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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Remove Tree Stump

First, consider the size of what you want removed. It is a bush, small tree, or large tree? In most cases, you can handle everything but a truly large tree, with just a spade, a lawn bar, and some elbow grease. However, large stumps, because of their weight, size and root spread, may require rental of a tree grinder to finish the job.

With a woody bush that has thick stems, you want to cut it to a manageable size before starting any digging. Two feet is a good height, leaving enough for gripping if you’re going to “rock” the stump. Small and medium size trees will benefit from having a taller trunk, up to 4′ high. This is because that height will give you leverage to push against.

Start by digging around the stump. It’s not necessary to dig right up against the stump, because the roots will be denser there. Begin a few inches from the trunk, and be sure to dig away from it, throwing your dirt out of the hole. Dig your trench around the stump in a circle. As you begin to bare roots, you’ll want to use the lawn bar.

This is a long, steel tool that looks something like an over-sized chisel. For stump removal, it’s best to try and sharpen the flat bladed end, so that you have extra cutting power for roots. And because you will be thrusting it down into the soil with some weight behind it, safety precautions should include wearing steel-toed boots.

As you start to uncover roots, take the bar and jam it down into the trench, breaking and cutting the roots. Continue to dig down, and away from the trunk, cutting roots as you go, and thrusting the bar towards the center of the trunk, underneath the dirt. Eventually, you will have cut enough roots, and have removed enough dirt, that some rocking and leverage against the trunk, will tip it over and you can haul it from the ground.

Fireplace Landscaping

The truth about an amateur project is that the results can be every bit as good as a job done by a professional. Both in appearance and structurally, the job you do can rate A-l on the building inspector’s card. There will be a difference in time due to the fact that the pro can work faster, but the amateur need not worry about .speed–the end result is more important than the time needed to accomplish it. The mixture for concrete, actually an artificial stone, consists of a blend of fine and coarse aggregates, each piece of which is completely surrounded and held to its mates by hardened Portland cement paste. A chemical reaction, which occurs ideally due to favorable temperatures and the presence of moisture while curing, causes the paste to harden. The water to cement ratio is probably the most important factor as far as the strength of mix is concerned. Too much water will result in a thin, diluted cement-paste that will be weak and porous when it hardens. It will not bond the aggregates nor will it be watertight. The correct water-cement paste, and this is important, produces a mix with maximum strength which is necessary for outdoor fireplace landscaping. The amateur will often use more water than necessary because it makes a more fluid mix that flows easily into the forms. Such a project may look O.K. to begin with (although there will probably be finishing problems due to excess moisture), but it will eventually be discovered to lack strength and durability.

Must Maintaining Landscaped Yard

The first thing that you should think about is the safety of your own kids. Weeds will grow and some of these weeds are harmful not only to your other plants but to your own children as well. You should check regularly for weeds and be prepared to immediately remove them from your garden.

Your kids are naturally curious and you make sure that thorns from your flowers (roses, etc.) are not problematic. You must also consider a tree’s branches, as big frail branches could easily fall, or may so low that they are easily a hazard. Prune them. Be sure that rocks and pebbles are not in your child’s way as they could stumble on them and hurt themselves.

After thinking about your kids, you must care for your plants. Plants need regular watering as they will wilt or die if not given taken care. Play areas that are too close to the play area can be destroyed by a stray ball or trampling.

Another thing to consider is making sure that the soil is suitable for growing plants. Fertilizers and/or constant tilling of the soil will make it more fertile and will enhance the growth of your plants.

Make sure that your yard is properly cleaned and that the grass is kept mowed. Trash can ruin the aesthetic value of your yard and can also be harmful to your health. Be sure to take out the trash at least every few days. You might also watch out for stagnant water areas as they are the favorite breeding places of mosquitoes.

Select Landscaping Firm

Look around for inspiration

Write down any ideas you may have on a piece of paper. It sometimes helps to make sketches. You can also find ideas online or by getting inspiration from a neighbor’s yard. After that decide on the things that you want in the landscape like patios, pools, vines, trees, colors etc. Now you can start looking for a landscaping company. Don’t worry if you still don’t have any landscaping ideas, the landscaping company can help you with that.

Make a list of the landscaping companies

A list of local landscaping firms can be found in your town’s yellow pages. You can narrow down the search by getting referral from friends and checking with the Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. The rule of thumb is to go with the firms who have been in business the longest. Also make sure to check to see if the firms you are interested in interviewing have any trade certifications. You will also need to make sure that the firm is licensed and bonded.


Interview the prospective firms

There is no reason to hurry the process. After all, your goal should be to end up with a beautifully landscaped yard and to not break the bank in the process. To that end, it is best to interview at least three firms who have made the short list that we ended up with in the step above.