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Safe Snow and Ice Removal

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It’s winter outside, even if the calendar says it’s still fall. And with the winter months comes back-breaking work: shoveling snow and clearing ice. We offer snow and ice management services in this area, and along the way we have learned a thing or two. Here are a few tips on how to safely shovel snow and remove ice.

Be Sure to Plan Ahead

Do you have the proper tools needed for snow and ice management? A few things you should always keep on hand are a shovel, de-icer (like rock salt), an ice chipper and sand. Make sure you plan ahead before the first major snowfall hits and have them in your home or garage so they are easily accessible.

Take Care of You

Are you physically able to shovel snow and remove ice? If you are a business owner and need snow and ice management for your office building, you should call Classic Lawnscape for our snow and ice management services. That way, we take care of all of the hard labor while you focus on more important things. If you are not physically able to shovel snow, then you should ask someone else to take care of it for you. Do not put yourself at risk of having a health problem as a result of the physical requirements of snow removal.

Remove Snow Properly

Rather than picking up the snow with your shovel and then throwing it aside, simply use the shovel to push the snow out of the way if you can. Don’t pick up too much at once either. It’s best to move a little at a time instead of trying to take on too much at once. And always remember the proper way to lift: with your legs and knees, not your back.

Remove Ice Properly

Spread sand or kitty litter on icy patches on your sidewalk or driveway. You can even put sand in a microwave-safe container and microwave it for a few seconds. Spread it on the sidewalk or pavement while it is still warm. This is a great way to help it embed into the ice and create a gritty top layer. And always watch where you step. You don’t want to end up falling and hurting yourself on the ice!

If you are a business owner or building manager and in need of snow and ice management services, contact Classic Lawnscape at 763-780-7231 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Fall and Winter

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There is already a big difference in the outdoor air temperatures compared to this time last month, so the colder months are definitely on their way. As a provider of Coon Rapids lawn care services, we have several tips on how to make sure your lawn is ready for the upcoming fall and winter months.

Adjust Your Mower Height

Raise your mower’s height about a half to a full inch during the fall season. This leads to an increase in your grass’ leaf area. And more leaf area means there is more of the grass to capture sunlight. And more captured sunlight means the grass can store more food, plus your lawn will become more dense as this leaf area expands. This can help prevent weeds during the winter months, which is your lawn’s dormant season.

Give Weeds the Heave-Ho

In the early fall, give your lawn a dose of pre-emergent herbicide. This can keep weeds like dandelions from forming, and it can help reduce the amount of weeds you will have to deal with next spring.

Add Some Grass Seed

Do you see any bare patches in your lawn? Now is a great time to add some grass seed. New grass grows well in the cooler fall temperatures and roots can get established pretty quickly when it’s a bit cooler out. Just be sure to water your new grass so it can grow and to keep people off of it so the roots can grow into the soil properly.

Rake, Rake and Rake

We know this isn’t your favorite chore, but take the time to rake up leaves on a regular basis. Keep leaves off of your lawn so your grass can grow, especially if you recently planted new grass seed. The more sunlight your grass gets, the better.

For more information about Coon Rapids lawn care services from Classic Lawnscape, call us at 763-780-7231 or you can Request a Free Estimate.

Irrigation System Benefits

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There are a slew of reasons irrigation systems are so advantageous. Not only do they save you time on watering your lawn and landscaping, they help conserve water and more. We here at Classic Lawnscape love two brands in particular. We offer Hunter irrigation system installation in the Twin Cities and Rain Bird irrigation system installation in the Twin Cities. Read on for more information about these two popular irrigation system brands.

Hunter Irrigation System

The Hunter irrigation system brand is among the best on the market because of its simplicity, value and efficiency. It is an easy-to-use system that is also easily programmed. Plus, this type of irrigation system helps with the investment you have made in your lawn by helping your landscaping to grow healthier and hardier plants that last longer and look beautiful. And a beautiful yard can really help to enhance your home’s curb appeal and make your yard the envy of your neighbors and friends.

Rain Bird Irrigation System

The Rain Bird irrigation system is a cost-effective way to maintain your home’s landscaping with minimal effort on your end. When you hire Classic Lawnscape for Rain Bird irrigation system installation (or for Hunter irrigation system installation), we come to your home, assess your landscaping’s needs and install an irrigation system that is customized to your yard and its watering needs. A system like Rain Bird allows us to easily do just that, plus it’s easy for you to learn how to use properly. Soon enough, you and your family and friends will be enjoying your lovely lawn and landscaping!

So for more information on Hunter irrigation system installation in the Twin Cities or for more information on Rain Bird irrigation system installation in the Twin Cities, call Classic Lawnscape at 763-780-7231 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Smart Controllers for Irrigation Systems: Save Water and Energy

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Did you know that over watering your yard can be just as harmful as not watering it enough? Smart controllers for irrigation systems help residents in St Paul conserve water and help to prevent over watering.

Smart controllers for irrigation systems are sensors that are associated with your irrigation system. The controllers sense how much precipitation your property has received with a rain sensor. If your lawn has received enough water with rainfall alone, the smart controllers for irrigation systems will shut off your water sprinklers. You can also program the smart controllers for irrigation systems to only water your lawn at certain times of the day and week.

Watering Recommendations

For most lawns in most climates, it is recommended that your lawn gets about one inch of water per week. Devising a watering routine is crucial to having a well-functioning irrigation system. The pros at Classic Lawnscape can help you set up an initial schedule when your system is first installed. We can also help you program your smart controllers for your irrigation system, so going forward you have the best watering routine for your property.

Dangers of Over Watering

It is possible to floor your yard. By consistently overwatering your lawn, you may end up damaging you grass. If you over water your yard, you may have to plant new grass seeds during the following growing season. Until then, your grass will be patchy.

Save Water

Overall smart controllers for irrigation systems can help you save water on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. By having your irrigation shut off when it’s not doing you any good, you’ll be conserving water. This benefits not only you, but it also benefits Mother Nature. Think about just how much water gets wasted yearly by running an irrigation system when it isn’t a necessity.

Ready to have smart controllers for irrigation systems added at your St Paul home? Contact us today at 763-780-7231 or Contact us Here.

What Happens During an Irrigation System Evaluation?

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You should have a regularly scheduled irrigation system evaluation in St Paul at least weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. However, it’s never too late to have an irrigation system evaluation done and to get them scheduled on a regular basis. Here are some of the steps we take when we come to your home to perform one.

We will come to your home and do a walk-through and visually inspect your entire system. This part of the irrigation system evaluation is important because it helps us get a sense of your overall system and how it works. We will look for any obvious signs of damage or wear on the parts and components.

We will then turn the system on to see how it’s watering your lawn. Are there some parts of your lawn that are being over-watered? Or are some parts not being watered enough? If either of these is the case, we will adjust the sprinkler heads as necessary and note any heads that need to be replaced.

From there, we will continue the irrigation system evaluation by looking at your settings to make sure they are programmed properly. We will make any necessary adjustments to ensure that your lawn is being watered at the best time of day. Also, part of the irrigation system evaluation is looking at your water usage to make sure your system isn’t using more water than necessary. This could help you save money and help conserve water.

We can then take a look at your rain sensor, if you have one, to make sure that is functioning properly and is detecting rain as it should. If it’s not, we can make sure that is replaced as well.

When you need an irrigation system evaluation in St Paul, call Classic Lawnscape at 763-780-7231 or Request a Free Estimate.

Irrigation Management   Turf Management   Landscape Management   Snow & Ice Management
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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