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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:


    Safety

    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. Lowes.com provides a comprehensive list of areas on your deck to check for safety reasons each spring.

     

    Maintenance

    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.

  • 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!


  • 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.