With the change of seasons it is time to prepare your home for winter. With autumn it’s not only time to pull out the turtleneck sweaters and boots, but time to prepare the garden for the wet weather approaching. An autumn tidy up isn’t limited to raking up the leaves, it is also a great time to do a big clean inside and air out the house with the last of the summer breeze.
Cleaning out the gutters
Before the rain arrives, it is important to clear leaves and other debris from the gutters and down pipes particularly. Check for proper drainage, clear out any blockages and rinse with a hose. If your gutters are very high up, consider hiring a professional. It is not expensive to have gutter cleaning and take the pressure off you.
With autumn comes lots of leaves. When wet, they can suffocate the lawn or plants. Rake them up regularly, they can be used for mulch for garden beds or composted.
Your lawn will change for fortnightly cutting to monthly cutting. All you are trying to do is maintain the lawn over winter which should not be hard as the harsh sun has gone.
Be sure to prune any large over hanging branches. Early autumn is also the ideal time to reduce the height of your trees or shape the canopy. Prune any dangerous hanging branches in preparation for winter storms.
To prevent the growth of mould and mildew, give the deck a good wash and let it really dry out before the rain sets in. Make sure to cover any outdoor furniture to prevent water damage and deterioration over winter.
Regularly throughout autumn/winter when the wet weather sets in, it is important to check ceilings and areas of the house for water leakages. Roof tiles can move during summer and leave little gaps where the water flows in during a big storm.
Remember we have water restrictions from 1st June until 31st August every year. Turn off your reticulation or risk being fined.