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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!


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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!