Tips for Removing Tree Stumps

Rental equipment needed for stump grindingNeeding landscaping equipment in Greensboro and surrounding areas?It’s that time of year – time to get your lawn back in optimum condition for maximum summertime enjoyment. If you have tree stumps in your yard, they’re likely taking up space you could be using for something else, like a garden or a kids’ play area. Maybe you’ve learned to just overlook them, thinking that removing them would be too big of a job. There are actually several ways to tackle the task; which method you use depends a lot on how much patience you have for the process.

Dig it Out
If you don’t mind using plenty of muscle, you could just manually dig out the stump with a shovel and plenty of elbow grease. Dig around the stump until you’ve uncovered the largest roots. This method works best for tree stumps that are fairly small, with a limited root system. If the roots appear to run deep, another method may work better.

Grind it Out
The quickest method involves renting a stump grinder from your local equipment rental company. This machine makes relatively easy work out of grinding the stump and roots down to a depth of about 1 foot below ground. Renting a stump grinder is especially smart if you have several tree stumps to tackle. It’s important to wear protection for your hands, eyes and ears if you’ll be using a grinder. The machine will quickly grind down the stump; all that’s left to do is remove the grindings and fill in the hole with soil.

Burn it Out
This method doesn’t involve much muscle, but it may not be permitted in your city or town. Check with your local fire department before going this route. To burn out a stump, simply surround it with firewood, light it and allow it to burn the stump down to the ground. Then, shovel out the ashes and refill with dirt.

Use a Chemical Remover
If you have plenty of patience and aren’t in a hurry to remove the stump, you can drill holes in the stump and fill them with potassium nitrate and water. This method will soften the stump in about 4 to 6 weeks, at which time it will be pliable enough to use an axe to break up the wood.

If you’d like to make quick work of this task you’ve been dreading, the best way is to rent a grinding machine for a day. This way, you’ll be dreaming up new uses for all that new space that much sooner!

How to Recover When a Water Pipe Bursts

Rent equipment to help clean up pipes that burstFew home mishaps are as messy as water pipe burst. Even when the break is relatively small, it can still mean you’re in for a big clean-up. But knowing what to do, and in what order, can make the restoration a manageable task you can handle yourself.

First, you’ll need to stop the flow of water fast. Turn off the water supply to your home and try to determine where the break happened. Immediately after that, turn off the power to the area of the home where the water damage occurred. Disconnect any electronics in the area and move them to dry ground.

Next, assess the damage. If it is extensive, you may want to consider hiring a professional restoration company. If you’ve caught the break in time, it is possible to dry up the mess yourself by renting the proper equipment and save quite a bit of money.

After moving rugs and bulky furniture out of the way, try to remove any puddles remaining on the floor. Towels or a mop may be sufficient, or you may want to rent a heavy duty wet/dry vacuum to make quicker work of the task.

You’ll want to get as much air moving through your home as possible. Open windows during mild weather, and get some fans running. While this is a good start, it likely won’t be enough to fully dry out the problem area. Consider renting high velocity fans from an equipment rental company, and if carpet is involved, you can also rent a carpet turbo dryer. Don’t use heating fans or dryers, they will only encourage the growth of mold and bacteria.

Next, dehumidify the area with the best dehumidifier you can rent or borrow. It’s possible to rent dehumidifiers that remove up to 30 gallons of moisture out of your home per day. Continue dehumidifying until the unit no longer collects any water.

Sometime during this process, when the worst of the emergency is over, record the damage thoroughly for insurance purposes. Take photos or video of anything that became water damaged, corroded, or stained.

By working quickly, and knowing what kind of professional-grade equipment is readily available to you, it’s often possible to prevent a soggy mess from turning into a complete disaster.

A Backyard Fire Feature for Three Seasons Enjoyment

We have moving equipment available to help with this backyard project

Backyard fire pits are the hot new trend among homeowners. They’re relatively simple to build and provide a warm and inviting outdoor gathering place nearly year-round. The design is limited only by your imagination, and when you rent the tools you need instead of purchasing them, a backyard fire pit can be a budget-friendly DIY project.

Before you build, do a little research. Fire pits are governed by local building codes, so make sure you know the rules in your area. Codes normally dictate that a fire pit be constructed at least 25 feet away from any trees or buildings. Ideally, they should be encircled by a ring of sand, gravel or stone. That’s basically where the restrictions end, so the rest is left up to your creativity and ambition.

If your backyard needs to be leveled out for a fire feature consider Dingo rentals in Greensboro.  This will help you level out the ground for a fire feature and the seating that surrounds it.  There is a wide variety of earth moving equipment available for rent to make the job a snap. The only other tools you will need include a shovel, trowel hand tamper, level, tape measure and a wheelbarrow (don’t have one? Rent one!)

For a no-frills, affordable fire pit, the basic materials you’ll need include firebrick, paver stones, gravel, ready-mix concrete and some capstones. Best of all, the construction can usually be done in a day, and by sunset you can fire up your new pit and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

You’ll find plenty of helpful videos online to walk you through the construction, but normally, it’s just a simple four-step process:

• Prepare the foundation
• Lay the outer stones
• Build the inner wall with firebrick
• Finish it off with gravel or stones inside and surrounding it

Now is the perfect time of year to set aside a sunny weekend for this easy DIY project. You’ll be enjoying the benefits throughout the rest of the winter and most any other time of the year.

A Secret Escape from Winter, and it doesn’t Cost a Thing!

Need help planning what tools you need to rent for your spring garden

Ah, January, typically the time of year when the winter doldrums set in. The glitz of the holiday season has been packed away, the skies become grayer and the weeks seem to drag on longer.

Avid vegetable gardeners already know this secret, but if you’re new to gardening, we’ll let you in on it now: it’s already time to start thinking and planning for spring! Yes, spring!

Plotting out a home garden can help you while away the cold winter days and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the feel and aroma of fresh, life-giving soil, and growing delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs. Since the planning period costs nothing, it’s a great way to fast-forward to the warmer months within your own imagination.

First, order up some free seed catalogs. They’re packed full of ideas for home-grown delights, and will get you thinking about what you would ultimately like to grow and will enjoy eating in the warmer months to come.

Next, decide how much room you have around your home to grow your own food. It doesn’t matter if you’re limited to some containers on a sunny balcony, or a small patch of yard that can be transformed into a garden, you’d be amazed how much fresh produce you can harvest in the summer. (Tomatoes and peppers, we’re looking at you!)

Then, take stock of what you have on hand to garden with. If you own nothing more than a pair of gardening gloves and a trowel, don’t let that stop you from thinking big. Did you know it’s possible to rent just about any garden preparation tool you’ll need to get started? It’s not necessary to invest lots of money on tillers, spades, and wheelbarrows if you’re just starting out. Do some research on when is the best time for soil preparation in your area and plan to rent some equipment for a few days during that window. You’ll save a bunch of green while discovering you actually do have a green thumb.

Finally, explore your home for a nook that you can turn into a mini greenhouse for starting your seeds. All you need are some seed trays (even yogurt or sour cream containers work) and either a sunny, south-facing window or a few grow lights. In just a few weeks, you can enjoy watching your seeds germinate and your seedlings grow on even the coldest, dreariest winter days. There is truly no better way to bring an early start to spring!

New landscaping goes along with our new name!

Most of you know that Grand Rental Station, a mainstay for lawn, garden and construction equipment since 1999 has changed its name to True Value Rental Triad. By teaming up with True Value, we are able to offer an even more extensive variety of quality rental equipment and supplies for just about any construction or landscaping project. This includes equipment such as chippers, aerators, leaf blowers, log splitters and straw blowers from a Greensboro location.

Case in point: landscaping our own space! Here are some photos of our recent landscape remodel in progress:

 

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And here’s a list of some of the equipment – all available for rent, of course – that we used for the project!

  • Excavator to remove old plantings
  • Dump trailer to haul in composted soil
  • Auger to dig holes for new plants
  • Chipper to grind up old plants
  • Trencher to install drip line irrigation
  • Pole saw to trim trees
  • Measuring wheel to design layout