With 17-year Brood X Cicadas coming up from the ground, Mother's Day just around the corner, school winding down, and Memorial Day rounding out the month, May will certainly be buzzing with activity. While April had some unseasonably chilly periods, it looks like it should be smooth sailing from here on out, so we hope your backyard is ready for all of the action!
The Pros are busy completing some projects that will soon be ready for warm weather gatherings! Dillon's Crew recently added a natural stone and decorative rock access path to this Whiteland project featuring our largest-paver patio yet.
Meanwhile, Pat's Crew in Zionsville has been busy putting together this project that will ultimately feature a pool, outdoor kitchen, water feature, and more. It's always amazing to see these large projects transform from major construction zones to finished projects as the hard work ends and the enjoyment can begin.
Along with these, we have many other exciting projects we've been breaking ground on, and our maintenance teams have been non-stop tending to mulching, mowing, and spring-clean up services. We hope you, too, can make the most of the continued warm weather crossing off to-dos and finishing projects while also finding time to sit back and relax this month in your favorite outdoor spaces--wherever they May be!
Get dressed up for a fun night out AND support a great cause? Sounds like a win-win!
Property Pros is proud to be a sponsor for A Night of Masquerade, an event for Cecilia's Advice, a non-profit benefitting the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation. There is still time to get tickets and attend the event at the gorgeous Lucas Estate in June!

A Night of Masquerade
June 5, 2021
Lucas Oil Estate (Carmel, IN)
Formal* (Black Tie Optional)
*With masquerade masks encouraged!

Dinner and beverages will be included in cost of ticket price. The program will include a silent auction, live auction, entertainment, dancing, and more!
Worried about what the next heavy rain will do to your yard? If you are noticing excess sitting water around your property, it might be time to address some drainage problems. Excess water that is not draining away from your home is both unattractive and can prevent you from using your outdoor space; but it also could mean detrimental damages to your home's foundation down the line. The Pros can help identify and address these complex issues!
Read our latest blog to find out more or click the video to watch Josh Springer and Jeff Mull discuss the topic in our latest video.
Congratulations to our Crew of the Month: Justo Nunez, Rocio Morquecho, and Kyle Compton!
We are thrilled to honor Justo, Rocio, and Kyle as our Crew of the Month! They have been working tirelessly on spring maintenance, applying mulch to properties and completing spring clean-ups! We are so busy this time of year and they have been extremely flexible, stepping up to help out where needed. We were so impressed this past month with the quality of their work on job sites, and our clients have been so happy to see their yards ready to enjoy for the warm season. Please help us in congratulating them and thank you to this crew for their consistent positive attitude and diligent work-ethic!
The Ultimate Beer Brats
With a little extra prep time ahead of guest arrival, you can get delicious, flavorful brats off the grill in a matter of minutes. Plus, toppings to keep everyone happy!
Serves 6 to 8

For the brats:
  • 2 12-oz bottles of lager beer
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 to 8 fresh bratwurst links, about 2.5 lbs
  • 6 to 8 sub rolls, brat buns, or Italian-bread cut into brat sized pieces
  1. Brat Prep: Combine 6 cups of water, the beer, onion, garlic, ginger, caraway seeds, bay leaves, and cloves in a large pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook 10 minutes. Add the bratwursts, return to a simmer and cook until almost done (the meat should still be slightly pink in the center), about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the bratwursts cool completely in the cooking liquid, about 1 hour. This can be done a a day ahead. Cover and refrigerate in the cooking liquid, then move on to the next step when ready to prep.
  2. Grill time: Preheat a grill to medium high. Transfer 2 cups of the cooking liquid to a small, grill-safe sauce pan or bowl. Add butter to the liquid and cook until it melts. Grill the bratwursts, directly on the griddle, basting with the butter liquid mixture, until browned with grills marks and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve with stone ground mustard or desired toppings.
Smoky Beer Cheese Sauce
In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp. butter and 1 clove minced garlic until fragrant. Whisk in 2 tbsp. flour. Cook 1 minute. Slowly add 4 oz. lager beer and 4 oz. milk to flour mixture, stirring constantly. Continue whisking over medium heat until mixture bubbles slightly, and thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tsp. hot sauce, 4 oz. smoked gouda, and 4 oz. cheddar cheeses. Stir until cheese melts and sauce is smooth.
Sweet and Sour Onions
Melt 2 tbsp. butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 each sliced Vidalia onion and red onion; cook, stirring, until soft, about 15 minutes. Add 1/4 cup ketchup, 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar, 2 tsp. brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. hot sauce, and salt and pepper to taste and heat through, 2 to 3 more minutes. Stir in 3 chopped scallions.
Bell Pepper Relish
Pulse 1 chopped yellow bell pepper and 1 orange bell pepper, 4 chopped radishes, 4 scallions, 1 chopped celery stalk, and 1 garlic clove in a food processor until finely chopped. Whisk 2 tbsp. each cider vinegar and chopped parsley, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 2 tsp. brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. each celery salt and kosher salt, and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Add to the vegetable mixture and toss to coat.
We're Hiring! Tell your people to call our people.
This time last year, life was pretty up in the air. Even though we, like many other small businesses, faced some uncertain moments, we implemented safety measures and quickly got back to doing what we do best, transforming outdoor spaces. We were lucky to have dedicated employees on our teams and are excited to be growing again this year. There are plenty of projects to tackle, so we are always hiring!! Check out our open positions and let those who may be interested know! We are pleased to offer competitive benefits including, health/vision/dental/life insurance, 401k matching, paid time-off, paid holidays, and participation in our profit-sharing plan.