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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.

Reasons to Hire a Landscaping Company

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Your yard is your personal playground, your kingdom, your piece of the world. You always want your property looking its very best. Be sure your lawn is impressive when you entertain friends and neighbors. Then again, why just have a lawn? Why not create a beautiful landscape filled with flowers, plants and shrubbery? Home owners and families have counted on the professional services of our local landscaping company at their Andover properties years. Here are a few reasons you should consider hiring us too.

If you have found that your lawn looks worse every year, filled with Bermuda grass or weeds in general, our landscaping company can choose and apply the right type of fertilizer for your grass. In hiring us, we have professionals who know fertilizer—what type to use for your grass or plants and how to apply it correctly. Attempting to handle this task yourself, you could end up purchasing an erroneous choice or just implementing it wrongfully. Then you get to shell out more bucks to fix the damage.

If you are tired of having only grass to look at, why not have a planter installed? Our professional landscapers can easily get you squared away with flower, plants and shrubbery as well as standard accompaniments like mulch.

You may think that hiring a landscaping company is not a wise investment, but think about how much you would spend on gardening and landscaping products and spending all of that time out there yourself.

Landscaping companies save you time. It will no longer be you out there sweating and getting sun burnt every week on hot summer days! Leave the back-breaking labor to us!

Some of the services offered by our landscaping company include:

  • Spring pruning of material from winter
  • Spring cut back of perennials, shrubs that bloom
  • Pre-emergent herbicide occasional and as-needed
  • Bi-weekly weeding of beds
  • Shrub-shaping as new growth emerges
  • Pest management
  • Bed line edging
  • Landscape mulching
  • Fertilization
  • Annual flower bed installs and tending
  • Install of fresh landscape items

Are you interested in learning more about landscaping company in Andover? Call Classic Lawnscape at 763-780-7231, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Time to Think Spring Plant Care and General Landscape Management

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The calendar indicates warmth ahead, even though the weather has not. Harsh winters take a toll on once well-groomed properties. Damaged or dead plant life can hinder the growth of your annuals, perennials and shrubbery. The soil, coming out of a deep freeze, needs love and care to bloom out that deep, welcoming green grass. It is time for spring clean-up, preparation and landscape management in the Twin Cities. Here are some things you can do to enhance the health of your landscape as we move into our balmier months.

• Annual plants do not handle winter well. Once spring rolls around, seek out soggy, spongy, unhealthy brown growths. Yearly by nature, remove those plants and replace with new. As part of an effective landscape management plan, these waste materials are great for composting!

• Perennials often fall prey to similar issues faced by their annual counterparts with regard to soggy, spongy and unhealthy brown leaves. Do not make the mistake of assuming these plants are dead. Being recurrent plants they have a strong rootstock and thus will regrow, outwardly from those very roots. Be patient and give them some time to grow back, well into the new season.

• Shrubbery needs only minimal treatment come spring. Simply look for areas of discoloration as well as broken branches. Simply remove these blemishes and allow for standard, optimal growth.

• The Five Steps of Spring Maintenance For Shrubs and Trees: Inspect, Prune Dead Branches, Plant New Trees, Mulch Your Landscape and Fertilize Plants.

• Your lawn needs love after a cruel winter. Break out the rake (yes, leaves again, but also accumulated matter). A compacted soil prevents healthy grass growth (seek out moss—a good indicator of general compaction, soil acidity and need for aeration). If moss is present, a good liming of the lawn can help reduce the acid content. Should you find barren patches in your yard, overseeding (filling those patches with seed) with a nitrogen-based seed is a solid plan of attack (this typically is a more effective treatment when used in autumn). Nurture the health of your lawn through fertilization (composting or simply using a mulching mower are effective fertilizing means). Your to-do list in spring landscape management should contain most of these tasks.

• Of course, if you do not wish to perform any of these landscape management tasks yourself, and you reside within the greater Twin Cities area, you may call in the professionals at Classic Lawnscape!

Are you interested in learning more about professional landscape management services in the Twin Cities? Call Classic Lawnscape at 763-780-7231, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

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