Recent Posts in Home Improvement Category

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Become a Gardener and Find Your Zen

    June 8, 2016
    Evidence has shown time and time again that exercising your green thumb is good for you. Gardeners live longer, and are far healthier in mind and body than their non-gardening counterparts. Take out your spade and pruning shears and celebrate this National Smile Month with a little tooth-flashing assistance from this uber-beneficial hobby… Gardening is good! It boost helps you stay healthy. Dirt ...
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  • Lawn Mowing Tricks No One Ever Told You

    June 2, 2016
    Mowing the grass is a pretty straightforward task, but are you unintentionally making the chore harder than it needs to be? Follow these 10 tips from Lowes to make mowing the lawn easier for you and more beneficial for your grass. Sharpen the Blades At first you may think this tip simply lengthens your to-do list, but sharp blades prevent you from having to make multiple passes. A quick investment ...
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  • Rainwater Harvesting

    May 16, 2016
    Unique Ways to Save on Your Water Bill For ages, we¹ve used rainwater for a variety of purposes including drinking, washing and irrigation. Although our rainwater may be too polluted to drink, it¹s still very suitable for other uses, like irrigation, washing and some indoor plumbing. The practice of using rainwater, called "rain water harvesting," is becoming more prevalent as water costs rise. It ...
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  • Creating a Beautiful Spring Lawn & Garden

    May 10, 2016
    As the weather warms, you may be excited to revive your dormant lawn and start gardening. Maybe you’ve been envious of your neighbor’s grass and flowers for a few seasons, and now you’re ready to learn the tricks for creating beautiful spring color on your own property. Here’s what your lawn and garden need to look their best this year. Creating a Beautiful Spring Lawn Your grass can look lush and ...
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  • 10 Most Amazing Backyard Ponds

    May 3, 2016
    With the weather warming up, you’re probably looking forward to spending more time outside. Is your back yard ready for summer? Maybe there’s a bare patch that could benefit from the addition of a small pond. Or maybe you want to overhaul the entire back yard this spring and install a huge water fixture. Whether you’re thinking large or small, get inspired by these 10 most amazing backyard ponds. ...
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  • Spring Trends

    April 12, 2016
    Spring is in the air, and that means you’re probably thinking about how to prepare your yard for warmer weather. If you’re in search of some inspiration, consider these spring trends and the benefits they provide in your back yard. Landscape Trends Entertainment: If you often have friends and neighbours over on summer evenings, now’s the time to transform your backyard landscape into one designed ...
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  • Tree of the Month: Dogwood

    April 5, 2016
    Due to their manageable 20-to 30-foot height and unrivaled beauty in all four seasons, dogwoods are many homeowners’ ornamental tree of choice. They bloom profusely in late spring through early summer and sport gorgeous red-purple leaves and raspberry-like fruit in autumn. Learn more about dogwood trees to help you properly care for them into maturity. Choosing a Location The ideal location for ...
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  • Landscaping to Increase Your Home’s Value

    March 22, 2016
    Many homeowners are constantly on the lookout for ways to increase home value, especially when it’s nearly time to list it on the market. If you’ve already thought about renovating the kitchen, tearing down living room walls and adding a Jacuzzi to the master bath, it’s time to think outside the home and consider the garden. Landscaping has a surprising impact on your home’s value. It all comes ...
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  • Mulch Madness

    March 8, 2016
    As you prepare your flowerbeds this spring, you may be facing a quandary: to mulch or not to mulch? Consider these pros and cons of this common garden add-on to decide if it belongs in your yard this year. Benefits of Mulch Mulch blocks the sun. This helps protect plant roots from heat damage and prevents weeds from taking hold. Freezing, melting and refreezing water can cause heaving, which is ...
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  • Is Melting Ice Dangerous?

    February 25, 2016
    Some people love winter and the magic of falling snow. Others want nothing more than to torch the white stuff and get back to warmer temperatures. No matter which category you fall in, you have to deal with ice and snow each winter if you live in a cold climate. Melting ice can pose some interesting hazards. Here are some of the dangers of melting ice and the solutions to help you avoid them. Ice ...
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  • Plan Your Spring Landscape

    February 19, 2016
    Does your backyard feel like wasted space? It doesn’t have to – you just need the right landscape design to suit your needs. Make plans now to transition your landscape this spring with the help of a landscape designer. Landscape Design Ideas Sometimes the hardest part about landscaping your yard is finding the right ideas you need to begin the project. Get inspired by these landscape design ideas ...
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  • Save Money on Energy Efficient Outdoor Lights

    February 9, 2016
    You have many options for illuminating your property at night, but energy efficiency is an important feature no matter what type of outdoor lights you choose. Consider some outdoor lighting products designed to make your yard look beautiful and save you money on electricity at the same time. Efficient Bulbs It was once a common practice to use traditional incandescent bulbs for both indoor and ...
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  • Preparing for Spring: Planting Annuals & Splitting and Replanting Perennials

    February 4, 2016
    Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, Pa., has spoken… we can expect an early spring this year! As onlookers witnessed at the annual Groundhog Day event, the beloved groundhog did not see his shadow. Whether Phil was spot on or a little off on his predication, it’s time to start making your preparations to have a beautiful and healthy spring garden. Do you need a little help getting started with your ...
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  • Light Up the Holidays Safely and Efficiently

    November 17, 2015
    If you’re among the two-thirds of Americans who decorate their homes with electric lights for the holidays, it’s important to light up your home efficiently so you can be festive without draining your wallet. Even more importantly, you need to install lights safely so the best intentions don’t turn into a trip to the emergency room. Here’s what you need to know. Lighting Up the Holidays ...
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  • Planning Your Landscape Lighting

    November 13, 2015
    Landscape lighting is fast becoming an integral part of the landscaping industry, as more and more people realize the benefits to their homes and businesses. In addition to added curb appeal, lighting can add warmth and security to any garden, walkway, or entrance. Whether you're looking to enhance an existing system or start from scratch, planning your landscape lighting will help you achieve a ...
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  • Illuminate Your Landscape with Lighting

    November 5, 2015
    Do you feel like your home or business is left in the dark at night? Whether you’re hoping to increase safety or improve the aesthetics of your building, landscape lighting is the perfect answer to help shed light on your home or business. Check out these tips from The Grounds Guys on the benefits you can expect from landscape lighting and some of the options you have in landscape lighting: ...
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  • Pumpkin Decorating 101: From Traditional to Whimsical

    October 29, 2015
    It’s that time of year when the leaves are changing colors and floating to the ground, the grass is beginning to fade to brown, and the scents of wood burning and pumpkin pies cooling are wafting up your nostrils. For many, there’s no better time than this time of year. Speaking of pumpkin pies, have you selected your perfectly sized, shaped and shade of color pumpkins to decorate your home or put ...
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  • 5 Ways to Effectively Use Your Compost

    October 20, 2015
    By Maggie Saint John Did you know that compost is one of the best materials available to enrich your soil and help you grow healthier plants? Applying finished compost packed with nutrients can help plants resist disease and fight off insects as well as ensure the vitality and growth of plants in the future. What are ways to effectively use your finished compost? Review these five ways to use ...
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  • Fall Color: What to Plant

    October 1, 2015
    As the sunny, warm, brightly colored flowers of summer begin to fade, instead of lamenting about the days past, look ahead to the colors of fall! Now is a great time to uncover new blooms that flourish in the cooler, milder days of fall. If you’re looking to add gorgeous fall colors to your property, here are some examples of beauties to plant right now! Some are annuals that will only last for ...
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  • Health Benefits of Power Washing

    September 29, 2015
    Are you looking for a way to create a healthier, more beautiful outdoor environment for your home or business? You could spend time and effort scrubbing surfaces by hand – or you could hire a professional to power wash everything from the roof to the siding to the driveway in one fell swoop. Which sounds like the better choice to you? What is Power Washing? Also known as pressure washing, power ...
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  • Re-Staining a Deck? Power Washing Is First Step

    September 24, 2015
    If you spend a lot of time outside, your deck is the likely gathering place for friends and family. Has your deck seen better days? Do you hope to revitalize it without spending money on a new deck? The key is to power wash the deck before re-staining it. Why Power Washing is a Good First Step Before you even think about adding a fresh coat of stain, you need to remove the existing finish. ...
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  • The Ins and Outs of Parking Lot Maintenance

    September 22, 2015
    It’s amazing how much something as simple as a parking lot can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your business or housing complex. Parking lots can deteriorate in the following ways if not maintained properly: Cracks allow weeds to start growing. Potholes annoy your customers. Pitting looks ugly and ends up tracking asphalt everywhere. Faded lines make it difficult for your patrons to ...
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  • Leave the Power Washing to the Pros

    September 18, 2015
    If keeping your property clean is important to you, power washing is a solution that might interest you. Power washing, also known as pressure washing, is a method of cleaning outdoor surfaces with a high-pressure jet of water. The water comes out of a handheld nozzle attached to a hose, which is subsequently attached to a water source. The prevalence of power washing has increased over the years ...
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  • The Power of Power Washing

    September 10, 2015
    Are grit and grime making your home or business look less inviting, or frankly, dirty and drab? Time and weather are not friends with your outdoor areas. Over time, grit and grime build up on your exterior surfaces. However, the professionals at The Grounds Guys have great news! You can brighten and clean the façade of your home or business in a snap with professional power washing. If you want to ...
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  • 7 Tips for Choosing Aquatic Flowers & Plants

    September 8, 2015
    Did you know that taking your pond from ordinary to extraordinary can be as simple as selecting the perfect aquatic plants? Colorful flowers or green plants can give your pond that extra bit of spark to catch onlookers’ eyes and improve your curb appeal dramatically. Below are some tips to consider when choosing plants that work best for enhancing your pond: Fake or Real? – This is answered by ...
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  • Populating Your Pond with Fish

    August 25, 2015
    Adding fish to your backyard pond is a great way to enhance its beauty and lower the mosquito population. Here’s what you need to know about preparing your pond, choosing fish and caring for them. Preparing Your Pond for Fish To help ensure your fish live long, happy lives, prepare the pond with these tips: Plant several types of plants that grow above and below the water. This shades the pond, ...
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  • Examine the Pros and Cons of Saltwater Pools

    August 19, 2015
    As any pool owner will tell you, chlorine is hazardous to store and handle. If it weren’t for backyard swimming pools, there would be no reason to keep this dangerous chemical anywhere near your house. Perhaps this is one reason you’re considering a saltwater pool. Once reserved for luxury hotels, these systems are now available for backyard pool owners to enjoy right on their property. Learn the ...
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  • Keeping Your Fountain or Pond Clean and Clear

    August 10, 2015
    In the heat of the summer, there is nothing more refreshing than going for a swim in your pool or listening to the tranquil sounds of your outdoor fountain. But before you can dive into your pool’s cool blue water or relax and enjoy the serenity of your fountain, you have to perform the regular maintenance that prolongs their crystal-clear perfection. It’s no fun swimming in or sitting by a murky, ...
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  • Keeping Landscapes Beautiful During Drought

    August 4, 2015
    Prolonged drought can wreak havoc on your landscape. The average property owner spends 60 percent of their water bill on outdoor irrigation, and during times of drought, imposed water restrictions can leave you watching your precious, beautiful lawn dry up, turn brown and die. Instead of watching your lawn waste away, have you ever thought about synthetic turf? Many home and business owners are ...
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  • Beat the Heat with Energy Efficient Landscaping

    July 30, 2015
    Keeping your home cool without breaking the bank is the ultimate goal for many homeowners who are feeling the heat not only from the summer but the growing bills. If this is you, we have great news! Cooling Things Off from the Outside While most of you may know about the countless ways to be more energy efficient inside your home, have you ever thought about what you can do to keep things cool ...
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  • Is Your Backyard A Breeding Ground for Bugs?

    July 14, 2015
    As you sit out under the stars on those warm summer nights, the last thing you want to do is swat at mosquitoes and shoo away bugs. In addition to being a nuisance, bugs can carry diseases harmful to humans, animals and plants. To keep bugs at bay this summer, check for the warning signs inviting to bugs, and take steps to ensure your backyard isn’t a breeding ground for irritating insects. ...
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  • Bring on the Sparkle with Power Washing

    July 9, 2015
    Over time, especially the hot and dry days of summer, your home or office may have dust, cobwebs, pollen, smoke, ash and more built up on it making it dull and dirty. To get rid of this dirt and grime, the experts at The Grounds Guys say residential and commercial property owners should power wash every two years, or as needed. When it comes to power washing, here are some of the basics to ...
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  • Irrigation: Different Techniques and Benefits

    July 6, 2015
    If you walk down the lawn care aisle at your local hardware store, you will see a wide assortment of tools designed to help keep your lawn green. Everything from special hoses to timed sprinklers that walk around your lawn like an animal to spray nozzles that have turn dials with countless water stream options can be found. Yes, it is definitely easy to feel overwhelmed… but you don’t have to! The ...
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  • Get Creative with Lawn Mowing Patterns

    June 30, 2015
    Did you know that mowing your lawn is often considered an art? It’s true! With a few surprisingly simple mowing tricks, property owners can turn their lawns into unique masterpieces that are the talk of the town. Since the warmer weather warrant that lawns need mowing more frequently, it’s the perfect time to experiment with some new and creative mowing patterns, or let the professionals at The ...
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  • The Ins and Outs of Building a Retaining Wall

    June 23, 2015
    Let’s face it, not every yard is perfect. Nature is uneven, unpredictable and uncontrollable. Sometimes there is a hill where you want it to be flat, and sometimes it’s flat, where you might prefer a hill. Take control by building a retaining wall in your yard. Retaining walls hold many different purposes: Turn a hill into a multi-level landscape Level a yard that was previously on a hill Create a ...
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  • Recognizing Lawn Diseases and What to Do

    June 18, 2015
    If the curb appeal of your home or business is declining because your turf grass is looking a bit puny, you may have to put on your plant detective hat and go to work. To identify lawn diseases, you need to take a systematic approach to diagnose the problem before you can properly treat your grass. The Grounds Guys® can help walk you through a little green detective work so you can restore your ...
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  • Grass Clippings: What to Do with Them

    June 16, 2015
    When you leave grass clippings in the yard, does that make you a lazy groundskeeper? No! It makes you a pro at grasscycling and the king/queen of innovative nutrition for your lawn. The experts at The Grounds Guys have a few tips on how you can be the next “Grasscycling Guru,” protect your lawn, and help the environment all at the same time. All you have to do is leave the grass clippings where ...
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  • What Is Overseeding and Slit Seeding?

    June 10, 2015
    If your lawn looks like a patchwork quilt with some bare spots disrupting its uniform look, you may not need to tear everything out and start over by completely re-seeding it. There’s a simpler fix to restore your yard to its lush beauty -- overseeding. It’s the same lawn seeding technique used by landscapers to sow cool-season grass seeds on top of warm-season turfgrasses to achieve a green lawn ...
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  • Warm or Cool Weather: Finding a Grass That Fits

    June 4, 2015
    With over 10,000 species of grass in the world, it seems a little intimidating trying to decipher which grass is your perfect fit. Different climates, soil, and personal needs add a little more to the confusion to the question: What grass will grow best in my yard? If you look at a map of the U.S. provided by Lowe’s Home Improvement and divide it into three rows, you start to break down the types ...
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  • Creating Outdoor Living Spaces on a Budget

    May 26, 2015
    If your back yard is currently just wasted space, why not revitalize it in time for summer? Outdoor living is a way to reconnect with nature and utilize your property to the fullest. But what about staying on budget? With these frugal ideas, you can create a beautiful, budget-minded back yard getaway. Utilize Salvaged Flooring Products Slate slabs nestled among pea gravel make for beautiful ...
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  • Uncover Your Home's Beauty with Power Washing

    March 10, 2015
    Lurking beneath your home's ugly-duckling facade may be a beautiful swan. But years of dirt and grime may have built up on your home's exterior, causing it to look dingy and dated. The barrier preventing your home from unleashing its hidden beauty may simply be its need for a power washing. If done correctly, this type of exterior cleaning, also known as pressure washing, can strip years off your ...
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  • Animal Control: Protect Your Yard from Wildlife

    January 22, 2015
    A beautiful yard that beckons birds and butterflies may also have an invisible "Welcome to the Diner" sign that invites nuisance wildlife to feast on your backyard buffet of plants. Flowers and even foliage plants, such as hostas, are irresistible to cute critters that become anything but cute after you survey the damage they cause. At first glance, some of these visitors may appear harmless, but ...
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  • Giving a Little TLC to Indoor Plants

    January 19, 2015
    Everyone loves a little tender loving care (TLC). And plants are no exception! Just like taking care of your loved ones, vehicles, homes and other items, houseplants require some undivided attention every now and then to keep them performing at their optimal level. And who doesn’t appreciate a thriving green or blooming plant in the home or office? Indoor plants offer people many benefits, ...
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  • Pest Control: Take Action Before It Gets Out of Hand

    January 13, 2015
    Managing lawn and garden pests fulfills the adage that it's easier to prevent a problem than treat a problem. But unless you have a crystal ball, it's impossible to foresee all pest problems. So the second-best strategy for pest control is to take swift action as soon as you see early signs of damage. Otherwise, the uncontrolled pests may broaden their attack from the initially targeted plants to ...
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