Benefits of Hiring Tree Services in Chicago Regularly

Do you often have to argue with your neighbors regarding that big tree in your backyard? Such issues can easily be taken care of once and for all. If you go around your locality, you will find many homes with huge trees in their backyards. Experts are of the opinion that hiring experts of tree removal services on a regular basis is a good way to tackle such problems. All you need to ensure is that you hire one of the reliable and reputed professionals for such services.

Since the time, people came to understand the need to prune their trees on a regular basis, the number of professionals providing tree pruning services have gone up. It has made it a bit difficult for people to judge which service provider to hire and which ones to avoid. If you have never hired such a professional till now, then initially you may find it difficult to find a reliable one. However, once you manage to find a suitable tree cutting expert, you won’t have to waste much time in searching for such professionals the next time you need his help.
If you hire a tree removal services in Chicago IL on a regular basis, you will be able to enjoy some benefits. A few of such benefits are mentioned below for your understanding:

Regular trimming and pruning will greatly reduce your long term costs and greatly reduce unexpected falling limbs.  Like all things in life regular tree maintenance like all maintenance reduces high long term costs.  For more information on the tree removal cost and savings, go here.

Safety for your home.If you often overlook the importance of pruning down your tree in your backyard, then it may pose a major threat to the safety of your house and also the people residing inside. Accidents, caused by overgrown trees, can easily be avoided by hiring professional tree cutting experts. They will bring down the tree to size and thus ensure proper safety to your house and also your family members.

Less chance of your lawn getting messy.Overgrown trees often tend to shed dead leaves during Autumn. These dead leaves are the prime cause of giving your lawn a messy look. The best way to get rid of such situations is to hire providers of tree removal services. They will make sure that your tree is in a manageable state and if required cut it down completely.

Save time and money.If you do not take proper and timely care of your tree in your backyard, then it may cause numerous problems for you in the long run. It may shed leaves, which will make your lawn look dirty. If you try to fix this on your own, then you may waste a lot of time. On the other hand, if you hire someone to help you with cleaning your lawn, then you may have to shell out quite a big amount of money. Add to this the fact that such situations may arise on a regular basis. The ideal solution would be to hire a professional to take care of the tree by either cutting it down or pruning it properly.

These are some of the benefits of hiring professional tree cutting experts in Chicago IL on a regular basis. Some of the reputed ones also help with tree stump removal services. Before you decide to hire someone for such a job, make sure that you have taken your time and then decided whom to hire.

Rain Barrel

These days it’s important to save water wherever you reside. Everyone should be looking for ways to save water round the house. Whether that’s by taking showers rather than bathes or setting up a rain barrel in your back yard.

A rain barrel is a container that captures and stores rainwater draining from your roof. Barrels usually range from 50 to 80 gallons. Combining the use of rain barrels with appropriate plant selection and mulching promotes water conservation. Rain barrels benefit your home, garden and community.

Rain barrels save homeowners money on their water bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that garden and lawn irrigation accounts for 40 percent of residential water use during the summer. By using rain barrels, homeowners can save 1,300 gallons of water during the growing season. The Southwest Florida Water Management District states that a half-inch of rain fills a typical 50- to 55-gallon rain barrel. Connecting multiple barrels maximizes rain capture. Rain barrels provide a free water source for irrigation and ease reliance on the city’s water supply.

The first and biggest step

The biggest way to make a difference to your house is giving it a new coat of paint. This would cost you thousands if you were to hire a pro. But by doing it yourself you could save a small fortune and this can transform a house from rundown to brand new.

Now the first step to painting your house is a big one and I can bet most people wouldn’t think of it.

  1. Testing for lead: If your house was built before 1978. There is probably lead in the paint. This isn’t that bad you just have to be careful when you clean  and remove some of that paint. Weir a mask, don’t breath in any dust.                                                                                
  2. Scrape of loose paint: A handheld scraper is usually the best tool for the job, though you can also use a hot-air gun or infrared paint stripper. This is also where you have to be careful of that pesky lead. To work lead-safe, wear a mask and Tyvek suit, spray water on the paint as you scrape, and collect the debris.
  3. Sand rough spots: Look on the bright side it’s only the rough spots. A pad sander or random-orbit fitted with 80-grit sandpaper will smooth out any remaining rough spots.
  4. Fill and repair: Now step back and look at the house take note of any holes, dings, and chips. Fill minor holes or dings in the siding with a patching putty or compound such as Zinsser’s Ready Patch.
  5. Apply Primer: White, gray, or tinted primer provides an even base for topcoats to adhere to, and a uniform canvas from which to survey your work. Small gaps in joints and around doors, windows, and other spots where horizontals meet verticals will all stand out in high relief, showing where you need to fill in with caulk.
  6. Caulk all joints: Siliconized or top-of-the line polyurethane acrylic caulks give paint jobs a smooth, pleasing look. But the benefits aren’t purely aesthetic. Tight joints also prevent air leaks and block water penetration. Spring for the $7-a-tube polyurethane caulks with 55-year warranties, which will stand up to weather better than 35-year caulks that cost less than $3. The average house requires about seven tubes of caulk.
  7. The right paint: Painting with water-based acrylic latex is so much easier than dealing with oil-based paints. If your house already sports an oil-based paint, which is more durable than latex, you’ll have to stick with it. Choose finishes carefully. As a rule, the higher the sheen, the better the paint is at blocking the sun’s damaging rays. Satin is fine for shingles or clapboards, but you’ll want gloss paint to protect high-traffic parts of a house, such as window casings, porches, and door-frames. A gallon of premium exterior latex costs $35 to $45.
  8. Apply top coat: Less is more when it comes to applying top coats. More layers can result in paint flaking off through the years; less paint bonds better to layers beneath.

 Starting my garden

Now I’ve already started my new garden a couple of months ago, and it has started coming together.

First thing first, research. What grows when and where? I started with some herbs and then when the growing season came for onions, carrots and cherry tomatoes I had nowhere to plant them. So I had a look around the internet and found my solution.

If you attach PVC pipes or rain gutters to a wall you can plant shallow crops there like lettuce and herbs in them. It’s a great way to save space. If you are interested in growing your own food but you just don’t have the time, I would recommend this.

You can also grow climbing veggies like peas and cucumbers against a fence. Just have some steel wire for the stalk to grip on. Like most plants expect to do some weeding