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Does Building a Deck Require Excavation?
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The deck represents the transition between the interior and the exterior of a house, a space that can be designed to be very aesthetic and relaxing, where we spend some quality time in every season.

Adding a deck to a home is a process that almost any skilled homeowner can accomplish, with a little help. The deck should be designed so that it matches the house and forms a stylistic whole that will complete the exterior aspect of your property.

Building a deck requires several operations, including some digging (not very deep) to make a foundation.

Here are, in short, the stages of the pre-construction:

  • Developing a plan, selecting materials, defining the deck`s functionality and making an estimate
  • Studying the design of the main building
  • Studying the condition of the main building`s façade and, if necessary, replacing old and rotten areas
  • Verifying the land in which the deck is to be built
  • Making the measurements and determining the type of foundation and its size
  • Choosing the materials
  • Contracting with Colorado call before you dig  is a great way to make sure that you do not dig into previously buried pipes or wires.
  • Excavating the ground and pouring cement into the excavated space, until it reaches the ground level (the cement must be leveled using a trowel)
  • Making final measurements to ensure that the surface is straight

Once the foundation is ready, you can start building the deck.

 

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Taking Care of Your Colorado Succulents
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For busy people who are away from home for longer periods, gardening may seem quite impossible, but actually it doesn’t have to be like this. The solution is growing succulents! They thrive in poor, shallow soils, survive in windy weather and changing temperature, so they can be safely and successfully grown in Colorado.

Succulents are very beautiful, whether you plant them alone or in groups; they have amazingly diverse colors, textures and shapes that will make any garden stand out.

Succulents don’t need too much water, so they will live even after longer periods of neglect, because they store water in their specialized tissues and release it progressively, in adverse conditions. Their leaves may shrink, but they will not die, but recover soon after being watered again.

With succulents, you will have significantly less worries about trimming, cutting dried foliage and disposing the debris. They only require minimum maintenance.

Succulents love light (although some species dislike being directly exposed to sunlight). Light and limited watering keep pests, fungi and bacteria away. Transplantation and propagation are easy to be done without making the plant suffer. As about fertilization, it should be applied only once per year, in summer, during the vegetating period.

Regardless of what you decide to plant, make sure you contact experienced underground cable locator specialists to keep utilities undisturbed in the planting process.

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Best Plants to Grow in the Fall Season for Colorado
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Many people associate planting with spring, but in Colorado’s climate and soil, you can also plant almost anything in the fall season too.

There are benefits of planting in the fall season. The soil is warm enough to allow roots to develop properly until the ground freezes and they will be protected until spring, when the soil warms up again.

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Autumn in Colorado typically provides many beautiful days, great for planting, not to mention that the overall atmosphere tends to be calmer than in the hectic spring. In autumn, you also have better chances to get discounts at garden centers. Plant diseases and pets are not so active anymore as in the spring. The only problem might be the lack of rain, in which case you must supply your newly planted vegetation with the necessary water.

If you need some planting inspiration, here are some suggestions of plants to grow in the fall season:

  • Cool season vegetables

Some vegetables actually thrive in cool weather: carrots, lettuce, cabbage, kale, broccoli, spinach and more. However, some of these must be planted in August if you want to harvest them before the first frost.

  • Different bulbs that will boom in the spring
  • Trees and shrubs have a good start if planted in autumn, because their roots have the time to become stronger, underground, during the winter

Make sure to contact your underground wire location service technicians before you plant. This will make sure that you do not disrupt power sources.

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Preparing Your Colorado Lawn for Fall
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In Colorado, preparing your lawn for fall begins with fertilization. Why now? Because the use of fertilizers will ease your future work, strengthen the roots of the lawn, providing a solid foundation for it to thrive in the next spring.

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While the upper part of the grass slows down or stops growing in cool autumn temperatures, the roots will continue to grow.

Two fertilizer applications are enough to prepare the lawn for the winter. Early in September, the lawn usually recovers after the hot and often dry summer, so you should use a dose of fertilizer now, to speed up leaf growth. Always respect the manufacturer’s recommendations, when it comes to fertilizing products. Some people may want to deal with insect and weed problems in the same time, but if there is no history or concrete sign of such problems, just stick on fertilization.

Choosing the fertilizer

Granular fertilizer is available with various release times that will allow more control over lawn nourishment. Organic fertilizers are the natural choice to help develop the lawn.  They can be purchased from specialized shops or made at home (mulch, compost or dung). During the process of decomposition, the nutrients are released into the soil. You can also use granular organic fertilizer composed of grains and other ground materials.

For additional information, see http://colorado811.org/colorado-811-colorado-springs/.

 

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The Things You Never Knew About Your Soil – Science and Biology Converge
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Although most people believe that the soil you use for your plants and vegetables is only dirty, this is far from even scratching the surface of what the truth really is. In fact, your soil is actually a very complex system that allows for the growth of numerous different types of plants, and nurtures them continuously, maintaining the balance of an ecosystem so complex that many scientists have dedicated decades of their lives in order to fully understand it.

The main concept that everything revolves around is the tilth of the soil. Tilth is a curious word that represents the soil’s ability to support plant growth. This is obtained through a combination of factors such as texture, structure, fertility and the presence of the right microorganisms. When taken to the extreme (either in lack, or abundance), any one of these parameters can cause the soil to be unusable.

Another thing you probably never knew about the soil in your garden is that it’s a thriving sanctuary for a huge variety of tiny organisms. If you put the soil under a microscope, you will find a thriving variety of bacteria, protozoa, fungi and a host of other species that you probably never heard too much about.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the soil has a very fragile chemical balance as well. Elements such as pH, toxicity and the presence of the right amount of various compounds can dictate the type of pesticide and organic fertilizer that will work best for your soil in particular, but might not work for your neighbor’s.

Before planting your garden, call utility locate Colorado technicians and have them inspect your property for buried cable or wire. The last thing you want to do is plunge a shovel into the ground and disconnect electricity or cable for you and your neighbors. You need to know where to dig!

 

 

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Dealing with Common Homeowner Problems – Is the Fence Your Responsibility?
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Whether you just bought a house, or you’ve had one for quite a while, the problem of whether the fence that separates your yard from that of your neighbor might be your responsibility is one that has puzzled American residents for quite a while. Before you dig out all the relevant blueprints and documents, you might want to check on the regulations that have to do with this matter.

In most cases, the rules state that you are only responsible for the fence on the right hand side of your property. That means your neighbor will be the one responsible for the one on the left hand side. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work out like that, and in many cases, you’ll find you have to discuss the matter with your neighbor.

The deeds are your best friends in this case, since they will usually provide you with the right information. So, if the deeds reinforce the idea that your neighbor has to take care of the right hand side fence, then all should be well. However, you have to be careful from the start, as in some cases, the deeds will put you in charge of all fences, or they will only require you to tend to the one in the back, while your neighbors take care of the other fences.

Once you determine who is responsible for fence replacement, know that before any digging takes place, you must  protect infrastructure and utilize Colorado call before you dig programming to make sure digging does not break any buried cables or wires.

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The Most Pressing Commercial Projects That Require Excavation and Calling 811
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Whether you want to erect a new building, or you’re looking to replace your old landscaping with new trees, rock gardens and walkways, excavations and a rearrangement of the landscape might be necessary in many cases. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear when you have to call in the experts and when it’s necessary that you perform a complicated excavation before the project can be ready.call 811 before you dig

First thing’s first, let’s get this 811 business out of the way. What is it all about, anyway? No matter which official you ask, they will tell you that, before excavating on your property – whether you own residential or commercial property – you have to call 811 to promote public safety by hiring underground cable locator professionals to see if any utility lines going through the area where you wish to excavate. Once they take care of their job, and tell you where you can and can’t excavate, it’s time for you to begin.

Now, when it comes to commercial properties, you’ll find there are quite a few activities that require excavation. Building basements and underground storage areas will always require that, as will the foundation for just about any structure. Also, planting trees and setting up certain landscaping elements, as well as driving utility lines to your new property will all require sometimes complex excavations.

 

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Identifying and Dealing with the Most Common Weeds Found in Colorado Lawns
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The negative effect of weeds on a clean, healthy lawn can scarcely be overestimated. Many people notice that certain weeds can starve the grass by consuming all of its most essential nutrients and water, while in other cases, it can also lead to the spreading of various diseases and parasites.

To be able to fight against these culprits, it’s important to first know who they are:

  • One of the most common weeds known to Colorado gardeners is stinkgrass. This troublesome weed has a foul odor and reproduces by seed each and every year.
  • Green foxtail is also quite common in Colorado. It has a curious, “fuzzy” green appearance, and its yellow bristles are among its most prominent features.
  • Docks are larger weeds with imposing lanceolate leaves and winged archines. Most importantly, they are noxious weeds.
  • Finally, you’ll want to look out for the Russian thistle, a weed that can grow to a large size and develop rugged branches almost like a small tree. The weed has sharp bracts that can end up injuring children and pets who play with them.

Whether you hire a special weed removal service, or you eliminate the weeds yourself, it’s important to use techniques that will not only eliminate mature weeds, but also the seeds that might lead to a renewed infestation. Please remember that if you plan on  doing any significant digging, you call knowledgeable underground wire location services to inspect the underground area for cables and wires.

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How Can You Really Keep Your Soil Healthy in Colorado?
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The prolonged use of unsafe pesticide, contamination with various chemicals and the use of synthetic fertilizer over a long period of time, all point to the fact that your soil might not be as clean as you think. Even if you changed it up and started using safer products, you’ll find that many of the toxins and harmful compounds will not exit the soil as easily, especially in a dry area like Colorado, where rainfall doesn’t wash the soil as often as in most other states.

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Fortunately, if you want to clean your soil thoroughly, there are a few measures that Colorado experts can recommend:

  • Replace part of your soil with fresh, healthy soil, and use organic products to grow your plants and veggies.
  • Introduce the use of only organic compounds and fertilizers over a longer period of time (we’re talking years), and test the pH balance of your soil from time to time, to see if you need more.
  • Call a Colorado service to clean up your contaminated soil before planting any seeds.

Regardless of the methods or services you use to clean up your soil, either at once or over a longer period time, it’s important to understand that the soil is a chemical soup and a complex ecosystem. So, as with any part of nature, what you’re looking for is a balance of the right substances, not an excessive use of one type of substance, such as alkaline compounds or Calcium Carbonate.

In addition, you will need to call before you dig Denver damage prevention technicians to ensure that underground buried pipes and cables are not broken in the digging process.

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The Main Tips for Safe Gardening You Need to Know About
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Safe gardening is a subject that many people follow quite earnestly, whether they want to use the best and healthiest grass, or they’re looking to plant a vegetable garden. If you want to make sure that your gardening practices are safe not only for the environment, but for you and your individual plants and trees as well, consider following these simple tips:

  • Examine your garden first and look for any diseased plants and vegetables that have been affected by fungi or parasites. In some cases, toxic substances resulting from the use of pesticides can also be present in the soil and on various plants.
  • Use organic products to avoid damaging the environment and your health. Using organic fertilizer and clean pesticides, as well as avoiding GMOs, should provide you with cleaner sources of food and oxygen through your plants.
  • Avoid growing plants that are not used to the climate you reside in. Even though this is more of a safety concern for the plant, rather than you, using grass, trees and herbs that are not accustomed to growing in your climate can also lead to fewer plants maturing, a larger number of contaminated plants, and a smaller amount of clean oxygen generated.

Remember that prior to digging your garden, you MUST contact an underground cable locator team of experts to ensure that all buried wires and cables remain undisturbed during the excavation process.

 

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