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30 Oct Posted by in Blog, Excavation | Comments Off on Grading or Excavating? Which is Right For You?

Grading or Excavating? Which is Right For You?

Land clearingFor those home or business owners who are considering improvements to their property, hiring professional contractors will be required. Whether the project involves land clearing or excavation, hiring professionals offers peace of mind knowing that the right equipment will be used and the job will be done safely and effectively.

Before hiring a company to handle site work, it’s important for home and business owners to understand the fundamental differences between excavation and grading.

Whether a project is commercial or residential, site work will be necessary in order to make improvements or prepare for scheduled construction. For wooded properties, this means starting with land clearing. Commercial and residential land clearing involves removing and processing trees and associated growth in order to prepare for further site work.

Once a property has been cleared, contractors can begin the excavation process. In a nutshell, excavation means moving earth. Whether it’s preparing for a road, driveway, or foundation site, excavating contractors will remove stumps, boulders, organic material, and anything that might get in the way of improvements.

Once excavation has been completed, contractors have a good starting point to begin other projects, and this is where residential and commercial grading come into play. Now that stumps, rocks, and other obstacles are not an issue, the property can be leveled and contoured to accommodate further construction.

When considering a driveway, for example, residential grading would be used to level and shape the driveway to provide a safe and well engineered surface to drive on.

From residential and commercial land clearing to excavation and grading, the process is a simple progression that prepares property for commercial and residential use. Whether it’s excavating a foundation to build a new home, or grading the landscape to prepare for an expansive yard, both require an experienced contractor to ensure the job is done correctly.

 

23 Oct Posted by in Blog, Excavation | Comments Off on Preparing The Ground For Your New Home

Preparing The Ground For Your New Home

new home groundWhen planning on building a new home, the very first step is to “break ground” and clear the land. Site preparation is extremely important, as this is where the foundation of your home will be built. After you have selected the perfect lot for your new home and have prepared a site plan, it’s time to prepare the ground for building. Because there is a lot that goes into land clearing, it is important to choose wisely when selecting a reliable excavation company. Professionals in this field will understand the ins and outs of land clearing and things that may need to be done in order to level out the ground.

Site preparation for a new home includes clearing away trees from the building site, completing rough grading that may be necessary and staking the location where the home will be built for easy installation of the foundation and footings. An experienced residential land clearing company will be able to work with you to meet all of your wants and needs. For example, you may choose to keep some trees that the land clearing must be done around. Other things that will be taken into consideration when clearing the ground include well and septic tank locations, distance to utility line hookups, your relationship to other homes in the area, topography, setbacks and more.

Because there is likely to be a great deal of debris after clearing the land, the residential land clearing company is able to conveniently haul it all away for you. If your new home will have a basement, not only will the land need to be cleared, but it will also need to be excavated. Because this can be very time consuming and can leave you with large amounts of left over dirt, you’ll want to select a land clearing company that not only clears that land, but that will also excavate it for you. By taking advantage of these services, you are making the home building process a lot easier and much more efficient from the very beginning.

16 Oct Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Goodbye Summer! Hello Fall Cleanup!

Goodbye Summer! Hello Fall Cleanup!

fall-lawn-careThe leaves are changing, the mercury is dropping, and the days are getting shorter; there’s no doubt that fall is upon us. Most homeowners take fall as an excuse to forsake all lawn maintenance, but this is a mistake. Shirking responsibilities now can lead to diseased grass, overgrown weeds, and a poor looking lawn come next spring. In fact, now that the weather is cooling, this is perhaps the best time to tackle some gardening problems. Just a little work can ensure a healthy and vibrant lawn next year.

  • This could be a great time to fertilize or reseed dead portions of your lawn. Just make sure you get a start before the ground freezes.
  • Remember, stubborn weeds won’t necessarily take a break just because the weather changed. Either pull them out or spray them with weed killer.
  • To help keep grass healthy, set your lawn mower a little shorter than normal and cut your grass one last time after it’s stopped growing.
  • Leaves either need to be removed or mulched to prevent harm to your lawn. If you’d like, bag the leaves and save them for a compost pile next spring.
  • If you live in a warmer climate, make sure to keep watering your lawn during dry spells. Just because the grass isn’t growing doesn’t mean it can survive a drought.
  • If you have any land clearing to get done, this may be the perfect season. Some landscaping companies specialize in residential clearing to help take the work off your shoulders.
  • Finally, make sure to inspect your lawn for thatch (excess dead material). If your lawn has too much, then you’ll need to take steps to eliminate it.

12 Oct Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Characteristics of a Quality Residential Land Clearing Contractor

Characteristics of a Quality Residential Land Clearing Contractor

land clearingWhen done properly, clearing your land that your domicile sits on is a thankless job. There are no parades for clearing stumps from your yard. Frequently the rub comes in when an amateur does what the professionals should be doing. The many ways to go wrong rob you off time, money, and perhaps even having to do the same job twice. Before the do it yourself warrior embarks on this misstep, they should place a call to bring out a professional for any residential land clearing project.

Safety for People and Places

Land clearing safety is the prime consideration for people, property, and other assorted objects. From simple tree removals to more complex projects like preparing the ground for a new driveway, the experienced tradesman will already be familiar with the process. They will succinctly be able to summarize all the time, manpower, and expenditures to get the job done safely. Most importantly, they will be familiar with all the code so that it will pass inspection the first time on the occasions when the home must sell. In the end, the small investment in consulting with the professional may save you more than if you were to do it yourself. It could free up your time for additional endeavors.

Customer service is the other factor in determining what company is perfect for you. Did they take the time to listen to all your requirements before trying to up sell you? Are their representatives timely and keep within the allotted project time? These are just a few of the aspects of the transparency needed in a residential land clearing company. Settle for nothing less and give the company that fits this bill a call right away.

02 Oct Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Use of Pavers for Home and Commerce

Use of Pavers for Home and Commerce

Laying Garden Pavers PatioPavers can add a special, decorative touch to any landscaping plan, whether they are used as a walkway, driveway, patio, or courtyard. With the variety of materials, styles, textures, and colors that pavers come in these days, they can be used almost anywhere.

Around the home, pavers can make a dramatic difference in the appearance of areas like your front walk and entranceway, making it stand out and adding a certain warmth to greet your guests. As part of your deck or patio, home pavers can provide a relaxed and informal feel. The use of decorative pavers for edging along driveways or sidewalks can even make those mundane features look elegant.

Pavers have a number of applications and, in commercial or municipal applications, they are used to great effect to edge lawns and green spaces. Commercial pavers are often added as trim around parking areas to make them appear more welcoming. Colors are usually used to offset the black or gray of the asphalt, so they add a decorative element as well.

If you have a landscaping plan that calls for walkways or pathways across the property, this is a prime opportunity to use pathway pavers to provide a more rustic look than plain concrete. Pavers can add a natural look and feel that you can’t get with other material.

With their range of sizes, shapes, and colors, pavers can be integrated into almost any outdoor project; surrounding swimming pools, giving a carriage house an historical look and feel, giving a plaza a more open, elegant feel, or any of a number of other applications. They enhance curb appeal of your home and add to the appearance of a professional building, all at a cost-effective price.

25 Sep Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Being Neighborly – How to Help When Help Is Needed

Being Neighborly – How to Help When Help Is Needed

helpfulneighborsBeing part of a community is very important for many people. It is understandable that they want to work with their neighbors to help create a warm and welcoming place to live. There are many ways to help create a neighborly and pleasant community. One of the nicest is to help others in need. Doing so can have multiple benefits. People feel good when they help others. They also benefit by having neighbors they know they can rely on in times of need.

One of the best ways to help out a neighbor is to help them maintain their yard. Doing so may be necessary because someone does not have the physical strength to do so. When you help out with yard care and lawn maintenance, your entire neighborhood benefits. A well maintained home lawn, one in which home lawn maintenance is a priority, is one in which the entire yards of all people present a pleasant vision to anyone living there or just passing by. Doing yard maintenance for an neighbor is one way to also help maintain the value of your own home. Your own home is part of a much larger block and a specific community. When the community is known as a place where making sure yards are well kept, it can help make it a desirable community in which to live and buy a home. This can help keep home prices high.

If you have a neighbor who needs help, gently offer your help to them. Many people are delighted to have a neighbor who will help out. It can be very easy to mow your own yard or weed your own garden and then just walk and offer and do the same for a neighborhood. Get their permission and your entire community will benefit.

18 Sep Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Curb Appeal for Your Business – Is It Sending the Right Message?

Curb Appeal for Your Business – Is It Sending the Right Message?

 New Office SpaceThe work that goes on inside of your office building or store may be spectacular, but if the exterior of your office building or store is unattractive, passer-bys are very likely to either not notice your building or to form a negative impression of it. In order to make a good impression and capture the attention of potential clients or customers, you may need a commercial lawn care service to maintain your landscape.

One of your best forms of advertisement is the sign in front of your business. This sign should feature an eye-catching design and color scheme. Plants and flowers can draw attention to the sign, but it’s essential that they don’t block the view of the sign. A spotlight shining on your sign at night will provide constant advertisement.

If you have a walkway leading to the front door of your office or store, check the condition it’s in. Not only are cracks in the walkway unattractive, they can be a tripping hazard for anyone using the walkway. Plants lining the walkway should not obstruct it. Keeping debris cleared off will also give people a positive impression of your business. A commercial lawn maintenance contract with a provider in your area can assure that the shrubs, trees and plants in your landscape are trimmed appropriately and are an attractive feature in the landscape design.

Commercial land clearing may involve clearing a space for your building and parking lot. When preparing for construction, it’s essential that you consider how to gain the most visibility. Once you achieve that, you want to be sure that the curb appeal for your business is appealing and inviting. Think of your curb appeal as an advertising feature for your business and use it to your advantage.

11 Sep Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on Sod, Sod, Sod – What Type is Best for Your Yard – 5 Tips

Sod, Sod, Sod – What Type is Best for Your Yard – 5 Tips

sodDepending upon the size of your yard, the lawn can be one of the biggest investments you make in your home. Here are 5 things to consider before making that investment.

Climate

In an area with cold winters and hot summers, bluegrass, ryegrass, bentgrass and fescues are all good choices. If you live in an area where temperatures are warm year ’round, your best choices are Bermuda, St. Augustine, Centipede or Carpetgrass.

Soil Type

What type of soil you are working with is an important consideration. If you are fortunate enough to have fertile, loamy soil, any type of grass will thrive. If you are dealing with sandy soil that doesn’t hold water as well, Bahia may be your best option. Centipede will grow in areas with acidic soil.

Sun Exposure

When choosing sod, it is vital that you know what type of sun exposure your lawn area has. If you are dealing with a northern exposure or an area of shade choose St. Augustine, Centipede, or a fescue-type sod. For areas of intense sunlight a better choice would be Bermuda or Zoysia.

Use

How will you use your lawn area? Most grasses will take some foot-traffic, but if your yard will be used as a children’s play area or for frequent entertaining, Bermuda or Zoysia are your best options.

Upkeep

How much time do you have to devote to yard maintenance? Centipede is a slow grower, so requires less time, while Bermuda has a fast growth rate and requires regular applications of fertilizer. For those with moderate amounts of time for lawn care chores, fescue is a good choice as it has a moderate growth rate.
Taking your time to choose the right sod will pay off in a beautiful lawn for years to come.

04 Sep Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Heads Up! Remember It Is Still Hurricane Season!

Heads Up! Remember It Is Still Hurricane Season!

Trees in StormWithout a doubt, when dealing with the hurricane season, you are in for a long and tough year. Luckily, some years, the hurricanes do not strike the area you live in. While this happens, it also happens to be that many folks with deal with a hurricane this year and every year in the future. With this in mind, here are three things to do to protect your family in case of a hurricane.

Board Up Windows

First and foremost, you want to listen to hurricane warnings and avoid the area, if possible. While true, if you leave your house, you are going to leave it vulnerable without boarding up the windows. Fortunately, if you pay a contractor or do it yourself, you can protect your windows and ensure that water doesn’t come through them and into your house.

Big Items in your Yard

think about it, if the wind howls, you will watch as trash cans and other debris in the yard smashes your home. This can cause damage to both residents and the building itself. To prevent issues, you will want to take a few basic steps, to start, walk around your yard and look for large items that may damage your home. Then, when you hear hurricane warnings, bring in those items and put them in the garage.

Emergency Pack

Now, to enjoy hurricane protection, you will want to have an emergency pack ready to go. While home protection is obviously important, you will need to think about what to take during a hurricane. Remember, if you have all your medicine and other supplies, your safety during hurricanes will be in check.

With these three simple steps, you can protect your house and your loved ones. Simply put, don’t be afraid; instead, prepare for a hurricane in advance.

 

28 Aug Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on 4 Helpful Tips on What to Do When Your Lawn is Suffering From Too Much Shade

4 Helpful Tips on What to Do When Your Lawn is Suffering From Too Much Shade

fall outdoorIf the trees and plants in your lawn provide a little much shade during the day, chances are your grass will not grow. All grass types need at least three to four hours of sunlight each day to look healthy and lush. Here are four quick tips to help you grow grass in your shady yard:

1. Increase the amount of sunlight in your yard by pruning back trees and plants. Not only will your yard look neat and tidy, your grass will have a greater chance of getting the proper amount of sunlight. If possible, remove some trees and plants that contribute too much shade.

2. Remove grass cuttings during lawn maintenance to allow more sunlight to penetrate the soil. The same goes for leaves that fall during cool autumn months. Even though grass grows much slower during autumn and winter, it’s still growing. Maximize sun exposure as much as possible all year long to maintain a full lawn.

3. Limit watering when performing lawn care on your lawn. Since moisture buildup can occur in shady areas with limited sunlight, watering a shady lawn can cause mold growth, which can kill the grass. Instead, water on overly hot days or during times of minimal rainfall. Water deeply to reach the roots and then walk away. This will encourage grass to grow, but not mold

4. Choose a shade tolerant grass such as Red Creeping Fescue, St. Augustine, Rough Bluegrass, or Perennial Ryegrass. These grasses still require sunlight, but are far more tolerant to shady spots than other grass types.

Fertilizers with a high concentration of phosphorous help roots grow healthy and strong. When reseeding your lawn, look for a good seed mix such as Scotts Turf Builder Deep Shade Mix or Pennington Sun and Shade Mix.