Although winter is mostly behind us now, as we all know, the weather in February and March can be unpredictable – as much as we can expect beautiful days, it is also very likely that we are also in store for cold snaps and snow – the Beast from the East which struck Britain in February and March 2018 was proof of the fact that weather at this time of the year can certainly resemble the arctic at times!
It can be hard at this time of the year to know what to do in the home and the garden – do we start replacing those thick winter duvets, or risk putting out our precious plants? Here are a few good ideas for getting through this changeable and unpredictable couple of months…
Keep your Home Ready for the Winter – If you want to start making preparations for the warmer months, there are many things that you can do, but be prepared for the cold still. If you are having trouble with your boiler or heating but are thinking of putting it off until later in the year, don’t! Get a professional like this boiler service Cheltenham based company https://www.hprservicesltd.com/cheltenham-boilers/boiler-service-cheltenham/ in to sort it out now. If you want to change a duvet to a lighter one maybe have some throws and blankets to hand to use if the temperatures do plummet again.
Keep Plants Safe – Although Spring can have bright sunny and even warm days, the risk of frost and bad weather is far from over at this time of the year. If you want to plant seedlings and young plants, it is best to keep them in the greenhouse for now. What you can do, is to put them into a cold frame on warmer days to acclimatise them slowly and return them to the greenhouse at night when frost is likely to strike. If you don’t have a greenhouse, you can even get them going in your house.
Check your Outdoor Structures – Now is a good time to look for any damage that may have happened over the winter. Outdoor structures like sheds, garages and greenhouses could have taken the worst of the winter weather, and if there is more to come could be damaged further. Check things like gutters, which as well as being damaged can also become blocked by debris that blows over in strong winds. Shed roofs and greenhouses can also be susceptible to winter storm damage so they may need to be repaired.
Do Some Spring Cleaning – Although the weather may be changeable, you can definitely do some spring cleaning now! After Christmas is a good time for a clear out and it is something to do on those rainy days stuck in the house.