Recent Posts in Tips and Tricks Category

  • Checklist for New Homeowners Emphasizes Exterior Home Inspection

    March 31, 2018
    As you arrange the furniture and pick paint colours, it’s easy to forget about the landscaping around your new home. Your home’s landscaping not only provides visual appeal, it protects it from the elements, as well. As the leading expert in the landscaping industry, The Grounds Guys know how important it is to catch any problems early before they become an expensive fix. That tree leaning over ...
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  • DIY Raised Garden Beds

    March 7, 2018
    Raised garden beds can be used in almost any setting - commercial or residential - to accomplish offsetting areas with colour, shapes and even edibles. Regardless of your setting, raised garden beds usher in an opportunity for clustering and enlivening specific areas with flowers, trees, flowering shrubs or vegetables. Elegant, elongated raised planter beds can be designed to fit the space ...
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  • Inconsistent Weed Growth Can Lead to Angry Neighbours

    March 5, 2018
    Weeds are more than an eyesore in what would otherwise be a beautiful landscape. We all know those neighbourhoods or communities that would be just perfect, if it weren't for that one house that seems to stick out like a sore thumb! Don’t let your lawn stand out as being less than immaculate. What problems can unwanted weeds cause, and how can you get rid of them? Weeds Can Attract Pests Unwanted ...
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  • Snow Blower or Plow: What's Better?

    January 22, 2018
    Freshly fallen snow looks beautiful, as white crystals blanket everything in sight. Unfortunately, that includes your sidewalks and driveway, where snow removal is necessary for ease of movement and safety. There are a number of snow removal options to choose from, and which works best for you and your property is a personal decision that only you can make. Before you head out to purchase a snow ...
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  • Boost Your Curb Appeal and Resale Value

    October 13, 2017
    The Grounds Guys of Franklin participated in a makeover featured on the Property Brothers: Buying & Selling along with fellow Neighborly company, Five Star Painting . In season seven’s fourth episode , The Grounds Guys of Franklin Franchisee Ricky Scott and his team enhanced the couple’s landscaping to make an impressive first impression for potential buyers. Need to increase your home’s resale ...
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  • All About Succulents and Succulent Care

    September 7, 2017
    Succulents are low in maintenance, high in beauty and offer a wide variety of sizes, shapes, textures and colours. They are like having a living piece of art that you can pick up in almost any garden or home improvement store. The succulent plant is ideal for any level of gardening experience due to its minor upkeep and is popular in both indoor and outdoor gardens. Succulent Facts The name ...
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  • Is a Brown Lawn a Dead Lawn?

    August 23, 2017
    Occasionally, you may see unexplained brown spots on your lawn – seemingly, for no reason at all! Your lawn may not look pretty, but luckily, it is most likely dormant or has fungus, which are both temporary and can usually be fixed. What is dormant grass? During periods of drought, grass turns brown to conserve water – think of it as plant hibernation. Grass will appear healthy once water is ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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