Tips for Spring!

Spring is the air!  After an unusually mild winter (8th warmest since records have been kept), weather forecasters predict that the Twin Cities will enjoy a very early spring.  If you love to garden and landscape yourself, here are a few tips to get ready for spring:

1.  Clean-up and prepare for spring:  Pick up all of the dead branches, leaves and debris that may have fallen onto the lawn during the late fall or winter.  Be sure to check the garden beds.  Make note of any areas which may require additional attention.    Dethatching the lawn may also be necessary.  

2.  According to the University of Minnesota Extension, early spring is the time to cut back ornamental grasses.  Although many ornamental grasses add beauty during the winter months, much of their appeal has faded, as winter snows and cold temperatures as grass stems are down.  Warm season grasses become completely dormant during the winter.  Experts suggest that gardeners gather these grasses in bunches (and tie them to make them more manageable, as low to the ground as possible and cut them as low as possible.  Doing so allows the grass buds (which are at the root-shoot junction of the plant), which are often buried or partially buried in the soil, to emerge.  Because warm weather grasses are slow to grow and green up, cutting them back in the next few weeks will be fine.

Cold weather grasses, however, will start to grow as soon as the weather warms.   Make these your first priority, as once they are cut back, the growing can begin!

According to the U of M, you can't cut "too low."  You can use your mower, a hedge trimmer or hand pruners toget the job done.   The "rule of thumb" for ornamental grasses is:  "If it's brown, cut it down."  

3.  Plant and feed:  If you are planning on planting new grass or installing sod in the spring, *do not* apply any pre-emergent agent in the early spring treatment.   If you plan on waiting until the fall, a crabgrass barrier pre-emergent plus fertilizer is recommended.  

4.  Test your soil:  Different plants need different nutrients.  Pick up a couple of soil test kits from your gardening center (or Home Depot, Lowes or your hardware store), and test the soil to determine what deficiencies the soil may have.  

5.  Sharpen you mower blades and set them high.  After mowing, cool-season grasses should be 2 1/2 - 4 inches high, while warm season grasses can be cut around 1 inch.  

If you are not a seasoned gardener or have little time (or interest) to dedicate to your lawn, now is also the time to have a landscaping company come to your home to look over your property to see if a qualified landscaper can bring beauty and value to your yard and garden at a reasonable cost.  

All estimates should be free, and a knowledgeable person (not just a salesperson) should come (in person) to your home to discuss your needs and your vision for your outdoor living space.  

Please give Green Lakes Landscaping, Inc. a call at (952) 460-0509.  We bring a lifetime of experience, a passion for beauty and an unparalleled work-ethic to every job.   We are a newly incorporated business (with more than 30 years experience), fully insured and provide workman's comp. coverage to our employees.    We pride ourselves in providing personalized service and premium results.  

Our services include:

- Spring and Fall Clean ups
- Lawn Maintenance
- Dethatching and aeration
- Seeding, Reseeding and Sod
- Lawn and Garden Fertilization
- Weed Control
- Plant, Shrub, Hedge Planting and Replanting
- Pruning
- Seasonal Color
- Outdoor Living Spaces
- French Drains
- Borders, Raised Beds and Planters
- Commercial Landscaping
- New Construction Landscaping
- Realtor "ready for market" preparation
- Special Event Preparation

Please call us at (952) 460-0509 to schedule your free, onsite, estimate.  
We look forward to becoming your landscaping company.  

We look forward to hearing from you!

Eileen Piper, CFO