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My Love of Remodeling

Hello I'm Risa Lee. When my husband and I bought our first home, it was with the intention of doing some major remodeling. We liked the basic floor plan, and it was cheap, but other than that, nothing was right about the house. It took us a while to get started because neither of us had the time or the knowledge. Finally, there was a summer when he had a three-week vacation. Instead of going on a trip, we used our time and money to finally get started on our remodel. To our surprise, we both fell in love with amateur construction! We have since bought and remodeled a few other homes because we love it so much. We're in no way professionals, but please feel free to join in our love and experience in basic construction. Maybe you will learn something!

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Tree Trimming For Safety And Convenience

There's more to tree trimming services than lopping off branches or removing fallen trees after a storm. Trees offer a great way to have shade, increase property value and even give you a few snacks throughout the year. If you're looking for a way to manage your trees when they get out of control, consider a few tree trimming techniques that can enhance the beauty of your yard, farm or business park.

Branch Hazards Into Profit

When trees grow a bit too close to windows and doors, your household or business may be in danger. Strong winds, heavy snow or even the gradual death of the tree may cause the tree to come crashing down when you least expect it. 

By cutting down the dangerous limbs ahead of time, you can travel through the yard safely, but the wood is often wasted. Do you know exactly where the cut wood is going or what it will be used for? Think of how it could be used by you or at least put to better purpose.

If you're taking care of your yard, consider turning old wood into wood chips or mulch. By mixing in the ground up wood, you can create a bedding that can protect flowers and plants through the winter. Strawberries, for example, live well when covered with a mixture of pine straw and other materials, but you can enhance their winter protection by sprinkling some wood mulch over them.

The color of many types of woods may not be especially attractive, so consider adding cedar chips to the mix. You can gain a more calm, toned down color by mixing the brown and beige woods with the red of cedar, which may be a better color combination for the colder months. The mixture can also be used as bedding for most other plants if you don't want grass competing with their growth.

Firewood Isn't As Easy As You Think

Getting firewood isn't as simple as cutting down a tree. Some wood types such as pine or walnut can hold in water for months before becoming useful for fireplace purposes. By the time you're able to split the wood into a small, dry enough size, you'll lose a lot of the burning material as dust and loose fibers in the process.

Ask a tree removal service to dry the wood or professionally split the wood for you. If they have a smoking pit or furnace, the wood can be efficiently split, dried and returned to you for burning. This is especially useful for fragrant woods such as cedar, sassafras or willow.

Contact a tree service such as R. L. Elliott Enterprises, Inc. to find out how to make your next trimming project a bit more productive.