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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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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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