Look After Your Grounds and Your Grounds Will Look After You

A well-kept garden can completely transform a home and can become a major feature of your property. But creating a garden is one thing – maintaining it is quite another. For many, the upkeep of a garden can become overwhelming, which can ruin the hard work you’ve put in to making it your own. Once the seasons change and you’re met with a constant stream of rain showers and falling leaves, it can seem a vast undertaking. But there are some measurements you can take to keep your garden in order.

Look after wooden structures such as fences or sheds with waterproofing roofing or with a weather-resistant preserve that will protect them for longer. The same goes for maintaining wooden decking; when you install such flooring, make sure that you take the correct precautions against the damage of the seasons, so that you maintenance and repairs later on are kept to a minimum.

Lawns, whether you are growing from scratch or laying turf, require more care and attention than simply mowing every few weeks. With unreliable weather causing grass to either become dry and sallow or water-logged. Naturally, there is little you can do to control the seasons, but you can make an effort to nurture your lawn with an specific feed to help it grow, and keep it leaf-free so that it looks tidy and well-kept.

Patios and pathways are a relatively easy area of your outdoor grounds to maintain, which can be kept looking their best simply by sweeping leaves and mud away regularly and hosing down to keep them in good condition. Be sure not to overlook weeding as well, which can quickly grow into an unsightly mess if not tended to frequently. If you’re looking to maintain larger areas than a home garden such as business or industrial grounds, you may want to look into more heavy duty floor mats to protect your grounds, particularly if you plan on hosting large- scale events. A good idea is to opt for a heavy duty road mat for driveways, which is a durable flooring which will survive the unpredictable weather without degrading like many wooden flooring options.

 

A great cause of time when it comes to garden maintenance are swimming pools, which require an extensive amount of care and attention. Be sure to remove leaves and debris regularly to keep the pool, and in turn your garden, looking tidy, and make sure that filters are kept clear. Keep an eye on the pH levels of the water, and in winter remember to add antifreeze to the water and use a protective cover to maintain the pool’s condition.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that the grounds surrounding your home are protected accordingly and are kept tidy, which can make a big difference to the overall look of your home. What initially seems like a overwhelming task is easily manageable with a small commitment to regular upkeep.

Kirsty works as a landscape gardener, working closely with client to ensure all desired needs are met.






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The big rat

You know what? I completely lost track of time over the last couple of days. I haven’t been feeling well again so I ended up spending the last few days pretty much lying around. I thought yesterday was Tuesday that’s how much time I ended up losing track of. It’s amazing to me that it’s Thursday already.

I guess it doesn’t help that I did something to hurt my foot on Sunday so I’ve been limping around. I’m a klutz so it’s not unusually for me to trip and hurt my ankle or foot, bang my knee or stub a toe, but this time round I have no idea what I did. I’ve been klutz free to the best of my knowledge!

Ok so now that you know why I haven’t posted for a few days I’d like to know what you know about RATS.

On Sunday my husband and I were in the kitchen putting a special tinted film on our window – which I’ll tell you about in another post in a few moments – and we both happened to gaze out at the garden at the same time and we saw a big rat beside our chiminea.

We’ve seen mice and rats in the yard before. I don’t think any of them live in our yard. One of our neighbors has a garage and shed in the backyard that touches our yard and I think the mice and rats might live in there. The neighbor on the other side also has an area that I’ve seen mice come from before. I’m not saying that there’s no possibility that the rats lives on our property but we don’t have as many nice hiding places as our neighbors do.

So how do I get rid of it?

I’m not big on killing animals. I don’t however want a rat population to continue to grow near my home.

What should we do?

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