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Three Tips for Getting Your Yard and Garden Ready for Winter

As the nights start to get longer, it’s time to start getting your home ready for the winter. One of the most important steps that you can take to prepare and protect your home and property from the upcoming winter weather is to make sure that your yard and gardens are ready. Not only will you want to make sure that all of your outdoor stuff is protected and safe from things like snow, ice, sleet, hail, and freezing rain or snowstorms, you also want your home to be a welcoming place for visitors during the holiday season that makes the winter so special.

First, you should make sure you that have cleaned up all of the yard and garden debris from the summer and fall. This means clearing out all of your annual plants. Consider planting a cover crop for the winter like fava beans, or plant a crop that will do well in the cold, such as kale or garlic. Don’t leave any plant material rotting on the ground, since this will attract pests and make it more likely that your plants will get diseases during the next growing cycle.

Next, protect all of your plants by mulching them before the first cold snap hits. In many places, you can get affordable mulch in the form of wood chips from trees that have been cut down by your city or county. Other options for mulch include hay or straw, which can be bought from a farm or garden supplier. Or, you can use the leaf clippings that you have collected from the fall as mulch for your trees. Just be sure to chop the leaves up first, as leaves can form a thick matted area that stops water from reaching the ground.

Finally, make sure that all of the large trees in your yard are in excellent shape before winter storms turn them into hazards. Don’t hesitate to call a professional arborist to help you assess your trees and trim them safely. For example, if you need tree Pinellas County tree removal, a respected company like Pinellas Arborist can get the job done safely before the winter weather comes to knock down your trees.

Once your home and yard are ready for the winter, it’s time to relax and enjoy the holidays. After all, you deserve it!

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Can’t Wait To Have These All Done

Now that I now starting with a new company, I have so many things in mind for the house. I have so many things I wanted to buy especially for our lawn. I want to buy gardening tools so I can start already pulling off the weeds and putting up some plants. I heard there’s a plant for sale nearby so on my first payout I might go there to buy some plants. I don’t have a green thumb but somebody told me that I just need to buy a living plant then.  On the 2nd thought I might hire again someone to mow the weeds, because right now it is just too many, if I will be the one working for it, I may need one whole month for me to finish it. I also need a watering can. I spotted one and it cost P 200.00 oh I can’t wait to have these all done.

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Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance

If your landscape has a sprinkler system, you realize the benefits to your landscape when it’s working properly and the disadvantages when it’s not. To keep a healthy, green lawn, it’s important to to make sure your sprinkler system is doing its job.

Sprinkler systems require periodic repairs and maintenance for effective irrigation. Even with regular maintenance, breaks and leaks can occur. If you’re handy, you may be able to fix leaky sprinkler heads, but it’s best to hire a professional through local leads for contractors to repair broken pipes.

Common Sprinkler Repairs

* Sprinkler Heads – Sprinkler heads have a lot of small moving parts, so they need to be checked and cleaned periodically. Sediment often clogs water flow, and the heads often get cracked or broken by lawnmowers and heavy foot traffic.

* Valve Leaks – Leaky valves will need to be replaced for proper sprinkler operation. Since valves often connect to both water and electricity, this repair should be done by a licensed contractor who knows proper safety measures.

* Broken Pipes – Since broken pipes require digging and special tools for repairs, it’s best to hire a professional contractor. If repairs aren’t done correctly, pipes can continue to leak underground, and even small leaks can significantly increase your water bills.

Broken pipes require special attention to make sure that soil doesn’t get into the sprinkler system. A professional contractor will know how to flush the system to prevent problems and make sure leaks are fixed before pipes are covered up again with dirt.

Seasonal Care and Maintenance

Spring is the perfect time to check your sprinkler system and do any necessary repairs. After turning on the sprinklers, check the spray pattern of all the heads and make sure there is complete coverage without runoff. Check for leaks and damaged sprinkler heads that need to be repaired or replaced. After you run your sprinklers for a few days, look for soggy areas in the yard that may signal leaks below the ground.

During winter, it’s important to do another sprinkler system checkup. If you live in a mild climate, you may not need to make any changes. If your sprinklers are on an automatic timer, you may need to turn off the automatic timer when winter rains begin. If you live in a cold climate, you’ll need to prevent your sprinkler pipes from freezing. A hard freeze can damage to sprinkler pipes, valves and heads.

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Building A Garage Soon

Finally I was able to talk to someone who knows how to construct a garage. He will give me the whole details and the budget by tomorrow. We won’t be using bars for the braces, he suggested Gemilina materials for the braces, and he said that kind of wood could not be attacked easily by the termites. I can’t wait to see the design that he will be putting up. It has been so long already that I had been planning to put up a garage outside but I just don’t have the budget and time and since I will receive my 13th month pay early, I think I can afford to build a garage. I have so many garage designs I have in mind, but I am contemplating of these two:

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This could be classy, but I think it won’t look good in our area

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This is what keeps on taunting in my mind, but I am not sure if I can attain this. It looks very expensive to me at all. Maybe somewhat similar to this will do, I hope the one I would hire will not price me that much or else I will be doomed.

The pictures above were taken from GOOGLE. Credits to the owner.

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