Lawn Care Tips and Advice

Please find our lawn care tips helpful and informative.

If you have questions please feel free to contact us and let us know.

Watering Your Lawn

You don’t need to be a lawn expert to understand the simple fact that your law needs water. In fact, a proper watering regimen may just be the single most factor for that lush and dense lawn we all desire. Whether you are maintaining the lawn, or you’re trying to improve it.

Why is watering your lawn so important?

  • Healthy soil improves decomposition and thatch

  • A more dense lawn helps to reduce damage from disease and insects

  • Water carries all the necessary food and nutrients to the plant for proper growth

  • Build stronger grass, improving tolerance to water and the elements

  • Keep you temperatures down and prevent the ground form drought

  • Stimulate new growth and seed germination

Many homeowners still do not understand or practice proper lawn irrigation practices. The actual amount of water is specific to your lawn and may need to be adjusted because of your particular soil type, the species of grass and how much sun your law gets. Regardless, watering your lawn is extremely important.

Tips & Tricks

  • Watering early morning or evening is a more efficient watering practice compared to watering mid day. Evening water is ok to do if the blades of grass have time to dry out before dark, otherwise fungus or disease can become an issue.

  • Watering frequently is not as important as watering deep. Allow water to soak several inches below the surface.

  • If you can easily push through your lawn to the soil beneath, you have a proper amount of moisture in the soil. Dry soil is hard and cause the grass to bind together tight.

  • A dry lawn wilt, or leave paths from foot traffic, some species of grass will change color away from the usual deep green.

  • Watering recommendations for central Minnesota and Wisconsin suggest approximately one inch of water each week, combining natural rainwater, and supplemented water from the home.

  • Don’t water during the heat of the day. It may not damage your grass but it a huge waste of resources. So practice conservation and save both water and money.

Sprinkler Winterization

irrigation systems

Sprinkler Blow-Out

Don’t forget to winterize your irrigation systems before the cold temperatures are here to stay.

The importance of preparing sprinkler systems for the onslaught of a deep freeze will prevent costly repairs to your investment and ensure you’re ready to go next spring.

Many mistakes can happen without the proper irrigation equipment experience. So always use a trained lawn care professional to preform sprinkler winterization.

Its typically inexpensive, and great piece-of-mind for the irrigation system you probably spent a few thousand dollars to install. A good relationship with your lawn care specialist will help to guarantee the best possible results year after year.

How to properly winterize your Irrigation System:

Winterization of your sprinkler system will take a large air compressor, not the kind typically used for residential home use but probably one large enough to bring by truck. Air pressure must be regulated for the size and length of the pipes, not enough pressure will force air above the water, leaving some behind. Too much pressure may cause serious damage to your system.

Each zone of the system should be blown out individually, and while the pressure is on, be sure to check each of the individual sprinkler heads for any leaking or bubbling. This may indicate that the head has been damaged and may need maintenance. Any water left in the heads will surely damage it.
This is also, a good time to schedule a spring tune up for your irrigation system, discuss with your lawn service professional and change you might like to large to the system or major changes in landscaping you plan o make.
Make notes of any problems, or changes you want to make so it can be reviewed again come springtime.

It is important your lawn sprinkler system has no broken heads or pipe, so no dirt or other contaminants can enter your system over the winter. It is also important to keep pipe contaminant free, for proper head and valve operation next spring.

Get ready for your sprinkler winterization

  • Finish any over seeding or lawn aeration service prior to beginning your winterization

  • Finish any over seeding or lawn aeration service prior to beginning your winterization
    Clear any over growth of plants or debris Don’t forget your fall clean up.

  • Double check your system to make sure all zones function properly before winterizing

  • Make sure all heads are performing properly and enough water pressure is available. If this is not working properly, it may indicate damage to underground pipes or sprinkler equipment and should be repaired before you begin.