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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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How To Get And Shell The Pecans In Your Tree

by Mike Brewer

There is a large variety of pecan trees numbering over a thousand different varieties. Pecan trees can grow extremely large once mature, and for this reason need to be spaced a minimum of thirty five feet apart at planting. It's fairly easy to determine when you can begin harvesting pecans. Generally, when you see that the shucks (or hulls) of the pecans are splitting open and a nut is starting to fall out, your pecans are ready for harvest. There are a few tricks that you can use to gather your pecans and to open their hulls.

Tip 1. Begin by observing the hulls of the pecans for signs which might indicate they are beginning to ripen. These signs can include small, brown stripes across the nut.

Tip 2. Use a long handled yard implement, like a long pole that has a hook at one end or an ordinary lawn rake, to bring the pecans down. Remember to position one or more large buckets under the trees in order to catch pecans as they fall.

Tip 3. One way to open pecan hulls is to grasp one between your middle and index fingers and press on the hull until it splits open. If this doesn't work, you can place two pecans in the palm of your hand and squeeze them together in order to crack open one or both of them.

Tip 4. If the pecans do not open using your hands, you can use a nutcracker, a hammer, a small set of pliers or a pocket knife to open them. Another technique for opening a large quantity of nuts is to put the pecans into a pillowcase or cloth bag. Then use a hammer to gently hit the bag until the nuts open.

Tip 5. If you're having trouble getting the pecans separated from the hulls, first try cracking the pecans' hulls using a nutcracker or pliers. After you've done this, you should boil the nuts at least five or ten minutes so as to dislodge the nuts from their hulls. Drain all the water away and allow the nuts a chance to cool completely. Once cool, you can easily shuck the nuts using your fingers.

Tip 6. Another approach is to use a mixture (one part salt to two parts water) to soak the nuts. You need to allow the pecans to soak for a few hours before draining the saltwater away. This method allows the saltwater to soften the pecan shells and so makes them much easier to remove.  

For more tips on caring for pecan trees, get in touch with a local tree service, like Jerry's Tree Service.

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