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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.

Spring to It! Prepare Your Yard for Spring

Spring has finally arrived! Is your lawn ready for the warmer months ahead? Advanced Irrigation is excited to announce our new Buffalo location and that we have expanded our services to the entire West Metro area! Our Buffalo retail landscape nursery offers rocks, mulch, trees and plants to help you get everything you need to prepare your landscape for spring. At Advanced Irrigation, we provide a variety of lawn care services to Buffalo and surrounding areas and would like to offer some expert tips to help you make the most out of this year’s growing season!

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Spring Clean Up
Start by cleaning up leaves and debris that remain from the fall and winter. Dead leaves and vegetation can cause pathogens, mold and rot that can harm your garden. While this rot is a natural function of the garden’s decomposition cycle, you should have it in your compost pile; not on your beautifully maintained garden.

May (or April) is for Mulching
Mulching is one of the most important lawn care services to consider for your landscape. Come see our selection of mulch and we can help you choose the best fit for your home or business. Spreading mulch not only serves an aesthetic function, but also serves to protect your flower beds from the heat of summer. A layer of mulch also helps suppress weeds while retaining mulch and moderating the soil temperature. But, be careful not to over mulch, as this can cause rot and prevent healthy growth. Not sure how much mulch to use? The lawn care experts at Advanced Irrigation can help!

Rock On
Our lawn care services at Advanced Irrigation also include decorative rocks. Adding rocks to your landscape can create a more organized, textured appearance. We also offer stone and boulder retaining walls for an elevated look.

Get Edgy

By including edging, you can keep your garden and lawn looking neatly in place. In addition to many other lawn care services, we provide poly and steel edging as well as concrete curbing!

Start Planting
Keep in mind that planting flowers in groups instead of rows makes them more interesting to look at. Find plants that have a similar leaf shape, or maybe find plants that grow to be about the same size. Then put them all together in a group when you plant them. Not sure where to begin? Our expert lawn care services can help you plant your new garden and landscape. We can even give you advice on plants and flowers that will bloom year-round.

For more information about our lawn care services in Buffalo, call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

The Importance of Winter Lawn Care & Snow Removal

From small towns and big cities, to somewhere in between like Maple Grove, snow plowing and winter lawn care is important to prepare for. You’re most likely ready to shovel a few of your business’ surrounding sidewalks if need be, but what about the big picture? Here are some key tips from the experts at Advanced Irrigation on keeping your property happy, healthy and safe throughout the winter.

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1. Snow Plowing & Winter Safety
After a snow storm, sidewalks, roads and walkways can become slippery and dangerous. Ensure your entire perimeter is safe to walk on with snow plowing services from the experts at Advanced Irrigation. 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.

Without proper planning and professional snow plowing, there are several things that can go wrong during heavy snow or ice events:

  • Operations at your facility can slow or stop
  • A patron could be severely injured resulting in a possible financial settlement
  • The entire annual budget could be blown on one single winter

2. Importance of Winterizing
Do you have an irrigation system? Then you definitely need to consider and plan for winterizing your system. A proper winterization is crucial to the overall performance of your irrigation. If water is left in the system over the winter, the pipes may freeze or even burst! This can result in a not only a costly repair, but come spring you won’t have your wonderful working irrigation system. So, be sure to properly shut it down before winter. This is a task we can handle for you.

3. Tree Care
During the winter you may not give the trees on your property much thought, however tree maintenance is very important to the well being of your landscape. After a snow fall, be sure to shake the snow off your trees’ branches if the snow is dry and fluffy. When heavy snow builds up on branches, it can weigh them down, causing them to break. If you notice damage to the tree limbs, make sure they are pruned as soon as the weather allows. Taking time to have your trees looked at and cared for will help them live longer and look better come spring.

Are you interested in more information on snow plowing in Maple Grove and other winter lawn care services in the area? Call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Landscape Design Care Tips for the Winter

Let’s face it. Winter is all but here. There are some things you can do to enhance the winterscape outside your windows while you stay inside. As a means of landscape design for your Bloomington area home, we are going to take some time to focus on your hardscaping–the paving, the patio, the hard surfaces (not natural) that you have had installed. Our technicians in landscape design also install other sorts of hardscaping items like retaining walls, outdoor fire pits, pergolas and lighting. The key to their aesthetic appeal in wintertime is maintenance. Keep them clear of snow and ice so that they can be a focal point throughout the dead months. 

When the plants go through their dormant stages in winter, it is awful nice to have a landscape design that has implemented some hardscaping. Your eyes and those of others will be drawn less to the sleeping trees and shrubbery that you possess and more to the pop that a master in landscape design has added to your property. There are so many things that you can do to enjoy lawn and garden, even while they sleep or are covered by snow and ice.

You will want to actively take care of your hardscaping during the winter months. Should you slack off here, you may just encounter a repair project or two in the spring, after the thaw. Be mindful of salt usage. If you apply it but let it sit, without removing it or the slush generated, it will eat away at or even stain any concrete, paver or stone that has been incorporated into your landscape design. Stay on top of it! In the grand scheme it does not take more than accumulated minutes for de-icer to do its work. Be there to get rid of it when needed. 

If you have had a nice and fancy patio installed, chances are that you have some metal containing furniture placed upon it. Do not let these items sit outside and bear the brunt of all that winter has to offer. Take them inside, use them again as you knew them in the spring. A side effect of leaving these metallic items outside is that if they are under snow or ice the rust that emerges will also stain the hardscaping below it.

The real key to landscape design with regard to hardscaping lies in how well it was installed. A winter surviving landscape design of this sort 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 this to occur. 

If you would like more information on our landscape design skills in Bloomington, call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

Call in a Landscaping Company to Aid in Winterization

With fall here and winter coming, it is unlikely that your landscaping is anywhere near the forefront of your mind. Isn’t landscaping something for the spring and summer? Should I really be worrying about which landscaping company to hire for my Minneapolis or greater Twin Cities area home at his point of the year? No and yes, respectively! Fall and winter are wonderful times to pursue some landscaping at your home, ensuring that your property remains aesthetically pleasing to all who gaze upon it during the cold months. We at Advanced Irrigation, a landscaping company that knows, have a few tips to offer you for your Minneapolis home:

Maybe you want to add trees that will look great regardless of the season? Opting for birch trees may be just what you need. During the winter that we face in the Twin Cities, these deciduous trees will indeed lose their leaves. The trunks and bark on the other hand will maintain a year-round color and texture in bark and on trunk, livening up your landscaping. Other options include crabapples and/or holly. Both boasting berries, these plants are colorful options that also feed the local fowl.

Evergreens are a prime choice for adding winter color. Do not let the name fool you as it does so many, green is just one of the colors these plants offer. You will find blues and yellows and a whole lot on the color palette in between. Going with evergreens can add a whole lot of color to your property during the oft-dreary, gray winter months of bitter cold.

Maybe your home brings with it hanging baskets or window boxes? Choose to plant things like broadleaf evergreens, holly and rhododendron. You could also fill these units with evergreen boughs which boast a wide palette of textures and colors. There represent a great way to enhance the look of your Minneapolis home. Maybe perennials are your thing? When the hour arrives to pick out perennials for your landscaping, choose the four season varieties such as hellebores and dianthus.

An additional means of enhancing your property is to call in a landscaping company to provide hardscaping to the existing landscape you have in place. Anything you can think of along these lines—garden sculptures, benches or a trellis—these will also enhance your winter landscaping.

If you have any questions about our landscaping company serving Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area, please call us at 612-599-8675 or reach out to us with a Service Request.