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Could Your Lawn Benefit from Overseeding?

5/1/2017
Does the lawn at your home in Bloomington, Minnesota or the surrounding communities look dull and brown? Perhaps you can’t keep up with the weed growth no matter what you do. If so, overseeding is one of the most important things you can do to improve the health and quality of your lawn. It’s normal for all plants to slow down their rate of production as they mature. With the typical blade of grass only surviving 45 to 60 days, new tillers must outproduce the dieback of older leaves. 
 
Keep Grass Young to Keep It Healthy
Since young grass can produce new tillers faster than older grass, the key to maintaining a healthy lawn is to keep the grass blades young. Overseeding helps to accomplish this. By overseeding in the early spring, younger plants can establish deeper roots before the intense heat of summer arrives. Late summer and early fall are ideal times for this procedure as well.
 
Our Process for Overseeding Your Lawn
Spreading the seeds evenly is one of the most important parts of the overseeding process. We use a rotary spreader to ensure that every affected area of your lawn receives enough seeds. For lawns containing obstacles like a pond or flower garden, a drop spreader usually works best. 
 
For your lawn to benefit from overseeding, the new seeds must reach its soil. The seeds won’t germinate properly if they fall on top of leaves, grass clippings, moss, or any other type of material. We mow your lawn to less than two inches and dispose of the clippings to ensure that the seeds can reach the soil. We may need to use a metal rake to uncover soil if grass clippings remain on your lawn from earlier mowing sessions.
 
Many homeowners in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis choose to have us complete aeration at the same time as overseeding for maximum benefit to their lawn. We can evaluate the health of your lawn and let you know if it would benefit from one or both of these services. 
 
You have waited months for spring and now it’s finally here. We encourage you to get your grass off to a great start by providing it with the professional services it needs. Because The Lawnsmith gets quite busy at this time of year, we also advise you to schedule your appointment promptly to avoid a long wait for services.
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It’s Time to Think About Lawn Fertilization and Weed Control

4/11/2017
Many homeowners in Bloomington, Minnesota and the surrounding communities assume that their lawn gets everything it needs from natural surroundings, water, and soil. This isn’t necessarily the case since these represent only 13 of the 16 elements your lawn requires to remain healthy. You can only obtain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in fertilizer that you purchase.
 
Another common misconception of local homeowners is that fertilizing a lawn is simple. It can be a complicated process because you need to time the application just right, have extensive knowledge of your soil and grass type, and choose the best type of fertilizer for Minnesota’s climate. Fortunately, you don’t have to figure it all out by yourself. The Lawnsmith offers a residential home fertilization program that provides you with two applications in the spring and three in the summer and early fall. We choose the right fertilizer for your lawn after evaluating its unique characteristics.
 
Fertilizing Your Shrubs and Trees
It’s also import to fertilize your shrubs and trees regularly to ensure good health. Just like your grass, your shrubs and trees need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Getting the proper fertilizer is especially important while they’re still early in the lifecycle. Even so, we usually advise against fertilizing the first year after planting your trees or shrubs. If your trees or shrubs are unhealthy or immature, fertilizing them could cause damage. Our team knows when and how much fertilizer to apply to your trees and shrubs.
 
Controlling Weeds
It’s frustrating to see dandelions and other weeds crop up on your lawn when you spend so much time caring for it. One reason this happens is that local homeowners aren’t always clear on how to identify weeds. We have the training and practical experience to know what we should remove and what not to disturb because it’s harmless. Treating pre-emergent weeds in the early spring is the best way to ensure an effective weed control program for the remainder of the growing season.
 
Please contact The Lawnsmith today to request a quote for our fertilizing or weed control programs.
 
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