Summer Gardening Tips

Preparation is critical for your garden to survive the wilting effects of the Australian Summer. Summer means different things to different gardeners. Some parts of Australia bake in the harsh rays, while other parts are bashed with storms. But for all of us, summer brings common challenges, such as dividing time and effort between keeping our gardens in good shape, and enjoying them during the summer holidays. Below are some tips to help you try and achieve both.


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Summer is here, at last, with all of its enjoyable warm-weather activities: picnics, hiking, fishing, gardening, swimming, boating, barbeques, and, of course, celebrating the holidays.  Unfortunately, it’s a fact of nature that all of these are accompanied by a certain amount of risk.  Grey Army wants you to have a safe and wonderful time this summer.  So, we have a created the below list of tips for you to keep in mind to reduce the risk of spending any time being treated for injuries from easily avoidable accidents.


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Summer brings a lot of great things our way—more daylight, beautiful gardens and
trips to the beach. But in Australia it also brings considerably warmer temperatures,
particularly inside our homes.  Air conditioning is a blessing, but it’s also a significant
amount of energy- and money-grabber and not all of us can afford this luxury. If you
are without an air conditioner do not fret, here are a handful of other suggestions for
cooling your house during those pleasant, but overly warm summer days.

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Making Your Kitchen Senior Friendly

We all value our privacy and our independence, but these shouldn’t come at the expense of our health and well-being. As we age, staying in our own home becomes more difficult because of the rising safety concerns.  We tend to spend a lot of time in our kitchens and engage in a variety of potentially risky tasks. Adjustments to our kitchens are particularly important.

The costs of a kitchen renovation can range from small to large; the following list provides some helpful ideas of senior-friendly adjustments.

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How to transform dark rooms with paint colours

Low-lit dark rooms can prove challenging when it comes to choosing a paint colour. As the day progresses, these rooms change from dim to dark, and the less natural night a room receives the smaller the room will look.

Despite the fact that our natural instincts instruct us to use a light colour in dark rooms, there are actually alternative options which could produce better results.

The more common pastels and light colours can actually present a non-desired atmosphere as they will try and reflect non-existing light. Instead you should be confident with your colour play because dark rooms are the perfect opportunity for fun, daring and vibrant colour play.

You should explore brightly saturated colours that add glow.  This becomes the perfect substitute for the lack of natural light.

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Spring Landscaping Spruce

As the days get longer and warmer, our attention naturally turns toward spring and summer activities, but this is also an ideal time to spruce up your properties exterior with the help of a landscaper. The way in which we landscape our properties has undergone a big shift in the last several years, for a number of reasons.  Many homeowners simply don’t have the time to devote to maintaining a yard the way they have done in the past and tighter water restrictions have made it more difficult and expensive to maintain an expansive lawn and as a result, homeowners have begun to reconsider the ways in which they design their yards and gardens.  These are a few of our favourite landscaping trends for drier climates…

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Proactive Work Around Your Home Can Help Save You Time And Money In The Long Run

Are you noticing small issues around your house? like the slow-running drain or toilet, the water trickling out around the base of taps, cracks in plaster, chipped caulk around windows or small water stains. You say to yourself I’ll fix that soon, but for most of us there isn’t enough time or knowledge to tend to every little issue, so the ‘soon’ is dragged out for weeks to months. Then you are facing a much bigger and more expensive issue. To help avoid this predicament let’s take a look at the warning signs that precede potential disasters, focusing on those areas where problems commonly show up.

GUTTERS: Are your gutters fill to the brim with rain and creating pools around the base of your home? If left unattended to, this could cause extensive damage to your home foundation. However, an easy fix is available. Your gutters need a good cleaning to remove the clogged dead leaves and debris. This will help stop the growth of mould and the overflow of rain.

BATHROOM AND DRAINS: Some bathroom issues are easier to spot than others. For example, water seeping out around taps or around toilets is clearly a leak problem. This can be somewhat inexpensive to fix if done so promptly. However, some bathroom issues are trickier. For example, a slow draining sink. You most likely reach for a heavy duty de clogging product, these rarely fix the issue just prolong it. Instead you should hire a plumber to professionally snake out your drains before the issue develops beyond repair.

ROOF: Naturally the average person doesn’t find themselves on top of their roof often. The most common way we first see roof issues is through stains in the ceiling or dripping during rain. However, by now the issue is rather extensive and fixing it is expensive. Being proactive and having regular roof inspections could save you time and money.

HEATERS: Is your heater not reaching the desired temperature? Can you smell dust when your heater system is on? Is your heater system taking longer than usual to warm up? These are all signs that your heater system needs tending to. And while it may be painful to your bank account to have your heater system regularly cleaned and checked, the dividends it pays off down the road are well worth the short-term costs. Not just monetary costs but also the cost of your life. Faulty heater systems can cause fatal carbon monoxide poisoning. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

If any of these tips have you realising you need some proactive work done around your home call Grey Army on 13 11 98 and we can help keep your home safe and sturdy.

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