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Tips to Remove Tree Stumps With a Backhoe

It requires some patience if you want to remove tree stumps with backhoe. Before you are going to use a backhoe, it is important for you to learn from someone who has experience in operating backhoe if you have not operated it before. So, you will know well about the work of the backhoe. By following some tips below, you will get the easy ways to remove tree stumps with a backhoe.

As the first step, you need to determine the position you are going to locate your backhoe around the tree stump. You will need to consider that you may require putting the stabilizing legs. These can keep the backhoe on the ground if there are too many stains that are being put on the bucket. It is possible for the backhoe to tip over if you are not using the stabilizing legs.

The second step is to contact a local heavy equipment facility for renting a backhoe. You will find that most of facilities have backhoe drivers who are going to drive out the backhoe to you and they will also pick it up after you are done. If there is something about the backhoe that you need to know, you can take a few minutes for asking the driver about it.

The third step is to locate the backhoe with toothed bucket in front of the tree stump. You can do it by pulling in front of the tree stump and then you need to move back toward the stump. You will find that the tree stump is going to be in front of the backhoe bucket directly.

The fourth step is to push the left and the right stabilizer control lever for extending the stabilizing legs. After that, the left swing control pedal should be pushed for moving the backhoe arm to the left side of the stump. You can use dipper control lever to locate the stick of backhoe arm. Moreover, you need to pull the lever for bringing the dipper inward and then you have to push for moving it outward.

The last step is to push the boom control level in a way to situate the backhoe arm so that the bucket teeth will be close to the ground. After that, you should move down the boom and the stick of backhoe arm in order to make the bucket teeth go into the ground. For breaking up the root system, you can do it for several times, depending on the size of the tree stump.

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DIY or Professional Lawn Care


The sun, the surf, the year-round warm temperatures…we get it all in the Tampa Bay area where I live and usually on the hottest days of the year is when I find myself mowing and edging and trimming my grass and hedges. Its also about this time when I am thinking about hiring a professional lawn care company to take all this work away from me.

So the question is: DIY or hires a professional lawn care provider

Some people think that taking care of a lawn is simple. Well yes, it’s not rocket science but there is a little more to it than just mowing the lawn.

DIY’ers need to know many things about caring for their lawns such as: what type of sod or grass should be planted in your area? What type of fertilizer should be used, how often should it be applied, should you use commercial brands or organic fertilizers?

Why should you get a soil analysis of your soil? How to you get a soil analysis performed to tell you what nutrients are present in your soil and even what nutrients should be present.

How exactly should you mow the lawn, should you cut it short or leave it long? What tools are needed to take care of your lawn once it is mature? How do you take care of a newly seeded or sodded lawn?

How often should you water your lawn and how much water should you give it?

Yes, there is more to lawn care than just mowing the grass.

So the question is do you want to make the commitment to spend the time and effort to learn how to take care of your lawn properly and then actually do the work of caring for your lawn or should you spend the money to hire a professional lawn care provider?

Consider the time you will need to do the research in order to understand how to properly take care of your lawn.

Things such as soil science: the different types of fertilizers the soil and lawn will need and why.
The types of lawn weeds and how to effectively remove then and keep them away Wat areas the different types of turfgrasses grow in and what type is best suited for your area, etc.
Then there is the actual doing the work..the mowing, trimming, edging, carting off the debris to the compost pile, etc.
And then consider that this is usually all done during the hottest times of the year, usually twice a week like I do in Florida!

While some people need to do the work themselves to save money especially during these hard-hitting economic times but for me its the great sense of accomplishment I get knowing I did all the work myself when I look out my window and see my great looking lawn. The old pioneer spirit I guess!

Still, others find hiring a professional lawn care provider is simply the prudent thing to do for themselves. Perhaps the hands-on approach is not their style or they don’t do things well with their hands or its that they are just too busy.

When hiring professionals to handle their lawn care needs many people to look for the cheapest offer. This isn’t usually in their best interest. The cheapest guy may have just lost a job last week at the local burger joint and has borrowed a lawnmower, then put out fliers to land some lawn care jobs. Do you really want this guy taking care of your lawn? Due diligence is required here to find a lawn care professional that will be trustworthy and experienced. Ask for references and go look at their work. Ask the homeowner if they are happy with their provider.

Now during these trying economic times, negotiation is key. Remember everyone is looking for new customers and the lawn care business is very competitive especially in year-round warm climates like Florida. Most providers will want to sign you up for a year or a season contract. Just make sure you are getting all their services in writing and get yourself a good price.

Lawn care companies are very competitive and it would be in your own best interest to be an informed consumer before you take on negotiating with a lawn care company. Wouldn’t it be great if you could go to a site that would give you the best information about lawn care?