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    Save Your Lawn From Holiday Decoration Damage

    Remember how magical it was as a kid to drive around at night, oohing and awing at elaborate holiday displays on festive family’s houses? Now you might be the one really filled with Christmas spirit, setting up holiday decorations all over the front yard. 

    As a kid, you never had to worry about the damage those decorations might do to the yard, but as an adult, you’re more likely to keep it in mind. Follow these tips and be careful with these holiday items so that they do not cause damage to your lawn!

    Heavy Items

    Placing heavy items on mulched areas, patios, or really anywhere the grass does not grow can prevent damage to your lawn. If you like to use inflatable decorations, be sure to move them around every two weeks. Even the lightweight decorations can still cause the grass to die underneath if left in the same place too long.

    Protect Existing Landscaping

    If you will be staking anything into the ground, be careful of in-ground sprinkler system heads! You also want to be sure your trees and bushes are not under stress from the lights strung on them or the decorations bumping against them. Remember to account for the extra weight of fallen snow and the gusty winds of a blizzard to protect your existing landscaping. 

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    Lighting

    Everyone favorite way to adorn their home is with lots of lights! Just be sure you put your lights on a timer so there’s less foot traffic all over your lawn. Only use decorations, lights, and extension cords rated for outdoor use. Check each year to ensure nothing is damaged to prevent electrical fires.


    With these warnings in mind, you can get out in the yard and fill it up with Santas, reindeer, lights, and inflatable snowmen. Keep your lawn in mind and you will be rewarded with little to no damage to your grass come springtime. From all of us at Ehlinger Lawn Services – Happy Holidays!


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    Treating Your Yard with Ground Limestone: What You Should Know Beforehand

    For our yards, fall is a time for fertilization, aeration, and also a great time to test your soil before winter sets in. As advised in Gardeningknowhow.com, “Working lime into the soil in the fall gives it several months to dissolve before spring planting.” Testing your soil will tell you the ph levels of the soil in your yard and let you know if adding nitrogen or lime will benefit your yard. 


    When Should You Add Lime to Your Yard? 

    Adding ground limestone - or lime - is a common practice for less than favorable yards. Lawns that have a low ph levels benefit from the addition of lime. 

    A neutral is ph level is around 6.5 to 7, depending on where you live. In warmer areas, lawns tend to like a more acidic levels. Adding lime to your yard can be a yearly event - and it is relatively simple to do. Just add the lime to a hopper - which you can find at many home improvement stores - and spread it across the yard. 

    It generally takes 20 to 50 pounds of lime per 1,000 square feet to get an acidic lawn back on track. Afterward, it’s a good idea to get a new ph test about every 2 years.

    Bare Spot

    Treating Discolored, Thin, or Bare Growth Spots

    The hardest part of treating discolored spots can be diagnosing the cause. Some dead or brown grass spots can be a symptom of one of the following: 

    • Pet Stains
    • Dull Mower Blades
    • Heat Damage
    • Drought Stress
    • Soil Compaction 
    • Funguses

    Determining your issue is the main focus in treating your specific issue. Lime can assist in solving pet stains and can help your lawn recover from soil compaction – along with aeration treatment. If your lawn is overly dry or is not being properly maintained, you may need to alter your watering and trimming routine.

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    Eliminating Pet Spots

    One of the most common complaints from homeowners about their yard are pet stains - either from your own pet, or from other “visitors” in the neighborhood. Yellow or Brown Spots from pet stains are very high in acidity and prevent grass from absorbing nutrients from the ground. Lime will help you cleanse your soil and restore a deep color to your grass.


    Tree Species: Myths and Facts

    There is a commonly accepted idea that large trees - especially pine trees - can cause discoloration in your yard. As landscape designer and contractor John Watkins states, “It is a common myth that grass will not grow around pine trees because the accumulated needles make the soil so acidic nothing will grow.” Watkins goes on to say, “Needle drop from pine trees can produce a thick mat that forms a physical barrier, either retarding grass growth or killing it entirely.” 

    Basically what John is saying is it’s not the acidity of the tree, it’s the accumulation of needles that prevents grass growth. 

    This idea carries over to other trees, as well. Certain species of trees may have a dense canopy that will block out sunlight and drop needles, acorns, or other natural barriers onto your lawn. Dead or dying grass in these cases result in a bad pairing of grass and tree species or an incorrect amount of standard maintenance. 

    Instead of adding lime or other fertilizers to your soil, be sure that you have the correct seed type for your space. Your lawn may also need more sunlight, air, and/or water to reach its full potential.

    Mushroom and Moss

    What About Moss or Mushrooms?

    Excessive moss growth or the presence of mushrooms comes from having an overly alkaline soil, or lawns that are overly shady, too wet, or compacted. 

    To get rid of moss and mushrooms, you’ll want to skip the lime and instead reseed the area with shade-friendly grass seed, aerate the soil, and fertilize for nitrogen deficiency. It may also help to thin the trees to reduce shade, water less, and cut your grass higher to encourage stronger roots. If a stump or dead roots are present, remove them and keep the area well-drained.


    While adding Lime to your lawn can even out PH levels and balance acidity, lime can be harmful as well. As it says in the Think Green Blog, “Just as soil that’s too acidic will inhibit your lawn’s ability to absorb nutrients, one that’s too alkaline will prevent your grass from getting enough nitrogen, potassium and iron.” 

    Sometimes the most important step you can take to creating a healthy lawn is to contact the experts at Ehlinger Lawn Care

    For more information on Fall Lawn care prep, visit a few of our past blogs: 

  • 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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    Cleaning and Preparing Your Yard for Winter

    You can’t ignore your lawn in the fall, even if it is growing slower and you’re distracted by gorgeous Minnesotan autumn foliage. Grass is actually busy under the surface during these last few months before winter dormancy - it’s absorbing the energy and nutrients it needs to grow back green and lush in the springtime. Now is the perfect time to take a few extra steps to ensure your lawn is the envy of the neighborhood.

    Aerate Your Lawn

    After a long summer of yard games and backyard barbecues, your lawn is hardened and compacted. Aeration is critical to the health of your grass, and fall is the perfect time, as you won’t kick up the seeds of noxious weeds. Look for a plug aerator, not a spike aerator, as it will actually remove the plug of soil instead of just punching a hole and potentially further compacting the soil. It's also important to watch out for in-ground sprinkler heads, as aeration equipment can do major damage. If you are concerned about the process, hire a professional to tackle this step for you.

    Once you’ve aerated, consider adding a layer of compost and even applying a nitrogen-rich fertilizer. If you’re unsure of your lawn’s specific wintering needs, consider taking advantage of our free Lawn Analysis service.


    Prepare Your Trees For Winter

    Nothing elevates your landscaping more than your trees. They’re practically members of your family! It’s critical to take care of them so they remain healthy for generations. 


    Preparation for winter can involve:

    • Stem Protection: To avoid trunk damage from animals, consider wrapping hardware cloth around the trunk. There should be at least one inch of space between the tree bark and the hardware cloth. 

    • Snow Protection: Heavy snow can break or injure delicate trees like junipers or birch. Consider wrapping trees or binding them to help protect them from snow and ice damage. 

    • Root Protection: Roots don’t go dormant as quickly as the rest of the tree, and can be injured or killed by frost. Mulch your trees with wood chips or straw to help insulate the roots and raise the ground temperature. 

    Other winter preparation needs vary by the tree, location, and the yard. You can learn more about how to protect your trees for winter at the U of M’s Yard and Garden blog, or request a free quick quote from our experts.


    Winterize Your Sprinkler System

    If water freezes in your irrigation system, it will break your sprinklers. That’s why it’s necessary to prepare your sprinkler system for winter. It’s a delicate operation, but it’s necessary for the longevity of your sprinklers and lawn.

    Both air volume and air pressure are critical to the process. If you don’t use enough air, some water will remain in low spots of the system and could still freeze. If you don’t use the right pressure, you could blow the sprinkler nozzles off or cause other damage to your system - and the right pressure varies with the type of pipe your sprinkler system uses. As such a delicate process that can potentially ruin your sprinkler system, this may be another step best left to the professionals. 


    Other Winter Lawn Preparation Tips

    Fall is the best time for a number of other lawn maintenance to-dos, including filling in the bald spots in your lawn, applying herbicide to control weeds, and raking regularly so you don’t suffocate the lawn. 

    Fall is an important time for your lawn. Ehlinger will evaluate your fall lawn care needs with a free Lawn Care Analysis. In lawn care, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’ll ensure that when spring comes, you’re ready to grill, play, and lounge on a beautiful lawn.


  • 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.

  • 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!


  • Starting Fresh: How to Reclaim a Beautiful Lawn


    During the hottest days of summer, homeowners can spend weeks trying to nourish their lawn, only for it to remain dry and dull. This can be quite bothersome for homeowners who worry their lawn won’t recover in time for the first frost, and that they will be greeted in Spring by a black, bare yard. Using the right tools and methods, you can reclaim your lawn and return it to its former glory. 

    Diagnose the Problem

    Is your lawn full of yellow patches, weeds, and bare spots? Are the problem areas limited to a small patch of your lawn, or more widespread? Test and correct the pH balance of your lawn to find the best soil for your turf. If over half of your lawn is dead, the easiest solution would be to remove the grass and start again with fresh seed.


    Starting Fresh

    If your lawn can’t be saved, start new. Shop for an herbicide containing glyphosate that will eliminate existing vegetation but still allows new turf to grow soon after. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly—wear gloves if necessary, follow the suggested timeline and application amounts, and keep pets off your lawn while the chemical does its job. Following a waiting period of a few weeks (and before seeding), mow your lawn as short as you can to set up the growing process. This step will prevent erosion and keep dead plants from shading your lawn.

    Raking and Composting

    Do some raking maintenance. Raking your yard will help protect new growth. Remove and compost most of the growth and lawn clippings, leaving about ¼ inch of thatch on the ground. You’ll know you have the correct balance when you see equal amounts of bare soil and dead grass stems. Spread compost over the soil in an even layer.

    Seeding and Reseeding

    Once your lawn is properly prepared, it’s time to plant seed. For best results, follow the instructions on the seed you purchase. To avoid bare spots and to make the seed more uniform, spread half the seed in an up and down motion and the other half of the seed in a right to left motion.

    Watering

    Now that your seed is germinating, make a habit of watering your new lawn. It might be tricky at first to find the perfect balance of moisture. After the initial planting, make sure the soil stays uniformly moist so that bare spots do not emerge.

    Feeding and Fertilizing

    Nourish your lawn. Once the grass seed grows to about an inch, apply a fertilizer to promote growth. Time this appropriately, because the fertilizer may burn your roots.

    Mowing New Growth

    Mow your new lawn. Once the grass has grown to be roughly three inches, mow it to eliminate weeds and promote growth. Be sure not to cut the grass too short — about ⅓ of the length will suffice. Always use a sharp blade to avoid tearing out your new grass and creating a patchy lawn.

    When it comes to salvaging a dying lawn, anything beyond a yellow patch can be intimidating to most people. If you feel less than confident about your own lawn repair skills, we can help determine the best treatment for your lawn with a free lawn quote. To get started, send us a message or call us at (320) 250-9337.  

  • 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.


  • 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.

     

  • Fall Lawn Care Tips: Part 2

    Fall can be the most crucial time of the year to care for your lawn. It is important to provide your lawn with the nutrients to last the cold winter months ahead. Now is the perfect time to follow these 4 lawn care tips to assure that when spring comes around you will have a lawn that will be the envy of all your neighbors. 

     

    Fertilizing your Lawn
    As fall rolls in and winter approaches, it is a smart idea to think about laying some fertilizer on your lawn. When the weather begins to get colder, we notice that grass begins to grow slower; However, the roots are continually growing. It is important to make sure you fertilize your lawn to give the roots the nutrients they need to last over the winter months and grow back healthier in the spring.

    Seeding and Sodding your lawn
    Although it’s not until spring comes when people realize they need to seed or sod their lawn, fall is actually the best time to do it. Seeding and sodding have shown to be the most successful when done anywhere from late-August to mid-September. During this time, the weather is not too hot, nor too cold, making the perfect growing weather. Once you have seeded or sodded your lawn, the fertilizer will take over to provide the new grass with nutrients to grow back thick and full in the spring.

    Broadleaf Weed Control
    Fall is a good time to evaluate your yard for broadleaf weeds like dandelions, plantain, and creeping charlie. Just like the grass roots are storing up nutrients for the winter months, so are weeds. The best solution for getting rid of weeds is to do a spot treatment with herbicide. The weeds will absorb the herbicide, and when spring returns they will be gone. Be careful when you choose to add herbicide; most need time to do their work before the weather gets too cold.

    Recycling your Leaves
    It is really important to remember to clean up your leaves in the fall to prevent the leaves from collecting the morning dew and matting down your lawn. Some smart recycling tips for your leaves include using them as mulch, adding them to a compost pile, or shredding them and letting them decompose back into the grass.

    Be sure to read our first blog about fall lawn care to learn more. For all your fall lawn care needs, Ehlinger Lawn Care Services is here to help. We are honored to have the opportunity to provide you with exceptional lawn care.

     

     

     


  • How To Select A Lawn Care Service

    As it is known to happen, summer is nearly over again in Minnesota. You probably don’t want to spend the last few precious summer weekends maintaining your lawn. It would be nice to hire someone else to do it for you, but how do you decide on a lawn care service provider? Think about a few of these deciding factors:


    What Services do you Need?

    If all your lawn needs is a quick trim, you might be able to get away with hiring a relative or neighborhood kid to do it, but what if your lawn requires a bit more care? Not only does hiring a lawn care service take care of mowing and trimming, but also sidewalk and driveway edging, landscaping, aeration, tree and shrub maintenance, irrigation repair and more. You also might need help with fall clean up, weed control, and fertilizing regimens. (Fall is a good time to fertilize before winter hits.) Keep in mind the services your need (or don’t need) before hiring a company.

    Are Their Services Guaranteed?

    Run their references! It can be reassuring to hear a company promise low prices without seeing your lawn and determining the amount of work to be completed, but does the company stand behind their work? How do you know if they are licensed or not? With Ehlinger Lawn Service, you can be sure that your satisfaction is guaranteed and our technicians are thoroughly trained. See our team in action in our lawn care video.

    What Kind of Pricing are We Talking About?

    Different lawn care providers have many different pricing options, depending on their services. When you are looking for a provider, look for someone with free service checks to determine your needs and approximate cost. You can contact Ehlinger Lawn Service for pricing information or complete a free quick quote online based on your address.

    Ask Around!

    The grass is alway greener across the street, right? Well, ask your friends and neighbors about their lawn care provider. If they don’t use a provider, ask other customers that have used lawn care services about their experience. Gathering case studies is a great way to gauge the results from any service.

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    When it comes to leaving the care of your lawn in the hands of someone else, it is important to make sure they are the best. Do your homework to find the best service provider before you pick a lawn care team. Enjoy the rest of your summer, because before you know it, you’re going to be thinking about snow removal instead of lawn care!



  • 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.

     

     



  • Where Are All the Honeybees? How You Can Help Support Them

    “You can't replace bees with a microrobot or an iPod or an app or anything. We are completely dependent on bugs to retain the human race.”
    - Sam Droege, USGS honeybee expert

    The reason honeybees are missing is still unknown to us. Many scientists hypothesize different causes, but any way you strike it, it’s bad news for us. Honeybees aren’t responsible for just making honey- they are also pollinators, which allow many of our agricultural foods to grow.

    Just this past year, the U.S. Government is now taking action to ensure the future of the honeybees. In 2014, the government created the Pollinator Health Task Force, not only established to protect honeybees but other pollinator insects like butterflies.

    You don’t have to be the Commander and Chief of the United States to save the honeybees. Here are a couple of easy ways you can help from your own home, without the bugs becoming a huge nuisance around your yard:

    Plant Flowers
    The easiest answer to helping honeybees is to plant pollinator-friendly plants. Many different flowers like sunflowers, roses and snowdrops are great choices. Bees tend to prefer single-petal plants, like foxglove or calla lilies, though you may want to research these plants first. Calla Lilies, for instance, are poisonous to cats, while foxglove tends to attract bumble bees- a nuisance if you happen to be allergic.  Even garden plants like blackberries, strawberries and squash can attract honeybees. Find out which pollinator-friendly plants are perfect for your ecoregion.

    Provide A Backyard Water Source
    Even honey bees need water, just like your pets. Fountains and birdbaths can provide a sufficient source of water for honeybees. It can even be as simple as placing a bowl of water and stones near your garden.

    Even though we don’t know what is causing America’s diminishing bee population, we do know a few tricks to replenish it. Simple changes in your yard can help to repopulate your region’s bee population. While you may think that you need to build your own beehive to help the bee population, just a few minor adjustments to your yard can make a difference.