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Preparing Your Commercial or Multi-Family Housing Property for Spring

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Monday, March 20th is the first day of spring! And, with spring being just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about a spring cleanup. As a multi-housing building owner of manager, you know one of the best ways to leave a good impression on your tenants or potential residents is with well-maintained landscaping. After all, the outside of your commercial property can be a reflection of the inside, so it is important to make sure your building’s grass and landscaping are cared for.

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It’s time to call on your trusted company specializing in multi-family housing landscaping for the Twin Cities; Classic Lawnscape. We are ready to break out the lawn mowers, rakes and other gardening and lawn care equipment to get your lawn spruced up for spring! Our multi-family housing landscaping experts have a few suggestions on what we can do to prepare your lawn for the upcoming growing season.

We Know When to Start Watering

As soon as it really begins to warm up, it’s time to start watering your lawn. If you don’t have an irrigation or sprinkler system for your multi-family housing landscaping, the rule of thumb is to water sparingly but deep. This will “train” your grass to dig deeper into the soil to get the water. And that means your grass will grow healthy and strong.  The multi-family housing landscaping experts at Classic Lawnscape can design, install and maintain an irrigation system for you. You won’t have to lift a finger when you hire us for your commercial irrigation management.

Eliminate the need to worry about when and how much to water your lawn by calling us.

Proper Raking & Replacement

Raking isn’t just for fall! Raking in the spring encourages your grass to grow. We can clear debris, leaves and other items off of your lawn. This also helps when it’s time to start mowing your lawn. Raking loosens the soil’s surface, encouraging healthy and needed air flow. And remember, annual plants do not handle winter well. Once spring rolls around, we can seek out soggy and unhealthy brown growths, remove them and replace with new ones.

Mulching and Fertilization

Nurture the health of your lawn through fertilization whether it be composting or simply using a mulching mower. We can lay down mulch around your trees and flower beds. This will help keep the plants warm in case the weather turns cool again, and mulch will also help these plants retain much-needed moisture.

Do you need to hire professional multi-family housing landscaping for your Twin Cities Property? Call Classic Lawnscape at 763-780-7231 or contact us and get a Free Estimate.

Snow & Ice Management: The Importance of Hiring the Professionals

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Minneapolis winters can be harsh. So, you are likely prepared to deal with snow and ice at home. But, when a snowstorm hits, the last thing you want to do is leave the warmth of your home to trek out to your commercial property as well in order to shovel, plow and de-ice its sidewalks and parking lot. Not only that, but if you don’t have the right equipment or technique, the job could end up taking you much longer than it should and end up being far costlier. There are so many reasons to look into snow and ice management in Minneapolis. Here are a few additional reasons that stress the importance of hiring the professionals when it comes to snow and ice removal at your commercial property:

A Safer Staff
If you try to perform snow and ice removal yourself or if one of your residents or employees attempts it, there is a heightened risk of injury. But, with a professional snow and ice management company like Classic Lawnscape, you can rest easy knowing you don’t have to worry about the possibility of bodily injury. Shoveling sidewalks can be a dangerous task with all of the manual labor required, not to mention the slippery ice! Our snow and ice management team is experienced and ready to handle this difficult task so you can stay safe indoors without the worry of yourself or one of your employees slipping and getting hurt.

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Save Money & Keep Doors Open
Long term, hiring a professional snow and ice management team would actually save you some of your hard earned money. You won’t have to worry about buying new snow removal equipment or stock-up on de-icer before every storm.

After a big snow, if you do not have professional snow and ice management lined up, your business may not be able to open. And, if your doors are closed you won’t be able to operate. This can mean lost revenue, wasted hours and money that could have been earned if your business had been accessible.

Comprehensive Snow and Ice Management
With Classic Lawnscape, with our expert team and equipment on hand, we will begin by clearing snow and ice from motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic paths. Snow and ice management also includes full-width plowing and will be done up until the contractor deems it necessary in order to keep up with accumulations.

Winter is far from over, so be sure to have a plan when it comes to snow and ice removal at your commercial property. There is a number of different snow and ice management companies in the area, but it is important you hire the right team to keep your doors open and your property safe. Contact the professionals at Classic Lawnscape today and get your commercial property prepared for any snow and ice in the future.

Do you want more information on snow and ice management in Minneapolis and surrounding areas? Call Classic Lawnscape at 763-780-7231, or contact us and get a Free Estimate.

The Winterizing of Your Lawn Sprinkler System

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The yards of so many American households are dry and brown. Installing a lawn sprinkler system at your Blaine or neighboring towns’ home is an awesome way to get your grass and plants the proper amount of water required to ensure green, healthy growth. A lawn sprinkler system as installed by Classic Lawnscape will see to it that water is distributed evenly across your lawn. Not only that, but you can set automatic watering to unfold at specific times.

For those of us enjoying colder climates, there is an annual need to “winterize” your sprinkler system. With autumn all but here for Minnesotans, we may as well begin thinking about this now as the cold is almost here for its long, annual deep freeze.

To winterize a lawn sprinkler system, we must follow a few simple steps before the cold months set in to try to make sure that your system is ready to roll next spring. Freezing temperatures do ample damage to a lawn sprinkler system that still has water in the pipes that feed it so winterizing will help you avoid potential costly repairs.

When you call on Classic Lawnscape to handle your winterizing needs, we will follow these important steps to winterize your sprinkler system:

  • First, we will turn off the water that feeds your lawn sprinkler system. After locating the master shut-off valve (which should be located within your basement/lower level) we will be actively preventing water from massing within your pipes.
  • Next, we determine whether or not you have automatic or manual valves in your sprinkler system. Once this is determined, we drain the remaining water from the sprinkler system. Your hose bib will be pried open to allow free flow. A bucket will catch all of the water that runs from your pipes.
  • An air compressor will be employed to drain the overall network. After choosing the area of your lawn that is furthest out from your home, we will work our way back in towards it. Your sprinklers will run for two to three minutes, allowing all water to drain properly. Once the water switches over from mist to just air kicking out, we move on to the next one, and so forth.

We will see this process through the last sprinkler and you are winterized! A time-consuming and mundane process, call on us to help! Or, if you are interested in learning more about lawn sprinkler systems in Blaine and neighboring towns, call Classic Lawnscape at 763-780-7231. You may also contact us to get on our schedule.

The Components of Your Lawn Irrigation System

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The installation of a lawn irrigation system is an investment worthy of your lawn. Classic Lawnscape, an installer and servicer of lawn irrigation systems for Shoreview residences and businesses, would like to share with you some information on what makes up such a system so you may gather how they work.

Backflow Prevention Devices

The water supplied via lawn irrigation system must remain free of pollutants and/or contamination. The usage of a backflow device helps in this effort as lawn irrigation systems are designed to be installed on potable water lines. You can protect your lawn from back-siphonage as well as back-pressure of the polluted water into the potable water supply. Health hazards and other issues like are prevented in this way.

Sprinkler Controllers and Timers

Amongst the very most important spokes in the lawn irrigation system wheel, sprinkler controllers and timers are the brains behind the functioning system—what determines water start and stop times. Programmable controllers set up watering begin and end times that are dependent upon a couple of different variables like the type of plants within the zone in question, quality and type of soil, sun and shade that area receives daily and more.

Water Filters

Water filters are the gateway to debris entry into pumps, dirt and other, finer particulates. Contaminants such as these clog and can otherwise cause general damage. Water filter screens tend to come in the form of polyester or stainless steel. They are an important part of keeping lawn irrigation systems in fully functional mode.

Weather and Flow Sensors

So what happens when consistent rain is falling? Does the system know not to water if Mother Nature has fed the lawn? Weather and flow sensors shut off the controllers based on the weather that is going on outside or has already occurred. If there has been a lot of rain, the sensor will inform the overall lawn irrigation system to hold off on watering so your plants, trees, flowers and landscaping do not undergo an artificially generated deluge.

There are so many components that make up a lawn irrigation system—we simply do not have the room to go into them all. So, if you find yourself wondering, you may call at your leisure and we would be more than happy to discuss the lawn irrigation system that is right for your lawn.

Are you interested in learning more about lawn irrigation systems in Shoreview and neighboring areas? Call Classic Lawnscape at 763-780-7231, or you can contact us to get on our schedule.

Summer Lawn Prep Tips and Suggestions

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Well into the spring season, summer is right around the corner. Your lawn mower should be well practiced by this point of the year, as should your rakes and other gardening and lawn care equipment! Being one of the most trustworthy lawn care services in the Twin Cities, Classic Lawnscape has a few ideas on what you can do to prepare your lawn and landscaping for summer and the growing season.

Mow

The lawn mowing process helps ensure the overall health of grass and soil. Many of your contemporaries do not mow their lawn often enough, many also cutting the grass far too short. Get the blades of your mower set properly by utilizing a higher setting. Longer grass grows in thicker and healthier. In keeping your grass at a higher height, the overall root system of your lawn will better prepared to endure general dryness, drought—even insect infestation.

Mulch

Buy yourself some mulch to lie in and around flower beds and trees. Layers of mulch should run roughly two to four inches in depth, helping keep your plants retain warmth and moisture. Mulch also acts as an effective buffer against erosion and runoff of soil due to rain.

Rake

A little raking will go a long way, enhancing your grass’ ability to grow. Your lawn has likely accumulated some level of debris from fall through spring. Clear out the mess to make sure your grass is healthy. Raking boasts the added benefit of also loosening top layers of soil, encouraging healthy and needed air flow.

Water

If you are someone who does not water your lawn, please start doing so, immediately! Water your lawn on occasion, when you do, do so sparingly but be sure to be penetrative, fully saturating all areas. Just a couple waterings a week should do the trick in the absence of rain. Your grass in effect will learn to dig deeper into the soil to get the water it needs, allowing for stronger and healthier growth.

You are free to handle all of these tasks yourself, but could also eliminate the burden of carrying out all of these chores by calling on us. In addition to the lawn care services, we provide irrigation management, designing and installing a lawn sprinkler system for your grass and landscaping!

Do you need professional lawn care services in the Twin Cities? Call Classic Lawnscape at 763-780-7231 or contact us and get a Free Estimate.

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Irrigation Management
Is your irrigation system in good shape? We offer professional solutions to irrigating your property's landscape.

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Turf Management
Fighting a turf war? Let us get involved! Our professional turf managers provide weekly care, maintenance and more.

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Landscape Management
Is caring for your landscape getting tiresome? We'll care for your plants and landscape on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis.
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Snow & Ice Management
Don't like to shovel snow? We do! We'll clear snow and ice from your parking lot and sidewalks, making sure people can get to you safely.
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