Silva Construction Supports “Set a Good Example” Campaign

Construction Company Urges Support for Campaign that Helps Kids Stay Off Drugs

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction (www.silvaconstruction.com), a residential and commercial remodeling company operating out of Southern California, urges support for the humanitarian campaign “Set A Good Example” from The Way to Happiness Foundation. The Foundation stands for uplifting moral values, including: “…helping school-age children develop positive standards for right and wrong conduct—standards they can use to chart successful futures.” Silva Construction has supported the Foundation in its activities and is newly urging similar organizations to come forward and contribute to this campaign as a positive force for change in their community.

The construction and remodeling company is newly encouraging support and peaceful activity to promote the aims of the “Set A Good Example”. It encourages companies to get involved and find ways to make only positive and peaceful impacts in their community. An outline of the aims of the campaign can be found here: https://www.thewaytohappiness.org/programs/set-a-good-example.html

In a recent statement, Dave Silva, owner of Silva Construction, said: “We understand these are difficult times. There are many concerns for health, many concerns for moral choices. And there is a lot of distrust and unrest. That is why we consider it more important than ever to get behind positive movements to make things better. This is an organization we greatly admire and consider to be a force for good. We are honored to support this humanitarian organization.”

Dave Silva and David Clarke are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/blog3/ and their website can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com. They can be reached at 310-831-6310.

California Construction Company Wraps Up a Home Addition/Remodel

Addition/Remodeling Project for a Hermosa Beach Home Comes to Close

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction, a Construction and Remodeling Company in Southern California recently brought a job to a close for a homeowner in Hermosa Beach. The construction project consisted of a remodeling the home, as well as a two story addition to the property. Silva Construction’s construction and remodeling experts have over 40 years of experience in remodeling homes in the Southern California area.

The remodeling project began in early 2019, at the time requiring that the family live in one part of the house while the addition to the home was created, and concurrent to parts of the house being renovated. From brand new tiling in the bathrooms, new cabinetry, rewiring and rerouting of electric and plumbing throughout the rooms, a complete re-roofing, etc., extending to nearly every aspect of the property. Now that extensive effort has come to a close, with the home’s renovation being finally completed this summer.

Dave Silva, owner of the company, had the following to say: “It’s always very rewarding to come to the end of a large project like this. The real reward is seeing the satisfaction of the homeowners to realize the vision of their home has become a reality. From large to small, any project we do is with that purpose in mind of bringing the ideal of someone’s home closer to the reality. We’re very pleased to have helped bring off another one.”

Dave Silva and David Clarke are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/blog3/ and their website can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/. They can be reached at 310-831-6310.

How big is too big for a tree to be transplanted?

By Nancy Penrose

There are many reasons you would want to transplant a tree. One reason could be that a tree is not in an ideal location for it to thrive. Another is the yard is being redesigned and a tree is in the way, but it is still part of the final plan. There are a myriad of reasons why a tree needs to be relocated on a property. Below are some guidelines that will determine whether a tree is a good candidate for transplanting.

A question that gets asked of us a lot is, “Can a tree be too big to successfully move?” There is not a clear-cut answer of yes or no. There are many circumstances that will make or break a transplant. Consulting a professional tree transplanting service is always advised. When we consult on a potential project we try and be upfront about the chances of success and the post-transplant conditions that should be maintained for the tree to thrive in its new location.

There are some basic factors that govern how to successfully transplant a tree.

  • The age of the tree
  • The size of the tree
  • Access to where the tree is currently and where it is being relocated to

Another key point to consider in any transplant are the roots. For any transplant to be successful requires getting a large enough root ball to sustain the tree after the relocation. Cutting too many of the roots will cause transplant shock that will be too devastating for it to recover from. There is a formula to make sure you are getting an adequate root ball. First, measure the diameter of the trunk 12 inches above soil level. For every diameter inch, the root ball will have to be 12 inches wide. For instance, if the diameter of the trunk is 2 inches the root ball that will need to be dug is 24 inches wide. Using this formula will give the tree enough roots to sustain itself until it can establish a new root system.

A tree that has a 2-inch diameter or less can usually be safely moved by a homeowner within their own yard. 2 to 4 inches in diameter becomes exponentially more difficult. Above 4 inches should be handled by professionals.

In close, if you are in doubt about if a tree that you would like moved is too big or not, seeking professional help is always best. Professionals will be able to help you decide not only whether a tree is a good candidate for transplant, but also, help you find the best location for its long-term success.

 

Tree Transplantation Company Saves Memorial Tree in Washington

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree transplanting and big tree nursery, located in Snohomish, WA, undertook a project on behalf of a local family to save a memorial Giant Sequoia. Big Trees was able to perform the seemingly impossible task of transplanting a massive tree to its new home.

The family had made the decision to move out of state, but had some serious concerns for the Sequoia, which had served as a memorial for the patriarch of the family that had passed several years prior. The new homeowners had plans to remodel the property that included cutting down the memorial tree. Of course, the family jumped into action to save the tree! They coordinated with a local park to donate the Sequoia onto their property, and Big Trees was asked to perform the transplanting services.

As often happens with big projects, with lots of coordination of large machinery are involved, a timing issue came up the day before the move. The planting space at the park was not ready. No problem, Big Trees dug the tree, prepared the root ball, and loaded the tree onto a truck to bring back to their own nursery for safe keeping until the planting site at the park was ready. After a few weeks, the site had been properly prepared and Big Trees transported the tree to the park. It was planted successfully where it will be enjoyed for many generations to come.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees Inc, said “It was such a cool thing this family was doing. Although it did not go exactly as originally planned, everything worked out and the tree is now in a more permanent location where the family can come and visit when they are in town.”

Big Trees Inc. is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They deliver a wide variety of sizes, from young to very mature. Some types of trees that are available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. Other services include transplanting and tree care and maintenance.

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Snohomish, WA 98296
360-563-2700
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Tree Transplantation Company Saves Large Maple Trees at Remodeling Site

Mid COVID-19 Pandemic Big Trees Inc Still Committed to Saving Scenic Trees

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in northern Washington State, recently handled the transplanting of 10 large Vine Maple trees at a construction site. The company has over 30 years of experience in the tree transplanting, and they were able to carry out the task with no complications or difficulties.

In January 2020, the owners of a company taking over an old building in the Redmond, WA, area contacted Big Trees Inc., asking for their help with the trees. The 10 large Vine Maple trees were in the way of the company’s remodeling project for the building, but the owners were adamant that the trees be saved. After initial evaluation Big Trees determined that the best plan to move the trees was prior to mid-March, while the trees were still dormant.

However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to the plans. That is until May, when the site was opened up again and the transplanting project was resumed. Due to the change in climate, Big Trees employed techniques to treat the trees and put them in a temporary state of dormancy, so the trees could still be moved despite already leafing out. The trees were then moved using a 10,000 lb heavy duty forklift. There was not enough room on site to store the trees, however Big Trees Inc was able to find room for them in their tree nursery, where they will stay for the next 2 years while the company remodeling project is fully completed. At that point Big Trees Inc. will assist in safely returning the trees to their home. The company was very thankful for Big Trees Inc.’s assistance on the site, and the company’s landscape architect stated she was excited to design her plan around the large specimen Vine maples.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees Inc., stated: “I love projects like these. Today, more and more owners of large projects are genuinely concerned about the existing landscape and try to do everything they can to save what is viable.  It is really nice to see – and good for all the parties involved, but particularly the plants!”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

 

Can I Still Plant a Tree this Summer?

by Nancy Penrose

With summer on its way, and after the difficult times we’ve all been through as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, people are beginning to turn their attention again outdoors. Caring for our lawns, gardens and trees naturally brings a bit of much needed enjoyment. There has never been a better representation of regrowth and rejuvenation than the time-honored tradition of planting a tree.

So it leads to the question: “Can I really plant a tree successfully in summer?” Traditionally in the Pacific Northwest, planting trees is done in Fall, Winter or Spring, because the trees are more dormant during this time. However, planting in summer can be done, provided the tree is consistently irrigated and monitored.

Planting Trees in Summer
The danger with planting a tree in summer is that when you plant a tree, at any time, it puts a lot of stress on the tree. Your new tree is in an unfamiliar environment and hasn’t established its roots to the extent that a mature tree has.

When trees are first planted, they need a lot more water than mature trees. For the first 2 years you should be prepared with an automated watering system.

In summer, trees need enough water to make it through the season, but also to ensure their roots are built up with enough strength to survive the cold of winter. You will need to watch the trees carefully to ensure they are getting enough water, but not so much that the roots get flooded.

Proper watering practices are vital to the survival of a newly planted tree. Watering trees sounds simple enough. Surprisingly, it’s not that easy given that new trees die in the landscape from lack of water every year. The most common cause of decline in newly planted trees is improper irrigation. Here’s the secret: Get water slowly to the root ball to ensure slow delivery so water can gradually soak into the root-ball. Forget sprinkler irrigation, and especially rainfall. Oftentimes, people start up their irrigation systems too late in the season assuming the rain is sufficient. Rainfall WILL NOT water your newly planted tree effectively. Remember, newly planted trees must live entirely off the moisture in their root-ball until roots grow away to surrounding soils. Give them a chance.

Newly planted trees should be irrigated with automated drip irrigation for TWO COMPLETE GROWING SEASONS. This is typically April through October. Water for 15 minutes every day the first year, and 30 minutes 3 days a week the second year. Drip irrigation uses the least amount of water with the highest efficiency. It evenly distributes water directly over the rootball of newly installed trees and it provides consistent moisture levels. Regular pop up sprinkler heads WILL NOT water your newly planted tree effectively, nor will “diligent” hand watering.

Irrigation amount and frequency are dependent on:
Season, Air Temperature, Soil Texture, Soil Structure and Tree Species
With so many factors it is difficult to give an irrigation standard that is appropriate for all trees and landscapes. Generally, no irrigation is needed when trees are dormant. The period of dormancy for deciduous trees is easy to determine because they lose their leaves. Evergreens go dormant also. Use deciduous trees as indicators for the dormancy period for both types of trees. Irrigation should begin when deciduous trees start to bud up or leaf out in early spring. The most amount of water will be required mid to late summer when soil moisture has been reduced and air temperatures are at their highest. In mid to late fall the irrigation schedule can be tapered off back to a watering schedule that was used in early spring. Once fall leaf drop occurs discontinue watering until the next growing season.

So how do you know if you have achieved the right irrigation frequency and timing? One simple method that gives good results requires some investigation:
Use a trowel to dig down at the root zone approximately 4-6”. Pick up a small handful of soil and squeeze it tightly in the palm of your hand. If the soil has formed slightly to the shape of your palm after you have opened your fist, the soil moisture is ideal. If the soil easily crumbles and falls apart the moisture level is too low, and if you are able to squeeze water from the soil when it is in your fist the soil is too wet. All water should be absorbed within 6 hours, and no puddling should occur in the root zone.

Trees absorb both oxygen and water from the soil. Overly saturated soils have little available oxygen and soils that are too dry hold any moisture so tightly that it is unavailable to trees. It is a fine balance that requires continued monitoring and adjustments.

Mulch to Conserve Soil Moisture
Mulch should be used to help conserve soil moisture, and you should replenish the mulch often enough. Bare soil can heat up too much in summer, as water will evaporate quickly. You should generally lay down a couple inches of mulch at a distance about 1 foot from the base of the trunk. Your tree should have a layer of mulch around it all year-long, but in summer this is critical.

Inspect For Tree Health
Keep an eye on your trees to ensure they are remaining strong. If leaves or branches are damaged, they can be pruned. If you notice or suspect any signs of damage or a disease, you can always call a specialist to do an inspection and see what the trouble is. Remedying this quickly could mean the difference between whether the tree will be able to thrive, or not.

With enough care and attention, you can ensure your trees survive the summer and continue to be a beautiful addition to your yard for years to come.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

California Construction Company Provides Free Advice and Consultation to the Public

Silva Construction Providing Advice on Remodeling, Repairs and Additions to Homeowners

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction, (https://www.silvaconstruction.com), a commercial and residential construction company in Southern California’s South Bay, recently extended its line of service to the public by offering free consultation and advice to homeowners. The company is extending the same offer to business owners and companies for their business renovation and repair needs.

With over 45 years of experience in the construction field, Silva Construction is now offering advice to any homeowners seeking assistance with home repair, remodeling projects, and general structural problems with their homes. This is in addition to the company’s already established service of free estimate on projects of home remodeling and construction. Ways to reach the company can be found on their contact information page on their website: https://www.silvaconstruction.com/contact-us/

Dave Silva, co-owner of the company, made the announcement in response to the continuing problems encountered by public due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, making it clear he stood by to do anything he could to help the public get through this crisis. He stated: “In this time, when so many people are forced to stay at home due to the unfortunate circumstances we find ourselves in, we want homeowners to know they are not alone. People find themselves faced with things breaking down in the house, or there’s the remodeling project that you’ve been meaning to do but never had the time. We want to help people achieve their home building goals. So we’ve opened our doors to giving any and all advice and consultation to the public on whatever is needed to improve their homes.”

Dave Silva and David Clarke are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/blog3/ and their website can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/. They can be reached at 310-831-6310.

FineCraft Contractors had a Successful Live Webinar

GAITHERSBURG, MD: FineCraft Contractors, Inc., (https://finecraftcontractors.com/) had a successful live webinar regarding the metro DC real estate market.

George Papaheraklis from FineCraft Contractors was a part of a successful live webinar on April 21, 2020 with Rob Chevez and Brad Preisinger titled “Good News from a Builder, Realtor and Banker.” In this webinar, the industry experts, including George Papaheraklis from FineCraft, shared how they have been navigating and maintaining success during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The live webinar helped inform clients and workers within the industry of what things currently look like for the industry during Covid-19.

Jimena L., a past client of FineCraft stated, “Finecraft Contractors is a well rounded professional company in the DC area. Their crew is highly skilled and the staff has superb customer service. Every project we have seen has exceeded our expectations. It is hard to find a building company with such high attention to detail. Working with the Finecraft family makes your experience enjoyable and gratifying.”

Yuctan H., another past client of FineCraft said, “We hired FineCraft to repair our master bathroom after the discovery of a leak and mold. The Finecraft team was very professional and a pleasure to work with. They listened to our concerns as well as our ideas and came up with recommendations that fit with the design. They have a great network of suppliers and we were able to find great deals on tiles, fixtures and granite.”

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

Surviving a Downturn: Successful Actions to be Successful

By Niko Papaheraklis

In times like today when we’re experiencing a crisis, it can feel like there’s nothing you can do about it.

But, there’s always something you can do to be successful, even during a difficult time. Below, we’re sharing some successful actions you can take today to become successful when everything else feels like its on a downturn.

1. Keep promoting

It would seem logical that during a crisis you would stop promoting your business. But, you actually want to do the opposite. There are a couple reasons for that. One being that people still need your services or product. The second being that many other businesses (even your competitors) will probably stop promoting their businesses, which means you’ll be top of mind, and most importantly, in business.

2. Look at facts

In today’s world we are bombarded with opinions on a daily basis. It’s important to ensure what you’re reading is factual information and/or is from a credible source.

3. Be flexible

Times like what we’re experiencing now require you to be a little flexible. Say you usually required a 30% retainer to begin a service. You may need to offer smaller retainers or a more flexible payment plan for the time being to be able to continue to serve your clients or customers. That’s just one example, but being flexible and understanding where your customers are at is important.

4. Get creative

Some of the best ideas come at a time of crisis. Things that would normally work may not be effective, so it’s time to get creative and start thinking of a possible new service or way of delivering your service you wouldn’t have thought of before. Who knows, maybe it’ll turn into a very successful and lucrative project!

If you don’t own a business, take this time to get creative in personal ways. Start that new hobby you’ve been wanting to try or learn a new skill you’ve always wanted to know.

5. Maintain excellent customer service

If you own a business, you should always have excellent customer service, but now more than ever it is vital. People are stressed and anxious, which can cause people to act in ways they normally wouldn’t. Be understanding that they’re going through a tough time and do everything you can to be of service to them. They’ll appreciate it and remember how you were helpful during a difficult time. On the other hand, they’ll also remember if you treated them poorly during a difficult time.

If you don’t own a business, understanding that everyone reacts differently in difficult times and showing empathy can go a long way. Be helpful when you can and treat others the way you’d like to be treated.

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

Silva Construction Reminds the Public That Construction Companies Are Considered Essential Businesses in CA and They Are Open

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction, (https://www.silvaconstruction.com), a commercial and residential construction company in Southern California’s South Bay, is reminding the public that California Governor Newsom has listed construction companies as an essential business. And Silva Construction has been open for business throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

On March 22, 2020, Governor Newsom issued California Executive Order N-33-20, which lists what the State of California considers an “essential business.” Under “Essential Workforce,” the governor’s order lists: “Construction Workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction).”

Co-owner Dave Silva stated “Our company is open for business and ready for any construction or remodeling that the public needs. We know that everyone in California is anxious to get back to work and get things back to normal. And for anyone who needs residential or commercial remodeling and construction at this time, we are more than ready to provide those services.”

Dave Silva and David Clarke are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/blog3/ and their website can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/. They can be reached at 310-831-6310.