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VETERANS DAY - Honoring Those Who Serve

VETERANS DAY - Honoring Those Who Serve

In honor of Veterans Day, MetroGreenscape would like to recognize two of our employees who proudly served in the military.

Holly Blumhardt, our Marketing Associate, was a Lieutenant in the United States Airforce serving as the Financial Manager for the F-22 System Program office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio.  Holly served three years active duty and was a member of the ROTC at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Erik Price, our delivery driver, served as a Petty Officer 2nd Class in the United States Coast Guard for four years.  Erik was stationed at the US Coast Guard Station Gulfport in Gulfport, Mississippi on the Coast Guard Cutter Razorbill.

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Get Ready to Fall Back – Don’t Forget to Reset Your Landscape Lighting

Get Ready to Fall Back – Don’t Forget to Reset Your Landscape Lighting

On Sunday, we “fall back” and set the clocks back one hour. While we change the time on our clocks and appliances, we need to remember to adjust the time and settings on our landscape lighting. The end of Daylight Savings Time means that it will get darker earlier in the evening.

When speaking with our Operations Manager, Scott Greeson, he advises that if you are using your outdoor lighting for security purposes, you should set the timer to come on at 5:00 pm and turn off at 7:00 am. If, however, you are using your lighting for accent purposes only, you can set them to turn on at 5:00 pm and turn off at 1:00 pm.

Scott also suggests that you consider increasing your long-term cost savings by installing or converting existing fixtures to LED. Low Voltage Lighting can provide as much light as incandescent bulbs using only 20% of the energy.  This means you can save money on your electric bill by consuming less energy while still providing adequate light.  Low Voltage Lights, especially LEDs, last 50 times longer than other bulbs creating less waste and saving on bulb replacement.

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A sCare Free Halloween Front Porch

A sCare Free Halloween Front Porch

Halloween is next week! It’s not too late to get into the Spirit! Halloween night brings lots of foot traffic to your home, making it a great holiday for decorating. If you’re looking for a little inspiration to get started, here are a few simple tips.

Set the stage for Halloween with some orange/black or dim lighting along your walkway that will lead guests to your door for trick or treating! Have a character to greet guests along the way.

The simplest changes can make all the difference when it comes to Halloween decorating on your front porch. Swap out your everyday doormat and add a fall-themed wreath to your front door. Create a classic country Halloween vignette on your porch by arranging hay bales, mums, pumpkins, and dried corn stalks around your steps. If you’re not into ghosts and goblins, then a good old-fashioned country porch is a great way to bring in the fall season and your decorations will last through Thanksgiving.

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The 5 Most Hated Fall Landscaping Chores

The 5 Most Hated Fall Landscaping Chores

Fall is a favorite time of year for many people. The holidays are just around the corner, the weather shifts and the trees begin their kaleidoscope of color. The other perk in fall is allowing a professional to take on some of the chores for you. We all know what a headache fall landscaping can be, and also how important it is to keep it healthy so it's green for another season!  We actually did our research and found the 5 most hated fall landscaping chores.  Let us know if you agree!

Raking Leaves: Fallen leaves left on the ground block sunlight and cause brown spots on the grass. Once or twice a week be sure to rake up and dispose of all leaves until the season is over.  

Lawn Care: Now is a great time to re-seed your lawn using a cold tolerant grass seed.  Doing such allows the lawn to thrive for most of the year without growing thin in places. Fall is also a good time to fertilize and aerate your lawn.

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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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