If you desire a country getaway on your landscape, then think about building log furniture. This design is charming and attractive. Log furniture can last for years as long as the wood is treated correctly from the beginning. The following article will explain how to treat wood before you begin on your next project.
How to Treat Wood - Prep It
Raw pieces of wood are excellent as they are. However, to be used for log furniture, properly preparing the wood is essential.
Untreated pieces for log furniture typically will be crudely cut with the bark still on the cut ends. Even if there's nothing terrible about the wood, you can't use it. The exterior will have numerous imperfections that make the completed product come out badly.
Put a drop cloth under your work area to safeguard the floor. Sand the naked logs, wipe them with a cloth, and then remove any dust still present. Apply a wood conditioner layer and let it seep into the wood for at least 2 - 4 hours. The conditioner will bring out any bumps still on the log. You can sand these bumps down.
To get an excellent stain on the wood, your work must be exact. Put a foam brush into the stain, and put it on the log using even smooth strokes.
As you paint the stain, don't overlap your earlier lines. Another way to put the stain on is to put it on liberally with a rag and then clean it off. Either method you pick will give a gorgeously stained log.
Let the wood dry overnight and sand once more. Clean the dust off with a cloth. Put on an additional coat of stain and allow it to dry. Follow with a layer of varnish and let it sit for 24 hours.
At this point, the log is treated accurately for use in a log furniture job. It is, though, not ready to use outside in the elements. For wood preparation, the piece needs treatment and sealing. A couple of applications of polyurethane will do the trick for you.
Call us at Rochester Tree Service with your questions about treating your wood.
Insects frequently wreak mayhem on our food crops, usually fruit trees. Sadly, wasps on fruit cause something of a hazard. This fact is why learning how to keep wasps away from fruit trees is vital.
Why and How to Keep Wasps Away
While wasps feed on many pests during the growing season, their attention shifts from protein products to sugary sources in the late summer to early autumn. Wasps are like humans. These pests in fruit trees are as natural as individuals in fruit trees. Both desire the same thing.
The negative side of these tiny predators living the same space as humans are their possible lethal stings. For some folks, the sting from wasps might be an aching bother, but it is a deadly threat for other individuals. Many people die from just one wasp sting.
Stinging wasps in fruit trees might attack several times. They also discharge a scent that lets other wasps know to come to their assistance.
Wasps and Fruit Trees
Fruit tree wasps will vehemently defend their territory when bothered by harvesting hands. Some protection is offered by wearing heavy clothing with boots and gloves. Also, a beekeeper's hat with a veil is a good idea too.
Since wasps love the sugars of the fruits, they enjoy juice leaking intoxicants of rotten fruit. Be sure to keep a clean area around the fruit tree, picking up any fallen fruit, and cut any damaged fruit still dangling from the limbs.
When spraying the wasps, it is best to use an insecticide named JET spray, which shoots out a stable stream going ten feet or more.
Because wasps are motionless at night, this is the best time to treat the nest. Spray the nest swiftly and thoroughly at night. Stay away for at least 24 hours. If applying a treatment to a ground colony, cover the entrance with soil to block it.
Lastly, a bait trap with meat or fish might help keep wasps away from your fruit tree. You can buy bait traps or make your own. For information on how to make bait traps for wasps in fruit trees, call Rochester Tree Service.
Found in northern climates, a paper birch tree is a fabulous addition to any landscape. Their slim canopy offers a shade that makes it probable to grow these trees in an ocean of groundcover plants like barberries and wintergreens.
Even though they adore cold climates, the limbs snap when the wind blows, and the weigh of ice and snow. Despite these setbacks, they are well worth growing for their fantastic bark that glows against a dim background.
What Is a Paper Birch Tree?
Paper birch trees, also referred to as canoe birches, are native to lakesides and damp stream banks. They have just one trunk. Nurseries planted them in threes and named them "clumping birches."
The lower limbs are only a couple of feet off the ground. In the autumn, the foliage turns a glowing shade of yellow. Flourishing paper birch trees means you'll always have something attractive to look at in your outdoor space.
Facts About Paper Birch Trees Facts
Paper birch trees grow close to 60 feet tall.
The tree's most fascinating trait is its white bark with pink and black streaks. These trees create catkins that are gorgeous when in bloom. Most examples have loud-colored fall foliage.
Paper birch trees are a larval host for moth caterpillars. They also attract plenty of birds, such as sparrows. You can use them as roadside or lawn trees.
Paper Birch Tree Care
Paper birches transplant effortlessly. Plant them in an area with damp, well-drained soil and plenty of sunshine. Paper birch trees adapt to numerous soil types as long as it's cool during the hot months. These trees enjoy mild summers and long winters.
Paper birches are vulnerable to several insects, like the devastating bronze birch borers. If you live in a place where these insects are an issue, use a resistant cultivar.
You can also aid your tree in resisting birch borers by fertilizing every year with eco-green, all-natural mulch.
It's best not to trim a paper birch unless needed. Pruning attracts pests, and the tree bleeds abundant amounts of sap when cut. For more information on paper birch trees, come to us at Rochester Tree Company.
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