Mosquitoes, the Plants that Repel Them and the Annual Lavender Festival

Image result for lavender plantsWarm weather invites those nasty little mosquitoes we all hate. They are attracted by the compounds emitted from sweat and the carbon dioxide discharged from our breath. Mosquitoes are also attracted to warm bodies. If you are considering planting a flower garden or using potted plants around your yard this summer, consider these plants that are touted as natural mosquito repellents.

Lavender – Insects, rabbits and other animals won’t go near a lavender plant. Red Rock Farms has an annual two-week end lavender festival. The 2019 festival is Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23 and Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30. Make plans to attend and buy lavender plants that you know will thrive in the Village climate.

Citronella – Yes, the candle is actually based on a plant. Citronella is a perennial clumping grass that emits a strong odor. The aroma masks other scents and keeps mosquitoes from being attracted to other things located around it.

MarigoldsA bright, hardy annual plant, marigolds are a great choice for repelling mosquitoes. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents, and they have a unique aroma which bugs find repulsive. Grow them in pots and place them near your patio or entrance to your home to keep bugs out.

Catnip – In a 2010 study, researchers found that catnip is ten times more effective than DEET, the ingredient commonly found in bug repellents. Catnip can be found almost anywhere. It is a member of the mint family and almost impossible to kill. This amazing mosquito repellant should be planted in pots. Otherwise, it will invade the rest of your garden and take over. If you have cats in the house, they will surely be happy to have it around. Keep plants full by pinching the growing stems and flower buds when they appear.

Basil – Basil is an herb that can also double as a pest repellent. The pungent smell the basil leaves give off are what keep pests at bay. All kinds of basil work to keep flies and mosquitoes at bay, so explore and find the right types of basil to mix into your garden to double as a friend for cooking. This herb likes to be kept damp, needs good drainage, and enjoys lots of sun. You can plant basil in containers or in the garden, alone or with other flowers, as long as both plants meet the same requirements.

Rosemary –Another great mosquito repellant is rosemary. It is an herb that many of us are very familiar with and its woody scent is exactly what keeps mosquitoes as well as cabbage moths and carrot flies away. Rosemary attracts butterflies. The plants do best in hot, dry climates and thrive in containers, so would need to be planted annually in the Village. While the pests stay away you can enjoy the herb’s scent and also use it to season your cooking.

Geraniums – Scented geraniums seem to be a popular mosquito repelling plant. The favored scent seems to be lemon, which is reminiscent of citronella. They are beautiful blooms with a strong fragrance that keep several types of pests away. These fast-growing plants like warm, sunny, and dry climates, but in the Village, they can be grown in planters with constant pruning. When planted in a hanging container, the colorful blooms will cascade over the side of the pot, providing a beautiful visual piece as well as a very useful bug repellent.

Breaking the leaves of any of these plants and rubbing their oils directly onto your skin can amplify their positive effects on beating mosquitoes. You will smell great and your cat will love you if you use the catnip.

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Where’s My Package?!

Image result for cartoon image of someone tearing hair outVillage resident’s packages are frequently left at the sales office. This happens because the recipient put the clubhouse address on the package. FedEx and UPS do not deliver to the Clubhouse. In addition, both FedEx and UPS frequently hand packages off to the United States Postal Service.

In order to avoid delays in receiving packages from FedEx and UPS, please use your physical address for those deliveries.  In the event that UPS or FedEx passes your package to the United States Postal Service for delivery, it will be left in one of the package boxes that are located with the mail boxes outside the clubhouse. If the package is to large for the package box, you might be required to go to the post office to pick it up.

The sales office is not manned 24/7 so your package could easily disappear. In addition, the sales team doesn’t always know how to find a resident. Your cooperation in using your physical address when the shipper will be FedEx or UPS is greatly appreciated. It will save you heartburn, angst and hours of trying to find where that package landed.

Open Doors

Image result for cartoon woman on chair with mouse on floorPeople who use the laundry room at the clubhouse enjoy propping the door open for a little fresh air. That’s all well and good. However, open doors allow critters to enter and stay until someone notices them. Among the reported visitors are snakes, lizards, squirrels and mice.

Before someone finds a resident standing on a chair, screaming uncontrollably and dialing 911, we ask that you not leave the door propped open. If you are reading a book, checking your email, playing a game, removing laundry from a machine or are otherwise distracted, you won’t notice what is sneaking past you to make a new home in the laundry room.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Winter Storm Warning

Image result for winter storm cartoon imagesWe are expecting a major winter storm to hit our area on Thursday and Friday.  Predicted snow levels are expected to be heavy: 20-26 inches for Show Low.  We want everyone to be prepared!

 Please stock up on essentials like:

–  Perishable Groceries – Milk, eggs, fruit, vegetables and bread

–  Medicine – Prescription and over the counter

–  Wood, canned heat or STERNO as a source of alternative heat

–  A snow shovel or rock salt

–  Flashlights, candles and extra batteries

–  Also, fill your cars with gas

 Please be aware that there could be power outages and it could also be a few days of limited travel due to road conditions.  Please stay indoors if at all possible and stay safe.

2018 Developer Sales

Image result for sales imagesThe number of lots sold by the developer in 2018 was sixteen lots and one park model. Below is a recap of lot and park model sales for the last few years.

2015 – 19 lots

2016 – 12 lots and 4 park models

2017 – 26 lots

There are 29 lots still owned by the developer. Five are either in escrow or are committed when available. The developer is actively marketing twenty-four lots. These are located as follows:

 

Unit 3 Phase 1 – 14 lots

Unit 3 Phase 2 – 10 lots

Clearly, the end is in sight. With your help, it is possible to sell twenty-four lots in 2019. As you know, when all lots are sold, control of the Association will be transferred to the Members. More information on this can be found in a previous post by clicking here.

You can aid with sales by letting your friends and neighbors know how much you enjoy spending the hot summers in the Village. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Snow Plow Woes

Image result for snow plow cartoon imagesCourtesy of Catherine Cribbs – HOAMCO

With the onset of winter in the White Mountains comes snowfall and the challenges of keeping streets clear and safely passable.

When snow is removed from the road, the snow plow operator has to pile it as far off the shoulder as possible to protect the road surface and make room for traffic and more snow.  The amount of snow fall determines how much to the side of the road the snow can be placed. The plowing operation creates a “snow berm.”  Widening roads too much causes a massive snow berm that can cause damage to the road and to vehicles. It is impossible to plow and not leave a berm.  Please do not shovel the snow back onto the street.

Heavy snowfall disrupts daily living.  Dealing with it can be frustrating for everyone.  The snowplow crew will do their best to minimize any inconvenience and, if necessary, plowing crews will work around the clock.  What you can do to help:

  • Do not park your motor vehicles on the roadway.
  • For your safety, keep driving to a minimum during a snowstorm unless necessary.
  • It is recommended to not shovel snow from your driveway street edge until the street has been completely plowed back to the edge of the road to save you from shoveling the driveway edge twice.

When a snowplow is working in the community it has the right of way.  Please use caution. We appreciate your understanding and support.