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Mosquito Control – What You Can Do To Ward Off Mosquitoes

November 8th, 2013

Are mosquitoes ruining your backyard barbecue or night out with your family? These pesky insects can deliver a painful bite resulting in an annoying itch. They have also been known to spread diseases. Depending on the climate of your area, these insects can be much more prevalent during the evening hours, and they can really ruin an otherwise enjoyable night. So, if these pesky insects are sucking the fun out of your night, you may want to consider taking a few measures to get rid of them. Not much can completely rid your property of these annoying bugs, but mosquito control can go a long way to keep them away.

Before you call in the professionals, you may want to try out a few do it yourself mosquito control measures on your own. There are a number of things that you can do to make these annoying bugs less prevalent in your yard.

Are you looking for mosquito control solutions? Visit http://www.lucastree.com to find out more information on different options available to you.

Install Your Holiday Lighting the Professional Way

November 8th, 2013

Each year we have thousands of customers who call us to get advice about their holiday lighting and one of their biggest concerns is how to get a straight professional look along their roof line. Investing in and using the right products will not only make your project look better when it is done but your Christmas Lights will probably be safer to operate as well. Despite popular belief it is not using staples that will give you the best look and safest installation (don’t tell me you haven’t stapled through your lights while installing them or come back the next year to rusted fragments of last year’s Lighting Job still hanging on your roof line, we see and hear about it all the time). Instead do yourself a favor and get Christmas Light Clips!

When hanging outdoor Christmas lights, it is helpful to know which supplies you will need and the method you should use to hang outdoor Christmas lights before you begin. The supplies and methods differ based on the roof type. If you plan to hang outdoor Christmas lights on gutters, under shingles, or under tiles, there are a few basic light clips that you should invest in for your next job and we will detail the advantages of each here for you. And remember if you want a clean, consistent look, yes you will need a clip for each bulb.

Most people will be able to utilize the All-In-One clip best on their homes. It is great for use with C7 & C9 light line as well as Mini Lights (for those haven’t been converted to the benefits of using the C7 & C9 lights exclusively). Christmas All-In-One Clips can be placed on a gutter, under shingles or on roof tiles, and are very easy to hang. Place all bulbs into the Christmas All-In-One Clips before hanging any of the lights, this will make the job of hanging Christmas lights easier.

All-In-One Clips can be reused year after year. Remove the clip and light as a unit and carefully wrap lights for the next year. Christmas All-In-One Clips fit snuggly onto gutters and should not slip or move. These clips should be used on every Christmas light bulb to create an even, constant look for your Christmas display. All-In-One Clips can also be hung under gutters and on facia edging.

Another option for installing Christmas Lights both houses and Commercial Buildings is the use of Shingle tabs either by themselves for homes with shingle roofs or in combination with parapet clips for commercial installations where you want to make installation easier year to year on flat roof lines. Shingle tabs work for both C7 and C9 lights. The larger hole is for C9 lights while the smaller hole is for C7 lights. Inserting C7 or C9 lamps is done by placing the bulb on one side of the tab and the socket on the other. Then screw the bulb into the socket. The plastic shingle tab will not overheat. Each bulb will need to have its own shingle tab so the lights will hang straight and even. Place all bulbs into the shingle tabs prior to hanging any of them. Christmas shingle tabs are then inserted under shingles. Christmas shingle tabs should fit snuggly under shingles and should not slip or move. If the shingle tab fits loosely under the shingles, fold the end tabs down and then slide the shingle tab back under the shingle. This should hold it firmly in place. Shingle tabs can be reused year after year. Remove the tab and light as a unit and carefully wrap lights for next year.

When you want to use shingle tabs on commercial buildings or places with flat roofs or where you can’t slip a clip under a roofing material parapet clips will help you. Parapet clips are basically a small, flat plastic piece that the Shingle Tabs can slide onto. The parapet clips can stay up year round so all you have to remove each year is the light line with shingle tabs, the next year just slide the shingle tabs with light line back on and you are done, so easy.

The C-Clip is another great way to install your holiday lights on a flat building or roof (many commercial buildings or homes in the Southwest have flat roofs). To install these you will need heavy duty construction adhesive or screws, caulk gun, stiff bristled brush, C-Clips, and a measuring stick. First things first, prior to attaching Christmas C-Clips to the roof, it is necessary to use a stiff bristled brush and clean the surface.

Top Tree Trimming Services For Your Home

November 8th, 2013

Tree pruning and trimming services have been considered synonymous but for the experts who know the real deal, pruning is not the same as trimming. Both terms have different processes and systems. But the system used is different from each service.

When one talks about tree trimming, it is like tree maintenance or tree grooming. Trimming the tree focuses on the outer appearance only. The tree owner is concerned about shaping the tree to make it look nice – take out new growth, trimming off awkward branches and forming the leaves or branches accordingly to style.

Tree pruning, on the other hand, is more of salvaging the health condition of the tree. Pruning is necessary for sick trees. With this system, the specialists have to remove a dead branch or infected tree limbs to save the life of the tree and protect the people around it. This is the main difference between tree pruning and trimming services.

More on Tree Pruning

When a tree is pruned, a better air passage is promoted. Also, insects which have infected the tree branch will be eliminated. The decaying limb will grow back again into a healthier twig or branch. Plus, with pruning, the tree can bear flowers and fruits. It will be restored to its once healthier state.

If the tree is in good physical shape, you and your family who is living within its vicinity will be healthy too. A diseased tree has health perils for humans as well. You will not only be protecting the tree but also protecting your kids and your family.

Tips on Tree Pruning

1. Observing a tree pruning and trimming services crew do their job, you will notice that they will not cut off the branch collar of the tree. Why? It has the parent tissue of the tree and cutting it off will damage it. If they have to remove a decaying portion by the collar, the cut will have to be made just beyond the area and not on it.

2. There is also a way on cutting the branches. A specialist will have to reduce the weight of a branch before totally cutting it off. An undercut must be done at around a foot and a half of the attached limb. A second cut from the top is also needed to remove the limb, then just up to the branch collar. Doing this process will preserve the bark from tearing.

3. Tree pruning and trimming services are best done during the winter season because it is easier to see which branches needs to be pruned. So, the time is now. Experts will not do it when the temperature is at freezing point though. This will make the trees brittle and thus easy to get shattered – can endanger people around it.

These are just some of the tips gathered from professionals. Remember that tree pruning and trimming services are not a do it yourself project. You have to contact the right people to do the work.

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