Adding a Ginkgo Tree to Your Landscape

By Nancy Penrose

Ginkgo trees (also known as ginkgo biloba or maidenhair tree) are deciduous conifer trees with green leaves that turn golden or bright yellow during the fall. The leaves are shaped like a fan with two lobes and radiating veins. Leaf size ranges from 2 to 6 inches.

The ginkgo tree can grow up to 100 feet tall. Because of their deep root system, they are extremely resistant to wind and snow damage. They can also be grown in different types of soil, including loam, sand and clay.

Ginkgos are known for their beautiful appearance and longevity. They have remained unchanged for more than 200 million years, and are sometimes referred to as the oldest living fossil.

During the Cretaceous period, the tree could be found throughout Europe, Asia and North America. According to fossil records, it disappeared from Europe 2.5 million years ago, and from North America 7 million years ago. The tree survived in China and, in 1691, was found in Japan. Gingko seeds were brought to Europe in the early 1700s.

The Chinese name for the tree means “silver apricot” in reference to the tree’s fruit, which looks like an apricot dipped in white flour. Only the female trees produce fruit. When the fruit drops to the ground and splits, the outer part of the seed emits a foul smell.

Even though Ginkgo nuts have an odor, they are edible and tasty. You can find the nuts in a variety of East-Asian soup and rice dishes. In Japan, toasted nuts are eaten when drinking sake.

Ginkgo leaves and nuts have also been used medicinally for many centuries to treat a variety of ailments, such as head sores, blood disorders and breathing problems. They have also been used to improve memory.

Ginkgo trees require very little care besides some periodic watering and fertilization. Give us a call today if you’d like to add this magnificent landscape tree to your yard.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (, (tree nursery Snohomish / Seattle, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys which specialize in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about Big Tree Inc at and for more tips on big trees care or installation go to See our video at and connect with us on Facebook at

Brite Smiles Dental Care Encourages Virtual Reality

APPLE VALLEY, MN – Brite Smiles Dental Care (, in Apple Valley, encourages patients to use ear buds and they provide the sunglasses, while their patients are receiving dental care.

Patients are more at ease during their appointments when they listen to music. People usually close their eyes when they’re getting treatment anyway and wear protective tinted glasses. The person getting cleaning or treatment can take that time to imagine themselves at a concert or at their favorite venue.

Dr. Dennis Simmons, owner of Brite Smiles Dental Care stated, “We want to make sure that our patients are as comfortable as possible. This includes them bringing their favorite music, and we provide the sunglasses. It has helped many a person to create their own virtual reality which is whatever they want it to be. “

Dr. Dennis Simmons graduated from the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry in 1976, receiving the Class Honor in prosthetics – dentures partial and full. Since then, he has participated in over 3,000 hours of continuing education courses, focusing primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, dental implants and implant-supported restorations, orthodontics, extractions, crown/bridge, root canals, bite and TMJ disorders and sleep apnea. For his studies, he has been honored with the status of “Diplomate” from the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the International Osseous (bone) Integration Society. For more information on dental services from Brite Smiles Dental Care, visit, or call 952-891-8484.

Dr. Larry Finn Offers Cosmetic Dentistry

WARREN, MI – Dr. Larry Finn (, is offering cosmetic dentistry services, procedures to enhance the overall appearance of the mouth and create beautiful smiles.

With Dr. Finn’s 30 years of dental experience, he has come across many people who simply do not like their teeth or smile. Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry concerned with the appearance of teeth. From small changes to major repairs, Dr. Finn can perform a variety of procedures to improve patients’ smiles. Many techniques can be used to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, missing or misshapen. Dr. Finn is able to reshape teeth, close spaces, restore worn teeth and change the length of teeth. The most common procedures in cosmetic dentistry include:

Teeth whitening, a professional bleaching process used to brighten discolored teeth to give patients a brighter, more youthful looking smile.
• Bonding, a procedure that repairs chips, cracks and stains.
• Crowns, used to cover the visible part of the tooth and to cover broken or damaged teeth.
• Veneers, a procedure that restores teeth.
• Reshaping and contouring

Dr. Finn stated “Our staff provides comfortable dental care, and we are very sensitive to our patients’ needs. Our motto is ‘We cater to cowards,’ which is really just another way of saying we can handle the needs of anyone, even those who experience anxiety or fear of the dental chair. No matter what type of dental service you need, we work to make the entire experience as easy and pleasant as possible.”

Dr. Finn and his team offers a variety of dental services including periodontics, endodontics, family dentistry, root canals, oral surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. He has over 30 years of experience performing minor and advanced procedures in dentistry. For more information on painless dentistry from Dr. Larry Finn, visit, or call (586) 772-3540.

Atkinson-Baker Now Providing Electronic Exhibits for Depositions

LOS ANGELES, CA: Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters (, a court reporting firm, is currently offering electronic exhibits for depositions. This service allows for easier handling of exhibits, particularly for web conferencing and remote deposition services.

The electronic exhibit service utilizes computer applications to eliminate the need for hard copy documents. With the use of this technology, only a laptop or tablet need be transported, instead of boxes of paper. Documents can be uploaded beforehand, and the court reporter provides a device on which the witness views the documents. The questioning attorney controls when documents will appear for the witness to view. Once it is determined to mark an exhibit, an electronic exhibit stamp can be placed on the document.

Ms. Sheila Atkinson-Baker, president of Atkinson-Baker, stated, “Our team who oversees web conference and videoconference depositions has seen firsthand how valuable electronic exhibits can be and how they simplify the deposition process. The majority of documents that today’s attorneys receive and work with are already electronic in format. Quite frequently, these electronic documents are printed and distributed in hard copy format. Upon deposition completion, the paper exhibits are collected and scanned back into electronic format. This is a roundabout way of handling exhibits and an immense amount of extra work in a case with hundreds of documents. Additionally, personnel inefficiency, paper and ink costs and shipping translate into unneeded expense. Use of this technology circumvents this extra work and expense.”

Atkinson-Baker’s headquarters are located in Glendale, CA, with 17 branch offices around the country. Ms. Sheila Atkinson-Baker has been a professional court reporter for over 35 years, five of which she served as a court reporter in the federal district court. In 1992 and 1993, the company made the prestigious Inc. 500 list of the 500 fastest growing companies in the US. They have also been listed four times in the annual Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States.

You can visit the company’s main website at Their blog can be seen at, and a few of their branch websites include,, and They can be reached at 800-288-3376.

Raymond Fault Line Creates New Fears

A new section of the Raymond fault line, which runs through Los Angeles’ northeast areas, has been redefined.

The active fault, which caused the 4.9 earthquake in Pasadena back in 1988, has now been re-mapped extending to areas West of its original location.

The California Geological Survey sent out a revised map of the Raymond fault, adding more areas of Los Angeles like Eagle Rock, Glassell Park and Highland Park within its zone.

Not only has the active area already released  fairly large earthquakes, seismologists estimate the fault line is capable of producing a size 7 quake.

If such an event occurred, we could see massive damage, injury and even death in and around northeast areas of Los Angeles and, now, locations west of the original fault zone. Seismologists also argue that such an earthquake could set off the Hollywood fault, adding more chaos to some of L.A.’s most densely populated areas.

Nevertheless, Los Angeles is committed to improving earthquake safety. New laws and regulations have ensured that older buildings throughout the city undergo retrofits and an early earthquake warning system is close to completion.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years. Trees and Soil Types

By Nancy Penrose

Trees get their water and nutrients from soil, which is made up of minerals and organic materials like leaves, plants and insects. Soil is one of the main factors that influence a tree’s health and growth.

There are six basic types of soil: clay, sandy, silty, loamy, chalky and peaty.

Clay soil is sticky when wet and hard when dry. There are very few air spaces between the particles that make up the clay. Because the particles are so close together, the soil drains more slowly and nutrients are retained longer. Trees that grow well in clay soil include the white pine, Norway spruce, white cedar, red maples, poplar, European larch and white ash.

Sandy soil has the largest particles of all the different types of soil. It feels dry and gritty. Water will drain quickly in sandy soil, which means nutrients will pass through the soil faster. There are several trees that will grow well in sandy soil, like the red oak, white cedar, poplar, Scotch pine, white pine, red pine and European larch.

The particles in silty soil are smaller than sandy soil and retain more moisture. Silty soil has a smooth texture that is formed by fine sediments and compacts fairly easily.

Loamy soil is a mixture of clay, sand and silty particles. It retains both moisture and nutrients, and is one of the best soils for growing plants. Loamy soil is a good growing environment for the red oak, white and green ash, sugar and red maple, white cedar, European larch, Norway spruce, white spruce and poplar.

Chalky (lime-rich) soils are extremely alkaline and drain rapidly.

Peaty soil, which is made up of partially decomposed organic matter, is acidic. It retains water but contains fewer nutrients than loamy soils.

A big tree specialist can tell you what types of trees are a good match for your planting environment. With expert advice, the tree you purchase and plant will thrive.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (, (tree nursery Seattle / Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree selection at for more tips on big trees care or installation go to See our video at and connect with us on Facebook at

Gary Burkhart Dentistry Offers Cosmetic Dentistry

BARTONSVILLE, PA: Dr. Gary Burkhart, the founder of Gary Burkhart Dentistry in the Bartonsville, PA area, (, is offering Cosmetic Dentistry including: teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and cosmetic bonding and shaping.

The term “cosmetic dentistry” usually refers to any dental procedures that improve the person’s appearance but not necessarily the function of a person’s teeth. The main focus of cosmetic dentistry is on improving the aesthetics and appearance of the teeth, by changing the shape, color, alignment, size, and overall appearance of the person’s teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry can include:

• Adding material to teeth, such as bonding, veneers, or crowns
• Removing material such as enamel either in preparation for fitting veneers or crowns, or as a final step in changing the shape of the teeth
• Procedures such as teeth whitening
• Straightening of the teeth (braces)

Dr. Burkhart stated “For cracks or unevenness in tooth enamel; cosmetic bonding and shaping can be very effective in paving over the cracks and evening out the surface of your teeth. If teeth are chipped, they are too short, or are permanently stained, you can get veneers. A porcelain veneer is a very thin, tooth-shaped piece of ceramic, used to conceal a damaged tooth. For crooked teeth, braces can straighten them out. Strong, healthy teeth are an important part of physical and psychological health. When your natural teeth are showing signs of visible wear and tear, get them repaired and once again you can eat, talk, and smile with confidence. There are many options for improving your smile. Contact a dentist in your area to figure out which procedures will help you get the results you’re looking for.”

Dr. Gary Burkhart graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1983 and from Temple University Dental School in 1988. He began practicing dentistry in 1988, and opened his own dental practice in Tannersville, PA in 1989, and moved his practice to its current location in Bartonsville, PA in April 2000. Dr. Burkhart can be reached via his websites at, or, or, or by calling 570-620-0440. Does Your Roof Need to Be Replaced?

By Julian De La Torre

The purpose of a building’s roof is to provide protection from environmental elements like rain, snow, wind and sun. Although a roof can last for 20 to 30 years, it will eventually deteriorate and need to be replaced. Factors that can impact the life of a roof include how well the roof was installed, the quality of the materials that were used, the effectiveness of the roof’s ventilation system and weather.

Indicators that you may need a new roof include:

  • Cracked shingles or tiles
  • Loose shingles or tiles
  • Missing shingles or tiles
  • Shingle edges are curled and buckling
  • Shingle granules in the gutters
  • Bald spots where shingle granules are missing
  • The roof is sagging
  • There are signs of water damage
  • Daylight is shining through the roof
  • There are roof leaks
  • The roof looks old and worn

Roofs can be made from different types of materials, such as asphalt shingles, clay or concrete tiles, wood shingles, slate and metal, along with various synthetic products.

Asphalt shingles, also known as composition shingles, are the most common type of roofing product. They are less expensive than clay or concrete tiles and relatively easy to install. The shingles are covered with grit and come in a variety of colors.

Both concrete and clay tiles are extremely heavy, but also very durable with a long life (100 years or more in some cases). Because of their weight, concrete and clay tiles often require extra framing.

Wood shingles are usually made of cedar, redwood and southern pine. The shingles may need to be fireproofed in certain areas, or chemically treated in wet climates because they are a natural product.

Metal roofs are made of steel, zinc, aluminum, copper and stainless steel. They come in shingles or panels, and provide long-lasting protection, especially in places with extreme weather conditions. They are also low maintenance.

Slate is one of the most expensive types of roofing materials. Similar to clay and concrete tiles, slate is heavy and will need additional support, but can also last 100 years or more if properly maintained.

Sometimes a damaged roof can be repaired instead of replaced. If you have concerns about the condition of your roof, get professional advice from an experienced roofing company, including an inspection to find out what issues need to be addressed.

Julian De La Torre, expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation repair and founder of Julian Construction ( foundation contractors (Los Angeles), has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms & local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair (Los Angeles) than any other company in the area over the last five years ( Julian Construction owns its own company and is a “no middlemen” model–no salesmen or subcontractors–you get the principals of the company and its workers under your home. Learn more about Julian Construction and Los Angeles foundation repair at See their video

Atkinson-Baker Provides Court Reporters Outside of the US

LOS ANGELES, CA: Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters (, is announcing their global court reporting services. This service makes court reporters available in any country where depositions are legally allowed.

The team at Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters provides their clients with court reporters in different countries on a regular basis. As an example, they recently had a Los Angeles attorney who needed to take a deposition of a witness in Melbourne, Australia. Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters provided a court reporter in Australia, while the client deposed the witness via web conferencing. By utilizing this service, attorneys are able to keep their costs down and reduce travel time.

A client from Fontana, CA, stated, “Your agency is absolutely fabulous to work with! Everyone I’ve ever dealt with has been right on top of their game and never fail to answer a question or return a call. You should be proud of your staff. You’re a huge organization, but you really do give a personal touch to everything and treat your reporters very well. I hope to meet you in person some day.”

Atkinson-Baker’s headquarters are located in Glendale, CA, with 17 branch offices around the country. Ms. Sheila Atkinson-Baker has been a professional court reporter for over 35 years, five of which she served as a court reporter in the federal district court. In 1992 and 1993, the company made the prestigious Inc. 500 list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the US. They have also been listed four times in the annual Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States.

You can visit the company’s main website at Their blog can be seen at A few of their branch websites include,, and They can be reached at 800-288-3376.

The Importance of a Proper Drainage System

LOS ANGELES, CA: A foundation repair and construction company, Julian Construction (, is informing the public on why a proper drainage system is important for a safe home.

Water can be a homeowner’s worst enemy as it can ruin or destroy their home. Leaks can cause pipes to rust and burst, and ceilings to crack. Water can seep behind walls and into floors, which can increase the risk of mold. Additionally, when water starts to collect outside of a home, the culprit is a drainage issue. If homeowners don’t make sure that their drainage systems are properly maintained on a regular basis, damages can occur to the home or its foundation.

Having a proper drainage system means that falling water is controlled and moved away from the home in a way as to also prevent standing water that won’t go away. There are definite signs homeowners can check for regularly to ensure their drainage systems are working properly, including:

Foundation cracks
• Rainwater accumulating on the roof
• Water pooling in a yard
• Moisture seeping into a house

If any of the above signs are found, Julian Construction advices on getting it fixed as soon as possible.

Julian De La Torre, owner of Julian Construction, stated, “The installation of proper drainage systems surrounding the structure provides a safeguard against the impact of water accumulation and flooding during the rainy season. We can install a drainage system to avoid drainage problems and foundation problems from poor drainage.”

Julian Construction has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years. Julian owns its own company and is built on a “no middleman” model – no salesman, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323-733-3377, by fax at 323-733-4477 or via their website, You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog at or