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Has Spring Finally Sprung?

By Extra Mile | Feb 28, 2020

Spring has taken its sweet time to arrive for most of the U.S. If you live in the more northern states like Minnesota, Wisconsin or Michigan, you may be thinking that spring may never arrive since these areas still have snow. Receiving some snow at this time of year is not uncommon for these folks.

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End of Winter: Tips to Clean Up Your Yard After Winter

By Extra Mile | Feb 24, 2020

You many have put burlap around your trees or shrubs to protect them from the worst of the winter. If so, now is a great time to remove the burlap. However, winter storms may have done damage to the shrubs or trees in your yard. Make sure that you clean up your yard by pruning any branches damaged by the winter, so that new growth can take its place.

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9 Cheap Landscaping Ideas to Boost Your Curb Appeal

By Extra Mile | Feb 21, 2020

Your home’s landscaping says a lot about it. The better its condition, the more curb appeal your home is apt to have, and that’s important from a resale perspective. But believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a fortune to improve your home’s exterior. Here are a few cheap landscaping ideas that are sure to attract buyers or make your home a nicer place to live.

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Is Lawn Care Tax Deductible?

By Extra Mile | Feb 17, 2020

Most homeowners spend thousands of dollars each year sprucing their lawns. Gone are the days you would pay your neighbor’s kid to mow your lawn for just 5 bucks. Homeowners associations have gone to the extent of setting lawn standards to be abided by all homeowners. It therefore not wonder when they constantly inquire whether they can get any tax reliefs from the money they spend on their lawns. Therefore the question of the day is whether caring for your lawn is tax-deductible?

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Early Spring Lawn Care Checklist for a Thriving Green Season

By Extra Mile | Feb 14, 2020

Throughout the winter, your lawn does not grow. Depending on where you live, the lawn typically goes completely dormant. As warmer weather arrives, your grass will start growing and start to green up.

Early spring is an important time to address lawn care, as it’s the time to apply pre-emergent weed treatments and fertilize your grass to cultivate an environment in which it will thrive.

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Refresh and Rejuvenate Your Residential and Commercial Property

By Extra Mile | Feb 10, 2020

Rejuvenate Rejuvenate is “addition by subtraction.” By taking away the scruffy overgrowth, a plant can focus its renewed energy on the remaining branches and leaves. Proper pruning enhances the charm of almost any tree and shrub. Benefits of Rejuvenation Pruning Removing damaged and dead limbs increase plant health Reduces safety and liability concerns—for instance, blocked…

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11 Reasons to Hire a Professional Landscaper

By Extra Mile | Feb 7, 2020

Outdoor living is tops. Fresh air, garden parties, gorgeous landscaping. What’s that? Still living with astroturf and raggedy concrete in lieu of a backyard? Never fear, there’s professional help for that. Landscape pros are the perfect blend of contractors and gardeners, able to build out a project with the artistic vision of painter. Here are…

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How Cooler Temperatures Are Affecting Lawn and Landscape

By Extra Mile | Feb 3, 2020

Is It Spring Yet? As is the case with most years, sometimes it will warm up early, fooling a lot of plants, including turfgrasses, to start the annual spring green-up. Only to be broadsided with an arctic blast and cooler temperatures that pushes plants back into winter dormancy.   Cool-season turfgrasses like bluegrass, ryegrass and…

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Curb Appeal Now Has A Number Value

By Extra Mile | Jan 31, 2020

Landscapers and realtors have always known there is true economic value—not just aesthetic value—in curb appeal. But unlike other home improvements (according to a quick google search, adding a bathroom increases value by roughly 11.5%; adding a bedroom increases home value by $30,000 to $50,000) quantifying curb appeal has proved elusive.   But a study…

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