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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.

Beyond the Blooms: Lasting Features for Your Year-Round Landscape Design

Many landscapes must endure the changing seasons, especially here in Minnesota. If you wish to enjoy your property year-round there are a few features to consider for your landscape design in Plymouth. We are going to take some time to focus on trees, hardscaping and similar installations that can take your lawn from growing season through fall and into the winter.

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Walkways, patios and retaining walls are a great way to keep your landscape looking great beyond the blooms. When the plants go through their dormant stages in winter, it is awful nice to have a landscape design that has implemented some hardscaping. When you are laying out where walkways go, follow your family’s natural path in and out of your home. Your landscape design needs to fit in with the everyday needs of your family and guests.

Decorative concrete and decorative retaining walls are incredibly popular landscape design ideas. They are a great way to combing functionality with eye-catching aesthetic beauty. They keep your landscape functional and pleasing to the eye no matter the time of year.

You will want to actively take care of your hardscaping during the winter months. Be mindful of salt usage. If you apply it but let it sit, without removing it, it will eat away at or even stain any concrete, paver or stone that has been incorporated into your landscape design.

Trees & Shrubs

Try to include plants in your landscape design that will offer year-round enjoyment, and try to place them in view of your new walkway. You should try to have a plant or two within your new landscaping or garden that grows and blooms during every season. That way, you and your guests still have something pretty to look at no matter the time of year.

If you have any fences or shrubs that border your walkway, make sure they are no higher than two feet. This helps alleviate any feelings of crowding as people are walking on the walkway.

Lighting & More

Lighting is a great way to brighten up your landscape even in the dead of winter. Add colored lights for a festive flair or simply use them to light the way and highlight your hardscaping. Our technicians in landscape design install many sorts of hardscaping items like outdoor fire pits, pergolas, lighting and more.

If you would like more information on landscape design for your Plymouth home, call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

Grooming Tips and Tricks for Your Summer Lawn

It is undeniably summer! And, with warm weather gracing Minnesota for weeks now, your lawn mower must be well seasoned by this point, as should your other gardening and lawn care equipment. Do you have a watering and landscaping plan for the next few months? From installing and maintaining a new irrigation system to designing and installing new landscaping, we specialize in a variety of lawn care services to help Minneapolis residents keep their lawn and garden looking their best all summer long. The experts at Advanced Irrigation have put together a few tips and tricks to help your lawn stay stunning and hydrated through the dog days of summer:

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Irrigation & Watering

Don’t currently water your lawn or have an irrigation system taking care of the job for you? It is essential that you water your lawn on occasion and do so sparingly, but ensuring that with each watering you fully saturating all areas. A few waterings a week should be adequate in the absence of rain. Your grass will learn to dig deeper into the soil to get the water it needs, allowing for stronger and healthier growth. The best way to ensure proper watering and to avoid over watering is with a smart irrigation system. Irrigation systems are one of our many lawn care services and are able to regulate your watering to not only conserve water but help maintain the health of your lawn. Fill out a Service Request and we can get you on the path to a consultation or installation.

Hardscaping & Softscaping

Looking to add value to your home? We can design a variety of lawn care services to truly enhance the overall look of your lawn. We can plant flowers, plants and trees, add decorative rocks, mulch, patios, pavers, stone retaining walls, edging, lighting and more. We can even offer you a landscaping consultant that will use digital landscaping design to create the oasis you’ve always wanted. And, special lawn care services can be designed to fit your landscape’s specific needs.

Mulching & Fertilizing

Buy yourself some mulch to place around trees and amongst flower beds. Layers of mulch should run roughly two to four inches in depth, helping keep your plants retain warmth and moisture.
Weeds getting out of control? We offer lawn fertilizer packages and weed control packages for both residential and commercial clients.

Ready to implement some of these great lawn care services to make the most out of your lawn? Call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Landscaping & Lawn Care Tips for Your Commercial Property

The summer is the time of year that landscaping and lawns are expected to look lush and well-kept. And, as a property owner, you understand the importance of quality landscaping and lawn care in order to attract customers, clients, renters and new employees. After all, you only get a split second to make a good first impression on those that visit your commercial building.

Commercial Lawn Care MinnetonkaYou can always call on Advanced Irrigation for help with commercial lawn care in Minnetonka and the surrounding areas. We offer an entire spectrum of commercial lawn care services and can come out on a scheduled or as-needed basis and can always fully customize our commercial lawn care services to meet your company’s needs. But, until then, here are a few of our favorite commercial lawn care tips.

  • Deep watering is best for your grass as well as other plants. An irrigation system and specialized commercial lawn care can take care of this task for you. And, a sprinkler system can automatically water based on the type of plant, where it is located in relation to the sun and shade and how much rain has fallen as of late. Irrigation systems help maintain steady, efficient watering unmatched by hand watering. This is one of the many commercial lawn care services we specialize in, so give us a call for more information and to have one installed.
  • Corrective pruning is one of the best ways to ensure beautiful flower beds. Our commercial lawn care company will go through your flower beds and prune the flowers that need it. We can do the same for any trees and shrubs on your property as well.
  • After you are done mowing, leave the grass clippings on the ground. They can help with happier and healthier grass.
  • Cut the grass to the correct length; not too long and not too short. If you mow the grass too short, this can cause the grass to turn brown or it can damage or destroy the root system. The mowing length mostly depends on the type of grass, but the general rule of thumb is to only cut about 1/3 of the blade. Longer grass blades encourage the root system to grow even deeper into the soil, which promotes healthy and green growth. The experts at Advanced Irrigation are well-versed in all commercial lawn care best practices including mowing and can keep your grass at the length ideal for great looks and optimal growth.

If you would like more information on our commercial lawn care services in Minnetonka, call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

Why Sprinkler Systems & Beautiful Landscapes Go Hand-in-Hand

Warmer weather is on its way. That means it’s time to start thinking about your new summer landscaping plan, 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 expert from Advanced Irrigation, you’ll be able to start planting as soon as possible. No doubt your lawn has been showing signs of life for weeks now, so if you haven’t had your spring startup or sprinkler system installation yet, we’d like to offer a few reasons to consider having one done by the professionals at Advanced Irrigation.

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For homeowners in Greenfield and the surrounding areas, a sprinkler system installation is an essential part to building a beautiful lawn. Whether you have a sprinkler system already and just need a spring startup or require a new sprinkler system installation, it is important to get these up and running to ensure the most lavish lawn possible. When you put all the time and effort into creating a stunning new landscape, you don’t want to wake up to brown patches or less-than-flourishing plant life. Not only will a sprinkler system keep your lawn green all through the growing seasons, but it will also give your landscape that well put together, professional look.

It’s simple, when you want a beautiful lawn, you need a sprinkler system. But, like with any device, problems can arise with your irrigation systems and spring is a great time to have them checked out. And, did you know that May is National Home Improvement month? It’s the perfect time of year to give your lawn some extra attention! Why not start with a sprinkler system installation?

And, it is important to consider, that for those planning a new landscape design, a major part of your landscape is your lawn. It may not seem very exciting or extravagant next to your brand new landscaping project, but it is one of the first things people will notice. They will take in the whole scenery at once and that includes the health and vitality of your lawn. Having a healthy lawn as part of your landscaping plan is crucial. As nearby sprinkler system installation experts, we can attest to the many benefits of a sprinkler system installation.

So don’t hesitate any longer! When you’re ready to learn more about a sprinkler system installation for your Greenfield home, call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.