Top 4 tips to ensure healthy tree pruning or trimming

Are you proud of the versatile range of trees decking up your yard? That’s great. However, your task does not end with sowing the seeds and watching the  trees grow in glory. You have to maintain the trees with timely and proper trimming & pruning. It’s like the much needed haircut after days of long hair to keep your mane in shape. Added to aesthetics, timely tree pruning also keeps the trees in sound health.

The post below shares  some basic  facts to remember when it comes to tree pruning.

Be proper with time

You can’t prune or trim out the branches at just any time of the year. According to experts, the best time to prune or trim a tree is during the dormant season. Otherwise, another conducive time to prune your tree is winter months.

Do not trim, prune or cut trees in extreme hot & cold weather.

However, if there is some kind of hazard like diseased, dead or damaged branches- the affected part must be cut down immediately. If you linger the process, the damaged part will start affecting the entire body of the tree. And, fast you will have no choice but to cut down the tree altogether.

Be mindful about branch size & shape

If you notice a damaged branch, you have to trim or cut it down immediately. But be mindful of the branch size while doing so. In case, the branch’s diameter is lesser than 5 cm, you can remove it easily. But if it’s something in between  5-10 cm, you should only remove it if it’s a dire necessity.

V-shaped branches with narrow angles are generally weak. You can trim them out to avoid accidents from sudden falls of these branches. On the other hand, branches with U-shaped angles are comparatively stronger and you can retain them if they are not damaged.

Be careful about the age & position of branches

Experts advise to prune branches when they’re young. At young age, the branches are easily manageable and hence can be trimmed easily. Moreover, when you trim a branch young, it eliminates woes of unsightly scars on the plant body.

Besides, be careful of the position of a branch while trimming, pruning or cutting. It’s safer not to trim or prune a branch which is too long or too close.

Consult professionals

Tree pruning, trimming or cutting is a perplex affair and hence is best left to professional tree cutting services Singapore. The leading tree cutting companies are backed by Certified practicing Horticulturists who know the specialized techniques for a proper and safe trimming/pruning/cutting/.  Just make sure to settle with a seasoned and reputed company.

Did You Know Your Laminate Flooring Can Improve Your Décor?

Laminate Flooring

Your wood laminate flooring is a home décor asset, not just something that you walk around on. Think about: how much of your décor and furniture do you end up buying according to what will fit with your flooring? It’s probably had a greater effect than you thought, so here are some ideas for how you can make your wood laminate flooring a part of your décor planning.

The farmhouse kitchen

Do you have fond memories of a warm farmhouse kitchen and home cooked food? Maybe you’ve seen such a kitchen on TV and thought you’d like to try that in your own home. With wood laminate flooring you can make it happen.

Just ask your laminate flooring installers to lay down some laminate that is coloured to look like whitewood or a light maple. From there you can renovate your kitchen with white walls, cupboards and furniture, all in an antique style. Slap down some countertops that also look like a lighter type of wood and you have your perfect farmhouse kitchen, from the floor up!

For the minimalists

For those who appreciate minimalist style, you’ll know that it is all about opening up the spaces of your home. Wood laminate flooring doesn’t give you more space, as such, but it can help you create an impression of free, clean and open spaces.

With the range of colours available in laminate flooring you can opt for something like a white or off-white stone colour, or even white marble. This clean, stony appearance will lighten up your space to create a clean and open atmosphere. Throw in some edgy white furniture and maybe a sculpture and you will have your ideally minimalistic space.

Rustic brickwork fanciness

Anybody who enjoyed watching movies in the 90s will remember a lot of the rich character’s homes being quite rustic, with a lot of fancy brickwork and open plan spaces. If you have a lot of brickwork showing in your lounge or dining area, even if it is smaller, you can replicate this look with the right wood laminate flooring colour.

The one common feature in those rich, rustic mansions – besides the brickwork – was the flooring. If you get your laminate flooring installers to put in specially printed flooring that makes up arrow-like patterns in your floors in alternating light and dark colours, you’ll have the perfect partner for your rustic brickwork. Add in some leather furniture, glass vases and beige lampshades and you could call yourself Mister Luther (you don’t have to shave your head though, don’t worry).

Get in touch with professional laminate flooring installers to make sure you get your perfect style to accompany the décor you want.

 

 

 

Shutter Installations from London to Bath, Oxford to Winchester

Please ensure that when you decide to purchase window shutters for your home or business premises that you work with the best south England shutter specialists. Why settle for an average service, reasonable value, DIY shutter installation or a restricted range of styles, colours and finishes? You deserve an outstanding experience, with market leaders Smart Blinds and Shutters, this is guaranteed.

They work across the south of England, enjoy industry partnerships and excellent reviews.

Smart Blinds and Shutters is a family run business with:

  • Over 20 years of experience.
  • An affordable, desirable range of window shutters.
  • A window shutter option that reflects your personality.
  • Window shutters in 5 wood types and in 117 painted and stained colour finishes.
  • Their showrooms are located in Caversham and Thatcham.
  • Professionally qualified shutter installation specialists.
  • They take time to understand exactly what the client wants from their window shutters, functionally and aesthetically.
  • They are happy to answer questions and you’ll never feel like you’re on a conveyor belt as you might at a national chain shutter company.
  • Free measuring and fitting services.
  • A no obligation quote.
  • Made to measure window shutters.
  • Tilt or no tilt option window shutters.
  • Made-to-order by the leading global shutter manufacturer.
  • State of the art manufacturing processes.
  • Top quality workmanship.

Space may be at a premium, curtains may billow distractingly into a space, blinds may not be to your taste; shutters offer versatility, security, privacy and finesse to an environment, whatever the colour, finish and design scheme.

Window shutters come in numerous forms and each one from Smart Blinds and Shutters represents a value for money, optimum quality, long lasting solution.

  • Plantation shutters

These are also known as Full Height Shutters. These window shutters cover the entire window but often feature a divider rail so that part of the shutter can be left open, the other section closed, if required. Plantation window shutters provide excellent insulation, reduce noise and light from outside.

  • Café style shutters

Shutter installations for this continental style tend to be in rooms which are not overlooked because they cover just the lower section of a window. The café shutters prove less expensive than full window shutter installations.

  • Tier on tier

There are two sets of panels, one sits above the other. These layers can be operated independently to control light, privacy and noise.

  • Shaped shutters

Made to measure shaped shutter installations of full height window shutters are suitable for any size or shape frame.

  • Tracked

This style of shutter features full height panels on runners. They contract rather like a concertina.

  • Solid panel

These solid window shutters provide exceptional insulation.

Reflect your personal or corporate identity with your window dressings. Don’t settle for anything but the best.

Smart Blinds and Shutters are ready to help you, as renowned south England shutter specialists and installers. From London to Bath, Oxford to Winchester, and all points in between, they offer safe hands for your window shutter installation needs.

Why not contact them today?

Four Popular Design Styles Explained

Interior decorating involves more than adding scatter cushions and lighting to an interior space. The space that you design or decorate should follow a trend, and all elements of that space should fall within the guidelines of that trend to create a consistent, unified space.

One thing people forget to “match” is their furniture, especially built-in cupboards. However, when building or renovating your own home you have the freedom to choose the colours for your built-in cupboards and permanent furnishings to match your intended décor trends. To make things easier I have listed four popular design trends along with my product suggestions from the PG Bison product range.

Bohemian

The bohemian décor trend captures the beauty of a carefree, adventurous lifestyle. This style is built by collecting what is good from all corners of the world and bringing it back into your home. Bold patterns and vibrant colours, scatter cushions, throws and rugs are indicators of this adored boho-chic trend.

Product suggestion: PG Bison’s MelaWood SupaTexture boasts the perfect bohemian colour, Napoca.

Scandinavian

Scandinavian design introduced a minimalist look to architecture and interior design. Scandinavian décor trends feature simple, functional furniture, with light peaceful tones of grey and white. Playful accent pieces can be added, but these usually follow softer tones. Scandinavian home décor creates a harmonious and peaceful environment by avoiding clutter and bold, clashing colours.

Product suggestion: Simple Scandinavian style wants simple lines such as MelaWood Storm Grey.

Industrial

The Industrial design trend looks back to the industrial era and shows off raw steel, distressed wood and un-plastered brick work. This is a masculine, mature and rustic form of décor and is often used in bars and restaurants. Cleaner lines and elaborate ornaments or furniture pieces can be added to the mix for a bit of excitement.

Product suggestion: Formica LifeSeal worktops are now available in an attractive gloss range. Colour options like Tucana and Aquila are perfectly suited to an industrial or urban look.

Nautical

Think beach house and you will probably be imagining nautical décor. This trend is formed on colours that remind us of the sea; mainly white, shades of blue, and sand-coloured furnishings. Unfinished wood, sea shells, ropes and deep texture can be found in this sensual design trend.

Product suggestion: One feels the sea and it only makes sense that your nautical décor should use textured, realistic-feeling wood panel products. Calais from the MelaWood SupaTexture range is the ideal fit.

 

Pest Survival in Cold Weather

Just as cold weather sees humans racing to the comfort of a warm fire and shelter, so too will the UK’s pests strive to make their retreat to a safe, warm spot with access to food and drink.

Berkshire pest control specialists know that many customers think that pests are less troublesome in the winter as they’re already hibernating or have died off, but you should still be alert because several pests are ready to make your property theirs, whatever the season.

Pest Survival in Cold Weather

Winter storms, snowfall and flooding can damage properties and create access points for pests and therefore pest control issues. Regular property checks and a proactive approach to maintenance tasks are wise precautions.

You may not see the pests as much during periods of cold weather but the calls to pest control specialists, including Pest Control Berkshire, are still plentiful.

Did you know that there are species of cockroaches which thrive in arctic conditions and so they won’t find snow or low temperatures in the UK problematic?

Spiders will trek indoors and find a quiet corner, loft or garage to sit out the cold weather. They eat insects which are overwintering, unseen by humans, in the property.

Rodents are intelligent and loyal; they’ll take risks in freezing weather which they’d dismiss at other times, just to survive. They’ll feed during daylight hours and in more open spots rather than making nocturnal food trips; bird food may be one of the easiest food stuffs to reach.

Rats and mice can wiggle through a space as small as a pencil and gain access to a loft, outbuilding, kitchen or warehouse. Their teeth are sharp and strong enough to gnaw through most materials, from fabric to timber to metal. Humans frequently save them from having to make an excessive effort by leaving bins open, and rubbish accessible, especially when collections are thrown in to chaos. A compost heap provides an ideal storm shelter with the food supply a whisker away.

We normally assume that bed bugs need warm duvets and mattresses, but they don’t die when we get out of bed, they can live well in cool temperatures. Pest control experts appreciate that bed bugs survive intercontinental flights and can infest bedframes, furniture and electric sockets. They don’t require food as humans do; they can exist for 3 months without sustenance. Be proactive about bed bugs, they are particularly a problem for hotels in which a succession of travellers can occupy rooms.

Woodworm require approximately 10-15% humidity so variable temperatures, heating being switched on and off and increased condensation levels are like a welcome mat. As they live for 2-5 years, they won’t mind a cool attic beam or floorboard. Their food source, cellulose, is naturally found in the timber. Summer is the least enjoyable time for woodworm because it’s too warm and the timber is drier.

Pests unlucky enough to find themselves outside and exposed in a winter freeze like slugs, snails and aphids will die.

Cold weather adaptability means that professional licensed Berkshire pest control services are in demand every day of the year.