Our log home is located in Western NC at 2300 Feet elevation about 16 miles North of the South Carolina border. Generally, our winters are not sever. Summer days seldom exceed the mid-80's.
I am a new log home owner and new to this forum. Our home was finished June 2010. The contractor used 2 coats of Sikkens #996 clear sealer on 6" X 8" D type red airmatic cedar Kil'n dried tongue and grove, with butyl tape bolted every 30" logs. I have noticed that some of the logs have faded to a whitish color. I appreciate suggestions to correct the problem.
Also, I have landscaped most of the property which is bordered by three stone retaining walls. Forward of the front retaining wall is not landscaped and very steep. I intend to remove the growth at this location consisting of various prickly bushes and young trees. My problem is deciding on replacement plantings. I would like to use something reasonable in costs and maintenance. The area is too steep to plant grass. Again, suggestions are appreciated.