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Clean Up Winter Before Spring!

Spring Sidewalk

When cold temperatures linger and snow keeps coming, it can feel like winter is never going to end. As we trundle our way through the last chills of winter, we all look forward to warm, spring months where flowers start to bloom again and grasses become greener. We may even get a taste of spring as a tease before winter is really over. But, before we make our way to local nurseries to pick out some perennials or start planning our veggie gardens, there’s some post-winter cleaning to do.

After every snowfall and every ice storm you likely used a deicing product to treat your driveway and walkways. Did you know that salt and liquid deicers can leave behind efflorescence?

“Efflorescence” might sound pretty (the word means “to flower out” in French), but the reality is something much less attractive. Efflorescence is the white, powdery deposit you see coating stones, bricks and concrete. This happens when soluble salts rise to the surface of porous materials and gets left behind after water evaporates. While these coatings aren’t hazardous, they can quickly become an eyesore. What is the best way to get rid of these stubborn and unsightly stains?

BareGround’s One Shot Efflorescence Remover is our fast-acting, water-based cleaner scientifically designed to remove efflorescence from concrete and masonry. By attacking sodium chloride deposits directly, our solution makes cleaning a breeze. Best of all, a treatment of One Shot Efflorescence Remover also helps prevents efflorescence stains from recurring.

After you take care of your spring cleaning at ground level, don’t forget to clean places you don’t see as easily, like the solar panel on your roof.  While the ice and snow may melt away on its own, there will always be dirt and grime left behind which will diminish solar panel efficiency and effectiveness.  In order to maximize the impact of your solar investment, it’s essential to keep panels clean throughout the year

Our One Shot Solar Panel Cleaner washes away dirt and reduces surface tension to prevent further buildup. Specially formulated to protect and improve the efficiency of solar glass, our cleaner is:  

  • Ammonia free
  • Streak free
  • Non smearing
  • Quick drying
  • No odor or VOC’s
  • Environmentally and User friendly

Plan ahead now and soon you too can say hello to warm weather by saying goodbye to all the wintry weather mess.

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What's So Great About Liquid Fish?

Liquid Fish Fertilizer

Fish has been used by Native Americans as a natural source of plant nutrients for hundreds of years. The organic matter that the fish fertilizer provides breaks down and releases nutrients into the soil for plant strength and vitality, and also enhances the naturally occurring micro organisms in your soil.  This means that you don’t have to use synthetic or chemical fertilizers that are the main source of groundwater pollution, AND the fish fertilizer is safe for people and pets.

Trident’s Pride liquid fish soil enhancer by Bare Ground is a concentrated high energy soil nutrient broth that creates a superb foundation for building the best lawns, crops and gardens. We use 100% including the enzymes (this is not a scraps-only formula).

In addition to the liquid fish soil enhancer, Trident’s Pride also comes in granular form for added soil aeration, making it easy to incorporate this natural fertilizer into your planting process from the very start!

  • Helps ALL plants, flowers, grasses, trees, shrubs, and crops better assimilate soil nutrients
  • Creates beneficial microbe explosion in the soil with complex array of nutrients and minerals
  • Enviro-considerate by reducing the need to use fertilizers…the #1 ground pollutant
  • Increases Antioxidants in the soil
  • Increases soil’s energy and sugar content
  • Increases growth and production by building a healthier soil
  • Increases organic matter and earthworm population
  • Increases soil microbe production
  • Increases the Cation Exchange (electrolyzed exchange of positive soil ions)
  • Perfect for Organic gardening
  • Great for all indoor and outdoor plants


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Top Tips to Avoid Ice Dam Issues

If you happen to utter the words “Ice Dams”, do you notice that people tend to cringe? Last winter was particularly brutal, and homeowners and insurance companies alike are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst!

Peter Marshall, owner of Marshall Insurance in Marlborough, MA said he and his staff processed claims for their customers all day, every day for six weeks during the end of last winter. “I fielded questions from almost everyone I encountered for months after that, as well.” Ice Dam claims in the Northeast last year alone cost insurers $1.8 billion dollars. And the issues for homeowners? Well, let’s just say most everyone who dealt with ice dams last winter will do anything to avoid them again this time around!

But how can you prepare for Mother Nature this year? There are two main ways – preventative measures before winter approaches, and channeling water through ice and snow once your roof is covered!

If you have more time and resources at your disposal, performing an energy audit is key to really knowing your home. This critical process will tell you if your attic is well insulated, and identify your risks for ice dams. But it is already December, and the snow will be here before we know it!

Once snow and ice have built up on your roof, it’s the melting water that causes nightmares because it has nowhere to go but in… under your roof, down your walls and .. INTO YOUR HOME! Your first action is to make a channel for the water to leave your roof before it has a chance to back up under your shingles and soak on through into your home causing damage.

Use safe and effective products to efficiently remove snow and ice from your roof! There are many products out there that can work to remove ice dams – but few can ensure they work the first time, efficiently and are virtually non-corrosive as to not harm your roof, and is safe or plants, animals, and humans on the ground below.

When possible, choose compounds that are environmentally-safe, pet-safe, and virtually non-corrosive, like magnesium chloride with a corn inhibitor that Bare Ground uses in our new gel melts and other winter products. With a little preparation, you should be able to handle whatever Mother Nature blows your way this winter!

Stay warm and ice-free!