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Keep Bugs Away from Your Outdoor Wedding

By Extra Mile | Aug 17, 2020

Finding an outdoor wedding venue that is affordable and picturesque can be a challenge. A backyard wedding can serve as a uniquely sentimental option for couples looking to have an outdoor ceremony experience. 
Does a backyard wedding sound like the perfect option for you? There are a few extra details that need attention in order for the ceremony to go smoothly.  In preparation for your big day, you want to make sure you take every precaution to prevent any pests or unwanted insects from crashing the reception. 

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Garden Myths: Fact or Fiction?

By Extra Mile | Aug 14, 2020

We dug deep to see whether these popular claims have any merit.
Question: Does talking or singing to plants help them grow?

Answer: Fact! 

Funny as it is, actual studies have been conducted to test this myth. And in some of those studies, the plants spoken and sung to were more successful. But it’s not necessarily because they feel soothed or socialized. It may simply be that we emit carbon dioxide when we breathe – or sing – which could contribute to the photosynthesis process!

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Shrub Maintenance Tips

By Extra Mile | Aug 10, 2020

Shrubs are an extremely popular landscaping feature in many yards. They are great for both the front and backyard to add additional privacy, style and curb appeal. However, like any other plant, shrubs need care to maintain their appeal.
These plants are unique to your landscaping because they will need different care. If you’re wondering how to keep your shrubs healthy this season, we have the answer. Here are a few shrub maintenance tips.

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Are You Watering Too Much? Guidelines for Summer Lawn Irrigation

By Extra Mile | Aug 7, 2020

When it comes to irrigating lawns, improper techniques can hurt your lawn more than help it. Overwatering, irrigating at wrong times of the day, and watering too often can be ineffective and—at times—downright harmful. Our lawn watering advice will help your lawn soak in the summer fun!
When to Water
Watering on a hot summer afternoon is a horrible idea; the liquid will evaporate too quickly and may not reach your grass’s roots, so heat and irrigation shouldn’t go together.

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8 Steps to Successful Lawn Restoration

By Extra Mile | Aug 3, 2020

It takes work, but it is not impossible to give your lawn a facelift. While it may take two or three growing seasons, your hard work will eventually pay off in a beautiful lawn. Follow these steps to help wake up a tired lawn:
Step 1: Remove Thatch and Weed Buildup
Thatch is un-decomposed stems and roots that accumulate near the soil surface.  Dig up a small, triangular-shaped plug of turf several inches deep…

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Controlling Mushrooms

By Extra Mile | Jul 31, 2020

They might show up after a rainy spell or emerge in new sod. Or you might have a fairy ring surface in your yard. Whatever the situation, having mushrooms pop up in your lawn can be a nuisance, an eyesore and, if you have children, potentially dangerous. Learn why mushrooms appear and what you can do about them.

What are mushrooms?
Mushrooms are actually part of a fungus that grows underground, hidden from sight…

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How to Grow Plants With the Lighting You Have

By Extra Mile | Jul 27, 2020

Many plants, especially lawn grass, flowers, roses, vegetables, fruit trees, and conifers (needle-leaved evergreens) thrive in bright sun, which provides abundant energy for growth, flowering, and fruiting. But some plants, particularly those native to forests and glens, need shadier conditions. Learn the sun requirements of any plant you intend to grow so you can put it in the right place.

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Take a Vacation From Mowing Your Lawn

By Extra Mile | Jul 24, 2020

Nothing looks better than a recently mowed, healthy lawn – neatly groomed, precisely edged and geometrically patterned. It even smells good.
But proper mowing does more than make a lawn look good. It also keeps it healthy and more resistant to insects, diseases and weeds while ensuring it can withstand periods of drought and doesn’t need excessive amounts of water. Click HERE for more information on how high and how often to mow your lawn.

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Don’t Make These Common Summer Lawn Care Mistakes

By Extra Mile | Jul 20, 2020

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by summer lawn care. Taking care of your lawn during the summer months is not rocket science. Still, it can feel like it sometimes – especially when there’s a mainstay of misleading and inaccurate information about how exactly to best care for your summer lawn. Of course, all intentions are in the right place, but where is a weary homeowner to turn when looking to keep their lawns healthy as the temperatures soar and the outdoor fun escalates?

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