How to keep your driveway nice

Asphalt driveways are a nice accent to your landscaping, but it is essential that you properly maintain the driveway to prevent it from cracking and ensure you have a long-lasting, sturdy drive. here are a few tips that can help you out.

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1. Park in the center, not the edge.

Do what you can to avoid driving off the edge of the driveway and parking on the edges. The edge of the asphalt driveway isn’t as effective as distributing the weight of the vehicle as the center may be, which can lead to cracking and fracturing. Make sure the edges aren’t washed away; keep a hard backfill up against the asphalt to provide it with the proper support and prevent it from slipping.

2. Park in different spots.

Change up where you par your vehicle in your driveway. Parking in the same place repeatedly can cause ruts in the driveway, particularly in hotter weather. If you live in an area where temperatures frequently rise above 100 degrees, then your driveway is more at risk for cracking than those in colder climates. Your driveway also has a weight limit, so bear this in mind if particularly heavy vehicles need to park there, such as construction equipment or work trucks.

3. Keep an eye out for leaks.

If your vehicle is leaking oil, you need to repair it as quickly as possible. Not only does this put your vehicle at risk, but the leaking oil can dissolve the coating of the asphalt and damage your driveway. If you notice a place where gasoline or oil has leaked onto the driveway, dry it as quickly as possible and use sand or some other substance to dry up any reside. Clean it off with a hose pipe afterward.

Proper driveway maintenance is vital to ensuring the long life of your drive way. Keeping an eye for spills and cracks is just one part; if you see any damage to your driveway, do what you can to repair it before the damage worsens. In the event that it can’t be repaired, there are a number of services that offer driveway replacement Minneapolis. Consulting with one of these professional contractors can give you an idea of the cost associated with a full driveway replacement and how long the job may take.

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Bought logs for our firewood and will sell the rest

We do not use our furnace to heat our house. We use firewood and pellets on our fireplace. We have a burning stove by the family room. We also have electric stove that is feed by pellets by the living room so my kids and their friends are warm enough when they are playing. I usually get free firewood from my work as a lineman in a power company.

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We burn our fireplace the entire day especially when the temperature outside is really cold. We used to have four rows of firewood in our garage but is no don to three rows after burning some of them. I bought these logs from a tree guy. It cost $750. I think I can make a profit and will sell the rest of the firewood. Hope it is  dry enough for next winter.

My summer babe likes to go up and down in this file of logs. My wife is keeping an eye on her while waiting for her school bus.

How about you? How do you heat your  house? Do you turn on your furnace? Do you use fireplace? How do you feed your fireplace? Is it electric or you burn firewood as well?

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3 Reasons Why Commercial Landscaping is Important

Commercial landscaping is just as important personal property landscaping for a variety of reasons. Tree pruning, trimming and removal, irrigation and sprinklers, and land maintenance are some of the tasks that must be completed in order to ensure that a commercial property stays in top shape on the outside. Less dead grass, leaves and branches around a property are less likely to attract unwanted vermin and bugs, as well as less crime. If your team is not equipped to handle the consistent duties of maintaining your business property, commercial landscaping service near Dallas is at your disposal. Here are three reasons why commercial landscaping is important.

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Property Aesthetics

If your business building is already beautiful on the outside, commercial landscaping can highlight its features with green grass, bushes of flowers and sculpted trees. If your business building has a few blemishes on the outside, commercial landscapers can help hide them by planting walls of ivy, for example. No matter what direction the landscaping must take, it only helps your structure look welcoming, safe and successful.

Maintains Commercial Property Value

The value of a commercial building is determined by an array of factors including occupancy rates, location and scarcity. A well-maintained building, like a well-maintained home, is more likely to command a higher property value. Studies prove that a neatly-trimmed lawn and tidy hedges will improve the property value of a commercial parcel, so if you’re wondering if the cost of professional landscaping is worth its price, the answer is yes.

Contributes to Less Crime in the Immediate Area

When commercial properties are well-maintained, the cleanliness acts a deterrent against crime. Buildings that are surrounded by dead or overgrown grass, fallen tree branches and cobwebs in the bushes are signs that there may not be too much activity occurring on that parcel. Therefore, it invites individuals with nefarious intentions to test the waters by tagging on the walls, using the area as a potential hide out or worse.

A clean commercial property benefits itself and its community in a number of ways. For the community, a well-maintained commercial property deters crime, attracts customers and contributes to the beautification of the area. For itself, commercial properties that are consistently taken care of by landscapers enjoy a healthy property value, less costly maintenance issues down the road and a more likely influx of potential clientele.

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