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  • 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!


  • 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. 


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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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.


  • 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.


    Fertilization:

    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.


    Watering:

    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.


    Mowing:

    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.