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  • Checklist for New Homeowners Emphasizes Exterior Home Inspection

    March 31, 2018
    As you arrange the furniture and pick paint colors, it’s easy to forget about the landscaping around your new home. Your home’s landscaping not only provides visual appeal, it protects it from the elements, as well. As the leading expert in the landscaping industry, The Grounds Guys know how important it is to catch any problems early before they become an expensive fix. That tree leaning over the ...
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  • The Benefits of Adding Compost to Your Lawn

    March 10, 2018
    For the incredible effect of having really lush landscapes - adding compost to your lawn is essential. Anyone who intends to support the radiant health of your landscapes - will need to generate compost for optimal organic fertilization. What Exactly is Compost? Compost is used for lawn seeding, and for enhancing your soil with life-affirming nutrients that cause your landscapes to glow. Adding ...
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  • DIY Raised Garden Beds

    March 7, 2018
    Raised garden beds can be used in almost any setting - commercial or residential - to accomplish offsetting areas with color, shapes and even edibles. Regardless of your setting, raised garden beds usher in an opportunity for clustering and enlivening specific areas with flowers, trees, flowering shrubs or vegetables. Elegant, elongated raised planter beds can be designed to fit the space ...
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  • Inconsistent Weed Growth Can Lead to Angry Neighbors

    February 28, 2018
    Weeds are more than an eyesore in what would otherwise be a beautiful landscape. We all know those neighborhoods or communities that would be just perfect, if it weren't for that one house that seems to stick out like a sore thumb! Don’t let your lawn stand out as being less than immaculate. What problems can unwanted weeds cause, and how can you get rid of them? Weeds Can Attract Pests Unwanted ...
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  • Landscape Maintenance, Ground Guys Make Home Maintenance Checklist

    February 23, 2018
    The Importance of Landscape Maintenance A home only looks as good as the landscape that surrounds it. GetNeighborly.com echoed the importance of curb appeal in their Home Maintenance Checklist . A Canadian version of the Home Maintenance Checklist is also available on GetNeighbourly.ca . The checklist is a collaboration of the Neighborly network to give homeowners a guide to keep their home in ...
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  • How to Prune Dormant Trees

    February 12, 2018
    Most people take a break from their job during the summer months in order to take advantage of the warmer weather, but for trees, winter is the prime time for resting. This period of dormancy temporarily slows the growth of the tree, providing a great opportunity for homeowners to perform much needed maintenance with less stress to limbs and foliage. Pruning trees in winter is just one of the many ...
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  • Snow Blower or Plow: What's Better?

    January 19, 2018
    Freshly fallen snow looks beautiful, as white crystals blanket everything in sight. Unfortunately, that includes your sidewalks and driveway, where snow removal is necessary for ease of movement and safety. There are a number of snow removal options to choose from, and which works best for you and your property is a personal decision that only you can make. Before you head out to purchase a snow ...
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  • Boost Your Curb Appeal and Resale Value

    September 15, 2017
    The Grounds Guys of Franklin participated in a makeover featured on the Property Brothers: Buying & Selling along with fellow Neighborly company, Five Star Painting . In season seven’s fourth episode , The Grounds Guys of Franklin Franchisee Ricky Scott and his team enhanced the couple’s landscaping to make an impressive first impression for potential buyers. Need to increase your home’s resale ...
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  • All About Succulents and Succulent Care

    September 6, 2017
    Succulents are low in maintenance, high in beauty and offer a wide variety of sizes, shapes, textures and colors. They are like having a living piece of art that you can pick up in almost any garden or home improvement store. The succulent plant is ideal for any level of gardening experience due to its minor upkeep and is popular in both indoor and outdoor gardens. Succulent Facts The name ...
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  • Grateful To Give Support to Hurricane Harvey Victims

    September 1, 2017
    Darren Wing of The Grounds Guys of Cedar Park & Georgetown and his father-in-law delivered 15,000 lbs. of bottled water to a Hurricane Harvey relief shelter in Conroe, Texas on August 30. Wing worked with fellow Neighborly Franchisee Harry Young, who owns Molly Maid of Greater Austin and other local businesses to purchase and pick up the water on pallets from Wal-Mart. "In my time serving in the ...
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  • Is a Brown Lawn a Dead Lawn?

    August 23, 2017
    Occasionally, you may see unexplained brown spots on your lawn – seemingly, for no reason at all! Your lawn may not look pretty, but luckily, it is most likely dormant or has fungus, which are both temporary and can usually be fixed. What is dormant grass? During periods of drought, grass turns brown to conserve water – think of it as plant hibernation. Grass will appear healthy once water is ...
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  • Creative Flower Bed Design to Dress Up Your House

    July 12, 2017
    Now that summer is in full swing, it’s a great time to start planting that creative flowerbed you’ve been dreaming of! There are so many different ways to plant one, but one of the most fun parts is designing it and watching your ideas come to life. But where to begin?! There is no wrong way to design your flowerbed, but keep reading to check out four great ideas to get you started. Perennial ...
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  • July is “Smart Irrigation Month”

    July 1, 2017
    If you’re lucky enough to live in a perfect climate with approximately 1-inch of rainfall per week, you are on your way to a picture-perfect lawn! For most yards to look lush and inviting from spring to the peak of summer, watering will become a necessary part of your lawn care and maintenance practice. As we know, forecasting the weather a day, week or season at a time may be as easy as picking ...
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  • Top 10 Colorful Plant Choices

    June 7, 2017
    Think outside the box when adding color in your yard! Flowers can also add curb appeal to your home if you are looking at selling. Check out the following list of low-maintenance plants and flowers you still have time to add and enjoy: Hydrangea Invincibelle® Spirit: These beautiful pink hydrangeas are perfect for any garden due to their versatility. They grow well in a variety of soils and can ...
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  • Time Well Spent – Outdoors

    June 1, 2017
    In the heat of the summer, there is nothing more refreshing than going for a cool swim in your pool. Overall, pools are great for relaxation, exercise and they even have lots of health benefits. The season is also perfect for spending time outdoors and yard games are a great way to get everyone off their smartphones and play! Keep the fun going with landscape lighting, which accentuates your ...
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  • Pressure Washing Makes Important Visual Impact

    May 10, 2017
    This spring, don’t let the dirty walls or driveways stop you from making your business or home look its best. Weather and year-round wear starts to show in driveways, on siding and brick and along patios and decks. If your surroundings seem more dull than usual, we have a solution! Pressure washing (or power washing) is a great way to enhance the exterior of your home or business. Power washing ...
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  • Build a Backyard Paradise

    May 3, 2017
    Memorial Day weekend will be here soon, and with it, is the unofficial kickoff to summer gatherings, grilling season and more time spent outdoors. Whether you live in a subdivision or out in the country, The Grounds Guys has tips to help you expand your living space to enjoy the outdoors. Patios and Decks Patios and decks can help homeowners take entertaining, cooking and relaxation activities ...
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  • Avoid Dead Spots on Your Grass

    April 19, 2017
    Sunny days are often spent in backyard pools or playing games to keep cool. Summer fun can be undone when you notice brown spots in your lawn, and a few culprits may be the cause. Read on for helpful tips to prevent and cure dead spots on your grass. Temporary Lawn Toppers At the beginning of the summer, the whole family is ready to get out in the pool; however, if it is not moved around ...
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  • Where You Need Mulch and Why

    April 7, 2017
    With warmer weather around the country, weekends can be spent working to make yard the best looking on the block. If you lack landscaping expertise and want to make your yard look its best as quickly and easily as possible, we have an overview of mulch types and the many uses of mulch. This task is required every few years – so if it’s time for your flower beds – The Grounds Guys is here to help. ...
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  • Importance of Curb Appeal For Home Value

    April 5, 2017
    Spring is in the air and your home can benefit from some simple curb appeal tactics. If you’re planning to put your home up for sale, investing some time and resources can dramatically improve the attention-grabbing ability of your listing and even your selling price! Older properties can also come with a variety of lawn issues, such as overgrown trees and shrubbery or just an overall need for a ...
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  • The Start of Watering Season is the Start of Mosquito Season

    March 22, 2017
    Warmer weather means mosquito weather. The same routine occurs every year: the weather warms up, people water their yards, mosquitos arrive and then everyone gets bit. Mosquitoes are everyone’s least favorite part about the warmer temperatures. There are many reasons mosquitoes are around this time of the year: Standing water (formed after rain or watering a yard) Humidity Hot weather What Regions ...
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  • Get Sod Off to a Successful Start

    March 15, 2017
    This spring, many homeowners and business owners are preparing their landscape for the new season. As you look at your lawn, do you think it needs a little improvement? If the grass looks dull or isn’t in the same condition as last year, you might want to consider putting down some sod, or calling the professionals for help. Types of sod Centipede: Low maintenance, typically found in warmer areas. ...
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  • Spring Spruce Ups

    March 1, 2017
    As warm days become commonplace and perennials start poking through the soil, it’s clear that spring is almost here! If you want your lawn to look beautiful and provide a place to relax and play this summer, you can’t neglect spring clean-up. Here are the steps you must take during the month of March to achieve the summertime lawn and garden you crave. Prevent Spring Weeds Dandelions, crabgrass, ...
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  • Will Aerating Your Lawn Help it Be Greener This Spring?

    February 15, 2017
    With spring near, many people are starting to think about spending more time outside. For that reason, you might want the greenest yard on the block. To do this, there are many things you need to do to prepare your lawn for the warmer months. One of those things is aerating your lawn. Aerating your lawn is healthy for many reasons, including keeping the landscape of your home looking nice. What is ...
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  • Treat Your Lawn to Prevent Weeds This Spring

    February 8, 2017
    Lawn care can be time consuming and tough; however, it can also be very rewarding. Working in the yard just after winter might require a bit of extra work, but it will be worth it when you see your flowers blooming and your plants growing later on. One of the toughest parts of lawn care might be weed prevention. The Grounds Guys® have done the tough part for you by researching some of the best ...
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