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AFTER THE HURRICANE, NOW WHAT?

AFTER THE HURRICANE, NOW WHAT?

The storm is over, but the damage remains.  Whether it’s fallen trees, limbs, debris or standing water, cleanup can be a challenge.  The first thing to do is step back,  review the damage and formulate a plan.  What can you do yourself and what do you need to hire someone to take care of for you?

Safety first!  Don’t work alone.  Check for fallen or sagging power lines.  These can be hidden and tangled in trees.  If this is the case, immediately call your utility provider.   

Inspect your trees.  Look for fallen branches, split tree trunks, and broken tree tops.  Large trees that are structurally damaged may need to be removed.  Call in a professional.

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Hurricane Landscape Tips

Hurricane Landscape Tips

With the heavy rains and strong winds that we are expecting this weekend, it is important to safeguard your landscape as much as possible.  Here are some tips we have gathered that may be helpful. 

Trim any dead limbs or branches that may fall in strong winds. Don’t leave the trimmings in the yard as they may easily become projectile.  Clean out gutters and downspouts.  Check drainage areas and remove all debris from storm drains.  Turn off your irrigation system.  Make sure newly planted trees are staked.  Bring in all loose, lightweight objects that are small enough to be brought inside.  If you can, bring your patio furniture, grill and dog houses inside, if not, tie them to a sturdy tree. It’s important to protect your grill since you may need it for cooking if the electricity cuts off for an extended amount of time.  (Also stock up on charcoal or propane).  Turn any outdoor tables upside down so the wind can’t catch the upper surfaces.  Small potted plants should be brought inside.  Large potted plants and trees should be laid on their sides with the tops pointing away from the expected direction of the strong winds. Don’t wrap them in a tarp as it can act like a sail and whip the plants around.  Insecticides, pesticides and motor fuels should be stored in areas that are secure and as high as possible.  After the storm, before walking outside, check for down powerlines and stay clear of standing water.  

Please call us at 704-504-0980 if we can be of assistance with storm cleanup. 

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It's Fall about Family and Friends - sitting around the firepit

It's Fall about Family and Friends - sitting around the firepit

Fall will be here in less than two weeks.  I don't know about you, but I am fired up!  Cooler weather, shorter days, what a time to be outside.  Close your eyes and just imagine...

It's a crisp September evening, and there's a soft breeze.  You can hear the leaves rustling as they fall from the trees.  You, your loved ones, family and friends are sitting in your backyard around the firepit.  You have your cozy blanket, a beverage of your choice, hot cocoa or cider, wine, beer, maybe something stronger; I'm not judging!  The kids are running around trying to catch the last fireflies of the season.  You call the kids over to eat hotdogs that you've just cooked over the open flame.  It's time to roast marshmallows and make s'mores.  Bellies full, you sit back and regale your scariest stories from your childhood to your own children.  The kids get tired and trample off to bed.  It's just the adults now, and you just sit there, gazing at the fire, enjoying the warmth that it brings, the way it has brought you all together, if only for this night.  All the cares of the world have been cast away as you sigh...lost in the glow of the embers.

Sounds wonderful, doesn't it.  Why not make it a reality?  Whether a DIY kit or professionally installed, a firepit is just the thing to make your backyard your Fall retreat.  Let MetroGreenscape help you make your Fall about Family and Friends.

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Labor Day Thrills, Fills and Spills

Labor Day Thrills, Fills and Spills

Labor Day is Monday! As you get ready to entertain, you might want to add some flower containers to your patio or outdoor living space.  With the cooling night temperatures that we've seen lately and the ever-shortening hours of daylight, Labor Day is when we start to see the annuals we’ve enjoyed all summer begin to decline.

This weekend is the prime time to refresh your garden containers with plants that work well into the fall. Most of the plants you'll see in garden centers right now are meant to transition into autumn, and their colors and shapes complement fall décor. 

Thriller / Filler / Spiller Formula

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Back to School Landscape Tips

Back to School Landscape Tips

 

As summer winds down, and temperatures begin to cool off, we know Fall is in the air. Back to school routines, busy schedules and changes to the landscapes are all around us, and many families struggle to find the time for lawn care. However, it’s imperative to keep up with lawn and garden maintenance. There are several things to consider at this time of year when it comes to keeping your lawn in good shape.

Remove fallen leaves right away.  As the leaves start falling, it’s time to break out the rake. Keeping up with the leaves is important.  If they pile up too much, the moisture and mildew beneath them can have a damaging effect on your grass. Take time to rake and collect weekly, and it will be easier to keep the lawn clear.

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