- General, Home Improvement

How to Choose North London Builders

Looking for North London builders? Well, of course, you live in a massive part of the city. This means that there will be several different builders that you can choose from. Dozens, in fact. We have put together this guide to help you in your quest to find the perfect North London builders for your project.

Starting Your Search

When you are looking for North London builders, we suggest that you talk to your friends and your family. You will want to find out whether they have any recommendations that they can pass onto you. Of course, just because a builder is right for them does not necessarily mean that the builder is going to be right for you, but this is going to be a fantastic starting point.
You should spend most of your time searching online for those North London builders. Put a lot of effort into it. You are going to want to get a list of 5-10 companies that you will be able to do further research into.
Experience

If a company does not seem to have a lot of experience under their belts, you are going to want to scratch them from your list. There is no sense in working with them. You have to remember that building projects, even if they look simple on the face of them, are going to be very complicated. The last thing you want is to have hold-ups in your project. Now, there is no such thing as a building project which is going to go 100% smoothly. You are more likely to find a unicorn. However, the hallmark of an experienced builder is that they are going to be able to deal with those issues as they arrive. Yes, you may be paying more money for that experienced builder, but it is likely that you are going to end up saving a whole lot more cash in the long run. This is exactly what you want! The project is also going to be finished a lot quicker.
Can they do the work?

If you have a building project in mind, then you obviously want to work with a building company in North London that has plenty of experience with that type of project. Say, for example, if you want a conservatory built, you probably are not going to want to be working with North London builders who spend most of their time building rooms in a roof. So, choose somebody that fits your needs perfectly.
Meet with the builder

Before you commit yourself to a building project, it is important that you meet with the builder. Talk to them about what you want. A good builder will throw ideas in your direction. They will let you know what they feel will result in a better project. However, a good builder will make sure that your ideas get heard. During this initial meeting, you should get a feel for how easy that builder is going to be to work with.

- Gardening, General

What To Do In Autumn In Your Garden

Many gardeners are big fans of fall. The brisk, cooler weather is the ideal setting for spending time with nature and enjoying the great outdoors. Not too hot, not too cold, and full of festive seasonal pleasures like pumpkin and apple picking. It’d be a shame not to experience autumn in its full beauty, so make sure you’ve got your autumn gardening to-do list handy.
To ensure your plants and yard stay happy and healthy, it’s essential you take into account the necessary upkeep that comes with the new season. Certain things need to be done to your garden—whether you have a container or vegetable or plot garden—and we’re about to help you make sure they’re all on your radar. The autumn air sets a fantastic atmosphere for giving your garden some TLC so it can last through winter and eventually spring. So put on those gardening gloves, get your stool out, and let’s get started.
To-Do List for Fall Garden Maintenance
Early Fall Garden Tasks
Plant any spring bulbs (except tulips), shrubs, trees, fruit bushes, and other spring-blooming flowers (pansies, wallflowers, bellis daisies) for early spring colour to accent fall flowers
Plant onions and garlic
Plant hardy varieties such as Igloo Mums
Wrap mildly tender exotic varieties in fleece to protect them from frost
Cover mildly tender perennials with a thick mulch of bark chips or straw
Remove tender varieties by cutting back the stems and gently lifting the tubers/rhizomes from the ground. Clean the soil from them and store them in trays of dry compost or sand. You’ll want just the top of crown to be visible. Keep the trays in a cool, frost-free place until spring when you can replant.
Bring your houseplants back indoors, first checking for pests and diseases
Apply an autumn lawn fertilizer to established lawns

Mid-Fall Garden Tasks
Prune your hedges for the final time
Cut back faded perennials about 5 cm (2 inches) above ground level
Move poorly placed plants
Clean your greenhouse or garden shed to help reduce overwintering pests and diseases
Dig up annuals and add them to your compost heap
Trim late-flowering shrubs to reduce wind damage in the winter
Prepare for your winter wonderland by making space
Rake up fallen leaves and compost to keep things clean
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