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Posted by on 6:03 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Should Know About Landscaping Over Your Leach Field

Septic system leach fields benefit from proactive landscaping. When you plant any greens over the leach field, it provides some stability to the soil, reducing the risk of erosion. The plants will also help improve the oxygen exchange that keeps the soil around your leach field healthy. A standard layer of sod is sufficient for this, but you can invest in flowers and thorough leach field landscaping if you want to help improve your property’s appearance. Choosing Plants for a Leach Field Be selective about what you plant over a leach field. Anything with thick, heavy root systems may cause damage to the pipe system. And, plants that have aggressively growing roots are a threat to the integrity of the pipe walls. Instead, look for plants with gentle growth and a shallow root system. Perennials, flowering annuals and even ornamental grass will work well. Considering the Drain Lines Don’t add any additional soil over the leach field unless you’re repairing erosion. If you have to till the soil or use any equipment over the leach field, be aware of where the plumbing lines are. Drain lines aren’t usually very deep below the surface, so you need to be attentive to the risk of damage. Preserving the Leach Field Function Don’t choose plants that will need frequent dividing or hands-on care. This disturbs the soil repeatedly, which can jeopardize the integrity of the pipes. If you opt for ground cover, don’t choose anything that will have a thick canopy. You want to be sure that sunlight will still reach the soil. That sunlight is essential, because it prevents the development of a cool, moist environment that will interfere with the oxygen exchange and evaporation. Skip the mulch for the same reason – it keeps the sun’s rays away from the soil. Prioritizing Safety If you’re opting to plant in your leach field by hand, wear gloves at all times. This protects your hands from any potential bacteria exposure. Whether you’re planting or weeding, any time you come in contact with the soil, protect your skin. Adding landscaping to your leach field may help you create the attractive, seamless yard you’ve been wanting. Additionally, the plants can help minimize erosion and keep the soil stable. Talk with a septic system specialist like McDermott Septic Tank Pumping before you plant. This way, you can get professional support to choose things that aren’t going to cause damage to the septic...

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Posted by on 10:38 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips To Help You Pick The Right Roofing Contractor

When you realize that your home’s roof is in urgent need of replacing, it’s always best to get job quotes from three or four roofing companies and pick the one that suits you best. Of course, you know that it’s important to confirm each company you consider is licensed, ensured and experienced, but beyond these three areas, it can be challenging knowing exactly how to weigh the companies you’re considering. Provided each company you contact has all the right paperwork, there are three other important questions to ask before you officially hire one company to do the work. Even if you aren’t well-versed in roofing issues, covering these topics will help you decide which company best suits your job. 1. Quote In Writing On the surface, getting a written quote for the job helps to protect you against unforeseen costs along the way, but getting each company to provide you with a formal estimate and quote for your roofing project has deeper value. Take your three or four quotes and compare them against each other. Experienced, busy companies will often give similar price quotes, but it’s a red flag if one company’s quote is noticeably higher or lower than the others. While a company that charges too much might push you away, don’t run toward a quote that’s surprisingly low — such a quote can be evidence that the company is inexperienced or plans to cut corners. 2. References Are Vital Ask every roofing contractor you contact for a list of references. Many contractors’ websites have photo galleries that allow prospective customers to evaluate the work, but it’s ideal to actually speak to previous customers to inquire about their satisfaction. Contractors should have little hesitation providing you with the name and phone number or email address of past customers who have indicated that they’re happy to serve as references; this approach is common in trades such as roofing, as it gives companies the ability to have customers spread the word on their behalf. 3. Gut Feeling Is Valuable Part of selecting the right roofing contractor for your job doesn’t involve tangible results like getting a quote or speaking to references. When you’re looking to hire a contractor, always acknowledge your gut feeling. Certain factors can help you decide whether you feel right about one company or another. For example, it’s a positive sign when a company calls you back promptly, makes a concerted effort to visit your home quickly and delivers your quote on time. Companies who fail to deliver in these areas should give you a shaky feeling that you shouldn’t...

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Posted by on 11:47 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want A Water Feature In Your Landscape? Make A Small Pond With No Electricity Needed

Obtaining a unique and beautiful landscape is something that many homeowners dream about. If you’re one of them, you might be hoping for a unique water feature in your backyard that doesn’t need electricity to be beautiful. This guide explains how you can create your own pond in your backyard in just an afternoon.  Step 1: Collect Your Supplies Before you begin this project, gather the following supplies so that you can have them handy while you work: a shovel a tape measure a line chalk tool a rectangle in-ground pond tub a hand shovel several bricks a few bags of pebbles rocks and small boulders garden hose Step 2: Measure the Tub and Mark the Ground Get the width and length of the tub and mark these measurements on the ground with the line chalk. Measure the depth on the outside of the tub. Step 3: Dig the Hole Grab the shovel and begin digging the hole inside of your chalk lines on the ground. Use the tub’s depth measurement to know how deep to make the hole. Step 4: Insert the Tub Place the tub inside the hole. Make sure that the lip of the tub is level with the ground. If not, dig out a little more until this evenness is achieved. Step 5: Lay Down the Bricks Use the hand shovel to dig a space deep and wide enough for the brick to lay flat with the ground and tub. Then lay the bricks in this space around the tub. As an alternative, set the brick on top of the ground around the tub to make the pond appear deeper. However, you’ll still need to dig out some of the ground under the bricks so they are even and flat all the way around. Step 6: Add Rocks and Water to the Tub Place the pebbles in the bottom of the tub, there should be at least one layer of pebbles to cover the bottom of the tub to create a more natural look. Arrange your rocks and small boulders randomly on the pebbles. Use leftover pebbles to fill in and corners or cracks between the bricks. Attach the garden hose to your outdoor spigot and fill the pond with water. Once your pond is complete, set up lawn furniture and place some potted plants around it to complete the look.  Ask your landscape designer for more idea on how to obtain the beauty and peacefulness of water features in your backyard without the expense and hassle of calling an electrician or running water pipes through the ground. You can find more info...

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