Is That a Snow Flake in The Air?

Winterization dos and don'tsAs it happens every year, winter comes after fall. While many of us be look forward to the season for the holidays and the expectancy of winter sports, we also sometimes forget to prepare equipment for the coming season as well. Most call this winterization. Several different aspects of a person’s life actually need winterization. We need to get our winter clothes swapped out with our summer clothes, bathing suits for snow suits; pipes under or outside of the house need to be take care of to hold off any freezing; cars need to be serviced and even our lawn or farm equipment needs to be taken care of. Whether you’re simply preparing your house for the winter or getting your outdoors equipment prepared for the season long nap, preparations should be made on all fronts. Here are a few key areas and tips

Indoors:
1) Slowly acclimate your house. While the climate does not always help you with this type of preparation due to strong temperature changes at times, it’s still beneficial if you can begin to lower the temperature in the house or begin early on to drop the AC and allow your body to acclimate as the “true” temperature shifts.

2) Clear the way… Clear out the vents for your heaters, chimneys, and stoves. Be sure to dust off any of your radiators or portable heating devices as well to ensure that an unexpected heat source doesn’t suddenly erupt! Even Salt Lake City Cleaning Services can help you if you are unable to get to some of the areas to clean them up or clear them out.

Outdoors:
1) Pipes! Make sure pipes are properly prepared. For sprinklers, they should all be blown out while faucets and other pipes should either be turned off, insulated, or buried below the freeze line in the ground.

2) Prepare for unwanted visitors, and no, we’re not talking about the in-laws. As temperatures drop rodents and pests begin to look for warmer areas in which to nest and reside. Be prepared ahead of time by sealing any cracks or holes through which they may enter the house. Keep firewood about 20 feet from the house so that any critters that decide to build a home there are away from the house. Also, be sure to try to keep areas clean as it’s a lot harder for pets to hide if there’s no place for them to do so.

3) Check your outdoor equipment. Whether it’s simply being sure that you have a working snow shovel and rake or preparing such equipment as a farm tractor, baler belts, or lawn mowers, each piece needs to be handled correctly. It’s always best to check with the manufacturer to determine what their recommended winterization methods are; however, the important piece is to check. Realize each piece of equipment or supply is different and may require very different methods in order to work optimally after the winter season. Be sure you have the supplies you’ll need and then be sure what you do have is prepared for the long hibernation.

Get ready for Jack Frost to come our way this winter, but not to worry. If you follow the tips above, you should be in great shape to have a warm house with the safety and freedom from danger and unwanted creatures that will help your winter be just what you want it to be…. Magic!

Garden Magic For Small Spaces

Not all of us are lucky enough to have large, sunny backyards or garden plots available. Still, ample space should not be a limiting factor for anyone wishing to exercise a green thumb. Even if you live in a small apartment or shared dormitory room, there are plenty of ways a college student can get a few plants growing.

Container Gardening For University Students

This is the best way to keep your garden plants portable and in a controlled environment. Container gardens can be made out of anything. They can also be moved when the sun shines in through different windows. Terra cotta plant pots, old buckets, even large plastic yogurt containers can be made into little plant homes. Be sure to add drainage, then fill with soil and your seeds and voila! You have a personal garden plant ideal for small spaces.

Terraced or Tiered Gardens

small space gardensIf you have a small amount of space, but sill desire a high yielding crop, look into tiered garden ideas. You can buy an apparatus or build one yourself with a few planks of wood and a good plan. Tiered gardens are basically stairs with dirt inside them. They can be fashioned in many different ways, depending on your spacial parameters and stylistic needs.

Get A Grow Light For Your Weber State Housing

Many times, the most limiting factor for a successful apartment garden is available light. Especially in a basement apartment, light has a hard time entering the space with enough intensity to produce a healthy growing environment for most plants. Investing  in a plant light bulb, or a full grow light apparatus will increase your success immensely.