The Extra Mile Blog
It’s time for a pointed conversation about poinsettias. As you begin to deck the halls with the ubiquitous holiday plant, you might be surprised to learn the poinsettia is shrouded in misconceptions. For example, did you know the poinsettia’s flower is actually the clustered yellow buds at the center, not the colored leafy parts (which are called bracts)? That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Get ready for some fascinating and festive facts that will help you make the right decisions for your property’s holiday décor, or at least enhance your cocktail party conversation.Read More
We all know that a heavy snowfall can do more than just make roads and sidewalks impassable. For property owners, the weight of the snow, the ice, and the water can cause real damage to roofs, basements, and existing landscape trees and plants. In fact, each cubic foot of drifted, piled or compacted snow contains two to three gallons of water, writes Ken Hellevang, professor at North Dakota State University in “Preventing Snow Melt Water Problems.” That means a 1,000 square foot roof with one foot of snow on top contains about 2,500 gallons of water. A 10-foot high pile of snow, 20-feet in diameter, contains about 2,600 gallons, says Hellevang. This amount of water accumulated in a short period of time (such as during a storm) can begin causing problems immediately and be a real headache for your clients. As a result, this is where your company has an opportunity to upsell a plowing contract. Here are a few recommendations for additional cold weather tasks you can perform for customers to help them and their property survive the winter:Read More
Make your landscape more of a personal retreat by adding elements that give you privacy. Try these easy ways of creating your own private garden.
The most obvious — and fastest — way of creating privacy is to put up a fence.
Fences help keep your neighbors from seeing into your yard. They also provide a sense of enclosure and safety, making them a perfect option if you have children: Fences keep kids in and strangers — or animals, such as dogs — out.
If you choose to build a fence to add privacy to your landscape, select a material and style that complements your home.Read More
As jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin spices get replaced with cornucopias and sleigh bells, your lawn will soon finish growing for the year. Cool-season grasses frost in winter and warm-season grasses go dormant. Since your lawn will not be very active over the next few months, it will not require quite as much maintenance. Despite this, there are several things you should do to protect the grass in winter and get your lawn ready for spring. Here’s some winter lawn care advice to keep in mind:Read More
While you may be thinking less of your landscaping in fall, now is the time to incorporate bold reds, oranges and yellows into your garden. Don’t let fall gardening fall off your radar when it comes to your exterior.
Let’s not forget about your fall vegetable haul and even getting ready for next year’s garden as well. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to your fall garden. Here’s how you can care for it.
Fall Gardening Tips…Read More
Fall is one of the most crucial times for lawn care. Depending on where you live, you could be working on protecting it from the harsh Winter elements or maintaining it so it thrives in the Spring. Either way, Fall lawn maintenance is serious business. We know that it can also be overwhelming, so we’ve put together some of our best tips for Fall lawn maintenance that you can start doing today.
Simple Lawn Care Tips
There are some basic things you can do to consistently keep up with your fall lawn maintenance. These steps are even more valuable, as you and your lawn prepare to withstand the winter chill.Read More
Maintaining a home means you have to tackle a lot of chores, but that to-do list doesn’t have to be intimidating — not when you take it one season at a time!
Today’s Homeowner’s Four Seasons of Home Ownership Guide breaks down home maintenance into spring, summer, fall and winter tasks to make everything manageable.Read More
Bagging autumn leaves can seem like an unending chore. Here are some tips to make the task a little bit easier. First, collect (or neglect) the leaves:
Mow right over the fallen leaves. As long as you’re still mowing your lawn, mow the leaves as well, and then bag them together with the cut grass. If you have a mulching mower, the leaves can be turned into next spring’s mulch.Read More
If your lawn is looking like a DIY project after the stresses of summer and heavy foot traffic, there’s good news – it’s the perfect time to start a new Fall Lawn Care Schedule.
You don’t always need tons of tools or lawn care equipment, though having the basic yard tools can help. We want to make sure you get the most out of your lawn so we created this Fall Lawn Care Schedule for you to follow throughout early, mid and late fall.Read More