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Having a yard and home of your own can truly be a wonderful thing. Especially if you've got a decent amount of land, some trees, and lots of grass to fill in the rest of the space. But just like maintaining your home comes with responsibility, so does your yard. If you have trees, large plants, or poisonous and infectious greenery around, it's up to you to protect yourself and your guests from it.
When you hire a tree service, you get all the expertise of taking care of the big stuff that could be a liability while also getting some help with the small stuff. Cutting down trees, spraying for weeds, and making mulch is all in a day's work for your local tree removal company. When you hire quality tree services, you never have to worry about the safety of your yard again.
Protect Your Home from Damaged TreesHaving a lot of trees around your home is quite nice, as they provide shade and are lovely to look at. But eventually, like all things in life, they will get toward the end of their useful age and begin to decay, degrade, or be damaged by the elements. The rule of thumb is if the tree is 50% damaged, it should be removed as soon as possible. This is because when a tree can no longer support itself, it is more than likely on its way to falling onto your roof, yard, or someone walking around. Although it doesn't seem like this would ever happen to you, one only needs to search online for stories of people, property, and cars that were crushed by trees that could have been removed.
You Can't DIY Tree RemovalTree services and landscaping companies exist for a simple reason: there are some things in life that you simply cannot do yourself. While you technically could rent a chainsaw, cut your tree down, and try to complete the project yourself, it isn't worth it. When the tree is finally cut down, can you drag it away? Usually, you can't, so it must be cut up into little pieces. Do you want to haul away these pieces, or chop them into mulch? If the answer to either of these is "no," then it's simply going to be way easier to query tree removal companies to do the job for you.
Free Mulch for EveryonePerhaps one of the greatest advantages of hiring tree services is that the end result of them cleaning up your yard and doing their job is free mulch. Because trees are so large and are usually impossible to haul away with a conventional truck, most tree services employ a wood chipper to chow down on all the excess clippings. This means that a lot of mulch is produced, which they will gladly give to you for free or deliver to anyone else that you request. To the tree service, it is simply unnecessary waste that they must dispose of before their next job. But to an intrepid gardener or your yard, it might just be the organic gold you've been looking for!
Weeds, Pests, and MoreDepending on the tree service that you hire, many are also multi-talented in that they are able to also perform basic landscaping services. From spraying for weeds to finding a way to get rid of gophers and other pests, tree services focus on felling trees and getting rid of them safely, but often have specialized contractors on their team that know how to do other things as well. You may have a tree that is covered in poison ivy, necessitating that you spray and kill for the poison ivy as well as removing the tree.
No Need to Be a LumberjackWhen you've got a quality tree service around, there's no need to do things yourself or worry about a damaged tree falling. Instead, you can call someone like Stop, Chop, and Drop It and get your tree situation and other yard work under control with work done by a professional. Not only will you have peace of mind that your damaged trees are gone, but you'll also get free mulch and a cleaner yard. What could really be better?
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Winter is around the corner. If you have a wood-burning fireplace or heating stove, you'll need firewood. It is important to look for and store firewood early on to avoid delays or shortages when you need them the most. Here are the top tips for storing firewood.
1. Dry Your Wood
You want to ensure your pile of firewood is dry before storing it. According to Fireplace Universe, you should burn firewood with a moisture content no higher than 20 percent. If your woodpile isn't dry, conduct seasoning to remove moisture. Dry firewood burns hotter and can be stored for extended periods.
2. Properly Stack Your Firewood
Avoid stacking your firewood directly on the ground. Firewood can pick up moisture and grow mold or mildew if they get into contact with the ground. Putting firewood directly on soil can also lead to infestation by insects. Stack your firewood on wooden beams or pallets and leave spaces in between them to promote air circulation.
3. Cover Your Firewood
The next thing to do after stacking your woodpile is to cover it. Covering your firewood prevents them from reabsorbing moisture. Put your wood in an enclosed area. If you don't have an enclosed area to store your firewood, use a weather resistance material to cover them.
4. Store Firewood Away from Your House
You may be tempted to store firewood inside your house or create a storage unit near your house for easy access. Don't do this! Firewood can invite insects like termites, spiders, ants, and other bugs into your house. Store firewood as far away as possible from your house. Collect smaller stacks of wood only when you want to use them.
5. Store Your Firewood Away from Walkaways and Playgrounds
You may not have enough storage for your firewood, especially if you have a small compound. Either way, ensure you don't store your firewood near your home's walkaways or your children's playground. This will keep you and your family safe from injuries in case your woodpile topples over. Storing them away in these areas will also protect you and your family from animals that live on woodpiles like snakes and rodents.
Cutting or purchasing firewood during warm seasons will save you a lot of money and time during cold seasons when firewood is scarce and in high demand. Use the tips provided here to safely store your firewood and increase its longevity.
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If you plan on undertaking a large landscaping project, there are many factors that need to be considered. You need to have the design drawn up, organize the work, determine who you will hire to complete the job, and you also will need to ensure that you have enough of the right materials to ensure that you can get the job done. One of the most used products when it comes to a large landscaping project is mulch, and this blog is going to explain why you need mulch for your yard, and why you should consider purchasing from a bulk mulch company.
What is Mulch?
If you aren't familiar with mulch by name, you are probably familiar with mulch by nose. If you've ever gone to a garden and find that there is a farm-like smell wafting throughout, chances are that that is probably mulch. Mulch is a fertile layer of natural substances placed around plants to help them grow and look their best. Even just a 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch will help to prevent weeds from sprouting because it will block their access to sunlight and thus prevent them from growing! Mulch can come in a variety of materials and colors. And for those of us who are environmentally conscious, mulch is almost always made of organic materials as well. If you want the plants in your yard to look their absolute best, then you seriously should consider using the services of a bulk mulch company.
Why Bulk Mulch?
While the value of mulch may be clear, buying it in bulk from a bulk mulch company may not be yet. It is perfectly natural to be tentative when considering a large purchase, but buying in bulk will ultimately help you save. This is due to the fact that when you buy in bulk, you save on the cost per unit of mulch. Since many landscaping projects require a lot of mulch, buying in bulk is sure to save you a lot of money compared to buying individual bags.
If you have any other questions, or are ready to buy bulk mulch, feel free to contact us today! We also offer other very high-quality products such as firewood, and we have also been named the best tree removal company in the tri-state area! Contact Stop Chop Drop it today to take your landscaping project to the next level!