Trim A Little Off The Tree Top: 4 Tips To Help Thin Tree Canopies And Reduce Rooftop Moss

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Trees are a great way to add shade to your home and keep it cool during hot summer days but they can also cause problems like moss. To get the benefits of a shade tree, without the roof problems, you will want to make sure that the canopy is well trimmed. Trimming the branches to thin out the canopy can allow just enough sunlight through to reduce moss and lichen problems on your rooftop. Here are some tips that can help you trim your tree canopies by just taking a little off the top: 1. Cut The Low Branches That Are A Little Too Close Low branches can cause many different problems on your roof. The most obvious problem may be them causing damage to shingles as they scrape against the roof. They can also contribute to fungus growth on your roof. This is because they can trap leaves and debris, which can be a perfect place for fungus to take root. In addition, this can also allow for other plants to start growing on your roof, which can lead to serious structural damage. It is a good idea to trim all the low branches, so there are none that are too close. A good rule of thumb is that you should not have to duck beneath tree branches while doing maintenance on your roof. 2. Thin The Higher Branches To Allow Sunlight Through  There are also the higher branches that can lead to problems with moss on your roof. This is not because they are touching the roof, but rather because they do not allow sunlight through. You will want to cut the branches that are cluttering the canopy. There should be a enough space between branches to allow an even amount of sunlight through the canopy. This can also help promote healthy new growth with your tree and ensure it is strong and healthy. 3. Give More Sunlight To Areas That Are Shaded Most Of The Day There may be some areas of your roof that really do not need a lot of shade. This may be due to the north face of your roof that only gets some sunlight a few hours out of the day. In these areas, you may want to trim the shade tree even more. The more light that can get to this area, the less likely it will be that you have fungus problems here. If cutting the tree back in these areas is not enough, you may also want to consider adding zinc strips to stop moss and lichen from growing. 4. Prune Trees To Train Them To Grow In A Form That Prevent Future Problems Training trees to grow...

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Guide To Naturally Removing Mold From Your Roof Using Vinegar And Tea Tree Oil

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have mold on your roof, you may be wondering if there is anything you can use to kill it and restore the beauty of your home. If so, use the following natural treatment using vinegar and tea tree oil. Supplies And Ingredients You Will Need Before you start making the treatment, gather the supplies and ingredients listed below. You can find tea tree oil in the pharmacy department of most stores. Garden hose with a spray nozzle Spray bottle attachment Two cups of white distilled vinegar One-half of a cup of tea tree oil The acetic acid in vinegar kills the mold in two ways. First, it settles on the top to burn the existing growth. Second, the roots soak up the vinegar, burning it from the inside out. The tea tree oil is a natural anti-fungal that also kills mold. Instructions Once you have gathered together everything you need, go through the step-by-step instructions below to make and use the treatment to kill your roof mold. Plan to do this treatment at the hottest part of the day with full sun. The sun helps with the uptake of the solution. Set your spray nozzle to a medium stream, and wet down the roof. This not only removes any dust and debris, but it also removes the top layer of mold, better exposing the roots. However, do not set it on full stream, as the extra pressure could damage the roof. Mix together the vinegar and tea tree oil In the spray bottle attachment. Spray a liberal layer on your roof. If you have a large roof, mix up a second batch to ensure full coverage. Leave the treatment on for about an hour to give it time to fully penetrate the roots and growth. Replace the spray bottle attachment with the nozzle when the time is up. Fully rinse off the treatment and any dead mold in the spray bottle attachment. Repeat the entire treatment the next day to ensure any thick layers of mold are penetrated by the ingredients. Using the above treatment two to three times a year can help keep mold from growing on your roof. However, if you are unable to get rid of it completely or notice the growth has damaged your roof, you may want to contact a residential roofing service like D.S. Bahr Construction, Inc. to inspect it and determine your options for repairing...

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