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Site restoration is pretty much exactly how it sounds; restoring the site, or your piece of property, to as close to its original grade and vegetative surface as possible. If you need a site partially or fully restored in central Maine, Beaulieu Industries of Lewiston is a qualified and experienced general contractor that can handle the restoration process from start to finish.

Site restoration involves different stages of work depending on the specific needs of the site and owner’s preferences. We put together a summary of what site restoration typically involves to help guide you through the process. We’ve also included a handful of reasons why site restoration may be needed.

About the Site Restoration Process

Each site restoration process is different depending on the size and needs of the project. The basics include the following.

  • Hauling in Fill (type/amount of fill varies with project)
  • Leveling
  • Grading
  • Resurfacing (gravel, tar etc.)
  • Restoring Vegetation (grass, tress & shrubs etc.)

Reasons for Site Restoration in Central Maine

  • Floods
  • Natural Disaster
  • Fire
  • Excavation Work
  • Demolition
  • Other Construction

Site Restoration in Central Maine

Contact Beaulieu Industries today for your free estimate on your site restoration or other general contracting needs.

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New lawns need specific vitamins and nutrients to grow at their best, which is why they benefit from a starter fertilizer. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are 3 of the most essential nutrients besides carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen which are provided naturally through rain and air.

Importance of Starter Fertilizers

Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are the 3 most common nutrients found in packaged fertilizers. These nutrients enable grass and other plants to grow from establishing and spreading roots and producing healthy blades of grass.

Basically nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are the building blocks of all plants. When these nutrients are lacking in the soil, grass is slow to grow and is prohibited from growing healthy and strong.

Understanding Fertilizer Labels

5-10-5. Do these numbers or their layout look familiar? They will after taking a look at a fertilizer bag. Each number represents the percentage of nutrients found in the fertilizer.

Fertilizers are made up of 3 types of nutrients: nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K) which are listed on the fertilizer bag in that order, represented by numbers. Phosphorus, the most essential nutrient in starter fertilizer, is always listed with the highest number, in this case -10-.

Starter Fertilizer Application

A starter fertilizer is applied to the soil before spreading seed for a new lawn. A good dose, about 2 – 4″, should be spread over the soil and then tilled. Fertilizers can easily be added to lawns using a seed spreader.

The rule of thumb for applying starter fertilizers is for every 1000 sq. ft. no more than 1 pound of N (nitrogen) and 1 pound of P (phosphorus) should be applied.

Starter Fertilizer Application Chart

Fertilizer Type (N-P-K)

Application (lbs. Per 1000 sq. ft.)

5-10-5

20

16-20-0

6

10-20-10

10

5-20-10

20

Always make sure to use a starter fertilizer as opposed to regular fertilizer before seeding a lawn. Regular fertilizers are too harsh for grass seed and should only be applied after the lawn has been established.

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An Energy Star rated appliance is one that meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) specifications for energy efficiency.

Appliances that meet these specifications are given an Energy Star label, making it easier for consumers to purchase products that are less harmful to the environment while saving them money on energy costs.

What is an Energy Star Appliance?

In order for an appliance to earn an Energy Star Label, the appliance must meet the following 6 specifications.

  1. “Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide.
  2. Qualified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers, in addition to increased energy efficiency.
  3. If the qualified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.
  4. Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer.
  5. Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.
  6. Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible for purchasers.” [1]

Benefits of Energy Star Appliances

  • Reduce home energy consumption & costs from 10 – 50%.
  • Environmentally friendly & help lessen our dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Can do more with less (i.e. do larger loads of laundry using less energy)

Energy Star Savings

Purchasing an Energy Star rated appliance may cost you a bit more than conventional types of appliances but you will save money on your home’s energy bills in the long run. To figure out how much energy and money a new Energy Star rated appliance will save you, use this free Energy Savings Calculator.

References: [1] (EnergyStar. How a Product Earns the Energy Star Label. Energy Star. 20 Feb 2012.<http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_how_earn&gt;)

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