242 E Chestnut Ct, Visalia, CA 93277

4 Bedroom, 2.5 bath custom built home on culdesac.
Pool had new gunite in 2012, has 4 spa jets along a swimout. Kitchen remodeled with GE Profile Stainless Appliances and new tile/backsplash and pendant lighting. Carpet replaced (2012) in bedrooms, tile throughout balance of home. Instant hot water in Kitchen and Laundry sinks. Open Beam vaulted ceilings in family room with oak built in and fireplace. Formal living and dining rooms at front of house. Owner's suite has spacious owner's bath with seperate tub and shower, mirrored walk-in closet and two vanity areas. Cebtrak vac. Large covered patio with access to nook, full bath and owner's suite. Fruit trees on East side of home. Cozy gazebo beyond pool. Breaker Box is newer and newer roof. Partial newer fencing. Excellant community near Blain Park and NO FLOOD INSURANCE needed. Established landscaping and surrounding areas.

Simple ways to save water, money and your landscaping this summer

(BPT) - With many states facing drought this summer, homeowners across the country will be looking for ways to save their landscaping while conserving water at the same time. Even if you're not in a drought-affected area, it pays to keep conservation in mind when it comes to watering outdoors. Using less water is good for the environment and your wallet.

Fortunately, maximizing the efficiency of your watering efforts and taking steps to conserve water outdoors can help trim your water bill this summer, even if you live in a severe drought area, such as in the western regions of the country. Here are simple ways to conserve water, save money and preserve your garden, lawn and landscaping this season:

Efficient, effective irrigation

Traditional watering methods for lawns, gardens and flower beds waste a lot of water through run-off, over-saturation and evaporation. Rather than spraying water over plants, use a method that delivers the right amount of water where it will do the most good - the roots of plants.

Drip irrigation systems, like those offered by Mister Landscaper, can help you water more effectively. These systems deliver water as close as possible to plant roots, allowing you to achieve better results with less water used. You'll also lose less water to run-off and evaporation. Place the system on a timer, and you can also ensure you're watering at optimum times of the day to reduce evaporation and waste. A starter kit with 50 linear feet of tubing - ample enough to handle most gardens and planting beds - costs less than $1 per foot. Visit www.misterlandscaper.com to learn more.

Water lawns, gardens and flower beds either early in the morning or as evening approaches to ensure you don't lose moisture to the hot sun. And if a day is windy, hold off watering lawns altogether as the breeze could leave you watering the sidewalk or driveway, rather than your grass.

Reuse, recycle and preserve

Even during a drought, some rain and condensation will occur. Take steps to capture natural moisture. A rain barrel situated beneath a downspout ensures you can catch run-off from your home's roof. While using barrel water may not be practical with most irrigation systems, it's a great option for watering container gardens or even indoor plants. You can also use household water, such as water left over from boiling vegetables or pasta, to water potted plants. Just be sure to let the water cool completely before using it.

You can help plants retain more moisture by placing organic mulch around the roots. The mulch will also help keep down weeds that would compete with plants for much-needed moisture. Depending on where you live and the type of mulch you choose, you can buy a bag of mulch for just a few dollars.

Finally, adjusting the type and location of plants is a great way to grow a drought-resistant garden or landscaping bed. Check with your local agricultural extension or search online for naturally drought-resistant species that do well in your area. By planting these hardier varieties, you can help keep your environment green and growing through a long, dry summer - and avoid the money drain of high water bills.

Cute Tulare home with lots of potential

This home is a traditional sale in Tulare.
184  W Lois Ave,  Tulare, listed at $132,500.

The kitchen was updated some years ago and includes refrigerator, newer carpeting. Formal Dining room open to living room with fireplace wrapped with bookcases.

Enjoy 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in 1,670 square feet of living space.

Exposed hardwood floors in first bedroom which has double doors to 2nd bedroom. Carport with storage area/shop at rear (with non-functional shower)-also cooling.

Alley access with double gate to back yard. Have a termite clearance in file.

Call Darlene Loose today! (559) 625-9364