Garden Design

Tired of looking out the back door to that blank yard?

Want to incorporate an outdoor area that is useful and enjoyable? Try to think of your yard as potential outdoor living spaces complete with flooring, walls and sometime a ceiling, just like your home. An outdoor living area can be a place where you may sit and enjoy the sights and sound of nature or walk through the landscape space and enjoy the experience of your own garden. Some people create elaborate kitchen areas, with cabanas and bars or swimming pool and spas areas. Others ideas of an outdoor space can be as simple as a grassy area with a table and chairs, either way, the choice is totally up to what you desire to see in your outdoor space. Your front or backyard is an extension to your home, a series of potential spaces where outdoor rooms can provide additional living spaces for you, your guests and your family to enjoy. These outdoor living spaces are shaped by the use of plant materials and hard-cape materials fashioned to be floors, walls or ceilings just as in a home or building. Also, just as in your home or office, the rooms are connected with hallways or pathway areas, outdoor spaces are connected with walks or pathways to get to the outdoor living areas. Careful placement of these outdoor rooms and their connecting paths can produce an exciting and dynamic garden space with a variety of outdoor rooms and connecting walks to use and experience in the serenity of nature. Incorporated thoughtfully into the natural surroundings, these garden rooms can make a relaxing retreat for your family and friends that will give enjoyment for a lifetime and add value to your property.

Tree Felling

Want to incorporate an outdoor area that is useful and enjoyable?

The tree removal company offers services related to trees, including tree removal, tree trimming, stump removal, tree thinning and pruning. The companies provide services to residential as well as commercial properties. They comprise of experienced arborists or trained men who safely trim trees, saw them, remove their stump or prune them for you. They also carry out bush or shrubs clearing or clearing the mess left after a storm. Some of these companies also provide landscaping solutions. You could approach such companies in case of emergencies like storm also. Report sudden tree falls on your property immediately to these companies.

The important point is that companies that offer this kind of services ensure that work completion is safe and effective. Emphasis is on human life and taking care reduces the odds of an injury occurrence to any individual. In case there is a power cable down due to a tree fall, it is not easy to handle the situation. The power cable could be hazardous and it might be quite a task to remove it carefully, without causing a regrettable situation. The professionals working with such companies have intense training to handle situations like these.

The next priority is to save trees. Trees are very important for the environment. The professionals for any tree removal company are able to mitigate the loss of trees after a terrible storm. In case the storm continues, they know what to do to prevent a risky happening once again. It might not be possible for you to assess, which trees you could salvage without endangering the lives of people, animals and properties. You may not know which trees you should discard. Experts who are skilled in such services will advice you on how you can save trees that can grow even after the storm.

The arborists might advice you to support the tree, provide some kind of cabling, or support that would enhance the life of the tree. They try to provide alternatives to tree removal. Weak trees need to protection and intense care. If you provide adequate support, then it is possible to save them. Moreover, if you support the trees perfectly, then it is possible they will withstand a storm. This will save your property, home or cars from in case there is a dangerous storm coming.

The tree removal companies will advice you on how to prune the trees, to beautify them and make them stronger. They know which branches are dead, are broken or have diseases that you should eliminate. This will prevent unwanted growth of fungi on them. Thinning of trees is very essential to improve the landscaping. Trees that grow out of proportion do not fit well in the garden and look tacky. They need thorough trimming from different areas so that they look beautiful in the garden. There also could be situations where branches hanging from trees obstruct driveways or pathways.

You need to have the company remove them for you or to clear the pathways. Then at times, weak branches that are about to break off from the tree might just be hanging loose. This could be dangerous as it could fall on any one walking beneath, causing unfortunate accidents. The experienced companies provide all such services. As you can see, a tree removal company provides a host of services relating to trees. Its skilled manpower knows how to deal with different situations. You must hire company services for a proper and systematic handling of tree-related problems

Pool Maintenance

Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

Pool maintenance is something that has to be carried out throughout the year, irrespective of the pool type, and whether it is being used or not. Various swimming pool maintenance guides are available in the market which provide in depth instructions regarding the maintenance of the swimming pool. Below are some tips to help in swimming pool maintenance.

Twice a Week

pH Level: Maintaining the right water balance is very important. The pH level is the measure of acidity or alkalinity, and needs to be tested twice a week. The pH level in the pool water must be slightly alkaline, that is a pH of around 7.2-7.6 must be maintained. It is at this pH level that chlorine is most effective. Moreover, this level is similar to the pH of our skin. It can be controlled by adding either an acid such as muriatic acid, or an alkali such as soda ash or baking soda. The addition of alkali or acid will depend on whether the water is too acidic or too alkaline. Incorrect pH levels can lead to damage of pool and pool equipments. Chlorine Level: Sanitizing pools is equivalent to sterilizing the pool, whereby bacterial and algal forms can be destroyed. Inadequately sanitized pools can become breeding grounds for bacteria. These bacteria and algae forms can be eliminated by using chlorine. Even bromine can be used to disinfect the pool. The level of 'free' chlorine that has to be maintained in the pool is 1.0-3.0 ppm. Chlorine is available in tablet, granular or liquid form, and all work in the same manner. Since chlorine levels do not remain constant, it is advisable to super chlorinate (add 3-4 times the daily chlorine amount) the pool regularly. It is best to super chlorinate at night, when the pool is not in use. Check Skimmer Basket: The skimmer basket must be checked and cleared of debris, so as to ensure fresh and circulating pool water. Debris such as leaves, insects, bird droppings and other dirty substances must be cleared from the surface of the pool by using a surface skimmer or leaf net. Leaves and other debris present at the bottom of the pool must be cleared by using 'leaf bagger or leaf net'. The pool tiles must also be cleaned off rings and scum lines, with the help of liquid or powdered tile cleansing agents.

Once a Week

Shock Treatment: Shock treatments are important to destroy combined chlorine compounds (free chlorine is required, not combined). Shock treatment packages are available in local pool shops. According to the instructions on the package, the pool can be 'shocked' during the evenings. This not only raises the level of free chlorine in the pool, but also destroys germs and leaves the pool sparkling and attractive. Algaecide Addition: To control the algal contaminants, the pool must be given a dose of algaecide (Algae Preventative) once a week. This should preferably be done the morning after the shock treatment. Good quality algaecide destroy the algae without damaging the pool tiles. Metal Out Addition: Often tiny metal particles are found suspended on the pool water surface. They surpass the filtration system, however, can be eliminated by adding a weekly dose of 'Metal Out' to the pool water. 'Metal Out' is a chemical that removes metal particles from the water Clarifier Addition: The annoying cloudy water problem can be resolved by adding a dose of clarifier to the pool water. Particles that are too small to be caught in the filters, can be discarded by the clarifying agents. Clarifying agents make the tiny particles stick to each other, to form larger particles. These larger particles can then be discarded by vacuuming or filtration.

Monthly

Calcium Level: Water too low in calcium becomes corrosive, while water high in calcium results in scale formation. This is why checking the calcium hardness is very important. This test has to be conducted at local pool store, as the standard testing kit does not test for calcium hardness. A sample of the pool water needs to be taken to the local pool shop and tested. Alkalinity: Correct total alkalinity will prevent sudden changes in the pH levels of the pool water. 80-120 ppm is what the total alkalinity must be, which can be adjusted by the addition of baking soda.