Recent Posts in Garden Category

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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