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Top Tips on Autumn and Winter Gardening

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When it comes to gardening, we tend to think of Summer as the prime time of year for our gardens to bloom. However, unfortunately for us and our gardens, we do not live in an endless Summer. However, the good news is, in the same way that we’re perfectly susceptible to the Winter months just by changing a few things about our lifestyle – if we manage our gardens accordingly, so are they! If your garden thrived all Summer long, and you’re wondering how to maintain that throughout the coming months, here are some top tips on Autumn and Winter gardening.

Dig Up Any Annual Flowers

Whether you’ve got some selling your house savings left over and are wanting to invest in your outdoor space, or you just simply enjoy spending time out in the fresh air, it never hurts to take care of your garden.

A good place to start is by getting rid of and digging up any Summer flowers you might have in your garden, and replace them with annual flowers for this time of year. 

People can feel reluctant to dig up the plants and flowers that they’re worked hard to grow and that have looked wonderful all Summer long, but leaving them there would actually be counter-productive. Not uprooting them for the colder months is likely to cause not only their deaths, but could negatively impact your soil too. The dead plants and roots can spread unhealthy disease when left in soil, so it’s best to get rid of them. Plus, if you’re replacing them with plants that thrive in the coming months, your garden is of course going to be more aesthetic. Win-win.

Fertilise Your Lawn

You know in those Winter months when it’s cold, and your skin and lips get dry? What do you? Our bet would be that you take extra care to put on moisturiser and lip salve on them every day. Well, it’s highly recommended that you do the same when it comes to your lawn.

It might sound silly, but it’s true. If you don’t “moisturise” (fertilise) your lawn, it won’t look healthy, and that’s the truth. In order to maintain a healthy growth, all plants and lawns need fertilising with good soil – and they need that extra little bit of care when the weather is cold too. Although the vast majority of plants will absorb their nutrients through their roots, a good fertiliser should do the trick for your lawn. After all, it is likely to take up the main portion of your garden.

Cut Your Perennials Back

If you’ve done your research and planted perennials in your garden, then congratulations! They flower all year round so your garden is going to look wonderful all year.

However, they do require, as most things do, a little extra care in the colder months. Most of them will find surviving even pesky ground frost easy enough, but others might struggle more. This is why it’s always a good idea to cut your perennial plants back at the change of the season. 

Just before the start of winter, it’s good to cut these flowers back right before the worst of the weather comes. This means that they’ll be ready to grow afresh, and are less likely to spread to areas of your garden where you perhaps don’t want them.

Do the Weeding

Of course, it probably goes without saying that now is the time you should be doing your weeding.

The problem is, if you don’t take the time to get your weeds under control now, then you could have a big job on your hands come springtime. It could be any type of weed – it doesn’t matter whether they’re investing your flowerbeds or pestering your pavement cracks – just ensure you get rid of them. The last thing any gardener wants is the spreading of weeds all over their garden, so prevent it before it starts. You’ll thank yourself a few months down the line.

Cover All of the Furniture, and Find Storage for Tools

Last but not least, remember to cover up all of your garden furniture and to put your tools in storage.

Yes, they might be fine outside in the Summer, but the Autumn and Winter are a different story. The fact of the matter is if you look after all of your gardening furniture and equipment, it’s likely to last you a lot longer. You don’t want to be replacing it all every year as that would be expensive and wasteful, so do the sensible thing, and put it away.

Things to know about air conditioner maintenance

An air conditioner can be a lifesaver during the summer but in orderto experience it, it must be in good condition. This can be accomplished through proper maintenance work. Maintenance work is not very difficult unless you have some serious problems. Some of the minor maintenance work can be done by yourself. Here are some of the things which you must know about maintaining your air conditioner.If the problem is too serious, then you need to contact a company which is good in aircon servicing.

Annual Checkups

Most of the maintenance work of your air conditioner canbe done by yourself but it is important that you get a professional check-up done for your air conditioner. Doing this once a year is sufficient. There are some problems which require the eye of a professional in order to find out the fault. Thus, an annual check-up should be more than enough to keep your AC in good condition. These checks generally include safety and efficiency, coolant levels inspection, pressure, thermostat calibration and lot more.

Self-maintenance

Regular cleaning and replacing the filters of your air conditioner could get your air conditioner to work fine throughout the year. This will prevent dirt from clogging your filters. Clogged filters result in reduced efficiency of the air conditioner and they end up consuming more energy than usual. There are some filters that can be cleaned and used while others need to be replaced after a certain time period. These depend on your filter type which is present in your air conditioner. If you are using your AC regularly, you need to maintain your conditioner more ofter.

Cleaning your air conditioner’s coils is another part of self-maintenance. There are two types of coils in the air conditioner, one is the condenser and the other is the evaporator coils. This coil may also get clogged due to the dirt if they are not cleaned for certain months. This is avoided but cleaning I may prolong it. The debris around the coils reduces the ability of the coil to absorb heat by insulating it. Thus, self-maintenance should also include cleaning the coils and filters.

Price

Checkups and repair works can be an expensive task. Before you go for the check-up of your air conditioner, make surethat you are well aware that you might have to spend a lot in case there is any major work required. There are some repair companies which provide service plans so that you don’t have to spend a lot more when repairing your air conditioner.

Life Span

With proper maintenance of your air conditioner, they can last upto fifteen years. However, this might change dependingon the location where you are living. If the condition of your air conditioner is old or inefficient, you might need to consider replacing it soon. The latest models of air conditioners are more efficient and better than predecessors. So, if your air conditioner requires frequent check-ups and repair work, it is time that you invest in a new air conditioner in order to experience a comfortable summer.

Conclusion

Keep these points in mind the next time you are looking for air conditioner maintenance.

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