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Winter Preparation Tips



Winter is  coming and will be here officially December 21, 2017 and before you know it, the winter storms will be in full force.  So, as we head into the winter months it is important to make sure to check items are in working order in and around your property.  Below are some key items we think you should make sure to check before the storms begin.


  1. Turn your sprinklers off
  2. Aerate lawn, re-seed lawn if needed
  3. Remove any attached hoses to prevent cracking
  4. Check gutters-if full contact your property management company
  5. Wrap exterior pipes to keep them from bursting
  6. Learn how to shut off water valves

   Interior of House

  1. Run your heater to ensure there are no issues.
  2. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  3. Change your Heating and Air Filter.
  4. Check weatherstripping around windows and doors.
  5. Make sure fans are switched to the reverse or clockwise position, which will blow warm air down to the floor for enhanced energy efficiency and comfort


Other winter preparedness tips

In addition to checking around your house, it is also a good time to check your car.  Maintenance in order to avoid accidents due to rain or snow may be needed and the following items will help  you stay safe due the storm if you need to drive.

  1. Make sure to check your brakes, transmission and tires
  2. Test that your battery and ignition system are in top condition and that battery terminals are clean
  3. Inspect radiator coolant and sturdiness of hoses and belts
  4. Check your anti-freeze and thermostat to avoid freezing
  5. Check your windshield wipers and deicing washer fluid
  6. Inspect your headlights, tail and brake lights, blinkers and emergency flasher make sure they are working correctly
  7. Check your exhaust system, heater and defroster
  8. Check fuel and air filters
  9. Make sure your oil and power steering fluids are full
  10. Properly lubricate door locks that may be prone to freezing



As Thanksgiving approaches we all have our traditional recipes, but why not try something different…..Below are few fun recipes that might be good alternatives to those who want to be a little more healthy this year or just want to try something new:

Cauliflower Stuffing


Cauliflower takes the place of bread in the low-carb stuffing of your dreams.
Total Time: Prep: Level: Easy, Serves: 6

  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped1 onion chopped4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped or thinly sliced
  • 1 small head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 c. chopped mushrooms
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh sage (or 1 tsp. ground sage)
  • 1/2 c. vegetable or chicken broth


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion, carrot, and celery and sauté until soft, 7 to 8 minutes.Add cauliflower and mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  2. Add parsley, rosemary, and sage and stir until combined, then pour over vegetable broth and cover with a lid. Cover until totally tender and liquid is absorbed, 15 minutes.
  3. Serve.

Green Beans with Parmesan-Garlic Breadcrumbs

Ingredients 6 servings

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    1. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add green beans, cover and steam until tender-crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
    2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, swirling often, until starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until the butter is nutty brown, about 30 seconds more. Stir in breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, until crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Toss the breadcrumbs with the green beans. Top with cheese.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

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Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it generously. Trim the bottom end of the Brussels sprouts, leaving the core intact, and pull off the outer dark leaves. Halve through the core. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook, uncovered, until tender, about 6 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. (This can be done a day ahead.)
Meanwhile, put the oil and bacon in a very large skillet or stewpot, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the Brussels sprouts and cook, stirring occasionally, until they brown and the edges get crisp, about 10 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, salt, pepper, and bacon. Serve warm.

Reduced-Sugar Caramel Cheesecake Bites


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Truvia® Cane Sugar Blend
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 (8 ounce) packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup light sour cream
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ bag (about 227g) caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine graham cracker crumbs, Truvia® Cane Sugar Blend, and melted butter in a medium bowl. Press crumb mixture firmly into a foiled 9″ x 13″ pan. Bake crust at 350°F for 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine softened cream cheese, Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend, and flour with a hand mixer. Next, add sour cream and vanilla extract and continue mixing. Finally, mix in eggs.
  3. Heat caramels and water in microwave for 30 seconds until melted. Pour about 34 of the caramel sauce into cheesecake batter and mix. Pour batter onto crust.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes.
  5. Cut cooled bars into 24 (approximately 2″ square) bites. Store refrigerated.
  6. Top bites with chopped walnuts and drizzle with remaining caramel sauce before serving.

Apple-Pecan Upside-Down Cake


  • 1/4 cup(s) butter 1/2 cup(s) fresh or frozen egg product, thawed
  •  cooking spray
  •  1 cup(s) flour, all-purpose
  •  2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  •  1 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1/2 cup(s) sugar, brown (packed)
  •  1/4 cup(s) sugar, granulated
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  1/2 cup(s) nuts, pecans, toasted
  • coarsely ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon peelfinely shredded
  • 3 cup(s) apple(s)sliced, such as Jonathan, Rome, or Golden Delicious
  • frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed(optional)


1. Let butter and eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil. Coat foil with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a small bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar, beating on medium speed until combined and scraping bowl as needed. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes more. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture; beat until combined. Stir in pecans and lemon peel.

3. Arrange the 3 cups apple slices in the prepared pan. Spread the pecan mixture over apples (the batter will be thick and may not cover apple slices).

4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

5. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Invert cake onto a platter. Carefully remove the foil. Serve warm.

6. To serve, cut the cake into squares. If desired, top each serving with cooked apple slices (see tip below) and/or dessert topping. Makes 12 servings.

Enjoy……… Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Cornette Property Management

****As a reminder our office will be closed Thursday November 23rd 2017 and Friday November 24th 2017, we will resume our normal office hours Monday November 27, 2017.****


Fall is in the Air…..

Fall time is here, there are so many great activities to do in the area especially within the month of October.


Some of our employees favorite fall things:

“I love fall drinks at Starbucks” April F. –

“I love pumpkin pie and all the seasonal food” Ericka H-

“I love to be able to wear my hoodies and boots” Erika P-

“I love sitting in front of the fire in the fall” Elena R.


Apple Hill


Whether you’re looking for freshly picked apples, pears, stone fruit, or other variety. There are plenty to choose from so get creative and try someplace new!


   Midtown Halloween festival and Pooch Parade

Pooches and people alike will gather Saturday, October the 28th from 1-3 p.m. at Marshall Park to celebrate the Midtown Halloween Festival and Pooch Parade. Our four-legged friends will strut their stuff and show off some creative costumes for a chance to win prizes!


Rickey Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Bring the family and enjoy a fun filled day at the Rickey Ranch Pumpkin Patch! See their farm animals, pony rides, tractor-pulled hayrides, homemade pies, local honey and perfect pumpkins for Halloween. Located on Cavitt Stallman Road in Granite Bay, Rickey Ranch Pumpkin Patch is operated by the Rickey Family whose farm was has been operating under the same traditions for six generations spanning over 150 years.

Rickey Ranch practices organic farming methods for everything they grow which includes pumpkins and gourds, fruit, bees, beef and 20 acres of vineyards. Rickey Ranch Pumpkin Patch is open every day from 10 a.m. to sundown from October 1 – 31. Admission and parking are free, hay rides are $3, horse rides are $5. Rickey Ranch Pumpkin Patch is a small family-owned ranch, so they do not have a website, but they’d be happy to answer you questions by phone at 916-599-2071.

The Cornival features all your favorite attractions including: Unlimited Hay Rides, Kiddie Hay Maze, Jumping Pillow, Pig Races, Chickensville, Baby Goats, The Pumpkin Princess Castle, Pumpkin Chunkin and Corn Maze.

* NOTE:  Not all attractions are open during the weekdays.  ​


Pool of Pumpkins

This one-of-a-kind annual event will be held from 1 to 4 pm on October 21 at the Wackford Aquatic Complex in Elk Grove.

Adventure Bay is transformed into a floating pumpkin patch, where attendees can jump in and pick a pumpkin, then decorate it at one of several decorating stations. Fun carnival games are available, too. The event is free for families to attend, pumpkins are $5. To learn more, visit the event website



Ghost Tour

The Sacramento History Museum and Old Sacramento Living History present the ever-popular Ghost Tours each October.

Come join the “ghosts” of early Sacramento on an eerie journey back in time! Beware of wayward miners, murder victims, and other colorful Gold Rush characters. Hear tantalizing tales of how folks lived – and died! – in our fair city.

Old Sacramento Ghost Tours depart from the Sacramento History Museum at 101 I Street in Old Sacramento. This mile long guided walking tour lasts approximately one hour. Each tour can accommodate up to 25 people.

Come dressed for the weather outside and wear comfortable walking shoes. Tours run rain or shine!


Dia de Los Muertos 

Celebrate the ancient traditions of el Dia de Los Muertos with Sol Collective and the Sacramento History Museum. Sol Collective hosts art workshops Saturday evenings in October, while the museum hosts the “Honoring Our Past” presentation Thursday, Oct. 19, and the Souls of the City Festival in Old Sacramento Saturday, Nov. 4.

Since dia-de-los-muertos-museum-exterior-2014-big2011, Sol Collective has worked to bring the ancient tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to the Sacramento community. Shrouded in mysticism for many Americans, Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition celebrating and honoring the lives of relatives and ancestors past. Sol Collective’s annual Souls of the City festival and cultural arts programming offer hands-on education about the deep-rooted history and traditions of Dia de los Muertos.

Workshop 3 – October 21 // 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. // Plaster Masks with Amar Azucena Cid
This workshop will teach the traditions of creating Dia De Los Muertos masks using plaster. These masks are traditionally used to hide one’s identity during Dia De Los Muertos ceremony. Participants will learn the techniques behind plaster mask making and decoration. This workshop is hands-on and communal. All participants will leave with a custom created plaster mask they have created.
Workshop 4 – October 21 // 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. // Sugar Skulls

Sugar skulls are a traditional offering used to celebrate the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos. Usually placed as decorations to recognize those who have passed away, the sugar skull represents a departed soul and can have the name written on the forehead to be placed at a home altar or gravestone to honor the loved ones no longer with us. In this workshop Sugar Skulls will be colorfully decorated with icing, tin foil, glitter and colorful sugars. Fun for the whole family! And If cared for and kept dry, they can last for years.

More information about Souls of City activities are available at


There are many other Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses throughout the area check your local parks and recreation web pages, city web pages for events throughout your region.


5 Fall Flowers you need to enjoy this Season…..

5 Fall Flowers You Need to Enjoy This Season

Learn how to plant and care for 5 popular autumn blooms to add seasonal color to your garden. For more Home advice, visit P&G everyday today!

Mention flowers and most people imagine springtime blooms. But fall is a wonderful time to plant and enjoy flowers, too. As summer coming to an end, we share our top picks for adding a pop of rich autumn color to your garden.

At garden centers you’ll find these perennials plants, nicknamed “mums,” in yellow, orange, white, shades of red and pink-purple. If you purchase potted mums, remove fading and spent flowers (also known as deadheading) to stimulate new growth and keep the plant compact and bushy.

Tip: When putting away fall décor, transplant mums to your garden or a bigger flowerpot. They’re hardy and will come back in the spring. Once established, they’re also somewhat drought tolerant.

These fall perennials are a great garden staple, especially for landscape borders. They’re popular for their beautiful, almost daisy-like shape and blue, pink, mauve or white colors.

New England asters – the variety you’ll find at most nurseries – feature masses of small pink or purplish flowers with yellow centers. Left unattended, they’ll grow anywhere from 2 to 6 feet tall and are better used as background plants. However, if you pinch them back midsummer before buds form, they’ll stay more compact.

Check your local garden center for compact and dwarf varieties, but keep in mind that they tend to attract fewer butterflies.

These elegant flowering vines are garden standouts. Some varieties produce flowers that measure 10 inches in diameter, while others feature masses of smaller – but still impressive – flowers. Colors range from white to pink to dark purple. They thrive best when the roots are shaded and the tops receive sun, plus they’re hardy and disease-resistant.

Plant new vines in the fall to give roots time to get established during the cold dormant months.

These flowers could win an award for most underrated performer – when everything else is going dormant, heleniums will bloom. Most grow best in rich soil and full sun with regular watering, but they’re surprisingly heat tolerant. Best of all, you can find them in ideal fall colors: burnt orange and coppery red. They make great cuttings for vases.

Browse catalogs or online nurseries if you can’t find heleniums locally.

This hardy plant is both drought and heat resistant. Some varieties, like Purple Emperor and Autumn Charm sedum, bloom in the fall in gorgeous scarlet, orange, pink or white hues. Sedum works well as a low-maintenance ground cover, and is also beautiful in container gardens.

Labor Day Weekend….



Our office will be closed Monday September 4, 2017 in observance of the Labor Day Weekend.


Along with Family and Friend BBQ’s there are many other things to do around our area, below are just a few fun activities for Labor Day Weekend:


Sacramento Gold Rush Days in Old Town Sacramento

Take a tour of what was, what has been and what always will be, as the Downtown Sacramento Partnership at Old Sacramento takes you back in time. Gold Rush Days is a collection of olde time musicians, street performers and celebrities celebrate Sacto’s rich (no pun intended) history. Included are a film festival and a convention all dedicated to the wild west. September 2nd through the 4th. (credit CBS13)


Chalk it Up Festival

Each Labor Day Weekend, Fremont Park in downtown Sacramento turns into an explosion of chalk art masterpieces, live music, public art, and community engagement. Since 1991, the Chalk It Up! Festival has turned into a hugely popular regional event that brings over 60,000 people to Fremont Park over the three-day weekend.


The Sacramento River Cats vs. El Paso

September 1-4, 2017

Root, root, root for the home team as the Sacramento River Cats face off against El Paso. Labor Day Weekend marks the last games of the season, so make sure to send our team off in style. There are four chances to catch a game over the weekend (Friday and Saturday at 7:05 pm, Sunday at 5:05 pm, or Monday at 1:05 pm), so buy some peanuts and cracker jacks and get ready for the show!




School’s in Session…Back to School tips.

Here are some great tips for Back to School……..


Here are their tips for getting the school year off to an A-plus start: (VIA website:

  • Offer kids a choice. “Anytime kids have a choice, it’s freeing,” said Lori Levin, an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction. “Providing choices, such as what to wear and whether to bring a lunch or eat in the school cafeteria, helps students feel a sense of ownership in the process of preparing for school.”
  • Make sure they’re rested. Kids in full-day kindergarten may be tired and fussy for the first few weeks. Put them to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until they get to the best bedtime, and use blackout shades if needed. Children in elementary school should sleep 10 to 11 hours a day.
  • Bank on breakfast. Prepare a healthy breakfast or provide high-protein granola bars to eat in the morning. “It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but they do need to have something in their tummies before they head off to school for hours of learning,” Levin said.
  • Focus on connection. “Studies show that the No. 1 thing that helps kids be resilient through middle school is knowing they have one adult in their life, whether it’s a parent, teacher, coach or clergy member, who they can rely on,” Levin said.
  • Share your own experiences. Talk to your kids about your own experiences in school — and listen to theirs. “Listening attentively and without judgment is so important,” Levin said.
  • Consider your own expectations. “Studies of feedback from high schoolers show they are under tremendous pressure, which they put on themselves and feel from parents to get good grades, be in a sport and get into a great college,” Levin said. “Having reasonable expectations is important. So many teens try to do it all and get overwhelmed. Having some down time without technology is really important.”

8 Essential Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Set up a bedtime and wake-up routine in advance. If possible, it’s best to establish bedtimes and wake-up times two weeks in advance of the start of school. By the time the first school bell rings, kids will already be on the right sleeping schedule and it will be one less worry for your family.

Get to know new teachers. There will be open houses, orientations, and other meet-and-greet options at the beginning of the school year, but none will give you the chance to spend some quality time getting to know your kids’ teachers. Try to find a few minutes before or after school to connect one-on-one with the teachers. At the very least, send an introductory email that includes how you can help during the school year, however big or small.Plan healthy lunches and snacks. The better you plan out the meals in your home, the healthier choices you will make for your kids. When you pack protein-rich snacks and lunches, balanced with fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome items, you ensure that your children will have the energy and brainpower to make it through their school days.

Organize clothing. Of course you will need to donate or otherwise get rid of the clothing that your kids have outgrown, but you should also take the time to carefully organize what is left. From there, decide what items you may need more of before school begins.

Set up a staging area. Find a central spot to store everything related to school, including backpacks, upcoming outfits, and a dry erase calendar with family schedules. Try to keep this area free of clutter and other non-school items so that you can find what you need, when you need it—and quickly. Have the kids help you stock it with school-related items and keep it clean and functional. Find some inspiration here.

Update medical records. Most schools will let you know if your shot records are out of date, but why not go beyond that? Make sure teachers and administrators have a complete list of any medical concerns regarding your kids, including allergies. You will also want to be sure that all emergency contacts are up to date.

Talk to your kids about bullying. Research shows that one in three kids experience bullying at some point in their school career—and in the increasingly digital world, the consequences can be extreme. Make sure your kids understand the right way to treat their peers, and when to speak up if they see someone else being bullied. Also make sure they know when to come to you if they feel they are being bullied.

Ask your kids about their concerns. The start of school is exciting, but can also bring some anxiety—especially when it comes to the unknown. Take a few minutes to ask your kids what they are most looking forward to during the school year, and what things may be worrying them. By giving them a forum to express their concerns, you can help them work through any worries in advance of school starting and clear up any issues that could lead to a bumpy start to the year.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Flower Bulbs

By Steve Asbell on 11 Feb 2016 via Zillow

Daydreaming about planting your summer garden? Selecting the right bulbs now is the first step.

With all the choices in catalogs and on websites, ordering bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers can seem a bit daunting. You have to pay attention to the planting time, height, bulb size, and bloom time, not to mention how they’ll be used in your garden. But don’t be discouraged. Use this short guide to simplify your shopping experience and maximize your yard’s potential.

When to order

Plant daylily bulbs now to see explosions of color in your garden this summer.

It’s winter and you’re itching to order those daffodils and crocuses. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you’ll have to wait until fall to plant those so they’ll receive the chilling hours they need and can become established over winter. You might get a fizzle of flowers if you plant them too late, but the plants will probably fizzle out, too.

Now is really the time to order summer-blooming bulbs like Agapanthus, gingers, caladiums, and daylilies. Because many summer-blooming bulbs hail from the subtropics and are tender to frosts and freezes, they will likely ship after the last-frost date.

Order and plant fall-blooming bulbs in late summer so they’ll emerge from summer dormancy and bloom in a few weeks. You can place your bulb order now, and they’ll usually ship as soon as it’s appropriate.

What to order

Consider these factors when choosing bulbs to order.

  • Timing. Rather than just ordering what looks good at the time, brainstorm for ways to get the biggest bang for your buck. Choose bulbs with different bloom times so you get a procession of color through the season, or even all year.
  • Height. Have you ever had to stand behind someone tall in a group photo? Well, that’s what happens if you inadvertently plant short blooms behind taller ones. Pay close attention to the heights of each bulb you order, and make a note of those heights when you plant.
  • Color. You don’t need a degree in color theory to design a coordinated flowerbed, but it helps to keep it simple. Work with your home or garden’s existing color scheme, or have a little fun by adding a new color to the mix. After all, even if the colors clash, the offending blooms won’t last long, and you can always plant them elsewhere later.
  • Drainage. Choose bulbs that are appropriate to your garden and your region. Most bulbs don’t like wet, poorly draining soil, but if you don’t have a free-draining spot, grow moisture-loving bulbs like Louisiana irises and Hedychium gingers.
  • Light. Most bulbs like plenty of sun, and they’re good for massed plantings in unmown fields or for naturalizing under deciduous trees where they still receive plenty of light from winter through blooming. Shade-loving bulbs such as toad lilies, squills, snowdrops and gingers are the perfect match for the space beneath shade trees where nothing else seems to grow.
  • Temperature. Since most spring-blooming bulbs require plenty of chilling hours, gardeners in Zones 8-11 should only grow bulbs that have either low-chill requirements or hail from subtropical or Mediterranean climates. Otherwise they can be a disappointing experience.
  • Type. Variety may be the spice of life, but avoid the mistake of ordering a “box of chocolates.” In other words, rather than picking one of each bulb, plant many bulbs of only a few types, and use them to create natural-looking drifts and clumps. Don’t line up a bunch of different bulbs like soldiers in your flower beds.
  • Size. Bulbs are graded by size. Large bulbs bloom best, so plant these where you need impact sooner as opposed to later. However, big bulbs are also pricy. Smaller bulbs are more economical, not only for their price, but because they multiply and become established over time. Plant small bulbs if you plan on naturalizing them or leaving them in the same place. Medium-sized bulbs offer the best of both worlds.

Where to shop

A box of diseased and dying bulbs can spell disaster, so it really pays to choose a reputable dealer. Brent and Becky’s, Plant Delights and Annie’s Annuals are only a few of the good vendors out there.

Pay close attention to customer reviews and ratings before making a purchase. If you’re buying bulbs in a store, avoid any dried out, mushy or damaged bulbs.

Inspecting your purchase

Inspect your bulbs as soon as they arrive, and plant as soon as it’s appropriate. Healthy bulbs should feel firm and heavy, and show no damage.

If you receive anything mushy, smelly, dried out or otherwise questionable, contact the vendor immediately and request replacements.

Get Ready to Grow: 6 Tips for Planning Your Spring Garden

By Steve Asbell on 27 Feb 2017 via Zillow

Keep that spring fever momentum all year long with these gardening tips.

Spring fever got you dreaming of lush gardens and sunshine? Despite what you might see on TV, beautiful landscapes don’t happen overnight. Weeds will invade your beds and need to be pulled. The mulch will break down and require replacing. And your attention span will no doubt move on to shinier things long enough for your garden to fall into disrepair.

Your spring fever may be temporary, but if you get to know your garden’s unique conditions and choose the right plants, you’ll ensure that both the garden — and your enthusiasm for it — will last for a lifetime.

Invest in your soil

To get the dirt on your dirt, perform a soil test with your local agricultural extension office. This will tell you everything you need to know about what will grow there and how to improve it.

In the meantime, amend your soil with as much organic matter as possible — either by starting a compost pile or by adding bags of composted manure. This will give it a better texture, a diverse population of beneficial organisms, and more fertility.

If your soil is poorly drained, either grow plants that tolerate wet feet, or install a dry creek bed or French drain to prevent standing water.

Ditch the trash trees

With any luck, the trees that you plant today will be there for a long, long time. Keeping that in mind, don’t grow things that you’ll regret one day — like a messy silver maple that drops seeds all over the lawn, or a cypress that will eventually dwarf your house.

When choosing a tree or shrub for your garden, consider the eventual size, form, and habit. Avoid planting anything that has weak limbs or is susceptible to pests and blights, because tree removal is a costly and unnecessary expense.

Understand your garden’s sunlight

Those little “full sun” and “part shade” icons are on the plant tag for a reason — too much sunlight will burn the foliage and compromise the plant’s health, while too little will make it lanky and weak.

Choose plants that thrive in your conditions. A spot that receives eight or more hours of direct sunlight is a perfect place to grow vegetables, fruit trees, and most flowers. Part to full shade is ideal for growing plants like perennials, ferns, and small trees that are naturally found in the forest’s understory.

If you have a shady yard but can’t live without roses and tomatoes, consider hiring a professional arborist to remove trees or large limbs to get more sunlight.

Purchase plants with confidence

If it seems like everything you grow dies sooner or later, stop buying unhealthy plants. Inspect the foliage at the garden center and slip the plant out of its pot to check for firm, white, and healthy roots. The best place to buy healthy plants is at a local garden center, but otherwise, purchase them shortly after they’ve arrived on a shipment.

If you can’t find the plant you’re looking for, order seeds, bulbs, and plants online from reputable sellers like Burpee Seeds and Plants, Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, and Plant Delights Nursery.

Plant for all four seasons

It’s tempting to do all your plant shopping in spring, but those pretty blooms will soon fade away. To avoid 11 months of boredom, choose a variety of plants that offer interest at different times of the year.

Grow summer-blooming plants like canna, coneflowers, and guara to keep the show going until fall, when colorful foliage and fall bloomers like mums and goldenrod take over.

For winter interest, look to trees with interesting branch patterns and bark, as well as unusual cultivars of evergreens — like heuchera and abelia — or even architectural, hardy palms and succulents.

Divide and conquer

Here’s a huge money-saving trick: Choose a perennial, bulb, or ornamental grass that can be propagated by division — one that you’d love to see growing all over your garden in a few years.

Plant several copies of that plant in your garden. After a couple of years, divide the plants by digging them up and slicing through the middle with a sharp spade. For best results, do this in spring when the weather is cool and the plant is actively growing.

Plant the divisions in the ground again, cover the space between the plants with mulch, and water them thoroughly to help them establish. Repeat these steps every two years, and you’ll have not only a ton of free plants, but also a garden that looks cohesive and established.

Spring is a season of boundless energy and renewal — make sure to channel that springtime energy while you have it and turn it into a garden you’ll enjoy all year long!

Spring Forward……8 things to do when it is Daylight Savings time.

Daylight Savings is on March 12, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. Be sure to set your clocks before you go to bed Saturday night. It is also a good time to do the following items:

  • Reverse the direction on your ceiling fan.  In the Spring, fan blades should rotate counter-clockwise to help cool down the rooms.  In the Fall, switch the direction to clockwise which helps pull down the warm air that gets trapped near the ceiling.  Both of these measures help save cost on heating and cooling.
  • Flip and rotate your mattress to help promote even wear and tear.  Unless you have a no flip mattress.  Then just rotate it.
  • Replace the filters in your heater and air conditioner. This should actually be done several times a year to ensure they run as efficiently as possible.
  • Go through your medicine cabinet and first aid kit, discard any expired or discolored products.  In addition dispose of any prescription medication that has expired or no longer needed.  You can search on for how to safely dispose of medications.
  • Go through your pantry and dispose of any expired or stale/opened foods.
  • Daylight Savings Time is also a good time to start rotating your wardrobe.  Wash your winter clothes and inspect them for damage and wear and tear.  If you have clothes you know longer wear put them aside either for a garage sale or donate them.  Finally, pack away clothes for winter and start washing and inspecting your Spring and Summer wardrobe.
  • Check Car Fluids, it is a good time to replenish fluids like window washer fluid, anti- freeze etc.
  • Set new 6 month goals.

Happy Spring!!!!


It seems as the rain just keeps coming. Below are some good tips and links to make it through the rest of the storm season.

Advice from our maintenance department  for our tenants:

  • Fences – If you notice that your fence is leaning, please prop it and call Cornette Maintenance at 916-597-2010 to advise of the situation.
  • Roof leaks – If a water bubble appears on your ceiling, gently poke it with a sharp knife.  Be sure to have a bucket handy to catch any leaking water.  After the water has stopped dripping, place the bucket under the drip to catch further potential water drainage and contact Cornette Maintenance..
  • Trees – If small branches snap off in the wind, cut them and put them in your green waste can.  If the branches are too big, please call Cornette Maintenance so a work order can be dispatched for you.

PLEASE BE PATIENT!  When heavy wind and rain is present, all vendors are restricted from being able to perform their normal requirements in a timely manner.  – Nancy Drikas | Maintenance Coordinator @ Cornette Property Management


If you are not one of our renters and the above items happen to you, be sure to contact your owner or your property management company.

Other Tips:

  • Stock up on non-perishable foods just in case the power goes out.
  • Make sure all flashlights are charged or have new batteries in them. (CANDLES ARE HAZARDOUS)
  • Make sure you have plenty of blankets.
  • Prepare a simple emergency kit: a flashlight, battery-operated clock, extra batteries, manual can opener, supply of bottled water.

If your house or yard is prone to flooding check out local sandbag locations :

Sacramento County:

Placer County:

Citrus Heights

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