Recent Posts in Landscape Category

  • How to Fix Exposed Tree Roots

    October 8, 2019
    A healthy root system is vital to the growth and longevity of all types of plants, including trees. In addition to the intake of air, water, and nutrients through the soil, tree roots also help to anchor the plant in place and they will continue to spread laterally below the ground as the tree matures. While most roots typically lie between 12 to 18 inches below the surface of the soil, a number ...
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  • How to Overseed a Lawn

    September 10, 2019
    Lawn care is an integral part of exterior home maintenance, and a healthy, vibrant lawn can add beauty and value to any home. Regardless of how much time you spend in your yard, your grass can begin to look thin and brown as it ages, and the best way to restore its appearance and vitality is with overseeding. Read on to learn everything you need to know about how to overseed a lawn from the ...
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  • Best Time to Water Lawn

    August 27, 2019
    Like all living things, your lawn needs sunlight, food, and water in order to survive. While factors such as climate and soil conditions may cause variations with regards to the frequency and amount of water that is needed, the best time of day to water your lawn remains the same. Here are some helpful tips to keep your lawn looking its best, from the landscape experts at The Grounds Guys®. What ...
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  • Is Artificial Turf Right for Your Yard?

    August 13, 2019
    Artificial turf has been around for more than 50 years, but while it was once reserved for applications such as sporting arenas, golf courses, or soccer fields, today it is considered a viable alternative to more traditional natural grass landscaping. If you're considering an artificial turf installation for your home or business, read on to learn whether it is the right choice for your yard, ...
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  • What Causes Dead Patches in Lawn?

    July 9, 2019
    After all your hard work it can be disheartening to see dead patches in your lawn, but the good news is that you can restore the beauty and vitality to your landscape with the right methods and materials. In order to repair the bare spots and prevent them from returning, it's important to get to the root of the problem; read on to learn what causes dead patches in a lawn and how to fix them, from ...
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  • Outdoor Landscaping Ideas

    June 11, 2019
    As the days grow longer and temperatures get warmer, families gravitate to the outdoors to relax and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Make the most of your backyard and personalize your outdoor living space with these creative landscaping ideas from experienced professionals at The Grounds Guys®, with options to suit every type of lifestyle and any size of yard or budget. Backyard Landscaping ...
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  • What Are the Different Types of Mulch?

    May 21, 2019
    Mulch is an essential component of any healthy landscape or garden, used to retain moisture, reduce or eliminate weed growth, maintain soil temperature, and more. Whether you are considering adding mulch to your garden for the first time or as part of your annual routine, your success is dependent on choosing the right mulch based on a number of important factors. Read on to learn all you need to ...
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  • Different Types of Lawn Grasses

    May 7, 2019
    The key to having a lush, green lawn is in choosing the right type of lawn grass for your unique climate and lifestyle. The Grounds Guys® is a team of knowledgeable, experienced landscape professionals that can help you decide which type of grass is best for you, with services to keep your lawn and landscaping looking its best all year round. Read on to learn more about the different types of lawn ...
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  • How to Install Drip Irrigation

    April 16, 2019
    A drip irrigation system is a perfect solution for those looking to save time and money while keeping plants healthy and happy. With some helpful advice from the landscape experts at The Grounds Guys®, you can set up your own DIY drip irrigation system in just a few easy steps. What is Drip Irrigation? Drip irrigation simplifies the process of watering your plants, using a series of strategically ...
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  • Ornamental Grasses & What You Need to Know

    April 2, 2019
    Ornamental grasses provide height, texture, movement, and visual interest to any landscape, and come in a vast array of colours, shapes, and sizes. As little as a few decades ago ornamental grasses were considered a novelty and used mainly by industry professionals and experienced gardeners— but as their availability and reputation as low maintenance, eco-friendly plants have increased they can ...
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  • Spring Lawn Maintenance

    March 5, 2019
    The best way to ensure you have a lush, green lawn each summer is to give it some extra care and attention each spring. Maximize your time and satisfaction by taking the right steps at the right time, using these helpful tips from the landscape experts at The Grounds Guys®. Looking for a one-stop one-sheeter? Click below to download our Spring Lawn Maintenance Tips Checklist. Then, read full ...
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  • Frost Heave: How to Prevent Frost Heave

    February 19, 2019
    In cold-weather climates, those with vast temperature swings, or in areas where there are several incidents of hard frost each winter, plants, roadways, and structures may be negatively impacted by frost heave. This phenomenon occurs most often during towards the end of fall or the beginning of spring when the conditions are ideal, and it can happen in all types of soil. Learn how to stop frost ...
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  • What Does Mulch Do?

    February 5, 2019
    Few materials are as beneficial for your garden or as misunderstood as mulch, and although it is widely recognized as a valuable addition to any landscape, not everyone knows why. The team of professionals at The Grounds Guys® is pleased to provide you with the answers to questions such as "What does mulch do?" and "What is mulch used for?" so that you can reap the benefits and have the garden ...
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  • Landscaping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    February 5, 2019
    While there is nothing that can't be fixed with a little hard work, the key to your satisfaction and peace of mind is learning how to avoid landscaping mistakes before they happen. The experienced professionals at The Grounds Guys® can help you make the most of your time and landscaping budget with tips that show you how to get it right the first time. Common Landscape Design Mistakes Failure to ...
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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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  • When to Stop Watering Your Lawn in the Fall

    September 19, 2018
    The intensity of the heat and the sun's rays that are present during the summer months can wreak havoc on outdoor plants—but with consistent watering practices, it is easy to maintain a lush green lawn throughout the growing season. Once fall arrives, however, it is time to change the way you care for your grass to prepare it for the cooler weather ahead; here's how. When to Stop Watering Your ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Keep Your Christmas Tree Alive Longer This Year

    December 6, 2016
    More than 3 million Christmas trees are produced on Canadian farms each year! Make the scent and indoor scenery last and use our tips to preserve the life of your tree. In addition to maintaining its physical appearance, keeping a healthy tree can also prevent fire hazards. With the proper maintenance, a healthy Christmas tree can last around six weeks. Of course, water must be added to the base ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 service 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 types 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 Adds ...
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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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  • Holiday Spectacular: Syncing Lights and Tunes

    November 6, 2015
    A timeless tradition during the Christmas season is traveling near and far to see beautiful light displays. Whether it’s your neighbour’s home or a light show at the zoo, seeing Christmas lights is always something to enjoy with friends and family. Strings of lights are proudly displayed on trees, bordering windows, and twisted around awnings and front porches. Today’s Christmas light displays ...
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  • 6 Most Common Types of Grasses

    August 30, 2015
    Check out this video on different types of lawn grasses! Ryegrass, a cool season grass, is often added to dormant warm season lawns in the winter to maintain a lush, green look until spring, a process called “winter overseeding.” This type of grass plant does best in temperate climates. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Ryegrass fits within the cool season grasses category, ...
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  • Irrigation: Different Techniques and Benefits

    July 6, 2015
    If you walk down the lawn care aisle at your local hardware store, you will see a wide assortment of tools designed to help keep your lawn green. Everything from special hoses to timed sprinklers that walk around your lawn like an animal to spray nozzles that have turn dials with countless water stream options can be found. Yes, it is definitely easy to feel overwhelmed… but you don’t have to! The ...
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  • Seed vs. Sod: Which One to Choose?

    June 2, 2015
    A perfect lawn doesn't just happen. The glimmer of hope for a lush carpet of grass may begin before you even mow it for the first time. Choosing lawn type goes beyond selecting which turf grass is suitable to the growing zone and climate where you live. The Grounds Guys® can help you make another important decision -- whether to seed or sod your lawn. Seeding vs. Sodding -- What's the difference? ...
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  • Understanding Types of Trees

    April 6, 2015
    Caring for the trees in your yard -- or selecting trees for your landscape -- begins with understanding different tree types. Some trees offer shade in the summer and let sunlight in during the winter; other trees have brilliant fall colour; and many tree types provide food and shelter that beckon birds to your yard. The Grounds Guys® can give you some pointers to help you handpick trees for your ...
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