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Forget Winter, Mulching Season is Just around the Corner!

Though Jack Frost still lingers, spring is just around the corner. And, one of the most exciting times of the year; spring mulching! The smell of new mulch symbolizes the beginning of the growing season and the look of mulch breathes new life into the landscaping. Our professional landscaping company for Elk River not only has an endless bounty of mulch in stock but we will gladly bring it along with us to help spring-ify your lawn. But, when is the best time to mulch? We’ve put together some guidelines for mulching as well as some of the benefits mulching your landscaping can offer.

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The first thing to keep in mind is that mulch is best applied from mid- to late spring to autumn, when the soil is moist and warm. It is best to avoid applying mulch in winter and early spring as the soil is too cold, and in summer, when it will be dry.

Mulch gives your garden a neat, tidy appearance and can reduce the amount of time spent on tasks like watering and weeding. Mulch can help soil retain moisture in summer, prevent weeds from growing and protect the roots of plants in winter.

Not having a hearty base of mulch surrounding your burgeoning plant-life can drastically limit the life and overall blossom of your landscaping efforts. So, don’t hesitate to call your trusted landscaping company to get started on mulching as soon as the ground is warm!

Whether you like it or not, always consider the option of a professional landscaping company, we can do it all at Advanced Irrigation. Mulch is made up of a combination of organic materials that run the gamut from bark or wood chips, leaves, grass, moss, straw and more.

In addition to its aesthetic value, mulch helps in the prevention of erosion that would otherwise occur on soil left uncovered. Primarily, rain and wind are the culprits behind erosion, causing a runoff effect. Erosion can ultimately expose the roots of your plant-life, where they then are left to face the elements. In addition to the prevention of nutrient depletion, mulch also adds nutrients to your soil as it breaks down over time.

And, these are just some of the reasons to contact your landscaping company about mulching sooner than later! Though it may not be spring quite yet, mulching season is just around the corner!
If you would like more information about our landscaping company near Elk River, call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

The Snow Has Arrived! So Find Your Commercial Snow Removal Company Today

The snow, wind and ice is here in Minnesota. So, if you’re unhappy with your commercial snow removal company or if you don’t have one scheduled yet, now is the time! Hiring a commercial snow removal company you can trust is important when bad weather strikes. We offer commercial snow removal in Buffalo and we have a few suggestions on what to look for when you start your search.

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The Internet is an excellent place to start. And don’t just read one review. Try to read a handful so you get more of an idea of how good the commercial snow removal they provide. Another great way to find a reputable commercial snow removal company is through word of mouth. You could ask other business owners in your area which commercial snow removal company they use and if they are happy with the service. Or you can go online and read reviews that other people have left about their commercial snow removal.

Advanced Irrigation is a member of the Snow and Ice Management Association, which is a non-profit trade organization for snow and ice industry professionals. Is your commercial snow removal company a member? It promotes professionalism among its members, it gives its members networking and educational opportunities and it provides leadership for those in the snow and ice removal industry. While it’s not a requirement that commercial snow removal companies be a part of this organization, it is always a good sign that the company is interested in the educational and professional opportunities that SIMA provides.

Ask the different companies you talk to what specific snow removal services they offer. Is it just one person with a shovel and a bag of rock salt? Or do they send a team of workers with a plow, shovels and a few different kinds of de-icer? And how soon after a snowfall do they come to your business to clear the snow and ice? Also, ask about fees charged. Is it a flat fee or do they charge per hour?

Keep in mind that if you call Advanced Irrigation for commercial snow removal, you won’t have to worry about any of this. We have a great reputation in this area for our commercial snow removal services and give you a complete rundown of what you can expect. So, don’t wait for the next snow to fall, contact us today!

For trustworthy, reliable commercial snow removal in Buffalo call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Thank You and Happy Holidays from Advanced Irrigation

With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful customers for their support. We are grateful to have served the Twin Cities metro and surrounding areas with our landscaping and irrigation services for more than 15 years. We could not be in business this long without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for your patronage, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us for all your future lawn and landscaping needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Winter Tips: Protecting Your Lawn from the Ice and Snow

Here comes the snow! Before the snowflakes begin to fall, prepare your lawn and landscaping from the elements with a few simple tips. As an expert landscaping company in Buffalo, we have a few suggestions on how to help your trees survive the harsh Minnesota winters. A few simple lawn care tips and tricks can ensure your trees and grass come back and flourish in the spring.

Wrap Up Those Trees
Landscaping Company BuffaloWrapping your trees can help keep them healthy for next spring. Sometimes, when the sun hits the bark, this can cue the tree to emerge from dormancy. And later in the day, when the sun goes down, parts of the tree can be hurt when the temperatures drop. Wrapping your trees can help protect them and help them regulate their temperature. Wrapping your trees can also protect them from animals and the like.

Winterize Your Sprinkler System
Give us a call at Advanced Irrigation and we will prepare your entire irrigation system for the winter. This is a very important element in proper cold weather lawn care! We drain the remaining water from the sprinkler system, ensuring all water if removed from your pipes. We use an air compressor to “blow out” the overall network, making sure there is no water left in there that could potentially freeze and damage the system.

Brush off Those Branches
After a snow fall, go out to your yard and gently shake the snow off of your tree branches if the snow that fell is dry and fluffy. You can use a broom for this task, but be gentle. Keep an eye out for snow that is building up on the branches and, if it is safe, run outside during the snow storm to shake the branches if necessary.

Practice Safe Snow Removal
During the winter, ice is a common problem and many people will automatically reach for salt to melt the ice. But when you use salt to melt the ice on your sidewalk and driveway, it can damage or even kill your plants and grass. When we come to your commercial building to remove snow and ice, we use deicer that is safe for your plants and grass.

Are you interested in learning more about hiring our Buffalo landscaping company for all of your landscape’s winter needs? Call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate on our services.

Scheduling Your Fall Blowout: The Importance of Lawn Sprinkler Winterization

The first day of autumn is September 22nd and with the cold winter months right around the corner, it is time to start thinking about scheduling your fall blowout. Have you considered your lawn sprinkler systems need some TLC before winter to avoid damage? As experts in lawn sprinkler systems in Buffalo, we know just how important fall blowouts and winterization can be. We would like to provide a rundown of the process as well as some of the benefits you can expect. And when you’re ready, call Advanced Irrigation as soon as possible to make sure your lawn sprinkler systems are on our fall blowout schedule.

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Why is it so important for sprinkler systems to be prepped for winter? Can’t you just turn off the water and leave the rest of the system alone?

If you try this, there will still be water sitting in your lawn sprinkler system which can freeze and expand in cold weather. When it expands like that, it will be too much for the system. Thus, pipes, fittings, valves and other parts could crack open or burst. That means you could end up spending a lot of money to get those parts repaired or replaced when spring time rolls around again.

This is where the ‘fall blowout’ comes in. We drain the remaining water from the sprinkler system, ensuring all water if removed from your pipes. We use an air compressor to “blow out” the overall network, making sure there is no water left in there that could potentially freeze and damage the system.

After choosing the area of your lawn that is furthest out from your home, we will work our way back in towards it. Your sprinklers will run for two to three minutes, allowing all water to drain properly. Once the water switches over from mist to just air kicking out, we move on to the next one, and so forth.

We will then make sure the timer or controller is turned off. This means that the system will not turn on during the winter months, but you will not lose any of the programming in the system either.

Have you considered a freeze or rain sensor for your lawn sprinkler system? If you don’t already have one, this is a great way to monitor the outdoor air temperature and rain fall. That way, if the temperatures drop below freezing before your system has had its proper fall blowout, the sensor will keep your lawn sprinkler system from turning on.

And, these are just a few of the ways you can be proactive and help prepare your lawn sprinkler systems for fall. Now is the time to schedule your fall blowout! So, don’t wait any longer. Call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675 or contact us to set up your Free Estimate.