Although Melburnians have been lucky enough to enjoy an extended summer, the cooler weather is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about how you can “autumn proof” your home. Make the most of the final days of sun and get your home ready for autumn with these easy tips.
Pay special attention to your garden
If you’ve been wanting to plant new additions in your garden – especially trees, shrubs and winter vegetables – now is the perfect time to do it. Although the air temperatures are cooler, the soil is still warm enough to accommodate new plants, and the added moisture from increased rainfall will also work in your favour. To protect your plants and lawn from harsh winter conditions, be sure to cover your garden with a well-balanced fertiliser (one with equal or close to equal nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium ratios, plus calcium for an extra boost), as it will help their cells to thicken, allowing them to better withstand the cold, wet weather. Now may also be a good time to line your garden with mulch to further promote plant growth, and to trim any plants that have grown significantly over summer. Finally, make use of fallen leaves by adding them to your compost heap.
Double check your plumbing
When plumbing problems arise in winter, they’re made all that more severe by the extra rain fall and the need for piping hot showers. Do some autumn plumbing maintenance to prevent against these problems, or at least to identify them before they escalate. Clear out your gutters and drain pipes, check the seals of your windows and doors to rule out any leaks and call in a plumber for some routine maintenance of your hot water heater.
Defend against draughts
There’s no point having the AC or heater on at full blast throughout winter when the warm air is just going to escape through cracks and gaps under your doors and windows. Look for possible “energy leaks” around your home and seal them up wherever possible, or buy more temporary solutions like draught stoppers and thick curtains to keep the heat in.
Make things cosy
You want the interior of your home to be as cosy as possible throughout the cooler months, so now is the perfect time to invest in some cuddly cushions and throw rugs for the bedrooms and lounge area. You should also think about setting up a storage area with a coat stand and/or extra hooks for your winter coats, boots and umbrellas.
Don’t neglect your driveway
Finally, if your driveway is showing major signs of wear like cracks or crumbling, it’s a good idea to replace it while temperatures are still relatively mild. By replacing or resurfacing your concrete driveway, you’ll prevent against further damage, as well as safety hazards like drainage problems and slippery surfaces. If you’re thinking of replacing your concrete driveway this autumn, call A Better Driveway today on 03 5783 4746 for a free quote.