Blog Posts in 2016

  • 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 Foilage 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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  • Trim Trees to Get Them Ready for Next Year

    October 6, 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. The Grounds Guys® have some tips for trimming trees to prepare for springtime. Having trees in your yard that thrive does require some maintenance for it to truly thrive. Part of this upkeep involves: Keeping your trees trimmed Making sure ...
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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 colours, 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 ...
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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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  • Summer is the Perfect Time for Indoor Plants

    August 22, 2016
    The heat of summer is too much for many plants to bear. They stop flowering, become scorched, or even completely wither and die under the relentless summer sun. If you love growing things and can’t bear to watch your plants suffer in the heat, bring them inside to enjoy some air conditioned comfort. Here are some of the best indoor plants for summer. African Violet These flowers are easy to grow ...
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  • Summer Staining: Wood and Concrete

    July 27, 2016
    When it comes to revitalizing the hard surfaces in your back yard, sometimes a fresh coat of stain is all you need. The nice weather this summer is the perfect time to stain concrete patios and wood decks and fences. Follow this guide to ensure your staining ventures are successful. How to Stain Concrete The most common concrete surface you’ll want to stain is the patio. The process is pretty ...
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  • Power Washing Your Outdoor Surfaces

    July 22, 2016
    If curb appeal is important to you, power washing could be the chemical-free answer to uncovering your home’s natural beauty . Power washing cleans up your home’s exterior and the hardscaping around the property, from algae-covered roof shingles to cobwebs under the eaves to bird droppings on the sidewalk. Whether you decide to hire a professional for power washing services or you want to attempt ...
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  • Tree of the Month: Apple Tree

    July 20, 2016
    Our featured tree for July is the apple tree! Having an apple tree in your backyard is a great way to take advantage of lush summer foliage, ample shade, and fresh fruit for canning, baking and snacking. To get the results you want, you must understand how to care for your apple tree. About Apple Trees Ironically, despite their association with American patriotism, apple trees didn’t originate in ...
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  • Improving Your Outdoor Space

    July 18, 2016
    This is the perfect time of year to improve your outdoor space with additions that may include an irrigation system, outdoor living area, deck and hardscaping features. By acting now, you take advantage of the chance to work in the warm weather while still getting to enjoy the additions you make for the rest of the summer. Looking for some inspiration? Here are four ways to improve your outdoor ...
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  • Which Kinds of Grasses Survive the Heat Best?

    July 6, 2016
    If you live in a warm climate, you probably understand the importance of selecting a warm-season grass. Unlike their cool-season counterparts, warm-season grass thrives in the heat. In fact, their peak growing season is the middle of summer when temperatures are at their highest. Many, but not all, warm-season grasses are drought tolerant, meaning they can survive periods of high heat and little ...
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  • The Benefits of a Sprinkler System

    June 22, 2016
    It’s impossible to have a green lawn without water. Some places are lucky enough to receive exactly the right amount of water from rainfall. For the rest of us, sprinklers are the best way to deliver water to the entire lawn. How do you water your grass? If you currently drag a hose out into the yard with a portable sprinkler head attached to it, you may be considering installing an automatic ...
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  • Plants That Attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies

    June 21, 2016
    While you probably maintain a garden because you love plant life, the ability to attract beautiful wildlife is an added benefit. There’s truly nothing like the vibrant colours and fluttering wings of butterflies and hummingbirds to increase the appeal of your garden this summer. Their pollinating habits can even help your flowers bloom more brilliantly. Here are the top four plants you should ...
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  • Irrigation Repair to Prepare for Summer

    June 16, 2016
    Summer is upon us, and that means your irrigation system is working hard to keep your lawn green. Unfortunately, a lot of things can go wrong with an irrigation system. If yours needs repair, take care of the problem before your garden suffers! Here are some common problems you might face and how to tell when you need a professional’s help. Slow Leakage When Sprinklers Are Off If you walk around ...
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  • Tree of the Month: Crepe Myrtles

    June 14, 2016
    If you live in the South and want to add a beautiful, meaningful tree to your garden, crepe myrtles are a great choice. The flowers, which have a crinkled appearance resembling crepe paper, have a rich history behind them. While their meaning differs slightly from culture to culture, myrtle flowers are typically associated with marriage, chastity, good luck and prosperity. About Crepe Myrtles The ...
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  • Smaller Farm Animals You Can Keep in Your Yard

    June 9, 2016
    When you think of farm animals, cows, pigs and horses may come to mind. While these particular farm animals are best left to farmers with plenty of room to graze, there are a handful of smaller farm animals you can keep in your yard. Many of these help with lawn maintenance and also provide useful byproducts such as eggs or milk. Consider Local Zoning Ordinances You may feel it’s your right to own ...
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  • Become a Gardener and Find Your Zen

    June 8, 2016
    Evidence has shown time and time again that exercising your green thumb is good for you. Gardeners live longer, and are far healthier in mind and body than their non-gardening counterparts. Take out your spade and pruning shears and celebrate this National Smile Month with a little tooth-flashing assistance from this uber-beneficial hobby… Gardening is good! It boost helps you stay healthy. Dirt ...
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  • Keeping Things Green This Summer

    June 3, 2016
    Everyone wants a lush, beautiful yard, but this can be difficult to accomplish during a water shortage. The Safe Drinking Water Foundation found that between half and three quarters of all municipally treated water in North America is for watering grass. If you’re trying to save time and money by watering less, use these great drought-tolerant landscaping options to help keep things green this ...
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  • Lawn Mowing Tricks No One Ever Told You

    June 2, 2016
    Mowing the grass is a pretty straightforward task, but are you unintentionally making the chore harder than it needs to be? Follow these 10 tips from Lowes to make mowing the lawn easier for you and more beneficial for your grass. Sharpen the Blades At first you may think this tip simply lengthens your to-do list, but sharp blades prevent you from having to make multiple passes. A quick investment ...
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  • Try the Trend: Succulents

    May 26, 2016
    Looking for a great way to add seasonal colour to your landscape? Succulents are all the rage. Just why are these wonders of the plant world so popular? Succulents are beautiful and indestructible The perfect plant to grow in your home, on your patio, or in your yard, succulents are plants offering thick, fleshy (succulent) water storage in the leaves, stems, and roots. More than a cactus, ...
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  • Tree of the Month: Crabapple

    May 18, 2016
    Attractive and fragrant, the crabapple tree is a wonderful addition to any landscaping design . Though the raw fruit is smaller and sourer than their apple cousins, certain varieties also offer a source of fruit for jellies and preserves. Colourful Beginnings Sharing their familial lineage with the common apple tree, crabapple trees are of the Malus genus and also of the rose family ( Rosaceae ). ...
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  • Rainwater Harvesting

    May 16, 2016
    Unique Ways to Save on Your Water Bill For ages, we've used rainwater for a variety of purposes including drinking, washing and irrigation. Although our rainwater may be too polluted to drink, it's still very suitable for other uses, like irrigation, washing and some indoor plumbing. The practice of using rainwater, called "rain water harvesting," is becoming more prevalent as water costs rise. It ...
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  • Creating a Beautiful Spring Lawn & Garden

    May 10, 2016
    As the weather warms, you may be excited to revive your dormant lawn and start gardening. Maybe you’ve been envious of your neighbour’s grass and flowers for a few seasons, and now you’re ready to learn the tricks for creating beautiful spring colour on your own property. Here’s what your lawn and garden need to look their best this year. Creating a Beautiful Spring Lawn Your grass can look lush ...
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  • Wedding Flowers That Make a Statement

    May 5, 2016
    Wedding season is upon us, which means flowers are in full bloom and weddings will have beautiful decorations. Weddings throughout time have been a symbol of love and a life ahead. However, many people do not know that flowers have deep meanings and can symbolize much more than just a beautiful decoration for the ceremony and reception following. When choosing the perfect flowers it’s important to ...
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  • 10 Most Amazing Backyard Ponds

    May 3, 2016
    With the weather warming up, you’re probably looking forward to spending more time outside. Is your back yard ready for summer? Maybe there’s a bare patch that could benefit from the addition of a small pond. Or maybe you want to overhaul the entire back yard this spring and install a huge water fixture. Whether you’re thinking large or small, get inspired by these 10 most amazing backyard ponds. ...
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  • What You Need to Know Before You Install a Koi Pond

    April 26, 2016
    A koi pond is a great feature if you want a beautiful, natural setting to enjoy wildlife in your back yard. The addition of a waterfall adds the tranquil sound of falling water to your garden, making the space a true oasis you can retreat to after a long, hectic day. The benefits of a koi pond surely comprise the reasons you want to install one. However, before you start digging, you need to ...
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  • Recipe Pairings with Your Herb Garden

    April 19, 2016
    You did the research. You picked your herb plant varieties, found a place in your home and started your own home herb garden. You planted your seeds, watered them, and watched them grow. Now that you have shoots of greenery springing up around you, use them! Herbs are good for more than just their aroma, they’re great cooking ingredients! Here are some herb-filled recipes to get you cookin’: Basil ...
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  • Ultimate Spring Clean Up Guide

    April 15, 2016
    Did winter cause problems to your lawn or damage a few bushes and trees? Spring is the right time to clean up your yard and prepare it for the growing season. This ultimate guide will lead you through every step of the process to help ensure a beautiful lawn and garden this summer. Prune Trees, Shrubs and Other Perennials Heavy snow storms, high winds and frigid temperatures can damage or kill ...
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  • Back to the Roots: Everything You Needs To Know About Composting

    April 14, 2016
    Begin by Collecting: Kitchen scraps vegetable and fruit peelings eggshells coffee grounds tea bags Household waste paper towels, napkins paper bags cardboard boxes coffee filters Yard waste raked leaves grass clippings dead (not diseased) plants Use the Secret Recipe: Speed up decomposition process by using four times as many “browns”, (such as dead leaves) that are high in carbon and “greens” ...
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  • Spring Trends

    April 12, 2016
    Spring is in the air, and that means you’re probably thinking about how to prepare your yard for warmer weather. If you’re in search of some inspiration, consider these spring trends and the benefits they provide in your back yard. Landscape Trends Entertainment: If you often have friends and neighbours over on summer evenings, now’s the time to transform your backyard landscape into one designed ...
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  • Weeds: A Love-Hate Relationship

    March 24, 2016
    When it comes to keeping your garden tidy, it often seems as though you’re fighting a constant battle with weeds. These crafty plants often do more harm than good, but not always. In the love hate relationship you maintain with weeds, consider which ones can actually benefit your garden and the varieties you want to keep out at all costs. Weeds You Love Clover: This is one of the most beautiful ...
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  • Landscaping to Increase Your Home’s Value

    March 22, 2016
    Many homeowners are constantly on the lookout for ways to increase home value, especially when it’s nearly time to list it on the market. If you’ve already thought about renovating the kitchen, tearing down living room walls and adding a Jacuzzi to the master bath, it’s time to think outside the home and consider the garden. Landscaping has a surprising impact on your home’s value. It all comes ...
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  • Start Spring Landscaping Off Right

    March 17, 2016
    The first day of spring this year is March 20! While snow and frost are still threats beyond this date in many climates, it’s nearly time to start thinking about your spring landscaping. Start the season off right with these landscaping tips. Plan Ahead Before you pick up a trowel or purchase a single seed, decide how you plan to tackle your spring garden. You might want to break it up into stages ...
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  • Tree of the Month: Maple Trees

    March 15, 2016
    Maples are among North America’s most beloved deciduous trees. Whether you appreciate them for their tasty syrup, breath-taking fall colours or shade on a hot summer day, maples are certainly a good choice for many landscapes. You have a variety of maples to choose from, including slow-growing hard maples and fast-growing soft maples of varying heights and leaf types. Learn helpful planting, ...
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  • Mulch Madness

    March 8, 2016
    As you prepare your flowerbeds this spring, you may be facing a quandary: to mulch or not to mulch? Consider these pros and cons of this common garden add-on to decide if it belongs in your yard this year. Benefits of Mulch Mulch blocks the sun. This helps protect plant roots from heat damage and prevents weeds from taking hold. Freezing, melting and refreezing water can cause heaving, which is ...
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  • Is Melting Ice Dangerous?

    February 25, 2016
    Some people love winter and the magic of falling snow. Others want nothing more than to torch the white stuff and get back to warmer temperatures. No matter which category you fall in, you have to deal with ice and snow each winter if you live in a cold climate. Melting ice can pose some interesting hazards. Here are some of the dangers of melting ice and the solutions to help you avoid them. Ice ...
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  • Plan Your Spring Landscape

    February 19, 2016
    Does your backyard feel like wasted space? It doesn’t have to – you just need the right landscape design to suit your needs. Make plans now to transition your landscape this spring with the help of a landscape designer. Landscape Design Ideas Sometimes the hardest part about landscaping your yard is finding the right ideas you need to begin the project. Get inspired by these landscape design ideas ...
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  • The Dangers of Postponing Snow Removal

    February 15, 2016
    In most regions of North America, snowfall is a normal part of winter. Are you the type of person to jump on snow removal, or are you tempted to put it off? Learn the dangers of postponing snow removal and how hiring a professional may be a better option than attempting snow removal yourself. Safety and Liability Issues Snow and ice on walkways create a slipping hazard. If you or a family member ...
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  • Save Money on Energy Efficient Outdoor Lights

    February 14, 2016
    You have many options for illuminating your property at night, but energy efficiency is an important feature no matter what type of outdoor lights you choose. Consider some outdoor lighting products designed to make your yard look beautiful and save you money on electricity at the same time. Efficient Bulbs It was once a common practice to use traditional incandescent bulbs for both indoor and ...
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  • Benefits of Bark Mulch

    February 8, 2016
    Mulch is any type of material that is spread over the surface of soil to enhance the health and look of your garden bed. There are many varieties of mulch available, and bark mulch is one of the most beneficial types. It’s made out of tree bark shredded into fine, medium, and large pieces for top dressing your garden beds. There are many benefits to using bark mulch: Retains moisture in the soil ...
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  • Preparing for Spring: Planting Annuals & Splitting and Replanting Perennials

    February 4, 2016
    Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, Pa., has spoken… we can expect an early spring this year! As onlookers witnessed at the annual Groundhog Day event, the beloved groundhog did not see his shadow. Whether Phil was spot on or a little off on his predication, it’s time to start making your preparations to have a beautiful and healthy spring garden. Do you need a little help getting started with your ...
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  • Winter Pet Safety: Keeping Pets Warm This Winter

    January 28, 2016
    Winter is among us and millions are battling the freezing cold weather. You’ve been told what to do to keep yourself safe and warm, but what about your beloved pets? Protect your pets from the harsh cold this winter with these tips. Keep your pet indoors Avoid the cold and wet outdoors to help keep your pet warm. For animals like dogs that have to be let out, keep a towel by the door to dry them ...
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  • Snow Falls: Proper Snow & Ice Removal

    January 27, 2016
    The snow isn’t the only thing that falls in the winter. Once snow is on the sidewalk and driveway – melting and refreezing into ice – anyone is at risk to fall. Follow these tips for proper snow and ice removal to get rid of slippery surfaces and avoid injury the process. Effective Snow and Ice Removal Techniques Shoveling is the go-to option for many people, but you can try other snow and ice ...
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  • New Year, New Beginnings

    January 12, 2016
    The month of January is all about starting fresh, about setting personal goals and business resolutions, and about enjoying new beginnings. Have you done the work necessary to allow your lawn to flourish in the new year? Here are a few things you can do to ensure your landscape, just like you, enjoys a fresh start in 2016: Pruning Dormant season pruning: Winter is the best time of year to trim ...
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  • Winter Storm Survival Guide: Stay Safe!

    January 12, 2016
    Winter storms are among the most severe you’ll experience all year. Are your family members, pets and plants prepared to weather the storm? Follow these tips to make sure the people, animals and plants that matter most to you make it through unscathed. Personal Winter Storm Safety Dress in several layers of clothing to help you stay warm if the power goes out. Be careful if you decide to light a ...
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