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Regular lawn care is crucial to having a healthy lawn. Watering and mowing the grass are two basic ways to ensure a green lawn.

There is no strict rule when it comes to watering your lawn. Because each lawn is unique, depending on the type of grass, the climate and soil conditions, how much you ought to water it varies.

Basically, you should only water your lawn when it is necessary. Over-watering is bad for your lawn’s health and can encourage the growth of fungus and disease.

How do you know when it is necessary to water your lawn?

You can tell when your lawn needs water when it begins to wilt or when the soil is dry.

The two rules of lawn watering:

When you water your lawn, you should water it thoroughly and only apply water as fast as the ground can absorb it.

Watering thoroughly means soaking the soil four to six inches deep. It is preferable to water the grass infrequently and for a longer time period, rather than more frequently but for shorter amounts of time.

Frequent shallow watering encourages weed growth, whereas watering infrequently and thoroughly encourages the root system to grow deeper and develop stronger roots.

A deep root system allows your grass to absorb more water and nutrients, and is hardier during drought seasons. The only time water should be sprinkled over a lawn is when it is first seeded.

When is the best time to water my lawn?

Water your lawn early in the morning to reduce the amount of water that evaporates. This will help you to conserve water.
If you follow this advice, you should have a healthy lawn that grows quickly!

For more information about lawn care, or to enquire about our lawn mowing services, please call us today or make an online booking.

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Painting an average-sized room can take between two to four days, even by professional standards. Painting a room involves more than just the paint itself; you need to prep and prime the surfaces first. There are some tips and techniques that will help you get a professional finish on any surface you are preparing to paint. Here are some tips that will help you work more effectively and efficiently to get better results.

1. Clear the Decks
Move all furniture out of the room. For furniture that is too heavy to move out of the room, push it to the centre and securely cover it in drop cloths. Remove all wall obstructions, including pictures and hangers or outlet cover plates, and tape up any fixtures.


2. Lay a Drop Cloth
Invest in cotton or canvas drop cloths over plastic ones. Plastic sheeting will work, but canvas stays in place and absorbs spills. Plastic drop cloths, however, are more hazardous because they are slippery and any paint spilled on them will not dry for a long time. Even with canvas drop cloths, large spills need to be cleaned up immediately as eventually they will seep through the material. You can clean spills with paper towels or cloth rags.

3. Prep Your Surfaces
Sand and clean all surfaces. Sanding smoothes out scratches, dents and bumps, and will also provide texture for the paint to adhere to. Sponge-bath your walls with a mild cleaner so you’re not painting over dust. Cleaning off grease and dirt will allow the paint to form a strong bond and will prevent chipping or peeling further down the track. Find and fix any minor cracks or dents with painter’s putty or a lightweight spackle. For deeper dents use plaster of Paris to fill them in.

4. Tape Up the Edges
Use painter’s tape rather than masking tape which can leave a sticky residue. Paint can also bleed behind masking tape. Be wary of tape when using latex paint as these paints will form a skin. Removing painted tape can result in ragged tears rather than a sharp line. Painting tape is easier to remove. To prevent bleeding, use a putty knife to bed the tape. Score the edge of the tape with a knife once the paint is dry to avoid tearing the paint on removal.

5. Prime Your Surfaces
Primers establish a solid and even base. They also seal stains and ensure a smoother topcoat of paint that’ll bond securely to the surface. Avoid latex primers and go for alcohol based ones instead, which will cover almost anything. You can spot-prime ceilings but not walls, as primed spots will show up. Use tinted primer as it will better cover the existing paint colour than a white primer will. This means you may require fewer coats of paint and the finish will be more vibrant.

6. Buy Quality Paint
Glossier paints are more stain-resistant and cleanable, but they will highlight imperfections. Flatter paints are fine for ceilings. Latex paints are good for interior walls and trim if you don’t go for the cheap option. Two coats of paint will give you the best results, so don’t skimp on coverage. Make sure you purchase enough paint to cover the entire painting surface. Mix several cans of paint in a bucket to produce a consistent colour, as paint colour can vary from one can to the next. This process is called “boxing”. Use a paint extender to help eliminate brush and lap marks. An extender slows the paint drying time, making it more workable, and levels out the paint so the appearance of brush strokes is minimised.

7. Have the Right Equipment Ready
Buy appropriate brushes and rollers. Wash rollers in dishwashing liquid first to remove stray fibres. A painter’s rod can help you paint ceilings more quickly. Natural bristle paint brushes are normally preferred for oil-based paints, but synthetic brushes are good for general use. Choose your brush size appropriate to the area you are painting, and have an assortment of brushes ready for use as required for different sections.

8. Paint the Trim First
Then the ceiling and then the walls. When applying paint, focus on uniformity in thickness and coverage. Finish one wall before starting another.

9. Painting Like a Professional
Start painting with a loaded brush. Load the bottom part of your brush with paint and then tap each side against the inside of your paint container to knock off excess paint. Don’t scrape the brush against the sides unless you are doing more delicate work, as this just wipes the paint off. When rolling, to further avoid lap marks, roll the full height of the wall and keep a wet edge. Where this isn’t achievable, feather out the paint to avoid build-up. Roll paint along corners and areas next to trim which have only been painted with a brush, as this will let you avoid differences in texture.

10. Sand Between Coats
Check for drips or imperfections between coats and sand these away before applying the next coat of paint for a smooth and professional finish.

11. Maintain Your Equipment
Keep your paint bucket, tray and/or container covered with a damp towel when not in use or when switching between brushing and rolling. This prevents drying out. You don’t need to clean your brushes and rollers daily if you will be using them the next day. You can wrap your brushes and rollers in plastic bags and put them in the refrigerator to prevent the paint drying them out. Bring them back to room temperature to use the next day. Alternatively, clean them thoroughly after use, especially in warmer weather when paint will dry faster or if there are extended amounts of time between returning to paint.

12. Additional Handy Tips
Don’t tape your windows; simply use a razor blade to scrape away any dried paint. But be careful not to break the paint bond between wood and glass otherwise moisture can get on the wood and rot can occur. Strain your paint into a clean bucket at the start of a new workday to remove coagulated pieces of paint. Never dip a roller so far into the paint that the arm gets wet, as this will cause drips. If you drip water-based paint onto your carpet, don’t scrub it. Instead, keep the area wet and blot it up. If it is a big spill, do as above and keep the area damp, then call a professional carpet cleaner to get the entire spill up as quickly as possible. Expect to need to do touch-ups; keep a cheap sponge brush nearby to blend patches of paint. Dab on paint to mimic the look of a roller.

If you keep these tips in mind when painting, you will be much closer to achieving that professional finish. For additional information, don’t hesitate to call us today.

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Performing regular property maintenance can save landlords money further down the track. It is easy to overlook small issues, but tending to them while they’re still minor can prevent them becoming disastrous and expensive later on.
Here are some money-saving property maintenance tips for landlords and homeowners:

1. Check for Water Damage and Leaks
After bad weather or a heavy rain storm is the best time to check for leaks and water damage. Look for soft spots on your roofs, ceilings and walls. Check for signs of water around windows, showers, toilets, under sinks, boilers and water heaters. It is essential that leaks are identified early, as ongoing leaks can cause damage to walls, ceilings and your tenant’s possessions. Mould can also form because of poorly managed water damage. Examine your shower and bathtub caulking and grout between tiles. Over time, grout can crack and loosen caulk, damaging the waterproof seal and potentially creating leaks which can lead to water damage. Replace caulking and grout to prevent damage as soon as you notice cracks or holes. If these problems aren’t tended to immediately, they can become costly mistakes later on.

2. Test Smoke Detectors Regularly
This is obviously a safety issue as much as it is about protecting your property from potential damage. Check all smoke detectors monthly to make sure they are in working order. You could face legal action if these devices are not working and there is a fire. Replace smoke detectors every 10 years, or earlier as necessary.

3. Exterminate
Monthly or bi-monthly extermination can prevent rodent or insect problems in and around your property. Do not limit the extermination process to one apartment, as pests will just travel to another part of your property. Though regular extermination will require you to spend money, this is preventative property maintenance and is a cheaper option than the losses you may experience because of a pest infestation.

4. Change Your Heating and Air Conditioning Filters
At least twice a year. Consult your manufacturer about your system requirements. A dirty filter left untended will increase your utility expenses as the system needs to work harder. Dirty filters can also cause the system to malfunction. Routine changes can prevent contamination of the air ducts, which are costly to professionally clean when they become clogged.

5. Electrical Inspections
Have a qualified electrician carry out testing once every ten years, or as required. This ensures that wiring and circuits are safe, and will reduce hazards and the risk of electrical fire. The same applies to gas appliances. If the landlord supplies these, they need to be safe for use.

6. Garden Upkeep
Prune any plants, trees or branches that grow up or on to your property. Without undertaking this regular property maintenance, foliage and greenery can cause moisture damage or provide a haven for insects.

7. Check Roofs and Chimneys
Look for loose tiles or moss. Chimneys require professional cleaning once a year to ensure there are free of bird nests and creosote.

8. Drains and Gutters
Regular cleaning of debris from drains and gutters can prevent water and property damage.

9. Check Paint
Paint keeps your property free of rot and damp. Look for signs of peeling and repaint when necessary.

Regular property maintenance is a cost-effective option for landlords. By undertaking routine property maintenance and regularly checking for damage or potential hazards in the present, you can save a lot of money and time in the long term. For more information, or to make use of our professional property maintenance services, call us today or make an online booking.

Pool Clean

Maintaining a healthy and clean pool is not only a good way to ensure it is always ready for use, but it can also prevent costs further down the track. Though all pools are different, the key to a clean pool is simply regular and routine care. Even if you have your pool professionally cleaned, there are still some things you can do on your own to ensure your pool stays in excellent condition. Here are seven tips on how to maintain a healthy and clean pool:

1. Check your pool’s chemical levels
Two-three times per week in summer and once a week in winter. The pH level should be maintained at between 7.2 – 7.8. Purchase a testing kit to help you monitor the chemical levels.

2. Clean out skimmer basket(s) and debris
Weekly or as required depending on varying conditions. Clean out the hair and lint pot in the pump every two weeks or as needed. Turn off the pump to do this. Skim your pool’s surface by hand every few days to easily maintain a clean pool. Floating debris eventually sinks, making it harder to remove. Skimming regularly and cleaning out skimmer baskets will also increase the efficiency of your pool’s circulation system and will lower the amount of chlorine you need to add to your pool.

3. Monitor the water level once a month and adjust as required. The water level should not fall below the level of the skimmer, otherwise pump damage can occur. Use a garden hose to refill your pool to a safe level.

4. Clean filters - You may need to do this after a heavy storm or once every few months depending on your pool’s conditions. Generally, you should clean your filters every 4-6 months, though this varies based on how much you use your pool. Signs of dirty filters can include the in-floor cleaning system not working well, an increase in flow between the pressure gauge and flow meter, or poor water clarity. Do not clean the filters more often than recommended as this can hinder the filtration process. A filter with a small amount of dirt in it will help trap other particles and remove debris from water.

5. Clean pool tile line - Weekly to reduce algae build-up and calcium deposits so they don’t fester and become big problems. Select your cleaning equipment as appropriate to the material of your pool walls. A stiff brush can be used on plaster-lined concrete, a soft brush for vinyl, fibreglass and tiles.

6. Vacuum your pool - Once weekly to keep water clear. This will reduce the number of chemicals you need to add to it.

7. Keep the area around your pool clear of vegetation, animals and chemicals. Waste by-products of these can feed algae in your pool.
Through regular, routine care you will maintain a healthy and clean pool until it is time for a professional service. For more information about how to maintain your pool, or to make use of our pool cleaning and chemical balancing

Prop Mainenance

General repairs in and around your property are the best way to prevent costly damage.

Managing the upkeep of your home ensures that it will retain its value and appeal, all systems will remain in excellent working condition, and breakdowns are minimised. Over time, weather and use will take its toll on the interior and exterior aspects of your property. Regular inspections and general repairs can prolong the life of all systems and components in your home. Here are some general repairs that can prevent disaster on your property.

General repairs and property maintenance tasks:

• Inspect electrical systems, wiring, cords and circuits. Make repairs as needed. If you are not comfortable doing this, hire a professional to test and repair for you.
• Test smoke detectors and change as required. Replace batteries annually. Smoke detectors have an average lifespan of about 10 years.
• Remove accumulated sediment from water heater.
• Clean kitchen exhaust fan filter to ensure safe and proper filtration.
• Fix leaks in and around your bathroom, toilet and kitchen. Seal tile grout. Inspect dishwasher for leaks to ensure efficient water usage and prevent damage.
• Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent clogging, rust and corrosion.
• Clean and unclog drains in and around your house and repair damaged gutters or downspouts. Damaged gutters can lead to costly water damage.
• Service the sprinkler system. A damaged system can result in greater water usage and higher bills.
• Professionally service the air conditioning system and unblock air vents. Clean or replace filters. Dirty filters can cause the system to work harder and use more energy inefficiently, or it will altogether malfunction. Air conditioning systems should be professionally checked during the spring, and heating systems checked prior to cold weather.
• Inspect your roof every six months for soft spots, loose shingles or damaged tiles. Fix roof damage.
• Repair weather stripping and caulking around doors, windows, mechanicals and bathroom fixtures to avoid leaks and damage.
• Check your home for insects and unwanted pests such as carpenter ants or termites to prevent infestation and associated costs.
• Trim away bushes and trees from the foundation of the property to minimise risk of infestation.
• Repair doors and windows to prevent draughts and ensure proper sealing. Untended leaks can see an increase in your energy usage and expenses.
• Examine paint and look for signs of peeling. Repaint problem areas to prevent rot and damp.
• Have your plumbing checked to make sure pipes are well-insulated and not leaking.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of general repairs and property maintenance tasks. However, it is a good start to ensure preventative maintenance and upkeep of your home. By keeping on top of these general repairs, you will minimise the risk of damage to your home and maintain an attractive and valuable property. Undertaking regular, routine tasks such as those listed above is the most cost-effective way to maintain your home.

For more information or to make use of our general repairs and property maintenance services, contact us today or make an online booking.

Lawn Mowing

 

Take advantage of our special offer! Refer a friend and you both get 50% off your next lawn mowing (conditions apply).

Lawn mowing is an important practice to keep your lawn healthy and lush. Regular mowing results in thicker grass which can prevent erosion, nutrient run-off, and the encroachment of weeds. Furthermore, a healthy lawn promotes air filtration and the production of oxygen. Lack of attention can result in shabby and uneven grass. Proper lawn maintenance will reap long-term benefits for your garden.
Lawn mowing does not have to be expensive to get a fantastic result. We offer a range of packages to suit all your maintenance needs. Whether it is just a once-off lawn cut or a regular appointment, we can take the hard work out of your lawn work and automatically book in a service for you.
 

Advantaged of Our Lawn Moving Services

There are many reasons to choose Lush Landscaping SA to mow your lawn.
You don’t need to be home while we work.

Many of our customers prefer that we hold a key to their side gate (this option is only for customers with no pets in their backyard) so we can come and go while you are at work. When you get home from your busy day you will be able to relax and enjoy your backyard!
 

Simple Payment Methods

Accounts are sent to your email so there is no need for cash payments left under the mat or in the letter box as many other companies insist on.
 

Thorough Service at the Best Price

We do not charge any extra to trim the edges of your lawn. We will match any genuine quote!
 

Reduced Cost and Discount Options

We offer discounts if you have a council green bin for the waste. This allows you to get the maximum value out of a council service you already pay for and reduce the cost of us cutting your lawn. We’ll cut your costs while we cut your lawn!
 
Why stop at mowing your lawn? We also offer a variety of landscaping services to keep your garden looking beautiful.
 
Contact us today so we can get things moving and have your garden and lawns looking fabulous in no time!

Do you need a caretaker to help maintain a strata property for you? Fresh Facility Services specialise in caretaker services in both body corporate and residential apartments.  Keep your strata property clean and well maintained – with daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly strata cleaning.

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With a diverse pool of highly skilled employees within a variety of service areas, we can develop, manage and deliver any type of Property Service solution you require.

Our range of services include, but not limited to:

·         Cleaning of car parks, steps, walkways and communal areas.

·         Vacuuming stairwells and common areas

·         Removing cobwebs from foyers, car parks and light fittings

·         Handyman services

·         Painting and decorating

·         General Repairs

·         Landscaping and gardening services

·         Ventilation system cleaning and maintenance

·         High pressure cleaning

·         Car park sweeping services

·         Putting out, cleaning, and bringing in bins

·         Picking up litter

·         Cleaning letterbox areas

·         Pool Valet Service and chemical testing

·     General tasks that are requested by the principal

 

There is no job too big or small. So, give us a call or make an online booking to find out how we can be of assistance to you!

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From homes to businesses, a lush green lawn is attractive to the eye. It’s a pleasant place that invites you to relax and enjoy the environment, and a place where children and pets can play safely. If you want to enjoy your lawn, but life’s too busy for watering, mowing, weeding and fertilising, then synthetic grass could be the solution you’re looking for.

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Synthetic grass is ideal for areas where growing grass has proven to be problematic to grow or difficult to access and maintain.  It can also add value to your home, business or sporting club. Installation services include:

• Residential Lawns 
• Courtyards 
• Rooftops
• Putting Greens
• Front yards 
• Playgrounds 
• Balconies 
• Median Strips and sidewalks
• Schools 
• Child Care Centres 
• Sports Fields 
• Building Developments 


Lush Landscaping SA only supply Australian made products suited to Adelaide’s harsh climate conditions, and provide full installation including ground works preparation and synthetic grass installation.  We also install synthetic grass that you have purchased and don’t have the time or resources to install yourself.

Contact us today for a free assessment on your synthetic grass and turf requirements.

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