ADVERTORIAL: THERE’S no reason why you can’t keep enjoying your garden in autumn, but there are some steps you should take to make sure it’s ready for the unpredictable weather. Strong wings and heavy rain can cause problems – so make sure you are well prepared by following these steps.
SECURE UNFIXED GARDEN FURNITURE
Autumn can bring with it some pretty unpredictable weather. Strong winds and storms can displace your garden furniture, especially if they’re not properly secured. Think of everything in your garden which isn’t in a fixed position and consider ways to protect them from damage. You can either store these items in a sheltered area, such as a shed or garage during extreme weather, or you can cover and secure them. This will ensure that they don’t become damaged, or a hazard during strong winds.
MAKE SURE YOUR FENCING IS SECURE
If you have a fence then you’ll want to make sure it is secure before it’s too late. If a strong wind exposes your unsecured fencing then you’re going to be left with reduced privacy/ security, a bill to pay for replacement and potential damage to the rest of your garden. If you find any of your fences are loose then you’ll need to ensure they are replaced or properly fixed. You can follow our guide on how to erect a fence if you are comfortable with DIY, or call a professional. To prevent your fence from rotting make sure you coat it in a preservative at least every two years.
ASSESS HANGING TREE BRANCHES
If you have any overhanging branches which you think could become hazardous in extreme weather then you’ll need to address this before any strong winds. Firstly make sure you clear any valuables out of the way of suspect branches. If the branches are small and can be dealt with a hedge trimmer then you can tidy it up yourself. However, if you have any doubts make sure you contact a professional as it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.
SECURE YOUR SHED OR OUTHOUSE
Sheds can be a sanctuary for many homeowners. A place where they can kickback and relax or pursue a hobby from model making to home brewing. So, if you have a lot to lose from your shed being damaged make sure you protect anything valuable and secure the structure itself.
HIRE A GENERATOR
If you have parts of your garden where you don’t have access to electricity or you’re in a remote area which suffers blackouts often – then a generator might be of use. You can hire a portable generator from us for a minimum of four weeks, which can allow you to remain switched on in adverse weather conditions. This can be important from a safety aspect, as well as ensuring a blackout doesn’t ruin an event.
For further tips and great deals speak to your local HSS branch today. Call 028 8225 0909 or visit www.hss.com