Tips to help keep you home cool this summer.
If possible consider insulation in your roof, this will help your Air Conditioner reach and maintain a cool temperature during the hottest of days. Insulation helps block heat coming through the roof and keeps the cool in.
Seal Windows and Doors
When running Air Conditioning, ensure your doors and windows are closed, and if there are gaps in your doors, consider using insulation strips to stop the cool air getting out.
Your roof is one of the hottest areas of your home, while insulation helps, roof ventilation helps a great deal in letting out the hot air and air to circulate.
Shade sails are a great idea for around your home, they help keep the whole house cool and change the temperature around doors and windows allowing the air inside to keep cool.
Light coloured paint
If you are repainting your home, consider using lighter colours to help keep the heat down. Dark exterior paint does make the inside of your home hotter.
Ceiling fans work well when combined with Air Conditioning, these help move the air around your home and assist your Air conditioner get to the right temperature faster.
Appliances used at night
Try and leave your larger appliances until night time when its cooler. Larger machines generate their own heat, and when used during the day adds to the heat inside the home.
Over 67% of Queensland has been drought declared.
This now also includes Logan & Redlands.
Please consider these conditions and conserve your daily water usage.
Assistance is available for eligible Farmers & Communities here: https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/
Donations to help affected Farmers & Communities can be made here: https://www.ruralaid.org.au/donate
Why use a Multi Head Air Conditioner?
If you have several rooms to cool but only want one outdoor unit.
There is not enough space for a ducted system.
Lower running costs than many ducted systems.
More flexible when designing your home system, as you can control the temp of each head/room.
Often more expensive to setup than ducted systems.
Specialised unit (you cannot use a normal split system).
Call us to discuss options and design
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If you have a hot and dry location, and have issues keeping other plants alive during the summer season, then succulents are a good option.
They require less regular watering than other plants and can grow well in very hot conditions where other plants cannot survive.
There are a wide range of plants that are called succulents, and they are usually have fleshy leaves, stems or roots for water storage.
Here are just a couple:
These make a great option for gardens or garden borders, they are happy in the sun or shade and drought resistant.
Easy to cultivate and can handle hot dry climate well, a good option for indoors.
Whales Tongue Agave
These grow up to 4-5 feet tall and as wide, they are a great option for garden coverage. More watering is required on these to grow the flowers on spikes that grow between the wide leaves.
These make a great option for potted plants, they are very strong and hardy, and can handle very hot areas. They do need some shade during the hottest part of the day to help with long life spans.
Avoid over watering these plants, they should be watered when the solid has dried, in summer this can range between once to twice a week.
Ensure that pots and planted areas are well draining and do not collect too much water.
Slow release fertiliser is best as over feeding does create a weaker plant.
Cuttings & leaves
You can grow succulents from their leaves:
Snap off a healthy leaf (approx from middle of plant), allow to dry in the shade and the tear will heal on the leaf.
Put the leaf on top of some potty mix and leave in area with sunlight, lightly water once a week to keep soil moist.
After a few weeks the roots will take hold.
Keep these rules in mind when growing succulents:
- They need a sunny environment
- When watering its good to give them a good drenching less regularly (once every one to two weeks)
- Soil should not be too fertile, succulents are not used to this kind of soil and a desert style mix is more suitable
- Do not overcrowd in garden or pots when planting
Considerations when purchasing an Air Conditioner
Do you need Reverse Cycle that cools in summer and heats in winter?
Room size up to 20sq meters: 2-2.5 kw
Room size 20-40sq meters: 2.5-5 kw
Room size 40-60sq meters: 4-6 kw
Room size 60-80sq meters: 5-7 kw
*We recommend seeking advice to be sure you have the best unit to suit your home.
Choose a model with equal or slightly greater capacity for the room.
Different models and brands have varying power consumption, so check the power rating as this will save you money over time.
Check the operating modes of the unit to make sure it covers what you will need.
- Dry (Dehumidifies the air)
- Fan Only
- Economy Mode or Eco Mode
Don't forget we can plan the right unit for your home or install a unit that you have already purchased.
Choosing the right pot for your plants is important for the plants health.
Planting in small pots can cause issues as they are unable to hold enough water for the plant in between your watering schedule and plants can become root bound.
Too large of a pot will find your plants spending all of their energy on root systems rather than growth.
Shallow rooted crops such as lettuce, herbs and most annuals require 15cm in diameter with 20cm depth of soil.
As a rule of thumb, choose a pot that is one-third as tall as the plant. A 1 meter plant (from soil line to top of plant) should have a pot that is around 33-35cm.
Ensure there is adequate drainage in the pot to avoid rot, there should be one good drainage hole for every 3.5 litres of soil used.
Widely available in many different sizes and shapes.
Terra-cotta pots look great and enhance the look of your garden, they are porous and keep cool.
However they are fragile and because they are porous, they require more monitoring to ensure the plants remain moist.
Similar to Terra-cotta, they are fragile, however they are non porous due to the glazing. These are a great option for your garden and come in a variety of colours and styles.
While not a great alternative for the environment, if you already have them then it is better to use them then throw away.
Plastic pots are durable, retain moisture well and are lightweight. Keep black or dark coloured plastic pots out of direct sunlight to avoid heating up and damaging tender roots.
Yes they are heavy! This makes them a great option for large plants that require more support.
Concrete is a great insulator against temperate changes as well.
These usually look great in the garden, but make sure they are made with a rot resistant wood, and they are constructed well.
Also ensure they are painted with a non toxic paint. Wooden pots usually retain water well, and provided they have adequate drainage are a great option.
Flowers you can plant in summer to brighten your garden.
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These can bloom in as little as 55 days (depending on variety) They like warm soil and can be sown in summer months.
These vining flowers will bloom in 65 days from seed, soak the seeds for 2 days prior, changing the water regularly
These are very popular and easy to grow, they handle summer heat well can will bloom in 53 days.
Often called Black-Eyed Susan, they are great for time poor gardeners, as they are hardy and low maintenance.
Johnny Jump-Ups (violas)
A very pretty flower that grow easily in summer and can be sown directly in summer soil.
Asters bloom in 85 days from seed, and make a great choice for planting in summer.
Benefits of rainwater in gardens
Capturing rain and using it on your garden has a range of benefits that you can only get from rainwater.
Rainwater contains nitrogen, usually in much higher quantities than is found in mains water. Nitrogen is essential for growth and health of your lawn and garden.
Mains water contains chlorine, however this is not found in nature and not in rainwater.
Chlorine can kill microorganisms beneficial to plants, and disrupt natural growth and development of your plants, excessive chlorine will stop plants being able to extract necessary nutrients, which in turn will be detrimental to long term garden health.
Bores and wells usually contain salt, rainwater does not, high salt content can be detrimental to your plants and lawn.
Water Available During Restrictions
When water restrictions are applied, an established water tank will provide you with water that is healthy and able to be used when required.
Air Conditioner Coil maintenance
Your Air Conditioners Coils are directly exposed to outside elements such as leaves and in dry conditions high levels of dirt and dust.
This stops your Air Conditioner working properly as it restricts your air flow between the coil and fins.
What should you do?
Make sure you Air Conditioner is maintained at least once a year and the coils and filter are cleaned.
(more often if in poor dusty conditions)
Ensure that there is an adequate free space around your air conditioner outside of the house and its air flows freely with no foliage within a minimum of two feet.
When mowing ensure that grass cuttings are not directed towards the unit.Call us for a regular maintenance schedule, and to help with your setup.
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A Ducted System is an Air Conditioning system has a number of outlets placed throughout the home and allocated by Zones. These Zones can then controlled by a central tablet-style device.
This allows you to set different temperatures throughout your home.
Ducted systems are quiet and highly effective at keeping your entire home at a pleasant temperature.
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Fertilising & Lawn Care
Fertilising adds nutrients to your soil and feeds your lawn, this is critical for a long term healthy grass that will withstand the elements.
Your grass will grow faster and healthier when done correctly.
Things to consider:
Use granular fertiliser (preferably natural) over soluble as it lasts longer and releases nutrients gradually over time.
Using fertiliser in winter will help the roots grow stronger and more resilient during dry seasons.
Mow your grass regularly to the correct height to allow for the best growth cycle, do not cut too short particularly in summer as the heat gets to the soil.
As a general rule allow the grass to grow longer in summer.
The correct height of your grass varies depending on your soil and grass type.
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Bore water considerations
Using a bore is a great option during hot and dry weather, however there are a few things you need to consider before putting bore on your plants.
Bore water often has a high salt content, solids and iron, so its advised to get the water tested so you know what you are dealing with. However keep in mind that over time and seasons your Bore water will change.
Working with Saline Water
Bore most commonly has a high soluble salts, so you need to be careful when using your Bore water on seedlings and plants that cannot handle higher salt content.
With seedlings they are more sensitive to salt than more mature plants, so you can grow seedlings in potting mix that is loose and well drained.
Use trickle watering systems to reduce the effects of salinity and evaporation, this then provides a steady leaching of salt to the edge of the wet area.
When watering, avoid putting water directly on the plants and allow the soil to help remove the salt. Ensure your soil is loose and drains well.
For your lawn and garden apply gypsum to heavy soil and plenty of organic matter to improve soil structure and help process the Bore water.
If you plan on using Bore water regularly, ensure that the plants you select have a high tolerance to bore water.
Some examples are:
persimmon, passion-fruit, strawberry, raspberry, avocado, almond, stone fruit, citrus fruit, apples, pears.
green beans, parsnips, celery, radish, squash, peas, onion, carrot.
primula, gardenia, star jasmine, begonia, rose, azalea, camellia, ivy, magnolia, fuschia.
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Water is essential for plant and lawn growth, and getting it right will directly impact how your lawn and garden grows.
One of the ways to test how much water you should use is to monitor your soil.
Take a sample of your soil from 20cm depth, squeeze the soil, it should stick together to some extent, if not its too dry. (Sandy soil is an exception here, but it should still be moist).
For a quick check, if you cannot push a 15cm screwdriver into the ground then its too dry.
Over Watering vs Under Watering
Over watering produces soft plants with poor durability. Frequent light watering allows too much evaporation and creates shallow roots on plants and grass.
Amounts of Water
Dry sandy soil will take 25mm to soak down to 30cm depth. Dry loam soil takes 40 - 50mm of water to reach 30cm depth. High levels of clay in soil requires 70mm of water to reach 30cm depth
Water 2-3 times a week deeply rather than every day, ensure the water reaches a depth of at least 30cm.
Water early as you can in the morning.
How to Calculate the Amount Of Water
Get a container with at least 25mm depth, place it in the range of your sprinkler and time how long it takes to get to 25mm.
This will show you how much water you need based on your soil type. On average it takes 60 mins to produce 25mm. This all depends on your sprinkler and water pressure.
Note this is a guide only and measurements can vary depending on your soil, garden and landscape.