Fall Cleanup Season 2019 Is Approaching

The Minnesota state fair is here and that means the unofficial end of summer.  Before you know it, kids will be heading back to school and temperatures will begin to cool off.  

This means we are in store for one of the most beautiful time of the year when the leaves on the trees begin to turn all sorts of bright colors.

However, eventually those bright colored leaves will fall off the trees and onto the ground.  This creates all sorts of extra yard work if you want your lawn to remain healthy.

Whether you don’t have time to take care of your lawn this fall, or simply would rather watch football and enjoy time with your family on the weekends, we offer the following fall lawn care services for you to take advantage of.

Leaf Clean Up Services

Leaf clean up services is by far the most popular service we offer during the fall season.  Our lawn mowers are equipped with powerful lawn bagging systems that make picking up leaves a breeze.

We can bag up the leaves in your lawn and leave them for you to dispose of or we can simply haul them away to the compost for you.

Over Seeding

Over seeding is important to help you maintain a lush and healthy lawn come spring.  Your lawn has experienced a lot of wear a tear throughout the year which means some blades of grass have died off.

Over seeding will give your grass the nutrients it needs to survive through winter as well as promote new blades of grass to grow.


Our slow release fertilization services in the fall provides your lawn with the nutrients it needs throughout the winter.  As your lawn goes dormant, our slow release fertilizer ensures it still gets everything it needs to sprout up come spring.

Gutter Cleaning

As the leaves fall it is inevitable that some are going to end up in your gutter.  This can cause water backups on your roof and in your gutter which will eventually lead to ice dams as temperatures continue to fall.

Getting your gutters clean is essential to the structure of your home.  The weight from ice dams can cause stress on your roof and walls and expose cracks.  As the ice melts it will find its way into your home and can cause costly damage.

Core Aeration

Core aeration provides your lawn with the extra oxygen, moisture and nutrients it needs to survive colder temperatures. 

Core aeration relives compact soil by punching holes in the ground and makes your lawn less susceptible to damage from weeds, insects, drought and disease.

Need Fall Lawn Care?

As one of the leading lawn care companies in the Minneapolis area, our schedule fills up fast.  To ensure you can get on our schedule we also recommend requesting a free estimate as early as possible.

Fall 2019 In Minnesota Is Almost Here!

Fall is almost here and that means cool temperatures, sweaters, leaves changing colors and Thanksgiving.  All in all, fall is the best time of they year, except when it comes to yard work!

For those of you with mature trees in your lawn, you know those leaves are about to fall and that means countless hours of yardwork picking up leaves.

So, what are some of the best ways to efficiently pick up the leaves in your lawn?  Lucky for you, we have years of experience.  Here are some of the tricks we have learned over the years.

Start Mulching/Bagging Early

For most of us in Minnesota, we stop mowing our lawns mid to late October.  However, there are still leaves on the trees that haven’t fallen yet.

In order to avoid an over abundant pile of leaves in your lawn, consider raising the height on your lawn mower to either bag or mulch leaves.  Doing this every other week will help reduce the overall workload of picking up all the leaves at once.

Use A Tarp

If you like doing things the old fashioned way, with a hand rake, rake the leaves onto a tarp.  This makes it easy to drag the leaves around to make a big pile that can later be dumped into a container.  Or better yet, drag the leaves to the curb and hire a company to come suck them up.

Hire A Professional

At Peter Doran Lawn & Landscaping we use our commercial lawn mowers and equip them with a Protero leaf vacuum.  This allows us to make quick work of any yard, no matter how many leaves are on the ground!

Our lawn mowers mulches the leaves and dispenses them into a collection container.  From there, we empty the containers near the curb where our big leaf suction truck comes by and sucks them up.

We can handle any size yard and typically work until the snow falls.  If you are in need of a reliable company to come take care of the leaves in your lawn this fall, contact us and we will get you on the schedule.

Landscaping Ideas To Add Curb Appeal To Your Home


Landscaping investments big or small can add a dramatic effect to the curb appeal of your home.  Some ideas to play around with in the design stage of adding landscape alterations would be to maximize the landscaping budget by weighing in on problem areas to enhance or renew old or worn product or to include the following common ways in which homeowners add value.

Hardscaping – Hardscaping whether it be for privacy like patios or for show like front entrance pathways, stairs or retaining walls can be a maintenance free way to add value to your home and upgrade your home’s curb appeal.  Raised and contained gardens with retaining wall rock segmented along pathways can be an elegant way to enter a home or shape a yard for maximum benefits.

A grand way to emphasize or spotlight your home is to guide the arrival of the homeowner or guests in a way that pleases the eye for a pleasant entryway into the home.  Use pathways with bends and curves to emphasize the experience of entering the home.           

Lighting effects such as uplighting, downlighting, spotlighting, and shadowing are just a few ways to use landscape lights to make a dramatic effect in your landscape.  Landscape lights will add interest to a home’s curb appeal through each season with very little care and maintenance.  One common lighting mistake to avoid is placing a lantern or light at the top of a post when at night dangerous shadows cover nearby stairways.

When it comes to choosing shrubs, perennials, and flower gardens tune in to your color wheel.  Choosing opposing colors in your gardens so that the vegetation will really manage to make a great contrast in color against your home.  Balance outdoor vegetation with shrubs and trees that proliferate all year round such as evergreens of all different shapes and sizes to show interest in the winter months. 

Last but definitely not least, dress up your front door!  Use seasonal wreaths, welcome mats and plantings to celebrate the seasons and make a welcome entrance for yourself and for curb appeal considerations.