Blog Posts in May, 2012

  • Tips to Proper Mowing

    May 23, 2012
    Mowing is an important factor in creating a thick, healthy lawn. However, removing more than one-third of the lawn’s height can be detrimental to the health of your lawn. Use this chart to help determine how tall your grass should be and how often it should be mowed. Grass Type Height Range Optimal Height Mowing Frequency Buffalo Grass: 1 to 2 inches 1.5 inches 7 to 14 days Centipede Grass: 1 to 2 ...
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  • When to Over-Seed a Lawn

    May 23, 2012
    Over-seeding is one of the most important lawn care tasks, yet few people do it. After five to six years, grass plants will slow down their reproduction rates. As this process occurs, the grass will begin to thin out, making it more susceptible to weeds. Over-Seeding compensates for that natural slow down of the turf’s reproduction and helps keep your lawn healthy and flourishing. Consult with The ...
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  • Light the Way to a Beautiful Property

    May 22, 2012
    Regardless of the season or setting, there is always hidden beauty waiting to be discovered in your landscape. The evening hours alone present you with countless opportunities to uncover visually stunning effects of your home or business. With correctly positioned landscape lights, ripple effects in a pond or base of a waterfall can glamorize a rather unexciting spot in the still of the night. ...
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  • Benefits to Water Features

    May 17, 2012
    If you're thinking about adding a pond, waterfall or other water feature to your landscape, consider some of the benefits that are associated with them. Promote a Healthier You! Water features provide soothing sights and sounds that help promote relaxation and de-stress. Through relaxation you can lower your blood pressure and improve physical and mental health as you prop your feet up and enjoy ...
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  • Pine Wilt: Is That Tree at Risk?

    May 14, 2012
    Wilt Pine has been active in the Midwest for more than 20 years and is the leading cause for killing Pines. The explosive summer heat and droughts play a role in the demise of Pines. The environmental stresses Pines are enduring create an opportunity for pathogens. Pine Wilt begins with the Pine Sawyer Beetle feeding on Pine twigs. The feeding itself causes little damage. However, The Pine Sawyer ...
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  • Maintaining that Groundcover

    May 13, 2012
    Ground covers such as English Ivy, Euonymus Coloratus, Vinca (Mrytle) and Pachysandra need special attention in order to flourish and spread. In order for these tender plants to become established and spread, they must be watered every other day for the first month and then once every week thereafter for the next two months. If planted in late Spring (after May 15 th ) or during the summer, water ...
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  • Proper Water Guidelines for New Plants

    May 11, 2012
    Once new plants are installed, proper watering is especially important, especially during the first full growing season of plants. Try not to over water as this can cause the plant to die, just as much as under watering. When determining if your plant needs water, use the touch and feel method at first. For best results check four to six inches with your hand, underneath the mulch line to the ball ...
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  • Trimming versus Edging a Lawn

    May 10, 2012
    Trimming you lawn is like icing on the cake. It’s not necessarily needed, but it makes for a much prettier display. Trimming will help add that manicured touch to your lawn. Edging is a vertical cut and trimming is a horizontal cut. Trimmers generally use heavy nylon string that rotates in a circular motion, parallel to the ground. However, edgers use short metal blades similar to a lawn mower ...
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  • Bring the Spring Cleaning Outdoors

    May 9, 2012
    Your home’s interior isn’t the only area that needs a little TLC after a long, cold winter! Revive your lawn from its winter hibernation with these simple tips. When the winter snow begins to melt off, it doesn’t always happen in a nice, uniform fashion. Straggling snow piles can be a problem for the health of your lawn. Having some areas of grass getting sun, and others under the shade of snow ...
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  • The Grounds Guys Receive Franchise Business Review 2012 Franchisee Satisfaction Award

    May 8, 2012
    WACO, Texas (February 28, 2012)—The Grounds Guys® received the Franchise Business Review 2012 Franchisee Satisfaction Award, part of a national project that looks at franchisee satisfaction at some of the country’s most popular franchise brands. Now in its 7th year, the “FBR50” is the only awards program to look at actual franchisee satisfaction data and rank companies based on that. Based on a ...
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  • Benefits of Mulch

    May 3, 2012
    Adding mulch to your flowerbed or garden is one of the best things you can do for the life of your plants, and for your wallet. A layer of mulch retains moisture better than bare soil, minimizing the need for watering. It also helps prevent soil erosion by acting as a barrier and lessening the force of impact when water hits the ground. Not only does mulch keep soil nutrients from being washed ...
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  • Maintaining Ornamental Grasses

    May 1, 2012
    Watering ornamental grasses to get them established is the same as for your newly planted trees and shrubs. The one difference being, if grasses begin to look a little dried out, simply cut them back and new growth should emerge. Once plants are well rooted little or no supplemental watering is required, except during periods of drought.
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