How to Prune or Remove Problem Trees

The following is a guest post by Rodney Southern.

Knowing how to prune or remove problem trees is a vital part of being a homeowner. Trees are a wonderful part of having a lawn. Your children may enjoy a tire swing while you take advantage of a nice shade tree to create a reading nook. But trees are constantly changing and growing, which means you have to take care of them, if you want a healthy yard. Trees can also create problems in certain situations. What do you do then?

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What constitutes a problem?

Tree branches that extend over your roof will drop leaves that can clog your gutters or break and damage your roof. Trees with dead branches could be dangerous if they break and fall on children or pets. Overgrown trees take up too much space and create too much shade. There are many reasons why you may decide it is time to either prune those trees or have them removed completely.

The first step is knowing what kind of trees you have on your property and what is causing the problem. Some trees are subject to a variety of diseases and molds, which make it nearly impossible to prune and save the tree. Insects may have destroyed the structure of the tree, leaving it to die from the inside out. Other trees, like the Lombardy Poplar actually send off what are known as suckers which create a poplar-like small shrub several feet away from the actual tree. Other trees may just be overgrown and unruly. Once you know what you have, you can begin to research the best way to handle your issue, whether you need to learn how to prune or remove problem trees.

When should you prune?

If your trees simply need pruning in order to grow better and fit better within the space you have for them, you can either tackle the job yourself or hire a professional. Pruning should be done very carefully and with the proper tools to prevent injury to yourself or the tree. Typically pruning is done at the end or beginning of the growing season. This is the opportune time to trim back growth, cut away dead areas, and treat for diseases and insects. During the growing season, any pruning performed should involve nothing more than trimming back fast growing branches to keep new growth contained.

Can you remove a tree?

In the process of researching how to prune or remove problem trees, you may find yourself wondering whether you are really qualified to remove that 100 year old oak tree that sits at the corner of your yard near your house. Unless you are an experienced tree worker, the answer is probably no. Amateurs should only remove trees that are located far from buildings and electrical wires to avoid damage, injury, and even death. Safety is a major concern when removing trees as well as getting rid of the unsightly stump. Most of the time it is best to hire a professional for tree removal.

Once you have figured out what the problem is and decided on a solution, deciding how to prune or remove problem trees is the easy part of your conundrum.

Rodney Southern is a long time content writer specializing in a wide array of niches both online and in print. His work has been featured on sites such as, The Sporting News and numerous others over an eleven plus year career. He also runs his own website on diabetes called Dashing Diabetes. He was the National Call for Content Winner for 2008. Southern resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife, Julie, and identical twin daughters, Valerie and Brooke.

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Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything

Have a bundt pan and use it just for bundt cakes? Can you think of 10 other uses for it? What about a pizza stone? Or coffee filters? Dozens of common kitchen gadgets can be used in multiple ways to really change the way you think about them.

If you want more information, then you definitely need to check out this new book…

Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything

A little more about this innovative book, Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything:

Are you tired of wasting your money on the latest kitchen tools and cleaning products? The things you already own can go the extra mile for you if you let them, saving you all those steps and keeping your money where it belongs – in your wallet. In Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything, you will find lists of 10 or more new uses for 44 everyday household items. Including everything from using your bundt pan to bake potatoes to making mini meat loafs in your muffin tin to using salt to clean coffee-stained mugs, this book is the answer to questions you didn’t even know you had!

Today only this book is available for $2.99.  Starting Wednesday, July 16th, it will still be on sale for $4.99 before it goes back up to the regular price of $6.99.

Plus, if you purchase before July 20th, then you’ll receive the following bonuses:

  1. A cleaning checklist explaining every surface mentioned in the book and what substance is best to clean it
  2. A Do Not Throw Away list – a list of recyclables and reusables that you can laminate and put near your trash can
  3. An alphabetical index of every recipe found in the book, including where to find them
  4. Access to the 10-day Getting Started Challenge (see the FAQ below for more info) in which you’ll have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card

Order your ebook copy of Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters today!

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Frugal Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

The following is a guest post by Rebecca Brandt.

Last year we knew we needed a kitchen makeover when the veneer on our cabinets began peeling. We didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars to replace the cabinet fronts or the entire cabinets. However, we wanted to take care of our kitchen and create a warm room that our family would enjoy and would be kid friendly.

A few months ago, I walked into my neighbor’s kitchen and she had done exactly what I was thinking. So, I asked her what she did and thus began the journey of our kitchen (and bath) makeover.

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I’m very pleased with the results. Above are the before and after pictures, and below is a tutorial on how to update your own kitchen (and or bathrooms) for less than $150!

Frugal Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

The first thing you’ll want to do is look at the colors in your kitchen and identify the look you’re going for. Then buy your supplies.
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Supplies Needed


Step 1:

After you select your colors, wash down your cabinets and then remove the veneer. If it’s peeling, just begin at the peel. It took my son a total of 30 minutes to remove the veneer from the kitchen cabinets. If you have one cabinet that isn’t peeling, take a small knife and cut a little bit off a corner, and then peel the entire cabinet.

Step 2:

Paint your cabinets with two coats base color (using a bristle brush). If you want to have a really good antique look, you ca paint the antique white under the brown. Then, when you sand off the brown, the white shows through. I wanted a golden look, so I sanded to the original color that you see beneath the paint.

Step 3:

Coat with your glaze (using sponge brush). I could not find a glaze I wanted so I mixed the Millstone Milk paint with clear glaze. I used a wet towel and then a dry towel to wipe off the glaze until it was close to what I wanted. It was a little too chalk boardy for me, so used the glaze mixed with the Dark Chocolate Milk paint to get the rich, brown destressed look I was after.

Step 4:

Sand the corners and areas where you want to make your cabinets look refinished and antique.

Step 5:

Coat with at least three coats of Polyacrylic.

Bathroom Cabinet Makeover

Once I began in my kitchen, I wanted to work in my bathrooms. I used this same method for our downstairs bath so that there is consistency in cabinets downstairs.

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Here’s what I did for this look:

  • Peeled veneer
  • Painted with two coats of Antique White (using a bristle brush)
  • Painted with VanDyke Glaze (using a sponge brush)
  • Wiped off glaze with a wet cloth then dry cloth until I was able to get the look I wanted
  • Painted with 3 coats of Polyacrylic (using sponge brush)

Rebecca_BrandtRebecca is a homeschool Mom who writes/speaks to encourage women to stop living in negativity and find the joy they are meant to enjoy. She blogs at Mom’s Mustard Seeds.


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4th of July DIY Roundup

Are you looking for a fun 4th of July craft, recipe or kid friendly activity this week? I’ve had a great time searching the web and found some really neat 4th of July projects that are simple and inexpensive. Click on the link below each photo for a tutorial.

If you try one let me know how it turns out! 

4th of July DIY Round Up

Click on a category below or scroll through the entire list:


4th of July Wreath

Vintage Flags


Tin Can Luminaries

Patriotic Wreath



Very Blueberry Smoothie


Strawberry Salsa with Homemade Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

frozen berry dessert

Frozen Berry Treat

frozen lemon bars

Frozen Lemon Bars

All American Strawberries

4th of July Marshmallow Pops

Cream Filled Strawberries

Red White and Blue Scones

American Flag Cookie


Red, White & Blue Spinach Salad


Grilled Chicken Summer Salad


Grilled Asparagus

For the Kids


4th of July Robot

4th of July Paper Lanterns

4th of July T-Shirts

Popsicle Stick Flags

Painted Stones

Handprint Fireworks

Cupcake Liner Fireworks


4th of July Free Printables

Plus, don’t forget to check out our 4th of July Pinterest Board filled with more amazing ideas!

Follow The Happy Housewife’s board Homeschool (4th of July) on Pinterest.

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