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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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  • Make Your Yard Championship Quality

    February 1, 2017
    Are any of your friends or family avid football fans? If you would rather spend time in your garden than watching football, this is your chance! While everyone else is thinking about the big game, here’s what you can do to make your outdoor living space the champion of the neighborhood. Landscape Design If you’re hoping to enjoy your outdoor living space to the fullest this year, the first ...
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  • The Grounds Guys' Guide to Winter Plant Care

    January 18, 2017
    If you live in a cold climate, winter can be taxing on your garden. Fortunately, we have you –and your plants – covered with our guide to winter plant care. Follow our advice and your plants will live to see the spring. Indoor, Winter Plant Care You can and should bring potted outdoor perennials back inside for the winter, especially if they aren’t hardy enough to survive winter conditions. ...
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  • Tree of the Month: Pine

    January 11, 2017
    The Tree of the Month for January is the majestic pine tree. Evergreens, including pines, really stand out this time of year since deciduous trees will remain leafless for several more months. If you love the look and smell of pine, learn more about these trees before adding one to your garden. Pine Tree Information There are 79 species of pine tree, 36 of which grow in North America. All pine ...
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  • New Year's Resolutions For Your Lawn

    January 3, 2017
    Most of us ring in the New Year with resolutions, plans for self-betterment, and home improvement projects. Your lawn and garden can follow suit. Take steps now to ensure your New Year’s resolution of having a beautiful landscape will actually happen this year! When the weather cooperates, you can tackle plenty of gardening chores in January. Add the following projects to your to-do list for a ...
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  • How to Grow Root Vegetables

    December 29, 2016
    Root vegetables are full of invigorating vitamins and minerals that are fortunately available year round. However, between the fall and spring seasons is when they are at their prime stage for consumption. During this in-season time frame, the flavor of the roots are richer, sweeter and juicier than those picked during the summer months. Grow your very own hearty root vegetables this winter to ...
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  • Tree of the Month: Spruce

    December 14, 2016
    The majestic spruce tree displays individual needles, grey-green foliage, and purple/brown cones. Different from the needle clusters of the pine tree, these conifers sport a thick needle that will thrive in many climates, and that deliver easy-to-plant seeds from fragrant cones. Self-Reproduction While it is true that the spruce tree can be started by simply planting a seed from its cone - it is ...
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  • Keep Your Christmas Tree Alive Longer This Year

    December 7, 2016
    According to the National Christmas Tree Association , more than 25 million trees are purchased in the United States. It’s important to preserve the life of your tree for not only the physical appearance, but also to prevent any fire hazards. With the proper maintenance, a healthy Christmas tree can last around six weeks. Of course, water must be added to the base of the tree, and it’s ideal to ...
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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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