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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.

Checklist for Spring Lawn Care

Checklist for Spring Lawn Care

It’s early spring in Minneapolis and your lawn is just waking up. That yellowish, brownish tinge is starting to turn a fresh, wonderful, and hopeful shade of green. What are the next steps? And what can you do to give your lawn a head-start this spring? Aside from getting back into your mowing routine, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as a spring lawn care checklist.

1. Rake and Remove all leaves, sticks, and debris.  Also, lightly “dethatch” your lawn with a lawn rake; this will help to remove some of the thatch and allow the grass to “breathe” more.

2. Aerate. Aerating a lawn reduces compaction and allows the free movement of air, water, roots, and living organisms–all key components of a healthy soil ecosystem. We tend to think of soil as a solid substance, dirt, but it is more than just that. A good loam soil is comprised of 40 to 60 percent pore space–air and water.

3. Repair any bare spots by spreading compost or topsoil, and over-seeding with a high-quality grass seed. Making these repairs sooner rather than later will allow you to take advantage of the favorable spring weather. Keep in mind that come summer, it will be nearly impossible to get grass seed to germinate.

4. Repair automatic sprinkler systems. Spring is an ideal time to carefully check all of your irrigation zones, and make any necessary repairs or adjustments. Change the battery on your irrigation clocks–this should be done once per year–and replace any broken lines or broken sprinkler heads. Set your clock, but don’t “set it and forget it.” Your irrigation system will likely need to be adjusted once the summer weather hits.

5. Begin your fertilization program. In Minneapolis, April is a good month to begin fertilizing your lawn. I like to use a slow-release, organic fertilizer so that my lawn is fed over time, and throughout the course of the season, rather than all at once. Look for a fertilizer with a high percentage of “water-insoluble” nitrogen. This will also reduce pollution from runoff, and is better for the environment.

6. Get a soil test. Check with your local cooperative extension service for soil testing. It’s easy and relatively cheap to get a good sense of what your soil needs. A soil test is a great basis for understanding how much, and what type of fertilizer will benefit your lawn most.

7. Sharpen your mower. Keeping a sharp mower blade is essential to creating a clean cut, and sharpening should be done at least once a year.

8. Bag your clippings after your first mowing, and mow it slightly lower than you normally would. Even if you usually mulch your lawn clippings and leave them on your lawn, you should bag them the first time that you mow after winter. This gets rid of any fungi or diseases that may have overwintered on your grass. After this, you can go back to your normal mowing program.

April Lawn Cares Tips For A Beautiful Lawn This Spring

April Lawn Cares Tips For A Beautiful Lawn This Spring

For the most part, the snow is gone and problem spots in your lawn are starting to surface.  Right now is the time to start preparing your lawn for the upcoming spring and summer season.

Here are 5 tips that will help you get ahead of lawn care issues that could possibly ruin your lawn.


Dethatching is by far one of the most important tasks you can complete this spring to give your lawn a head start.  Thatch is basically grass that has died off during the winter season and anything more than ½ inch of thatch in your lawn will suffocate your grass.

Dethatching is recommended early in the spring because it can be harsh on your lawn and dethatching later in the season can actually have negative effects on your lawn.  Therefore, dethatching early in the season gives your lawn ample time to recover properly.

Weed & Feed

Weeding and feeding your lawn in mid to late spring gives way for your lawn to flourish.  Weeding can be done by hand pulling the weeds to get the roots or you can spot spray weeds with chemicals.  But be careful, over-spraying your lawn with chemicals can cause stress to your lawn during the heat of summer.

Feeding your lawn in spring is done best with a slow-release fertilizer.  A slow-release fertilizer will seep deep into your soil as the ground thaws out, providing your lawn with nutrients from top to bottom.

Deal With Bare Spots

As your lawn starts to green, you may notice some bare or dead spots throughout your lawn.  If this happens, flush the spot with water, rake out the dead grass, level it out with sand and soil, plant some seed and water it vigorously.


Just like everything else, individual blades of grass die out and can leave your lawn looking thin.  Seeding your lawn early in the spring allows new blades of lawn to replace the dead ones and gives your lawn a thick, lush look and feel.


Water, water, water, but don’t overdo it!  Water is essential to any lawn and the best time to water your lawn is early in the morning.

What To Look For In Your Lawn As The Snow Melts

What To Look For In Your Lawn As The Snow Melts

Finally we have had some warm temperature here throughout the Twin Cities and you can literally hear all of that snow melting.

As winter begins to fade and spring arrives, here are some signs you should look for in your lawn to prevent disease from spreading and ruining your lawn this year.

Damage From Ice Melt Products

If you used ice melt products around your walkways this winter, you will want to look for strip of brown grass along the edges. 

In some cases, these brown strips will recover on their own.  However, if they recover within about 6 to 8 weeks after the snow is gone, you will want to take extra measures.

Extra measures include planting new seed where the lawn doesn’t recover.  First, use a heavy rake to remove all the dead grass from the damaged area.  Next, use the rake or a shovel to loosen the top ¼ to ½ inch of soil to create a good seed bed.  Lastly, spread your lawn seed and make sure to give it plenty of water.

Look For Snow Mold

Snow mold is a fungal disease that appears in early spring as the snow melts.  There are two types of snow mold, gray and pink.

Symptoms first appear in the lawn as circular, straw colored patches when the snow melts.  The patches often continue to grow as long as the grass remains cold and wet.

With regular fertilizing and proper mowing, snow mold should go away on its own in a few weeks.  However, if you have an extreme case of snow mold, an application of fungicide might be necessary.

Early Spring Lawn Care

If you really want your lawn to get off to a healthy start this year, we recommend dethatching.  Dethatching is the process of removing all of the dead blades of grass from your lawn.

Dethatching keeps dead blades of grass from exasperating all the nutrients your lawn has to provide and ensure the healthy blades of grass a great start to the year.

Lawn Mowing Season Begins in Minneapolis

Lawn Mowing Season Begins in Minneapolis

It’s official… spring has finally arrived in Minneapolis and this means you will start to see lawn mowing crews pulling their trailers on highways and city streets near you.  In today’s blog, we are going to talk a bit about ways you can keep your dedicated lawn mower looking forward to mowing your lawn.

First Mow of the Season

If you’re a new customer, the first mow of the season is the best time to try and meet your lawn mower to go over the quirks of your lawn such as boundaries, special instructions or to let them know of any hidden pipes that may be sticking up out of the ground.  This meeting ensures that your lawn mower will know what expectation you have of them throughout the year and will result in a relationship where everybody is happy.

If you’re not able to meet your lawn mower when they arrive at your property, you may want to consider marketing items in your lawn with flags.  Be sure to leave a note with the office so they can include it on the job details so your lawn mower knows what the markers mean and can remove the markers for you after they mow your lawn.

How Weather Effects the Schedule

Mother nature can be brutal on lawn mowers throughout the mowing season.  Traditionally, our lawn mowers at Peter Doran Lawn like to stay on a schedule and mow your lawn on the same day each week.  However, mother nature can throw weeks at us where rain keeps us from being able to stay on schedule.  If it does rain during the week, your lawn may end up getting mowed a day later or at a later time of the day if your lawn mower is working hard to catch up throughout the week.

Heat also plays a role in how much your lawns your lawn mower can mow during a week.  On those really hot days, heat exhaustion can set in and you may want to keep an eye on your lawn mower if you are around the house while the mow your lawn.  Additionally, since coolers only keep things cold for so long, you can earn “brownie points” from your lawn mower by offering them a cold cup of water or lemonade!

As the lawn mowing season gets into full swing, we look forward to servicing you and your lawn in the most professional way possible.  If you haven’t received your free quote from us yet, be sure to give us a call at 763-315-0052 or fill out our free estimate online and we can get you on the schedule.

Why Dethatch Your Lawn?

Why Dethatch Your Lawn?

Dethatching is important to the overall health of your lawn and should be done every spring.  In this article, we are going to look at what dethatching is and what it does to give your lawn a great start to the upcoming season.

Dethatching is the process of removing grass that has dies over the winter season from the lawn.  Do it yourselfers usually use a hand rake to comb through their lawn and remove the dead grass.  This process can take hours, even days, and is physically demanding. 

At Peter Doran Lawn, we use commercial equipment attached to your commercial lawn mowers to speed up the process.  Our rakes combined with our lawn mowers allows us to remove more dead blades of grass in a shorter period of time than hand raking.  Just take a look at what your lawn could look like using our equipment.

Dethatching is important because dead and damaged blades of grass in your lawn will continue to pull nutrients from the ground to try and survive.  These dead blades of grass are stealing the important nutrients that your healthy blades of grass need to grow strong and healthy.  Over the year, a yard that is not dethatched can become spotty and ugly.  However, a lawn that is property dethatched tends to grow evenly and remains healthy throughout the year.

Dethatching is a great start to a healthy lawn, but you should also consider applying a round of pre-emergent fertilizer to your lawn.  Pre-emergent fertilizer will help the healthy blades of grass collect and store nutrients as well as defend against unwanted weeds from growing in your lawn.

At Peter Doran Lawn and Landscaping, we offer year round services to help your lawn grow and stay healthy.  Contact us today to get a free estimate before the year gets into full swing and we are at full capacity.

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 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.


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?

Spring Lawn Care Minneapolis

Spring Lawn Care Minneapolis

Spring is here and with it comes a number of lawn care services that need to be done in order for your lawn to be healthy and green throughout 2016.  With over 20 years of experience servicing lawns in the Minneapolis area, here is what we have learned to achieve optimal results.

Spring Clean-Up & Dethatching are Essential

snow moldIf you want your lawn to stay healthy all year, you must do a thorough cleaning of debris from your lawn and dethatch your lawn.  A thorough spring clean-up not only removes debris from your lawn but you will also be able to notice any damage or disease your lawn may have suffered from a long cold winter.  When in your lawn keep your eyes open for snow mold that may have formed, chunks of lawn missing from plow trucks and keep a close eyes on your trees, shrubs and bushes for rotting, spotting or anything else that does not look normal.

Dethatching is the process of removing dead and damaged grass from your lawn with a lawn rake or a special attachment for your mower.  Skipping dethatching can result in a matted down lawn that can damage or even kill surrounding grass that is healthy.  Additionally, dethatching your lawn will allow your healthy grass to absorb and retain more nutrients as it has less competition from damaged grass.

Fertilize Your Lawn

FertilizerIt is also important to apply the right fertilizer on your lawn in early spring and late in the spring.  A pre-emergent fertilizer will help you keep control of those early spring weeds like crabgrass and dandelions while promoting the growth of your healthy lawn.  A late spring application helps your lawn prepare for drier summer months ahead.  You can learn more about popular Minnesota weeds and a proper fertilizer schedule from our #GreenLawnsMatter initiative.

A healthy lawn starts in the spring! Are you taking the right steps to ensure the greenest, healthiest lawn you can have this year?

The Importance of Spring Lawn Clean Up

The Importance of Spring Lawn Clean Up

Winter brings a number of surprises to your lawn that are both visible and unseen by the eye that can cause damage to your lawn.  To avoid nasty lawn diseases to your lawn you should do a thorough spring clean-up once the snow melts and unwanted debris begins to soak deep into your lawn.

Visible Debris That Can Harm Your Lawn

For starters, visible debris such as cardboard, unraked leaves, and garbage blown out of trash cans should be picked up immediately.  Picking up the loose debris on your lawn ensures that toxins and other unwanted minerals that can spread disease throughout your lawn.  Additionally, damage to your lawn from plow trucks and other snow removal equipment should be repaired early in the spring to give your lawn more time to plant its roots.

snow moldSnow Mold

Snow mold is another visible lawn condition that can infect your lawn.  When snow lingers on the lawn for too long, especially when the large piles of snow sat for months, the grass can become infected with mold.  The best thing to do is lightly rake the area to remove the infected grass and promote some air flow.

Salt In Your Lawn

In Minnesota, salt is a huge issue that can have long lasting negative effects on your lawn.  When salt soaks into the soil, your lawns roots can absorb it and cause brown patches.  To combat salt from soaking into your lawn it is recommended to use a high powered backpack blower, especially around curbs, driveways and walkways, before the ground starts to thaw to blow the salt out of your lawn and onto a hard surface.

HedgeTrimmingShrubs, Bushes, Trees and Plants

Finally, a good spring clean-up includes inspecting your shrubs, bushes, trees and other plants for damaged or dead branches and plants.  Pruning damaged and dead branches on trees, bushes, and shrubs helps it distribute its nutrients to the areas that are thriving.  Removing dead plants can keep any diseases that may have killed the plant from spreading further into your lawn or landscaping.


A good spring clean-up not only makes your yard look nice, it also prevents disease from spreading deep into the soil and effecting other parts of your lawn.

4 Spring Lawn Care Tips for a Healthy Lawn

4 Spring Lawn Care Tips for a Healthy Lawn

4 Spring Lawn Care Tips for a Healthy Lawn

If you want your lawn to be the healthiest and greenest lawn in the neighborhood this year, you must
pay extra attention to it this spring.  After a Minnesota winter, your lawn is full of dead grass and debris
that has built up, frozen, and melted deep down into the soil of your lawn.  These 4 spring lawn care tips
will clear the dead grass and debris from your lawn and provide it with the nutrients it needs to grow
healthy, strong, and green throughout the year.

Spring Clean-Up

Spring clean-up for your lawn refers to removing the loose debris such as leaves and garbage from
around the home, bushes, and shrubs that has been blowing around since the snow started falling. 
Debris left on your lawn early in spring can smother the grass and begin to breakdown damaging the
roots of your lawn and promotes weeds to grow.  We recommend using high powered gas back pack
blowers that are designed to blow out loose debris and debris that has begun to breakdown into your


Dethatching is the process of raking your lawn to remove grass that has died or grass with bad roots
from the lawn.  Removing the dead thatch and damaged grass from your lawn promotes the growth of
healthy grass by allowing it to absorb more nutrients.  Whether you use a hand rake the thatch, or an
Dethatcher rake attachment on your lawn mower, or a professional service, dethatching is one of the
most important steps you can take to promote a healthy lawn for years to come.

Pre-Emergent Fertilizer with Defendor® Specialty Herbicide

Pre-emergent fertilizer in the spring is crucial to deterring weeds from growing in your lawn.  As we all
know, spring is when everything from flowers, fruits, vegetable, grass, and weeds begin to grow in
Minnesota.  Pre-emergent fertilizer is a chemical treatment that will stop weeds before they start
growing while promoting a healthy lawn. Here is a list of just some of the weeds Controlled:
 Crabgrass (preemergence and early postemergence)
 Goosegrass
 Poa annua
 Chickweed
 Henbit
 Spurge
 Dandelion
 Clover (hop, red and white)
 Carolina geranium
 Catchweed (bedstraw)
 Chickweed (common and mouse-ear)
 Dollarweed
 Fleabane
 Common groundsel
 Knotweed
 Black medic
 Wild mustard
 Shepherd's-purse
 Spotted catsear

Lawn Mowing

The first time you mow your lawn for the year is the most important cut of the year.  The first cut of the
year should be done about 2 weeks has sprouted. With the cool season Grasses of Minnesota lawns
should be cut by no more than a third to roughly 2.5” to 4” inches at most (our crews cut at 2.75” to 3.5”
depending on the grass type and the temperature) Additionally, you will want to keep your lawn mower
blades razor sharp to ensure a clean cut so the ends of the grass don’t split and turn brown.  Home
owners should sharpen blades about 3 times per season.
Cool Season Grasses of Minnesota
Kentucky Bluegrass                : 2.5 to 3 inches (60-75 mm)
Perennial Ryegrass                : 2.5 to 3 inches(60-75mm)
Tall Fescue                             : 2.5 to 4 inches (60-100 mm)
Warm Season Grasses of Southern State
Common bermuda                  : 0.75 to 1.25 inches ( 20-
Hybrid bermuda                      : 0.5 to 1.0 inches (12-25 mm)
St. Augustine                          : 2.0 to 4 inches ( 50-100 mm)
Zoysiagrass                            : 1 to 2.5 inches (25-60 mm)
Centipede grass                     : 1.0 to 2.0 inches ( 25-50 mm)
Following these four tips are sure to help your lawn grow green and healthy.  Keeping up with regular
maintenance or your lawn will also make your neighbors envy your lawn and seek your advice to help
turn their lawn around.