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    Tree and Landscaping Precautions to Take Before Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 5, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Homeowners often spend significant amounts of money, time, and effort at beautifying their lot, both for the sake of "curb appeal" and personal enjoyment. For those who live in the more northerly half of the U.S. or in Canada, however, winter can be brutal to their manicured lawns and trees.

    When snow and ice damage or destroy your turf or trees, this is commonly known as "winterkill." Below, we look at four ways winterkill affects your turf and four ways it can affect your trees, while offering some advice on how to minimize the risk.

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    Topics: Landscaping, Winter Gardening

    Tree and Landscaping Hazards Caused by Snow & Ice

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 4, 2016 7:30:00 AM

    Homeowners with well-manicured lawns sometimes dread and fear the arrival of winter, realizing that their precious trees, bushes, flowers, plants, and sod may suffer the effects of "winter kill." And this is a reasonable concern, given the significant investment of time, effort, and money you may have put into your lawn.

    However, winter's snow and ice can do more than merely cost you extra on "lawn rehab" next spring. Ice and snow can also create tree and landscaping hazards that put you at risk of both injuries and (should a visitor be hurt on your property) expensive lawsuits.

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    Topics: Landscaping, Winter

    Tips to Maintaining Your Driveway Year Round!

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Your driveway is one of the most important aspects of your property maintenance. Whether it’s where you park your car, shoot hoops or watch your children play, a maintained drive is critical for homeownership.

    The bad news is that all this usage means wear and tear, regardless of your driveway type. The good news? When it comes to keeping your driveway in top condition basic driveway maintenance is easy to do yourself.

    From having a good snow removal plan of action to reapplying sealants in summer, these expert tips keep a driveway looking its best during every season.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Landscaping, Concrete

    How to Prepare a Winter Gardening Plan…in the Summer!

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    How refreshing it is to breathe in the clean scents of summer! The fresh cut grass, flowers in full bloom, plump garden vegetables, and, of course, the wafts of BBQ from the outdoor grill—it’s no wonder we spend so much time out on our lawns and gardens during the summer.

    But there’s no reason we can’t enjoy a beautiful yard even when it’s covered in snow. In fact, maintaining a lawn during the colder months doesn’t just offer some lovely winter landscapes; it’s crucial to ensuring our yards stay healthy all year round. For example, residents of Alaska, who face incredibly fickle and extreme climates throughout the year, consider their yard’s seasonal health from the moment they construct a lawn and choose their grass!

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    Topics: Landscaping, Winter Gardening

    4 Easy Tricks to Spruce Up Your Lawn and Landscaping After Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 18, 2016 4:54:00 AM

    It's time to spring forward! After a long winter, lawns and landscaping need some TLC to get them in shape for spring. While a harsh season might have left your plants in rough shape, dedicating a day in the yard to clean-up and planting prep is all you need. Here we’ve compiled four easy DIY tricks you can do to spruce up your lawn after winter (FAST!).

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    Topics: Landscaping

    Refinishing Wood After Winter: Get Your Decks and Patios Back

    Posted by Ryan Williams on May 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

     The winter elements are tough on all materials, but especially wood. Wood can fade, stain, crack, chip, splinter and get water logged… The list seems endless!

    The good news is that revitalizing your wooden decks, patio furniture, wooden trims and wall panels back (without hiring a professional!) is easier than you think.

    Read on to see your tips for getting your wood looking beautiful again!

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Landscaping

    Craziest Pictures of Winter 2014-2015's Record Snowfall

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 12, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    The 2014-2015 winter season broke records. A lot of them.

    Many states across the Midwest and Northeast set records for their coldest February of all time. Meanwhile, Boston kept racking up the records, hitting their longest, fastest, and heaviest snowfalls between January and March 2015, capping it off with 108.6 inches (275.8 cm) of snow on March 15, 2015.

    What do all of these snow records have in common?

    Crazy pictures.

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    Topics: Landscaping, Winter

    Weighing the Costs of Residential Snow Removal

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 8, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Homeowners, renters, and landlords alike must deal each winter with the costs and inconveniences associated with snow and ice removal. Safety and health concerns, labor requirements, maintenance needs, and immediate expenses must all be weighed and balanced to find the optimal solutions. Here’s a brief look at some of the options for residential snow removal, and factors that can help you decide which is right for you.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Landscaping, Winter, Shoveling

    Rock Salt Damage and Other Things Your Driveway Should Avoid in Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 19, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    On average, a new 1,000-square-foot (304.8 m2) driveway costs between $2,000 and $5,000 (approximately $2,700 - $6,700 CAD) to install, and a professional resurfacing job on the same driveway will typically cost around $2,250 (approximately $3,000 CAD). With driveway installation and maintenance expenses running so high, it is imperative that homeowners find ways to get the full lifespan out of their driveways. An asphalt driveway will typically last around 20 years, and a concrete driveway 25 years, but winter weather could significantly shorten that time period unless you learn to protect your driveway from harm during snow and ice season.

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    Topics: Driveway, Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Landscaping, Winter

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