Snow Plowing and Lawn Care Tips

 




 

Snow Plowing and Lawn Care Tips   Spring Icon Summer Icon  leaf Snow Icon

When the seasons change we need to adjust with them. Some simple actions we take at the beginning or end of a season can save potential headaches and money. These are some simple tips for each season to refresh our memories.
 

Lawn Care Tips

 

Spring Icon  Spring

There are several actions you can take to improve the overall appeal of your property.

  • Spread granular, slow-acting fertilizer
  • Water your lawn frequently, especially if there has been a break in precipitation

Grass needs 1 to 2 inches of water (including rainfall) each week to thrive. The more hydrated your lawn is, the better the root growth will be. Leave grass clippings on lawn as they will decompose leaving nutrients such as nitrogen to the soil.

 

Summer Icon  Summer

  • Lawn mowing the turf around 3″, during warmer temperatures
  • Treat weeds and bare spots as soon as you see them
  • Maintain a well hydrated lawn ladybugs can provide a chemical-free way to reduce the pest population of harmful, plant-eating insects

 

leaf  Autumn

  • Water trees and shrubs thoroughly and mulch before the first frost
  • Cutting the grass a bit shorter just before winter will prevent matting under snow
  • Fall lawn care; remove all debris from turf, such as leaves and sticks
  • Core aerate turf every year!

 

Snow Plowing Tips

 

Snow Icon Winter

  • Putting markers at the edge of your lawn will help you avoid damaging it when you’re shoveling, snow blowing or snow plowing
  • If you can see the turf when the snow is still presence, avoid walking on it as much as possible.
  • When a snow event is prominent, make sure to get plenty of rest

 

How To Water Your Lawn And The Reward

 

Adequate Watering

Watering your grass is one of the most important items to maintaining a healthy lawn. Obtaining adequate hydration requires at least 2 inches of moisture per week. Depending on your climate this may increase to 2 inches of water twice per week.

By getting down into the soil 2 inches you’ll promote great root structure for your grass. Just dampening the soil or watering your lawn everyday a little bit will only allow the water to just penetrate the soil. This will make for a very shallow root system, exactly what you do not want.

 

Lawn Watering Management

Sprinkler Controller

Just before dawn is the best time to water lawn, this gives plenty of time to dry during the day. You want to maximize the amount of water consistent with good growth but with the least amount of surface wetness.

How do you know if you watered 2 inches? The easiest way to tell (not the most accurate, but it is a good indicator) is to lay out a few containers and turn on your sprinkler or irrigation system.

When you have about 2 inches of water in the container, then you could assume that you have watered 2 inches into the ground. Perhaps the best and most accurate way is to take soil sample plugs in a few different locations and visually see how far down the moisture is going.

How often should you be watering your lawn?

Lawn watering everyday is a waste of water and money. Too much watering can be harmful to your lawn creating a perfect environment for pests and diseases. A healthy lawn needs to become dry between watering. Turf that is allowed to dry will send roots further down into the soil to find new moisture.

Irrigation SystemWatering the grass with an irrigation system

In-ground irrigation systems are a great way to monitor lawn watering. If you want to reward your lawn and can afford, installing an irrigation system for your property will help you control watering adequacy.

How long your turf is being irrigated will keep your water bill low, since we forget sometimes the sprinkler is on and forget to shut it off.

Most homeowner and commercial irrigation sprinkler systems will have an electrical controller. There are many types of irrigation controllers with different capabilities, but most will give you the options to set the time and length of watering.

 Core Aeration

If your soil is compacted you may experience water run off or pooling. Therefore, your lawn will not absorb the water, it will most likely evaporate. In this case it is time to core aerate, and reward your turf for hanging in there.

Fall Lawn Care

Fall Leaf Clean Up

 

Fall Lawn Care and Leaf Clean Up

Completing a few fall lawn care projects can save a lot of work before the lilac trees start blooming. A last sprucing of the lawn before winter will benefit your turf come spring.

The gratification of not only being able to look back at your work and see your accomplishment, but when spring does shine on us you will see all your fall lawn care efforts have paid off.

The Leaf Clean Up Process

Ring Lawn Care provides leaf clean up for your landscaping and turf. All debris will be removed and disposed of properly. For instance, in your garden that has already been prepped for winter, to the curb for pick up or in a wooded area are great places you can utilize. The very last lawn mowing (2″ to 2 1/2″ cut) for the year is performed and the grass clippings will be collected as well.

  • Our team will use back pack blowers that blow out debris from landscaping, deck and turf areas
  • We use commercial lawn mowers that are equipped with a leaf vacuum bagging system for leaf and grass collection
  • Leaf truck equipped with a powerful vacuum helps us remove debris from your property (removal fee will incur)

Do you have a wooded lot with a designated compost area? If so, this will result a cost-efficient leaf clean up

I had open heart surgery 2 weeks ago so I was unable to pick up my leaves, sticks and other debris from the yard. Your crew took care of everything and the yard looks great!!! Thank you!!!

Renee Johnson ~ Stillwater, MN

Tips

 

Fall lawn care tips that will benefit your turf

The benefits of a leaf clean up will ultimately prevent thatch build up over the winter months. If fall lawn care has not been performed you will definitely recognize the decline in your turfs health come spring. Over the summer your soil has become compacted or matted either from foot traffic or the lawn mower(see lawn aeration).

Core Aeration

Lawn aeration needs to be performed every season. An aerator plugs three-inch holes into the turf which relieves compaction of the soil. This will allow nutrients, air and fertilizer to find their way to the root zones of the grass plant. You can rent an aerator at your favorite rental outfit, but would suggest hiring a professional, it is more physical than one could imagine. When spring comes you will be patting yourself on the back for performing this action, because the results are amazing.

Fall Fertilitizer

Fertilization early to late fall will benefit your turf and help prevent disease, snow mold and many other unwanted entities. Applying a potassium and nitrogen slow release granular fertilizer will help green up and build a solid root grass when spring arrives. If you have a dog/s, cleaning the feces from the turf will prevent the spreading of many diseases your lawn or possibly you won’t care for.

Core Aerating Residential