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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. 


  • 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.


  • 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.