva Commuter Parking Lot

by The Rullo Team

New Fourth Street Commuter Parking Lot Coming This Fall!

A minimum of 70 new commuter parking spaces will be coming to downtown Geneva this fall. Trees and brush have been removed from the future parking lot at Fourth Street and Crescent Place. Construction is set to begin in October and is expected to be completed by mid­-November, weather dependent. The parking lot will be designated for commuter permit parking during the day but will be open for free public parking during the evenings and weekends. The project has been a high priority in the City's Capital Improvement Program. The parking lot and expansion of the Third Street Commuter Parking Deck were needed to accommodate parking that will be lost as part of Union Pacific's future plans to add a third rail line, which will remove 145 existing surface parking spaces. For more information about the Fourth Street parking lot construction, call Assistant Public Works Director Brian Schiber at 630-­232­-1501 or send him an email [email protected]

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.


Trick or Treating Times

by The Rullo Team

 

It's that time of year again, when little goblins and ghosts will be going door to door trick-or-treating. Children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between their City’s recommended Halloween hours:

  • St Charles recommends that you limit trick-or-treating to 3 to 7 pm on October 31
  • Geneva children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between the City’s recommended Halloween hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 31. **Families also are invited to two additional candy collection opportunities in Geneva. Participating downtown businesses will be offering free Halloween treats to children from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 29, and Geneva Commons will host trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 25.
  • Batavia’s suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31

To assure that all little superheroes, princesses and scary monsters

have a fun and safe Halloween experience this year, parents should take an active role in this process

by making sure their families follow these safety tips:

 

Young children should be accompanied by their parents or another responsible adult.

 If there is a chance children will be out after dark, at least one member of each group should carry a flashlight.

Teach and stress to children to watch for traffic. Walk only on sidewalks and cross the streets at intersections.
 
Bicycles and skateboards should be left at home.

Use stick-on reflective material generously.

Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.

Do not trick-or-treat at a house if there is no light on.

Ensure costumes fit and are worn in a manner that prevents tripping.

If children wear masks, make sure they can see clearly and their visibility is not obstructed.

Stay within familiar neighborhoods.
Carrying hard props such as swords and daggers should be substituted with soft foam rubber materials.

 

 

For more tips and guidelines on Halloween safety, please visit:

 http://www.halloween-safety.com/


Daylight Savingstime

by The Rullo Team

Spring Ahead ~ Fall Back

 

On Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2:00 a.m., set your clocks back one hour … or you could just turn your clocks back before you go to sleep in order to save yourself the hassle. Don’t worry about your cell phones because they reset themselves. If you’re out still partying for Halloween, many bars and restaurants are staying open that extra hour, which means another hour of fun, but you’ll have to check with your local establishments! 

 

 

 

This is also the perfect time to remember to change the batteries in you smoke and CO detectors!

 

 

 


Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight.

 The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks). 

During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.

 

 


Stalker-ish Sellers – I know you think you’re being helpful, walking the buyer through the home and pointing out the wagon-wheel light fixture you made with your own hands…   You need to leave the house when people come to see it!

Shabby, dirty, crowded and/or smelly houses – You already know this one… Do not show it if it is not clean! 

Irrational Seller Expectations – Buyers may not even bother looking at a house that is priced sky-high… Listen to your agent’s evaluation and recommendation on what your home should be listed at and don’t take it personally if you think it’s low.

Feeling Misled – You will never trick someone into buying your home… Buyers rely on sellers to be upfront and honest!

New, Ugly Improvements – Many a buyer has walked into a house that has clearly been remodeled and upgraded in anticipation of the sale, only to have their heart sink with the further realization that the brand-spanking-new kitchen features a countertop made, not of Carerra marble, but brand-new, pink tiles with a kitty cat in the middle of each one… Check with your agent before you make an investment in a pre-sale remodel!

Crazy Listing Photos – At Trulia, they’ve seen listing photos that have dumpsters parked in front of the house… Check your home’s listing and make sure the pictures represent your home well!

 Visit: Tara-Nicholle Nelson, Trulia.com blogger, for more details. If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at www.therulloteam.com.

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