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Ground Affects

Landscaping is Key to Finalizing Your Dream Home
During the height of summer, it’s more apparent than ever that a home’s yard is just as important as any bedroom or kitchen.

Being outdoors boosts your mood and spirits and can even improve your physical health by reducing blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. And if you have a well-landscaped lawn just outside your windows, you won’t even have to travel to enjoy the fresh air.

Tom Ball, owner of Ground Affects Landscaping in Sullivan, Wisconsin, built his business around that philosophy.

“We want to make your backyard your favorite room in the house,” Ball says.

The business has served southwest Wisconsin clients since 1996, providing unique, professional landscaping services tailored to each individual space. Ball accepts commercial and residential projects of all shapes and sizes.

Ball says the company prides itself on attention to detail and the use of the highest-quality materials and products. The business’s award-winning designers work closely with clients, putting their expert spin on each customer’s dream yard.

Ground Affects Landscaping uses computer software to create 3D representations of yard design ideas, allowing customers to virtually explore their new yards from the comfort of their own homes.

“We construct not only customized projects, but spaces where memories last a lifetime,” Ball says.

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Safe, Stylish Decks for Any Home

A beautiful deck or patio for entertaining or for personal use can add the final flourish on a backyard space. While a yard can be functional without a dedicated seating area, it can feel incomplete.

It can be functional, but it’s undeniably incomplete. Fortunately, companies like Marling Lumber and Homeworks have made it their mission to help homeowners realize their property’s potential.

With the long winter finally fading into memory, it’s a great time to look into options for sprucing up your decking, says Josh Ziegler, branch manager with Marling Lumber and Homeworks.

“Your deck can be one of the most unique amenities in your home,” Ziegler says. “Really, your imagination is the limit. Do you want a few boards with railings or a vast architectural wonder? Are you more focused on aesthetics? Or are you interested in utility, something your family can use every day?”

Marling’s designers work closely with clients to help them bring their dream deck into the real world. The company partners with decking lines like Deckorators, TimberTech, Trex and Azek Decking, making the design options effectively infinite.

If you have an existing deck that has begun to look its age, Marling can help there, too.

The business’s decking experts are up to date on the latest materials and technologies, such as composite deck board with laser-etched grain patterns and a wide variety of colors. New fasteners make decks safer and less likely to torque or get damaged when the weather inevitably takes a turn.

“If you’re looking for inspiration, visit the Midwest’s largest deck display at our Madison location,” says Josh. “You can also visit the Marling Lumber and Homeworks website and begin designing your deck right now!”