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What Should I do to Make Sure Large Tree by my House is Safe?

Q: I have a large tree on my property that hangs over the side of my home that I have always worried about, but would hate to see it go. How can I find out if it is a concern?
Proper Pruning Gets Best Summertime Results

With the days getting noticeably longer many people have a greater desire to get out and work in their yards to prepare for spring. If you have been curious about the proper timing of pruning your trees or shrubs, the dormancy plants undergo in winter makes this time of year an opportune time to carry out such activities.
I Have Tree Needles All Over My Cedar Shake Roof

Question from Mike in Abbotsford, B.C. -----Dear Shell,Our house backs onto a green belt with lots of trees, the needles from these trees fills the grooves in between the cedar...
Tree Selection Matters

Trees can serve numerous landscape functions including beautification, adding privacy, reducing traffic noise, providing shade and energy conservation. Early spring is the best time of year to transplant trees and shrubs, while they are dormant.
Spring Garden Maintenance

Clean out the flowerbeds, removing fallen leaves and blossoms to avoid potential fungus and moulds. Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures.
Planning Your Landscape

Trees can serve numerous landscape functions including beautification, adding privacy, reducing traffic noise, providing shade and energy conservation. Early Spring is the best time of year to transplant trees and shrubs, while they are dormant.
Fire Prevention and Safety

Our long, hot summers may be wonderful for kids who enjoy their summer break but when it comes to forest fires, these hot, dry spells set up the perfect conditions for devastating forest fires like those that occurred last summer in the Interior of B.C and elsewhere.
Landscaping - Choosing the Right Trees and Shrubs

Trees can serve numerous landscape functions including beautification, adding privacy, reducing traffic noise, providing shade and energy conservation. Early Spring is the best time of year to transplant trees and shrubs, while they are dormant.
Fall Lawn and Garden Checklist

With cold weather approaching, Fall is a great time to prepare and maintain your landscaping for the upcoming winter season.
Pollen Allergies

Pollen is one of the leading causes of seasonal allergies around the home. Each spring, summer, and fall, tiny pollen particles are released from trees, weeds, and grasses, causing seasonal rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever (nasal/sinus allergies).
Cork Flooring for Kitchens & Bathrooms

Q) We are replacing the vinyl flooring in our kitchen and we are considering cork flooring. I have heard you mention that you do not advise installing laminate flooring in bathrooms or kitchen. Can you tell me why you don't advise it? We like the look of and feel of cork and have found lots of styles to choose from that have a dark finish that we want, but we are wondering about how well it holds up in a kitchens. We are also wondering what to look for in regards to quality.
Keeping On Top Of Your Cedar Roofing Problems

In recent years it seems an entire industry has developed around restoring cedar roofing. Many of you with cedar roofs may have seen companies in your area offering roof restoration services. We have received many emails and phone calls to our office regarding the services that are being offered by roofing restoration companies. Here is an article to help you make an educated choice when dealing with your cedar roof.
How to remove duckweed from your pond

We recently received a call to our office from a homeowner who wanted to know how to get rid of the duckweed he had in his pond.
Fall Gardening Pointers

With just a little bit of work, you can overhaul your lawns health to help it thrive in the winter months. Start with a thorough raking to open the ground and expose the soil so new seeds can germinate. Aerate if necessary, to provide air, water and nutrients to the grass roots. Aerating is especially necessary for compact heavy soils.
Cedar Roof Restoration

In recent years it seems an entire industry has developed around restoring cedar roofing. Many of you with cedar roofs may have seen companies in your area offering roof restoration services.
(Video) Brighten Up Unsightly Concrete

Over time, concrete may turn blotchy and black in areas especially under trees, in shaded areas and where water may be wicking up through the surface. Using the Shell Busey Home Cleaning Formula, clean the concrete of all residuals from algae growth or stains from leaves left lying on the surface. While the concrete is still damp from cleaning, apply a brush coat of Bonded Topping Cement mix.
Know What Your Home Sits On

To understand your house as a system, you must begin with the land your home sits on and how it is structured. Is it on a full basement, crawl space or slab on grade and what do each of these terms mean? Does your home sit on a sloping piece of property and if so what can you expect in the future: surface water, roof water, groundwater?
Electrical Safety Day

BC Hydro is reminding British Columbian's about the importance of electrical safety. On May 11, more than 225 classrooms in B.C. will participate in BC Hydro's Electrical Safety Day in schools.
Is There Mold in Your Home?

Along with pollens from trees, grasses, and weeds, molds are a leading cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis. In warm regions, molds may be present year round. In colder areas, the mold season generally runs from early spring well into the fall, typically peaking during July and August. While most molds, like pollens, are killed by the first major frost, others may persist during the winter months even in cold regions.
Routine Home Maintenance

Preventative maintenance now can save a lot of time and money later. Here is a handy routine maintenance check list that is ideal to keep on hand.