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Painting Isn’t As Easy As It Looks

Hello, everyone.

I know we love our tree’s on this blog, and we will continue to post articles here teaching more about caring for and improving our homes tree landscape. But recently I took a stab at painting a room in my home, and I just felt like telling you a little story of how painting your home can turn into a real struggle. Yes, I know, it SOUNDS easy, but in reality it’s a lot of work and planning.

Now I know what you’re thinking, why didn’t you just hire someone to paint your rooms for you? Well….easily put I’m picky, and broke. At the time it seemed ideal to just do the job myself. I also wanted to do some custom artwork of mine on the walls. So, in short, here’s a summary of how my experience went and hopefully you can learn from my many mistakes.

Pricing

This is the step I hated the most. I could have skimmed on products, but I wanted my room fully customized. Also it’s not a good idea to ever get the cheapest materials you can find. I’ve learned that the hard way when I was younger and I ended up having to repaint over everything after the paint started to chip off right away (horrible experience!).

Everyone’s budget is going to look different. I spent around a total of $200 on my room. There wasn’t a lot of space as it’s the smallest room in the house. But you could easily skip on any extra designs or paint if you just want something simple.

The Prepping Phase

First and foremost, you’re never going to know how much junk you have in your room before you try and move it all before you paint. I spent way more time moving things than I had actually anticipated.

Unlike other people I decided to just remove ALL the items in my room to be safe, as I have a huge work desk in my room (had to be taken apart piece by piece). So I’d HIGHLY suggest that if you’re planning on moving stuff you plan for it to take a full day or two.

The Process

Thankfully my walls were just a plain shade of off white. That left almost no extra preparations and made it fairly easy to deal with. As I can only imagine if you’re trying to get a bright hot color repainted onto your walls.

I’d have to say that I’m glad I did my research before going full into this process. The first step is mainly trying to put some tape evenly around the room where you don’t want the paint to get (i.e windows, doors, etc) and also put down plastic sheets on the floor just incase the paint drips.

Basically at this point you’re able to start your painting. There’s not really any secret to painting other than to try and apply it evenly without causing any clumps. If you’re using a roller this should be super easy, just make sure the roller isn’t over saturated with paint to the point that it’s dripping. The last part is just making sure to wait for your paint to dry and then decide if you need more than one coat of paint. Since my room was a based off white, it was basically really easy to cover it with blue paint. However, as I mentioned earlier if you’re covering up brighter colors then you might want to prime your walls with white paint or apply multiple layers.

In Conclusion

My experience wasn’t terrible, and most likely it could have gone horribly wrong. After the paint dried I just simply decorated the room with some of my own murals. I’d say the most important part is making sure that you follow the directions on the products and ask for help when buying supplies. Hopefully my experience has helped you out a bit. If you are in the Austin TX area, and you decide that you would rather go with a professional, I would highly recommend Handyman Austin. When it became time to paint the exterior of my home, I knew it was more than I could handle, I’m so glad I found these guys. They have years of experience with interior and exterior painting, and pretty much all handyman services.

Cheers & best wishes in your painting adventures!

Christina E.

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The Benefits of Trimming Your Trees

All trees have the need for pruning, and tree experts are very familiar with this. As incredible as it sounds, if you don’t prune your trees, they will eventually do it themselves by rejecting the branches that need to be trimmed. However, this is not actually the best solution, since when trees do this, a short portion of the branch remains and the bark usually splits, making the trees vulnerable to various types of diseases. This is why it is so important to maintain your properties trees, and for someone who is properly trained in tree trimming to perform the job. If you are not very familiar with the proper techniques, there is always a tree service that can do it very successfully. If you are in the central Texas area, and looking for a reliable tree company, we recommend Tree Trimming Round Rock. Professional tree services are available in all major cities, so if your trees are in need of attention, search for a reputable company in your area.

Types of tree trimming

It is important to know that there are four different degrees of tree trimming, and those are: fine pruning, standard pruning, hazard trimming and crown reduction trimming. The first one is obviously related to the appearance, while the second one is concerned with improving the structure of the tree. On the other side, hazard trimming is done for safety purposes, in cases where branches have reached a certain size and should be trimmed. Crown reduction trimming is done in cases where there is certain damage and the tree needs to recover by removing several major branches. However, there are many other reasons why tree trimming is important, so, let’s see the benefits of trimming your trees.

Improving tree health

Tree trimming is done for the purpose of removing all dead branches, or those which are injured, infected, insect infested, or mechanically damaged. Additionally, tree pruning is also necessary in cases when there are branches that disturb others in their growth, or the ones that collide or interfere with other structures or branches. Of course, it is always better to act preventively, but it is also never too late to remove the infected parts of the plant.

Increasing the quantity of the crop

If you have some fruit trees in your garden, you should know that regular tree pruning will increase the quantity of the crop, especially if done in late winter.

Maintaining the form and the purpose of trees

When talking about the shape of trees, we actually think of the trees appearance and aesthetics. In this case, especially if the trees run along a path, street or avenue. Tree pruning is essential often times trees need to be pruned twice a year. However, when talking about living fences, it is more common to trim the trees less allowing them to almost blent together creating a barrier. Other special forms of pruning are also applied with trees such as bonsai, for example. Controlling the tree dimensions by trimming is the most important in cities where space is most often cramped. Sometimes large trees block the view and essential visions or violate the view of neighbors, buildings, etc. Then, it is necessary to trim regularly or completely remove them when necessary.

By trimming your trees, you don’t just protect the trees, but also people. 

It is always necessary to remove dead limbs, and branches of trees that are infected or damaged. Often after several years of growth, a tree trunk reaches the height of street installations; making it a threat to city power lines and structures. In those cases, trimming is very necessary, but be careful to maintain good balance and an overall pleasing appearance of the tree.

Stephen M.