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5 Fall Lawn Care Chores That Promote Healthy Growth During The Cold Season

5 Fall Lawn Care Chores That Promote Healthy Growth During The Cold Season

Fall colors are beginning to show up here in Minnesota which means that you need to get your lawn ready for the cold season.  Completing these 4 fall lawn care chores will help promote a healthy lawn while it buried underneath the snow this winter.

Aeration

The first task you will want to complete this fall is core aeration.  Core aeration is the process of punching small holes throughout your lawn to decompress the soil.  This process allows water and nutrients to soak deeper into the soil so you lawn can soak them up.

Overseeding

Overseeding is the process of adding new grass seed to your lawn.  Combined with core aeration, overseeding allows the seedling to set roots deep in the soil for a healthier, stronger growth.

It’s important to overseed every few years because overtime individual blades of grass begin to weaken and die off.  Overseeding helps fill in bare spots and keeps your lawn looking full.  Additionally, overseeding will promote a healthy lawn and help prevent unwanted weeds from growing in your yard.

Fertilizer

Fall fertilizer will help provide water and nutrients to your lawn even as it is buried under a foot or two of snow.  We recommend using a slow release nutrient program so your lawn can continue to receive the nutrients it needs throughout the long winter months of Minnesota.

Leaf Clean Up

Leaf clean up is an essential part of any lawn.  Some may argue that leaves will decompose and are healthy for your lawn.  This may be true, however piles of leaves on your lawn covered by snow will ultimately lead to the smothering of your lawn and provide the right conditions for disease.

Gutter Cleaning

Finally, gutter cleaning is a task nobody likes to do but it has to be done.  Cleaning your gutters in the fall is best after the leaves have mostly fallen off of the trees.  Clear gutters will keep the water moving away from your house and prevent damage such as roof leaks and flooding.

There you go, there are 5 fall lawn care chores that you should complete this fall to keep your lawn and home in good condition.  If you need help with any of these chores, please give us a call at (763) 595-1440 or request a free estimate from us today.

Why Gutter Cleaning Is Important

Why Gutter Cleaning Is Important

When it comes to the maintenance of the outside of your home, you should not overlook how important clean gutters are.  So many issues can arise from clogged gutters that could cost you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

Leaking Roof

One of the dangers of clogged gutters is a leaky roof.  When water stays in the gutter too long, it can cause rust and the gutters themselves can slowly start to pull away from the home.  This allows cracks to start to form and pockets where water can leak into the structure of the home and begin to rot away wood.

Flooded Basement

Another danger of clogged gutters is a flooded basement.  When water on your roof does not flow through your downspouts and away from the home, it can collect around the foundation of your home.  When this happens, water can soften the soil around your home causing the foundation to shift.  When this happens, cracks can slowly start to form in your foundation and water can begin to seep in and flood your basement.

Harboring Insects

The last danger of clogged gutters we are going to discuss is the harboring of insects and rodents.  When your gutter is blocked and water sits for a long time, it provides shelter for mosquitos, cockroaches, flies, molds and other disease carrying insects.  Harboring these insects can pass disease and other dangers along to your family.

How Often Should Gutters Be Cleaned?

At minimum, your gutters should be cleaned early in the spring and late in the fall.   These cleanings will ensure your gutters don’t backup from debris falling in the winter and your gutters wont freeze with water in the winter.  We also recommend having your gutters cleaned after a big storm that may have blown leaves, twigs, branches and other debris around that can collect in your gutters.

Are Gutter Covers A Solution?

Gutter covers do help keep debris out of your gutters.  However, debris can still get through the gutter covers and cause backups.  If you have gutter covers, we still recommend having your gutters checked every spring and fall to make sure debris has not collected in them.

Spring Lawn Care Is In The Air!

Spring Lawn Care Is In The Air!

I know we are still in March and I know we live in Minnesota but, spring is in the air and it looks like it is here to stay… for at least a week anyways.  With the snow completely gone and the ground thawing out, now is the time to start thinking about spring lawn care for a healthy lawn in 2017.

Dethatching

Dethatching is by far one of the most important services to do in the early spring.  Dethatching essentially removes the dead blades of grass in your lawn.  This service allows the healthy blades of grass to absorb more water and nutrients to help it grow healthy and strong.

Combine dethatching with a spring clean-up service to remove fallen branches and other debris and garbage from your lawn.  We us Stihl backpack blowers with our spring services to get behind those pesky bushes and other hard to reach places.  When we are done with your lawn, you will be able to rest assure that your kids and pets can go outside to play in the yard without having to worry about trash and potentially harmful items that have compiled in the yard over the winter months.

Fertilizer

We also offer a fertilizer services in the early spring knows as pre-emergent fertilizer.  Pre-emergent fertilizer is designed to help your lawn absorb more water and nutrients while discouraging weeds and other unwanted plants in your lawn from growing.

We recommend applying a pre-emergent fertilizer on your lawn in early April for best results.  However, applying a round of pre-emergent fertilizer as late as June can still do some good for your lawn.

Gutter Cleaning

Gutter cleaning in the spring is another service we provide and can help you save hundreds if not thousands of dollars in repairs if your gutter back up.  Spring is the best time to clean your gutters because leaves and branches that fell over the fall and winter can easy create a clog in your gutters and down spouts.  With rainy weather due in the spring, why not get this out of the way early and avoid any potential disasters?