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Tips for entertaining outdoors

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Sep 2, 2014 8:00:00 AM

tips-for-entertaining-outdoorsThis time of year, the weather is growing perfect for entertaining outside. The sultry days of summer will soon be behind us, and we’ll be left with mild fall days that allow us to actually enjoy the Midwest. Take a few extra steps to prepare for your next barbeque or round of croquet, and the event will go even more smoothly. Whether you perform insect control or install proper lighting, here are easy tips you can follow to have a successful event.

Secure natural lighting

As the sun begins to set earlier and earlier, remember to prepare for dark evenings with plenty of light. Consider a fire pit, solar lights (which are affordable and can be easily removed), or even more permanent measures, such as motion lights. Each of these steps can work to ensure ongoing outdoor lighting, no matter how dark the party might become.

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Topics: lawn

The best backyard swimming pools

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Aug 28, 2014 8:00:00 AM

best-backyard-swimming-poolsA swimming pool can be a great addition to your yard. They are a great place to exercise and a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to have fun. When well designed, the right pool can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your yard as well as the value of your home. But all backyard pools are not created equally, so it is important to understand your options. Whether your budget is big or small, there are stunning backyard pools out there to accommodate any kind of price point. For a bit of inspiration, check out our list.

The infinity pool

If your yard backs up to a cliff, hill, or beachfront there is no better option than an infinity pool.  Sometimes also called a disappearing edge pool or a vanishing edge pool, an infinity pool produces a stunning visual effect that makes it seem as if the pool is edgeless, with the water merging into the water or sky. It should be noted that these pools are pretty pricey, as they require extensive structural, hydraulic, and mechanical engineering. But the stunning visual effect is well worth the price tag.

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Topics: lawn, summer

Watering your lawn smartly

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Aug 26, 2014 8:00:00 AM

smart-watering-planThere’s no getting around it -- keeping your lawn green requires water, and sometimes a lot of it. WaterOne, a division of Water District No. 1 in Johnson County, recommends a program known as Smart Watering to help keep your grass green while still looking out for local water supplies and local systems. Here is what you need to know about Smart Watering.

What is Smart Watering?

Smart watering essentially entails watering your lawn on certain days of the week based on your house number. If you live in an even-numbered house, you water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you live in an odd-numbered house, you water on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and on the weekend.

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Topics: Irrigation, Grass, watering

Low-maintenance flowers for your yard

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Aug 21, 2014 8:00:00 AM

low-maintenance-flowersVirtually nothing looks more beautiful in a lawn than a bed of flowers. Flowers are the perfect way to add a splash of color to your front lawn, and can take your yard from average to spectacular. Unfortunately, however, gardening can be time consuming, and requires planting, watering, and weeding. But if you choose flowers wisely, you can plant the perfect low-maintenance garden. Check out the following list for great low-maintenance flowers for your yard.  


This beautiful flower is a perennial (for those of you who aren’t gardening aficionados, a perennial is a plant that lives longer than two years, dies every autumn, then re-sprouts in the spring). Native to Asia, Southern Europe, and Western North America, these perennials range in color from deep red to a light yellow or white, and flower in the late spring or early summer. Known for their incredibly long lifespan, peonies can be planted only one time and they will continue to grow back year after year. Peonies are also well known for their beautiful fragrance, so if you love the smell of flowers wafting through your yard, then this flower is for you.

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Topics: Flowers

Lawn games that everyone will love

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Aug 19, 2014 8:00:00 AM

best-lawn-gamesSummer means graduation parties, family barbecues, and company picnics. Keep everyone entertained at your backyard get-togethers with these fun lawn games.


This disc game is bound to keep adults and kids alike entertained for hours. You’ll need a Frisbee and two “kans,” spaced about fifty feet apart. The object of the game is to score points by either hitting the kan with the Frisbee or getting the Frisbee in the can. The game requires two, two-person teams. Each team has a thrower who throws the disc and a deflector who moves around to try to get the disc into the kan. The game ends when a team scores exactly 21 points or "chogs" the disc for an instant win (gets the disc into the can without the help of the deflector.) There is an official Kan-Jam game set that comes complete with two kans and a Frisbee. However, you can always improvise with two garbage cans if needed.

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Topics: lawn, summer

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