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How to Improve Your Lawn’s Health

By Extra Mile | May 1, 2020

Ever wonder how to keep weeds from growing in your lawn and when to fertilize? Here are some key tips:

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Learn How to Get Rid of Weeds Naturally

By Extra Mile | Apr 27, 2020

Weeds are, in many ways, signs of the mistakes we make in trying to care for our lawns. A lawn will have fewer weeds when mowed with a sharp blade at the right height and frequency; watered infrequently and deeply; and fertilized at the proper time. When these practices fail to produce a quality lawn, we are either trying to grow a poorly adapted grass species, or a lawn in an environment where grasses don’t grow well, such as a very shaded location.

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How to Hire a Landscaper

By Extra Mile | Apr 20, 2020

Your yard is the first thing people see, so when preparing your home to for sale, don’t forget the plants. Making sure it’s clean, attractive, and well-tended is an investment that could reap dividends at closing.

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Top Tips for Spring Tree Care

By Extra Mile | Apr 17, 2020

As we enter into spring and embark on the warm summer months, many homeowners are left grappling with caring for their trees as the seasons change. Questions swirl around the tree-loving homeowner’s mind like: How do I care for my trees as they come out of dormancy? How do I help my trees stay healthy in the spring? These questions and so many others are about to be demystified, so you can feel confident that your trees are going to thrive as they move into spring as well as the rest of the year.

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Hot Landscaping Trends

By Extra Mile | Apr 13, 2020

Once homeowners used to adapt their landscaping design to what they thought a future buyer might want. But with more home owners staying put, these days landscape designers say that homeowners are instead adapting their yards and gardens to suit their own needs. HGTV asked a host of in-the-know designers to share the top trends they are seeing around the country.

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A Continuous Cascade of Color

By Extra Mile | Apr 6, 2020

Excitement builds each spring as tiny darts of color split green buds, hinting at what will surely be a marvelous and joyful display of vibrant color in flowerbeds and gardens. All too commonly, blooms fade as spring wears on, leaving a bland void of lackluster foliage where color once prevailed. This garden tragedy can be avoided. With a little research and planning, blooms can be a constant presence from early spring through late fall.

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April is a Key Month for Lawn Success

By Extra Mile | Apr 3, 2020

April is the key to success with your lawn.  While many of us could not get out on our lawns in March because it was too wet or cold, you have to start and active lawn care program in April to be successful throughout the year.  Think of your lawn program as a New Year’s resolution.  I’m going to start living a healthy lifestyle by eating well, getting enough sleep and taking a walk to enjoy the sunshine and get out and conquer my lawn.  However, do not give up on this New Year’s resolution!

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Heavy Spring Rains and Lawn Maintenance

By Extra Mile | Mar 30, 2020

Anyone who’s tried to tackle lawn care in a blustery, wet spring knows that nothing can create lawn and mowing problems like heavy rain. Standing water, mud, and long, damp grasses provide less-than-ideal conditions for pulling out the mower. But it’s necessary because heavy rain can cause an equally heavy growth cycle. And of course, growth eventually needs to be cut down. There are ways to maintain your lawn even during heavy spring rains. Although you’ll need to take a little more care than usual, you can make the most of the new growth without sacrificing your lawn’s appearance.

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The History of the Lawn Mower

By Extra Mile | Mar 27, 2020

Humans love open spaces for a variety of reasons, especially if covered with something low growing that keeps things from being dusty in the summer and muddy in the winter. And groundcovers also keep the area remarkably cooler during hot weather—up to thirty degrees cooler than concrete, and fifteen degrees cooler than bare dirt.

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