Tips & Tricks

Seasonal Maintenance Tips From Fix It Right

If you are looking for more information when it comes to ‘Do It Yourself’ home and commercial maintenance solutions then have a read of our seasonal tips and tricks below. They are broken down into the seasons of the year. Ensure these things are done ready for the start of the season and you’ll be sorted.

Summer

  • Check and clear roofs and gutters (remove sports equipment, BBQs etc.)
  • Clear away dead growth from around house and sheds.
  • Do a major service on swimming pools.
  • Prune smooth bark gums to help prevent limb drop from water stress.
  • Oil door hinges with a light machine oil (sewing machine oil is ideal).
  • Empty out any standing water to prevent mosquitos breeding and make sure any rain water tanks are screened for the same reason.
  • Put back shade sails, decking shackles and tensioners.

Autumn

  • Check gutters and downpipes, clear all rubbish and flush.
  • Check roof for broken tiles and lifted sheets, and broken seals on tin roofs.
  • Take down shade sails and pack away in a dry place.
  • Repair and sharpen garden tools, oil wooden handles with linseed and kerosene (50/50 mixture) and hang up to dry.
  • Do a walk around the outside looking for anything that may blow around during winter storms and cause damage.
  • A good time to get rid of any rubbish that has accumulated over spring and summer.

Winter

  • Check the condition of pergola, gazebo and patio.
  • If on poor water retaining sandy soils, use Bentionite to improve retention (some home brand kitty litters – read the label).
  • Check windows and doors have a tight/close fit to prevent heat loss – fit new seals and weather strips as necessary.
  • Service or get serviced lawn mowers, whipper snippers, hedge trimmers etc. in getting ready for Spring.
  • Drain fuel from garden tools to avoid stale fuel gumming up the works.

Spring

  • Check and repair flyscreens.
  • Check function of flyscreens and door closers.
  • Weed garden before seeds drop.
  • Fertilise lawns and gardens with slow release fertilisers.
  • Add compost to garden beds.
  • Mulch exposed soil to 75 – 100 mm depth to reduce water loss due to evaporation.