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12 Feb Posted by in Grading, Land Clearing | Comments Off on What Is The Best Topsoil For My Garden?

What Is The Best Topsoil For My Garden?

Community gardenPurchasing topsoil for a garden may seem like an easy task. All that an individual has to do is go to a store that sells topsoil and purchase some. While that may be a basic example, the fact of the matter is that homeowners need to do some research before purchasing topsoil for a garden.

People who are considering topsoil need to think about topsoil usage. When doing commercial land clearing or residential land clearing, topsoil is necessary in order to give a lawn or garden the help that it needs. At the same time, the usage might be different between a lawn and a garden. There is topsoil that can specifically help challenges that pertain to lawn grading and lawn erosion. In home gardening, a different type of topsoil may be necessary.

It is important for people to recognize the types of soil that is within a property. Some soil within a garden can contain a high level of sand. Other soils may feature clay. Areas with high levels of sand can create a situation in which the soil does not retain water. The opposite problem occurs with clay. Clay retains water well, but it can prevent water from receiving it. It is necessary to purchase the right balance of topsoil that will compliment the garden soil. In addition to this, loam features a mixture of sand and clay. The right variety can do wonders for a garden or a yard. Knowing what type of soil is within a property can help a homeowner greatly.

The variety of topsoil on the market allows gardeners to select the best blend for a garden. Professionals are able to give assistance and answer questions about topsoil that is being sold. Whatever the case is, topsoil provides a fresh start to a garden.

01 Jan Posted by in Grading, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Hot Tub Heaven!

Hot Tub Heaven!

hot tubTo create a slice of heaven in the backyard with a hot tub and a deck, a few simple things must be done. The biggest thing is to make sure to have residential maintenance done to the yard. The pipes that go into the hot tub must be placed on level ground. To do this, it is recommended that an expert residential maintenance specialist perform ground leveling services before the hot tub is installed. Leveling the ground is necessary for a couple of key reasons; to prevent flooding and to maintain proper drainage. A deck is easier to build when it is on level ground. Starting with an even surface makes the entire build process go faster and smoother.

Once ground grading is complete, the hot tub installation can begin with underground pipes and decking. When the foundations for both are laid out and installed, the rest of the framework can be installed on a level surface. Keeping a level surface also ensures that water does not get forced against the foundation of the house causing bigger problems down the road. When the decking foundation is laid, the hot tub and other features like stairs can be added to the framework of the deck.

Hot tub benefits are plentiful, not only for relaxation, but overall health and general wellness. People who have a way to relax after working tend to have lower blood pressure, a better weight, and fewer headaches. The hot tub is also perfect for people who suffer from chronic conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and stiff muscles. Using a hot tub after exercise keeps muscles limber and helps prevent the pain created from lactic acid that builds up in the muscles. Overall stress reduction is the greatest benefit of all keeping owners happy and healthy throughout the entire year.

18 Dec Posted by in Blog, Grading, Tree Removal | Comments Off on Walk This Way!

Walk This Way!

walkwayAny time of year can be dangerous when it comes to walkways, and it’s not just commercial walkway safety that we’re talking about. Residential walkway safety is equally important, because if your walkway isn’t properly cared for, you or others may get injured. From snow to tree roots that can cause upheavals of your walkway, you should keep things clear.

For Commercial Business Owners

The best way to take care of your walkway is by contacting a reputable service. For those who are in business, you want to protect your customers and employees from suffering injury due to a hazardous walkway. Using a good commercial land clearing company will keep you from having to settle disputes from those who use your walkways. A commercial land clearing company offers services like:

• Snow removal
• Tree root removal
• Snow plowing
• Salting
• Commercial land clearing
• Timber management

For Homeowners

If you’re a homeowner, the dangers are just as imminent. Anyone who’s visiting can slip, trip or fall when your walkway isn’t properly cared for. Not only does an unclear walkway put yourself, your family and your friends at risk, it also can cause injury to those who happen to be walking along your street. Rather than take unnecessary risks, you can get in touch with a residential land clearing company and make sure that your walkways are safe for everyone who uses them. This kind of company may offer the following:

• Tree root removal
• Sidewalk shoveling
• Storm damage cleanup
• Tree removal
• Tree stump removal

Just remember the words from this song when you’re trying to decide whether you should contact a land clearing company: Walk this way!

28 Nov Posted by in Blog, Grading | Comments Off on Is It Time For That New Driveway?

Is It Time For That New Driveway?

drivewayWith new driveway costs, a lot of homeowners are hesitant to have a new one put in for their own homes. Your driveway probably gets a ton of use all throughout the year. You and your loved ones constantly drive vehicles all over it, shovel it in bad weather and pour salt and other products on it that can wreak havoc on the driveway materials themselves. This is why it might be time to consider getting a new driveway poured for your own sake in order to have something that looks great and functions well all the time.

One way to tell if it’s time to contact demolition services to remove the old driveway and replace it with brand new is if the driveway you currently have is crumbling. You might notice that asphalt is missing in spots, there are pits and holes in the driveway itself and it has cracks and lines all throughout. The color of the asphalt may also be incredibly worn. New asphalt for driveways is a beautiful black color, but old driveways tend to look gray or even white in color because of how worn it actually is.

Driveway demolition can remove all of the old materials so that you can have brand new asphalt poured in the same area. Having a new driveway put onto the front or back of your home increases its value, improves its appearance and just makes life a lot easier for you. Many homes could definitely use a new driveway, but a lot of homeowners are afraid of the costs. This is why it’s important to compare companies, figure out your budget and even consider taking out a loan to pay for a new driveway. The effort that you’ve put into this project will definitely pay for itself in the long run.

24 Oct Posted by in Blog, Grading | Comments Off on How Much Slope is Needed in Land Grading Near Foundations?

How Much Slope is Needed in Land Grading Near Foundations?

land gradingLand Grading Near Foundations

When new homes are built, there’s a keen awareness of how much slope is needed near foundations. This is particularly important in areas where soil erosion occurs most often. The main reason for the focus of attention on how much slope is needed in land grading near foundations is to prevent water runoff from rain, snow and ice events from leaking under and onto foundations. When this happens, foundation weaken and the structure of the home is compromised.

How Much Slope is Needed in Land Grading Near Foundations?

The question of how much slope in needed in land grading near foundations depends entirely on the location of the home and the topographical features of the region. In hilly or mountainous regions, homes are likely to be located in a prevailing elevation. In lowland areas, the same is true. In either case, the need to correctly assess the level of slope should be done by a professional expert in land grading. These experts help structures maintain a balanced level of slope.

Their broad knowledge of land grading provides an accurate assessment to correct problems with misaligned sloping near foundations. The amount of slope depends entirely on the topography of the region. In hilly or mountainous regions when slope is too extreme, land grading helps create a safer balance. In areas where more slope is needed, this helps the foundation remain intact, stable and without compromise from weather elements. This is particularly important in areas located near coastal regions where flooding is a regular problem. Over time, coastal land begins to erode its natural slope and should be re-graded.

Protect Foundations With Proper Slope

The slope near foundations is often one of the most ignored home evaluations. It’s important to seek professional assistance before slope is seriously eroded.

15 Aug Posted by in Blog, Grading | Comments Off on How to Prepare for Your Grading Project

How to Prepare for Your Grading Project

Prep for GradingGrading is the foundation of every landscaping project on your property. The way that water travels on and beneath your land creates the structure for every feature and every issue that you will have. When you are preparing for grading projects you must consider drainage first, last, and always. Though the movements of water beneath the earth may be obscure and difficult to detect, they will determine the future of your land, your home, and your property. This article will tell you what to do to prepare for grading and what homeowners need to know and do in order to make the project a success.

Grading is often one of the simpler tasks that a landscaping company undertakes. It requires heavy equipment, but once the Bobcat or bulldozer is on site even the largest yard can usually be done in a day. All that the company really needs for grading is a clear space to work and excellent information. Remove all movable features, from sheds to swingsets. Then take a hard look at the land.

The importance of underground flow of water cannot be overstated. It is essential to know where rain runoff and other water enters the property and where it leaves. Although a healthy yard will impound more water than a vacant lot might, it is important that the property not trap water or dispose of it inappropriately. Water should never run under the foundation of the house, so a gentle slope away from the property on all sides should be considered. Trees, gardens, and other pre-existing vegetative features should be provided for and incorporated into the plan. Make sure that trees will still receive as much water as they need, but do not make the mistake of drowning them when it rains. Most importantly, make sure that the natural lie of the land is taken into account. The earth will often reveal its hidden structure and drainage issues if you watch it in the rain. An evening of careful observation can make your grading job immeasurably better and save a lifetime of drainage issues.


01 Aug Posted by in Blog, Grading | Comments Off on Protecting Your Home: Routine Grading Maintenance

Protecting Your Home: Routine Grading Maintenance

Home Grading MaintenanceWhile most home owners expect that their house will need some amount of upkeep and maintenance over the years, few realize that their surrounding property is also subject to gradual decline. Everyone knows that trees and shrubbery require regular pruning, fences occasionally need to be mended and the lawn always wants mowing or fertilizing, but few people consider that the actual ground around their homes may also change over time.

When a house is first constructed, not only is the building itself designed according to plan, but the landscaping too. At some point, a landscape architect was tasked with laying out the surrounding property, ensuring that proper grading and drainage structures were incorporated to divert water away from the house, drives and pathways so that no puddling or foundation leakage would occur.

However, after years of rainstorms, subsurface water flow and gradual foundation settling, a homeowner may suddenly find unexpected puddles and low spots on his or her property, or water seepage into the basement that never appeared before. This is a clear sign that the original conditions have changed and that the property’s landscaping is in need of some serious home maintenance.

More often than not, the simplest way to redirect the flow of water, thereby eliminating low spots and puddling, is with the addition of new fill dirt in those areas that have subsided. Adding new fill should not only get rid of the unwanted puddles but also help alleviate any leakage into your home’s foundation since water will now have a clear path away from the structure and not have time to seep through the soil.

With proper care and routine maintenance, a home and its surrounding property can last for generations and fetch the highest market value when it comes time to sell. Just remember that proper upkeep involves not only tending to the topside issues, but also caring for the ground beneath your feet.


11 Jul Posted by in Blog, Demolition, Excavation, Grading, Land Clearing, Sod, Tree Removal | Comments Off on Crew Protection is a Top Priority

Crew Protection is a Top Priority

Crew SafetyCrew Protection Is Everyone’s Business

Businesses with crews working in a local residential area take precautions of insuring worker safety and protection through costly liability policies. Crew protection should be a top priority for everyone, including residents and drivers in or near locations where land is cleared, trees are removed or sod is installed or replaced. Help protect crews. Be ready to cooperate with the work to be done. In this way, residents, drivers and crews are simultaneously protected from injury and everyone can return home safely. Safety first always includes common courtesy initiatives and cooperation.

Be Aware, Spread the Word and Play It Safe

Often, local municipalities do not alert residents and drivers in advance of specific work projects in progress. This creates a bit of animosity toward crews charged with the duties of completing their work efficiently, expediently and effectively. Removing trees can be extremely dangerous. Crews take safety measures to insure that limbs of trees are removed without additional damage to the work area. New construction and land clearing always mandates the use of heavy duty equipment. It’s common courtesy to remain far away from these work areas to insure personal safety and the safety of working crews. These types of jobs require intense concentration on each phase of the work. Unnecessary interruptions by residents or drivers attempting to pass through work areas disrupt workflow and become dangerous to crews. Be aware of work to be done in your area. If work has already begun, call your local municipality for details and ask what your responsibilities to crew safety may be. Then, play it safe and spread the word to neighbors and local schools located in the work area. This will increase your personal safety and that of the crew. Safety first is always the top priority.


06 Jun Posted by in Blog, Grading, Sod | Comments Off on Maintaining a Healthy Lawn Through the Summer

Maintaining a Healthy Lawn Through the Summer

Maintaining a healthy LawnFlorida’s summer heat can wreak havoc on your lawn by turning even well-maintained grass dry and brown. Dried out grass can also be fire hazard, and keeping your lawn properly hydrated is the main way to combat this problem. Here are three tips for summer lawn care that will keep your grass green and lush even during droughts.

1. Water your lawn in the morning

Turning your sprinklers on before dawn is ideal, so aim for between 4 and 6 am. The water will add to the natural morning dew that helps keep your grass hydrated. If the sound of your sprinklers wakes you up, you can delay it for a few hours, but 8 am is the absolute latest time you should begin. Watering later in the day will cause much of the water to evaporate in the sun’s heat. Turning the sprinklers on at night, meanwhile, can cause the growth of fungus and mold because the grass will not have enough time to dry out.

2. Don’t over water it

Over watering grass in one of the major mistakes people make in maintaining a healthy lawn. Watering the grass every day can promote the growth of fungus. On average, watering should be done every other day. This frequency will allow adequate time for your grass to absorb the water into its roots.

3. Keep grass the right length

When you cut your grass, aim for the blades to be 1-3 inches in length. If you cut it too short, the roots will be overexposed to the sun and dry out. You want to maintain some length to provide shade and keep the soil moist. Keep the blades of your mower sharp to avoid tearing the grass.


02 May Posted by in Blog, Excavation, Grading | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Prevent Landscape Flooding

3 Ways to Prevent Landscape Flooding

Landscape FloodingRainwater can cause an increase in the flow of water in the yards. Water can drain from the roof of the home, driveways and walkways into the yard or garden. Drainage issues can create small ponds or soggy areas in the landscape. A professional landscaper will need to be consulted to discover some ways to prevent the flooding.

Professional grading and excavating can prepare the yard for proper drainage. The grading will direct the water to a new path after a large rainfall. Landscapes with the wrong soil type or wrong slope can cause the water to run toward a home instead of away from it, but with the proper grading, the water will be prevented from going toward the home.

Soil can erode quickly during a flood. The soil will form a gulley or a trench making the landscape look more like a river when it rains. The solution is to plant grass with strong root systems. The roots will hold the dirt together making it harder for the floodwaters to remain in the yard. However, a professional will be needed to make sure that the land is prepared correctly for the grass and other plants to grow successfully. The plants will provide a protective shield between the land and the floodwaters.

A professional can install drainage systems or pumps to carry the water away from the home if the other solutions do not solve the issue. The landscapers will dig a sloped ditch or trench to enable the water to drain properly. They will place drain tiles or pipes in the ditch to aid in water removal. This method will need to be done properly to work successfully.

Flood prevention is necessary to prevent damage to the lawn and foundation of the home. In addition, the standing water in the yard can breed mosquitoes and other pests. Therefore, if water drainage is a problem, a professional landscaper will be needed to change the way the lawn collects water to safeguard the home against damage.