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  • Checklist for New Homeowners Emphasizes Exterior Home Inspection

    March 31, 2018
    As you arrange the furniture and pick paint colours, 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 ...
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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 colour, 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 Neighbours

    March 5, 2018
    Weeds are more than an eyesore in what would otherwise be a beautiful landscape. We all know those neighbourhoods 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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  • How to Prune Dormant Trees

    February 19, 2018
    Most people take a break from their job during the summer months 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 homeowners the opportunity to perform much-needed maintenance with less stress to limbs and foliage. It is wise to know the bloom cycle of the trees you are planning ...
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  • Snow Blower or Plow: What's Better?

    January 22, 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

    October 13, 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 7, 2017
    Succulents are low in maintenance, high in beauty and offer a wide variety of sizes, shapes, textures and colours. 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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  • 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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  • July is “Smart Irrigation Month”

    July 1, 2017
    July is “Smart Irrigation Month” 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 ...
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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 1, 2017
    Victoria 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 10, 2017
    With warmer weather in the forecast, 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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  • Spring Spruce-Up

    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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  • 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 neighbourhood. Landscape Design If you’re hoping to enjoy your outdoor living space to the fullest this year, the first ...
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  • Tree of the Month: Pine

    January 25, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 breathtaking. 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 ...
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