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Tis the Season for Lawn Sprinklers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you’re a warm weather lover! The robins are back, the sun is shining and soon enough, everyone will be out in their shorts and flip-flops. We here at Advanced Irrigation figure that most Elk River and surrounding Twin Cities residents are ready for the spring, but is your lawn ready too? Here are a few things to look for when picking out new lawn sprinklers in Elk River.

There are basically three types of lawn sprinklers: oscillating, pulsating and stationary.


Oscillating lawn sprinklers are great because they operate well at high and low water pressure, and they are good for rectangular lawns. (And it seems like most lawns these days are rectangular.)


Pulsating lawn sprinklers are great for irregular-shaped lawns and lawns that are larger in size.


Stationary lawn sprinklers are great because they aren’t that expensive and they are good for smaller lawns. These are the “classic” lawn sprinklers. (Remember running through the sprinkler when you were a kid? That’s the kind we’re talking about.)

If all of this is too confusing or you’re still not sure what kind of lawn sprinklers are best for your lawn, never fear! That’s why Advanced Irrigation is here! We can come to your Elk Lake home and install lawn sprinklers that will work best for your yard and landscaping, so you don’t have to worry that you’re getting the wrong kind of sprinklers for your yard. We can install the lawn sprinklers in your yard. We will stick to just one type, or we will use a combination of lawn sprinklers. We can even use drip heads in your flower beds to ensure the roots of your plants and flowers are getting all the water they need to grow.

Just give us a call at 612-599-8675 or Request a Free Estimate.

New Video: Spring Irrigation System Start-Ups

We are excited to share with you our new video about spring irritation system start-ups. At Advanced Irrigation, we can’t wait to get our hands dirty again! While we do love the pretty snow, spring and summer are when we really have a chance to shine. This video highlights the process of a spring start-up. It’s important to have a professional complete this procedure, so you know it’s done right and working efficiently throughout the entire growing season. Take some time to watch it; you never know what you might learn!

Spring Start-Ups

Though it may not seem like it, spring officially starts this month. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that temperatures will skyrocket, warmer weather is on its way. It’s time to start thinking about spring, irrigation and growth. Whatever you’re up to this time of year, a spring start-up will help you get things rolling. With the help of an irrigation system professional, you’ll be able to start planting as soon as weather permits. We encourage you to get on the schedule as soon as possible, as slots fill up quickly.

Spring Landscaping Services

Looking to do some landscaping upgrades this year? We can help with that too. We can assist you with design, installation and care of an exquisite landscape. Spring is the time for new life and maybe a new landscape. Don’t put it off until later in the summer. Jump on the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with one of our landscape designers. Nothing looks quite like a professionally designed landscape. Set yourself apart from the neighbors this year with a expertly maintained landscape.

Get on the schedule for a spring start-up, or to sit down with a landscape designer, today by calling 612-599-8675 or Request a Free Estimate.

How to Choose the Best Brooklyn Park Lawn Care Company

It’s the start of a new year, and soon enough, we will all be thinking spring! It’s cold outside right now, but warmer days are just around the corner. Sit back and picture springtime in Brooklyn Park. The birds are singing, the trees are budding, the grass is growing and you’re outside in your yard, enjoying the warm breeze. But wait! Is the landscaping that surrounds you and your Brooklyn Park home looking its best? No? Then it’s time to consider hiring a lawn care company. Advanced Irrigation has some tips on how to hire the best Brooklyn Park lawn care company.

The first thing you want to do when considering a lawn care company is to think of the services you will need. Do you need a full yard clean-up? Do you just want to plant a few trees and shrubs? Will you need a lawn care company to come out to your Brooklyn Park home on a weekly basis to maintain your landscaping? Once you get an idea of what you want, you can then look over your budget and decide how much you can spend on these services.

When you start to call Brooklyn Park lawn care companies, make sure you get some references and check up on those references. Advanced Irrigation has a testimonials page, so you can read what our happy and satisfied Brooklyn Park customers have to say about our lawn care services and how we treat our customers.

After that, narrow down your choices even more by getting estimates. You can get a free estimate from us online, or we can come to your Brooklyn Park home and provide an estimate that way.

So when you are ready to hire a lawn care company for your Brooklyn Park home, make it nice and easy on yourself by calling Advanced Irrigation at (612) 599-8675 or contact us online!

Lawn Care Tips for the Spring in Maple Grove MN

Sure, it’s still winter in Maple Grove MN, but it’s never too early to start thinking about spring lawn care. Maple Grove MN is just one of the many areas Advanced Irrigation serves, so we have a few tips for you to make sure your lawn is ready for the warmer weather!

As soon as snow season in Maple Grove MN is over, during that in-between winter-and spring-phase, start raking your lawn. But don’t just do a quick job of it. Make sure you get any leaves that are still on your lawn and also give it a deep raking where you are picking up the thatch. You don’t want thatch to build up to any more than a half-inch on your lawn. Taking the time to do this necessary lawn care chore can help the grass at your Maple Grove MN home grow faster and thicker.

Take a good long look at your Maple Grove MN lawn after you’re done raking and look at whether or not the soil has been compacted. This occurs when there is a lot of foot traffic on your lawn, and this is another great lawn care chore to take care of before spring. Lawn aeration can be done, but most experts agree this is a fall lawn care chore. However, if you spot it now, you can make plans to get lawn aerating done a few months down the road.

Now it’s time to take a look at your lawn mower – your best friend for all of your lawn care chores! Make sure it’s in tip-top shape and ready for the warm months. Get the blades sharpened, change the oil and spark plugs and clean or change any air filters. If you take care of this now before the warm weather hits, you can probably get some good deals and prices on any items you need to buy.

And for all of your lawn care needs in and around Maple Grove MN, call Advanced Irrigation at (612) 599-8675 or contact us online. Or we can give you a free estimate online.

Winter Lawn Care Preparation and You

As the temperature begins to drop, you can begin to think less about cutting grass –though you will likely still need to do so at least one more time! – and begin to think more about preparing your lawn for the winter weather.

Here in the Twin Cities, due to snowfall and freezing temps, the grass growth will slow, so the final mowing of the year means that the blades of your mower need to be set at a height of 2 inches. Long grass will get matted down by winter storms and then provides the perfect home for field mice, so it is imperative that you protect your lawn from these issues so your work next spring will be easier to manage.

In addition to cutting your grass low, be sure you have applied a cool season grass seed as well as a nitrogen-rich fertilizer or soil enhancer, if you live in a warmer region. However, for those living in cooler climate, the experts recommend using a potassium rich supplement. Then, regardless of where you may live, it is beneficial to have a soil test performed to get an idea of how your soil is doing. The test will help you better determine what work, as well as what type of plants, you will want to consider for the following year.

If you are one to use an organic approach to lawn care, then fall is the perfect time to add another layer of compost as this can help keep the soil healthy. Follow the application of compost with a god watering –especially if it has been a dry fall season. This will help the trees and shrubbery to take on water to store and help them stay healthy during the winter.

Once winter snow and ice have descended, keep in mind that the white surface does not create a pavement that protects plants from damage! Don’t park snowplows, vehicles or other heavy items on your yard or when the snow finally melts, there will be significant lawn damage to repair. As part of your winter lawn care preparation you can ensure you keep those heavy items off the lawn, by inserting stakes or post to indicate the edges of your lawn.

And, lastly, be sure to avoid sodium based ice melters around the lawns and plants. Yes, this is the cheapest, but it will damage your lawn. Rather use calcium chloride as this is more environmentally friendly.

Winter lawn care preparation is important. Taking the time prepare your lawn now, will benefit you in the future. If you need help, contact the pros here at Advance Irrigation. We would love to help you!

Contact us today with any questions 612-599-8675 or contact us online.