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10 Oct Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing, Sod | Comments Off on Fall Cleanup and Preparing Your Landscaping for Winter

Fall Cleanup and Preparing Your Landscaping for Winter

Fall LandscapingRed, orange, yellow, and brown colors everywhere says It’s fall time in your area. This year, don’t dread the changing of the leaves and be prepared. A good fall cleanup is an important part of maintaining your landscaping investment. A little care in the fall will help prevent disease, and prepare your landscaping for optimal growth and color for the following year.Unless you have a week to spend cleaning up your property, it will probably be best to hire a landscaping expert to handle most or all of your fall cleanup, quickly and efficiently. Professional landscapers have tools and equipment that make preparing your property for winter a snap. I hear from my customers all the time that spending a few days raking last fall made them realize they had muscles they did not realize existed. Nothing but sore backs and wasted time to show for their effort.

Fear not, you have an expert landscaper on your side that will explain the services you need to be looking for to have your landscaping winning prizes next year.

1. It is very important to remove the leaves and fall debris from your landscaping. Dead leaves and debris left around plants through winter and fall create a good habitat for insects and disease. Using best horticulture practices by a certified and trained landscaper you will see a noticeable difference in the color and growth in your plants next spring.

2. Fall is a perfect time to fertilize your lawn and plants. Fertilizing in the fall will strengthen your grass’ roots, promoting lush growth next spring. Feeding your lawn during this period will also help prevent weed growth to stop dandelions in their tracks. Plants also benefit from a fall fertilization and you will notice more flowers and stronger more resilient plants next year.

3. Winterizing your irrigation systems are important to prevent breakage and major repair costs next spring. In areas where the winter frost reaches beyond the pipe depth it is a priority to get professional winterizing. A professional landscaper can ensure that there is no remaining water in your irrigation pipes. Even a trace amount of liquid can expand and break the PVC pipes resulting in costly repairs.

03 Oct Posted by in Blog, Excavation, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Preparing Raw Land for Building your Home

Preparing Raw Land for Building your Home

Land ClearingWe are no longer pioneers who can find a nice spot, clear some trees and build a house. No, there is preparation that must be done before you can build your dream house.

One is picking the right company for land clearing. There are some steps a landowner can take to make a good decision on land clearing.

First, know your land. You should arrange for someone to survey it to make sure of its boundaries and topography. This will help when you interview land clearing companies because some land may have unique topography that requires special equipment.

Second, get to know your permitting offices. Ask about land clearing service requirements and who holds the permits.

Now, look for a good land clearing company. Don’t limit yourself to Internet research. Look in the yellow business directory too. Another good resource is the local chamber of commerce. They have lists of chamber members specializing in various areas.

Interviewing a company about their business is the toughest part of any deal. It’s the time when you are trying to gauge their trustworthiness and dependability. There are some signs to look for that will indicate how they will be on the job.

For instance, if company officials are late or don’t call you back within 24 hours, you might want to look elsewhere. They are either too busy with other work to give attention to your business or are disorganized.

Ask company officials if they have access to special equipment and how long it will take them to complete the job. Ask if they have that put into a written contract and have the contract looked over by an attorney before signing.

These steps will help guarantee that your rights are protected and the job gets done.

13 Sep Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on How Proper Landscape Grading Outside Your Home Improves Curb Appeal and Safety

How Proper Landscape Grading Outside Your Home Improves Curb Appeal and Safety

Landscaping-TipsBoth new and older homes suffer from the effects of improper grading of the backfill around the home. The grading, or slope, of the ground surrounding a home must meet code requirements for the area to prevent water from ponding or flowing back toward the home. All of the water from rainfall and runoff should quickly be carried away from the foundation of the home.

Older homes that have gone through many annual seasonal heaves and falling of the ground due to winter freeze and spring rains often have vastly altered slope patterns than when the backfill was originally graded when the home was built. For both new and older homes that are not graded properly, there can be ponding that leads to flooded garages and basements as well as structural damage to foundation walls due to massive hydraulic pressures of saturated ground.

Hiring the expert services of an experienced excavation company can increase both the curb appeal and home safety by having the land around a home properly graded. Flat driveways that cause water intrusion under the garage door can be fixed by altering the grade if they are gravel. Concrete and paved driveways can have a channel cut closest to the garage door where a drain is installed.

Excavation experts can fix all drainage issues related to improper backfill soil types to poor grading of the ground around the home. A hard clay ground that develops fissures in the lawn during the dry months can be replaced with moisture retaining top soils. Soggy soils can be replaced with soil types that provide better drainage. Excavators can also dig to install French drains around foundations exposed to excess water.

Reshaping the slope of the ground around a home improves both the look and the safety of the home. Bumpy yards with steep angled slopes can be backfilled and smoothed. Water that flows in areas where it should not can be regraded to direct it where is should go. If there are any issues with the look of the landscape or its water removing capacity around a home, call an expert excavation company to have it corrected.

29 Aug Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Landscaping Stone Trends to Accent Your Yard

Landscaping Stone Trends to Accent Your Yard

landscaping stonesLandscaping is an important element to any home or business. Many homeowners will spend fortunes on decorating the interior of their home but they completely forget about the exterior. Excellent curb appeal begins with professional landscaping. With the use of stone accents, a home’s exterior can go from ordinary to extraordinary. Choosing some of these unique landscaping stone trends, you can easily accent your yard.

Retaining Walls

Retaining walls can be designed and constructed with a variety of stones. Many professionals who deal in landscaping designs will incorporate a retaining wall in at least one area of the home’s yard. They are usually built with natural stone to create boundaries or decorative accents. Many landscapers will create a retaining wall around a flower bed. Homeowners can work with their landscaper to choose the perfect stone accent for their retaining walls.

Decorative Ground Cover

Many stones and pebbles are used to accent your yard in various ways. Flower beds are usually filled with mulch or pine straw. However, more and more people are choosing marble, granite, or limestone pebbles to cover the areas surrounding their favorite plants and flowers. They are not only attractive to use in a garden or landscape, but they require no maintenance and last a very long time. Unlike mulch or pine straw which has to be filled every few years.

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18 Jul Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on How to Choose Which Trees to Keep During Land Clearing

How to Choose Which Trees to Keep During Land Clearing

Trees to be SavedNow that you’ve picked the perfect piece of heaven to build your home on, you’ll probably need to do a bit of land clearing. There are a whole host of issues that will arise when it comes time for tree selection before you begin to clear land. These issues often go beyond actual personal choice in the different types of trees you want to keep or get rid of. Proximity to the planned structures, health and permits for removal are just a few of the considerations.

Tree Removal Permits

Check on the local building codes in your area before removing any trees. Some areas protect trees that have grown to be a certain diameter. These you won’t be able to have removed unless they are dead or damaged beyond saving. Fines for not having proper tree removal permits can sometimes be high.

Tree Health

Trees that are dead or badly diseased should be removed. Storms with high winds will most likely bring them down a piece at a time anyway. Dead trees can offer sanctuary to unwanted wild animals and bugs.

Obstruction of View and Micro-Forests

The trend these days is to leave as much natural setting as possible when you clear land for a new home to be built. As long as you have a few nice trees scattered on the property, there’s nothing wrong with removing one or two that will obstruct a good view. Leaving some areas natural and uncleared is fine, but remember they are attractive homes to wild animals and bugs alike.

Building Obstructions

Trees that could interfere with foundations, septic drainage or leach fields should be removed. It’s also wise to remove any that have been damaged by the land clearing equipment, or near areas that heavy equipment will be used.

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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.

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04 Jul Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Eco-Friendly Effects of Land Clearing

Eco-Friendly Effects of Land Clearing

Eco-Friendly Land ClearingQuite a few people hold the belief that land clearing has a very negative impact on the environment. The reality is that not all land clearing methods are created the same. While some of the methods are indeed destructive, there are also other land clearing methods that are very eco-friendly. Here are some of the eco-friendly effects of land clearing.

Unharmed root systems

Traditional methods of clearing the land involve the use of bulldozers and excavators, which are known to damage the entire root systems of plants. On the other hand, eco-friendly land clearing methods are designed to preserve the health of plants by keeping the root system intact.

Nutrients are restored

Eco-friendly land clearing makes sure that the vital nutrients are restored back into the soil. This is accomplished by churning tree stumps and other debris into mulch. This nutrient-rich mulch ensures that the health of the soil is maintained. This enables the proper moisture retention and erosion control of the land without requiring any additional costs.

Undisturbed Terrain

It is no secret that traditional land clearing equipment can severely disturb the landscape. Eco-friendly land clearing methods enable property owners to keep the terrains settled. The land will exhibit a smooth appearance that promotes a hardy foundation for future use.

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27 Jun Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing, Tree Removal | Comments Off on Safety Tips for Dealing With Trees After A Storm

Safety Tips for Dealing With Trees After A Storm

Trees in StormEven if your house survives a hurricane or severe storm without damage, your trees may not be so lucky. You may be able to safely trim, remove, or replant damaged trees, but proceed with caution! Damaged trees can be dangerous, and limbs may be weaker than they appear.

First, do a thorough assessment of your land, without touching anything. Check for hanging limbs in each tree, and avoid walking under them. If ANY tree or limb is touching a downed electrical wire, call 911 and ensure that family members and neighbors do not touch the wire or tree until professionals arrive.

A tree may need to be removed entirely if the major branches are broken off, the trunk is split, or more than half of the smaller branches and leaves are gone. These injuries make it hard for a tree to recover. If you decide that a tree needs to be removed, call a qualified arborist to do the job unless you are experienced at tree removal.

After taking stock of your storm-damaged trees, make a plan for any trees with a good chance of survival. Remove smaller broken limbs and prune or trim back broken branches. You can help the tree repair torn bark by trimming carefully around the jagged edges. This keeps insects out and allows smooth bark to grow over more quickly.

If you have palm trees, you may have to remove dead or damaged palm fronds after a storm. This may require climbing the tree. Be careful not to damage the trunk, and call an expert if you aren’t confident about your climbing abilities. Hold the damaged frond out straight and cut through close to the tree with a knife or small saw.

Trees are resilient, and like you, they will recover from the storm!

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09 May Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Top 3 Methods of Land Clearing

Top 3 Methods of Land Clearing

Land ClearingWhen considering new construction, land clearing methods are almost always a consideration, particularly if the land in question is heavily covered with trees and brush or undergrowth. There are numerous methods that can be considered, but the following are the three most common.

The pushover method involves pushing trees over intact and removing them with roots still attached. This method involves some fairly large construction equipment with the force needed to uproot the trees in the first place and then haul them off to a central location. The advantage of this method is that removing all parts of the tree will likely prevent any attempt by the roots to grow back and possibly cause structural problems in the future to whatever building are erected on the newly cleared land. In addition, the wood is often processed for sale or ground into mulch rather than simply wasted.

The cut and grind method involves cutting down the trees and hauling them away for similar processing for sale or mulch, but the stumps are left in the ground. The stumps can then be ground down in place and used for mulch or can later be pulled out with the use of large construction equipment. The wood that is cut is not wasted and there is less effort if it is found that some of the stumps do not have to be removed.

The controlled burn method, although possibly dangerous, is effective at removing all trees and brush from a designated area by starting a fire and containing it to only that area. The advantage here is that all growth can be burned completely to the ground and removed by the same construction equipment used to remove the trees in other clearing methods.

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28 Mar Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Keys to Choosing Land for New Construction

Keys to Choosing Land for New Construction

New Construction HomeWhen you make the decision to build a new home rather then buying a home that already exists, there are some keys to choosing the land for your new construction.

Budget

When you are buying land to build a new home on, you will need to make sure that you take into account the cost of the land as well as what it will cost to build the home. The cost of both of these combined will need to be within your budget.

Location

You will want to make a decision on where you would like to live and find an open lot within that area. Things to consider is distance to work and whether you would like to live within or outside of the city limits. If you have children, then you may want to consider where the closest park is along with a good school.

Zoning Regulations

The majority of suburban areas have regulations that state what type of structure can be built, what the size of the building can be, and what type of materials can be used for the exterior of the building.

Public Utility Services

If the land you are looking to purchase is outside of the city limits, then you will need to determine whether or not public utility services are set up. If they are not, you will need to take into consideration the cost that is associated with bringing the services out to the location.

Proposed Development

For those looking for a quiet area outside of the city limits, it is important to check with local planning and zoning boards. They will be able to tell you whether or not there are future plans for development in the area you are looking to build in. Future development could turn your quiet country area into a busy addition to the city.

Keeping these keys to choosing land for new construction in mind will help ensure you find the right piece of land for you.

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