Add Some Character To Your Yard with a Gazebo

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you love to sit outside, consider having a gazebo added to your property. They are great for entertainment and relaxation purposes alike and come in many shapes, such as rectangular, square, octagon, hexagon, or decagon.  Keep reading to learn some tips about installing a new gazebo for your home. Gazebo Roof If you choose shingles for your gazebo, they are placed on the roof much as they are for your home. Consider using the type of shingles you have on your house to have a matching look. If you do not want to do this, cedar shake or asphalt shingles work well. Because gazebos are often oddly shaped, you may want to consider hiring a company to roof it for you, such as Pasco Roofing. If you do not want shingles, you can use a replaceable canopy roof that is composed of only fabric. These canopies are made with various types of fabrics, including these: Painted canvas: The canvas fabric is coated with paint. It faces outside so that if you view your gazebo from a distance it looks like it has a solid-colored roof. Vinyl coated: This type of roof cover is made of canvas with a vinyl-coated exterior. It looks translucent if you are sitting in the gazebo and looking up, but from a distance, it looks opaque. Vinyl laminated polyester: This type of cover is made of polyester fabric that is sandwiched between acrylic layers. This cover is more translucent so do not use it if you want a lot of shade.  You can choose from a variety of colors and designs. For example, you could choose to put stripes underneath with a solid color on top. Acrylic: Acrylic is a synthetic cover, which means it is resistant to weather conditions.  It is durable and easy to clean and available in a variety of pleasing colors, such as red, brown, orange, green, and yellow. Gazebo Placement If you have a beautiful flower garden, consider placing your gazebo close to it so you can enjoy looking at your flowers. Create beautiful vignettes nearby that you can enjoy looking at, such as a fountain or statue. If you have a long path to walk to the garden, install some paving stones to walk on that lead up to the gazebo. If you like to watch the sunset or enjoying an evening watching the stars, place some landscaping lights along the path. You should also place lights on the corners of the gazebo. If your family enjoys outdoor dining, place your gazebo closer to your home. You can build it right into a deck, porch, or a patio. A gazebo works nice next to a pool, as well, because...

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Battling Oak Wilt With Fungicide Injections

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Some problems that develop with trees compromise their beauty by causing bumps on leaves, yellowing of leaves or some leaves to fall off. These issues are usually the result of certain insects or mites that don’t tend to seriously harm trees. In contrast, if you have a tree with signs of oak wilt, fast action is important. Tree service technicians can inject a specific fungicide into healthy oak trees on your land to prevent transmission of the deadly fungus. Unfortunately, injecting the sick tree may not be enough to save it.  About Oak Wilt Oak wilt is caused by a fungus known as Ceratocystis fagacearum. Some oak species are resistant to the fungus, while red oak is particularly vulnerable, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Live oak infections are especially problematic because the root systems of these trees readily spread the fungus to other live oaks. The infection spreads when tree roots contact one another and graft together. It also may spread when fungus grows under the bark, attracting beetles. Those insects transmit the spores to other trees. In addition, a person who trims a tree without realizing it’s infected and then trims another tree can spread the fungus that way.  Oak Wilt Symptoms Symptoms of this fungal infection are somewhat variant in different oak species. Signs include: entire leaves or the leaf veins turning tan, yellow or brown in parts of the canopy leaves — even the fully green ones — falling off in large numbers fungus mats under the bark causing cracking and unpleasant odors beetles feeding on sap where the bark has cracked Oak Wilt Treatment & Prevention Eradicating this fungus in an infected tree is difficult. If you tackle the problem quickly, you may be able to stop the fungus from spreading to other oaks. It’s best to have tree service technicians do the work, as the process is complex and you want to know that it’s done right. The technicians uncover roots around the base of healthy oak trees and inject a fungicide called propiconazole, as explained by the NRCS. This has a strong preventive effect against Ceratocystis fagacearum. However, sometimes the preventive measure doesn’t work because the tree already has the fungus but hasn’t yet shown symptoms. Depending on the species of your tree that is affected by oak wilt, the technicians may attempt to save it. The tree injections don’t seem to be effective at killing the fungus in red oaks, but they may work in other oak species. If any trees cannot be saved, you should have them removed so they don’t infect other...

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