Should I Get Winter Tires?

Should I Get Winter Tires?

Winter Tires

Winter is coming… it’s time to think about installing your winter tires!

Only two provinces in Canada, Quebec and British Colombia, require cars to use winter tires between December to April. However, at MPS, we believe all cars should have winter tires if they’re driving in snowy conditions.

Why should I use winter tires?

All-Season tires and winter tires are scientifically designed for different conditions. All-season tires are made of a rubber that starts to harden when the temperature drops below 7C. The harder the tires get, the less traction tires have and subsequently the less control you will have of your vehicle. Winter tires are made with rubber that stays softer in the cold. They also have treads designed to grip ice and snow. With improved grip and traction in the snow, slush and ice, snow tires provide a lot more control while driving.

When should I put winter tires on?

Winter tires should be installed when the temperature is consistently staying below 7 degrees Celsius or 2 weeks before the first significant snow fall. In the GTA area, this means the end of October or early November depending on that year’s fall weather.

Can I keep winter tires on all year?

Although winter tires are very important during the winter, they should not be used in the summer months because they will wear down much quicker. The pliable rubber on winter tires, which helps create traction in the winter, wears down very quickly on warm, dry pavement. Using winter tires in the spring or summer will dramatically decrease their lifespan and performance in the winter.

What is the lifespan of winter tires?

The average lifespan of a set of tires is 5-7 years, however most drivers will wear out a set within 5 years. It’s important to monitor the condition of your tires because as they age, they lose their flexibility, and their ability to cope with temperature extremes. This is especially significant when it comes to winter tires since their main advantage is the ability to remain flexible as temperatures drop below the freezing point.

– Jenna Monk

Fall Container Gardening

Fall Container Gardening

Bring the Shades and Textures of Fall to Your Home

As summer comes to an end, it’s time to replace and revive your summer garden containers!

Fall container gardening adds a fun and seasonal splash of colour to your entryway. As summer transitions into fall, think about replacing your summer planters with hardier autumnal plants.

We love mixing eye-popping blooms with rustic grasses and foliage. For a modern twist, you could even incorporate succulents as anchors for your container (click here to learn more about succulents).

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Fall containers are perfect for your outdoor fall decor, as they look great from September until the snow flies. Incorporating gourds and other festive objects into your fall planters makes for a great combination.

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Four Fall Container Tips:

  1. Combine 3-6 different plants with varying heights, textures and colours to add contrast and interest.
  2. Choose plants for lasting foliage: flowers are fleeting, choose hardy and dependable anchors for fall pots; grasses, decorative cabbage and kale, pansies and mums.
  3. Be bold! Utilize rich fall colours; reds, oranges, browns, deep purple and yellow as well as other fall staples such as pumpkins, gourds, straw, hay and decorations.
  4. WATER! Just because the temperatures are cooling down, don’t forget your planters still need water!

 

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Classic Plants for Fall Containers:

  • Garden Mums
  • Pansies
  • Heucher aka Coral Bells
  • Verbena
  • Oxalis or Shamrock
  • Decorative Cabbage and Kale
  • Asters

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For some great planter designs check out this link- Better Homes & Gardens

– Jenna Monk

 

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