Archives for August 2016

3 Tips for Preparing Your Garden for Autumn

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Tips for Preparing Your Garden for Autumn

 

With summer coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to get your garden ready for the months ahead. September is arguably one of the most important months in a gardener’s calendar, as the weather is still warm enough to sow new plants and there’s enough time to prepare before the temperatures start to drop. Here are three things that should be on your to-do list.

Give Your Lawn a Fresh Start

Whether it’s from the kids playing football over the last few months or you hosting more garden parties than usual, your lawn can take a battering over the summer. If you’re starting to notice a few bare patches, don’t worry. There are a number of ways you can get your lawn back to its best. Allow the grass to grow a little longer than usual, at least three inches, as continually mowing a lawn short puts extra stress on the roots. Next, pick up some fertiliser to give your lawn the nutrients it needs to thrive. Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium are the most important ingredients.

Start Planting Your Next Batch of Veggies

In the early weeks of the fall, you’ll find that the ground is still warm enough to accommodate many different types of plants and vegetables, including root crops like turnips or even certain varieties of asparagus. You’ll want to make sure any seeds are sown by early Autumn, though, so that any plants are well-established by the time the cold weather arrives. Spinach, spring cabbage, and kale are all great choices because they grow relatively quickly and you can easily pluck the leaves and use them in your home cooking. You could even try experimenting with Asian ingredients like komatsuna or mizuna to add some new flavours to your menu this winter.

Remove Any Unwanted Plants

Finally, now is the ideal time to get rid of any diseased, or otherwise unwanted, plants. If left alone, these may start to develop a harmful fungus that could spread. If you have a tree or stump that you want removed, you’ll need to contact a specialist like UK Landscapes to ensure the process is taken care of correctly. Similarly, if you have any non-deciduous trees, or evergreens, which don’t lose their leaves during the colder months of the year, you may want to consider thinning them out yourself. By allowing more light to pass into your home, you may even reduce your reliance on central heating and lower your energy bills.

Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink and Faucet

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Kitchen Sink and Faucet

Every kitchen obviously needs a sink and faucet.  It can be something of a minefield trying to choose from the wide selection of sinks and faucets there are available today.  However, if you look at the style as a secondary element and the functionality and robustness as a primary concern, it can be much easier to figure out what is right for your kitchen.

Sinks

When it comes to choosing a kitchen sink, they are normally made from enamel coated cast iron, stainless steel or other composite solids.  If you have engineered stone or granite surfaces, you should choose a sink that is made from stainless steel because of its capability for under mounting.  Also, stainless steel is a good option if you are particularly hard on your sink and throw things into it.  Be sure to remember that the lower the gauge of stainless steel, the better the quality.

How Many Sinks?

Traditionally, most kitchens feature a double sink.  However, if you do not wash many dishes by hand you are probably better sticking with just one bowl.  It really depends on your situation and the frequency you will be using your sink and what for.  If you have the space and wash by hand bigger pans, pots and baking sheets, you will probably need at least one oversized bowl sink.  Double oversized sink bowls are great, but only if space isn’t a problem.  If it is, you can opt for just one oversized bowl and a smaller one.

Choose Faucets For Their Functioning

There is a wide variety of faucets available out there, so there should not be any problem finding one that meets your style needs and preferences.  However, the thing you should think and consider more is what type of faucets are likely to last longer and what do you need your faucets to do?  Faucets made with solid brass materials and ceramic disc valves are generally the most durable you will find.  While two handled faucets are very popular still, there is a lot to be said for having a single lever with an additional spray arm to rinse your sink and fill pots and pans more easily.

It is sensible to avoid brass in the kitchen area, as it does not last very long in high-use areas.  Instead you are better off choosing a pewter, brushed nickel, polished nickel or even chrome faucet for the kitchen sink.

If entirely possible, it makes sense that you should try to get to a local plumbing or home wares store to check out how various styles of sinks and faucets and the materials used.  That way even if you intend on purchasing Dornbracht kitchen faucets or something else from PlumbTile.com you can still have a look at some things in the flesh to get a better idea of how they might look in your kitchen.

It doesn’t need to be a headache trying to find the right sink and faucets for your kitchen, especially if you keep the above post for reference when it is time to look at your options.