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22 May Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on How to Choose the Right Trees for Your Yard

How to Choose the Right Trees for Your Yard

Fall LanscapingThe right landscaping can give your home the outdoor appeal you’ve been looking for. If you’re thinking of adding some trees to your yard, there are a few elements that you should consider before making your final selections. Read on to learn about the criteria you should use to choose the right trees for your yard.

Size

The size tree you place in your yard depends on the purpose of the tree and how much room you have to plant. Short and wide trees need a large footprint, while short and skinny trees are good for small areas. Medium and large trees are good choices for areas of the yard where you want more shade. Don’t forget to consider vertical space (such as roof and power lines) as well as horizontal space when you’re evaluating your tree needs.

Climate

Depending on where you live, some trees grow better than others. Consult a local garden center or another resource to learn what trees do best in your region. Temperature, precipitation, frost, and natural pests are all important climate-related criteria to consider when choosing a tree.

Purpose

The reason why you want to plant a tree will inform the type of tree you select. For example, certain trees are the best choices if you’re looking for shade or privacy, while you might instead be driven to choose a tree based on the beautiful flowers it blooms.

Taking these three factors into account when you are selecting trees for your yard can make a big difference in the way your finished yard looks as well as your enjoyment of the tree.

 

24 Apr Posted by in Blog, Tree Removal | Comments Off on 5 Situations When You’ll Need to Know About Tree Removal

5 Situations When You’ll Need to Know About Tree Removal

Tree RemovalFor homeowners with a large outdoor living space, tree removal may be necessary from time to time. Hiring a professional tree service offers homeowners peace of mind knowing that the job will be handled safely and that property damage won’t be an issue. There are at least 5 situations where a tree removal service should be contracted.

1. Storm Damage

Tree damage resulting from severe weather is not uncommon. Trees surrounding the home may lose limbs or be completely uprooted. This type of damage creates hazardous conditions, and the necessary work should only be performed by a tree removal service.

2. Tree Health And Disease

When mature trees are victim of disease, or they have died and become unsafe, a professional tree removal service will be necessary. Trees that appear healthy on the outside may have rotted in the inside, and will pose a danger to homeowners without tree removal experience.

3. Site Work

For those homeowners who are planning an addition or extensive landscaping project, professional tree removal may be necessary to eliminate trees that are too close to a proposed addition, or don’t fit well into future landscaping plans.

4. Underground Utilities

Sewer lines, water lines, and underground electric service may be compromised and overcome by the root systems from surrounding trees. As these trees become more mature the danger may increase, and damage to underground utilities will prove to be an expensive repair. A tree removal service will eliminate trees that pose potential problems.

5. General Tree Removal

Whether it’s creating a view or allowing additional sunlight into the yard area, general tree removal should be handled by a professional. When the goal is to improve the landscape, a tree removal service can also handle stump removal which will help to beautify the yard.

Hiring a professional tree removal service is the best possible way to avoid unfortunate injuries and to ensure a job well done.

17 Apr Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on From Around the Web: 20 Awesome Facts About Sod

From Around the Web: 20 Awesome Facts About Sod

grass seedSod, or turf, is extremely versatile and can be used everywhere from golf courses to lawns. There are a lot of facts about sod:

1. Sod traps dust and dirt that pollutes the air we breathe.

2. In summer, sod lawns can be 30 degrees cooler than asphalt and 14 degrees cooler than bare soil.

3. The water use rate of sod is lower than most other plants and trees.

4. 2500 square feet of sod will release enough oxygen for a family of four.

5. Sod can be installed almost any time of the year, even winter in milder climates.

6. Sod takes root better than grass seed.

7. Sod eliminates the need to pull weeds.

8. Sod looks lush and green from the first day, alleviating the 2-3 week germination and growth time of seeded lawns.

9. Sod can be used to build sod houses and keeps heat in during winter and out during summer.

10. Most anybody who can understand that the green side goes up can install sod.

11. Sod increases property value by giving the home a well-cared for look.

12. Sod can be cut to match any size lawn and easily shape around any landscaping features.

13. Upon installation, sod is fully mature and immediately begins controlling erosion.

14. Sod eliminates bald spots from patchy seed growth, filling all parts of the lawn equally.

15. Sod allows for light lawn use immediately. A seeded lawn must be left alone for 3-4 weeks during germination.

16. Sod lawns reduce water usage requiring less water than a seeded lawn and dry out less quickly.

17. Sod can be used to replace an entire lawn or to fill bald or dead spots within an existing lawn.

18. Sod can eliminate insect problems associated with seeded lawns.

19. Sod is a natural water filter and purifies water that passes through its roots.

20. Sod has a higher uniformity of coverage. Seeded lawns may need reseeding in some areas to obtain uniformity.

References
Green Valley Turf Co. – http://gvt.net/resources/benefits-of-sod
Interesting Facts About Sod – http://southernsodservices.com/blog/2012/01/31/interesting-facts-about-sod/
Kogelmann’s Creek-Side Sod Farm: Facts – http://www.creeksidesodfarm.com/facts.htm
Living in a Sod House – http://www.nebraskastudies.org/0500/frameset_reset.html?http://www.nebraskastudies.org/0500/stories/0501_0109.html
Northern Hills Sod Farm; LLC – http://www.northernhillssodfarm.com/Sod_Facts.html
P&L Landscaping – http://www.pllandscaping.com/residential-services/new-lawn-maintenance/sod-installation/
The Turf Blog – http://www.modernturf.com/modern-turf-news/the-3-best-things-about-sod-landscaping-for-landscapers
What is Sod? – http://www.sodprices.com/what-is-sod/

 

10 Apr Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on 5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need to Get Land Clearing Help

5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need to Get Land Clearing Help

Trees to be SavedThe process of clearing trees, shrubs and other types of vegetation from land may seem straightforward at first, but the fact is that this can be a grueling and intense process that must be completed with care. If you are thinking about starting a home improvement or new construction project in your space, you may be wondering if you need professional land clearing services. Here are five signs that may indicate that it is time to schedule professional service.

1. Utilities Are Nearby.

When you need to clear away trees or other types of vegetation, spend time reviewing the land. When overhead power lines are present, they can be damaged if limbs fall on them. If tree roots have grown around gas lines or other utilities in the ground, these can also be damaged during the clearing process.

2. Structures Are Close to the Area.

Likewise, buildings or other structures that are located close to the area that needs to be cleared may also be damaged if branches fall onto them during the clearing process. Special steps may need to be taken to ensure that the branches are removed with care.

3. Vegetation is Older or Established.

When vegetation is older or established, the roots may be deep or difficult to remove. Special techniques may need to be employed to ensure that the tree is killed and the root does not generate new growth.

4. The Area That Needs to Be Cleared Is Extensive.

Clearing away one tree can be a time-consuming and even dangerous project, but this effort is complicated when you have a considerable amount of space that needs to be cleared. Whether you have a small lot with many trees or a large lot with trees and shrubs, professional services may be beneficial.

5. You Don’t Have the Proper Equipment.

The proper equipment may also need to be used for fast, safe land-clearing. In some cases, crews will need to get into the trees to remove limbs before felling trees. Additional equipment may need to be used to clear away the roots.

When you need to clear land, you may be wondering if this is a project you want to tackle on your own. The fact is that land clearing can be challenging for many reasons, and there are benefits associated with contracting the services of a professional team for this type of project.

03 Apr Posted by in Blog, Excavation, Land Clearing | Comments Off on What the Heck Is Land Excavation?

What the Heck Is Land Excavation?

land gradingWhen you buy land, it must be excavated to make it more functional and appropriate for your uses. Roads are necessary for bringing in equipment, and you may need larger spaces cleared for building structures or engaging in other activities. Here is what you should know about land clearing if you’re considering investing in unimproved lots.

Removal of Debris

Brush, stones, trees, stumps and other obstacles crowd the land and make even level areas unusable. With land clearing, all of the debris is removed to open up space and make the land ready for construction or other development. The lumber can be dried and used as firewood for your own use, or you can sell the lumber to help offset expenses. Rocks can sometimes be sold, and other debris will have to be disposed of by the clearing company or in another area of the property.

Excavation and Heavy Digging

After the land is cleared, it may need to be excavated. Professionals use heavy equipment to excavate basements, crawlspaces and foundations for slabs. Excavation is necessary for any structure that will require footers. Land can be excavated on almost any level ranging from a small home to a massive skyscraper. Professional companies can haul away the dirt that is dug out. If you’re doing a smaller excavation project on your own, such as for a pool, then you might be able to offer the fill dirt to people who are trying to fill in old ponds or level out their yards.

Before deciding if you will handle the excavation and clearing on your own, consider the time involved and the disposal challenges. Part of the fee for professionals includes the cost of disposal. Experienced companies also have heavy equipment that makes the process faster and safer. If you’re going to attempt to do this work on your own, consider renting equipment, and make arrangements for disposal ahead of time to avoid complications.

13 Mar Posted by in Blog, Excavation | Comments Off on Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Excavation

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Excavation

ExcavationIf you are about to dig into a project at home that deals with excavation, be sure you have a good understanding of what it is all about. People will often try the do-it-yourself approach and end up with more headaches than they started with. When in doubt, turn to the professionals. Here are some basic tips about excavation.

Excavation is Dangerous

Before tackling that excavation process, be aware of the dangers involved. When digging a man-made depression, trench in the ground, or forming a cavity, it involves shifting the earth. One mistake and you can find yourself trapped under the crushing weight of the soil. You need to have the proper equipment and know the best approach in order to avoid danger to yourself and others. You also don’t want to disturb the surroundings. Trench collapses and falls can be deadly.

The First Order of Business is Protection

When doing excavation, it is important to put protective systems into place. This can involve a type of aluminum support or sloping, in which the trench wall is cut in such a way that it creates an angle, avoiding too much pressure on the trench. You need to be aware of the presence of water in the soil, what type of soil it is, if there are any other activities going on in the area that could disturb the soil, and if weather will be a factor.

Turn to a Professional

When in doubt, turn to a professional to give you advice about your excavation project, the proper steps to take, and what equipment is needed. If you do not have the skills and knowledge to do the job safely, there’s no shame in hiring an excavation service to get the job done for you.

07 Mar Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Sod

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Sod

sodLaying sod can be a real chore, but these tips can help minimize the difficulty for anyone undertaking the task.

Be Prepared – Tools

Have all the tools you need readily available when you begin the job, including a good pair of gloves, sod-cutting knife, spreader, and a heavy-duty rake. If you are removing grass and weeds, have a sod-cutter for that and consider renting a small tiller.

Prepare the Soil Ahead of Time

This includes putting that tiller to work and removing any debris from the work area, including small – medium rocks and stones that will impair growth and good root formation. Properly prepared soil is a necessity!

Fertilizer and Amendments

To get the grass to take to the soil and thrive, consider adding nutrients to the soil beforehand, including fertilizer, compost, or other treatments designed to give your new plants a sporting chance. If you have children or outdoor pets, consider choosing from the many safe and/or organic options, including compost.

Location

Have the pallets or rolls delivered or unloaded as close to the work area as possible. This can save considerable time and energy in terms of moving the sod-rolls or squares piecemeal.

Allot Enough Time

For many people, this job must be spread across to weekends: one weekend for the prep work and another for laying the sod. Trying to do it all in a single weekend may not give the desired quality of work and results.

Ask for Help

Laying sod is not typically a one-person job, although it can be done. Instead, consider asking friends or family for assistance with the project, especially the time-consuming step of laying the grass itself. If this isn’t an option, consider getting an estimate from a local landscaping company.

Overall, this is a project that leaves many people tired, but pleased with their work, yielding a lawn that can be maintained and enjoyed for many years to come, while also adding substantial curb appeal to the home.

27 Feb Posted by in Blog, Tree Removal | Comments Off on Trimming Trees: Give Your Home Curb Appeal

Trimming Trees: Give Your Home Curb Appeal

landscapingHomeowners naturally want to be able to take great pride in their homes, and upkeep is essential if you want everything to be in excellent condition. You should remember to keep your lawn in mind when you are working on your home. It is the first thing people see when they visit, and practicing proper tree trimming can go a long way towards beautifying your space and creating great curb appeal.

Creative Landscaping

Many people overlook their trees as a source of specialized landscaping. While it is generally fine to let trees grow on their own, you may also consider trimming them in a way that will encourage them to develop in a different shape or direction. By doing this, your trees can be sculpted to better suit your landscaping tastes.

Thinner is Sometimes Better

Those homeowners with many trees on a small lawn may wish to consider thinning out their branches. This will allow you to keep all your trees while allowing much more light onto your property. Thinning the trees out a bit will also give the appearance that your lawn is larger than it actually is.

More Fruit and Flowers

Those who have populated their lawns with fruit trees and flowering trees can help them be even better. Proper trimming of these types of trees will encourage healthy growth that will result in more attractive flowers and a healthy abundance of fruit.

Remove Unhealthy Branches

Inspect your trees regularly for signs of disease, breakage or injury. It is important for cosmetic and safety reasons that you remove any branches that are not thriving. One diseased branch left on your tree could ultimately kill your entire tree.

These are just a few tips to help you have the most attractive lawn with the best trees in the entire neighborhood. Take good care of your surroundings, and you can expect to have a wonderful place to call home for many years to come.

20 Feb Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on Four Tips to Help Your Lawn Recover From a Harsh Winter

Four Tips to Help Your Lawn Recover From a Harsh Winter

Lawn RecoveryA homeowner’s lawn is often a source of pride and joy. You work at it diligently to keep it alive and beautiful. Unfortunately, harsh winter weather often comes along and does its best to undo all the good work you have done for your lawn. There are a few things you can do to help your lawn revive after a rough winter.

1. Give Nourishment

You can purchase lawn food that is specifically made to help revitalize your lawn after the winter months. Be sure to read the packaging and get the one that is best suited for your particular type of grass.

2. Mow Gently

When the grass begins growing again to the point it is time to mow, you should set your mower blades to a higher height in order to only cut the top of the grass. This allows the root of the grass to get a good hold and grow properly. After the first few mows of the new season, you can resume mowing normally.

3. Offer Some New Seed

A really harsh winter may have caused your lawn to become thin. If you see thin or bare patches, consider buying some extra seed for those areas. Just mix the new seeds with some extra soil and water, and you should soon see new growth.

4. Remove Those Weeds

If the weeds have taken over your lawn during the winter months, then it is time to send them on their way. Purchase an appropriate weed killer for your type of grass, and use a rake to remove the weeds as soon as they have died.

Your lawn gives onlookers the very first impression of your home, so use these tips to keep your lawn in excellent condition. Take good care of your lawn, and it will give you a lovely spot for your children to play and to entertain your family and friends.

18 Feb Posted by in Blog, Excavation, Land Clearing | Comments Off on What You Need to Know About Land Excavation

What You Need to Know About Land Excavation

Land ExcavationLand excavation is used for a variety of applications on a residential, commercial and industrial scale. Homes may need excavations for a brand new in ground swimming pool project. The ground has to physically be removed to create a space deep enough to accommodate the basin of the pool. Similarly, a residential property needs a land excavation to install a septic tank system that needs to be completely underground. Residential land excavations require the proper permits from the local departments of zoning in a given community. Homeowners can’t just start digging through their land without having the permission of the town or city.

On a much larger scale, land excavations are done to install essential infrastructure such as water and gas supply lines. There is a tremendous network of pipes underneath every residential street. The installations are carefully mapped out so that future excavations can easily locate the pipes. In fact, striking buried pipes is a major risk of any land excavation project. Gas lines that are accidentally hit may burst and cause a tremendous accumulation of explosive content in the ground.

This can lead to significant explosions that can blow away entire homes and buildings. Therefore, only qualified excavating professionals that have the right equipment can dig out the ground to prevent explosions. Similarly, there is a risk of hitting water main lines when excavating the ground. Such accidents can cause major leaks that spread onto the local roads and cause traffic delays and other problems such as minor flooding.

An excavator is the most common type of vehicle that is used for excavation projects on construction sites, local roads and residential properties. An excavator tractor is a smaller type of vehicle that can be used for minor projects that require removing dirt and other material from the ground.