With so much competition out there selecting the best tree surgeon for you can be a daunting task. Tree surgeon croydon is not a protected term which unfortunately means that just about anyone with a saw can claim to be a professional arborist. So when so many local tree care businesses are fighting for your attention what research should you do and what do you ask when you call for a quote? This guide aims to tell you just that but first of all it will explain the potential problems with attempting tree surgery yourself.

Why Not Just Do it Myself?

Taking the DIY approach, while not the easiest solution, may seem like the best. It’s certainly the cheapest option so “why not just do it myself?” is obviously a very valid question. There are numerous good reason why hiring a professional tree surgeon is the better solution. First of all there’s safety. Tree felling can be a dangerous task. Without the proper equipment, training and experience the risk of damage to both people and property is significantly higher. The best tree surgeons are trained and assessed and adhere to strict British standards of quality and safety. Any arborist of great reputation will be happy to show their qualifications for the job. Not only that, a skilled professional is equipped with state of the art safety equipment designed to protect themselves, your property and other bystanders. Also, in case the worst does happen, the best arborists will show that they are fully insured to cover any damages to the property during the tree care process.

The second reason why it’s better to hire a professional tree surgeon is efficiency. Using the very best industrial equipment and having the right training and experience allows a professional arborist to complete the necessary work in a fraction of the time it would take a regular person. They can quickly complete a job and clear any resulting debris greatly reducing unnecessary disruption to you or your organization.

So as can be seen, for a safe and efficient job, professionals hold all the advantages.

Questions to Ask

So you’ve decided to hire an expert. You’re still being bombarded with adverts and businesses claiming to be the best so where to start? Below is some of the questions you should ask when you call for a quote.

Is the tree surgeon insured?

The most professional tree surgeons will be happy to show you their insurance credentials. These are essential where their potential risk to surrounding property. If they can’t show proper insurance chances are they aren’t as professional as they seem.

Do you work to British standards?

If yes, ask which one. All professional tree surgery should be carried out to BS3998 standards

Do they have adequate training, experience, and qualifications?

How many years have they been tree surgeons? Don’t be afraid to ask for academic qualifications or proof of assessment.

Do they offer other services?

There are companies out there who will offer other services unrelated to tree care. While these companies might be perfectly good at mending fences and laying driveways tree surgery is a highly-skilled trade. Make sure you choose a specialist.

Do they have a permanent address/business phone number?

Best to avoid companies who cannot give you a permanent address or offer a mobile number as the only means of contact.

In conclusion, choosing the right tree surgeon for you can be a daunting process. There can often be dozens of options even if you’re only looking locally. Knowing the correct questions to ask can be a big help when selecting the best tree surgeon to suit your needs. When considering taking the job on yourself, seriously think of the risks and whether it’s worth the potential damage to property and threat to people’s safety.

Renting a photo booth seems to keep getting more complicated. Many of the terms thrown around in the booth business are lost on actual clients. This article is an attempt to clear up some of the jargon, provide a few tips, and help you make informed decisions. Fully armed, you will be ready to rent the perfect photo booth rental nyc for your event.

DSLR Camera

This is a term you will see thrown around a lot. DSLR stands for digital single-lens reflex. Basically, the digital equivalent of the 35mm Nikon or Pentax your parents used to carry around. A DSLR can certainly take quality photos. However, many points and shoot cameras produce quality results, as well. Your best bet is to look at samples from recent events.

Dye Sub Printers

Dye Sub is short for dye sublimation. Virtually all reputable photo both operations use some form of this technology. Dye Sublimation printers use a heat transfer process that uses a film to produce the images on the paper. The quality is usually good and the printing speed is fast. There is not a noticeable difference between one dye-sub printer and another. Steer clear of anyone still using inkjets. While the quality is good, the time to get your print at least triples.

Green Screen

Green screen is a feature often offered by photo booth companies. A green screen is a process used on television and the movies. The actor stands in front of a green background. Software is used to remove the green background and replace it with the video clip of choice. The same process can be accomplished in a photo booth with fewer precision results. The booth will have a green background. When you step in and look at the monitor, you will not see the green background but instead, the custom background loaded in the software. Your strips will be printed with the custom background, as well.

That is good news. The bad news is that the cut-outs will not be perfect. Some green fringing is almost always present. Barely noticeable on the small strips. However, it is very noticeable in prints made of individual images after your event.

Social Media Integration

Social media integration is becoming increasingly in demand. The idea is to allow instant sharing of your photo booth images on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. This is accomplished by two different methods.

The first method involves an on-screen promo in which you can enter data and send yourself the pic. While great for low volume events, this method greatly reduces the number of sessions the booth can do per hour.

The second method involves using social media kiosk outside the booth. Although this may cause some congestion, it allows your photo booth to keep humming along.

In order for your social media integration to run smoothly, you will need to have a reliable, fast wi-fi signal at your event. Be sure to check with your venue and photo booth company.

Unlimited Sessions vs Unlimited Strips

Lastly, lets clear this one up once and for all.

A session is generally defined as every time the photo sequence is started. It doesn’t matter if it is a group of 20 or a single couple. When the camera starts whirling and lights popping, the session has begun. Unlimited sessions mean you can use the booth as many times as you like. Typically, two 2 X 6-inch photo strips are printed per session.

Unlimited strips mean that instead of the booth printing two 2 X 6 per session, they will print as many as you want. Usually one for everyone in the booth.

Photo booth companies are often heavy on jargon in an attempt to convince potential clients of what makes them special. It is best to keep it simple. Know what the booth looks like, see some samples from recent events, get references and check for proper insurance. Have fun!

Introduction to Landscape Design

The Definition of Landscaping

Improve the aesthetic appearance of (an area) by changing its contours, adding ornamental features, or planting trees and shrubs.

“the site has been tastefully landscaped”.

What is Landscape Design?

Landscape design is not something that anyone needs to be fearful of, if you have an idea for your landscape or garden space you will be able to make it a reality with a little bit of research and desire to create something beautiful.

As a potential Landscape Designer, you need to be aware that your backyard masterpiece is going to be a living and growing thing that will change as the plants grow and develop, the environment changes through the season and you and your family use the space you have created. You will also grow as a person and landscaper as you learn through the experience and as a direct result of your personal growth and confidence in your ability your landscaping ideas and designs will also advance dramatically.

However you choose to Landscape your garden the priority is always to create something that you love, it will be your space and you will create something that is visually pleasing, functional and ultimately a landscape that works for you and for your garden.

What are the Landscaping Elements?

The first step in any design process is to put the ‘Elements’ in place for your Landscaping Space, obviously this changes for every single project because of the size of your space, the level of the ground, the conditions of the site and the soil and what is already there and may need to be worked around.

You, as the landscaper, need to sit and draw a rough plan of your space and place in any fixed feature that you may be required to work around (eg. a manhole cover). I would recommend doing a rough scale map of the area you have available to work in. It does not have to be fancy but a plan that is easy for you to work on and visualize your landscaping ideas.

When you have your basic plan (make sure you make a few copies) you can start to organize the hardscape materials and plants. Hardscape and Plants are referred to as features.

What are the Landscaping Principles?

The principles of Landscaping are the guidelines that we use to arrange and organize the features to create a beautiful landscape, the fundamental concepts of landscape composition are proportion (always remember that plants grow over time), order (remember size and color), repetition (how large or small a space do wish to cover with a certain effect), and unity (will they and do they work together).

Understanding the Elements and Principles of Landscaping Design is the basic foundation of all landscaping Design, at this stage you just need to put your ideas down and think about what you want to create.

If you are brand new to landscape design do not be afraid, just apply your thoughts, ideas and what you are wanting to create to your design and deal with the details as you research and progress further into your landscaping experience.