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Winterscaping & Planning for Spring

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While winter may have arrived here in Minnesota, it doesn’t mean your landscaping plans must come to a standstill. After all, there are many things you can do to enhance your property’s landscaping this winter as well as a few ways you can prepare for the spring. As experts in landscape design for Elk River and the surrounding areas, we at Advanced Irrigation would like to offer up some tips to get you started. And, when you’re ready design and install a beautiful new landscape at your unique property, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can get started right away planning and creating the right landscape for you.

Hardscaping is a great place to start during the winter months. The professionals in landscape design here at Advanced Irrigation can install hardscaping items like retaining walls, outdoor fire pits, pergolas, lighting and more. But the key to their aesthetic appeal in wintertime is maintenance. It is important to keep them clear of snow and ice so that they can be a focal point throughout the non growing season.

When the plants go through their dormant stages in winter, it is a great idea to have a landscape design that has implemented some hardscaping. Eyes will be drawn less to the dormant trees and shrubbery and more to the beautiful hardscaping design on your property. There are so many things that you can do to enjoy your lawn and garden, even while they are covered by snow and ice.

The key to landscape design in winter is how well it was installed. A winter surviving landscape design will need a good solid base and options for drainage. Snow and ice accumulate, mass, ultimately melting. The melt should not pool or sit on the surface of your hardscaping only to refreeze. A landscape design installed via hardscaping professionals should be set up adequately to allow for this.

Do you currently not have the hardscaping or landscape design you desire to enhance your property during the winter months? It is never to early to start planning! Start gathering inspiration and ideas for what you’d like your landscape design to incorporate and contact the professionals at Advanced Irrigation right away! We would love to talk about what you’re looking for in your landscape, how we can help you maintain your current one this winter (including snow and ice removal) and make a plan of action for spring.

If you are ready for more information on landscape design for your Elk River home or business, call Advanced Irrigation today at (612) 599-8675 for a free estimate.

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for Snow Removal

You may be thinking to yourself “Isn’t it a little early to be planning for snow removal?” However, for commercial property owners and managers, now is the perfect time to make these types of winter preparations and for a number of reasons. As professionals in commercial snow removal for Edina and the surrounding areas we would like to tell you why.

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For one, it’s Minnesota. And, Minnesota winters have a mind of their own. The first big snow could happen any time now. So don’t procrastinate or you may find yourself frantically trying to make calls and set up plans for an impending snowstorm. And, the high quality, dependable commercial snow removal providers like Advanced Irrigation fill up quickly. They can only take on so many customers in order to clear them all in a timely fashion so if you wait too long, you may be out of luck.

Large commercial properties require a lot of planning. Many factors need to be taken into consideration when determining the amount of time and the cost of the snow removal and ice treatment of your property. Professional snow removal experts will consider its overall size, number of walkways, the size of the parking areas, time of normal business hours, and type of business to create a snow removal plan best suited for you. That way, when snow hits, you can be back in business sooner than later.

When it comes to something as important as safety, it is important that you hire the right company well before winter even hits to ensure you have the right action plan in place. By hiring well in advance, you will be able to align with snow plowing best practices, create a request for proposal, and receive an outline of what the property should look like once the snow plowing service has been conducted.

At Advanced Irrigation, we’re ready to respond to snow or ice emergencies 24 hours aday. And we closely monitor weather conditions so we’ll be ready to jump into action when we’re needed most.

Don’t put off your commercial snow removal preparedness one more day! Contact the experts at Advanced Irrigation and we can get your snow removal plan underway!

We have built entire business to help you manage the many challenges your commercial property may face; including snow and ice removal. If you are ready for more information on commercial snow removal for your Edina business, call us today at (612) 599-8675 or a free estimate.

5 Fall Lawn Care Tasks to Tackle Right Now

There are a few things your lawn and landscape will need before the onset of winter. As expert providers of lawn care services for Maple Grove and the surrounding areas, we know all of the essential steps toward maintaining a beautiful, lush lawn. And, the best way to ensure a thick, green, and healthy lawn in the spring is to give it some well-timed care in the fall. That’s why we would like to provide a list of essential lawn care services your lawn needs this autumn. And, if you need assistance with or don’t have time for any of these tasks, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Advanced Irrigation and we will happily take care of them for you.lawn care services

Continue Cutting…For Now

Grass continues to grown until the first hard frost and so regular cuts are still necessary to keep it at an ideal height. If it gets too long it will mat and become vulnerable to fungi like snow mold. Cutting grass too short, however, is just as bad because it curtails the root system and impedes the lawn’s ability to withstand winter cold.

Remove Leaves

Leaves may look pretty but they’re no good for grass; blocking the light and trapping moisture, becoming potentially fatal for the grass beneath. So when the leaves are falling, it is important you or your professional lawn care service blows or rakes them away as often as possible.

Water

If your lawn isn’t getting at least an inch of water a week (a rain gauge is a useful way to keep track) then keep the irrigation system running until the end of October. Then, schedule your fall blowout for your irrigation system right away. This is one of the many lawn care services we provide at Advanced Irrigation.

Fertilize

Just as grass roots need water to last the winter, they also benefit from fertilizer to help protect them winter weather.

Spread Seed

Another one of our many lawn care services we provide, spreading seed is great at protecting your turf from weeds come spring. Not only does seeding help fill in thin spots or bare patches, it allows us to introduce the latest in resilient, drought-tolerant grasses. Fall is the best time to seed because the ground is still warm, moisture is more plentiful and the sun is not as hot during the day.

And, these are just some of the essential lawn care services that should be performed this fall. Give us a call today to learn more about our services and why we are considered one of the most trusted names in lawn care services in the Maple Grove area. Call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675 or you can request a Free Estimate.

Hiring Professionals for Your Sprinkler System’s Fall Blowout

Summer is coming to an end and it’s time to begin preparing your property for the cooler months ahead. One of the most important steps in this process is a fall blowout and winterization of your water sprinkler system. Why aren’t you able to merely turn off the water, leaving the system in a dormant state? It is essential to hire professionals to perform this task for many reasons. You may feel you want to take the chance. However the experts here at Advanced Irrigation strongly recommend professional maintenance of your Minnesota area water sprinkler system: Here are some reasons why and how it works:

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Water will be found at different points throughout the system that will freeze and expand as it turns into ice this winter. With expansion on these levels, the system itself will be overwhelmed. It is far too much for the water sprinkler system’s fittings, pipes, valves and other parts and they could become damaged beyond repair, calling for replacement. With this type of damage you will be left footing the bill for a replacement. However by hiring a trusted company that knows how to prep your irrigation system to withstand the annual freeze, you can help safeguard your water sprinkler system.

How does it work? The water sprinkler system will be drained using the automatic or manual drain valves to get most of the water out of the piping. Once this portion of the job is complete, compressed air in effect dries out the system, ensuring not an ounce of water is left within to freeze and damage the system. When we use compressed air, we calculate just the right amount to not damage the sprinkler system or any of their more delicate parts.

Then, we make sure the main valve is closed, keeping the water from flowing into the water sprinkler system and freezing when the temperatures get below freezing. Any timers in existence will be turned off, preventing the system from starting up at any point during the winter months.

However, if you have not had our water sprinkler services team out to handle your fall blowout or winterization, freezing or breakdown may prevent the system from turning back on come spring.

So, don’t put it off any longer! If you would like more information on lawn care services in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas, call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675, or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.

Why is My Lawn Brown? And Other Common Lawn Problems

This time of year, when the weather is warm and with all of the rain we’ve been having, your lawn should be green and flourishing. If it’s not, you may be wondering why. As expert providers of lawn care services for Monticello and the surrounding areas, we know a thing or two about lawns. That’s why we’d like to go over a few things that could go wrong with your lawn and what you can do to fix them. And, if you encounter any of these issues, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our lawn care services and all we can do for you.

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One common disease you might come across is 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. But luckily, there are a few ways to avoid it.

For one, it is important not to add too much nitrogen. And, deep, early morning watering is another way to prevent this disease from impacting your lawn. Expert lawn care services like proper irrigation can help you avoid lawn diseases such as this.

Seeing brown? Brown patch is one of the most common lawn issues that could arise. Brown patch is more than meets the eye; it is a fungus caused by too much water in hot, humid weather, and can affect all types of grass. It usually causes 3-10 inch circles of grass blades to have brown ends and bleached spots. In some instances, the center of the circle will recover, causing the area to look like a target.

Another reason you might be seeing brown spots is with urine burns. Lawn burn is a common problem that occurs when your dog’s urine damages the grass in your lawn. When this occurs you will often need to reseed and grow new grass in spots. Our lawn care services can help you get your damaged lawn back on track if this occurs.

Another grass issue you might encounter 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.

However, with thorough, expert lawn care services like proper fertilization and care, you can avoid red thread as well as the other common turf diseases.

Have you been seeing red or brown in your lawn and interested in lawn care services for your Monticello home or business? Give us a call at (612) 599-8675 or Request a Free Estimate.