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Fun In The Sun: A Gorgeous Australian Summer in the Garden

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As we’re done with Christmas and entering into the new year, for us Aussies we’re moving into the hottest and most exciting months of the year. Summertime is a chance to get outside, have fun, see friends and family and generally pack in as many activities as possible. One thing that’s always worth doing is hosting some parties at home, backyard barbeques, afternoon tea parties and picnic style lunches aren’t too expensive and are a great way to get everyone together. But to throw get togethers in the garden you of course want to make sure it’s in the best condition possible. Here are some of the ways you can go about it!

Colourful outdoor furniture

Clean and Tidy
If you’ve neglected your garden over Christmas, chances are it’s looking a little untidy. Removing things like bicycles and tools strewn around, tidying up kids outdoor toys and putting away things like gardening boots and fallen pots will instantly make it look neater. You will need to pull up weeds, prune down bushes that have grown large and deadhead any plants that have started to die off. Using a jet washer you could clean down walls and paths.

Don’t Overlook General Maintenance Jobs
Things like removing twigs from roofs and gutters will not only make everything look tidier and allow rainwater to drain better but you also help to prevent bushfires by removing potential fuel. It’s important to prepare for the bushfire season, this is a huge threat to our homes as Australians so something to bear in mind. Other general maintenance jobs include checking outdoor taps to make sure the plumbing is ok and making sure tools and appliances like strimmers and lawn mowers are in full working order.

Tend To The Lawn
For most of us, the lawn is one of the most important features in the garden. It takes up the most space and helps to keep the garden looking alive and give it colour all through the year. But over the winter months, lawns can become flooded and parts can die off. If you have pets you might notice urine burn spots. Now we’re into the summer, grass will grow very well providing you keep it watered, so purchase some grass seed and sprinkle it down, both on the bald spots as well as throughout the rest of the grass. This will fill in sparse patches and generally thicken it up, and in a few weeks you’ll have a much healthier lawn. Use a hose to water the grass morning and evening, avoid during the middle part of the day when the sun is hottest to prevent it from burning.

Fill It With Colour
Finally, fill your pots, flower beds and borders with beautiful flowers to make the garden look pretty and well cared for. If you plant bulbs and seeds that flower at different times of the year, once one lot is dying off another lot will be coming through. Simply deadhead the blooms that have finished flowering and you get a spectacular colourful display all through the year, every single year.

Flowers at sunrise

Going Green: Changes You Can Make At Home To Protect The Planet

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Almost everyone understands the benefits of reducing their energy consumption and becoming eco-friendly at home. There are lots of ways to achieve that goal, but some of the best tips get a mention on this page. You can use this article as your starting point, and then come up with a plan based on this information and other ideas you uncover online. When all’s said and done, the last thing adults want to do is leave a damaged planet for their children. So, everyone has to work hard to ensure they do their bit in limiting their impact on the environment.

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Make the switch to solar power

The first and most natural move homeowners need to make relates to moving away from fossil fuels according to articles like Solar Energy in the United States. Solar panels have come down in price significantly during the last few years, and now almost everyone can afford to use them at home. There are even some government-backed schemes that could assist you in getting the devices a little cheaper than you otherwise would have done. It all depends on where you live in the world, and so you just need to conduct some online research. The best things about that idea include:

Using renewable energy

Limiting your impact on the environment
Making a profit for energy you create but don’t use

Improve your approach to energy efficiency

Articles like Energy Efficient Homes Are Easy to Create are excellent places to start when it comes to working out the best ways of becoming more efficient in your home. In most instances, you just need to identify the best ideas and put them into action. Anyone who wants to reduce their consumption or make better use of the power they consume should:

Lower the thermostat
Install low-flow shower heads
Seal all windows
Replace incandescent bulbs
Unplug unused chargers

You get the idea, right? If you’re still clueless about how your family might waste energy, it might make sense to invest in a smart meter.

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Start growing vegetables in your garden

Some folks might wonder how growing food in their garden will help to protect the planet. Well, it benefits society in a couple of ways. Firstly, if everyone grows vegetables in their backyards, they will reduce the number of delivery trucks on the road. That means the environment doesn’t get polluted as much as it would have done. Secondly, growing veg for yourself limits the number of processing and packing plants that rarely use green energy. Other benefits you can expect include the fact that your family will no longer consume genetically-modified items that get covered in chemicals and pesticides.

Now you know how to go green without breaking the bank or working too hard, nothing should stand in the way of your progress. Just create your plan now, and put it into action as soon as possible. Don’t make the mistake of trying to install solar panels yourself; there are experts out there who will undertake the task on your behalf for little expense. Just ensure you make the switch as soon as you can. Good luck!

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