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Twin Cities Lawn Fertilizing Tips

Fertilizing your lawn may not be on the top of your mind right now, but consistently warm weather is on its way! Fertilizing your Twin Cities lawn provides it with nutrients your soil may not carry. Twin Cities lawn fertilizing is an effective way to basically supplement your lawn’s diet. It will help your Twin Cities lawn grow healthier all year round. We, at Advanced Irrigation, are lawn care professionals and ready to help you will all your lawn care needs.

Watering

The Twin Cities lawn fertilizing process always needs to be accompanied by water. So, don’t fertilize your lawn when its dry. For example, if there is a drought or heat spell in your area, that would not be a good time to fertilize. Also, make sure to water your lawn after you apply the lawn fertilizer to your yard.

Fertilizing Schedule

You need to formulate a Twin Cities lawn fertilizing timetable. At Advanced Irrigation, we offer a variety of lawn fertilizing plans. We have 3-step, 4-step and 5-step programs available for all kinds of turf and soil type. The more often you fertilize, the more your lush your lawn will be. This means you’ll have a better looking yard, but you’ll have to mow more often. Depending on your preferences, you can customize the plan that works best for you.

Complete Coverage

You want to make sure you do a thorough job in covering your entire yard with fertilizer. Walk at your usual pace, making sure to get from edge to edge of your yard. Another way to make sure you completely cover your yard is to overlap you wheel tracks. This will help to prevent any lines of yellowing grass in between your carefully laid fertilizer.

If you’re ready to get started on a Twin City fertilizing program, call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675 or visit our website for more information.

Edina Sprinkler Systems: How to Know if They’re Working at 100 Percent

Edina homeowners with a lawn sprinkler system installed in their lawn or yard are well aware of how great these devices work, and how much of a convenience they provide. These devices provide you with a fantastic, green lawn that doesn’t require you to drag your hose all over the yard.

Still, the convenience doesn’t equate to the system working at its full potential. So, before you call Advanced Irrigation, your local Edina sprinkler systems repair company, to take a look at the problem, here are several steps to take in order to evaluate its efficiency:

Sprinkler heads

Check them out often to ensure they are in great condition. You’ll want to see if any heads are damaged or missing, as these can cause leaking lines. Problems should be detected and addressed as soon as possible to avoid expensive repairs.

You’ll also want to note the location of the heads. Water runoff will occur on slopes or berms, but this can be prevented by setting up the run time to control how much water is released in this area.

Dry spots

A sprinkler system doesn’t automatically mean sufficient hydration for every area of the yard. If you find dry spots around your lawn, then set up the heads differently or adjust range or direction. If this change does not result in better hydration, it might be the cause of low water pressure, plugged nozzle or where the yard is located.

Overly wet areas

Areas with too much water can be caused by normal drainage, but can also be the result of a leak. It’s important to take a few minutes to determine what is causing the overflow of water. For a leaky valve, the piece or entire unit may need to be replaced.

To contact a professional Edina lawn sprinklers repair and installation company, please contact Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675 or Request a Free Quote.

Necessary Lawn Care Tools for Maple Grove Homes

The Advanced Irrigation team knows that proper lawn care begins with having the right tools. Here’s an overview of some of the equipment we use to maintain lawns and yards in Maple Grove:

Lawn mowers

Nothing says spring or summer quite like the sound of a lawn mower and the smell of freshly-clipped grass. Mowers come in two types: rotary and reel. Rotary mowers are the most common. They cut with blades spinning horizontally, chopping off the top of grass to maintain clean length. Reel mowers are manually powered. It’s important to keep the blades on either type of mower sharp, or else you risk tearing the grass instead of clipping it.

Weed whackers

Edge trimmers, known universally as weed whackers, are used for trimming grass around buildings, beds, fences, trees and other areas that can’t be reached with a lawn mower. Another kind of trimmer is the lawn edger, which can be run along areas where lawns meet walkways and beds. However, lawn edgers are not essentially, but definitely a great tool to have for keeping lawns looking amazing.

Blowers

These tools are used commonly to blow leaves and other debris off sidewalks and other areas of high traffic. They can be used for blowing leaves and debris into piles. Some blowers also act as a vacuum, and mulch and bag leaves. While not an essential tool, blowers are definitely a helpful one to have.

Rakes

Raking is great for removing leaves, thatch and debris from your lawn. Due to the physicality involved, it’s not a particular favorite of many homeowners in Maple Grove. However, it does provide one with a great exercise, while being environmentally friendly.

Sprayers

Sprayers come commonly in two varieties: two-gallon hand sprayers or five-gallon backpack sprayers. They are most commonly used for spot praying weeds or applying other pesticides to lawns and yards.

Want professionals to take over the lawn care of your Maple Grove property? Give us a call at 612-599-8675 or Request a Free Estimate.

Spring Lawn Sprinklers Start-Ups for Minnetonka Lawns

Spring has officially begun, which is hard to believe with all the snow on the ground in Minnetonka! You may be wondering when it will be time to start up your irrigation system again. Though we can’t give you an exact day when your lawn will be ready, we can give you an idea. Wait until there isn’t any frost in the ground anymore and you can shovel down at least 12 inches. When the weather is constantly warmer, it will be time to plan a visit from us!

Let a Professional Help
While you may think it’s just as easy to start up your irrigation system yourself, there are potential hazards in doing so. Let our experienced Minnetonka professionals help you with the process. We can help inspect your irrigation system to make sure it’s ready to go.

The Process
To perform a spring start-up there are steps to follow. Below is a brief overview of our procedure.

  1. Perform a visual inspection for any obvious signs of damage
  2. Reattach any aspect of the system that was detached during the fall
  3. Check that all the valves are open
  4. Connect the water source
  5. Carefully fill up the system with water
  6. Pressurize the system by sealing off all valves and the drain
  7. Check each station’s operation an analyze the overall functionality
  8. Make adjustments and repairs as necessary

We have an eye for potential hazards
We will be able to check your irrigation system for:

  • Broken sprinkler heads
  • Blocked sprinkler heads
  • Clogged nozzles
  • Broken valves
  • Mixed spray zones
  • Inappropriate nozzle/ spray patterns
  • Improper water pressure
  • and more!

Without a Minnetonka specialist looking at your irrigation system, you may run into problems. We will be able to answer any questions you have about maintaining your irrigation system over the year.

Let us help you do it right the first time, so when summer is here you’re system is in perfect shape. Contact us to schedule your spring start-up.

3 Common Turf Diseases

Kermit the Frog once lamented, “It’s not easy being green.” And you might feel it’s not easy to maintain a perfect, green lawn. Luckily, most of the common turf diseases can be avoided and controlled with a proper lawn care regimen.

Here are three of the more common turf diseases, and what should be done to prevent them from occurring:

Brown patch

A brown patch is probably the most common turf disease. It’s a fungus caused by too much water in hot, humid weather, and can affect all types of grass. Brown patch causes 3-10 inch circles of grass blades to have brown ends and bleached spots. In many cases, the center of the circle will recover, causing the area to look like a target.

Preventing brown patch can be done by watering early in the morning, and focusing on deeper watering and allowing grass to dry in between waterings. Another solution might be aeration in order to improve drainage.

Leaf spot

This disease attacks grass in wet, hot weather, leaving behind purple or brown spots on individual blades that are scattered through green turf. Varieties most impacted by leaf spot include tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass.

Leaf spot can be avoided by not adding too much nitrogen in the spring. Deep, early morning watering is another way to prevent the disease from impacting your lawn, and letting grass dry between hydrations. Severe problems may require fungicide, but you should consult us before going that route.

Red thread

Another characteristic turf disease of fall and spring is red thread. This causes a fungus to appear as red webs of pink or red threads spread over the turf and destroy grass blades. Fine fescues and ryegrasses are the most impacted by this plague.

Red thread can be avoided by making sure your soil is healthy and well fertilized. It should have a pH of 6.5-7, and you should avoid overwatering and water early in the morning.

Not sure what to do about your lawn? Give us a call at (612) 599-8675 or Request a Free Estimate.