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How Lawn Edging Can Enhance the Look of Your Property

How Lawn Edging Can Enhance the Look of Your Property

The land surrounding your home is just as important as your home itself. By taking care of your property, you can boost your curb appeal and the overall value of your home. That's why it's crucial to ensure that the exterior of your home makes a strong first impression.

The most effective way to enhance the look of your landscape is to invest in lawn edging. Lawn edging gives you the tools you need to elevate the appearance of your property and bring out its best features. If you're eager to try out lawn edging for yourself but aren't sure where to begin, here's everything you need to know about the popular landscaping phenomenon.

What Is Lawn Edging?

Lawn edging is a method used by homeowners to accentuate the different elements of their landscape. Whether you have a flowerbed that you're proud of or a garden that you worked hard to cultivate, each of these features can be further highlighted with lawn edging.

Landscape edging can be achieved with a wide array of features. For example, if you wish to provide an aesthetically pleasing walkway that leads up to your vegetable garden, you can add paving stones to your yard. Alternatively, you may choose to encircle your flowerbed with a simple brick border.

The type of edging you choose ultimately depends on your personal preferences as well as your budget. Regardless of how you decide to approach it, lawn edging is a simple and effective way to help your yard appear more polished.

Benefits of Lawn Edging

Lawn edging comes with many practical and aesthetic benefits. One of the main advantages of edging is that it adds a refined touch to your yard. Because your front yard is the first thing that people see when they visit your house, it's well worth your time to ensure that it's properly groomed with lawn edging.

Another major benefit of edging is that it helps prevent damage to your landscape. Certain types of edging, such as a garden trench, can keep your plants or flowers in prime condition and out of harm's way. This makes it possible for you to enjoy the garden or flowerbed that you worked so hard to build and care for.

In addition, lawn edging has a practical appeal for many homeowners. If you're looking for a simple way to keep mulch in place, lawn edging can accomplish this while enhancing the appearance of your yard. A properly edged lawn even has the added benefit of minimal maintenance, allowing you to save time trimming your grass.

Getting the Most Out of Lawn Edging

Lawn edging is more than an extra feature of your landscape. This effective method can significantly boost the curb appeal of your home and keep your yard in top condition all year long. No matter what type of edging you add to your yard, it'll surely give your entire property the extra care and attention it needs.

The 5 Best Weed and Feed Fertilizers for Lawn Care & Weed Control

The 5 Best Weed and Feed Fertilizers for Lawn Care & Weed Control

The 5 Best Weed and Feed Fertilizers for Lawn Care & Weed ControlWeeds are just plants growing where you don't want them too, so everything you do to help your lawn thrive benefits them too. Likewise, the more they take over, the more help your grass needs.

It's a never-ending cycle that you must overcome to achieve the lush, green lawn you desire. Left unchecked, weeds can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to entire crops. Imagine what they can do to your lawn. 

Here's how to master weed control while feeding your patch of green.

When to Weed and Feed Your Lawn

Contrary to popular belief, it's important to fertilize your lawn more than once a year. The best policy is to weed your lawn before the growing season, to prevent weeds from taking root and subsequently taking over.

Ideally, you'll need five applications of a weed and feed application throughout the year. Read on to find out how it's done. 

1. Weed Control in the Springtime

Applying a broadleaf weed control product in the spring will help your grass stay free of weeds while it prepares for the summer growth spurt. Fewer weeds mean there's more sunlight, nutrients, and water available for your grass. 

Using a weed and feed preparation the onset of spring helps boost your soil and obliterate unwanted broadleaf species at the same time.

Dimension® specialty herbicide controls over 45 small-seeded broadleaf weeds as well as grassy weeds like crabgrass for up to 3 months. 

Defendor® specialty herbicide's designed to perform while the weather's still cool. It helps stop the emergence of dandelion and other spring weeds before you even know they're there.

2. Weed Control for Late Spring 

Granular fertilization and liquid weed control work best at this time of year. The best products are slow-release formulas with high phosphorous content. 

Spot spray any stubborn broadleaf weeds that escaped your first treatment with a product specially-formulated for controlling weeds on lawns. A general herbicide spray could kill your grass too

3. Early Summer Weed Prevention

A second round of liquid weed control early in the season will get rid of common fast-growing summer weeds. A gypsum application's also advised at the start of summer.

This will help break down clay under the surface of your lawn and prepare the soil to absorb the large amounts of nutrients needed for summer.  

4. Late Summer Weed and Feed

It's important to provide your lawn with enough nutrients to support your grass throughout the growing season. It helps to perform a soil test beforehand to see what your grass really needs. 

A granular fertilizer containing nitrogen or a complete fertilizer usually does the trick. Continue with your spray-on targeted weed killer for those last stubborn specimens. 

5. Fall Lawn Care Tips

The last stage of your annual lawn care program involves preparing your lawn for the cold weather ahead. Fall's a good time to tackle stubborn weeds. They're so busy storing nutrients for the winter ahead, they absorb herbicides quickly and thoroughly. 

An all-in-one weed and feed preparation's ideal for this time of year. 

Mastering Weed Control and Fertilizing Your Lawn

Do you have a large yard or one's that's seriously undernourished and overgrown with weeds? Are all these technical details a little more than you have time for?

Your lawn needs expert help. Our lawn care professionals are just what the doctor ordered to help turn your lawn into the gorgeous expanse you'd like it to be.

Get in touch for help with weed control and lawn care services for any time of the year. 

Are Japanese Beetle’s The Cause Of Your Unhealthy Lawn?

Are Japanese Beetle’s The Cause Of Your Unhealthy Lawn?

Japanese beetles are one of your lawns biggest summer pests!  They eat their way through the roots of your grass and leaves on your trees.  It seems like their stomachs are never full.

Think You Have Japanese Beetles?

Japanese beetles are easy to spot in your lawn.  They have a bronze back, metallic green head and are about 0.5” long.  You’ll see them eating almost every plant in your yard.  As a matter of fact, Japanese eat over 300 different plants but their favorite plants are roses and trees.

The Life Cycle Of The Japanese Beetle

Japanese beetles lay grubs about 3 inches in the ground in July.  One female beetle can lay anywhere between 40 to 60 eggs.

In late mid to late summer the eggs begin to hatch and turn into grubs.  From late summer to early spring, grubs spend their time about 4 to 8 inches deep in the soil.

When spring arrives, grubs return to the turf and begin feeding on roots until late spring when they start turning into full grown Japanese beetles and begin feeding on your trees.

Get Rid Of Japanese Beetle

Sure Signs You Have Grubs

Grub symptoms includes:

  • Discolored or wilting grass that initially looks like drought damage
  • Damage along roads, driveways and sidewalks
  • Spot of dead or dying grass in early spring or early fall
  • More skunks, raccoons and moles in your yard as they love to eat grubs
  • Areas of grass that you can easily lift or roll back because the grubs ate the roots
  • White c-shaped grub larvae under your grass

When To Treat For Grubs

If you see grubs in your late summer or early fall, that’s the best time to treat and control them.  Come spring, the grubs are much bigger and almost ready to grow into beetles, plus the eggs have already been laid.

Products with an active ingredient of either diazinon or dylox are great for controlling and getting rid of grubs.

Dethatching and Aerating Your Lawn

Dethatching and Aerating Your Lawn

Controlling thatch is one of the most important, and most overlooked, aspects of a healthy lawn.  Thatch is simply the layer of dead grass, roots and debris that accumulates in your lawn.

Over time, thatch creates a thick mat that makes it harder for water to reach the soil and provide the nutrients your lawn needs.  This can lead to an increase in pests and diseases in your lawn.

Dethatching

Dethatching is simply the process of removing the dead grass, roots and debris from your lawn.  Thatch can be removed manually with a rake or by adding an attachment to your lawn mower that rakes the grass as you mow.

Dethatching attachments for your  lawn mower can be purchased at your local lawn and garden store, or if you have a larger lawn you may want to consider hiring a lawn care company to dethatch your lawn for you.

To get the most out of dethatching your lawn, you will want to make several passes.  Be sure to never dethatch in the same direction and make criss cross patterns in your lawn.  By making multiple passes and criss cross patterns, you will essentially continue to loosen the thatch from your lawn which makes it easier for your bagging system to collect.

Core Aeration

Core aeration is the process of punching holes into your lawn to allow moisture, oxygen and nutrients to penetrate the soil.  The primary goal of core aeration is to loosen compacted soil and to allow grass roots to absorb the fuel it needs to grow healthy.

Depending on the size of your lawn, there are hand tools and motorized tools available.  We use motorized tools because it helps us get the job done faster and the weight of the machine makes it easier to penetrate the most compacted soil.

If you want to have the healthiest lawn in 2020, be sure to start with dethatching and core aeration.  We guarantee you will see a huge difference in the thickness and color of your lawn, especially if you haven’t detatched or aerated your lawn in years.

Spring Lawn Care 2020

Spring Lawn Care 2020

Many people take an immense amount of pride in their homes, and rightfully so. Your house is a reflection of who you are and the values you hold dear.

However, not everyone pays as much care and attention to the state of their lawn even though this is an extension of their home. The state of one’s lawn and the way they keep their yard largely influences the curb appeal of your home. Not to mention it’s far more pleasant to look out onto and spend time in a wonderfully landscaped yard.

There’s no better time to jump into lawn-care mode then now. The weather is temperate, the season is appropriate, and you’re probably sick of being stuck inside all winter. Here are a few tips on how to jump-start your spring landscaping.

Post-Winter Maintenance

Depending on the condition of your lawn this could be a big or small project. Once the ground is dry do a light raking, cut away any raised areas and fill sunken ones, and use an aerator to loosen any compacted areas. These steps will make your lawn healthier and more prone to growth in the spring and summer.

Reseed

Reseed the parts of your lawn that are bare or brown. However, make sure your soil is in good condition to be planted and use the proper seeds for your soil environment. Once the seed is planted remember to regularly maintain with water and fertilizer.

Fertilize

After you’ve allowed the seed to settle and the grass to establish, it’s time to encourage growth and eliminate weeds. A combination of fertilizers and herbicides should do the trick, but make sure to apply with care. Read directions carefully as these chemicals usually come with specific application instructions.

Mow

Mowing your lawn does more than just keep the length at a comfortable level, it also keeps the grass healthy. Mowing height and frequency are important to the health of your grass so pay special attention to the kind of grass you have and how often you cut it.

A beautiful lawn adds to a beautiful home. And what better way to spend spring and summer than in a yard that is manicured and maintained?

PREPARE YOUR LAWN FOR YOUR MEMORIAL DAY BBQ

PREPARE YOUR LAWN FOR YOUR MEMORIAL DAY BBQ

With Memorial Day coming up, it’s time to start planning for your first outdoor BBQ of the season. You have the grocery list made, the invites sent out, and yet what’s most worrisome is your lawn that’s still shaking off the effects of winter.

Here are just a few things you can do to make sure your lawn is properly prepared for your party this Memorial Day!

Polish your shrubbery and walkways

You don’t want your guests to experience any unkempt sights upon their arrival that your lawn may possess. Grab the pruning shears and start shaping those hedges and larger plants around your property. Then take to de-winterizing your sidewalks, drive way and paths that may be utilized during the party. Be sure to rid them of any leftover salt and if spring has sprung, be sure to pull those incessant weeds growing through the cracks.

Give your lawn a fresh mow and pay attention to edges

Just like a new hair cut before an event, your lawn needs a little trim to prepare as well. Nothing welcomes a guest like a fresh-cut lawn. But don’t let this beautiful sight make you distracted because there are many edges that could use a weed eater. Pay close attention to the borders of your flower beds, the bottoms of fences, and any other boundaries on your property.

Make sure your lawn is green and fully hydrated

Now if your lawn is thirsty and showing signs of dry patches, you won’t be able to combat this overnight, so it’s essential that you start now. Make sure that you’re watering your lawn regularly so that it remains happy and healthy. Learn how much water your lawn should be receiving and schedule your sprinkler accordingly.

Light up your lawn for the festivities

For both party and safety reasons, be sure to implement some form of outdoor lighting on your property when planning the festivities. Whether you cater the lighting to the theme of Memorial Day, or simply install lights to brighten up your pathways, outdoor lighting is key to properly preparing your lawn for an event.

Spring Will Arrive… Eventually

Spring Will Arrive… Eventually

Ok winter, are you done yet?  After all it is officially spring and we have already reached 70 degrees once this year.  So why are you giving us another 12 inches of snow?

Although we can not predict the winter we do know 1 thing, spring will arrive and when it does you want to make sure your yard is ready for the upcoming year.  In this article we are going to take a look at some of the spring services we offer and how they can benefit your lawn throughout 2019.

Spring Lawn Clean Up

Our spring clean up services removes all of the debris left behind from winter.  We use Stihl backpack blowers to remove debris that has collected under shrubs and in corners around the outside of your home.

Dethatching

Our commercial lawn mowers are equipped with a dethatching rake on the front that lifts the dead grass from the ground. The lawn mowers are also equipped with a vacuum collection system that bags dead grass for easy disposal. Removing the dead grass from your lawn gives the grass that is alive more room to breathe and reach nutrients in the ground.

Pre-Emergent Fertilizer

Applied early enough in the season, pre-emergent fertilizer will help prevent unwanted weeds like crabgrass and dandelions from growing in your lawn while promoting a healthy start for the year.

With over 25 years of experience, our licensed fertilization technicians can quickly analyze the needs of your lawn to ensure they are applying the right pre-emergent fertilizer.

Gutter Cleaning

It’s important to keep the flow of movement in your gutters. If not properly maintained they can create run off onto your siding, leaving permanent damage or stains on your walls. Your gutters can also become moldy and rotten to the point of detaching completely from your home or business.

Lawn Mowing

Our mowing service includes line trimming, edging and blowing. We trim along the foundation of your home or office, fence lines, trees, flower beds, sidewalks and curbs. Our powerful blowers add the finishing touch by removing debris from the hard surfaces around your home.

Spring 2019 in Minneapolis – Things To Do

Spring 2019 in Minneapolis – Things To Do

Spring has finally sprung and all of the record breaking snow from February has melted away!  Temperatures are finally starting to cooperate and that means it’s time to get back out and about and enjoy everything Minneapolis has to offer.

This spring, Minneapolis has quite a few things to offer for all ages.  Here is a list of some activities going on that you may want to add to your calendar.

NCAA Final Four

The NCAA men’s final four will be hosted at US Bank stadium this year and there are a bunch of activities associated with it.  Not only will the top 4 teams be competing for a national champaionship, the final four also brings The Chainsmokers, the Jonas Brothers and Katy Perry and Zedd to town for some free concerts.

There is also an event for the kids that has them dribbling a basketball throughout downtown Minneapolis and they also have the ability to meet some of the biggest names in the NCAA tournament.  If you cant find tickets to the game, you can enjoy watching the teams practice for free!

Get a full list of the daily schedule here.

Allianz Field Opener

If you have take the drive from Minneapolis to St Paul over the past couple of years I bet you have been waiting to get inside Allianz Field.  Well, this spring is your chance as the Minnesota United will kick off the inaugural season on April 13th.

Learn more about the home opener and Allianz Field here.

Minnesota Craft Beer Festival

Breweries in Minnesota are some of the best in the nation.  On April 13th, the convention center will be hosting the Minnesota Craft Beer Festival.  There will be more than 300 beers from 90 plus breweries around the state.

Learn more about the Minnesota Craft Beer Festival here.

Above are just a few of activities happening this spring right here in Minneapolis.  There is plenty more to do and you can get a list of even more activities here.

Common Questions About Dethatching Your Lawn

Common Questions About Dethatching Your Lawn

DethatchingRecently we have been receiving a lot of inquiries about dethatching  Dethatching is an important aspect to maintaining a healthy lawn so below we are going to answer the most popular questions consumers have about it.

What Is Dethatching?

Dethatching, also know as power raking, is the process of removing dead grass (aka thatch) from your lawn.  This process can be completed using a handheld rake or a special tool that is attached to a lawn mower that works the same way a handheld rake does.

What Does Dethatching Do For Your Lawn?

Dethatching removes the dead blades of grass from your lawn allowing the healthy blades of grass to store nutrients and grow healthy and strong.  Dethatching also loosens up the top layer of soil allowing air and moisture to penetrate deeper into the roots of your lawn.

What Is The Difference Between Dethatching and Aeration?

Dethatching removes a dead layer of grass roots that is found between the grass and the top layer of soil.  Aerating is the process of punching holes in your lawn to giving water and other nutrients the ability to soak deep down into the roots of your lawn.

Can You Dethatch Your Lawn When It Is Wet?

Dethatching your lawn when it is wet is not recommended because it can cause damage to healthy blades of grass by pulling out their roots.  This will ultimately lead to a thinning lawn.

When Is The Best Time To Dethatch Your Lawn?

With most lawns in Minnesota being a cool season turf, it is recommended to dethatch your lawn in the early spring or early fall.  Timing is everything, especially in the fall because you need to give your lawn ample amount of time to grow and re-establish its roots before frost begins to form on your lawn.

Conclusion

Dethatching your lawn is an important process to grow a healthy lawn and there is a small window of time when dethatching is in season.  At Peter Doran Lawn, our dethatching schedule does fill up fast making it essential to get on our schedule no later than early-October.

If you found this article informational or have any questions about dethatching, please leave a comment below.

 

Spring Is In The Air & Our Crews Are Hard At Work

Spring Is In The Air & Our Crews Are Hard At Work

Spring has finally arrived just like we told you it would.  Now that all the snow has melted it’s time to prepare your lawn for the upcoming season.

With a couple of weeks already in the books this spring, we would like to share a couple of photos with you from some of the lawns that have received our dethatching services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides the nice visual patterns in your lawn, dethatching plays an important role to the longevity and health of your lawn.

Dethatching essentially removes the dead blades of grass from your lawn to keep them from stealing nutrients from the healthy blades of grass.  We bag the dead blades of grass and haul them away for you so you have nothing to worry about.

Once dethatching is done, you may want to consider over seeding your lawn.  The removal of dead blades of grass from your lawn may leave your lawn not looking as full as it once used to.  By applying an application of over seed early in the spring, you give your lawn a chance to grow new blades of grass and return to its fullness as the year wears on.

At Peter Doran Lawn and Landscaping, we provide a wide range of lawn care services throughout the spring, summer and fall.  Some of our services, besides the ones mentioned above, include spring clean up, lawn mowing services, fertilizing services, weed control and fall clean up services.

Whether you need professional lawn care service  or just don’t have the time to take care of your lawn yourself, request a free estimate or give us a call today and let us tell how our services can make your neighbors envy your lawn.