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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Front Yard Landscaping

Front Yard Landscaping History:

Alone, sitting in my lawn chair admiring my front yard I started thinking about this landscaping phenomenon and how did it all begin. It ends up that front yard landscaping has been around since the late Middle Ages. This crazy fad started with a rich English nobleman probably gone away from his castle on a nice Sunday drive in his horse and buggy and came across a beautiful lush, green, grazing meadow.

“How can I obtain this as my front yard?” the nobleman thought. Thinking further of grass seeds or digging up this pasture and delivering it to his estate. Were not totally sure which method he chose but apparently some sheep herder got rich and moved to a little castle of his own away from his worthless piece of sandy land. Not realizing it, this rich English nobleman just developed the first front yard landscaping company.

After some time of trial and error the lawn had fully grown in. A problem arose that even with the grazing sheep, the grass was still growing out of control. So this nobleman brought in rabbits, horses and goats. The lawn was trimmed nicely and fertilized well, but now his front yard was looking like a farm instead of the lush green lea he was hoping for.

The Scythe:

Distraught about the lawn-farm situation the nobleman one day was looking out at his wheat field and noticed his workers reaping his crop with scythes. Scythes have been around since 500BC. Those clever Romans. Suddenly a candle lit above his head and he called the workers over. That’s around when the scythe was introduced for lawn care.

The front yard lawn care providers had to be good with lots of finesse in using a scythe. The grass blades had to be at a strict two inch length. How else are the rich going to entertain their guests with lawn bowling(1190), tennis(1500) and croquet(1856).

The Push Reel Mower:

The push reel mower came to the rescue from the tedious scythe in 1830. This mower was invented by Edwin Beard Budding, an English engineer who in a fabric factory saw a machine that could be adapted for cutting grass. The environmentally friendly push reel mower is still highly used and sold in present day.

Rotary Mowers:

Unsuccessfully many inventors experimented with rotary mowers in the late 1920s and early 1930s. This front yard landscaping tool was not commercially produced until 1952 where finally a small and powerful enough mowing product was found.

Information of Hydraulic Wood Splitter

If you are using a hydraulic wood splitter, you have the option to choose those models that work together with your other current equipment. These hydraulic log splitters are available for any type of tractor brand, front loader or other equipments. Some of the models are specifically designed in order to become compatible with a wide selection of various products and equipment.

These hydraulic wood splitters are low cost but provide better benefits. Some of these hydraulic log splitters have low tonnage capacity that is affordable compared to those models with high tonnage. The low tonnage hydraulic splitters have the capacity to cut more wood in a shorter period of time than the high tonnage splitters. Your used wood used wood splitters is affordable and at the same time has better benefits. These hydraulic log splitters are relatively safer compared to the other models. For the manual splitters, they have a high risk of causing injury. You can even find hydraulic models that do not require any effort on your part and capable of loading the wood to be split this makes the task quite easy and convenient.

If you are planning to purchase a wood splitter, the Hydraulic log splitter is the best choice and a good investment for your business. You will definitely avail of the benefits offered by this machine as well as the convenience it provides. With an affordable price and better productivity, the hydraulic wood splitter is the ideal machine that can provide you a large number of logs on a daily basis.

Info of Landscape Drainage

The consequence and try to avoid them First and foremost you must have positive grade on your property meaning that if you are putting a drainage system in your backyard then the backyard must be higher than where you want the water to drain (most of the time the street). How much higher the backyard needs to be depends on the length of the drain system because to have proper slope you must have one inch of drop per ten feet of drainage pipe so if you are installing a hundred foot of drain pipe than you need the street to be ten inches lower than where you place the first drain box (Catch Basin). If you do not have the slope needed than this is when you must look in to other options such as, bringing in soil and raising the backyard (only when you have enough foundation showing, you do not want to raise the ground higher than the foundation you need at least one inch showing at all times), draining into a sump pump box and pumping the water out (this option requires electricity and a much larger drain box where the pump will be located), and the final solution that I will mention is installing a series of 30 gallon landscape drainage basins and having the drains throughout the yard drain into them. The last option requires a hole twice the size of each drain basin that you will be installing because to ensure proper landscape drainage you must install pea gravel around the drain basin so the water can seep out.

These solutions are usually only used in worst case scenario situations but I wanted you to know the true options that are available that work. In most cases where there is a landscape drainage problem and let’s say there is only five inches of slope when you need ten inches a good drain expert can install a drain that will work by creating slope from the back yard to the front then leveling out to the street because water that is level still flows but not as fast. They will also be able to incorporate your downspouts from your gutter into the system so that the head pressure (the water pouring down the downspout from the roof) will help push the yard drainage water out. These are options that a good drainage contractor will be able to see, and then he will be able to let you know which drainage option will work best for you.

Now let’s say you have enough slope to do a regular drainage system in your yard. The question than is what does a regular drainage system consist of? A regular drainage system consists of catch basins, fittings and pipe. Let us look at drainage catch basins first there are many type of catch basins that drainage contractors use and all but a few are in accordance with good landscape drainage practices.

One approved type is concrete basin which these are used in residential and commercial applications the residential will usually start out as 10 inches by 10 inches and normally have metal grates. They are well constructed but can be an eyesore in a beautiful landscape. Next you have the plastic drainage basins these are made by a number of different companies and most of them are built to last a lifetime. These Drainage basins come in many different shapes and sizes but we would not suggest you go any smaller than 9 inches by 9 inches for the yard drainage basins and 6 inch round for the garden drainage basins. This type of landscape drainage basins are normally the ones used by the drain experts because they are more versatile and easier to work with. These drainage basins come with different grates (Tops) for different applications flat green grates for the grass and black flat grates for others in stone or flower beds. The grates also come in atrium grates which are grates that are built higher like a dome shape to allow water to flow if the bottom of the grate gets clogged. If you clean around the grates after each storm there will be no need to install atrium drainage grates as they are unsightly in the landscapes because of domed shape but you might want to consider them if using them directly in the flower beds to keep mulch from clogging drains. Some drainage experts but very few prefer to build their own catch basins out of brick and mortar this too is an acceptable practice and sometimes can be used to get slope on the pipe in cases where every inch counts because the slope of the land is very minute because this will allow the pipe to be raised to where they need it and a few inches at this point can mean the difference between a successful drain or unsuccessful drain. Always make sure that the drainage contractor is using actual drain catch basins and not sticking a four inch grate on the end of a fitting.

This brings us to proper fittings to be used in backyard drainage systems. The more fittings used in a drainage system or as many know as French drains (which we will discuss in this article and more in-depth in a future article soon to follow) will slow down the water so an ideal system is using the least amount of fittings as possible. The fittings used in a drainage system include a 90° long and short, 45°,22½°, Y’s, and T’s all these fittings come in different material for the different types of pipe which we will discuss next. Even though they sale short and long 90°’s the long 90° is the only one that should be used and is the only one a drain expert will use. I myself prefer to use two 45° separated so to slow the water flow as least as I possibly can. The suppliers also sell T’s but they are not an approved fitting in a lawn drainage system unless they are being used as a clean out access which is only needed if you have an extremely long run without a drainage basin for access. The Y’s are the only proper fitting to be used by the drain expert to connect another pipe into the main drainage system. All of the other fittings can be used but always try to find the straightest route possible.

Great Snow Blower

Electric snow blowers are by far the easiest and the most convenient solution you would find to get rid of the excess snow outside your house. They are available everywhere, giving you an efficient output within your budget. They are available in many brands and varieties, all catering to that one problem of removing snow. However, you can choose them with respect to your own convenience.

What are the benefits of snow blowers?

When choosing from the many snow blowers available in the market, you must choose extremely carefully. You do not want to end up choosing the wrong machine that does not suit your requirements, because whatever the advert may say, you know how much snow actually falls outside your house that you need to deal with.

So choose, first, according to the amount of area the snow usually covers when it falls outside. Secondly, let the sales representative know how much the snow falls in your area, so that he can guide you to the right machine among the different electric snow blowers he has. Next, choose according to your budget. This is critical because you do not want to end up paying much more than you asked for. Let those wandering thoughts of buying “that” fancy blower, even though it very much exceeds your budget and will not even offer you a satisfactory result. Do not get caught up, act wise.

Should I buy an expensive electric snow blower?

Furthermore, you may want to consult some expert before going to hunt for electric snow blowers. A sales representative, in the end, would be looking for his commission, and like they say would even sell rotten eggs, if need be. Beware, consult someone beforehand who has had bought one before, or has some ability in knowing what kind of electric snow blower would suit your needs.