• Signs That a Backyard Tree Needs to Be Cut Down

    Did you know that it’s best to cut down a dying tree if it’s older, infested, or diseased? Whether it is posing a concern for safety or a potential for injury, some trees simply need to be cut down. If you are concerned that a tree in your backyard needs to be removed, read the following article to find out whether it should be removed and where to get the tree-cutting equipment you need.

    Old Apple Tree

    The Tree Has Far Surpassed Its Life Expectancy

    Some trees are capable of living for thousands of years, while others will begin to die in less than a century. If you suspect that there is a dying tree on your property, look up the species so that you can find out if the tree might be dying from natural causes. When a tree is dying, you may notice loose bark or fragments of wood. You may also notice broken or snapped branches on the ground.

    The Tree Is a Danger

    If a tree close to your property is starting to grow lopsided, it has the potential to eventually damage your house. Another potentially dangerous situation can occur when you have a tree that grows over the street, as it could damage cars or injure pedestrians. In either case, it’s smart to cut the tree down before it poses a more serious danger.

    The Tree is Diseased or Infested by Insects

    Trees that have been infested by insects usually have brown leaves or lost foliage too early in the season. or you may notice that it has a large gathering of insects at its base or holes throughout its bark. Diseased and infested trees are more likely to fall apart, which is a risk both to property and people.

    Before you cut down a tree, consult the experts at A-1 Equipment Rental Center to make sure you know which tree-cutting tools you need. Visit us on the Web to take a look at all of the equipment we offer, and call us at (650) 369-2992 if you have any questions.

  • How to Properly Prune a Tree

    Pruning the trees on your property will not only make them healthier and stimulate their growth, but it will also make them more attractive. In order to prune a tree, however, you need to obtain the proper tree-pruning equipment . Continue reading to learn how to properly prune a tree.

    Tree Trimming

    Big Cuts First

    The first step to proper tree pruning is to plan out the big cuts that require heavy-duty tree-trimming equipment. You may need to obtain a pole saw from your local equipment rental store. With this pole saw, cut any braches that are weak or that do not complement the tree’s natural shape and form.

    Let the Tree Heal Itself

    The best way to cut a branch is from the inside, rather than slicing at the ends of branches. Any time you cut a tree branch from the inside, you should remove the stub. Avoid applying oils or any other solutions, as it’s best to let the tree heal itself.

    Remove Shoots Springing Up From the Base of the Tree

    These shoots, which are also called suckers, will sometimes spring up from the base of the tree. Cutting close to the branch is an essential part of encouraging proper tree growth. Again, be sure to cut close to the branch collar.

    Remove Misplaced Branches

    Be sure that any inward-growing branches and water sprouts are removed with your tree-trimming equipment, as these will only become tangled with branches that are on a healthy growth path. Any competing or rubbing branches should also be removed, as these will also stunt proper branch growth.

    If you are looking to trim and prune the trees on your property, contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center for high-quality tree-trimming equipment . Visit our website to take a look at our selection of equipment and tool rentals, and call us directly at (650) 369-2992 for more information.

  • The Benefits of Pruning Your Trees

    Have you ever seen an unsightly tree that looks unkempt and unhealthy? It’s probably because it hasn’t been pruned properly. If you have some trees on your property, pruning them with the right equipment is important for a number of reasons. For instance, pruning your trees encourages tree health. It can help identify dead, diseased, or infested branches. Pruning also helps to increase the sunlight and air that the tree receives. Pruning young trees helps them develop proper structure, which reduces the need to prune as frequently in the future. Furthermore, pruning your trees makes them safer, as it reduces the risk of falling limbs. If you want your trees to be healthy and beautiful, pruning them is a must.

    Hand with pruning shears

    Fortunately, pruning your trees is easy if you have the right tree-pruning equipment . To rent the tree-pruning tools you need, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. Visit us on the Web to learn more about the rental equipment we offer.

  • Preparing Your Lawn for Seeding

    Seeding your lawn requires a wide range of tools and supplies. To learn about what is required to prepare your lawn for seeding, watch this video clip.

    First, spread some soil over the area upon which you hope to plant grass. Then, apply a light fertilizer and some lime pellets to break down the acid in the soil so that the lawn will grow evenly. When you are ready to buy seeds, buy fresh seeds that grow a grass that grows naturally in your area. Watch the video to learn how to prepare your lawn for a successful seeding.

    At A-1 Equipment Rental Center, we offer a great selection of rental tools that will help you prepare your lawn for seeding, including a weed mower and a power lawn aerator. Visit our website to check out the other lawn equipment that we have to offer you, and call us at (650) 369-2992 for more information.

  • When Is the Best Time to Seed Your Lawn?

    If you are ready to change the brown spots on your lawn into green, healthy patches of grass, it’s probably time to seed that part of your lawn. If, on the other hand, you are starting a new patch of grass for your lawn, you’ll want to seed the entire area upon which you intend to grow grass. Ideally, seeding should happen before or after summer. This is because during the middle of the summertime, it’s very difficult to keep the seeds moist. If you still need to seed your lawn, use peat moss or a similar mulch to help the seeds retain their moisture. To ensure optimal lawn growth, don’t forget to use lawn equipment to spread fertilizer 3-4 weeks after you seed.

    Mowing the lawn

    For all of your lawn equipment needs, come to A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We offer a wide range of rentals that will help you get the job done perfectly. Call us at (650) 369-2992 to learn more about fertilizing, and visit our website to see all of the rental equipment we have to offer you.

  • The Dangers of Mold Growth In Homes

    While many of us spend countless dollars eliminating pests, weeds, and other common threats from our home each year, one potential source of harm that we frequently overlook is mold. At the very first sign of a flood in the home, it’s important that you contact your equipment rental professionals to obtain the tools you need to dry out the building’s interior and put a halt to mold growth in the space. Here are just a few of the dangers of mold growth in the home.

    Gutter on white wall with mold

    Expensive Mold Remediation Services

    Once mold is detected in a home, it becomes extremely difficult and costly to eradicate it. Professional mold remediation teams will have to inspect various areas of the home, including the ventilation system, cupboards, and other regions commonly affected by mold, before treating it, and then billing you a considerable amount.

    Respiratory Problems for Residents

    The presence of mold in your home can be incredibly harmful to the health of your family members and your pets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , those with sensitive immune systems can develop wheezing, shortness of breath, and—in the worst cases—fungal infections inside of the lungs. Those exposed to mold could also develop allergic reactions on the skin and in the eyes and nose.

    Permanent Structural Damage

    In order to detect the presence of mold in the home, remediation teams typically need to remove baseboards, punch small holes in the walls, and sort through the ventilation system. As if this wasn’t disruptive enough, they may also insist on taking walls down in order to be sure that no mold spores remain. In order to avoid this damage, stop mold before it develops by treating moisture with tools available at your equipment rental company.

    If you are in need of rental equipment to clean up after a flood, contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center . We offer comprehensive tool rental, truck rental, and even party rental services. To learn more about the benefits of renting equipment instead of purchasing it, call us today at (650) 369-2992.

  • A Guide to Preventing Household Mold Growth After a Flood

    While dealing with the immediate aftermath of a flood can cause quite a headache, one of the most serious consequences of flooding actually appears several days or weeks later. Mold growth is considered to be one of the more threatening byproducts of flooding because it disturbs the integrity of the home as well as the health of those who live inside of it. Read on for a guide to preventing household mold growth after a flood.

    Moldy Corner

    Remove Excess Water

    When working to prevent household mold growth after a flood, the first major problem to address is the water itself. Begin pumping water from the affected areas using a pump and hose combination available at your local equipment rental company.

    Dry Up the Interior

    After pumping water out from the home’s interior, get to work on the important task of drying up what is left behind, including carpets, furniture, and walls, with help from a fan and turbo dryer. Any moisture that is left behind can fuel the production of mold growth, which can easily spread throughout the entire affected area.

    Remove Baseboards

    In addition to drying out the area with help from a dryer and high-intensity fan, you can also reduce the likelihood for mold growth by removing the baseboards that surround the bottom of your walls. It can be especially hard for moisture to dry beneath these structures, so taking them away temporarily will maximize the success that your hard-working rental equipment has in drying affected surfaces.

    Know What to Throw Away

    Another simple step to take to reduce the chances of mold developing in your home is to be selective about what you keep and what you throw away. To be safe, toss any books, upholstered furniture, rugs, and any fans that have been sitting underwater or that smell of mildew.

    If you’re looking for an equipment rental company to support you during your post-flood cleanup, then look no further than A-1 Equipment Rental Center. Our two and a half acre center contains all of the equipment you need to restore your home and stop mold dead in its tracks. Call (650) 369-2992 to learn  more about the benefits of choosing A-1 for your needs.

  • When Is the Best Time to Seed Your Lawn?

    If you are ready to change the brown spots on your lawn into green, healthy patches of grass, it’s probably time to seed that part of your lawn. If, on the other hand, you are starting a new patch of grass for your lawn, you’ll want to seed the entire area upon which you intend to grow grass. Ideally, seeding should happen before or after summer. This is because during the middle of the summertime, it’s very difficult to keep the seeds moist. If you still need to seed your lawn, use peat moss or a similar mulch to help the seeds retain their moisture. To ensure optimal lawn growth, don’t forget to use lawn equipment to spread fertilizer 3-4 weeks after you seed.

    Perfect lawn

    For all of your lawn equipment needs, come to A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We offer a wide range of rentals that will help you get the job done perfectly. Call us at (650) 369-2992 to learn more about fertilizing, and visit our website to see all of the rental equipment we have to offer you.

  • Tips for Pruning Your Trees

    Pruning your trees and shrubs should be safe for both you and the tree. Proper tree pruning will enhance the health and look of the three. Watch this video clip for some helpful tips on how to prune your trees.

    First, purchase rubberized gloves that will help protect your hands, and goggles for eye protection. It’s also good to have basic pruning shears and a sharp saw. These tools will help you cut closer to the main branch, which helps promote optimal recovery and growth. To see how easy it is to prune a tree, watch this video clip.

    If you are ready to prune your trees, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992 to get the tree pruning tools you need. Visit our website to take a look at the expansive variety of rental equipment we have available for you.