Blog Posts in 2013

  • When Removing Snow This Winter Be Sure Safety Comes First

    December 27, 2013
    WACO, Texas (Dec.16, 2013) – After a heavy winter storm homeowners are left with the job of cleaning up after Mother Nature. The Grounds Guys want to make sure that your snow removal is done with safety in mind. If you are clearing your driveway or walkway from a winter snowstorm, remember to keep these safety tips from The Grounds Guys in mind: Dress accordingly. When working outside in the cold ...
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  • Grounds Guys® Named On Next 300 List By Franchise Times

    November 20, 2013
    The Grounds Guys stands at No. 468 on the Franchise Times Next 300 list of top franchises ranked by worldwide sales. Franchise Times recently released The Next 300 which ranks franchise opportunities in all industries by worldwide sales. This year The Grounds Guys ranked among top franchise brands such as Subway®, 7-Eleven®, and McDonalds®. As The Dwyer Group’s fastest growing franchise, The ...
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  • Robb Botticella, The Grounds Guys of Niagara Falls, Recognized for Work at Historic Drummond Hill Cemetery

    November 20, 2013
    The Grounds Guys® Team Member Robb Botticella was recognized by Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls, with a Certificate of Thanks for his extensive work providing maintenance at the historic Drummond Hill Cemetery. The Drummond Hill Cemetery in Niagara is a historic cemetery dating back to the 1700's and was also the site of the famous "Battle of Lundy's Lane" in 1814. The Grounds Guys Team Member ...
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  • Keeping Your Lawn and Plants Healthy in the Summer Heat

    June 18, 2013
    Summer and the hottest temperatures of the year are here, and you may be finding your lawn and garden looking less than their best. Did you know that giving your dry, dead-looking lawn lots of water, and feeding your droopy plants fertilizer, will actually do more harm than good? These methods can kill your plants rather than save them. Always remember this tip: The most important key to keeping ...
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  • Lawn Sprinkler Maintenance Tips

    May 28, 2013
    Don't forget to perform routine maintenance on your existing sprinklers. Not only will they last longer, but they can also give your lawn more accurate watering. First, you have to make sure that your sprinkler heads are free from dirt and glass clippings. These may restrict your sprinkler head's movement. Clean out the dirt from inside the sprinkler head as well. You can do this by removing the ...
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  • Proper Lawn Watering Techniques

    May 22, 2013
    Proper watering techniques guarantee the health and beauty of your lawn. These techniques depend on season, types of plants and your soil type. The amount of moisture a plant receives will affect its appearance. Yellow, drooping leaves indicate over-watering, while grayish leaves and wilting indicate under-watering. Leaving footprints in the grass is also a sign of under-watering. The best time to ...
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  • How to Change the Oil in Your Lawn Mower

    May 17, 2013
    Ideally, your lawn mower's oil should be changed every spring. This keeps your lawn mower in good, working condition throughout the year. It ensures that the engine is properly lubricated, and that new oil is distributed to important mower parts. Changing the oil on your lawn mower is a fairly easy task, and you can do it well without the help of a professional. First, clean the area around the ...
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  • Dandelions

    May 14, 2013
    Dandelions are one of the most persistent weeds gardeners face in their quest for the "perfect lawn." Dandelions are the most common type of weed in the United States and Europe, and they are very hard to deal with because they do not die once the growing season is over and quickly reappear the following spring. Dandelions are green broadleaf weeds that eventually produce a yellow flower. This ...
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  • How to Mow a Lawn

    May 9, 2013
    Lawn mowing can sometimes seem like a chore, but it can also be good exercise. Mow your lawn when it’s dry, at least twelve hours after watering. Mowing a wet lawn helps spread weeds and fungi. When mowing your lawn, it is good to leave at least two to three inches of length, and cut 1/3 of the grass length. Cutting more will traumatize the grass and leave it unable to recover. If you’ve allowed ...
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  • Natural and Organic Weed Control Methods

    May 3, 2013
    Even though dandelions are one of the most delightful indicators that spring is finally on its way, they can quickly become unsightly. In a similar way, ragweed, Queen Anne’s lace, and crabgrass can all take their turns dominating your lawn as spring and summer progress. Unfortunately, many people believe that the only way to get rid of weeds and fungal infestations is to use harmful herbicides. ...
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  • Aerating and Dethatching

    April 30, 2013
    Fall is the normal time for aeration and dethatching, but if your lawn looks patchy and tightly packed after a harsh winter, performing the process in the spring restores the look of the yard for the rest of the year. Aeration involves driving cores or spikes into the ground to bring submerged soil to the surface and introduce fresh air to the lawn. The process helps to reduce soil compaction. ...
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  • Spring Cleaning for Lawns

    April 26, 2013
    It's time to dust off the dried grass from your work boots and grab your gardening hat to get ready for spring cleaning your lawn. Preparing your lawn for the year isn't nearly as strenuous as giving your home a thorough once-over. Start your spring shake-down by looking for any straggling snow piles. Spread the snow out into a thin layer so that it disintegrates quickly or shovel it off the lawn ...
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  • The Dwyer Group Helps Secure Homes of West, TX

    April 22, 2013
    The Dwyer Group , parent company of seven home service and maintenance companies, has purchased repair items, including tarps plywood, roofing materials and two-by-fours to aid in recovery efforts. The supplies will be available to any resident of West, TX in need of home repairs. Glass Doctor and Rainbow International franchisees and technicians have volunteered their services to aid residents in ...
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  • Maintaining Your Lawn Care Tools

    April 19, 2013
    Here are some tips on how you can make your lawn tools last longer: Remove any mud or soil from your hand tools after each use. If dried mud has accumulated on your hand tools, use a screwdriver or paint stripper to scrape it off. Wipe your tools dry whenever they accumulate any moisture. This prevents them from rusting. Sharpen your cutting tools and your mower blades every spring to keep their ...
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  • Don't Bug Me

    April 17, 2013
    Got Worms? Sod web worms eat on your grass during the night resulting in brown patches in your lawn. Among the grasses where they are most prevalently found are bluegrass, bent grass, buffalo grass, turf, and zoysia grass. Spray pesticides or sprinkle “solid chemicals” on infected areas to rid them of sod web worms. Consult with your local lawn and garden store for the most effective brand. Fire ...
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  • The Dwyer Group Names Chris Elmore President of The Grounds Guys

    April 9, 2013
    WACO, Texas (Dec. 11, 2013) – The Grounds Guys , a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group®, announced the appointment of Chris Elmore to the position of president of the commercial and residential landscape management services franchisor, effective Jan. 1, 2014. He succeeds Ron Madera, who will retire at the end of December. According to Mike Bidwell, president and chief operating officer of The Dwyer ...
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  • Top 5 Lawn Facts for Spring

    March 29, 2013
    Spring is here and it is time to get your lawn ready. Get your thumb green with these top five facts for lawnscaping this spring. A smaller size lawn (50 ft. x 50 ft.) releases enough oxygen daily to meet the needs of a family of four for up to 24-hours. It also helps absorb carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride and other harmful toxins. On average, eight front yards have the cooling effect of ...
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  • The Dwyer Group, Inc. Announces 2012 Donations, 2013 Continued Support of RMHC®

    March 22, 2013
    For the fourth consecutive year, the franchise companies of The Dwyer Group, Inc. have committed $100,000 to its “Charity of Choice,” Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). In addition to donating $100,000 to the Charity in 2012, the companies’ franchises donated more than $150,000 through in-kind donations at Ronald McDonald Houses across North America. “Being in the home services industry, ...
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    February 4, 2013
    THE GROUNDS GUYS® OF SPOKANE VALLEY RECEIVE MULTIPLE AWARDS WACO, Texas (September 2012) – The Grounds Guys franchisees, Kenny and Paula Smith, were awarded five awards at The Dwyer Group’s® 31 st Annual Reunion- more than any other franchisee for The Grounds Guys. The Dwyer Group Annual Reunion is an event all of the service-based franchise organizations attend. There are seven service concepts ...
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