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Proper Trimming Technique

Posted by on Apr 2, 2016 in Home Landscape | Comments Off on Proper Trimming Technique

tree-trimmingTo keep plants at your home beautiful, charming, and healthy, you need to perform regular trimming. Learning how to trim your shrubs in a correct manner is very important, as every shrub requires a different method as well as the different time for trimming and pruning. Nevertheless, you can learn some basic steps regarding proper maintenance. Ensuring the shrubs stays healthy and beautiful is critical when following the size control.

Another thing to keep in mind, is that trimming tree shrubs is not a great deal different than trimming trees if you have ever done any tree trimming.  We hire a company each year near my elderly Mom’s home in Daytona Beach to do her tree trimming and tree removal, and they gave us the training on the proper way to perform tree trimming and tree pruning.  Overall, they are an excellent company for any tree service Daytona Beach that you need performed.  They are very professional and do very good work.


Shearing could decrease the size of topiaries and formal hedges, but do not do shear at the place of pruning because the process of pruning is much healthier for the shrub. Shearing is also regarded as trimming, which often leaves square shapes and homogenous ball. On the other hand, pruning is all about maintaining the real shape of the shrub as well as to enhance the beauty of the plant. Different issues from shearing can influence the shrub’s visual appeal and health. For instance, inappropriate shearing can transform a plant into a real unhealth with numerous shoots establishing at the point of cut. This can give the shrub a fresh look, and not a good look, with a base with no leaves.

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Shrub Types for Your Home and Landscape

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Home Landscape | Comments Off on Shrub Types for Your Home and Landscape

shrubsShrubs are usually utilized for landscaping purposes around your home or yard; small-dense, tall-thin. Some are colorful flowers, while others are leafy green. A juniper has sharp leaves that blend to a point. They thrive in sunnier areas and are not able to deal with drought conditions. Lilacs come in many different varieties as well as the colors such as purple, blue, pink, red, and white. Lilacs grow upwards to 3 meters. Nonetheless, in spite of these different properties as well as the difference, each is categorized as from the shrub family, but recognized as different types of shrubs.

Types of Shrubs

There are mainly 3 kinds of shrubs:

  • Deciduous
  • Needled Evergreen
  • Broadleaf Evergreen

These varieties are likewise applicable to trees; however, trees are completely different from shrubs. A shrub will have multiple stems coming from the base, while tree branches are incorporated from the primary trunk. Nevertheless, both shrubs and trees are topped with foliage, and using both in combination is the best way to have a beautiful landscape for your home.

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Improved Carpet Cleaning Technology

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Home Care & Maintenance | Comments Off on Improved Carpet Cleaning Technology

Carpet Cleaning TechnologyIf your carpets are in need of professional cleaning, and one consideration that you should explore is how carpet cleaning technology has changed and carpet cleaning today. Many years ago the process for professional carpet cleaning and steam cleaning was that they used an excessive amount of water for this process, and your carpets would be saturated and take several days to dry. The technology for the cleaning process has improved drastically, so when you choose a company to clean your carpets, keep this in mind.

My sister lives in Port Orange, and she is very knowledgeable about all things related to floors, carpets, and home decor. She has a large home near the beach and recently hired a company to professionally clean her carpets. Her Port Orange carpet cleaning was performed by an excellent company who use more of a dry cleaning process. They did not saturate her carpets with water, and her carpets were dry within just a few hours. I was there on vacation and was very impressed with this technology. Port Orange upholstery cleaning was also done in less than 2 hours, and you could walk on the carpets and sit on the upholstery that same afternoon.  That is really impressive technology!

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Wood Floors or Carpet?

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Home Decor | Comments Off on Wood Floors or Carpet?

Wood FloorsMany people inquire as to what is the best option for their home, carpets or wood floor? This is indeed a very important question, and one that should be carefully considered before you make the investment in either one. Wood floors have many great qualities but a few downsides as well, and it is the same thing for carpeting. So really depends on a number of factors that you should carefully consider before making your decision.  Here is some more advice by wood floor experts.

Some of the advantages of carpet are as follows:

  • Comfortable under the feet
  • A variety of different colors
  • A variety of different textures
  • Rather easily replaceable

So when you consider purchasing carpet you have to think about how important these factors are. Another consideration is whether or not you have pets and small children. Small children will probably not be as comfortable on wood floors and much you have a soft area rug for them. However, if you do not have these in your family and carpeting is a good option.

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Types of Professional Carpet Cleaning

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Home Care & Maintenance | Comments Off on Types of Professional Carpet Cleaning

Dry Carpet cleaning methods can be classified in three techniques:

  • Dry foam cleaning
  • Dry powder cleaning
  • Bonnet cleaning

These methods are usually executed by industry professionals. There is one more method of dry carpet cleaning called hot carbonation extraction; a method by the Chem-Dry franchise. Let’s discuss all these methods of dry carpet cleaning.


Chem-dry is also a dry carpet cleaning method which incorporates a hot carbonation process. It is very effective and give a very deep cleaning because of the use of strong chemical as well as the powerful suction devices. We used this Chem-dry carpet cleaning company last summer and they did an excellent job with not only our carpet cleaning, but also some upholstery cleaning for us.

However, this method is not suitable for all types of carpets. One should check with the manufacturer before using any dry cleaning method. Some methods void carpet warranty. So be sure to check these things before choosing a method.

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Dust in Your Home

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Home Care & Maintenance | Comments Off on Dust in Your Home

No matter how much you clean your house, you always end up seeing dust again. No one likes a dusty home as it is unsightly and contributes to health issues such as allergies and asthma. So how to get rid of it from your home? Well, surface cleaning is not sufficient. Your first step is to identify the hidden areas with dust build up and deal with them appropriately.

Dusty FloorCarpets

Carpets are prone to fetch more dirt, and they are also a breeding ground for allergens and dust. The best, as well as the most practical approach, to cut down pollutants and dirt is to get rid of carpeting. Instead, use area rugs; however, they too catch dust particles so you will need to vacuum your rugs on a regular basis.  Another downside to carpets, is that they wear out over time.  They might look great for 10 years, but eventually they will stain and become worn looking, especially in high-traffic areas.  This will remain replacement throughout your entire home, which is not cheap.

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House Cleaning and Carpet Cleaning

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Home Care & Maintenance | Comments Off on House Cleaning and Carpet Cleaning

There are a couple of different sorts of cleaning services available to most homes and businesses. For a price, one or more individuals visit your home and clean. It is the best option if you can afford it as it allows you to do other work while your home is getting thoroughly cleaned, and besides, everyone deserves to be pampered once in a while!

Weekly Cleaning Services

The most frequent choice is to arrange weekly cleaning services with a professional house cleaning firm. The firm will send a few workers (cleaning team) to your home once every week to completely clean, either while you are present at home or not available. The cleaners may clean the entire house, or they may clean a specific area according to your preference.

Truck Mounted Carpet TruckWe lived in Palm Coast earlier this year and had carpet cleaners come to our home on occasion for a deep cleaning and it was always such a treat!  There is nothing better than coming home after a long day of work and having spotless carpets that look, feel, and smell like new, or maybe better than new.  And the technology for cleaning has improved so much that it is really not hard on carpets and rugs anymore to have them cleaned quite often.

Bi-Weekly Cleaning Services

Other related options are bi-weekly cleanings, where somebody (cleaner) will come every month or every two weeks. Creating a regular schedule for professional cleaning is more convenient and affordable because cleaners charge more when called rarely come, or on an “as-need basis”.  However, a cleaning firm will charge a one-time fee if you need their service before a special event, and this can be quite expensive.

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Choosing the Right Kitchen Floor

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Home Decor | Comments Off on Choosing the Right Kitchen Floor

Kitchen FlooringThe kitchen flooring is always different from the regular home flooring, because the kitchen is a place full of activities, so the best kitchen floor is one that can handle all these activities.  It should be easy to clean, and it should not get stained or easily damaged.  Most of the contractors suggest tile, laminate design, hardwood, and linoleum in the kitchen. On the other hand, the kitchen floor should fit into the decor of the kitchen area and even the entire home.

Why Different Flooring in the Kitchen?

Kitchen areas are full of fun and also gathering of people that don’t usually happen in other parts of your home, such as cooking, cleaning, storing food, and just hanging out.  We don’t recommend using carpet in the kitchen area because it would be hard to clean.  That is why we need a strong material that can withstand stains and should not absorb water. Just imagine, marble or limestone, and other porous flooring materials in your kitchen area.  It’s a scary thought, isn’t it?  Yes, because these materials are likely to stain when any liquid spills.  Think coffee stains and wine stains on your beautiful kitchen floor.
The kitchen is prone to accidents such as falling jar or glass, spilling wine or juice and so on. This is why, you need a different type of flooring for your kitchen. There are many types of kitchen floors available in the market, such as:

  • Hardwood floor
  • Tile floors
  • Vinyl floors
  • Linoleum floor
  • Laminate floors
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Tree Pruning and Tree Trimming

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Home Improvement | Comments Off on Tree Pruning and Tree Trimming

If you want your home looking beautiful year-round, then you just can’t ignore your lawn and landscape.  This has such a big impact on the overall look of your home.  A big part of this is proper tree care, so let’s discuss the importance of proper pruning and trimming.

Everything About Pruning Trees

Pruning trees is an essential as well as the most crucial part of garden maintenance. Frequent pruning promotes healthy and attractive gardens as well as better plants. Pruning is particularly fundamental for fruit trees, expecting that the objective is fruit production. However, it likewise gives a facelift to the trees. The criteria for pruning trees change often, and it cannot be the same for every tree; the type of tree as well as the placement, and size often matters.

Nevertheless, there is a general rule for pruning that it should only be conducted during the cold months or winter, when they are dormant. Why not in summer? Because it could damage the growth of the tree or the tree may be shocked if pruning conducted in the summer.  My sister hired Volusia Tree Service last month even during the warmer season, and they did an amazing job with her tree pruning.

Pruning Is Not Trimming

A few people think that pruning is trimming, which is untrue, because pruning is a method to shape shrubs, hedges, as well as the trees. Hedging or trimming can be performed many times using the clippers. The procedure of trimming incorporates eliminating outlying branches as well as to promote the appearance. It is likewise used in topiary routine maintenance.

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The best 10 Quick Home Maintenance Tips

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Home Improvement | Comments Off on The best 10 Quick Home Maintenance Tips

There is no denying that one of the biggest investments for a human being is to buy a house. A standard house in America could cost about $200,000 and a lot of house owners will take a lot of pains to make sure that the house is maintained in the best possible manner. However the good news is that you can avoid carrying out expensive repair jobs by simply following 10 Quick Home Maintenance Tips.

The 10 Quick Home Maintenance Tips


  1. Firstly you start out by inspecting the house very well and notice if anything is broken and try to fix it while the problem is still small. If the problem is a minor one then you can do it by yourself or if not you can simply call in a professional.
  2. You can turn on the heating system and the air conditioner, and check to see if everything is working in the right way. You would have to listen very closely for noises that may sound strange. Do not miss out on checking the air filters to see if they are clean.
  3. Now if you have a house that has an attic, you may want to get up there and have a good look around. In fact you may consider throwing out a few items that you do not use. Sometimes people store unused chemicals in the attic, if you have ever done something like that be sure to dispose them.
  4. Inspecting the dryers and washers to spot any corrosion is not a bad idea at all. If you have loose vents or water leaks be sure to get them mended right away. The vents of the dryer should not be blocked with lint; to detect any lint you must turn on the dyer. If you notice that the is no air coming out then you will have to clean the vents.
  5. Check your sprinklers in the lawn will a good thing to do next. All you have to do is turn on the sprinkler system and make sure that all the sprinklers are operating properly. If you notice excess water being given out from the sprinklers then you should change the heads of the sprinklers or even decrese the water pressure.sprinkler_system
  6. While you are inspecting your house make sure you pay a visit to your kitchen and go through every single cooking appliance that you have. Clean them properly and if you have appliances that run on electricity make sure they have not developed loose contacts.
  7. Look at all the electrical outlets; look for any discolored patches near the outlets or switches as this is a symptom of damage. This should be addressed if you do not want your home to sustain severe damage.
  8. Inspecting the exteriors of the house is by far the most important thing to do, try to look for damage caused by termite, mold or water. If your house is brick or stucco look for damaged places.
  9. Checking your roof on a monthly basis is the wisest thing a person should do at all times. Try to locate broken shingles and roof leaks and try to get them fixed as soon as possible.
  10. Give your property a good inspection and do make a checklist to see that you have covered everything.

You can do all of the above by yourself or if you feel that it is too much, do not hesitate to call in a professional. If you follow these 10 Quick Home Maintenance Tips you will have no trouble in maintaining your home.  If you are looking for even more tips, here is a great resource for home maintenance tips.  HUD has some great articles on taking care of your home.

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