Walk around the perimeter of your Rumson-Fair Haven house, and notice how close the bushes and shrubs are to the house. If there are any branches or leaves in contact with the house, they need to be trimmed. When it’s windy outside, those branches will be scraping against the house, wearing away the paint on your house or wood stain on your cedar shakes.
Leaves and branches too close to the house also prevent moisture from evaporating and sun from reaching the side of your home. Many houses with cedar shakes have patches of green mildew/mold, especially in shady areas or on the bottom row of shakes.
Finally, bushes too close to the house make it easier for insects to get in. So take a walk around your house, and make sure you have at least 8 – 12 inches of space between your house and every bush or shrub. If you need a new pair of pruning shears, I recommend the Felco Model 2 bypass pruner. They’re made in Switzerland and cost more than a pruner you’d buy at Lowe’s or Home Depot, but they’ll last for a long, long time. If you by them from the Felco Store (http://www.felcostore.com/pruners) you’ll pay less than you would on Amazon.com.
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