Build Your Dream Treehouse

Childhood will never be the same when one gets the privilege of having his/her own treehouse. The limitless fun a child could have in this magical place is priceless. It takes a lot of imagination and hard work to make a dream treehouse come true. Treeforts are not limited for children alone, it could also be a fun place for any adult, especially those who wants to take a relaxing break and get a closer encounter with nature. If only everyone could, I guess everybody would build a treehouse in their yard. Who wouldn’t want to have a simple sanctuary that will allow them to escape the hustle and bustle of our daily routine? Well, before you start making your own treehouse, allow me to point out some important tips on how to start things right in building you treehouse. First and foremost, we have to consider some laws that govern treehouse construction. Here in Fairfax county, an online local government website shares this useful information: Tree Houses Under the Zoning Ordinance, a tree house is an accessory structure and subject to the following regulations. A tree house is not permitted in a required front yard, and in general, a tree house may be located in any part of any side or rear yard—if it doesn’t exceed seven feet in height. If the tree house exceeds seven feet in height, it must be setback at a distance equal to its height from the rear lot line and a distance equal to the side yard setback from the side lot line. (As an example, a 15-foot tall tree house that’s located on a property with a 12-foot minimum required side yard must be setback at least 15 feet from the rear lot line and at least 12 feet from the side lot line.)   The height of the tree house is measured from the highest point of the house to the lowest point of the finished ground adjacent to the tree house. Building permits are not required for tree houses or other playground equipment, but the Zoning Ordinance limits the size of tree houses and other types of children’s playhouses to 100 square feet in area. Right from the start, it’s better to be sure that you’re not breaking any law because it would be heart-breaking if you impulsively build a treehouse only to be forced by authorities to shut it down because it did not confine with the regulations. If your “blueprint” parallels that of the local government’s specifications, then the next step you need would be to study this step-by-step guide in building your treehouse. Of course, as predicted, the first step would be to choose a tree fitted to take on the role in being your fort’s foundation. It would take a healthy tree to make a good treehouse. A professional arborist can be hired to help you choose a suitable tree that is healthy enough to take on the role. In turn, the tree you chose must be […]

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Terminate Termites

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Our house is probably the biggest investment we have, and it would be  tragic to see it being devoured inside-out by pesky pests such as termites. These creepy crawling insects love to thrive in dark and damp materials. Their diet consists mainly of cellulose; which happens to be the primary component of timber. Commonly, houses are built in wood or any combination of it. Making your sweet home very appealing to termites. Now before you panic, read through this article and learn that these pests are not an all-time champion and that you can still win over these home invaders. Sun Tzu, author of the book “Art of War” said: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. Fast Facts About Termites Ants are termites main predator. Ants can attack termite colonies or termite workers looking for food. Since termites live in dark places and many of them are blind, termites communicate through pheromones (chemical signals) and vibrations caused by head-banging. In the U.S., subterranean termites cause more damage than dry-wood and damp-wood termites. Formosan termites, a species of subterranean termite, are responsible for the greatest amount of damage in the U.S. (Source)   Area of Distribution: The Eastern subterranean termite is the most common and widely distributed termite in the USA, commonly found from southern Ontario, in all Eastern states of the USA including Texas. In the state of Virginia, Fairfax is  included in the list of high risk areas. (Source) Prevention Is Better Than Cure According to a DoItYourSelf article about Termite Prevention, there are 3 things that attract termite the most: Water, Soil, and Wood. The article names 12 effective ways of preventing these pesky pests from infesting your house. Number 8 discusses about removing the “root” of the problem: Remove any dead trees, old stumps, or roots in your yard. As these items decay, they attract termites to the area by providing a food source. When the food is gone, the termite colony will look for new sources of food. This includes your house. Don’t forget to let Professional Tree Removers do the work for you, to avoid doing further damage to your pest problems. Better Late Then Never If in any case, termites have already found their way into your house, watch this video entitled How to Get Rid of Termites to give you 5 steps on how to terminate termites.   Digging the Root of The Problem Experts say that having woods near your property would likely increase the chance of termites finding their way into your home. Therefore, to prevent this problem, avoid keeping diseased, damaged, or old trees in your backyard. Contact your local Fairfax Genesis Tree Service Provider now to give you expert advice about the state of your backyard […]

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