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Secret to the perfect summer lawn

Grass really can be greener when properly maintained through our harsh Australian summer, even without using excessive amounts of water and chemicals. This week we’re giving you tips on how to keep your lawn in tip top shape throughout the hotter months.

Mowing

The key to nice lawn is frequent maintenance as this forces the grass to grow thick and keeps out weeds. This is the problem most people face because they don’t have the time to mow, or they leave it until it’s unruly to do something about it. Luckily, people like your local Hubby are on hand to help out! The rule-of-thumb with mowing is to only cut off one-third of grass each time as this encourages the grass roots to grow deeper, creating a strong base that becomes more resistant to disease and requires less water. Always mow the lawn when it is completely dry as mowing a wet lawn will compact the soil and the roots won’t be able to breathe.

Watering

Daily watering is unnecessary and encourages shallow roots which can weaken grass. Most grass will tell you when it needs a drink, so here are two signs of thirst:
– The soil resists when you push a screwdriver into the ground;
– Footprints across the lawn remain compressed; and

– It is a very light green colour.
If you don’t have an in-ground irrigation or sprinkler system a light water with a hose works fine, but ensure the whole surface gets an equal amount of water. Try to avoid midday watering or night water – the best time to water is in the early morning.

Fertilizer

It’s not a necessity but some people like to use fertilizer on their lawn. Fertilizer stimulates grass growth but too much will mean you need to mow more often. Excessive fertilizer use is also bad for the environment as the chemicals can wash into nearby creeks, clogging them with algae, so be mindful.

Pest control

Ideal grass is thick and free of weeds however it’s not always that simple.A few weeds can be pulled out by hand but if you need more assistance it might be worthwhile calling your local Hire A Hubby.

Embrace your lawns this summer and if you need a hand in the backyard, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

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This summer season’s makeover trends

With summer almost upon us, Hire A Hubby thought it might be time to embrace the warm weather with five of the ‘hottest’ home makeover ideas to make the most out of your home.

1. Wall collages

Haven’t had the time to hang those pictures up? Walls looking tired? Why not make a wall collage with photographs of family, friends, travel or artworks and liven up that bare wall. To work out how you want to group your frames, lay the largest on the floor and gradually add the smaller frames. To have your frames professionally aligned and spaced, give your local Hubby a call.

2. Splash of colour

Splashes of colour are on trend at the moment. Whether you’re thinking about painting a feature wall or an entire room, adding colour to a room instantly gives it a bright and fresh look. If you don’t want to paint a whole wall but want to add a splash of colour, consider painting window and door trims bright colours. Traditionally, all of the trim in a home is white, so infuse a space with excitement by painting the trim a fun shade. Have you locally Hubby come around and do it in no time.

3. Create an outdoor retreat

When the weather warms up it’s time to extend your living area outside. It’s easy to transform your outside area into an inviting, comfortable space where you can entertain friends or simply curl up with a book. Alfresco is a huge trend at the moment, so throw open the doors and reclaim open spaces. By giving your outdoor space a fresh coat of paint and investing in indoor-inspired-outdoor-furniture you are on your way to creating your own outdoor retreat ready for summer.

4. Shelving

Another way to liven up a bare wall and create handy storage units is installing shelves. Strategically placing objects and personal belongings on the shelves decorates the wall and at the same time creates storage space for those objects you don’t want to hide away in a cupboard. Having trouble finding where to start? Call Hire A Hubby and tell him your shelving plans.

5. Want less lawn?

If mowing the lawn on a hot summer’s day isn’t appealing to you, why not turn your backyard into a stone and pebble floor feature? Whether covering a large or small area, these floor designs limit the use of water and are much easier to maintain than lawn. Placing plants amongst the pebbles adds texture and colour to the feature. Have your local Hubby come over and talk to you about how to get started and the best stones to choose.

Like these ideas but think you may need some help? Give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.