Experts’ outside help
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ONLINE PEOPLE needing odd jobs done around the house this winter can seek quick quotes from a local tradesperson or service through the recently upgraded Look Local WA website.
Winter weather can bring all kinds of problems to properties, with leaking roofs and clogged gutters a hazard to families and their homes.
Customers can use the website to request and compare quotes from tradespeople in their area, simplifying the process of finding the right person for the job.
While gardening can be a good excuse to get outdoors in the cooler months, sometimes it can pay to get a professional.
Garden Gals owner Erana Tawhara said one of her clients planted golden cane palm and then removed soil from the base of the plants because he thought they were receiving too much water.
“By the time I got there, the palms were quite stressed out and I tested the soil and they were just planted in the wrong soil,” Ms Tawhara said.
“People need to know what soil they need for their plants. Some prefer alkaline and some prefer acidic.”
Ms Tawhara added elements and nutrients to the soil, preparing the plants for growth.
She said Garden Gals often helped people who were timepoor or simply could not cope with their garden.
“I find the people I normally work for are elderly and they can’t get down on the ground to do the gardening,” she said. “Some other people I work for have injuries and also find it hard.”
For home gardeners who have time to spend in the garden themselves, Ms Tawhara suggested checking for pests and insects was the best place to start.
“It’s important to identify the pests first and then use the correct treatments,” she said.
People should look out for sapsuckers, leaf-eaters and black spot disease on roses.