Thursday, April 29, 2010


Take a look at a couple recent TGK projects.

Deck Planting




Click the link below to see one more great TGK project!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!

Maybe it is because we’re in the business, but one of our favorite springtime smells is fresh bark mulch. You may not think a lot about the specifics of mulch and mulching best practices, but there might be issues in your yard that you need to address.

Click the link below to learn more about mulch!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Soil Testing

One of the most important lawn projects any homeowner takes on is fertilizing. With a recommended application of 4 times per year, the process is time consuming if you do it yourself or expensive if you have your landscaper do it. So what’s the most important factor in a successful fert program? The pH level of your soil. Fertilizer works best when the soil pH is 7.0. New England is known for having acidic soil, especially where oak and pine trees grow. So how do you figure out the pH level of your soil and how do you fix it? The answer is soil testing; not a service you hear a lot about, but one that can make all the difference in your landscape.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Landscape Tips from TGK

Here's the first in our new Friday Tips series. If you have questions or need advice on a specific topic, leave us a comment and we'll get you an answer!

One of the first things you should plan in the spring is rake your lawn. Raking is one of the most beneficial factors in having a healthy lawn. Raking removes any matter that may be embedded in the grass that will prohibit new growth (like acorns, pine cones, pine needles, sticks and branches). It also removes thatch (a mat of undecomposed material). Although having a thin layer of thatch is always a good thing, a thick layer will suffocate your grass. It will also make it more difficult for water and nutrients to make it deep into the roots, where it is vital to have a strong and healthy lawn. Having raked your lawn, you now have “opened” up the barrier at the base of the grass to let the sunshine and nutrients work their magic.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring is here!

If you live in the Northeast, you most likely intend to spend your Easter weekend outside, drying out from the record rain we've seen over the last month. Want to tackle the yard? Here are some do's and don'ts for getting your yard in shape from The GroundsKeeper:
  • Don't do any yard work if your lawn is soggy or saturated; let it dry out. If you start too soon, you run the risk of doing more damage than good.
  • Do take pictures of any areas in your yard where you had standing water (or still have it). Now is the time to plan drainage construction projects to help prevent these issues in the future, and pictures will help your contractor.
  • Do clean the winter and fall debris from your lawn and beds.
  • Do rake your lawn - if you clean up piles on your lawn, you'll prevent yellow spots from forming.
  • Do clean out any organic materials from around the new shoots on perennials.
  • Do plant pansies! Add a little color to your yard with these great spring flowers.
  • Don't put grass seed down on any bare spots on your lawn. The ground temperature hasn't warmed up enough for the seed to germinate.
Whether or not you decide to start any yard projects this weekend, make sure you get out and enjoy the sunshine! If you'd like to schedule a spring clean-up or would like a free estimate on any of our lawn services, call us at 508-881-4136, send us an email at, or visit our website at Happy Spring!