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    3 Reasons to Hire a Snow Removal Company

    Winter in Minnesota is notorious for frigid temperatures and lots of snowfall; two things residents of this beautiful state don’t love to deal with. Luckily, we can take one of them off your plate…er, driveway.

    Ehlinger Lawn Service provides snow removal for both residential and commercial properties. Every time it snows 1” or more, your driveway will automatically be cleared—no need to call.

    We use snow blowers, not plows, meaning the job gets done faster, better, and without ruining your lawn. Plus, it means you can put down the shovel and save yourself the sore back.

    There are plenty of reasons to hire a snow removal company this winter, but here are the top 3.


    1. Reduce Injury

    Thousands of people go to the emergency room each year with injuries related to snow shoveling. The hazards are twofold:

    • Your heart works overtime from the constant lifting and pushing, and the cold temperatures increase heart rate and blood pressure—both leading to increased risk of heart attack in at-risk individuals

    • Poor lifting technique and heavy wet snow can easily lead to lower back and soft tissue injuries 

    Both these worries go out the window when you hire someone to remove your snow for you! And don’t worry—we use snow blowers, not shovels—so we’re safe too.


    2. Save Time 

    You already have enough to do in the morning; snow removal shouldn’t be on the list. When you partner with Ehlinger Lawn Service, we come to your home each time it snows 1” or more, and if it continues to snow, we come again. Saving you precious hours better spent elsewhere.


    3. It’s Affordable

    Hiring a professional snow removal company doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, our rates are extremely cost-effective, with driveways starting at $375 for an entire season.

    During an average snow season, we service our residential customers about 20 times, all for one flat rate. Meaning no matter how much it snows—you never pay more. Now, that alone is reason to toss your shovel aside and give us a call!


    This winter, don’t break your back, or your bank, removing snow. Let Ehlinger Lawn Service take care of it for you so you can get back to more important things…like hot chocolate by the fire or catching the big game.

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    Save Your Lawn From Holiday Decoration Damage

    Remember how magical it was as a kid to drive around at night, oohing and awing at elaborate holiday displays on festive family’s houses? Now you might be the one really filled with Christmas spirit, setting up holiday decorations all over the front yard. 

    As a kid, you never had to worry about the damage those decorations might do to the yard, but as an adult, you’re more likely to keep it in mind. Follow these tips and be careful with these holiday items so that they do not cause damage to your lawn!

    Heavy Items

    Placing heavy items on mulched areas, patios, or really anywhere the grass does not grow can prevent damage to your lawn. If you like to use inflatable decorations, be sure to move them around every two weeks. Even the lightweight decorations can still cause the grass to die underneath if left in the same place too long.

    Protect Existing Landscaping

    If you will be staking anything into the ground, be careful of in-ground sprinkler system heads! You also want to be sure your trees and bushes are not under stress from the lights strung on them or the decorations bumping against them. Remember to account for the extra weight of fallen snow and the gusty winds of a blizzard to protect your existing landscaping. 

    Holiday Lightsll


    Everyone favorite way to adorn their home is with lots of lights! Just be sure you put your lights on a timer so there’s less foot traffic all over your lawn. Only use decorations, lights, and extension cords rated for outdoor use. Check each year to ensure nothing is damaged to prevent electrical fires.

    With these warnings in mind, you can get out in the yard and fill it up with Santas, reindeer, lights, and inflatable snowmen. Keep your lawn in mind and you will be rewarded with little to no damage to your grass come springtime. From all of us at Ehlinger Lawn Services – Happy Holidays!

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    Treating Your Yard with Ground Limestone: What You Should Know Beforehand

    For our yards, fall is a time for fertilization, aeration, and also a great time to test your soil before winter sets in. As advised in, “Working lime into the soil in the fall gives it several months to dissolve before spring planting.” Testing your soil will tell you the ph levels of the soil in your yard and let you know if adding nitrogen or lime will benefit your yard. 

    When Should You Add Lime to Your Yard? 

    Adding ground limestone - or lime - is a common practice for less than favorable yards. Lawns that have a low ph levels benefit from the addition of lime. 

    A neutral is ph level is around 6.5 to 7, depending on where you live. In warmer areas, lawns tend to like a more acidic levels. Adding lime to your yard can be a yearly event - and it is relatively simple to do. Just add the lime to a hopper - which you can find at many home improvement stores - and spread it across the yard. 

    It generally takes 20 to 50 pounds of lime per 1,000 square feet to get an acidic lawn back on track. Afterward, it’s a good idea to get a new ph test about every 2 years.

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    Treating Discolored, Thin, or Bare Growth Spots

    The hardest part of treating discolored spots can be diagnosing the cause. Some dead or brown grass spots can be a symptom of one of the following: 

    • Pet Stains
    • Dull Mower Blades
    • Heat Damage
    • Drought Stress
    • Soil Compaction 
    • Funguses

    Determining your issue is the main focus in treating your specific issue. Lime can assist in solving pet stains and can help your lawn recover from soil compaction – along with aeration treatment. If your lawn is overly dry or is not being properly maintained, you may need to alter your watering and trimming routine.

    Pet Spots

    Eliminating Pet Spots

    One of the most common complaints from homeowners about their yard are pet stains - either from your own pet, or from other “visitors” in the neighborhood. Yellow or Brown Spots from pet stains are very high in acidity and prevent grass from absorbing nutrients from the ground. Lime will help you cleanse your soil and restore a deep color to your grass.

    Tree Species: Myths and Facts

    There is a commonly accepted idea that large trees - especially pine trees - can cause discoloration in your yard. As landscape designer and contractor John Watkins states, “It is a common myth that grass will not grow around pine trees because the accumulated needles make the soil so acidic nothing will grow.” Watkins goes on to say, “Needle drop from pine trees can produce a thick mat that forms a physical barrier, either retarding grass growth or killing it entirely.” 

    Basically what John is saying is it’s not the acidity of the tree, it’s the accumulation of needles that prevents grass growth. 

    This idea carries over to other trees, as well. Certain species of trees may have a dense canopy that will block out sunlight and drop needles, acorns, or other natural barriers onto your lawn. Dead or dying grass in these cases result in a bad pairing of grass and tree species or an incorrect amount of standard maintenance. 

    Instead of adding lime or other fertilizers to your soil, be sure that you have the correct seed type for your space. Your lawn may also need more sunlight, air, and/or water to reach its full potential.

    Mushroom and Moss

    What About Moss or Mushrooms?

    Excessive moss growth or the presence of mushrooms comes from having an overly alkaline soil, or lawns that are overly shady, too wet, or compacted. 

    To get rid of moss and mushrooms, you’ll want to skip the lime and instead reseed the area with shade-friendly grass seed, aerate the soil, and fertilize for nitrogen deficiency. It may also help to thin the trees to reduce shade, water less, and cut your grass higher to encourage stronger roots. If a stump or dead roots are present, remove them and keep the area well-drained.

    While adding Lime to your lawn can even out PH levels and balance acidity, lime can be harmful as well. As it says in the Think Green Blog, “Just as soil that’s too acidic will inhibit your lawn’s ability to absorb nutrients, one that’s too alkaline will prevent your grass from getting enough nitrogen, potassium and iron.” 

    Sometimes the most important step you can take to creating a healthy lawn is to contact the experts at Ehlinger Lawn Care

    For more information on Fall Lawn care prep, visit a few of our past blogs: 

  • Planting in July: Boost Your Growing Season

    While May through June is the ideal time to plant flowers and vegetables in the garden, nothing is stopping you from planting in July. 

    Provided you are willing to water frequently, you can boost your growing season by making a couple last minute additions to the gardens. Your garden is an integral part of your home’s landscape; why not make it the best it can be?

    Flowers for New Growth Next Year

    For many flowers, July is the peak of growth and blooms. Take advantage of this with geraniums and take cuttings to start new plants for indoor winter blooms. According to, July is also a great time to dig, divide, and replant iris for increased blooms next year. You can plant chrysanthemums and asters in July to provide fall bloom and healthy parent plants for next spring. Lastly, short season annuals like pansies can fill in empty spots of the garden as spring blooms die.


    Vegetables and Herbs for Quick Harvest

    Root vegetables are a great option for July planting because they can withstand frost and snow - in fact it makes them sweeter! Try beets, carrots, rutabaga, kohlrabi, and radishes. Radishes have a short growing season, so it is recommended to plant in spring, early summer, and mid summer for a crop that keeps on giving. 

    According to, another easy addition to the gardens in July are herbs. Basil, cilantro, and parsley all have short enough growing seasons that they will yield in late September if you plant in July. Just remember to water herbs as the heat of summer sets in!


    It is not too late to plant flowers and vegetables to enjoy in the gardens at home! Planting in July can boost your growing season well through late fall. Pick up some seeds today and get outside to plant!

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    Make Your Backyard a Camping Destination

    With summer now upon you, it’s time to take a moment and consider how you can make the most of the longer and warmer days. 

    When it comes to planning your summer, there’s no better place to consider than the one that’s closest and most accessible: your own backyard. While camping trips “up north” to enjoy life on the lake and time with family are undeniably nostalgia-inducing, they can also come with their fair share of inconveniences. Lots of packing and planning, long drives, and swarms of relentless mosquitos are just a few added headaches. 

    Instead, you can maximize your free time by making the most of the outdoor space right behind your home.


    The anticipation that comes with travel adds to the overall excitement, and naturally, the same is true for camping in the backyard. Build anticipation by setting the date. Let your family members know what’s coming. Set up a tent or a tarp and make a little sign or decoration to mark your campsite. Make sure everyone knows that this is something to get excited about.


    Plan a menu that you can cook and enjoy outside. There are plenty of delicious foods that you can cook over a campfire; hot dogs and shish kebabs make great options. Whatever your main course is, you’ll want to leave room for at least one s’more.


    Leave devices behind in favor of low-tech fun: sing a song by the fire or play a card or board game in the tent. Set up yard games or host a water balloon fight. Enjoy conversations, jokes and funny memories that otherwise wouldn’t come up if you didn’t take the time to enjoy a backyard campout.

    If the idea of a backyard campout outdated and slow-paced for you, remember that the fun of camping is all about trading in the everyday for something different. However you decide to plan your backyard campout, just make sure you’re not going about your regular routine. Remember, this is a camping staycation after all. So, make it special!


    If your lawn isn’t quite up to snuff to host a backyard campout, contact Ehlinger Lawn Service. From weed and pest control to landscaping, we’ll transform your backyard into a relaxing vacation destination!

  • Get Your Backyard BBQ Ready in Time for Summer

    Summers are made for getting family and friends together in the backyard for a barbeque. There’s no better way to stay connected and enjoy a summer evening than gathering all your loved ones for food and fun.

    But is your backyard ready for cookout season? Up your landscape appeal with some quick tips to transform your bare backyard into the social center of the neighborhood.


    Start at the Root 

    The first step to any great yard party is having a great lawn. Get any problem areas taken care of, including dead grass patches or weeds.

    Spruce up Your Grass 

    Get your yard looking its finest before you have company over. Mow the grass, use fertilizer, repeat.

    Fine Tune and Prune

    How are the hedges looking? Give them a trim and prune to give them shape and defined edges.

    Plants to Polish Up 

    Add something extra to a basic yard by decorating with planting pots. Disperse across the yard to add pops of color and scent to a bare yard.


    Extend the Party: Add Outdoor Lighting 

    Keep the party going all night by adding outdoor lighting to your backyard setup. Take advantage of a full summer’s day with parties under the stars and string lights.

    Check the Deck 

    Is your deck up to snuff? Check over the surface for any imperfections such as loose parts, decayed wood, or stained areas. Then give it a good cleaning to make it look its best. 

    Prep the Grill

    It’s likely been a while since you’ve fired up the grill. Make sure it is running its best by doing a deep cleaning and inspecting all the parts. Then it’s on to the grub.

    Buffet and Beverage Station 

    Setup an island or table to serve as a buffet for food and beverages. This saves time so you don’t have to serve all your guests and gives a polished impression.

    Seating and Furniture 

    You have the guests, now how are you going to seat them? Be sure to have enough seating for everyone that is clean and in good shape. If you’d prefer a lawn-style party, provide blankets so that guests can comfortably sit in the grass. 

    Heat Things Up 

    There’s no better way to finish off a party than sitting around a bonfire on a warm summer’s evening. Escalate your summer shindig by installing a fire pit.

    Add Delightful Décor

    A backyard without décor is a missed opportunity. Your backyard should be an extension of the style and refinement that you use to decorate your home indoors. Add colorful dining sets, rustic furniture, or DIY accents to personalize your outdoor space.


    Games and Entertainment

    Keep the fun going for guests of all ages with backyard games and activities. Corn hole, Bocce, Twister, Jenga, or simply a deck of cards can transform a boring event into an extraordinary party that brings people together.

    Pest Control 

    No one wants to stay at a party when they’re constantly swatting away pests and insects. Get your backyard under control by checking your local home goods store for insect repellant solutions or contact a local service. You and your guests will be glad you did.


    Need help preparing your lawn for your summer soirees? We’re happy to assist. At Ehlinger Lawn Service, we’ve cared for the lawns of residential and commercial properties for over 20 years. We’re a family owned and operated company that knows the value of quality time spent with loved ones in the backyard. Let us help make your next get together great!

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    Is Your Deck Ready For Spring?

    You already know how important it is that you keep your lawn looking great, but what about the other aspects of your exterior landscaping? Decks take a lot of upkeep, but it is worth every minute! 

    Having a deck expands the usable living space of your home in the warm months, invites guests into your backyard to enjoy the green grass and fresh air, and provides a gathering space to get you in the yard more often.

    Here are some things to consider when getting your deck ready for spring:


    Of course, safety is a top concern when talking about decks. Some decks can be twenty feet in the air! Most are constructed of wood which can rot away over time. Decks are also a common DIY project which can often be done poorly by a previous homeowner. The safety regulations surrounding decks are important to know. 

    When assessing if your deck is ready for spring, check if there are any loose or warping boards. Look for rot and insect damage, especially near the posts that hold the deck up and have wood near the ground. Ensure your deck has proper footing and flashing installed to prevent future safety problems. provides a comprehensive list of areas on your deck to check for safety reasons each spring.



    Besides checking for safety concerns, you should also keep your deck appealing by performing maintenance each spring. Start by cleaning the whole deck! Move the grill, move all the furniture – move everything off and give it a power wash. It is suggested to stain your deck every 3-5 years, so chances are you will need to buy some stain and block off a weekend to get it done. 

    Make sure it is above 50 degrees when you apply stain. Once the deck is fully clean and freshly stained, consider any other upgrades you might want to add this season. Do you need more shade on your deck? Do you need some lighting to enjoy your deck in the early morning or late evening? Do you need a deck heater or more storage? Decking out your deck will only add to the enjoyment of your yard this year!


    Get your deck ready for spring by inspecting its safety, maintaining its beauty, and upgrading its functionality. Then get outside and enjoy your lawn and yard more than ever this season! 

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    The Importance of Pruning Your Trees and Shrubs in March

    Why Prune in March?

    Summer is when you enjoy your trees and shrubs – early spring is time to get them ready! That means pruning, which helps plants grow strong and healthy, retain their natural shape, and develop full foliage.

    Here’s how to do it:

    1. Start With the Right Tools  
      Using a sharp, clean pair of pruners will make the job easier, and you’ll be less likely to damage your plants. One-hand pruning shears with curved blades work best. 

    1. Be Smart
      The best plants to prune while it’s still cold outside are woody, non-spring blooming plants. That includes crape myrtles (which bloom on new growth) fruit trees and bushes, and rose bushes and liriope which, when cut, will ensure maximum growth. If the tree or shrub flowers in the spring, you may want to wait until after it blooms before pruning. 

    1. Visualize It 
      What do you want your plant to look like? Know why you’re removing each branch. During winter, most – if not all – of the leaves should have fallen off, so you should easily be able to see each plant’s existing structure. When you prune, you should aim to keep a plant the same size, remove dead, weakened or crossing branches, stimulate growth and remove branches that are otherwise in the way.

    1. Thin the Plant
      This means removing an entire branch, which helps promote the health of the plant. However, be careful. Don’t cut into the area at the base of the branch that you are removing, which can slow down the healing process.

    1. Head Back the Plant 
      This isn’t as extensive. Simply shorten the length of the branch to a bud. Cut at a slight angle above the bud, and never leave a stub.

    1. Stick to the One-Third and One-Fourth Rules
      Don’t remove more than one-fourth of a tree’s crown in a season. Side branches should be one-third smaller than the diameter of the trunk. 

    1. Let the Experts Do the Big Jobs
      For high branches, big trees, or a large volume of trees, it can be best to hand the job off to a trained professional. Ehlinger Lawn Service can help you there. We’re professionals who care about what we do. We’ll take care of your tree and shrub pruning, so you can worry less.

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    How to Give Back to Nature Through Your Yard and Outdoor Space

    Our yards are our little pieces of nature.

    They’re not just places where wildlife happen to stop by. They’re part of the environment, and that’s a beautiful thing.

    The good news? There are ways to make your outdoor space an even better place for wildlife to visit.

    1. Plant the Right Flowers

    Native plants aren’t only beautiful and colorful, but they also help attract native animals. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ website gives tips to know which plants are native to your region and landscaping advice to arrange them in a beautiful way.

    In addition, native plants are already well-suited for the environment. You won’t have to work as hard to help them grow!

    2. Help Out the Wildlife

    Strategically placing bird baths, natural puddles or ponds in your yard can help attract beautiful birds. In addition, bird feeders give wildlife extra incentive to visit your yard. Do your research and pick out a feeder that is safe for all wildlife and will attract the types of birds you want in your yard.

    Bird-friendly landscaping will keep away pests, pollinate flowers and even keep weeds away. In addition, watching birds in your yard is a relaxing way to enjoy nature.

    3. Step Back a Little Bit

    You probably don’t need too much convincing on this one. Too much hands-on care in your backyard can actually drive away wildlife in the long run. 

    Resist the urge to cut down your flowers in the winter. Keeping them as-is actually provides a little habitat for all sorts of beneficial creatures. Avoid cutting trees down, if you can, which provide natural shade and nesting territory. Rake dead leaves in a pile and leave them be-- they will break down into mulch, and provide a little home for frogs and worms.

    If you’re like many Minnesotans, you don’t want to waste your summer away doing yard work. That’s where Ehlinger Lawn Service comes in.

    We’re available for residential lawn care, fertilizer, weed control and snow removal, keeping your lawn in tip-top shape for you as well as all the beautiful critters that stop by.

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    Did You Know That Snow Actually Helps Your Lawn?

    It’s been a brutal winter. Minnesota had record-breaking cold temperatures for New Year’s Eve – as low as 36 degrees below zero! 

    There’s still a lot of winter left to weather. So, what does all this cold and snow actually do to your lawn? Extreme cold can cause your lawn to lose moisture, putting it at risk of dying. But snow isn’t all bad. It actually has a number of benefits:

    1. Snow Acts as Insulation

    An inch or two of snow literally shields the grass from the weather. It prevents moisture from evaporating due to extreme cold and dry winds and allows the roots to keep growing.

    2. Snow Helps Fertilize Your Lawn

    Nitrogen is an essential ingredient in the soil. It’s also a main ingredient in fertilizer. However, a wet, warm winter can cause it to leach out of the ground through runoff.

    On the other hand, snow naturally contains a bit of nitrogen. That means when snow collects on your lawn, a small amount of nitrogen does, too. A winter cold enough for snow means there’s less runoff, keeping all of that nitrogen in one place. That way, when the snow melts in the spring, the extra nitrogen feeds your lawn.

    3. Snow Waters Your Lawn

    Heavy snow will melt slowly and release water into the ground. This will gradually water your grass throughout the winter. However, too much snow can also run the risk of snow mold. Risks of snow mold in our neck of the woods is rare, as the grass in Minnesota goes dormant in the winter, but this problem is seen in the Northwest region, where snowfall and harsh colds are less common. 

    4. Snow Can Help You Grow New Grass

    Seeding can be a pain. However, snow can help with the process. Sprinkle seeds over the top of the snow. When the snow melts in the spring, those seeds will be pulled into the ground. You don’t even need to worry about watering! 

    So the next time you look at the snow on your lawn this winter, you can smile knowing the snow is working behind the scenes and improving the quality of your lawn.

    Snow does not, however, help improve your driveway – that’s where Ehlinger Lawn Service comes in. We can help with reliable, cost-effective snow removal for your driveway or business. We’ll be there after every snowfall, 1 inch or more.

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    How to Fight the Winter Blues (Hint, It’s Not By Shoveling)

    This time of year can be bleak, boring, and definitely cold. Getting out and about seems all but impossible with the frigid temps and whipping winds. 

    Each time the seasons change, we need to be reminded of fun activities we can do to keep busy this winter - even outdoors. We are Minnesotans, after all.

    1.     Get Your Vitamin D

    Less sunshine means less vitamin D in the body, a critical vitamin not only for absorbing calcium and regulating the immune system, but one that has been linked to mood. Doctors in our climate recommend between 1,000 IU and 10,000 IU per day to bring vitamin D levels to normal. This also applies to children and infants, so pick up a bottle of chewable vitamin D tablets or liquid supplements for the little ones.

    2.     Exercise

    Psychologists (and fitness buffs alike) have seen a connection between exercise and improved mood. Raising your heart rate for 30 minutes a day releases dopamine and enhances mood, while practices like yoga and pilates can rejuvenate the body. Plus, you certainly won’t feel the winter chill when you’re in a heated, 80-degree yoga studio or cycling through a 60 minute spinning class! Try these mood-boosting exercise ideas to begin.

    3.     Stimulate Your Senses with Color and Music

    Sometimes this time of the year gives people what they call “a case of the blahs.” So go the opposite of “blah” by wearing bright colors and listening (and moving) to upbeat music.

    Color therapy expert Constance Hart says, “Color has an effect on our psyche, it’s always affecting us whether we are aware of it or not…In my work I try to help people move away from black because it can have a depressive quality to it.” You could also consider painting your office, purchasing some bright artwork, or swapping out your grey winter parka for a bright red one. It may just give your mood the boost you need.

    Turn on your favorite playlists and sing or dance along to instantly feel lighter. The American Music Therapy Association finds that “music therapy programs can be designed to achieve goals such as managing stress, enhancing memory, and alleviating pain.” Whether your go-to jams are Mozart or Motown Philly, happy music can alleviate bad moods.

    4.     Watch for Warm(ish) Days and Get Outside

    On those days where the temperature climbs and the sun shines, use the opportunity to get outside for a walk, a jog, or some winter ice skating or sledding. The fresh air, exercise, and sunlight are a trio of mood-boosting stimulants.

    5.     Simulate Dawn or Use a Light Box

    Many people living in northern climates experience seasonal affective disorder, a yearly feeling of slight depression, tiredness, or winter blues. Combat this feeling with a light therapy lamp, like a happy light, which simulates sunlight and helps your general mood. Dawn simulators slowly turn up the light to naturally help you awaken during those darkest winter mornings.

    The best way to combat the winter blues by letting us take the most undesirable winter task off your hands: shoveling and snow blowing. You don’t have to call us each time you need us; Ehlinger Lawn Service sends snow crews each time there’s a snow accumulation of 1” or more. 

    Pay one flat fee for the entire winter, and consider this crossed off your list. Now you can enjoy more time with friends and family and less time pacing your driveway pushing a shovel or snow blower.

    We hope you find ways to not only get through but enjoy the winter months in Minnesota. Contact us to get help with your winter snow blowing so that you can spend more time enjoying the things you love, whether you’re in a red parka or not!


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    The Hidden Dangers of Shoveling Snow

    Shoveling snow may not seem like a dangerous activity, but surprisingly enough, it can be deadly.

    Cardiologists agree that individuals who have certain conditions may be putting themselves at an increased risk for a heart attack by shoveling snow during the winter months.

    Why Does this Happen?

    Colder temperatures increase the risk of blood clotting due to the narrowing of blood vessels which allows less oxygen to travel to the heart. This is especially problematic when paired with the rise in blood pressure and the physical strain to the body that happens during shoveling.


    Who Has the Highest Risk?

    Individuals who fit any of the following criteria may be at high risk for triggering a heart attack:

    • Cardiovascular disease
    • History of heart attacks
    • History of heart disease
    • Heart stent
    • Bypass surgery
    • Peripheral arterial disease
    • Sedentary Lifestyle
    • Smoking
    • High blood pressure
    • Diabetes
    • High cholesterol

    If you qualify for any of these factors, please talk to your doctor before shoveling snow. Based on your doctor’s recommendations, consider asking a friend, relative, or neighbor to shovel for you. 

    You can also hire a shoveling service to take care of it for you – then you won’t have to think about it again all winter!


    How Can I Protect My Heart During Shoveling?

    If you do fit the above criteria and still choose to shovel, be aware of some of the following tips that might help reduce the stress to your heart. 

    Before you Begin Shoveling:

    • Discuss the activity with your doctor and determine if it is safe for you to shovel
    • Blood clots occur most often in the morning, therefore wait a few hours after you wake up before you begin shoveling
    • Avoid large meals before beginning to shovel as some blood will move toward the stomach
    • Walk briefly to warm up your muscles before beginning shoveling
    • Avoid drinking coffee or smoking for one hour before and after shoveling as these substances tend to increase heart rate and blood pressure

    During Snow Shoveling:

    • Choose a smaller shovel that will lighten the load of the snow and space out the strain on your body
    • Shovel slowly – don’t rush yourself and overexert your body
    • Take frequent 15 minute breaks to give your heart rate time to slow down
    • Drink extra water so that your body does not dehydrate
    • Wear layers so that your body does not get too cold or warm and to avoid hypothermia and overheating
    • Wear a hat and scarf to maintain body heat where it is most easily lost
    • Cover your mouth with your scarf to avoid breathing problems related to breathing cold air
    • If you exhibit any warning signs of a heart attack (including lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, or tight pains in your chest, neck, arms or back) stop shoveling immediately and rest. If you believe you are having a heart attack, call 911.

    Let Us Take Care of it For You

    Don’t put yourself at risk; contact us to do your snow removal for you. We visit your home each time there is a snowfall of 1 inch or more, so you don’t have to worry about scheduling an appointment. We also use snow blowers instead of plows, so our services won’t ruin your lawn!

    Visit our website to contact us or receive a free quote.

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    Cleaning and Preparing Your Yard for Winter

    You can’t ignore your lawn in the fall, even if it is growing slower and you’re distracted by gorgeous Minnesotan autumn foliage. Grass is actually busy under the surface during these last few months before winter dormancy - it’s absorbing the energy and nutrients it needs to grow back green and lush in the springtime. Now is the perfect time to take a few extra steps to ensure your lawn is the envy of the neighborhood.

    Aerate Your Lawn

    After a long summer of yard games and backyard barbecues, your lawn is hardened and compacted. Aeration is critical to the health of your grass, and fall is the perfect time, as you won’t kick up the seeds of noxious weeds. Look for a plug aerator, not a spike aerator, as it will actually remove the plug of soil instead of just punching a hole and potentially further compacting the soil. It's also important to watch out for in-ground sprinkler heads, as aeration equipment can do major damage. If you are concerned about the process, hire a professional to tackle this step for you.

    Once you’ve aerated, consider adding a layer of compost and even applying a nitrogen-rich fertilizer. If you’re unsure of your lawn’s specific wintering needs, consider taking advantage of our free Lawn Analysis service.

    Prepare Your Trees For Winter

    Nothing elevates your landscaping more than your trees. They’re practically members of your family! It’s critical to take care of them so they remain healthy for generations. 

    Preparation for winter can involve:

    • Stem Protection: To avoid trunk damage from animals, consider wrapping hardware cloth around the trunk. There should be at least one inch of space between the tree bark and the hardware cloth. 

    • Snow Protection: Heavy snow can break or injure delicate trees like junipers or birch. Consider wrapping trees or binding them to help protect them from snow and ice damage. 

    • Root Protection: Roots don’t go dormant as quickly as the rest of the tree, and can be injured or killed by frost. Mulch your trees with wood chips or straw to help insulate the roots and raise the ground temperature. 

    Other winter preparation needs vary by the tree, location, and the yard. You can learn more about how to protect your trees for winter at the U of M’s Yard and Garden blog, or request a free quick quote from our experts.

    Winterize Your Sprinkler System

    If water freezes in your irrigation system, it will break your sprinklers. That’s why it’s necessary to prepare your sprinkler system for winter. It’s a delicate operation, but it’s necessary for the longevity of your sprinklers and lawn.

    Both air volume and air pressure are critical to the process. If you don’t use enough air, some water will remain in low spots of the system and could still freeze. If you don’t use the right pressure, you could blow the sprinkler nozzles off or cause other damage to your system - and the right pressure varies with the type of pipe your sprinkler system uses. As such a delicate process that can potentially ruin your sprinkler system, this may be another step best left to the professionals. 

    Other Winter Lawn Preparation Tips

    Fall is the best time for a number of other lawn maintenance to-dos, including filling in the bald spots in your lawn, applying herbicide to control weeds, and raking regularly so you don’t suffocate the lawn. 

    Fall is an important time for your lawn. Ehlinger will evaluate your fall lawn care needs with a free Lawn Care Analysis. In lawn care, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’ll ensure that when spring comes, you’re ready to grill, play, and lounge on a beautiful lawn.

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    Don't Get Caught in The Cold! Schedule Your Snow Removal Service Before Winter

    Ehlinger lawn service has had another successful summer helping hundreds of happy customers get their lawn thriving. Believe it or not, snow is already on our mind. Snow!? Yes, it is entirely possible we see snow this month and it is time to get ready. Ehlinger does not just do grass, we also handle snow removal! Here are some reasons to schedule snow removal service for the upcoming cold season.

    The Old Farmer's Almanac

    This last year, we had a winter with cold temps, but no polar vortex and snowfall and no record-setting blizzards. This year, it is hard to know what to expect, but one resource that boasts an 80% accuracy rate is the Old Farmer's Almanac. According to this age-old predictor of weather patterns, snow will arrive before Halloween this year. It also says snow might interfere with your holiday travel; mid to late December is predicted to be the snowiest period of the season. We can help by handling the headache of what to do when snow falls on your doorstep.

    The Benefits of Snow Service

    Even if these predictions do not come true and we have a very mild winter, there are still a few great reasons to secure snow removal service. Stop checking the weather and worrying, put this aspect of home maintenance in our hands. Our snow removal service will stop by to clear every time it snows 1 inch or more. If you are elderly, lead a busy lifestyle, own a rental or commercial property, or are not around often (if you are a snowbird), our snow removal service will meet your needs. No matter what the special situation, it is worth your time to give us a call and get a quote

    You already know and love Ehlinger lawn service for your turf, try us for snow removal as well! Learn more about our services and pricing here.

  • How To Avoid Lawn Damage from Kids, Pets and Parties

    Summertime is great for many reasons. You get to have family get-togethers, invite the neighbors over for grilling, your kids have the run of the yard to enjoy the nice weather, and your dog can burn off all his or her energy playing all day! 

    As fun as these activities are and as pleased we Minnesotans are to enjoy them, they can wreak havoc on your yard. You don’t have to skip the warm-weather fun, however; just take some precautions to minimize the damage to your lawn.

    • Mulch the area under swing sets to avoid bare spots.

    • When not in use, store corn hole boards, slip n’ slides, small pools and other yard games to prevent the grass underneath from turning brown.

    • Make sure your children know where it’s okay to dig and play and where it is not. It might be a good idea to add a sandbox to your yard if your kids are fans of digging and getting dirty.

    • If you have a flower bed or garden that your pets like to run through, add a decorative fence or edging to deter them from tearing it up. Bushes and shrubs work well, too.

    • Watch where your dog urinates. Rinse the space with a bucket of water or a hose. Male and female dogs mark their spaces differently; females tend to stick to one spot, while males like to mark the entire space. Learn more about dog spots in this article from

    • Every so often, move your lawn furniture around to prevent killing the grass.

    • Prep your lawn for a party by planning your watering schedule, mowing schedule, and cleaning any debris a few days before the party. Learn more at

    These simple tips will ensure your lawn is healthy and happy all throughout summer and fall. As for lawn maintenance, leave the rest to us! For a FREE quote, visit our website. 

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    How To Throw The Ultimate Backyard Party

    Although the 4th is over, there is still plenty of nice weather yet to come, and lots of opportunities to throw a fantastic backyard bash. Make it an event to remember - and maybe repeat - with some new ideas. These tips and tricks will keep your guests smiling and satisfied.

    Build a S’mores Bar

    You can’t throw a backyard party without s’mores! Get your pokers ready and set aside a tray of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. Substitute your favorite chocolate candies like peanut butter cups for a new twist. If you really want to get creative, toss out the graham crackers and use bacon weaves instead; bacon is always a guaranteed hit!

    Light Up Your Trees

    One of the easiest ways to make your backyard party even better is to buy some string lights and wrap them around your trees. It won’t take long to set up and it will keep your backyard shining all night long. 

    Serve Sliders

    You can’t go wrong with sliders for your outdoor party. Not only are they easy to make, but everyone will be reaching for the last one. Whether you make cheeseburger, Philly cheese steak, chicken, or pulled pork sliders, we can guarantee that they’re always a hit for outdoor parties.

    Snack On Your Centerpiece

    Use clear jars or bowls and add some snacks and create centerpieces that double as munchies. It’s a cheap and easy way to add that extra pizzazz to your table. 

    Create Some Sweet Sippers

    Don’t forget about these sweet summer sippers that are to die for. Not only are they easy to make, but your guests will be begging for more. 

    Set up Some Backyard Games

    Nothing makes a barbecue like a good variety of backyard games. Summer staples include cornhole, ladder golf, lawn darts, and bocce ball. To really add to the fun, try a new or DIY yard game. There are a ton of options and ideas available on Pinterest

    Summer is winding down, but there is still plenty of time to host the best backyard summer bash. If you’re looking for help getting the perfect landscaping done beforehand, contact Ehlinger Lawn Care

  • The Real Cost of Professional Lawn Care

    Many people think the cost of professional lawn care for their home is out of reach. However, it might be surprising when you consider the real cost-benefit analysis. Hiring out your lawn care can make a lot of sense and actually save you money depending on your situation.


    Location Dependent 

    If you are the owner of a property far away from where you live such as a cabin, summer home, rental property, or business property, hiring your lawn care to a professional will undoubtedly be cheaper than doing it yourself. The cost of gas and oil to maintain your mower and drive your vehicle to the lawn's location adds up. The headache you can escape by leaving the lawn to the professionals is priceless.


    Equipment Costs

    Maintaining equipment for your lawn is expensive. A healthy lawn includes de-thatching, aerating, mowing, and fertilizing. All of these processes require different tools which you need to pay to maintain, sharpening blades and such, as well as store. The initial costs of purchasing a mower can even be intimidating, with most costing upwards of $1000. Also, that mower likely will not be as high-performing as a professional grade riding lawn mower a service would use. 


    Time Savings

    For most people, time is a valuable commodity. If you lead a busy lifestyle, there is no way you are giving your lawn the attention or time it needs to be lush and healthy. Consider the cost per hour of time your lawn service spends maintaining your lawn. Now consider the cost per hour you make at your job. If the amount you make per hour at your job is higher, the lawn service is a better value. If you would rather be spending your time elsewhere, hire the professional for your lawn. 


    When taking into account time savings, equipment costs, and the location of your lawn, professional lawn care is more cost-effective than you thought. After a cost-benefit analysis, it is clear that the real cost of a lawn care service is a great value.

  • 8 Things Your Lawn Needs This Spring

    As winter fades, many of us get excited about warm sunshine, grill-outs on the patio, swimming, and lawn parties! With the weather warming up, it’s high time to start thinking about your outdoor living space. Ensuring beautiful, lush greenery and a well-kept homestead starts with early preparation. Here are the top 8 activities you need to be doing now:

    1. Rake, Feed & Seed Your Lawn
    Raking away dead grass, twigs, and leaves will help your grass get started on the healthy track. Notice where bare spots have appeared after the harshness of winter cold and start seeding your lawn to fill it in nicely. Don’t forget to fertilize!

    2. Begin Watering & Mowing

    Deep watering is important for greener lawns. Short but frequent periods of watering might seem superficial at times but is actually detrimental to growth. Likewise, avoid mowing your lawn too short as this discourages deep roots and increases the likelihood of burning your grass on hot days.

    3. Prune Perennial Plants and Trees
    Perennial plants and trees show their wear and tear most in early spring. Just after hard frosts have ceased is a perfect time to prune. You’ll want to encourage new growth, maintain shape, and remove dead limbs for great looking shrubbery. 

    4. Lay New Mulch 
    Not only is new mulch good for your greenery but it also gives that fresh spring look to your landscaping. If you’re just starting out, don’t dismay. Laying new mulch isn’t a complicated process and quickly adds a clean feeling to your yard.

    5. Aerate your Lawn
    Help your grass grow stronger roots this season by aerating your lawn. After the compression of all that winter snow and ice, your soil needs to breathe! Check out this great infographic for all you need to know about aeration.

    6. Clean Gutters & Downspouts
    Twigs and leaves that have fallen over autumn and winter get snagged in your gutter system. This process is only aided by the melting of any remaining snow. Free your gutters and downspouts of debris so spring rains can freely flow.

    7. Replace HVAC Air Filters

    Switching from a heat source to a cooling source as it warms up requires a filter check–just like furnace filters in the fall. A clean filter will leave you with quality indoor air this season.

    8. Inspect for Exterior Cracks or Issues

    Make sure to walk around your house, garage, and any outbuildings to visually inspect the structures. Keep an eye on the foundation, windows, and siding for any concerning issues.

    There are several other tasks you could be doing to landscape and groom your outdoor space as well as protect your home from winter build-up. 

    Spring is a very busy time! Many of the tasks on this list are jobs that Ehlinger Lawn Care can take care of with our spring lawn cleanup services? Save some time and hassle by calling the professionals!

  • Spend Some Time on the Greens this Spring

    For lawn enthusiasts in Minnesota, this can be the most challenging time of the year. It’s still bitterly cold and drab outside, but the snow is beginning to melt or has disappeared altogether. In place of bright white snow, we now look out our window to brown, lifeless grass. It can be hard to wait to get started on your spring landscaping!

    Part of landscaping requires creativity, and you don’t need to wait to do that! You can start dreaming about that perfectly manicured lawn, like you’d see at a golf course, immediately. Simply close your eyes, imagine the warm breeze on your cheeks and the smell of freshly mown grass as you stand with the driver in hand, ready to take that first swing of the season.

    The golf ball sails through the pleasantly warm air and lands on neatly kept turf without a weed in sight. Even if you’re not too fond of golf, the backdrop of rolling green hills, neatly trimmed edging, and perfect mowing patterns is beautiful scenery!

    If visualizing the gorgeous grounds of a golf course isn’t enough to get you in the zone, try stimulating your visual sense with the eye candy of these destination golf courses. Browsing photos or starting a Pinterest board is a great way to spark ideas for your upcoming lawn facelift. Or check out this article on achieving a golf course worthy lawn this spring. You’ll have your bare feet on luscious, green grass before you know it!

    The immaculate and vibrant golf courses out there will have you longing to get started with the lawn right in front of you. And since the color green has been studied to show an increase in creativity, you’re bound to have plenty of ideas after spending time on the fairway. 

    Let Ehlinger Lawn Care assist you in turning those ideas into the lawn of your dreams this spring!

  • How to Create Amazing Snow Sculptures On Your Own

    The last few Central Minnesota weeks have been uncommonly warm, melting almost all that is left of our snow. As we are just moving into March, however, you can bet that mother nature isn’t quite finished! And there isn’t a better way to celebrate the end of winter than creating an elaborate snow sculpture! 

    Snow sculptures are becoming more popular as people are tending to get as creative as possible with their works of art. Building a snowman is fun and all, but it’s easy work compared to making something that comes from the heart. If you’re a first-time snow sculptor, here are some easy tips to follow to start your masterpiece:

    Create a Plan for Your Sculpture

    If you have an idea, that’s the first step to success. Sketching out your idea is the second step. After that, know where you’re going to build your sculpture. Make sure to find the tools you need because you’re probably going to have to climb around a little bit. Common tools used in snow sculpting are spatulas, spoons, chisels and ice cream scoops. All of these tools are used to create unique shapes and can be found around the house. Especially if you are sculpting with kids, make sure to keep your sculpture away from the street, driveway, and sidewalk.

    Use the Right Snow

    Wet snow is always the best for sculpting. It sticks together better and it’s easier to work with. If you have to use powdery snow, fill a water bottle or spray bottle with warm water to wet it down enough to mold. 

    Work From the Top Down

    After you have a plan and make an outline, start from the top of your sculpture. When you carve from high to low, you can finish extra fragile elements first, then build up your foundation to keep everything supported.

    Add Some Life to Your Sculpture

    Most snow sculptures end up looking like the color of snow, which can be very boring. Why not add some food coloring? Dilute food coloring into water and then use a spray bottle or paint brush to apply it to the snow.

    Add a Layer of Water

    When all the details are worked out on your sculpture, spray a light layer of water on it. This will cause the snow to freeze and harden. That means your sculpture will last longer as the weather warms up.

    To get some inspiration, check out this buzzfeed collection of instagram sculptors. There are plenty of ideas to choose from if you can’t come up with your own.

    All snow sculpting takes is a little practice. If you follow these simple tips, your neighborhood could be talking about your skills for a long time.

    Ehlinger Lawn Service knows you don’t need much lawn help right now, but when the weather turns warmer, be sure to contact us at 1-320-250-9337. Spring will be here before you know it!





  • Winter Home Maintenance Tips

    Although we at Ehlinger love taking care of what’s outside your home—lawn service and snow removal is our livelihood—we want the inside of your home to be safe, cozy, and well cared for this winter. As we settle into our Minnesota winter, now is a good time to give thought to some of the important winter home maintenance tasks that you may have forgotten.

    Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Heating Equipment

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, fires started by home heating equipment and carbon monoxide poisoning both increase during the winter months. Vehicles and generators running in an attached garage can cause dangerous levels of CO, and you should always make sure there is ample ventilation. If you’re going to start your car to let it warm up, back it out of the driveway so the fumes don’t build up in your garage and seep into your home.

    Never use your oven to heat your home, and be sure to turn off portable space heaters when you leave the room. (That includes the one you have hidden under your desk at work.)

    Stock up on Winter Supplies

    Stock up your home and your car with winter-ready supplies. For your home, make sure you have a good snow shovel, snow blower, and salt to rid your walkways of dangerous ice. Or, try one of these tips for keeping your walkways free of ice. If you have no desire to repair or purchase a snow-blower, let us do the snow removal for you. (We offer one price for the whole season, so you’re covered automatically, no matter how many times it snows!)

    For the car, think about what you might need in the event of a sudden winter storm in your path or being stranded on the side of the road. Blankets, flares, water, salt, and a small shovel can be incredibly handy in the right moment. Having a spare battery for your phone is another good idea. 

    Chimney Tips

    We all love a roaring fire, especially in these temps. But there are several to-dos surrounding that blaze to keep your home safe. First, get a fire screen that is well-reviewed if you have pets or children in the house or as guests. Many a tiny hand has been burned on fireplace glass! Hearth guards are also available to cushion those dangerous edges.

    To upkeep your fireplace, remove ashes regularly, and get your chimney inspected and cleaned once a year by professionals.

    Protect Your Pipes

    Often on the exterior walls of a home, pipes are susceptible to freezing in cold temperatures. If you’re leaving town, don’t turn your heat off completely because the pipes (and water within) may freeze and cause damage. When the temperature gets extremely cold, let the water drip a bit through the night to keep something flowing through the pipes. Pipe insulation is available at hardware stores and can give you pipe peace of mind.

    Watch for Ice Dams

    Melting and refreezing water on your roof can cause ice dams, meaning big problems forming under your shingles, in your gutters, and in drainpipes, blocking water from draining off your roof. The problem actually begins in your attic, with heat seeping through the roof and melting ice and snow, only to refreeze in an ice dam. Contact a professional to investigate and address this issue.

    If we take a moment to step outside your house to meet winter face-to-face, Ehlinger Lawn Service will be there to help you safely and effortlessly tackle snowfalls. Gain tips on how to shovel safely and find out more about our snow removal program, which provides snow blowing off your driveway whenever snow reaches more than 1 inch.

    So enjoy this winter, be safe, and stay warm!   

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    The Many Benefits of Using a Snow Removal Service

    Winter is Coming. To much of the country, that’s a quote from a popular HBO series or a cute reference to a book they may have read years ago. Here in Minnesota, though, we know differently; winter is always just around the corner. Winter is coming, and that means we must once again engage in the practice of snow removal.

    In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to deal with snow removal. You’d wake up on a bright new day, fully refreshed after a full 8 hours of blissful sleep, and go about your morning routine. The snow that accumulated over the course of the night was seemingly removed by angels, or perhaps some sort of faerie folk.

    We can help you get at least a bit closer to that perfect world.

    It’s remarkably affordable to contract out the task of snow removal to a friendly, professional service from Ehlinger. With the rising cost of pretty much every good or service in our economy, you’d almost be crazy not to consider it.

    Let’s just break down a bit of the cost of doing it yourself, vs our full-season contract, and you can decide for yourself:

    Photo by Onno Kluyt via Flickr

    Photo by Onno Kluyt via Flickr

    Snow Blowers

    Most decent snow blowers up to the task of handling a Minnesota winter are going to run you anywhere from $700 to $1,000 or more. That estimate isn’t even factoring in additional costs like maintenance or gas, which can easily add up to more than our service over the course of the season.


    Chiropractic Bills

    Even if you have a snowblower, you still need to get out in the cold, dark morning before work and push that thing around, which can be really tough on the knees and back. According to Cost Helper Health, you’re looking at around $65 per adjustment if you go to even a less-than-reputable chiropractor, like one in the back of a failing mall in an office with a sign on their door that has “chiroprocter” misspelled.

    Personal Costs

    You also need to factor in the human cost to your own continued sanity and well-being. Getting up before the sun to go trudging out into the bitter cold to push snow around can expose you to the harshest cold temperatures of the year, which can lead to frostbite, sickness, and an acute feeling of resentment toward your neighbors who are still warm and toasty in their beds, because they hired someone else to do the work for them. Don’t let that happen to you.

    Contract Ehlinger Lawn Services, and we’ll come out and plow your driveway anytime there’s snowfall greater than 1” day or night. Plans start as low as $350, and routes fill up quickly, so get moving so we can get to you before Old Man Winter does.

  • Low Maintenance Fall Projects from Ehlinger Lawn Service


    As summer winds down and the weather begins to get brisk and cool, not too many people will want to spend weekends doing labor-intensive yard work when they could be out and about at the football game or pumpkin patch. If this feeling sounds familiar to you, check out some of our simple and low maintenance lawn ideas below:

    Prepare Your Lawn

    Prevent your yard from dying this winter by taking preventative steps now. Add a winter fertilizer and grass seed to promote healthy growth and protect your yard from frigid temps this winter. Mow and rake regularly to keep your yard in tip-top shape. For more tips, check out our Fall lawn care tips blogs - part one and part two

    Add Stepping Stones

    To add a beautiful pop of personality to your garden or walkway, place stepping stones to personalize your yard. Make creative shapes like leaves or grab your kids for a fun weekend painting session. Get creative with stones, gravel, moss, and more natural elements.

    Decorate Your Front Porch

    Whether you want to repaint for some extra shine or add a simple but elegant wreath of dried flowers and pinecones, small changes to your front porch can make a big impact. Plan a small project that will add some curbside appeal to your home. Decorate pumpkins, gather corn stalks or create a fun Fall scarecrow. For weekend projects, check out this article from While you are decorating for the fall season, make sure to check your porch lights and screen doors for damage. Fix them now to prevent problems and future maintenance in the winter. 

    Get a New Fire Pit

    For all those late night post-game bonfires, create a fire pit that you can be proud of. This project can be relatively inexpensive, and it can create a wonderful atmosphere for cozy Fall bonfires. You can purchase one from a home improvement store, or build your own with surfacing blocks, large rocks, and a variety of other methods. Head over to Pinterest to find a ton of DIY fire pit ideas!

    Start Composting 

    With your old compost pile most likely depleted from the summer’s work, start a new compost pile to use for next season’s plants. If you don’t have a composting bin, you can use a bare-ground compost pile. Lay plastic sheeting on the ground to prevent tree roots, weeds, and other undesirable plants from disrupting it. On top of the plastic, lay a few inches of straw, corn stalks, or dry leaves. Continue adding compost to the pile throughout the year. You can add kitchen waste, like veggie peels, eggshells, and table scraps to the pile, but did you know that grass clippings, wood ash, and dryer lint make great additions as well? Check out to find more compost-friendly materials. 

    Weatherproof your home

    To protect your house from the elements, you can start inspecting your home. Check the weatherstripping around your windows and doors, HVAC system, attic, and basement to make sure your home stays warm and safe throughout the winter. Don’t forget to change air filters and flip your fans to spin in the opposite direction to promote healthy airflow during the cooler months.


    Working on smaller, low maintenance fall projects can make a big impact on your home without draining you of energy or taking up too much of your weekend. For more resources on lawn care, or to get a jumpstart on your winter maintenance, visit Ehlinger Lawn Service

  • Creative Ways to Enjoy Your Lawn

    With a month left of summer, how are you spending the last few days of blissful sunshine and summer warmth? Here are some creative ways to enjoy your lawn before fall starts:

    Start A Movie Night
    Instead of spending an arm and a leg at the theater, bring the theater to you! Set up an outdoor screen and movie projector to view some of your favorite movies with friends and family from the comfort of your own home. Lay out some throw pillows, blankets, and citronella candles to keep the mosquitos at bay. If you are feeling especially fancy, set up a snack bar so friends can grab their own popcorn, candy mixes, and drinks.

    Yard Games are a Must
    Keep the party ball rolling, and keep a variety of yard games on hand for entertaining friends. Grab the classics like bocce ball, ladder golf, horseshoes, and bean bag toss. Larger outdoor versions of Jenga, Scrabble, and Connect-Four are trendy games to add to the mix as well.

    Upgrade your Backyard
    For some, the idea of renovating can be a chore, while for others, it’s the activity they have been looking forward to all summer. Redesign your entire backyard for a new aesthetic appeal by adding a full kitchen, new landscaping, or new patio furniture. Go simpler and add a small treehouse for the kids, switch up the patio pillows, or add a bench swing to the back patio for more relaxing evenings.

    Make it More Livable
    Your home and yard should be a welcoming and relaxing haven. Make it more inviting by creative seating; add comfortable patio seats, classic Adirondack chairs, a hammock, or porch swing. Add a cozy bench around the fire pit to enjoy the most comfortable bonfires. Creating an outdoor space that is as comfortable and livable as your living room will make your yard much more inviting.

    Get Creative with your Garden
    If you have an avid green thumb, experiment with different gardening ideas. Plant window flower boxes that you have always meant to set up. Get vertical and mount a wooden pallet to an exterior wall. Use it to grow herbs and succulents. Create your own hanging baskets to fill with your favorite flowers. Add a small vintage table and chair to create a cozy garden nook.

    For the last few weeks of the season, get creative with how you spend time in your backyard. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    When it comes time to begin Fall preparations for your yard, contact Ehlinger Lawn Care, or check out some of our older blogs for advice on preparing your yard for the fall.  

  • Starting Fresh: How to Reclaim a Beautiful Lawn

    During the hottest days of summer, homeowners can spend weeks trying to nourish their lawn, only for it to remain dry and dull. This can be quite bothersome for homeowners who worry their lawn won’t recover in time for the first frost, and that they will be greeted in Spring by a black, bare yard. Using the right tools and methods, you can reclaim your lawn and return it to its former glory. 

    Diagnose the Problem

    Is your lawn full of yellow patches, weeds, and bare spots? Are the problem areas limited to a small patch of your lawn, or more widespread? Test and correct the pH balance of your lawn to find the best soil for your turf. If over half of your lawn is dead, the easiest solution would be to remove the grass and start again with fresh seed.

    Starting Fresh

    If your lawn can’t be saved, start new. Shop for an herbicide containing glyphosate that will eliminate existing vegetation but still allows new turf to grow soon after. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly—wear gloves if necessary, follow the suggested timeline and application amounts, and keep pets off your lawn while the chemical does its job. Following a waiting period of a few weeks (and before seeding), mow your lawn as short as you can to set up the growing process. This step will prevent erosion and keep dead plants from shading your lawn.

    Raking and Composting

    Do some raking maintenance. Raking your yard will help protect new growth. Remove and compost most of the growth and lawn clippings, leaving about ¼ inch of thatch on the ground. You’ll know you have the correct balance when you see equal amounts of bare soil and dead grass stems. Spread compost over the soil in an even layer.

    Seeding and Reseeding

    Once your lawn is properly prepared, it’s time to plant seed. For best results, follow the instructions on the seed you purchase. To avoid bare spots and to make the seed more uniform, spread half the seed in an up and down motion and the other half of the seed in a right to left motion.


    Now that your seed is germinating, make a habit of watering your new lawn. It might be tricky at first to find the perfect balance of moisture. After the initial planting, make sure the soil stays uniformly moist so that bare spots do not emerge.

    Feeding and Fertilizing

    Nourish your lawn. Once the grass seed grows to about an inch, apply a fertilizer to promote growth. Time this appropriately, because the fertilizer may burn your roots.

    Mowing New Growth

    Mow your new lawn. Once the grass has grown to be roughly three inches, mow it to eliminate weeds and promote growth. Be sure not to cut the grass too short — about ⅓ of the length will suffice. Always use a sharp blade to avoid tearing out your new grass and creating a patchy lawn.

    When it comes to salvaging a dying lawn, anything beyond a yellow patch can be intimidating to most people. If you feel less than confident about your own lawn repair skills, we can help determine the best treatment for your lawn with a free lawn quote. To get started, send us a message or call us at (320) 250-9337.  

  • Four Ways to Help Your Lawn Beat the Heat

    The hottest days of the summer are soon around the corner. Can your lawn stand the heat? Check out some of our tips on how to care for your lawn during the hottest days of the year.


    1) Alter your Watering Schedule 

    In order to stay healthy, most lawns require a minimum of an inch of water a week. During the summer, water during the morning to allow moisture to be efficiently absorbed by the root system - rapid water evaporation is the biggest issue when it comes to watering your lawn. When the weather gets especially hot and dry, increase your watering schedule to three or four times a week. Pay close attention to grassy patches that are on higher ground, close to buildings, or near reflective surfaces. 


    2) Keep the grass longer

    Many believe that you should cut down on mowing during the hotter months. You should keep mowing your grass frequently during the hotter times,  but remember that a longer grass blade can help your lawn retain moisture. This is because a thicker and denser lawn can better stay hydrated, and the root system of your lawn extends deeper in the earth, which keeps weeds at bay. Aim to maintain your lawn at around 3-4 inches during the hottest months. If your lawn becomes brown or brittle, reduce foot traffic when possible to reduce the stress on your lawn.


    3) Mulch properly

    If your lawn is well-cared for at the beginning of the summer, you can most likely skip the fertilizer, but remember to mulch properly. Use a mulching mower to allow cut grass to settle into your lawn to keep it hydrated and well-balanced.


    4) Maintain your mower 

    To ensure even cutting, sharpen your mower blades two to three times throughout the summer. This is key in preventing your grass from splintering or fraying at the end, which can cause brown spots to appear and can stress your lawn.


    For a beautiful and healthy lawn that can withstand dry conditions and hot temperatures, follow these tips. Find more information on lawn care tips and more at Ehlinger Lawn Service, and be sure to treat your lawn to some TLC this summer.

  • 3 Tips for Healthy Summer Lawns

    Summer is right around the corner and a big part of enjoying the outdoors during the warmer weather is having a lush, green lawn. Creating the perfect lawn doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, patience, and a lot of hard work to have a yard your neighbors will envy. Starting early means beginning around March or April with a few early lawn care essentials, such as aeration, dethatching, and fertilization. Once you have the first steps down, the rest of the summer should be devoted to upkeep and prevention.

    In a previous blog, we’ve shown how watering, fertilization, and proper moving are important in maintaining a healthy summer lawn. We’re back in this installment with a few more tips to keep your lawn looking fresh and feeling soft and thick this summer:

    Treating and Preventing Weeds and Bugs

    Aeration in the Spring and early summer helps your lawn in many ways, but it also helps weeds begin to sprout. Stop these weeds by laying a pre-emergence lawn weed preventer. Once the weed preventer is watered, it will create a barrier to stop weeds from sprouting through the surface of the soil. Bugs can be another issue in your lawn, Early Summer is the time in which many bugs (Japanese Beetles, Chafers, June Bugs, etc.) are laying their eggs in your lawn. These eggs hatch into grubs around mid-late summer, so prepare some grub control around that time.

    Pets, Automobiles, and Litter - Oh, My!

    Sometimes it’s not bugs or weeds that kill your grass, sometimes it’s… you. Leaving large objects, such as automobiles, blow-up pools, lawn furniture, or other summertime gear can kill the underlying grass. Be sure to clean up after yourself and don’t leave large objects in one area of your lawn, unless you are prepared to lose the grass underneath.

    Pets can be another issue. Dogs, especially, can cause unsightly spots in your lawn. The best solution to this problem is simple - clean up after your pet! If your lawn becomes overrun with urine stains, flush the area with water to dilute the urine, and consider training your dog to relieve itself in certain areas outdoors.

    Landscaping Projects

    If you plan on starting any new design projects in your yard this summer, start off by cleaning existing landscaping and gardens. This can be done by replacing cracked or missing stones, closing tunnels made from garden pests, cleaning out birdhouses, touching up mulch, planting news seeds, and replacing flowers. Once these tasks are done, you can begin planning for new landscaping projects and mapping out your yard. Remember to pay attention to coordinating colors throughout your landscaping to really make your yard stand out!

    It is important to begin these lawn maintenance services now to have your perfect lawn all summer. Learn more about our services and how Ehlinger Lawn Care can make having a beautiful lawn easier and less time-consuming this season.

  • Quality Lawn Care Begins in the Spring

    If you would like to have a healthy, gorgeous lawn year round, it is important to start caring for your lawn in the spring as soon as the snow disappears. As winter comes to an end, many homeowners become anxious as they begin planning for the spring. From cleaning to mowing and seeding, proper spring lawn care covers a range of responsibilities. Taking care of your lawn in the spring will help to limit the additional work throughout the summer, giving you less work and more time to enjoy your lush, thick carpet of green grass.

    Here are some ideas to get you started:

    Dethatching: Thatch is a combination of dead grass, grass clippings, and leaves. This thatch creates a layer over your grass preventing the growth of new grass seeds. The process of dethatching your lawn is going over it with a rake or a special dethatching rake to pick up all the dead debris to make it easier for new grass to grow.


    Fertilizing: Chances are, your lawn is still holding onto fertilizer from last fall. Too much fertilizer in the spring can cause weed problems, which is why it is important to create a specialized plan for fertilizing your lawn's needs.

    Aeration: Aerating your lawn in the spring is critical to helping your grass grow. The freezing temps and compacting snow make it hard for nutrients to penetrate the ground. Aerating allows your soil temperature to rise and lets air and water get to the roots.

    Seeding: The winter snow can cause your lawn to be left with bare brown patches or areas that didn't receive enough nutrients from your fall fertilizer. The best solution to fix the bare spots is to fill it in with grass seed. Applying a fertilizer to the bare spots after you lay the seeds will give your grass more of an opportunity to grow back before summer arrives.

    As part of our lawn care at Ehlinger Lawn Service, we help maintain the health of your lawn. If your schedule doesn't allow you time to complete your spring lawn care, please contact us and see how we can help make your lawn lush and thick this summer.

  • Spring Landscaping Preparation


    Although green grass and blooming flowers aren’t the first thing that come to mind when you look outside this time of year, now is the time to begin thinking about it. Sunshine is on the rise, the snow is melting, and if a certain groundhog from Pennsylvania is to be believed, we’re going to have an early spring.

    The first thing you should consider when planning out your spring landscaping projects is what your goals are. Are you looking to increase curb appeal, or do you have a more serious problem like poor drainage of rotting trees? Once you have evaluated your needs and determined goals it is time to get planning. Here are the top 5 steps to get you started:

    1. Map out the area: Mapping out your home and the area surrounding will give you a better idea of how much space really have. You will have to consider sidewalks, walking paths, patios, and planting space. Landscape plans use symbols to indicate plants, hardscape materials, trees and architectural features.
    2. Contrast with the exterior of your home: It is said that the color of your house is the backdrop for your garden. Before planning out the colors of your yard, you should take a look at your house and find colors that will compliment it well. Learn more about which landscape colors and flowers will look best with your house color before making your plans.
    3. Plan for maintenance: When deciding to add landscaping and gardens to your yard, it is important to remember that it will need constant maintenance to keep it looking good. These things will include pulling weeds, trimming, and watering. It is important when choosing plants that you consider plants that fit into your maintenance schedule.
    4. Get inspired! There are so many beautiful landscaping ideas on the internet. Take a look at our Pinterest page to get inspired.
    5. Do your research: Just like any home improvement project, it is important to do your research before you being so you can be fully prepared. DIY projects are sometimes much more complicated than they appear, and it is important to consider whether you will do this project yourself or if you would rather hire someone to help you with the project.

    If you are looking for more professional information about lawn care this spring, please contact the professionals at Ehlinger Lawn Care. We have tons of experience in all sorts of yards and we can help you maintain the yard of your dreams.


  • Safely Removing Ice From Your Sidewalk


    Protecting our family and friends from slips and falls in the winter can be a daunting task, especially in this area of the country. Clearing the ice from the sidewalk becomes more important with elderly family members, children, or pets walking on it often.  There are many ice-melting products that you can find in the market these days, but these products often contain chemicals which can be harmful to the environment - and especially your pets. Here are a couple ideas:

    Table salt, kosher salt, and sea salt

    Chemically, using household salt in place of rock salt will be safer for the environment and for your pets,  but large quantities can still be harmful to pets as well as your soil. The Sodium Chloride in salt keeps water in its liquid form, preventing it from forming into a solid ice, so it works well as an ice-preventer, but large quantities of sodium chloride can contaminate your ground soil and become irritable on your pet's paws.

    Sugar Beet Juice

    You might be thinking, “Beet juice?... Seriously?” The secret to beet juice is that it lowers the freezing temperature of liquids. You can use beet juice before the snow and ice arrive, or it can be used after a snowstorm because it gradually melts ice into liquid. What’s really great is that it is completely harmless to humans, animals, plants, cars, fabrics, and water systems. You can also dilute salt solutions with beet juice, making the salt more effective in lower quantities.

    Alfalfa Meal

    Alfalfa Meal is 100% natural and is typically used for fertilizer.  The rough and grainy texture of Alfalfa Meal helps to provide traction from slipping and falling on the ice and the nitrogen helps to melt ice. Other forms of fertilizer can be used, but usually contain higher concentrations of nitrogen that can be harmful to nearby plants or contaminate nearby water sources.

    Gravel, Sand or Kitty Litter

    Using these substitutes won’t melt the ice, but they will give extra traction to your sidewalk. Best of all, they won’t cause any harm to your yard or your pets.

    Shovel Early, Shovel Often

    To prevent ice and snow buildup, shovel early after (or during) a snowstorm to prevent the ice and snow from packing and solidifying. After a few people have walked on freshly fallen snow, it becomes much more difficult to remove.

    Whichever of these techniques you chose, be ready with a shovel to clear the melted ice and snow to prevent it from freezing again. If you’d like to quickly clear your driveway of snow, contact us - we’ll do it for you all winter long. Do you have any natural ice removing techniques? Share them with us!


  • Fun in the Snow

    One truth about Minnesota winters you may have noticed is that they are dusted with beautiful snowy days. Whether you would prefer to spend your winter days inside sipping hot chocolate, or outside slipping down a snowy hill, Minnesotans will always find fun activities for the snowier months.

    For the Outdoors

    Sledding: Sledding is one of the most inexpensive, traditional snow day activities. All you need is snow, a sled (or something similar to a sled), a hill, and yourself. The whole family can dress in snow gear and enjoy a sledding trip.

    Snow Sculptures/ Forts: Creating snow sculptures gives you a chance to express your creativity. This can be a fun and challenging winter activity for the whole family to create something amazing. Some of the more traditional ideas are forts, igloos, and snowmen, or you can get extra creative.


    Snowmobiling: Snowmobiling is the root of a lot of winter family vacations. Bundle up and hit the snow trails during the day, and enjoy a warm fire by night. There are 230,000 miles of marked snowmobile trails in the United States and Canada. Click here to find all the snow trails in Minnesota.

    Ice Skating: Whether you’re a beginner or trying out for the next winter Olympics, Ice skating is a fun way to get outdoors and get some exercise in the winter. There are plenty of rinks in Minnesota, or just find your nearest frozen lake or pond and lace up your skates!

    For the Indoors

    Indoor Sports: Athletes can get especially gloomy in the winter months. Minnesota isn’t the best state to promote year-round basketball, baseball, volleyball, climbing, or hiking. Luckily, you can usually find a winter league filled with other fanatics of your favorite summer sports pretty easily. If you don’t have the time to join a winter league, find a local sports arena or rec center (such as the Whitney Recreation Center in St. Cloud) and gather a group on the weekend.

    Sitting by a Fire: If you would rather stay warm and cozy this winter, bundle up by a warm fireplace with a blanket and some good company. A fireplace can offer a simple “getaway” as you watch the snowflakes fall outside your window. Grab a few wintery puzzles, learn a new card game or board game, or snuggle up to a good book while enjoying the glowing embers of a warm fire.


    Hot Chocolate: Well, first of all, it’s hot and warms you up on a cold day. Plus, the smooth taste and feel of drinking hot chocolate that then warms your whole body is great on a cold winter day. There are tons of variations and recipes you can tinker with (for kids and adults) besides traditional coca. It’s a silky, rich, treat that everyone looks forward to in the winter.

    Don’t be stuck spending your winter hours shoveling snow, let us clear it for you so you can spend more time with family this having fun and creating memories. Contact Ehlinger Lawn Care today for a quote.


  • Tips and Tricks for Safely Shoveling Snow


    As the weather gets colder, Minnesotans start to get excited about outdoor winter activities. With the promise of snowmobiling, snowmen, and skiing, it is easy to forget about the responsibilities that winter holds, like clearing the snow from driveways and sidewalks. We are here to remind you of some simple shoveling safety tips to remember as winter approaches.

    Technique is Key

    Shoveling snow can be hard on your lower back and arms. To reduce the strain on your body, remember to lift with your legs. Back problems in the winter are mainly caused from shoveling heavy snow. The main technique for preventing these back problems is to pivot and twist your shoulders in line with your hips, this requires less twisting of your spine.

    Move the Snow in Sections

    This winter is predicted to be full of snow that is extra wet and heavy. It is important to move the snow in smaller sections or layers to make it a little easier on your body. You don’t have to dig all the way to the sidewalk in one movement; take your time and work in smaller sections.

    Give Your Body a Break

    Shoveling snow is a strenuous activity that can be hard on your body. Shoveling snow increases your blood pressure and heart rate causing your body to react as if you were working out. This is why it is important to take breaks every 15 minutes. Also making sure to wait at least a half hour after you wake up allows your body to warm up and prepare for the strenuous work.

    Wear Layers

    Don’t let the cold weather get the best of you- wear layers and be sure to keep your mouth and nose covered to prevent you from breathing in the cold air. Be sure to keep your hands and head covered to prevent potential frostbite and windburn. Keep your feet warm with thick socks and slip-resistant boots.

    Listen to Your Body

    Lastly, listen to what your body is telling you. If you need to take a break, do it. The snow isn’t going anywhere, after all! If your muscles ache or your back begins to cramp up, take a longer break and head indoors to let your body recover.

    If the work becomes too much for your body to handle, or you’d just rather have someone else take care of it for you, be sure to contact Ehlinger Lawn Services and forget about snow removal for the rest of the season!

  • Choosing a Snow Removal Service

    Choosing a snow removal service is something that can’t be done overnight.  Once the snow starts falling the snow removal companies become extremely busy- so now is the best time to sign up.  Here are the top 7 steps to choosing what snow removal company will work best for your needs:

  • Assess Your Needs
    Before you decide to start looking for a snow removal company, it is important to first determine what your needs are.  Do you want your whole driveway cleared as well as your front steps and sidewalk? Do you need your driveway cleared off by a certain time of day so you can go to work/ school? To know what you are looking for, you must first know what you need.

  • Ask for Referrals
    Who do you trust more than your friends, family, and neighbors?  Ask them for a reliable source, who they use for their services or who they have used in the past. Another great way to find referrals is to check the company's website to see how previous customers liked their service.

  • Talk to Several Companies about Your Needs
    Contact 3 to 4 different companies that have either been referred to you by your friends, family, and neighbors or companies you have read good reviews about.  Tell them about your needs and see if they are able to fit your budget.

  • Ask Lots of Questions
    It important to ask lots of questions to each company you talk too.  Find out how long they have been doing snow removal, how often they will come out to clear the snow, how they determine their charge for their service, what type of equipment they use, and if you need to call or if they automatically come out for a certain amount of snow.  Be prepared with a list of questions before you contact a service.

  • Research the Company with the BBB
    Going online and searching for the Better Business Bureau office that services your area is a good way to get more information about any company.  This will tell you if the company has had any complaints against them and how reliable they are to their customers.

  • Don’t Choose a Snow Removal Service Based on Price Alone
    Prices vary based on the equipment used and the amount of time the service will take. As the saying rightly goes, you get what you pay for, so make sure you learn a bit about the company before you consider the price.

  • Read the Contract Thoroughly Before Signing
    It is important that before you sign the contract you have fully read and understand the services you will be receiving. Ask plenty of questions to clarify and issues or concerns you have.  Do not sign the bottom line if you are not completely confident about the content in the contract.
  • Ehlinger Lawn Service has been family owned and operated for over 15 years. Just check out our services. Once the cold weather comes, openings fill up fast, so get your snow removal set up before the first flake falls.

  • Fall Lawn Care Tips: Part 2

    Fall can be the most crucial time of the year to care for your lawn. It is important to provide your lawn with the nutrients to last the cold winter months ahead. Now is the perfect time to follow these 4 lawn care tips to assure that when spring comes around you will have a lawn that will be the envy of all your neighbors. 


    Fertilizing your Lawn
    As fall rolls in and winter approaches, it is a smart idea to think about laying some fertilizer on your lawn. When the weather begins to get colder, we notice that grass begins to grow slower; However, the roots are continually growing. It is important to make sure you fertilize your lawn to give the roots the nutrients they need to last over the winter months and grow back healthier in the spring.

    Seeding and Sodding your lawn
    Although it’s not until spring comes when people realize they need to seed or sod their lawn, fall is actually the best time to do it. Seeding and sodding have shown to be the most successful when done anywhere from late-August to mid-September. During this time, the weather is not too hot, nor too cold, making the perfect growing weather. Once you have seeded or sodded your lawn, the fertilizer will take over to provide the new grass with nutrients to grow back thick and full in the spring.

    Broadleaf Weed Control
    Fall is a good time to evaluate your yard for broadleaf weeds like dandelions, plantain, and creeping charlie. Just like the grass roots are storing up nutrients for the winter months, so are weeds. The best solution for getting rid of weeds is to do a spot treatment with herbicide. The weeds will absorb the herbicide, and when spring returns they will be gone. Be careful when you choose to add herbicide; most need time to do their work before the weather gets too cold.

    Recycling your Leaves
    It is really important to remember to clean up your leaves in the fall to prevent the leaves from collecting the morning dew and matting down your lawn. Some smart recycling tips for your leaves include using them as mulch, adding them to a compost pile, or shredding them and letting them decompose back into the grass.

    Be sure to read our first blog about fall lawn care to learn more. For all your fall lawn care needs, Ehlinger Lawn Care Services is here to help. We are honored to have the opportunity to provide you with exceptional lawn care.




  • How To Select A Lawn Care Service

    As it is known to happen, summer is nearly over again in Minnesota. You probably don’t want to spend the last few precious summer weekends maintaining your lawn. It would be nice to hire someone else to do it for you, but how do you decide on a lawn care service provider? Think about a few of these deciding factors:

    What Services do you Need?

    If all your lawn needs is a quick trim, you might be able to get away with hiring a relative or neighborhood kid to do it, but what if your lawn requires a bit more care? Not only does hiring a lawn care service take care of mowing and trimming, but also sidewalk and driveway edging, landscaping, aeration, tree and shrub maintenance, irrigation repair and more. You also might need help with fall clean up, weed control, and fertilizing regimens. (Fall is a good time to fertilize before winter hits.) Keep in mind the services your need (or don’t need) before hiring a company.

    Are Their Services Guaranteed?

    Run their references! It can be reassuring to hear a company promise low prices without seeing your lawn and determining the amount of work to be completed, but does the company stand behind their work? How do you know if they are licensed or not? With Ehlinger Lawn Service, you can be sure that your satisfaction is guaranteed and our technicians are thoroughly trained. See our team in action in our lawn care video.

    What Kind of Pricing are We Talking About?

    Different lawn care providers have many different pricing options, depending on their services. When you are looking for a provider, look for someone with free service checks to determine your needs and approximate cost. You can contact Ehlinger Lawn Service for pricing information or complete a free quick quote online based on your address.

    Ask Around!

    The grass is alway greener across the street, right? Well, ask your friends and neighbors about their lawn care provider. If they don’t use a provider, ask other customers that have used lawn care services about their experience. Gathering case studies is a great way to gauge the results from any service.


    When it comes to leaving the care of your lawn in the hands of someone else, it is important to make sure they are the best. Do your homework to find the best service provider before you pick a lawn care team. Enjoy the rest of your summer, because before you know it, you’re going to be thinking about snow removal instead of lawn care!

  • Keeping Your Lawn Healthy in the Summer

    Summer- the most difficult time of year to keep your lawn looking green and healthy. There are many factors that cause a lawn to look unhealthy: droughts, under fertilizing, over fertilizing, cutting the grass too short, and just plain wear and tear from use. How do we answer the question, “What can we do to save our lawn?” Learning when and how often to fertilize, how to effectively water, and the most efficient ways to cut grass are a few simple ways to keep your lawn looking green and healthy this summer.


    Learning when to fertilize and how much to use is a great first step to keeping your lawn looking green. For the best summer results, fertilize the lawn twice; Once in the spring, and  once in late summer. Fertilizing in the spring is a great way to feed the lawn after a long winter and prepare it for the summer, but should be done lightly. Too much fertilization in the spring can cause stress on your lawn when the stress of summer comes around. When fertilizing in late summer, it is best to use a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen to support your lawn through the colder seasons.

    Often people make the mistake of over fertilizing unhealthy grass. Using too much fertilizer burns out the grass often killing it or making it hard for grass to grow. Also, if the grass is brown, don’t bother to fertilize. Wait until the fall, when the lawn has had a chance to heal itself.


    Learning how to effectively water the lawn is also important in keeping your lawn green and healthy. It is best to water the lawn in the morning or early in the day to help prevent evaporation and fungal growth. Watering for longer periods of time and less frequently helps build up drought resistant grass with a healthy root system. Once the grass goes brown or dormant during the summer, do not try and water it back to life. Just let it stay dormant until the fall, as it should recover on its own.

    It is recommended to give your lawn about an inch of water per week, and a little more when it is extra hot (80 degrees or higher). The best way to measure the amount of water your lawn is getting on a weekly basis is to use a rain gauge.


    Oftentimes, people end up cutting their grass too short which can lead to more weeds, an underdeveloped root system, and in extreme cases can even kill your lawn. Cutting the grass at about 3-4 inches is the perfect length for the summer. This allows the grass to shade the ground and keep in moisture, which helps the roots grow bigger and stronger making it much more difficult for weeds to grow.

    After cutting the grass, mulching the grass clippings is an effective way to keep steady moisture levels. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to remove the clippings from your yard. They act as natural provisions for your grass and add nutrients each time you mow.



  • Importance of Lawn Care

    Everyone wants to have that beautiful lush green lawn, but other than looks, why is it so important to take care of your lawn? There are a few eye-opening reasons to why lawn care is important and a few simple tips help with good lawn care:

    Benefits of a healthy lawn

    • According to the Lawn Doctor, a healthy lawn creates plenty of oxygen (a 50 foot by 50 foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four).
    • Purifies water by capturing and breaking down pollutants.
    • Increases property value and marketability.
    • Thick healthy grass makes it extremely difficult for weeds to grow
    • Provides a safe landscape for sports and activities.


    Simple lawn care tips

    Fertilizing is important and should be done twice a year-- once in the Spring and once in the Fall. You can also add a third time during the year if necessary, around mid summer. It is important to get a fertilizer that not only has nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium, but also provides micronutrients such as sulfur, copper, and iron.

    The best way to prevent weeds, contrary to belief, is to grow such a healthy lawn that the weeds get choked out. Mowing on a regular basis helps as well, by cutting off the tops of weeds and dandelions before they get the chance to spread their seeds.

    Aeration is another great way to ensure your grass is getting all the proper nutrients it needs to grow. When grass gets too compacted, it makes it hard for the nutrients to penetrate through to the roots, where they are most needed. Aeration is a great way to allow the nutrients an easy access to the roots.

    Everyone wants to have a beautiful lawn, but not everyone has the time to properly maintain their yard. Thats where we can help! Checkout our website to learn about our services and see what we can offer for your yard.

  • Where Are All the Honeybees? How You Can Help Support Them

    “You can't replace bees with a microrobot or an iPod or an app or anything. We are completely dependent on bugs to retain the human race.”
    - Sam Droege, USGS honeybee expert

    The reason honeybees are missing is still unknown to us. Many scientists hypothesize different causes, but any way you strike it, it’s bad news for us. Honeybees aren’t responsible for just making honey- they are also pollinators, which allow many of our agricultural foods to grow.

    Just this past year, the U.S. Government is now taking action to ensure the future of the honeybees. In 2014, the government created the Pollinator Health Task Force, not only established to protect honeybees but other pollinator insects like butterflies.

    You don’t have to be the Commander and Chief of the United States to save the honeybees. Here are a couple of easy ways you can help from your own home, without the bugs becoming a huge nuisance around your yard:

    Plant Flowers
    The easiest answer to helping honeybees is to plant pollinator-friendly plants. Many different flowers like sunflowers, roses and snowdrops are great choices. Bees tend to prefer single-petal plants, like foxglove or calla lilies, though you may want to research these plants first. Calla Lilies, for instance, are poisonous to cats, while foxglove tends to attract bumble bees- a nuisance if you happen to be allergic.  Even garden plants like blackberries, strawberries and squash can attract honeybees. Find out which pollinator-friendly plants are perfect for your ecoregion.

    Provide A Backyard Water Source
    Even honey bees need water, just like your pets. Fountains and birdbaths can provide a sufficient source of water for honeybees. It can even be as simple as placing a bowl of water and stones near your garden.

    Even though we don’t know what is causing America’s diminishing bee population, we do know a few tricks to replenish it. Simple changes in your yard can help to repopulate your region’s bee population. While you may think that you need to build your own beehive to help the bee population, just a few minor adjustments to your yard can make a difference.

  • Mosquito-repellent Planting

    April is National Lawn and Garden Month! Now is a good time to do some research about how to enhance your yard before summer hits. There are many things you could do to change how your yard looks, but did you know you could use the look of your yard for utility purposes?

    There are certain grasses and plants you can use around your yard to prevent Minnesota’s famous pests- mosquitoes-  from spoiling your fun outside. Here are a few of the most common plants to grow to prevent mosquitoes:

    • Citronella Grass- plant this in a planter, because even though it’s a grass, it can’t handle frost. It is also lemon-scented, so your yard will always smell fresh!
    • Catnip- a favorite to our feline friends, this plant has the potential to be more effective than deet on repelling mosquitoes.
    • Rosemary- even if it doesn’t succeed in keeping all of the mosquitoes away, at least you have some fresh herbs!
    • Geraniums- not only do they repel bugs, but they are pretty to look at. Geraniums come in a few different colors and varieties to spruce up your yard while helping to combat the bugs.


    If you are having a hard time deciding what to plant to repel mosquitoes, almost any plant that has a lemon scent tends to be effective against them. If you aren’t a fan of Citronella Grass, you could try Lemon Thyme, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, or Lemon Grass.

    Having too many mosquitoes around your yard in the summer can put a damper on outside activities. Planting some of these plants might be a little work, but will make your outdoor fun more enjoyable this summer.

  • Benefits of Fertilizing your Lawn

    Mowing the grass isn’t the only thing to do to keep your lawn looking nice and fresh. Fertilizing is a huge part of keeping it thick and green, as well as trim. If you aren’t convinced, here are a few reasons why you should fertilize your lawn:

    Fertilizing your lawn reduces the chances of weed growth.

    According to RedBeacon, a thick, healthy lawn is naturally resistant to weed growth. If your lawn is covered with lush grass, where is there room for weeds to grow? Fertilizer could help reduce weed growth on your lawn over a long period of time, whereas just using weed killer will get rid of the weeds, but won’t prevent them from coming back- only a healthy lawn will do that!

    Fertilization protects your investment in new turf.

    Purchasing an entire new lawn isn’t cheap, so you want it to look nice as long as possible. Fertilizing your lawn before the new grass is installed is a must to provide your new grass with a nutrient-rich environment and prevent wasting time and money.

    Fertilizing your lawn improves the root system of the grass as well as the color and thickness of the blades.

    The Lawn Barber doesn’t want your grass to be so dry and weak that it is ruined just by walking on it. Fertilizing your lawn will help prevent that from happening, even after it has rained and the ground is soft. Fertilizer works its way down to the roots of your grass, making it stronger. It will be less likely to be torn up by walking, playing, and even mowing. Strong roots are also able to absorb more water, which means muddy lawns after it rains will be less likely. The grass will absorb most of the water to keep it thick and healthy, which leaves less to sit on your lawn and make a muddy mess.

    We understand that summer schedules are very busy, but don’t let your lawn suffer. Enter our contest to win free fertilizer and weed control from us for the entire summer! Enter on our website and on our Facebook page.


  • Show Your Lawn Some Love

    Everyone knows what it’s like to have a neighbor with an incredible lawn and to want your own lawn to look just as good. Instead of spending hours wondering how your neighbors get their lawns to look so gorgeous, follow these tips to help grow a lush green lawn.

    Mow High

    When you mow your lawn, you will want to set your lawn mower to 3 or 4 inches high. This will make it so you only mow off the top of the blades and the grass will grow longer and fuller. It will also overshadow potential weeds and stop them from taking over your lawn. An article on lawn care says the sensitive growing point for weeds is at the top of the plant and the sensitive growing point for grass is near the soil, so when you mow high, you are killing the weeds but protecting the sensitive point for the grass. Overall, mowing high yields more shade to the soil, deeper roots which leads to less watering, thicker turf which leads to fewer weeds, and slower growth which leads to less mowing.

    Watering Your Lawn

    Some "rules of thumb" on watering your lawn:

    First, we recommend watering as early in the morning as you can to prevent your efforts from evaporating once the sun and temps rise throughout the day.

    Second, try to water for longer periods of time and less frequent. You want to saturate the soil each time you water. This means you should apply 1" to 2” of water a week. This encourages roots to grow deeper where the moisture stays and not have to fight for water near the surface.

    Signs of a thirsty lawn are a loss of the "vibrant green" color and the blades wont spring back when walked on

    Soil Depth

    Your soil should be around 18 inches deep to allow for deep-rooted, healthy grass. If you are having trouble getting anything to grow in your yard, your soil might need more high quality dirt. One great way to help is to mix topsoil and compost on your lawn and start from scratch.

    Everyone wants a beautiful lawn, but summer gets so busy it is hard to keep it up. We can help you create and maintain a beautiful lawn all year! Check out our website to learn more about our services.

  • Spring Cleaning...Your Lawn with Ehlinger Lawn Service

    Spring is “technically” here, though Minnesota is making it hard to feel the excitement by sending us the incorrect weather; however, when the real spring does decide to show up, it will have been worth the wait.

    A well-known to-do around springtime is a little something called, “spring cleaning.” Many think that means de-cluttering the house, getting things into storage, out with the old, in with the new, and upgrading things, which is true, but don’t forget about your lawn!

    Give your lawn and flowers an advantage in starting the growing season the right way by following these tips for spring-cleaning your lawn:


    • One common problem that can be caused by winter, especially our harsh winters here in Minnesota, is uneven ground. This can cause poor growing conditions for grass, and other plants, so it’s important to fill in those low areas, or cut away areas that are raised, as low spots cause poor drainage and the mower scalps high spots.
    • As the weather warms, remove burlap from trees and shrubs.
    • Prune away winterkilled branches and remove debris, fallen branches, and scattered sticks from winter’s incessant wind and snow to make room for new growth.
    • Rake out leaves and dead foliage, so they don’t smother plants and foster disease.
    • Test the soil’s pH and remove turf damaged by salt, plows, or disease to prepare for seeding.
    • Prune weatherworn bushes, hedges, and perennials that look overgrown.
    • After cleaning and repairing your lawn, you may need to reseed parts of it that are particularly bare or brown, or strongly damaged by snow mold.


    It seems spring cleaning is a never-ending task with so much to do, but we hope these tips will help get you started. Happy cleaning!

    Don’t forget to contact Ehlinger Lawn Service for any of your lawn care needs by visiting our website:

  • Your Lawn Our Team and Strong Roots

    Well, you’ve read about the glue that holds the team together, Leigha Mooney, who works as the Operations Manager for Ehlinger Lawn Service, so now it’s time to meet some of the team. Here at Ehlinger, we are staffed with hard-working individuals who truly care about our clients.

    For starters, meet Dave Keske, our Certified Turf/Grass Professional and Fertilizer

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    •  Dave has been a Lawn Professional for over 10 years and has been with Ehlinger for almost three years.

    •  One of his favorite things about working at Ehlinger includes talking to ourcustomers and potential customers to help them solve problems with their lawns.

    •  Dave’s favorite season is spring because the snow melts and he can get back to a normal schedule and talk to our customers again because it is warm enough to go outside.

    •  Work aside; Dave’s favorite hobbies are playing darts and volleyball.

    Next, we have Joe Curtis, our Fertilizer Technician:

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    •  Joe’s favorite thing about working at Ehlinger is all of his coworkers because he’s able to joke around with them and have fun at work, which is always a plus.

    •  Joe’s favorite season is summer because he really enjoys being outside, but he welcomes fall because his favorite hobby is watching football.

    •  Something others may not know about Joe is that he enjoys sitting outside by bonfires in the spring and fall. That sure sounds nice right about now.

    And finally, we have Kyle Matthes, our Crew Lead:

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    •  One of Kyle’s favorite things about working at Ehlinger is the flexibility of job hours and the variety in every day.

    •  His favorite season is spring because it means the beginning of a new lawn-mowing season and all of the color is put back into nature.

    •  Joe’s favorite hobby is bowling and one thing others may not know about him is that although he can come off a little shy at first, he is actually a people-person and enjoys solving problems, which makes him a wonderful asset to our team.


    So, there’s some of our team, folks! Now you know more about us and with whom you’ll be working with here at Ehlinger. To find out more about our services, please visit our website at

  • Shoveling Snow and Protecting your Health with Ehlinger Lawn Care

    To some people, shoveling snow is just picking up the shovel and throwing snow out of the way, but what many don’t know is that it is a major health risk. In fact, shoveling snow is one of the most strenuous activities under horrible conditions. However, there are many precautions you can take, and it’s important that you do.


    Did you know?

    • Shoveling snow can strain the heart enough to cause a heart attack?
    • Shoveling snow can be more strenuous than exercising full throttle on a treadmill?
    • Shoveling snow can cause sudden increase in blood pressure and heart rate?
    • Cold air can cause constriction of the blood vessel and decrease oxygen to the heart?
    • Winter work increases risks of heart attack and stroke?
    • Around 195,100 Americans were treated in emergency rooms for snow shoveling-related incidences from 1990 to 2006 and cardiac problems accounted for almost seven percent of the cases, and made up for 1647 deaths?

    And those are only some of the risks that come from shoveling snow. We don’t mean to scare you, but we want to stress how important it is to take all of the necessary precautions before shoveling.

     Here are some of the things you can do to protect yourself:

    • Don’t shovel right when you wake up. Wait at least 30 minutes and give yourself time to warm up.
    • Take frequent breaks that last up to 15 minutes.
    • Drink plenty of water.
    • Shovel smaller loads, rather than heavy ones, while using a smaller shovel.
    • Cover your mouth to avoid breathing cold air.
    • Pay attention to your body signals.
    • Wear multiple layers.


    You can also take a break from shoveling and have us help you out. Ehlinger Lawn Care is here at your service to take care of your snow removal needs in the Sartell, Minnesota area.

  • The Beauty of Snow

    Winter is coming fast and the temperatures are dropping, which means heavy amounts of snow will be falling soon and often.

    Luckily, many people appreciate the beauty of snow and create something extraordinary out of it, and we mean more than just making a snowman! Snow art is quite common in Minnesota. No two snowflakes are the same but neither are two pieces of snow art.

    The snow on your driveway may just be an annoying pile but once moved to the sides of your lawn it is perfect for making snow art with! This is where we come in- we specialize in snow removal. When it snows 1 inch or more, we are there, without even needing to call. We can prevent snow blowing and shoveling injuries. Save yourself some back pains and let the professionals take care of it for you! Our equipment makes 1/10th the noise of a traditional walk behind snow blower, so we won’t wake you up when there is a snowfall at 6 a.m.


    Probably one of your favorite movies: Pirates of the Caribbean Snow Art.

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    This is absolutely breathtaking. The moving stallions are something out of this world.

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    Nothing like a Charlie Brown Christmas. Snoopy is taking a nap in the snow!

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    For the sports lovers, this might catch your eye. Check out this Snow sculpture made at a skiing ridge.

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    All aboard! The Polar Express in the form of snow.

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      We hope these sculptures gave you a little motivation to appreciate the beauty of snow and maybe even sparked your artistic side.

      Please do not hesitate to contact us for questions about our snow removal options. Spots do fill up quickly so don’t wait until there is 10 inches of snow on the ground before you pick up the phone!

      Happy Holidays! 

    1. The Importance of Preparing For A Minnesota Winter

      Every winter, the snow never fails to fall in Minnesota. It even comes at the most unexpected times, such as the middle of October!  The average annual amount of snowfall in Minnesota varies from about 36 inches in southwest Minnesota to more than 70 inches near the Lake Superior highlands (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources). Last year, Central Minnesota saw a heavy amount of snow lasting even longer than the normal winter season.  With all of the snow comes a lot of shoveling and plowing of your driveway.  Plowing can be time consuming, however, it is very important to plow your driveway properly to avoid accidents.

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      Accidents that occur because of snow and ice on your driveway can and cannot involve a vehicle. Some common winter accidents are:

      • Slips
      • Falls
      • Broken arms and legs
      • Fractures in the arms or legs
      • Driving into a garage door due to difficult braking
      • Backing into another vehicle due to difficult braking

      Not only can these accidents happen to you or your family, but it could happen to visitors coming to your home or business.The Although the severity of the accidents vary, it is better to be safe than sorry.  Snow has already fallen in Central Minnesota and winter is just around the corner so it is important to prepare for the season!    

      At Ehlinger Lawn Service, we want you, your family, and your friends to be safe and accident-free this winter season. We offer snow removal services and would love to help you this winter! 
    2. 5 Fall Lawn Care Tips

      Within the next five months, your lawn will go from green with grass, to orange with leaves, to white with snow.  It might seem unnecessary to take care of your lawn once summer has ended, however, now is the perfect time to get your lawn ready for spring.  Here are five lawn care tips that will make your lawn beautiful for the seasons to come.

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      1.    Keep the Mowing Going

      It is important to keep mowing your lawn until the snow falls.  The length of the grass can make or break the success of your grass in the spring.  Try to keep the grass 2-2 ½ inches in the fall.  If it is taller than this, the grass will mat and that can lead to snow mold.  If it is shorter than this, the ability for the grass to make and store food for growth in the spring will be affected

      2.    It Might be a Bother, but Continue to Water

      Even though the temperatures are falling and your grass may not seem dry, it is important to keep watering because the grass continues to grow in the fall and water is important for the grass to maintain growth.  Try to water until the ground starts to freeze or the temperature becomes cold.

      3.    Be Wise and Fertilize

      Fall is the best time of the year to fertilize because the fertilizer gives essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots and keep the nutrients stored up for spring.  Another reason why it is smart to fertilize in the fall is because the grass leaves grow much more slowly as cooler weather moves in but the grass roots continue to grow quickly.

      4.    It’s Not Too Late to Aerate

      Aeration is very important because it opens air channels, improves drainage, and loosens soil.  Be sure that your aeration method pulls plugs of soil instead of just creating holds in the ground.

      5.    Your Lawn is at Stake, Be Sure to Rake

      Although raking isn’t the most enjoyable task, it is important for your lawn.  Raking leaves as soon as some have fallen is crucial to the success of your lawn.  If you wait too long to rake, the leaves can become wet, which causes them to mat and suffocate your grass. 

      Fall has arrived and Ehlinger Lawn Care Service is ready to prepare your lawn for spring! We have the tools and experience to ensure your lawn is taken care of. Give us a call so we can help make your lawn beautiful!

    3. Leave The Snow Removal To The Professionals!


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      As much as we hate to say it, the winter season is right around the corner. These days, it seems like Mother Nature really has a mind of her own. Which means it’s best to be prepared when it comes to the weather. Aside from the few of those crazy, cold weather lovin’ Minnesotans, no one really likes to see hear that a winter storm is headed our way. So make it easier on yourself and let a professional take care of the dirty work! Here are the benefits of doing so:

      1. Safety: This is always at the top of our list of concerns for our customers as we would like to think it’s at the top of yours as well. Whether you’re a business that sees hundreds of customers on a daily basis or simply just want the area around your home to be well maintained, we’re up for the job. There are way too many people who suffer from all kinds of injuries each winter season because of slippery conditions that could easily be avoided by a phone call to Ehlinger. 
      2. Finances: This is a big factor for businesses. As a business, you aren’t just liable for what goes on when customers step foot in the door. You are equally as responsible for what happens outside of the doors while they’re on your property. The biggest issue is typically slippery sidewalks or handicapped parking spaces that can’t be seen due to unplowed snow. Both of these scenarios could cost tons of money in the long run if legal actions are taken; much more expensive than employing a professional to ensure your property is always taken care of.
      3. Experience: This reason sort of speaks for itself. When you hire a professional from Ehlinger, you are guaranteed top of the line service. Every one of our staff members is well trained; meaning they know how to successfully maintain and preserve the surface of your property. Bless the heart of the guy up the street for wanting to lend a helping hand but most likely, there’s going to be tire ruts left in your lawn or plow blade scratches on the surface of your asphalt if the job isn’t done by someone with experience.

       This year, get ahead of the game and call Ehlinger Lawn Care Services today to solidify your winter snow removal strategy. Trust us, it’ll make the season a little easier to bear! 

      We are give away FREE snow removal for the 2013/2014 winter season! "Like" us on Facebook for a chance to win:

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    4. How To Create A Beautiful Yard

      Have you ever driven by a home and had to take a second or third look at their yard because of how well it was landscaped? It’s okay to admit you were envious when you couldn’t spot a single weed! Maybe you justified your jealously by saying you just don’t have the time to put in that effort with your own yard. We’re not saying that it doesn’t take a little time and patience, but you too can have that curb appeal by being efficient with your time. Here are some tips on weed and grub control that you can use anywhere from the landscaping to the garden:

      Adjust the blade of your lawn mower. Moving the blade setting up one notch higher will create more shade for weed seeds which makes it more difficult for weeds to grow. After all, we want to make it as hard on them as possible when it comes to reproducing!

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      There’s an old saying about weed control that says, “Pull when wet; hoe when dry”. Try to keep this in mind because it still holds true today. It’s easier to effectively pull weeds (roots and all) when the soil is damp.

      Using mulch to fill in the gaps between landscaping is one of the best weed control tactics. A few inches of mulch not only prevents weed germination and growth but also seals in moisture for the plants that you actually want to grow.

      Sometimes, just pulling weeds won’t get the job done. This is when you might want to consider using a weed control. Herbicides kill weeds all the way down to their roots instead of only getting rid of the head of the weed which is what happens when pulling. Also, do a little research when deciding what type of control to use; it’ll vary depending on the area of land you’re working on.

      One of the most important things to remember is that a beautiful landscape or garden isn’t going to happen overnight. Break up whatever area you may be tackling into small sections so it’s an adequate amount of land to manage at one time. Be realistic with your goals and slowly but surely, you’ll have the ultimate landscape.   

    5. Summer Lawn Care Tips

      There is nothing more exciting, especially for us “Minnesnowtans,” when what seems like the quickest season of them all, summer, finally makes an appearance. In all of its glory, it brings blue skies, an abundance of UV rays, refreshing lake water temperatures, and last but not least, green grass. A well-maintained lawn can do wonders for the aesthetic beauty of a home or property. Here are three important tips straight from the experts at Ehlinger Lawn Service that will help make your lawn the nicest on the block.

      Adequate Watering

      Did you know a typical lawn needs one inch of water a week to maintain sufficient growth? If Mother Nature is not supplying enough hydration and you choose to use an irrigation system, make sure to water at the most beneficial time. Early mornings are best because they allow time for absorption before the sun’s radiance and high temperatures soak up all of the moisture.

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      One of the most common mistakes people make when caring for their lawn is cutting the grass too short. If you think you may be an offender of this, during your next mow, try moving the blade up just one notch. This minor adjustment will allow the grass to obtain larger amounts of moisture. Plus, it will give your grass the ability to absorb more sunlight, which will ultimately be used as an energy source to provide nutrients throughout the growth cycle. 

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      All of the Trimmings

      Even though it may look neat and tidy when it is finished, bagging your grass might not be the best thing for your lawn. The excess clippings can actually be used as an inexpensive form of fertilization. They will not only provide an extra form of shade on those scorching hot summer days but also redistribute their nutrients to help maintain a healthy landscape.

      The best part about all of our lawn care tips is that they are as simple as they are effective. Most people have a general idea of how to take care of their lawn, but by implementing these three easy techniques into your lawn management repertoire, the results are sure to speak for themselves. 

    6. Advantages of Chemical and Organic Fertilizer

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      At Ehlinger Lawn Service you have the option of chemical or organic fertilizer. The biggest advantages of chemical fertilizer are that it works fast and efficient. Organic fertilizer has many advantages but the biggest advantages would be plant growth and safety. 

      Chemical Fertilizer: Works Fast and Efficient 

      The biggest advantage of chemical fertilizer is that it acts fast. Chemical fertilizers adsorb into plants much more quickly than organic fertilizers; thus your grass becomes lush and green faster. If you have plants or grass that are in dire need of nourishment, chemical fertilizer may be your best option because it gives nutrients to plants immediately. Organic fertilizers supply nutrients to plants slower than chemical fertilizers. If your plants are becoming brown in color or need to be brought back to health quickly, choose chemical fertilizer over organic. Chemical fertilizer also tends to be more cost effective than organic fertilizer.

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      Organic Fertilizer: Plant Growth

      Organic fertilizers release nutrients much more slowly than chemical fertilizers. The benefit is that plants have a steady and continuous flow of nutrients; thus plants grow bigger and stronger. It also allows plants to hold nutrients and water with ease, which encourages plant growth. Organic fertilizer is not only healthy for plants but it is also healthier for people and animals that come into contact with it.

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      Organic Fertilizer: Safety

      Organic fertilizer does not contain any chemicals that could harm family members. Using organic fertilizer will give you “peace of mind” when your child or pet is playing in your newly organically fertilized lawn. Unlike chemical fertilizers, your family members can put their toes in between newly organic fertilized grass without having to worry about harmful chemicals clinging to their skin. Since there are no harmful chemicals in organic fertilizer, you and your family will have more time to enjoy your lush green lawn. 

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      Minnesota summers tend not to last very long, so take advantage of the summer time we have and make your lawn look great. When choosing a fertilizer (whether it is organic or chemical) you need to make the choice that best fits your lifestyle. At Ehlinger Lawn service we give you a variety of fertilizer choices. Learn about our fertilizer choices here.

    7. Lawn Fertilizing: You Deserve It

      Imagine if you will, your wife, barefoot, playing fetch with your dog; the kids running back and forth through a sprinkler, their screams of joy filling the air; and you, taking it all in while laying comfortably on a lush, green lawn.. Sound like something you might be interested in? The dog, kids, and sprinkler setup are up to you.. But we'll provide the beautiful lawn! 


      At Ehlinger Lawn Service, our treatment and maintenance programs have proven to reduce weeds, eliminate patches and make your lawn greener than ever! Here is what you can expect with our 5 Step Fertilizer Care Program

      1. Reduced weeds, eliminated patches and an overall greener lawn.

      2. Choice between two Environmentally Friendly fertilizer treatments:

      • Granular Slow Release - These are the types of fertilizers used on golf courses and most recommended by agriculture experts. These fertilizers provide continual feeding of your lawn gradually over time, and furnish proper nutrient uptake through the roots of the lawn.
      • Organic -  Ehlinger Lawn uses premium quality organic fertilizer for seasonal lawn and turf grass care. Our organic mix is formulated with complex carbohydrates, macro and micro nutrients, amino acids, enzymes, proteins, vitamins and minerals.

      3. "Best Procedures" program- Simply put, we do NOT apply products for problems that do not exist.

      4. YOU WILL BE SATISFIED Guarantee- Just like it sounds, if you are not totally satisfied
      with results from our service, we will work with you until you are satisfied or refund the amount of your last application or service.


      Of course there is always the choice not to fertilize. We think the scenario in this case would go something like this.. Your wife, barefoot, sitting on a bare patch of what should be lawn picking thistles out of her foot; your dog laying sad eyed in his doghouse; the kids sitting indoors crying because the sprinkler can't be run for fear of your backyard being turned into a giant mud pit; and you, daydreaming of laying comfortably on a lush, green lawn-






    8. Lazy Summer Done Right!

      You work hard all year long! You deserve to have one worry free summer to be just plain lazy! Wouldn't you agree?

      At Ehlinger Lawn Service, we know how much you deserve to have a summer free to do WHATEVER you want! We are giving you the chance to win FREE LAWN CARE for (you guessed it) the ENTIRE SUMMER!! Once you win, feel free to use these suggestions on how to make this summer the LAZIEST one you have ever had! 

      Wear comfortable clothing. We recommend basketball shorts and a tank. The more comfortable, the easier it will be to take a nap. 

      Buy a hammock. Hammocks are perfect to relax in the sun and take a nap. (be careful not to get tangled up.. It would require way too much effort to get yourself untangled!)

      Read a book. Find a SUPER interesting book. After you've read a few pages, reward yourself with a nap. 

      Go to the beach. Pack up the family or grab some friends and find a nice sunny spot on the beach. Take a nap while catching some rays. 

      Watch TV reruns. Turn on your favorite TV show and watch it for hours on end. Don't forget to take a quick nap. 

      Have a picnic. Pack plenty of food and drinks. After you eat, take a nap.

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      Don't waste your time mowing, trimming, and blowing clippings from your driveway this summer! Instead, do NOTHING! With Ehlinger's Lazy Summer Giveaway you will have plenty of time to do WHATEVER you want WHENEVER you want to do it. Be lazy, you deserve it! 

    9. Season Long Snow removal

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    10. Grubs, Grubs, Grubs

      Wondering if you have grubs in your lawn?  Some say that this is going to be a year for the grubs and that they come in cycles.  Ask yourself some of the following questions:

      Does your lawn look dry, yet you keep pouring the water on it? 
      Does it look spotty? 
      Maybe you have some nice healthy green spots, but dead, dry spots just a foot away?
      Are there little holes that look like squirrels or something have been building a city in your yard? 
      All these symptoms can be caused by grubs.

      The dry look of your lawn is because grubs feed off the roots of the plant, loosing your grass's ability to withstand any stress. If you are able to grab hold of the turf and almost pick it up in sheets with little to no resistance, the root structure is gone.  You may even be able to see the white grubs underneath that top layer.  Nine times out of ten, all the little holes that are being dug are being caused by skunks that feed off the grubs. 

      The best treatment would be some form of an insecticide, whether it be a granular that is applied or a liquid.  We do have a safe granular that can be applied, and you would be able to go play in your yard right after the application as there is no waiting period  If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call.


    11. How To Get A Healthy Lawn Tip # 4 Mow it!!

      Among all of the things that make a lawn look its best, mowing problably is one on the most important.  Keeping your lawn a cut about the rest is redescribe the imageally very simple.  The first guideline is mowing height.  A lawn kept clipped at the correct height has more food producing ability, is able to stay greener, reduces weeds, and conserves water by shading the soil.  Weed and crabgrass seed need plenty of sun and heat to sprout.  Because on this, taller grass is one of the best weed preventers you can use.  Shadding the soil by mowing higher also reduces water loss from evaporation.
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    13. How To Get A Healthy Lawn Tip # 3 Fertilize it!!


      Fertilizer "feeds" your lawn to give it a rich, dark green turf color.  It keeps your lawn healthy and thick while it kdescribe the imageeeps the weeds out.  Fertilizer provides nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and certain key elements like iron.  The root absorbs these nutrients along with ait and water.  Sunlight helps turn these nutrients into sugars, which are used to fuel plant processes such and maintenance and growth.  Fall fertilizing stimulates root-development during the dormant period and fuels re-growth in the spring.



      Dont forget to contact us for some spring time savings and season long fertilizer packages and some big savings!!

    14. How To Get A Health Lawn Tip #2 Aerate it!

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      Like every living thing, grass needs air and water togrown and thrive.  During the summer months in particular, lawn suffer from continual use - that be children, sports, or BBQs - These all combine to cause surface compaction.  This compaction impedes drainage and it is harder for air, water, and fertilizer to penetrate into the roots.  lawn aeration during the Spring and Autumn is crucial to prevent damage.  it helps allow the soil temperature to rise more quickly and the surface t literally "breathe".

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    16. What To Do About Lawn Winter Kill

      Winter kill (or winterkill) with regards to lawn, refers to any severe damage or death sustained by the turf during the winter months. For the most part, well cared for turf is resilient and strong, but winter weather can be unforgiving to even the best lawns. Winter kill can occur under a variety of conditions.

      Snow cover - a persistent snow cover can create warmer, insulated conditions near the soil surface. Gray snow mold may break out in these conditions. Mouse activity may also occur and leave noticeable trails in the grass in the spring.  Gray snow mold is going to be gray in color and look "hairy" on the turf.  Gray snow mold thrives in the spring of the year as we go through the freeze/thaw of spring time melting.   

      Bare dormant grass - can become dessicated or dried out when exposed to winter winds and extreme temperatures over long periods of time. Foot traffic over bare dormant grass is less desirable than snow cover.  With the lack of snow cover and moisture this describe the imagewinter.  These could be a issue.  However the unseasonably warm temperatures have been in our favor.

      Ice, wind, and scalping can inflict the most serious damage by injuring the sensitive crown of the plant. Extreme temperatures, wind, and freeze/thaw conditions can inflict the worst damage. If winterkill occurs from these conditions, recovery may take longer than expected.

      Winters can often be unpredictable and may put your lawn through any or all of these conditions during the course of a winter. The best thing to do is make sure the grass has hardened off, you've "put the lawn to bed" properly, monitor the weather, and deal with conditions as they occur.

      The best treatment for snow mold is to rake up the matted areas after the lawn has dried up and soils temperatures rise.  This will allow sunlight, air flow and "room" for the grass to fill in and recover.  If there are large areas some type of over seeding may be required.

    17. How To Get A Healthy Lawn Tip #1: Dethatch It!

      Getting and maintaining a healthy lawn goes beyond lawn mowing and fertilizing. Here are some lawn care tips on how you can have a beautiful lawn.

      Tip#1: Dethatch it!Lawn Dethatching

      Thatch is the matted layer of dead and living stepms, roots, and organic matter that forms in most lawns above the soil. Thatch is a natural part of growing turf, and a small amount is actually healthy. It conserved moisture and provides a source of new humus as it decomposes.


      However, when the soil in your lawn can’t break down thatch as fast as its building up, a lot of problems can result. It becomes a breeding place for both insects adn diseases and matted thatch actually sheds water. Dethatching removes a lot of thatch allowing your lawn to break the rest down naturally.


      As part of our lawn care at Ehlinger Lawn Service, we help maintain the health of you lawn by using dethatching racks to get down to the core soil. Then we clean up the dethatched grass we bring up so your lawn looks great.  


      Do your part for the environment, invest in a healthy, well-maintained lawn. A healthy turf filters ground-water and absorbs pollutants, dust and pollen.

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