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Lawn Equipment Care

Lawn Equipment Care

https://vimeo.com/779354302 As we start thinking about storing all of your lawn care equipment for the coming winter months, there’s some things that you should consider. Small engine lawn equipment needs to be prepped for storage, especially if you’re not using...

Safety Tip: Dealing With A Broken Bulb

Safety Tip: Dealing With A Broken Bulb

Safety Tip! Broken bulbs are a high possibility when dealing with Christmas lights. We have a tip for you guys on dealing with them and staying safe while doing so. First, and probably the most obvious, but still needs saying, make sure your lights are UNPLUGGED. Not...

Backflow Testing

Backflow Testing

Backflow is a term in plumbing for an unwanted flow of water in the reverse direction. It can be a serious health risk for contamination. Backflow testing assesses pressure levels of your backflow preventer device and can help ensure dirty water...

Topdressing Your Lawn

Topdressing Your Lawn

According to LSU Ag Center, the term "topdressing" is used to describe material used as well as the process of adding a thin layer of material to the surface of a sod or seedbed. This topdressing material can be sand, soil, compost, synthetic material, or a blend of...

Pro Tip: Tree & Column Wraps

Pro Tip: Tree & Column Wraps

https://vimeo.com/778220266 We’ve mentioned tree and column wraps already, but here is a pro tip! Dealing with long strands of lights can be a hassle, especially when wrapping trees or columns. They can get tangled and wrapped up where you don’t want them to, so we...

Christmas Timer Must Have!

Christmas Timer Must Have!

Christmas light timers are great! You set it and forget it. They take the hassle out of having to plug in and unplug your lights every evening. But make sure that you have a timer with a built in battery! At some point, you may lose power, and if you don’t have a...

Chimney Flues and Pest

Chimney Flues and Pest

It’s chilly out there today and that makes for perfect fireplace weather! That being said, you know we have a tip for you. When you’re using your fireplace, you have to open the flue. But when it’s not in use, make sure you keep it closed. Leaving it open creates the...

Ladder Stabilizers

Ladder Stabilizers

https://vimeo.com/776720499 Falling off off ladders is one of the biggest accidents that can happen while hanging Christmas lights. Ladder stabilizers can help prevent these accidents, and actually serve a few purposes. The main purpose is its name sake: stabilizer....

Maple Trees Are Beautiful!

Maple Trees Are Beautiful!

Maple trees are very popular in our area. They offer ample amounts of shade and they also burst with a beautiful display of color in the fall. You may have noticed them around town sporting red, orange, and yellow leaves. There are 128 species of maple trees that vary...

Tree Wrap Tip

Tree Wrap Tip

https://vimeo.com/775923849 Wrapping trees is a very popular option when installing Christmas lights. Depending on the width of the tree, tree lights use a lot of light strands. One thing that you need to stay mindful of is the type of lights you’re using; LED or...

A Shocking Safety Tip!

A Shocking Safety Tip!

https://vimeo.com/775111831 If you decide you want to install your own Christmas lights this year, we always recommend using commercial grade products that you can custom fit to your home. With that being said, we would like to share a rather “shocking” safety tip...

Could Your Decorations Be Causing Indoor Pests?

Could Your Decorations Be Causing Indoor Pests?

https://vimeo.com/774428821 This time of the year, it’s not uncommon to see an increase in bug activity around your home. But that doesn’t mean you’re facing a full blown invasion! There are two common reasons you’re seeing an increase in pests right now. The first...

Clean Out Your Gutters!

Clean Out Your Gutters!

Whether you’re hiring someone to install Christmas lights or doing it yourself, this is a great time to get up there and clean out your gutters! Clogged gutters can cause a number of problems throughout the year. Gutters help direct water away from your home, but if...

Tropicals Are NOT Dying!

Tropicals Are NOT Dying!

https://vimeo.com/773483841 We already mentioned what’s going on with hydrangeas, but today we’re going to talk about tropical plants. Tropicals include plants such as banana plants, cannas, agapanthus, and many more. With all of the cold weather we’ve been having,...

Christmas Lights: Get That Crisp Clean Look

Christmas Lights: Get That Crisp Clean Look

https://vimeo.com/772569655 Here at Matthews, Christmas lights season is in full swing! But how do professionals get that crisp, even look that we all want? Well, we’re giving you the secret! There are many different ways to attach your Christmas lights to your home,...

What’s Going On With Hydrangeas?

What’s Going On With Hydrangeas?

https://vimeo.com/772155853 Hydrangeas are a classic plant here in Louisiana, and are popular for their giant colorful blooms. If you’re a first time hydrangea plant owner, you may be getting worried about the appearance of your lovelies. In the fall, hydrangeas will...

Christmas Lights Vs. Rain 

Christmas Lights Vs. Rain 

Do you notice that your Christmas lights flicker during rain? Don't stress! It's most likely a GFI trip due to the detection of water. As it dries out, which usually takes a few hours, things will smooth out. Just hit the reset button to get the system working again....

Grass Going Dormant

Grass Going Dormant

As we enter into the colder months, your lawn may be changing colors. Do not be alarmed, this is all perfectly normal and even essential. The grass is not able to thrive in the winter, therefore the grass dormancy occurs. As this occurs, be mindful of the health of...

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