Blog Posts in 2014

  • Evaluate and Plan Next Year's Gardens

    December 22, 2014
    The new year is just around the corner, and as you start making your resolutions, don’t forget about adding “grow a beautiful garden in the new year” to your list. And, the time to start planning for your dream garden is now! Here are some great tips for planning next year’s gardens: When planning your garden, it’s important to pick a prime location. Here are some things to look for when choosing ...
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  • First Aid for Frostbitten Foliage

    December 18, 2014
    Before heading out into the cold, you probably bundle up yourself and your family with a jacket, scarf, gloves, toboggan, and warm shoes and clothes. After all, nobody wants Jack Frost nipping on their nose or freezing their fingers or toes! But what about your outdoor shrubs and plants? Sometimes those once landscape beauties are forgotten and Jack Frost starts nipping at their buds and stems ...
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  • Indoor Herb Gardening: Adding Homegrown Flavor to Recipes

    December 10, 2014
    Even if the temperatures are cold outside or the snow is piling up in the yard, you can still grow herbs indoors to add some homegrown flavor to your recipes year-round. All you need is a few pots, good soil, seeds or plants, water and light, and a little TLC. Here’s a list of some of our favorite herbs: Chives: This herb can be tossed onto dishes at the last minute and enhance the flavors in ...
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  • Saving Seeds for Next Season

    December 4, 2014
    Seed saving is not at the top of everyone’s list anymore, because seeds and seedlings are easily available at the local nursery. However, saving seeds from year to year is a great way to guarantee that your favorite plant will be around again next year. You may find it easier to do this, and you never know when a seed company might choose to discontinue the plant you love. Not every plant is a ...
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  • Enjoy the Delicious Flavors of Berries

    November 24, 2014
    The sweet smell of berries is everywhere. The scent can be found in candles, shower gels, lotions, lip-glosses, jams, jellies, and air freshener sprays. But there’s no doubt about it, nothing smells as sweet or tingles the taste buds as much as the aroma of a homemade fruit cobbler or a delicious fruit pie as it’s taken out of the oven. As you read this, think about your favorite fruit cobbler or ...
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  • 5 Simple Steps to Winterizing Your Yard

    November 6, 2014
    With the passing of warm summer days and the chilly days of winter just around the corner, the last thing homeowners are thinking about is caring for their yard. But they should be! Now is the perfect time to prepare your lawn for the cold, dormant days of winter so it will spring to life when warm weather returns. Remember these five easy steps from The Grounds Guys to make winterizing your lawn ...
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  • Best Bloomers for the Fall and Winter

    October 24, 2014
    As the seasons change and the weather shifts from warm, sunny days to cool, or even freezing, fall and winter months, we expect to see barren trees and dull gardens. While the barren trees part might ring true across the country, gardens can, in fact, remain colorful and lively through the cold weather. Try some of these winter-savvy plants in your home landscape. This plant boasts bright ...
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  • Watering 101: Tips for All Lawns

    October 10, 2014
    Your garden needs water to stay green, but many common habits are quite wasteful. Water conservation is essential to ensure clean water remains for indoor use, including cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene purposes. The Grounds Guys® offers the following water conservation tips to maintain a green lawn and reduce water waste at the same time. Keep your eye on the weather. If it rains the day ...
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  • Low Water Landscaping Around the US

    October 2, 2014
    Far too many homeowners plant gardens that aren’t ideal for their region. It’s an easy mistake to make, especially if you put achieving a certain look above water conservation. What you need is low water landscaping ideal for your region. Follow these guidelines to help you maintain a healthy lawn and garden based on where you live in the United States, and check out the Water Sense Water Smart ...
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  • Preparing for a Fall Vegetable Garden

    September 25, 2014
    While spring often seems like the typical planting season, fall is the perfect time to start a vegetable garden. With a little preparation, you can have a bountiful autumn harvest that will provide you with tasty fresh vegetables in the fall and even into the early winter months. Catch Up on General Maintenance Don’t worry if your garden has gotten away from you during the summer—there’s still ...
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  • What Local Water Restrictions Means For You

    September 5, 2014
    During a drought, the state or local government may establish outdoor water restrictions. If the state establishes baseline rules, the local government may enact further restrictive measures if deemed necessary. Learn more about what local water restrictions and bans mean for you. Why Restrictions are Put in Place You may initially be upset at the idea of water restrictions, but it’s very ...
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  • Enhanced Curb Appeal

    September 4, 2014
    In life, a first impression is everything. So why should your house be any different? When friends, family or guests arrive at your home, the first impression should make a statement. If you’re looking for a creative, inexpensive way to make a statement, try enhancing your walkway with these landscaping projects. Stepping Stone Path A stepping stone path is a great way to enhance your walkway ...
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  • 5 DIY Serene Water Features

    August 28, 2014
    Your backyard is your own oasis, a place to escape and relax after a long day at work. The soft splash of a fountain will bring life and motion into your backyard. So, take one weekend and make your backyard even more relaxing by installing a water feature. Remote Waterfall A remote control waterfall is the perfect solution for a backyard that needs a touch of ambiance. They’re easy to customize ...
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  • The Dwyer Group, Inc Acquired by the Riverside Company

    August 18, 2014
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact: Monica Feid, BizCom Associates (972) 490-8053, MonicaFeid@BizComPR.com WACO, Texas (August 18, 2014) – The Dwyer Group®, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trades service brands, today announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Company, a private equity fund with locations in North America, Europe ...
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  • Tips for Taking Care of a Sick Lawn

    August 18, 2014
    What stands between homeowners and a healthy lawn? Bugs, sunlight, disease, foot traffic, weeds, fertilization, and even pet urine are just a few of the roadblocks homeowners face when striving to have a beautiful lawn. The Grounds Guys® offers these lawn care tips to homeowners who want to nurse their lawn back to good health. Bugs Pests such as grub worms, beetles and other bugs can damage ...
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  • Decorative Mowing Patterns

    August 13, 2014
    Mowing your lawn is essential to keeping a clean cut and fresh looking yard. If you’re looking to take your mowing to the next level, you can try a few decorative mowing tips that will definitely impress. The most common patterns are stripes, diagonal lines, and checkerboard patterns. They may sound complicated, but decoratively mowing your lawn is not as difficult as it may seem. Stripes The ...
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  • Low Water Landscaping Across America

    August 6, 2014
    Far too many homeowners plant gardens that aren’t ideal for their region. It’s an easy mistake to make, especially if you put achieving a certain look above water conservation. What you need is low water landscaping ideal for your region. Follow these guidelines to help you maintain a healthy lawn and garden based on where you live in the United States. Low Water Landscaping for the Northwestern ...
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  • Choosing the Best Mulch for Your Garden

    July 23, 2014
    WACO, Texas (July 9, 2014) – Mulch is a great way to control weed growth, erosion, and moisture retention in your flower beds, but it can be difficult to maintain and care for if the right type isn’t chosen. This advice from The Grounds Guys can help homeowners choose the best mulch for their garden and ensure it is put down efficiently and effectively. Decide between organic and inorganic mulch ...
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  • Watering Plants in the Summer

    July 23, 2014
    Summer is here and this means lawns and plants are back in full bloom; however, they may be struggling in the hot summer heat. To help prevent your lawn and plants from fading in the summer heat and keep them plush, green and blooming all summer long, it’s important to practice good summer watering techniques. Here are summer watering techniques from The Grounds Guys® to help you keep your lawns ...
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  • Summer Picnic Ideas

    June 12, 2014
    A picnic is the perfect answer to summer and early fall evenings. Whether your picnic is spur-of-the-moment sandwiches on the lawn or a well-planned out feast, picnics go hand-in-hand with summer. What’s not to love about being outside, enjoying good company and a plate full of delicious food? If your outing is for two or 20, you're sure to have a good time by keeping these 10 picnic pointers in ...
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  • Summer Garden: Four "W's" That Can Ruin It

    June 12, 2014
    WACO, Texas (May 19, 2014) – It is garden season and everyone can use tips and tricks to make their garden flourish. To help make gardens grow this season The Grounds Guys® created a list of four “Ws” that can ruin a summer garden. Wildlife Wildlife like deer, raccoons and rabbits can cause havoc to your summer garden. Put up proper fencing to keep unwanted wildlife out of your garden. High fences ...
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  • Backyard Retreat

    June 9, 2014
    The sound of water is nature’s way of helping you relax. It’s known as tranquil sound and used throughout many avenues to promote relaxation. One of the hottest trends in landscaping today are water features. Adding ponds, waterfalls and fountains add a pleasing kinetic dimension to landscape designs. Water features can help turn your landscape into something special by providing a focal point and ...
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  • Be Your Gardener's Best Friend

    June 6, 2014
    June 8, 2014, is National Best Friends Day, but why celebrate with just one friend when you can spread the joy to all those people who make your life better? Who can you count on to revive those perennials, manicure the hedges just perfectly and keep that grass gorgeous? Your lawn’s best friend… your gardener! Gardeners ensure that you are able to enjoy backyard adventures with your family and ...
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  • How To Make A Compost Pile

    May 29, 2014
    Why compost? Composting is good for many reasons. It improves the quality of soil, enabling it to retain moisture, nutrients, and air, which helps your lawn and plants grow healthier. Since it’s a natural fertilizer, you can save some money by not having to buy those expensive chemical fertilizers. Compost is also earth-friendly. Our organic waste, like fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, ...
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  • Guide to Giving Flowers

    May 22, 2014
    Luther Burbank once said, “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” Think about that for a minute. Medicine for the soul… Flowers have a special way of simply making folks feel better. They’re like grandma’s soup and mom’s TLC packaged into one delightfully, aromatic hug of sunshine. But you can’t just go to the florist and ...
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  • DIY Outdoor Lighting

    May 15, 2014
    Spending time outside with your friends and family is a wonderful way to celebrate the warmer weather. Since we can spend more time outdoors, our patios, backyards, decks and gardens can serve as an expansion of our outdoor living space. To keep the party going through the evening, The Grounds Guys has found some DIY lighting that you can easily make from items you may already have around your ...
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  • Our 10 Favorite National Parks

    April 29, 2014
    Millions of people flock to America’s majestic national parks each year and it’s no surprise why. These natural wonders are equipped with some of the world’s most amazing views, wildlife and astounding geographic formations. In celebration of National Park Week, April 19-27, we’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite national parks. Yosemite National Park (California) Half Dome is one of the most ...
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  • Landscape Ideas to Enhance Your Yard

    April 23, 2014
    Every neighborhood has "that house." You know the one - picture perfect with immaculate landscaping, off-the-chart curb appeal and an overall ooh-la-la feeling. We all agree that "that house" can ultimately enhance the look and feel of an entire neighborhood, but what if ooh-la-la, picture-perfect landscaping just isn't your style? Your friends at Grounds Guys® believe that home landscaping can ...
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  • 5 Tips to Weed Out Hate: Planting Respect

    April 2, 2014
    How many times have you heard someone say, you're growing like a weed? You may even be guilty of saying it yourself. But here's the million-dollar question, do weeds really grow that fast? Well, actually, yes they do. You see, weeds very quickly and very easily adapt to disturbed habitats. And once they take root, weeds are an absolute chore to get rid of. Fundamentally, the key to getting rid of ...
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  • Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

    April 1, 2014
    With the finale of the super-popular TV show, The Walking Dead , behind us, have you stopped to think about how you would survive a post-apocalyptic scenario? The Grounds Guys® may not be able to help you fight off a zombie attack, but we CAN help you learn to live off the land so you’ll have the energy to fight - or run from - zombies. Plants and trees can be used in a variety of life-sustaining ...
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  • Rejuvenate and Maintain Lawns: Tips for Spring Lawn Care

    March 31, 2014
    Spring is here! That means warmer temps and a seemingly brighter sun. That also means it's time to rejuvenate and clean up a yard that has more than likely been a little neglected during the fall and winter months. Have no fear. The Grounds Guys® have some great tips to help you manicure your yard. Your lawn will be the envy of the neighborhood! Remove Debris Besides covering lawns, fallen leaves ...
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  • 5 Reasons Why The Grounds Guys Are Always Optimistic

    March 21, 2014
    By Kellie Pearson Curious about the constant cheeriness of your neighborhood Grounds Guys®? Never fear – we’ve investigated the motivations of these gentlemen and have this report to share with you about why this is so. Here are five reasons why The Grounds Guys are always optimistic. Reason #1: The grass is greener on this side. It’s all about perspective (although it does help that we use the ...
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  • Big Bang Theory

    March 6, 2014
    If you want to plant your own "Big Bang Theory" garden, you'll need the plants below: Sheldon Cooper : The Touch-Me-Not The touch-me-not is a slender plant that contains dense prickles with leaves that close up when touched. Penny : The Bright Yellow Rose With a long slender stem and bright yellow blossoms, this flower is sure to brighten up your garden. The bright yellow rose has a natural ...
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  • Plant the Seeds for a Great Relationship

    February 25, 2014
    Tips from The Grounds Guys® for building a great relationship. WACO, Texas (Feb. 10, 2014) – Green Week is Feb. 10-16, and is a time for action and change. Participate in Green Week by building a great relationship with these tips from The Grounds Guys . Be a good listener Hearing what someone is saying is different than listening to what they are saying. Pay attention to what they are talking ...
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  • 10 Traits to Look for in a Best Friend

    February 21, 2014
    By Kellie Pearson It can be understandably difficult to find a deep, meaningful and genuine friendship. When someone understands you, knows parts of you no one else has been exposed to, and fully accepts your complete self without any reservations, it really is a beautiful thing. To find a true friend is oftentimes comparable to discovering gold in the midst of the dirt. Best friends truly are a ...
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  • Feed Your Lawn with Proper Fertilization

    January 27, 2014
    One of the most important things you can do for your lawn is to feed it with properly scheduled fertilization applications. These feedings differ depending on the time of year: Late Winter/Early Spring Lawns wake up hungry in the spring. Feeding your lawn in the late winter or early spring months strengthens roots and gets it off to a good start before the heavy growing season. If you had ...
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