The Lawn Looks Like a Carpet

Our client Karen in Atwater, Minnesota had this to say about our services.

“The weeding at the house this fall went perfect and your team made the lawn look like carpet.”

-Karen S., Atwater, MNDSCF4062

3 Important Fall Lawn Care Tips

In central Minnesota we are lucky enough to enjoy all 4 seasons. Fall is by far one of my favorites. The colors change on the trees and the farmers get out in the fields for harvest. As you enjoy the fall and take in all of the beautiful colors it is important not to forget about your lawn. It’s really easy to take the attitude of, “it’s all going to freeze soon so who cares what I do with my lawn.” However it is extremely important to remember that in the fall, your lawn is getting ready to hibernate. Now is a great time to make sure that your lawn has enough food and water. It’s time to get control of those broadleaf weeds before next summer comes. To help you with that we have come up with 3 important fall lawn care tips.Fall Lawn Care Tips

3 Fall Lawn Care Tips

 1. Broadleaf Weed Control

Most people don’t think about broadleaf weed control until it’s too late. Doing broadleaf weed control in the fall can help you enjoy a dandelion free lawn in the following summer. Keep in mind that weeds are actively growing when temperatures are between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that when you use broadleaf weed control products in the fall the weed control product you use should move throughout the plant. This leads to better results in the spring.

2. Overseeding and Fertilizing

During the later parts of summer lawns can dry out and suffer some damage from the lack of rain and hot summer days. Overseeding damaged areas is a great way to help your lawn recover for the following summer. Applying fertilizer will give your lawn plenty of nutrients to keep it healthy during the winter months.

3. Maintain a Healthy Lawn Height

As we mentioned before, it’s easy to think that the cold will come fast enough and ignore the needs of your lawn. I see many fall lawns that are cropped really short in the fall. Almost as if the homeowner feels like it is the last time they will have to mow the lawn. In the beginning of fall it is important to keep your lawn about 3″ tall, or whatever your typical lawn height is. This allows your lawn to take full advantage of nutrients dropped by the changing trees, and the extra water that comes along with fall.

Pro-Tip

Water Your Lawn

Fall in Minnesota means unpredictable weather. It could almost snow on one day and be 70 degrees on the next. It is important to remember to make sure that your lawn has plenty of water.

Green Up Clean Up Rules and Regulations

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Official Rules

Following are the official rules for the Green Up Clean Up Contest

  • Entries must live within 50 miles from Litchfield, Minnesota
  • Entries must like the Grow Rite and Tidy Tightwads Facebook Page to win
  • Winner will be picked by the number of Facebook Likes their photo receives during the contest period
  • Entries must be submitted through the official Green Up Clean Up Form
  • Entries will be accepted until (September 1st)
  • The winner will be selected (September 15th)
  • One prize package including one lawn treatment provided by Grow Rite and one hour of cleaning provided by Tidy Tightwads will be given away
  • Winning photos may be used in future advertising pieces.

 

 

 

Official Clean Up Green Up Entry Form

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Green Up Clean Up Contest

  • Your email address will only be used to contact you if you win
  • This is required to make sure you live within the eligible service area.
  • Use this to send us a photo of your lawn. Your photo will be used in promotional material if you win.

Green Up Clean Up Contest

Grow Rite Lawn Care and Tidy Tightwads Present The Green Up Clean Up Contest

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Has Summer Gotten the Best Of You?

When summer started you probably had thoughts of having the best looking lawn on the block. You also probably thought about getting rid of some unwanted clutter inside of your house. Then it happened. Graduation parties, weddings, holidays, parades, birthday parties, family reunions, vacations, and more. Now it’s August and your lawn looks like a one part rain forest and one part desert wasteland .Your house looks like a disaster area and you are exhausted from all of the fun you’ve been having this summer. To make matters worse, it’s time to take the kids back to school shopping and get ready for everything that comes with the end of summer.

Help Is On The Way

The way we see it you have two options.

  1. Call Grow Rite and Tidy Tightwads right now. Allow us to go to work for you and put your mind at ease.
  2. Enter the Green Up Clean Up Contest and hope to be one of the lucky winners.

How Do I Enter?

It’s pretty easy.

  1. Live within the Tidy Tightwads and Grow Rite Lawn Care service area (see official rules for details).
  2. Fill out the official Clean Up Green Up entry form by August 31st (don’t forget to upload a photo of your lawn).
  3. Like the Grow Rite Facebook Page and the Tidy Tightwads Facebook Page.
  4. We will post photos of all of the entries to Facebook on September 1st.
  5. Facebook fans will vote by liking the photo of the ugliest lawn.
    1.  Be sure to encourage your friends to vote for your lawn.
  6. Owner of the photo with the most  likes on September 15th wins a lawn treatment from Grow Rite Lawn Care and a 1 hour cleaning session from Tidy Tightwads!

If you need to know more, the official rules and regulations can be read here.

Green Up Clean Up Contest

  • Your email address will only be used to contact you if you win
  • This is required to make sure you live within the eligible service area.
  • Use this to send us a photo of your lawn. Your photo will be used in promotional material if you win.

 

Give the Gift of Time

We all know that Father’s Day is coming up soon. Dad’s all around central Minnesota will be opening boxes filled with necktie, power tools, or cologne. Now don’t get me wrong, those are great gifts, but are they really what dad’s want? How many dad’s actually like wearing ties? Power tools are great, but that’s a gift that reminds dad of all of the repairs and projects that need to be done around the house. We have a better idea. [Read more…]

Grow Rite Lawn Care FAQs

You have questions, and we have answers. We have compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions to help you find those answers quickly.

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Spring Dethatching

In central Minnesota we tend to get really excited for spring. No matter how excited you are for spring it is important to put off some of that lawn work until your lawn is dry. It is also important to wait until the weather is consistently warm, if you start too early a cold snap can do damage to your lawn.

Spring Dethatching

After you have waited for your lawn to dry and for the weather to warm up you may notice that your lawn needs dethatching. It is best to dethatch your lawn in the spring. It is also important to remember that you want to dethatch every other year or even every third year. Keep in mind that you don’t want to dethatch your lawn after you receive a spring crabgrass application. Dethatching after the application will break the chemical barrier and let crabgrass seeds germinate. It is also important to remember you want some thatch in your lawn because it helps keep moisture in the soil. Thatch also helps microorganisms grow and those microorganisms are beneficial to your lawn.

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The Grub Damaged Lawn

Grow Rite Lawn Care and Landscaping has been providing lawn care services since 2000. Over the years we have heard many questions from our customers. One of the most common questions relates to grub damaged lawns. More often than not the question sounds something like this. 

Q: I see insects on my property and now my lawn is dying. What’s happening to my lawn?

A: Insects and grubs are likely damaging the root system of your lawn.

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The Best Looking Lawn. Guaranteed

Grow Rite guarantee’s the performance of our 4 & 5 application programs.  We stand by our service and if you notice any areas of concern, just  give us a call and we will make sure to make it right, guaranteed!

For The Best Looking Lawn!

Like we said before, we guarantee our services. To get the most out of our services we recommend you follow these guidelines.

1. Watering Tips

  • A lawn needs 1-1 1/2” of water a week for optimum health.
  • When watering, water enough to get the water down 2-3 inches.  Longer less often watering is better than short more frequent.  This will keep the roots deeper and help when it gets hot!
  • You can place coffee cans or bowls/flat dishes randomly in your lawn when watering to determine the amount of water being applied.  Simply measure the water in each of the containers

2. Mowing Tips

  • For a healthy lawn, the preferred mowing height is 3 inches.  The length of the grass blades and root depth are proportional, meaning the longer the grass blades the deeper the roots.
  • Always keep the blades of your lawn mower sharp for a quality cut and to prevent lawn injury.

Always Remember…

Anytime your lawn is treated with any product it is always best to follow these three guidelines.

  1. Keep children and pets off the lawn until it has dried. Usually 30-60 minutes.
  2. When watering, wait 3-4 hours after receiving your application.
  3. Wait 1 day after receiving your application before mowing the lawn.

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