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  • Several Parade of Homes Awards
  • Builder of the Year by the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Des Moines Winner 2 Times
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Reserve At Jester Park

The Reserve At Jester Park

We’re excited to share our newest development, The Reserve at Jester Park, located in Granger.

Set along government-protected forest on the West side of Saylorville lake. The Reserve at Jester Park is a quiet and peaceful community with easy access to Highway 141. Enjoy an array of outdoor activities from Saylorville Lake, Big Creek State Park, Jester Park Equestrian Center, and three different golf courses, only minutes from your home. Homes in this Johnston school district will range from $400,000 to over $1,000,000 with many lots backing to heavily wooded land.


Highlights At A Glance

  • 27 minutes to downtown Des Moines
  • Less than a half mile to Saylorville Lake
  • 7 minutes to Fareway Grocery store
  • Directly across the street from Jester Park Equestrian Center
  • Less than 5 miles to three golf courses

The first plat view here has six lots, and should be ready for building this fall. Let us help you build the home of your dreams whether that be a custom house or one of our many award winning floor plans. Don’t miss your opportunity to own some of Polk County’s best residential land, reserve your lot today!

Fall Lawn-Care Tips

Take advantage of autumns nice weather by getting out of the house and prepping your lawn and landscaping for the long winter months ahead. Follow our tips to get your yard ready.

Adjust Your Mower Height

If you raised your mower during summer months to reduce heat stress on your lawn, now is the time to lower it about 2 inches tall for most types of grass. By cutting it a little shorter you are preventing the grass from matting down under leaves and snow. Avoid trimming it any shorter as weeds tend to sprout up due to fewer roots.

Water if Necessary

If dry weather continues into Autumn, water 1-2 times a week long enough to soak a few inches deep. Early morning is the ideal time to water.

Remove Excess Thatch

Thatch is dead grass that gathers and settles just above the soil. A little bit is beneficial, but too much can keep moisture and air from your grass. You’ll need a convex rake and some energy to comb through your lawn to lift up the thatch. Mow a little shorter before dethatching to achieve better results. Doing this after a light rain will also help.

Aerate

Another way to remove thatch is to aerate. An aerator pulls plugs out of your soil to help to loosen compacted soil, reduce thatch and improve drainage.

Overseed/Reseed

Most types of grass in Iowa grow best when it’s under 75 degrees Fahrenheit, making Autumn a great time to overseed. Overseed at least a few weeks before the first frost so your grass has a chance to grow.

Fertilize

Cool-season grasses respond best to fertilizer in the fall and also helps them green up earlier in the spring. Fertilizing in early September and again in late fall is ideal.

Kill Perennial Weeds

Fall is also the best time to go after perennial weeds as they are more susceptible to attack in the cooler months.

Prune Your Perennials

Not all perennials need to be cut back now, some can wait to be cut back in early spring. Ornamental grasses not only offer visual interest to a bleak winter landscape, but also offer food and protection for birds and other animals. While there is no rule as to what to cut back, an easy way to decide is to determine if the plant has tough leaf stalks. If not then it’s best to cut them sooner rather than wait until spring when they’ve become a fallen, sodden clump.

Remove Leaves

Be sure to rake or mulch leaves with a mower before they mat down your grass. Mulching works well to shred leaves and return them to the soil by acting as a top dressing to improve growing conditions.

Winterize Irrigation Lines

Make sure to schedule your appointment to get your lines emptied before freezing weather arrives.

Bill Kimberley was recently on Welcome Home Des Moines’ radio show with Sherry Failor to discuss the homebuilding and developing industry, interest rates, and building trends. Listen to hear Bill’s professional take on all these topics.

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Please be aware newer homes in high-humidity areas are especially susceptible to excess interior moisture. Because they’re so tightly built, air leaks are rare; however, that efficiency can cause humidity buildup.


How to check your household humidity

A simple instrument called a hygrometer measures the amount of water in the air in terms of relative humidity. Choose from mechanical hygrometers ($5-$35) or electronic types ($8-$25). Locate your hydrometer in a living area away from the moisture produced by the kitchen or a bathroom.

For maximum heating effectiveness and comfort, humidity levels should be between 25% and 50%. Anything under 20% or over 55% will be uncomfortable and potentially damaging to your home.

Signs of high humidity in your house:

  • >Condensation on the inside of windows
  • Mold on walls and ceilings
  • Insect infestations
  • Musty smells
  • Allergic reactions
  • Clammy feeling

Dealing with too much humidity

Part of living in the Midwest is dealing with humid summers. Running your AC can help keep humidity under control by removing excess water as it cools the air. However, homes with basements may encounter high humidity problems year-around. To reduce high levels:

  • Run AC
  • Be mindful of indoor vs. outdoor temperatures
  • Use bathroom and kitchen ventilation
  • Buy a portable dehumidifier. Cost: $150 – $350.
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Kimberley attention to detail, quality of materials & construction, and responsiveness to customer concerns is excellent

Building with Kimberley Development was a great experience from start to finish. We had an outstanding building supervisor (Dave Schlachter) who worked with us every step of the way. The Kimberley attention to detail, quality of materials & construction, and responsiveness to customer concerns is excellent. We recently moved into our villa and couldn’t be happier with it. We definitely recommend Kimberley Development for a great building experience!

Conrad Jungmann | Waukee

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