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Relaxing slide into summer
SUMMER READY: The onset of summer is the
time to turn your attention to an array of
outdoor maintenance projects.
Now that summer is almost here
with longer daylight hours our
thoughts turn to outdoor matters
-- lawns, gardens and some much
All that extra sunshine will fall
on your leaf-filled gutters, cracked
pathways and the dead plants in
last year's flower beds.
The following checklist can
serve to get you started.
Check for loose or leaky gutters.
Improper drainage can lead to
water pooling in the wrong
Make sure downspouts drain
away from the foundation and are
clear and free of debris.
Get that ladder out and check
the gutters for leaves and other
detritus, especially if you have
large deciduous trees nearby.
A good clean out will set you
up for the year.
Use a screwdriver to probe the
wood trim around windows,
doors, railings and decks.
Make repairs now before there
is more damage to the exposed
Cracking paint layers do let in
Flashing around plumbing
vents, skylights and chimneys
needs to be checked and repaired
If you have one, examine the
exterior of your chimney for signs
of damage, although you very
likely did this after the last quake!
Have the flue cleaned and
inspected by a certified chimney
Inspect concrete slabs for signs
of cracks or movement.
All exterior slabs should drain
away from the home's foundation.
Fill cracks with a concrete crack
filler or silicone caulk. When
weather permits, power-wash and
then seal the concrete.
Check outside taps for any
winter freeze damage, and make
sure your garden hose is usable --
the cheaper kinds tend to perish
in the sunlight over a period of
Think mulch as this is relatively
inexpensive and serves to retain
moisture (up to 70 per cent) when
the weather is hot and dry as well
as making hand weeding quicker.
Check your lawnmower to make
sure it is ready for summer use --
although this was something you
very likely took care of when
spring arrived and the grass
Clean equipment and sharp
cutting blades do make life so
A colourful summer garden may
be a dream start to 2013, but
since most of us intend to enjoy
great summer weather and the
holidays, gardening plans usually
wilt in the heat.
When it gets a bit too hot
though, that's the time when our
plants need some extra care --
they will get thirstier and begin to
wilt if not provided with enough
water. Regular and planned
watering is important.
To be sure your plants get all
the necessary moisture you are
showering them with, avoid
watering them during the hottest
part of the day.
Do this when it's cooler, like
early morning or late afternoon.
Watering at night is not always
a good idea as it can cause the
water to sit longer, creating a
damp environment for your
plants, which can increase the
chances of fungal growth.
It's good to take a walk around
the garden regularly to look for
any fungal problems that may be
starting to occur.
Such fungal problems need to
be addressed immediately to
avoid having a major infestation
to deal with later -- tomatoes (got
them in already?) are prone to
blight which needs to be
addressed when first noticed.
You could try growing drought
tolerant plants that don't require
much water, like ornamental
grasses and shrubs.
Using compost rather than
chemical fertilisers improves the
soil's ability to hold water as
compost adds nutrients to the soil
Try installing timers with
sprinklers or using a drip irrigation
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