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Tree Removal in Newton, Ma with Tree Spikes Cullins Service

Tree Removal in Newton, Ma with Tree Spikes Cullins Service

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Cullins Service Tree Removal Equipment

Cullins Service Tree Removal Equipment

Cullins Service Tree Removal in Newton, Ma breaking in Buckingham Tree Spikes

Cullins Service tree removal Service –

will remove your trees. Just call us at 1-(617)-446-1382 or fill out Cullins Service online form. Cullins Service will come right over and give you a free tree removal or tree trimming estimate. Then we will schedule a time to remove your tree that is most convenient for you.

 

For this tree removal I will be breaking in my new titanium tree spikes from Buckingham –

I’m trying them out on a double pine that is too close to the sidewalk and has branches growing into cable lines. Of coarse I have on my Teufelberger

Cullins Service Tree Removal Climbing

Cullins Service Tree Removal Climbing

TreeMotion climbing Harness w/ lanyard Buckingham Rope Grab Length Adjustment Device. I was using a Buckingham saddle, but it didn’t feel that secure or comfortable. The treemotion harness fits nice and it gives me more maneuverability when I’m climbing around in a tree. I decided to use my Echo CS330T tree saw over my stihl MS 193T tree saw. I like both the saws, but the Echo is generally my go to saw. I just got a new Echo CS 355T top handle tree saw w/ a 16 in bar, and I can’t wait to try it out. I will be breaking in my Echo CS 355T Chainsaw soon. This was a fun climb, and the spikes were great. It was a easy removal which was nice so I could get used to the tree spikes. Everything went great the tree came down safely even though I was right next to some cable lines.

Cullins Service Tree Removal Newton View from the top

Cullins Service Tree Removal Newton View from the top

We were rained out the first day up, but were able to finish the job the next day. Life is pretty good when yo can enjoy your work and having the right equipment makes it even better. Hope you enjoy our video and work.

 

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Cullins Service How to DIY Build and Paint EZ-Dumper Walls on Ford F350 Super Duty

How to DIY Build Paint Dump Walls Truck Cullins Service Landscapers

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Cullins Service New Dump Bed

Cullins Service New Dump Bed

How to DIY Build and Paint EZ-Dumper Walls on Ford F350 Super Duty

The dumper we are adding sides to is an EZ-dumper. We had our bed ripped off our Ford F350 and replaced w/ the EZ-Dumper. A custom frame was required, but that’s a different story. So this DIY is for an EZ-Dumper, but the same basic principle works w/ other dumpers.

I’m aware I may be going a bit overboard w/ this project. Most landscapers just throw up some boards and that’s it. I like to make things look good, and your truck and equipment is what people will see when you first pull up. So I like to make a good impression.

This DIY project was pretty easy. Just cut some boards stack ’em up and bolt ’em in place. I could not find any

Cullins Service New Walls

Cullins Service New Walls

DIY’s or how to’s on the net for dump walls, and even though it is easy some people might want a little direction.

So I got some boards, 2 X 4’s Hardware, paint and some tools. Then I started building. I’m very happy w/ the way it turned out. We did this project this past summer which is why I’m wearing short sleeves and have fully greened trees around in January. So We hope you enjoy this How to and learn something from it.

What You will need

  • -Truck w Dumper
  • -3 1/2 inch bolts (How many depends on how high and what size boards you use)
  • -1/2 inch nuts, lock washers and 1 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch washers (match bolts)
  • -20 ft of 2×4’s (depending on how high you want the sides)
  • -4 2×10’s 8ft long (This will depend on how long your bed is and how high you want the sides)
  • -pipe, bar clamps (optional, but helpful)
  • -Drill
  • -Driver

    Cullins Service Finished Dump Walls

    Cullins Service Finished Dump Walls

  • -1/2 inch wrench
  • -3/4 and 1/2 in sockets
  • -1 1/2 spade bit and 1 1/2 hole saw bit
  • -1/8, 1/4, 1/2 drill bits
  • -phillips head drill bit
  • -hammer
  • -saw (skill, hand, sawzall ?)
  • -level
  • -paint
  • -paint brush, paint roller, paint sparayer (up to you)
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Cullins Service Leaf Removal Fall Cleanup in Wellesley, Ma

Leaf Removal Service Fall Cleanup scag giant vac Wellesley Cullins Service

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Leaf Removal in Wellesley, Ma w/ Scag Giant-Vac, Redmax EBZ8500 Leaf Blowers, Wright Stander I Mower, Jrco Leaf Plow. Introducing our new leaf diverters and Night Leaf Loading.

Leaf Removal in Wellesley, Ma w/ Scag Giant-Vac, Redmax EBZ8500 Leaf Blowers, Wright Stander I Mower, Jrco Leaf Plow. Introducing our new leaf diverters and Night Leaf Loading.

Leaf Removal in Wellesley, Ma w/ Scag Giant-Vac, Redmax EBZ8500 Leaf Blowers, Wright Stander I Mower, Jrco Leaf Plow. Introducing our new leaf diverters and Night Leaf Loading.

Cullins Service Leaf Removal service is ideal for everyone. We will beat anyone’s leaf removal prices. The process to get your fall cleanup and leaf removal service is simple. Just call us at 1-(617)-446-1382 or fill out Cullins Service online form. Cullins Service will come right over and give you a free estimate for your fall clean up leaf removal. Then we will schedule a time to remove your leaves that is most convenient for you. Some clients like to have multiple leaf removal visits and some like to have one leaf removal visit. That is entirely up to you. No leaf removal fall cleanup is too big or too small. Cullins Service has the right leaf removal equipment to get the fall cleanup done quickly and thoroughly. Most times by the time you get home from work your yard will be completely cleared from the fall leaves.

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Corrigated Plastic Leaf Diverter

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Corrigated Plastic Leaf Diverter

Cullins Service is always looking to get the job done more effectively and efficiently without jeopardizing the quality of the work. That and we like to play w/ heavy equipment, but what guy doesn’t. This year we added 2 Redmax EBZ8500’s attached the leaf plow to our new Wright Stander I. We also acquired a Ford F350 and fitted it w/ a EZ-Dumper then turned it into a leaf catcher. Along w/ our Scag Giant-vac on our trailer we are doing good While we loved the van this way is much more efficient. Instead of taking 20 min to 1/2 an hour it now takes us 5 mins to dump.Our Leaf Removal setup changes all the time and is fairly unique, but effective. This year we have effectively cut our Leaf Removal jobs by more than 1/2. This time around we decided to try these leaf diverters made of corrugated plastic panels. We were sick of trying to blow large amounts of leaves through small openings. So the diverters kind of funnel them into the place we want without them getting stuck.

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Night leaf removal

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Night leaf removal

We started this property late in the day so we ended up doing some night leaf removal or night scagging. It was a good thing we mounted super bright L.E.D. lights on the wright stander I and the Scag giant-vac. We also had to come back the net day to finish up the other side of the yard.

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Cullins Service Leaf Removal Fall Cleanup Wellesley

Leaf Removal Service Fall Cleanup Wellesley, Ma 2016 setup

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Cullins Service Leaf Removal Fall Cleanup Wellesley Getting ready

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Fall Cleanup Wellesley Getting ready

Leaf Removal Service Fall Cleanup Wellesley, Ma

Cullins Service Leaf Removal service is ideal for everyone. We will beat anyone’s leaf removal prices. The process to get your fall cleanup and leaf removal service is simple. Just call us at 1-(617)-446-1382 or fill out Cullins Service online form. Cullins Service will come right over and give you a free estimate for your fall clean up leaf removal. Then we will schedule a time to remove your leaves that is most convenient for you. Some clients like to have multiple leaf removal visits and some like to have one leaf removal visit. That is entirely up to you. No leaf removal fall cleanup is too big or too small. Cullins Service has the right leaf removal equipment to get the fall cleanup done quickly and thoroughly. Most times by the time you get home from work your yard will be completely cleared from the fall leaves.

Cullins Service is always looking to get the job done more effectively and efficiently without jeopardizing

Leaf Removal Service Wellesley Vacucuming up a big pile of leaves

Leaf Removal Service Wellesley Vacucuming up a big pile of leaves

the quality of the work. That and we like to play w/ heavy equipment, but what guy doesn’t. This year we added 2 Redmax EBZ8500’s attached the leaf plow to our new Wright Stander I. We also acquired a Ford F350 and fitted it w/ a EZ-Dumper then turned it into a leaf catcher. Along w/ our Scag Giant-vac on our trailer we are doing good While we loved the van this way is much more efficient. Instead of taking 20 min to 1/2 an hour it now takes us 5 mins to dump.Our Leaf Removal setup changes all the time and is fairly unique, but effective. This year we have effectively cut our Leaf Removal jobs by more than 1/2.

This year we acquired a Ford F350 Super Duty. We then ripped off the bed and installed an EZ-Dumper. Now I turned that into a leaf catcher which will make things a lot easier on the dumping part. I documented that process and will share w/ everyone as well. I tried looking everywhere for ideas and help making a leaf catcher on the back of a truck. I didn’t have much luck so I designed it myself and will share w/ others. Seeing we started by using tarps w/ a couple blowers and the van now we have the truck w/ a dumper I’d say we come a long way. As hard and time consuming as it was using the tarps I’m glad we did it. It makes us appreciate what we have now.

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Service Wellesley finished

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Service Wellesley finished

So we hope you enjoyed this blog and the video if you watched it. If you are in the newton area and need a leaf removal service give us a call and we would be more than happy to come remove your leaves. Call us @ 1-(617)-446-1382.

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Fall Lawn Care Thatching Aeration Seeding Fertilizing in Wellesley cullins service

Fall Lawn Care Thatching Aeration Seeding Fertilizing in Wellesley cullins service

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Cullins Service Fall Lawn Care Thatching with the Classen

Cullins Service Fall Lawn Care Thatching with the Classen

Fall Lawn Care Thatching Aeration Seeding Fertilizing in Wellesley cullins service

Having a great looking lawn is more than just more than just mowing it. Cullins Service has a formula that will work your lawn and get it growing green, healthy and crab grass free. We don’t want to give away all the secrets, but it involves cutting the grass, thatching w/ our classen seeder which I turned into a turf rake which you can see here. After the thatching we have to clean up all the thatch. Going over it with a mower should pick it right up. Then aerating with our ryan aerator. Coring the lawn with an aerator will relieve the compaction of the soil which can block the grass roots from getting the proper nutrition. It also allows water, air and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. Not everyone who wants a great lawn knows about aeration, but it is important.

Cullins Service Fall Lawn Care Aerating with the Ryan

Cullins Service Fall Lawn Care Aerating with the Ryan

So after perforating holes in your lawn let’s put some fertilizer and seed at the same time. Aerating should be done twice a year in the spring and the fall, but fertilizing should be done at least four times. There is more to it than just throwing fertilizer down some lawns need different types or more of one nutrient than others. Then there is hydro fertilizer or dry fertilizer, and we offer both. With seeding you can pretty much throw seed down whenever although there are better times when you should. We like to put seed down after we aerate and the times we fertilize giving the seed a better chance at surviving. With seeding you get better results when at least 3/4 of the seed is in contact w/ the soil.

So as I said there is more to it, and it’s not that simple of a process. If done right you will have an enviable lawn. Hope you enjoyed this bit of knowledge, and if your in the Newton ma, area looking for a great lawn give us a call 617-446-1382.

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Cullins Service Husqvarna 150BT Backpack Blower Tune Up

Leaf Blower DIY Tune Up Maintenance Husqvarna 150bt Backpack Blower Cullins Service

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How to DIY tune up Backpack Leaf Blower 150BT Husqvarna by Cullins Service

How to DIY tune up Backpack Leaf Blower 150BT Husqvarna by Cullins Service

How to DIY tune up Backpack Leaf Blower 150BT Husqvarna by Cullins Service

The backpack leaf blower we are tuning up today is a Husqvarna 150BT Backpack Leaf Blower. But the techniques I will show you can apply to most leaf blowers.
Keeping your equipment in top shape is not only good for your equipment, but also good for your business. You want your blower to start up right away every time. These fairly cheap and quick steps can make life easier for you. A couple filters are cheaper to replace every once in a while than a new carburetor when debris gets clogged in it.

Take care of your equipment and they will take care of you.

What You will need:

-Backpack blower
-Spark Plug (check owners manual for correct part)
-Fuel Filter (check owners manual for correct part)
-Air Filter (check owners manual for correct part)
-Forceps, bent coat hanger or whatever you can find to safely get the fuel line and filter from the tank
-Socket wrench and socket or scrench tool (to remove spark plug)

Husqvarna 150BT Backpack Blower Tune up Fuel Filter

Husqvarna 150BT Backpack Blower Tune up Fuel Filter

Safety First:
Activate kill Switch
Remove Spark Plug Cap

Get your Information:
What Blower do you Have
Get Correct Spark Plug
Get Correct Air Filter
Get Correct fuel Filter

Spark Plug:
Remove Spark Plug
Check / Replace

Fuel Filter:

Husqvarna 150 BT Backpack Blower Tune up Air Filter

Husqvarna 150 BT Backpack Blower Tune up Air Filter

Remove fuel Cap
Pull out Fuel Filter
Replace Fuel Filter

Air Filter
Remove filter Housing Cover
Pull out Air filter
Replace Air filter
Reinstall Air filter housing

 

You can check out Cullins Service full How to Here or watch the video here

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Leaf Removal Service Fall Cleanup Newton, Ma Cullins Service

Leaf Removal Service Fall Cleanup Newton, Ma Cullins Service

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Cullins Service Leaf Removal Before the Removal

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Before the Removal

Cullins Service Leaf removal Service Fall Cleanup

Cullins Service Leaf Removal service is ideal for everyone. We can beat anyone’s leaf removal pricing. The process to get your fall cleanup and leaf removal service is simple. Just call or fill out Cullins Service online form. Cullins Service will come right over and get a free estimate for your fall clean up leaf removal. Then we will schedule a time to remove your leaves. Some clients like to have multiple leaf removal visits and some like to have one leaf removal visit. That is entirely up to you. No leaf removal fall cleanup is too big or too small. Cullins Service has the right leaf removal equipment to get the fall cleanup done quickly and thoroughly. Most times by the time you get home from work your yard will be completely cleared from the fall leaves.

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Using the Leaf Plow

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Using the Leaf Plow

Cullins Service is always looking to get the job done more effectively and efficiently without jeopardizing the quality of the work. That and we like to play w/ heavy equipment, but what guy doesn’t. So we got a leaf plow and mounted it to our Husquvarna Zero Turn. We also turned our van into a leaf catcher and attached a Scag Giant-vac to our trailer. The van leaf catcher works great except the unloading of all the chopped up leaves that were blown into the van going like 800 miles an hour. You can see that in the video. The Leaf Removal setup is fairly unique, but effective. We effectively cut our Leaf Removal jobs by more than 1/2.

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Getting it on w/ the Scag Giant-Vac

Cullins Service Leaf Removal Getting it on w/ the Scag Giant-Vac

This year we acquired a Ford F350 Super Duty. We then ripped off the bed and installed an EZ-Dumper. Now I’m going turn that into a leaf catcher which will make things a lot easier on the dumping part. I’m going to document that process and share w/ everyone as well. I tried looking everywhere for ideas and help making a leaf catcher on the back f a truck. I didn’t have much luck so I am going to design it myself and share w/ others. Seeing we started by using tarps w/ a couple blowers and the van I’d say we come a long way. As hard and time consuming as it was using the tarps I’m glad we did it. It makes us appreciate what we have now.

Cullins Service Leaf Removal after the fall cleanup

Cullins Service Leaf Removal after the fall cleanup

So we hope you enjoyed this blog and the video if you watched it. If you are in the newton area and need a leaf removal service give us a call and we would be more than happy to come remove you leaves. Call us @ 1-(617)-446-1382.

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Cullins Service Lawn Installation Seeding Wellesley

Lawn Installation seeding lawn care in Wellesley

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Cullins Service prepping soil before seeding

Cullins Service prepping soil before seeding

 Wellesley lawn care Lawn Installation seeding growing grass.

There is more than one way to install a lawn. For this property we are going to use the seeding method. There is also more than one way to seed here we are using our classen turf seeder.  One variable that does not change when installing a lawn is soil prep. One thing I believe about lawn care is “if the soil is good the grass will grow”. Now I know there are other things to take into account like water, sun, shade, weather ect… . But if your soil drains well has the right ph balance, good organic material and is fertilized correctly among other things your grass will be well on it’s way to a healthy life.

Cullins Service grass coming in.

Cullins Service grass coming in.

Some property’s are just plain lucky and their grass will just grow naturally. That is the exception not the rule. To have a beautiful, green, full lawn it takes maintenance. If you want a green velvety blanket of a lawn it will take a scheduled routine maintenance. Mowing, fertilizing, aerating, thatching, watering the right amount. Any way that’s not important right now, but if your interested give us a call ad we would be happy to give you a free estimate.

So we assessed the property and the owner wanted seeding so we removed the old grass, tilled the ground, added organic loam, fertilized, limed, and seeded. That with the right amount of water and some maintenance along the way. We or I mean the client got a great looking lawn. When the project comes out looking good we look good and that makes this work worth it.

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DIY Oil change on stand behind mower the Wright Stander by Cullins Service

DIY Oil change stand behind mower Wright Stander Cullins Service

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Cullins Service DIY How to change oil on a stand behind mower the Wright Stander

Cullins Service DIY How to change oil on a stand behind mower the Wright Stander

DIY How to change oil on a stand behind mower the Wright Stander by Cullins Service

In business and life you should always protect your investments. In a  landscaping business your equipment in an investment. So that means you have to take care of them. When you get a new or used piece of equipment you should study or at least look at the owner’s manual. There is a maintenance section of that manual, and in that section is a time table for oil change maintenance. Oil changes are very important in all engines so change your oil. You need to check your oil after every use. Over time heat breaks down oil and the longer it’s in the engine the dirtier it gets. Depending on mowing conditions your mower is kicking up dust, dirt and debris this will make the oil dirtier and less effective sooner. When this happens the oil no longer lubricates the engine components.

Cullins Service Oil Change Wright Stander i remove oil filter

Cullins Service Oil Change Wright Stander i remove oil filter

The Mower we are giving an oil change to today is a 2015 36 inch Wright Stander Intensity. The techniques I will show you can apply to other similar mowers.

Between the first 5-10 hours of your engines life you should change the oil and oil filter.
With new engines changing the oil within the fist hours of operation is needed to flush out small particles that build up during the break-in period. Check your manual for regularly scheduled oil changes. They will vary from source and the conditions you put you mower through.
It’s best to check your oil regularly.
When you first pour the oil into the engine it’s a gold or amber color. Eventually heat, dirt and air in the crankcase will make the oil darker and less effective in lubricating engine components.
Check your oil and if it’s low or getting dark and nasty add oil or change it.

Cullins Service what you will need for the oil change on a Wright Stander i

Cullins Service what you will need for the oil change on a Wright Stander i

What you will need
-Mower
-A pair of gloves
-Rags or shop towels
-Oil
-Oil Filter
-Rubber Hose
-Oil drain pan
-Oil Filter wrench
-Wrench
-Some good music

Safety First
Put Mower on Flat Surface
Engage Brake
Disengage Blades
Remove Key
Close Fuel Valve
Remove Spark Plug Boots
Chock Wheels
Let Engine Cool

Cullins Service Oil Change Wright Stander i adding oil

Cullins Service Oil Change Wright Stander i adding oil

Get your Information
What Mower do you Have
Get Correct Oil
Get Correct Oil Filter
Get Correct Size Wrench
Choose Oil Filter Wrench

Lift Oil Dip Stick
Attach Hose to Oil Drain
Turn Drain Plug and Drain
Replace Oil Filter
Close Oil Drain
Add Oil
Clean Air Filter

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Cullins Service Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet

Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet

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Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet finished

Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet finished

  Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet in Brookline, Ma Cullins Service

Today Cullins Service is in Brookline, Ma. We have been working on this property for a little over a year, and have almost completely redone the whole property. The client is great and likes to work alongside us at times.

When we first came to this property the bushes were kinda out of control, but we have since tamed them down. These bushes seem to have rubbed our client the wrong way because every time we showed up for landscaping services she wanted them cut shorter until she decided to just remove them alltogether.

Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet in Brookline, Ma Cullins Service first visit

Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet in Brookline, Ma Cullins Service first visit

No problem Cullins Service can handle that. So with that we cut them down and removed the root system. Cant have roots were your going to plant.

First thing we had to do is match up the bushes to the rest of the hedge. We wanted a uniform look all the way around. We were lucky with these as they were a pretty common hedge,  a Nantucket Privet hedge.

Now we have to line up a straight line and space the bushes so they look good.  They will grow in and come together to form a hedge so you don’t want them to far apart. You also don’t want them too close because the roots need space to grow. About a foot and 1/2 to 2 feet is good. Make sure you plant them correctly and give them plenty of water so they can establish themselves. So far I have not lost any flowers or bushes that I have planted, and I’m not planning on loosing any.  We had organic loam, fertilizer, peat moss and much to properly plant these bushes.

Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet in Brookline, Ma Cullins Service planting the bushes

Bush Removal and Bush Planting Nantucket Privet in Brookline, Ma Cullins Service planting the bushes

With all the bushes in place in the ground we made a well around the roots to keep water in then we put more fertilizer down and covered all around the top w/ peat moss. Now to finish the project we covered the row of Nantucket privet bushes with about 3 inches of mulch. Not only is it decorative and make the property look nice. There are also a few practical reasons for this as well. The mulch will hold water better to keep the bushes roots wet of moist on hot days. Especially when they are first planted they need all the water they can get. Mulch also keeps away weeds, and breaks down into the soil to create a compost that turns into food for the bush.

Finally we installed drip irrigation around the bushes to keep them watered. So the client can just enjoy the new bushes and not have to worry about them drying out. We had fun on this job and we are and so is the client very pleased with the results.

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