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  • How to Build a Custom Wire Frame for Holiday Lights

    December 7, 2018
    Who says your holiday lights have to be strung across your eaves, or that you are limited in their placement? If you're looking to add a little extra sparkle to your home this season or would like to avoid a slippery trip up a frosty ladder, The Grounds Guys® have a fun and easy DIY project that you can accomplish in an afternoon or weekend. Read on to learn how to build a wireframe for holiday ...
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  • Which Fruit Bearing Trees to Plant in the North

    November 16, 2018
    Whether you are looking to add visual interest to your yard with ornamental trees, want to do your part for the environment, or have always dreamed of having your own private orchard, the key to your success lies in choosing the right type of fruit bearing tree for your climate. For those living in the northern regions, there are many cold climate fruit trees to consider, and the team of landscape ...
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  • The Grounds Guys’ Best Practices for Easy Leaf Composting

    November 14, 2018
    You’ve got a lot of fall projects on your to-do list that can’t be put off until winter. One of these is getting rid of the fallen leaves on your property. Don’t stuff all those leaves in bags to be hauled off to the landfill – let nature do the work! Leaf composting makes fall clean-up easier because it allows the natural decay of leaves to take its course. Best of all, composting leaves provides ...
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  • Be Prepared for Leaves

    November 7, 2018
    Fall is here, and you know what that means – leaves, leaves everywhere! They can be a burden, but this guide will help you deal with leaves this fall. You might even decide to keep some around instead of bagging them all. Read on to learn more! Raking Leaves Tips No one enjoys the back-breaking work of raking a large yard. Learn how to rake leaves fast so you can get the job over with quickly: ...
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  • Make Trick or Treaters Safe with Lighted Walkways

    October 28, 2018
    Halloween is a fun time of year when miniature ghosts and goblins stroll through the neighborhood in search of tasty treats. Provide your visitors with safe passage on and around your property with a lighted walkway that creates a welcoming path to your door. Here are some helpful tips for outdoor lighting from The Grounds Guys® that can help enhance the safety and security of your home this fall ...
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  • How to Care for a Venus Fly Trap

    October 16, 2018
    While the Venus Fly Trap is not the only species of carnivorous plant, though it is arguably the most well-known. These plants are found in areas where the soil has little to no nutritive value which forces them to obtain its food from other sources. If you are looking for a visually interesting, fun addition to your plant collection a Venus Fly Trap may be just what you're looking for—and The ...
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  • How to Care for MUMs and Keep Them Blooming All Season

    September 26, 2018
    Mums are a lush, colourful addition to any landscape during the fall season when other elements of your landscape start to look drab and lifeless. Caring for mums really isn't all that difficult - and you can keep them blooming all season long with these tips from The Grounds Guys®. Regardless of whether you're going to plant your mums outdoors or keep them indoors in pots, choose those with lots ...
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  • Why you Need Eavestroughs Installed this Fall

    September 12, 2018
    When bad weather strikes this fall, will your home be ready? Eavestroughs are a simple upgrade you can install to direct rainwater away from the foundation. Why does this matter? And what types of eavestroughs and downspouts are available to make your home’s water removal system attractive and effective? Let’s take a look. Types of Eavestroughs and Downspouts Eavestroughs come in many shapes, ...
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  • Consider These 10 Things Before Installing a Pool

    June 26, 2018
    Building a pool is fun addition for all ages to enjoy and experience the addition of water. Installing a pool takes planning and budgeting of finances and time before, during and after the actual construction. There are ten steps to consider when deciding on the additional of a pool. What is the budget? Building a pool is not only the cost of building but also the maintenance and other amenities ...
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  • How to Pave a Walkway if You Aren't a Contractor

    June 21, 2018
    Sidewalks, walkways, and patios are all synonymous with the term hardscape . According to the dictionary, hardscape is a man-made feature used in the landscape as contrasted with any form of vegetation. The materials are endless from concrete to pavers, wall blocks, and tile. Outdoor living is a growing trend that can be as simple as a small walkway to an elaborate design creating spaces for ...
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  • The Pros and Cons of Installing a Yard Irrigation System

    June 6, 2018
    The secret to any successful landscape is finding the right balance of sunlight, fertilization, and water—but when it comes to your lawn, the process of watering can not only be time consuming but ineffective if done incorrectly. A yard irrigation system takes the guesswork out of watering and is a popular addition to homes and businesses across the country. However, before you invest in one for ...
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  • Is a Sprinkler System Worth the Monthly Water Bill?

    May 14, 2018
    If you still water your lawn manually, you may stick with this technique because you’re worried that installing an automatic sprinkler system will increase your monthly water bill. Rest assured that most sprinklers improve watering efficiency to lower your water usage! Use the information here to help you determine if the costs associated with a sprinkler system are worth it, and how to maximize ...
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  • How to Build Your Own Backyard Pond

    May 7, 2018
    A backyard water feature brings you one step closer to nature, and there is no better way to incorporate water into your landscape than with a backyard pond. With endless design possibilities, you can create a one-of-a-kind oasis that your whole family will enjoy. If you're wondering how to make your own pond, the experts at The Grounds Guys have you covered, with tips and techniques to help turn ...
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  • The Pros and Cons of Sod

    April 14, 2018
    Nearly every homeowner dreams of having a lush green lawn that is the envy of the neighbourhood. When planning your landscaping you'll need to choose between grass seed or sod, and there are arguments in favour and against each option. Regardless of the size of your property, your new lawn will require an investment of both time and money, but just how much depends on which option you choose. Let ...
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  • It's Time to Buy a Riding Lawn Mower

    April 4, 2018
    While everyone may desire the type of lawn that makes people stop and stare, not everyone is willing or able to put in the work to achieve and maintain it—particularly when the property in question is anything but small. A riding lawn mower is a perfect solution for anyone wanting to save time and energy caring for their yard while remaining comfortably seated behind the wheel. Once you've made ...
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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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  • The Ideal Watering Schedule for Your Home

    March 19, 2018
    To achieve a healthy lawn, regular watering is an essential part of the equation. However, knowing when you should water your lawn, how much water your lawn needs, and how frequently to water are all important questions. Here's what you need to know to create an ideal watering schedule for your home. When You Should Water Your Lawn The best time to water your grass is early in the mornings, before ...
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  • The Benefits of Adding Compost to Your Lawn

    March 7, 2018
    For the incredible effect of having 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 compost ...
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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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