Sacramento gutter cleaning
You might not know it when standing in your yard today, but the place where you stand was once devastated by fires and floods. Despite the relatively warm, mild climate, Sacramento is prone to sometimes extreme and disastrous natural events. Since the 1800s, its natural landscapes have been shaped by fires and intense storms. What, you might wonder, does this have to do with your property? Keeping your gutters clear can actually reduce the amount of damage to your home if there is heavy rainfall. Clearing the drains of debris can also reduce the risk of a fire. Regularly cleaning out the gutters, either by yourself or with the help of a lawn care professional, is an excellent start to making your property more inviting and attractive.
What better way to get inspiration for a fire-resistant, colorful yard than a visit to one of Sacramento's magnificent gardens? These gardens, which showcase native plants and species from around the world, are a great way to learn about the city's natural history, too.
State Capitol Park
The State Capitol Park in Sacramento is a beautiful property that doubles as a World Peace Rose Garden. The property was established in the late 1980s and pays tribute to some of the world's most influential peace advocates, including Martin Luther King, Jr. What makes it less traditional is that the tribute comes in the form of rose gardens. Thousands of colorful, fragrant rose bushes come to life in the spring and summer. In addition to learning about local, national, and international heroes dedicated to promoting peace, you'll get some ideas for creating a native landscape in your own yard.
Fredrick N. Evans Rose Garden
This rose garden, located in McKinley Park, is another place to visit for floral inspiration. Over 1,000 rose bushes create colorful natural scenery at this historic garden, which can also be rented for weddings and other events. The property also contains eight acres' worth of botanical gardens and nearly 30 benches.
Jensen Garden Park
Jensen Garden Park is worth visiting for its large selection of native shrubs and trees. The garden also offers free admission during the day. Some of the many species you'll find here are azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, and camellias. These species, which are all native or have adapted to the local climate, can give you good ideas for colorful additions to put on your own property.
When searching for plants, flowers, and trees to grow successfully, it's important to consider the local climate. Keep in mind that even minor variables, such as the type of soil in your yard and how much sun your property gets, will make a difference in the kinds of species that will work best.
As a whole, Sacramento has a warm, mild climate. Its hottest days occur during July, August, and September. Temperatures in July average about 94ºF. They average about 93ºF during July and around 90ºF in September. The coldest months are December and January, where average daytime highs are in the mid-50s. At night, temperatures can drop to the upper 30s. If you have trees that are sensitive to the cold, you'll probably want to bring them indoors before winter.
Additionally, it is essential to clear out your home's gutters before the temperatures start to drop. If the temperature drops below freezing, any water left standing in the gutters can freeze. This can cause them to break, which in turn causes damage to your roof and the sides of your home.
Another consideration in planning a landscape and cleaning out your gutters is rainfall. The rainiest months of the year are usually January, February, and March. Seven days' worth of rainfall is common in all three months. While you won't have to worry as much about keeping your property hydrated during this time of year, you'll have to make sure to keep the gutters clear of water and debris. Gutters that get filled with water can overflow and cause water damage to your home. Prolonged periods of rain, coupled with an improperly draining gutter, can also cause roof rot. This leads to a series of events, as rotten wood can also attract insects and pests.
Reducing Fire Hazards
Sacramento's sunny and dry summers can be enjoyable for spending time outside. However, they also come with a greater threat of fires. The fire risk continues into fall when the arrival of seasonal winds can easily carry sparks. Fortunately, you can take measures to protect your own property (and therefore your neighborhood) against fire.
The type of trees and vegetation that you plant on your property can affect its ability to withstand a fire. Fire-resistant trees include black oak, maple, cherry, and honeylocust. Black oak trees are also drought-resistant, meaning they'll likely survive during a hot and dry summer. An added advantage is that they produce food that birds enjoy. There are over 120 varieties of maple trees in the United States. They live in many climates, including Sacramento's. Maple trees produce stunning leaves in the fall. Although they add color and life to your property, their falling leaves means that you'll need to spend more time cleaning out the gutters. Cherry trees produce beautiful white, pink, and red flowers. Many species are also resistant to fire. While some species have been imported from elsewhere over the years, the holly leaf cherry is one species that is native to California. Honey Locust trees can grow to a height of 70 feet or more. They grow quickly and do best in shade or partial shade.
Even though it might seem like a chore, keeping your home's gutters clear of water, ice and debris goes a long way in improving your property's appearance. It also protects your home from damage, and it can even help protect against fires. Along with cleaning out the gutters, planting native species in your yard can improve its appearance and add to your property's resilience. If you have questions or need assistance with cleaning your gutters, consult with Lawn Love today.