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  • Clear a Way For Santa!

    December 1, 2016
    December is touted as the most wonderful time of the year as it’s filled with holiday greetings and happy meetings when friends and family get together. Driveways and sidewalks buried in snow and ice can get in the way of holiday cheer if your guests get their car stuck in the snow or slip on icy paths! The Grounds Guys® offers professional snow and ice management services , and we’ve shared some ...
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  • Veggie Thanksgiving: Recipes for the Vegan at the Table

    November 24, 2016
    Happy Thanksgiving season from The Grounds Guys®! While we aren’t typically recipe experts, we are garden, landscaping and lawn care professionals, so vegetable-based topics are near and dear to our hearts! If you have Thanksgiving guests who embrace a vegan lifestyle and have NO idea what to prepare other than mixed nuts and crackers, we have found some fantastic recipes that meat eaters at your ...
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  • Fallen Leaves Décor

    November 9, 2016
    It’s been said, “leaves leave this world in beautiful fall colors and songs.” But you can give fallen autumn leaves new life as decorative elements for the season and holidays. The warm colors and rich textures of fall leaves will bring a beautiful touch of nature into your home. Here are a few creative, easy DIY crafts made with fallen leaves: Wreaths Adorn your front entrance with a leafy fall ...
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  • Declutter Your Gutters

    October 27, 2016
    When the rain starts pouring, how do your gutters respond? Do they function exactly as they should, or do they allow water to leak down the side of your home? It’s easy to take rain gutters for granted, but if yours are in bad condition or clogged with leaves and debris, poor gutter performance could have a detrimental effect on your landscaping and foundation. You may need to have new gutters ...
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  • Fall Foliage Destinations

    October 12, 2016
    For many people, fall is a time of vibrant hues in nature. Places that are usually gorgeous are even more breath taking. This fall, pack up your family and take a road trip or hop on a plane to some of these beautiful destinations that are even prettier in person. Here are a few ideas of places to visit: The Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee: This quiet little town will make you feel right ...
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  • Trim Trees to Get Them Ready for Next Year

    October 5, 2016
    Trees are definitely a vital part of our environment. They offer local wildlife a place to live, provide oxygen for us to live and keep your yard beautiful. Fall is the best time for preparing your yard for next spring and The Grounds Guys® has some great tips for trimming trees. Having trees in your yard that thrive does require some maintenance for it to truly thrive. Part of this upkeep ...
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  • Four Ways to Make the Front Yard Fun

    October 1, 2016
    Tailgating and fall outdoor party season is here! Enjoy this time of year with friends and family and enjoy the mild fall weather. The front yard is a great place to enjoy the outdoors without having to go far at all, so we’re sharing some ideas for fun yard games to make your party a blast: 1. Outdoor Pictionary/Chalkboard: For the crafty families out there, you can always make a DIY chalkboard ...
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  • Planning Your Landscape Lighting

    September 29, 2016
    The way your home looks in the day and how it appears at night are completely different. If you want more than a standard porch light to illuminate your home after dark, consider installing landscape lighting. Ideal for both residential and commercial applications, landscape lighting can shine your property in a whole new light, which provides many benefits you may not have thought of before. ...
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  • Tree of the Month: Elm

    September 21, 2016
    The Tree of the Month for September is the stately elm. As green summer leaves give way to fall colors, keep an eye out for the elm trees’ beautiful golden leaves. If you’re interested in adding this magnificent tree to your yard, learn more about it first. About Elm Trees Elms are adored for their graceful canopies and stately appearance, with branches that spread like fountains. These trees come ...
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  • Landscape Your Life for Self-Improvement Month

    September 8, 2016
    As only an estimated 8 percent of people typically keep their New Year’s resolutions, there are plenty of people who don’t! It’s Self-Improvement Month and that gives people another opportunity to focus on enhancing your life in some way. Much like landscaping your lawn, the landscape of your life impacts your outlook on things. Follow The Grounds Guys’ suggestions below to use this time to get ...
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  • Dethatch, Aerate, Seed: Bring Your Lawn Back Next Year!

    September 6, 2016
    With summer winding to a close, it’s time to concentrate on lawn recovery to ensure your grass returns with full force next spring. The best methods to accomplish this include dethatching, aerating and seeding your lawn. Once you learn why these steps are important and how to perform them, you’ll ensure a beautiful yard for years to come. Dethatching Your Lawn Most lawns experience areas where the ...
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  • Tree of the Month: Magnolia

    August 26, 2016
    Magnolias are the quintessential trees of the south. The evergreen broadleaves are hardy, attractive, and can grow more than 60 feet in height and 30 feet in width. Magnolia blossoms are fragrant and iconic and the trees can survive the oppressive heat of the American South with ease. About Magnolias Trees of the genus magnolia have been around for a long time, with fossilized blooms being dated ...
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  • Summer is the Perfect Time for Indoor Plants

    August 22, 2016
    The heat of summer is too much for many plants to bear. They stop flowering, become scorched, or even completely wither and die under the relentless summer sun. If you love growing things and can’t bear to watch your plants suffer in the heat, bring them inside to enjoy some air conditioned comfort. Here are some of the best indoor plants for summer. African Violet These flowers are easy to grow ...
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  • Get Smart About Trees

    August 5, 2016
    Depending on where you live, certain trees work better in your yard than others. If you’re thinking about planting one popular variety or another, it’s best to first learn whether that tree grows well in your region or not. It’s time to get smart about trees and find out which ones you should plant for the best results. Understanding Plant Hardiness Zones The simplest way to figure out where a ...
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  • Summer Staining: Wood and Concrete

    July 27, 2016
    When it comes to revitalizing the hard surfaces in your back yard, sometimes a fresh coat of stain is all you need. Pick a dry day this summer to stain concrete patios, wood decks and fences. Follow this guide to ensure your staining ventures are successful. How to Stain Concrete The most common concrete surface you’ll want to stain is the patio. The process is pretty straightforward – just follow ...
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  • Power Washing Your Outdoor Surfaces

    July 22, 2016
    If curb appeal is important to you, power washing could be the chemical-free answer to uncovering your home’s natural beauty . Power washing cleans up your home’s exterior and the hardscaping around the property, from algae-covered roof shingles to cobwebs under the eaves to bird droppings on the sidewalk. Whether you decide to hire a professional for power washing services or you want to attempt ...
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  • Tree of the Month: Apple Tree

    July 20, 2016
    Our featured tree for July is the apple tree! Having an apple tree in your backyard is a great way to take advantage of lush summer foliage, ample shade, and fresh fruit for canning, baking and snacking. To get the results you want, you must understand how to care for your apple tree. About Apple Trees Ironically, despite their association with American patriotism, apple trees didn’t originate in ...
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  • Improving Your Outdoor Space

    July 18, 2016
    This is the perfect time of year to improve your outdoor space with additions that may include an irrigation system, outdoor living area, deck and hardscaping features. By acting now, you take advantage of the chance to work in the warm weather while still getting to enjoy the additions you make for the rest of the summer. Looking for some inspiration? Here are four ways to improve your outdoor ...
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  • Health Benefits of a Saltwater Pool

    July 13, 2016
    A new trend in backyard pools is saltwater pools. Saltwater pools have many benefits over traditional chlorine pools. A saltwater pool can be good for your pool and backyard, but swimming in saltwater also has health benefits. History of Bathing in Saltwater Did you know people have known about the health benefits of saltwater and seawater for thousands of years? The ancient Greek physician ...
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  • Which Kinds of Grasses Survive the Heat the Best?

    July 5, 2016
    If you live in a warm climate, you probably understand the importance of selecting a warm-season grass. Unlike their cool-season counterparts, warm-season grass thrives in the heat. In fact, their peak growing season is the middle of summer when temperatures are at their highest. Many, but not all, warm-season grasses are drought tolerant, meaning they can survive periods of high heat and little ...
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  • Keeping Things Green This Summer

    July 3, 2016
    Everyone wants a lush, beautiful yard, but this can be difficult to accomplish during a water shortage. A NASA study on lawns found that grass covers 50,000 square miles of the U.S., and the Safe Drinking Water Foundation adds that between half and three quarters of all municipally treated water in North America is for watering grass. If you’re trying to save time and money by watering less, use ...
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  • Oversized Yard Games for the 4th of July

    June 30, 2016
    Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. The 4th of July in particular is a great holiday to spend out in the yard. If you’re hosting the festivities at your house this year, why not prepare some fun yard games everyone can enjoy? With these DIY tips, you’ll have plenty of fun without spending a lot on entertainment. Outdoor Twister Everyone likes a fun ...
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  • Plants That Keep Away Mosquitoes

    June 28, 2016
    Spring and Summer are known for the arrival of blooming flowers, fluttering butterflies and sandal weather. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when mosquitoes make their return. By including a few strategic plants in your garden to keep mosquitoes away, you can enjoy spending more time outside without having to wear mosquito repellent. Initial Considerations Keep in mind that ...
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  • Patriotic Gardens: Celebrating Freedom with Red, White & Blue

    June 24, 2016
    The Fourth of July is a day that represents American freedom. Our flag’s colors of red, white and blue hold significant meanings as well. White represents purity and innocence. Red signifies hardiness and valor. And the blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice. In honor of Independence Day, display your patriotism with a red, white and blue patriotic garden. Below are common red, white ...
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  • The Benefits of a Sprinkler System

    June 22, 2016
    It’s impossible to have a green lawn without water. Some places are lucky enough to receive exactly the right amount of water from rainfall. For the rest of us, sprinklers are the best way to deliver water to the entire lawn. How do you water your grass? If you currently drag a hose out into the yard with a portable sprinkler head attached to it, you may be considering installing an automatic ...
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