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  • 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 heritagelawnskc.com.

    • 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 Thegreenstufflawn.com

    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. 


  • 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.