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Living Around a Fireplace Installation

I happen to know a thing or two about living in a home while a new fireplace is being installed. It takes some time for the process to be completed, and the inconvenience can feel pretty intense, but there are tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier on the entire family – like turn a bedroom into the living room (if the living room is where your new fireplace is going, of course) when the construction gets a little loud. In the fifty years that I've lived in this home, I have experienced my fair share of home improvement projects. I decided that maybe some of my experience can help others who are looking to complete their own projects, like installing a new fireplace. Enjoy!

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Yellow Or Brown Leaves

If you have a tree that normally has green leaves, but they are yellow or brown during peak season (spring or summer), it could be a sign of a problem. If it's only one limb, you may be able to have that one limb trimmed off to help protect the rest of the tree from dying. If it's a large limb, have a professional tree trimming company inspect the tree and remove the limb for you.

Missing Bark On Branches

If there is missing bark on any branches, it could be an issue. This missing bark can lead to the branch breaking off entirely, which could be unsafe. If you notice missing bark on any large branches of your tree, hire a tree trimmer to trim these branches before it causes property damage, further damage to your tree, or even injury to someone.

Missing Bark On The Trunk

When the trunk begins to lose bark, your entire tree may be dying, not just one branch. Be sure to have it inspected by a professional, as it may need to be removed altogether. The tree could have a disease, or it could be being eaten by pests from the inside out. Look for holes in the trunk, which could indicate a pest problem. Also look around the base of the tree for carpenter ant nests. These pests could be eating your tree and killing it. If the tree needs to be removed, leave it to a professional to get the job done properly and done safely.

Before taking a trimming a tree or having it removed, have it inspected first to see if it can be saved. If it cannot, be sure to have the dead parts trimmed, or the entire tree removed to prevent injury or property damage due to falling limbs or the entire tree falling. To help prevent dying trees, use a pest preventative around the base of your tree to keep pests (such as carpenter ants) away. Ask your tree professional about other things you can do to keep your trees healthy. To learn more, visit a website like