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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.


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Three Reasons Why You Shouldn't Ignore Dead Tree Limbs

by Scott Gordon

When tree leaves suddenly discolor, curl or fall off of a tree limb outside of the normal autumn leaf drop, it always warrants attention, especially if it's a large or overhanging limb. Some dead-looking branches can easily be explained by severe weather, a lightning strike, or even improper pruning techniques. But leaves, branches or limbs that appear to be dead can also indicate that something more serious is going on inside the tree. Here are some reasons why you shouldn't ignore them.

They can indicate disease or infestation. Some tree diseases and insect infestations start in one limb and progress throughout the tree. If you have other trees of the same species, the problem can spread. If you don't investigate the cause, it could kill your tree and potentially all the trees in your yard. When you see a limb that looks like it's dying or has already broken off, don't assume it was damaged by the wind. Many diseases and infestations can have the same effect, and you can treat and save the tree if you catch them before they do irreparable damage.

They can attract bugs. Dead limbs attract bees, termites, carpenter ants and other destructive insects. Drywood termites love dead branches, and this can be a problem if the tree is close to your house or garage. Other bugs like wood wasps and wood-boring beetles can also use the dead branch as a gateway to your home. Stinging insects are a nuisance and can also cause serious damage. Carpenter bees, for instance, need dead wood for nesting. A dead tree limb in a sunny spot is perfect for carpenter bees, but not so great for the tree. The bees will bore holes in the wood in which to lay their eggs. They can also reuse the same nest and extend the holes the following year, which will weaken the tree even further.

Dead limbs can be weak and unstable. A limb that has lost leaves or bark or that has deformed leaves probably has internal structural damage. Until you cut it open or test it with a probe, you don't know how much of the interior is dead or hollow. Limbs that are actually dead are also very dry and brittle. They are no longer resilient to the force of wind or to the weight of snow and ice. Furthermore, dead limbs can simply break and fall off even without any help from the weather. This can be dangerous if the limb is over a structure, a car, a fence or a spot where children play. It is also dangerous if the branch is easy for kids to reach; for example, if they can reach it and try to swing from it, or if they climb the tree and put their weight on it.

If you notice a tree limb that looks dead don't ignore it. While a dead limb doesn't necessarily mean the whole tree is in trouble, it can also be harboring pests or be ready to fall. Have a tree service test it properly and inspect the tree for diseases, insects and injuries. They can remove the branch correctly or tell you if the entire tree needs to be removed, making your yard as safe as possible.

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