Hiring a Lawn Care Service Provider

Hiring a lawn care service provider is complicated. There are many to choose from and everyone claims to be the best at what they do. As we have said before, the purpose of this lawn blog is to help you take better care of your lawn. With that in mind we want to make it easier for you when you are hiring a lawn care service provider.

Things to Consider When Hiring a Lawn Care Service Provider

 Reputation

Don’t waste your time with yellow pages, radio or newspapers. Look around your neighborhood for companies that are servicing your neighbors or friends homes.  Ask them about the company you see or the one they are using.  Ask about their professionalism, education, licensing, insurance, friendliness and customer service level and if their happy with their overall experience.  Then go online or call for a free quote.  If you’re seeing them or their signs around your neighborhood or town then it’s a good possibility that they do good work and our respected.

 Costs and Your Budget

With a budget in mind get a few quotes from lawn care companies.  Beware of companies that offer cheap initial applications or free 1st application that don’t spell out what you’re getting or what it will cost after initial application.  Most will

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give you a per application price, but don’t stop there.  Ask how many applications you will get and what’s involved with each.  Then add it up for a yearly cost and compare the different company’s apples to apples.  Ask about guarantees and tell them about your expectations for the lawn and how long to expect before your lawn is healthy.  Are service calls covered between visits if needed or are they extra?

Lastly get a written or e-mailed quote.  Make sure you can cancel at anytime if you’re not satisfied and not locked in to a contract like cell phones and TV. None of us are happy being locked in to anything.

 Decision

After you’ve gotten all the info from the lawn care companies and your friends and neighbors call the lawn care company and have them come out and meet with you.  Are they professional, courteous, neat and easy to talk with, or are they cocky and in a hurry. This should tell you how they operate. If they don’t have time to meet then just think how they’ll be if you have a question after hiring them.

Call early in the spring, this is the busiest time for all lawn care companies, so plan ahead and give yourself the gift of time and start relaxing this season.

By the way, we would love it if you contacted us. We would love to be the company that gives you the healthy green lawn you desire.

Lawn Care Checklist

If you’re new to taking care of your own lawn, or maybe you are just trying to be better at taking care of your lawn, it can feel like a pretty big task. You may not be sure where to start, and you may not even be sure what to do. That’s one of the reasons we have created this lawn blog. We want to be a resource for those of you in central Minnesota who are trying to take care of your lawn. We know that it isn’t easy to make a lawn look great and that many times the DIY method can be more expensive than hiring a professional lawn care company. To help you take care of your lawn we have developed the lawn care checklist. Use this checklist as a guide to a greener lawn.

The Lawn Care Checklist

Early Spring

Spring

Late Spring

  • Fertilize your lawn with slow release fertilizer. This creates a healthy lawn and root system
  • Apply broadleaf weed control to any existing weeds
  • Apply preventative grub control if needed
  • Monitor insect levels
  • Mow as needed (don’t mow on a set day, only mow when your lawn needs it)
  • Water when needed (water for long periods of time on an infrequent basis to create a deep root system)

Summer

  • Continue to fertilize your lawn with slow release fertilizer. This creates a healthy lawn and root system
  • Apply broadleaf weed control to any existing weeds
  • Monitor for grub activity and other insect damage (chinch buds and sod webworms)
  • Apply insecticide if needed
  • Water as needed (remember, long periods of time on an infrequent basis to create deep root systems)
    • 1 inch of water a week is best for your lawn

Late Summer

  • Continue to fertilize your lawn with slow release fertilizer. This creates a healthy lawn and root system
  • If you have grubs apply curative grub control
  • Continue to monitor for grub activity and other insect damage (chinch buds and sod webworms)
  • Apply insecticide if needed
  • Water as needed (remember, long periods of time on an infrequent basis to create deep root systems)
    • 1 inch of water a week is best for your lawn

Fall

  • Use a winterizer blend of fertilizer to prepare your lawn for dormancy
  • Apply broadleaf weed control if it is needed
  • If you have grubs apply curative grub control
  • Insect levels should fall as the weather gets colder
  • Aerate your lawn and overseed your lawn with more tolerant varieties of grass seed to keep your lawn healthy
  • Mulch leaves into the grass for the organic material.
    • Mulch frequently, even if your lawn doesn’t need mowing so leaves don’t get thick
    • Don’t wait until the end of fall to mulch all at once. This will create a thick layer that prevents sunlight from getting through
  • Water your lawn
    • Water as late into fall as possible. This will make sure that your lawn has enough water to survive during dormancy

Spring Lawn Care, What You Need to Know

In central Minnesota we endure some long hard winters. When spring  finally arrives it’s important that you take the proper measures to get your lawn ready for spring. After the long winter it is important that you help your lawn recover. That is why the first thing you should do is walk through your lawn and pick up debris from the winter. This will help your lawn dry. After that you can walk through your lawn and spot rake the matted down areas that probably are the result of snow mold. This will dry help those matted areas dry up quicker and break the snow mold.Spring Lawn Care

Mowing Your Lawn In Spring

When you are mowing your lawn for the first time of the season you should lower your lawn mower height by about ½ an inch from your regular mowing height. This will help pull up the dead and decaying organic matter and mulch the grass so it can decompose quickly. Cutting your lawn a little shorter will also help the soil dry by letting more sun into the soil layer. This will help your lawn get greener quicker.  After this first mowing of spring go back to your regular lawn mower height (we recommend that to be 3 inches for central Minnesota, or 3 ½ inches if you want to save a little water).

Dethatching Your Lawn

Thatch is stems and roots that have not yet decomposed that start to collect and pile up at the soil surface. If your lawn has 1/2 inch or more of thatch you will want to dethatch your lawn right after your soil dries. Usually dethatching every other year is enough to control thatch if you’re staying on top of mowing during the season. Remember, you want some thatch because this is where all the beneficial microorganisms live and convert organic material into beneficial elements for your lawn. Also, if you are going to dethatch your lawn lower your lawn mowers height by ½” and you’ll be amazed at the difference a ½” will make in cleaning your lawn.

Over Seeding

As you walk your lawn and remove debris you may notice thin or bare spots. If this is the case then over seeding should be on your mind. When overseeding make sure you get good seed to soil contact. For small areas just use a steel garden rake and rough up the area to be seeded, spread the seed and then rake over the area again to cover/incorporate the seed into the soil. If you have large areas that need to be over seeded you may have to rent specific equipment or call a professional lawn care company like Grow Rite. Those larger areas will require a mechanical seeder.

VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure if you’re going to over seed that you over seed before you put down a pre-emergent crabgrass control. The seeds you plant will need to germinate before applying the pre-emergent crabgrass control. You can always apply the pre-emergent crabgrass control to only those areas that you didn’t over seed and then go back and apply pre-emergent crabgrass control to seeded areas after the seed has germinated.

Fertilizing & Crabgrass Control

After all of these spring lawn care chores are done and the seed you have planted is up and growing then you should apply fertilizer with a pre-emergent crabgrass control. Crabgrass comes from seed every year when the soil temperatures reach between 50 -55  degrees Fahrenheit for about a week. Generally you’ll know that conditions are right for crabgrass because these same conditions can lead to lilacs blooming. The pre-emergent crabgrass control will act like a blanket over your lawn inhibiting the grass that you planted while over seeding from growing. This kills the seedlings and prevents those thin and bald spots from filling in. By using a combination of fertilizer and pre-emergent crabgrass control you are controlling crabgrass and fertilizing the lawn all in one process, saving time and energy.

Watering

In the spring the lawn doesn’t really need any additional water until we get consistent warm temperatures. The grass will find water by sending roots deeper into the soil. This combined with the gradual warm will create a deeper root system and healthier lawn in the process. Ideally you won’t have to water your lawn until May. When May comes and your lawn hasn’t gotten much rain and temps are warming then give your lawn a watering. Generally, when it comes to spring lawn care we are trying to keep the lawn thirsty and encourage those roots to grow deeper. Then when summer comes the lawn will be healthier and be able to with stand the summertime heat. Remember through late spring to fall the lawn will generally require 1 inch of water a week to maintain its health and appearance.

Lawn Care Reviews

“Grow Rite did what they said and exceeded our expectations” Steve O. Dassel, MN

Happy Customers. Lawn Care Reviews

“The lawn was in horrible shape after a hard winter. It’s late summer and it looks better than ever.” Kathy D. Dassel, MN

“Our Association looks great! Thanks again and keep up the good work.” Tom R. Annandale, MN

“Seeded our new home and the lawn is best on the block!” Jay P. Litchfield, MN

“The lake home looks better than our home in Minneapolis. We do more in Minneapolis and it still looks worse. Don B. Hutchinson, MN

Lawn Care Referrals in Annandale

Thanks Jay. We are glad you recommended us to Mary. Make sure to take advantage of our lawn care referral program.

“I’m glad Jay (at Emerald Green Lawn Care) recommended you.”

-Mary A.

Annandale, MN

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Better Than The Rest

Thanks James…

“Better than TruGreen”

-C. James

Annandale, MN

Annandale Lawn

Thick Lawn in Litchfield

Sorry Tim… that’s a trade secret.

“How do you get my moms yard so thick?  It looks amazing, I want to know want you use so I can use it on my own lawn.”

-Tim J.

Litchfield, MN

Litchfield Lawn

Neighboring Atwater Homes

These Atwater, MN neighbors are enjoying their lake homes so much more now.

“Thank you for getting rid of the Creeping Charlie”

-LaVonne H.

Atwater, MN

“The lake home looks great.”

-Veda S.

Atwater, MN

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Attention to Details

Aly, We will certainly pass on the compliment.

“Your attention to detail is good.  Tell Jason thank you for noticing the issue.”

-Aly M.

Willmar, MN

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I Used To Do It Myself…

Thanks Max, we are glad we could make your lawn in Willmar look great!

“The lawn looks great!  I used to do it myself, with no results.  You guys came in and made it look great, and it cost me less than doing it myself.”

-Max W.

Willmar, MN

Lawn Willmar MN