Summer Gardening Maintenance Tips

Bring your garden to the next level this July with Supreme Lawn & Landscaping’s gardening maintenance tips.


Trying New Plants

Many gardeners fall into the habit of plating the same plants every summer. We are not advising to throw away your favorite blossoms, but try planting something new this July. Variety is the spice of life, and that goes for your garden, too. Add new colors and add new scents. Even if this is out of your comfort zone, you may be surprised—you might like it!


Protecting Flowers and Crops

It’s time to start protecting your flowers and crops from pesky rabbits and deer. Nothing is more of a nuisance than the local wildlife getting to enjoy the fruits (and flowers) of your hard work. Lightweight plastic netting is a good way to keep animals away, while still allowing pollinating insects through. The netting is also difficult to see at a distance, so you can still enjoy the view.


Protecting Your Garden From the Heat

As July has been heating up, gardens have been drying out. Being attentive to your garden during a heat wave is important for its survival. One way to fight the heat is to eliminate your garden’s competitors for water and picking weeds. Placing mulch can help by not only controlling weeds, but also retaining moisture and regulating soil temperature. When you know that it’s going to be an especially hot day, get ahead of the heat by watering in the early morning. Water just enough to keep the soil moist and water more frequently throughout the day.



Freshen up the Area

One way to highlight your garden area is to eliminate visual distractions. Make sure your garden area is tidy by cleaning pots and plant containers, replacing the water in your bird bath, and spraying down patio furniture. Cleanliness always makes a good impression.


For more information on how Supreme Lawn and Landscaping can help you keep your garden maintenance up this summer, contact us today. You can also follow us on Facebook for tips and trends in lawn and landscaping care.

Ensure Healthy Grass Next Season by Preparing Your Lawn in Fall

Ensure Healthy Grass Next Season by Preparing Your Lawn in Fall

Taking care of your lawn is actually a year-round responsibility and some of the most important work is done right now. Fall comes with a to-do list in order for a healthy, green lawn to appear in the spring. Keep these tips in mind when preparing your lawn for fall this year!

Increase Property Value with a Gorgeous Water Feature

Trickling water, sparkling waterfalls, and increased property value—adding a water feature and complementary landscaping can boost your backyard from ordinary to oasis. Whether you choose a subtle fountain or something more dramatic, water features come in a broad range in price and variety, and Supreme can help you bring your ideas to life.

Water Feature

Fantastic Water Features

On the smaller scale, pot fountains and circulating water features can create those relaxing babbling water sounds without breaking the bank. An above-ground water garden makes a beautiful impression, or we can help you design a stone fountain focal point, using the stone of your choosing. Another popular way to integrate water into your garden is to combine sculptural elements with water, using rock-on-rock towers, large urns that spout, or classically inspired Grecian statues.

For a more dramatic look, go for your own stand-alone pond, multi-layered pools that spill, or even a stocked koi pond on your property; you can even add a romantic bridge across it! Some families love their koi ponds for swimming and snorkeling in their own back yard.

At Supreme Lawn & Landscaping, we will work with your space and your design aesthetic to create the perfect water feature for your home, creating a touch of relaxation while adding value to your property.


Complement Your Water Feature with Landscaping

Once you decide how to add water to your outdoor space, you will likely want to complete the look with the proper landscaping. The team at Supreme Lawn & Landscaping can help you decide on plants that will complement your new water feature without taking away focus. There are dozens of aquatic plants that grow either in ponds or around water, like water lilies, irises, sedum, or daylilies. Create a balance of heights and interesting textures to achieve the look you want.


From lily varieties and natural grasses that will complete your pond to delicate flowering accents surrounding your new water feature, let’s build a beautiful outdoor space for your home. Contact Supreme Lawn to get started.


Prepping and Cleaning your Lawn for Spring

If you want your yard to look green and beautiful in the summer and early fall, taking care of it in the spring is of the utmost importance. Spring is probably the most important season to perform maintenance on your lawn. If you don’t want your lawn overtaken by weeds, stressed out by heat, or looking drab during the summer, following these easy spring cleaning tips will make you a happy homeowner.


Trim Trees and Shrubs

Winter can take its toll on trees and shrubs. In the beginning of spring, all the branches on a tree or bush look pretty much the same, but as they start to blossom, you can see which will produce leaves and flourish and which didn’t make it through the winter. Take the time to trim dead branches from your trees and shrubs, or you’ll just have more debris to clean up later!

Removing Debris from the Winter

The first thing you need to do is remove any debris that has accumulated over the winter months. When it gets warm enough, it’s time to bust out the rake and go to work! Removing any debris and raking your yard will encourage airflow and will help break up snow mold. New grass blades will begin to emerge right away after you’re done raking.

Remember not to rake too hard, otherwise, you may harm your grass. In the spring, your yard will likely be wet more often than not. Hard raking will compromise the root structure of your lawn. Using a plastic rake is a good way to prevent damage. There are many types to choose from. Another way to prevent damage to your yard while removing debris is to use a leaf blower.

Here at Supreme Lawn & Landscaping, we use power raking to go over the turf in your entire yard, which pulls the dead grass and debris up and helps your lawn. After pulling the dead grass and debris out of your turf, we clean it all up and proceed with our clean-up, which includes blowing leaves and debris out from around your home, rock beds, mulch beds, and shrubs.


There are many benefits to core aeration. It’s is the best way to get your grass breathing after the long winter. Using a core aerator allows water and air to reach your roots faster, which will result in growth and increased development. It’s important to note that you should aerate when it’s between 55 and 60 degrees. Just like with pre-emergent crabgrass control, weed seeds and roots begin to flourish when it’s above 65 degrees.


Preventing Summer Weeds

The next step you should take is to apply a pre-emergent crabgrass control. Application time is critical. Generally, plan to apply it when the weather stays around 55 to 60 degrees. When it warms up with temperatures above 65 degrees, weeds begin to emerge and a pre-emergent will no longer be effective. Crabgrass is very difficult to get rid of once temperatures have gotten warm enough.


Once your lawn is cleaned of debris, aerated, and prepped to prevent weeds, you can start concentrating on things like getting ready to plant flowers or veggies, cleaning pathways, and starting a compost pile.

If you’re not able to do your own spring cleanup, be sure to give Supreme Lawn and Landscaping a call. We provide tree and shrub trimming, edging, fertilization and general spring cleanup services. Give us a call at 320-251-1739. We can help your lawn look supremely beautiful.


Steps to Take to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring

It is never too early to start thinking about getting your lawn ready for spring. One of the most invigorating senses is when the lush green grass returns after a long, slushy winter. Make your lawn the absolute best this year by trying some of these steps to ensure your grass is healthy!

Prepare Dead Spots for Seeding

The winter conditions can damage parts of your lawn from severe freezing, being scrapped by plows, or being killed by road salt. Remove dead grass and rake compost into the affected area to create nutrient-rich soil that will be ready to grow new grass. According to This Old House, spring grass seeding can begin as early as March in warmer climates and April in colder climates.

Distribute Pre-Emergent Weed Control

Spring is the best time for preventing weeds in your lawn. Administering weed killer that is specially designed to stop weeds before they germinate can be done in early spring. You can learn more about pre-emergent herbicide here.

Rake Dead Foliage

Your lawn will likely be littered with dead leaves after a long winter. Reader's Digest explains, “Last year’s leaves will make great compost, but not if they keep the grass from absorbing sunlight.” Raking your lawn or using a dethatcher on your mower will remove the built up foliage and allow new growth to sprout. But be careful, Today's Homeowner warns, “Avoid heavy yard work in the spring until the soil dries out – foot traffic and hard raking can compact or disturb soggy soil and damage tender, new grass shoots.” Once the soil is dry, give your lawn a thorough cleaning and encourage growth!


Whenever you need help with your lawn, you can count on Supreme Lawn and Landscaping to save the day. We want your lawn to look its absolute best this year! By reseeding dead spots, removing deteriorating foliage, and distributing weed control, you can prepare your lawn for new spring growth!


The History and Success of Supreme Lawn and Landscaping

Supreme Lawn & Landscaping provides expert grounds maintenance, snow removal, and landscape construction to Central Minnesota. The company is one of the oldest grounds maintenance providers in central Minnesota and offers design and installation services to Central Minnesota for any landscaping project imaginable - no job is too big or too small.


Supreme Lawn was founded in 1990 by Brian Lahr. At that point, Brian had already accumulated 4 years of grounds maintenance and landscape construction under his belt. When co-owner Tod Welsh joined Lahr in 1992, the company added snow removal to their repertoire. Tod, who also oversees the lawn maintenance division, is Osha certified, licensed by the MN Department of Agriculture in A & E, certified in shoreline excavation in Stearns County, and certified in MN snow & ice control best practices.


Even with over 50 years combined experience, the co-owners pride themselves in their continued education of landscaping expertise and landscape design services. Supreme Lawn is a member of the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA), Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), and Central Minnesota Builders Association (CMBA).


Supreme Lawn & Landscaping can help you maintain your yard, build a new addition, and provide curb appeal to your home. Tastefully decorate your lawn with professionally-crafted ornamental shaping and trimming of shrubs and trees to impress the neighbors. Todd, self-taught in ornamental shrub and tree shaping, is very skilled and considered a master by many in his field.


A beautifully maintained lawn offers benefits to your community as well. A rich, deep root system provides erosion and runoff control, as well as a natural water purification. Healthy grass will also cool your yard and help lower air conditioning bills during the hottest parts of the year.


Proper long-term lawn care can improve your property value, benefit your quality of life, and help limit the impact on the environment around you. For a lawn to be proud of, seek out Supreme Lawn & Landscaping for lawn construction and landscaping maintenance.


How to Prepare Your Yard for Winter

One of the last things you may think about during the winter season is your yard. Did you know that some simple yard preparation before the winter hits can mean the difference between a lush, green yard and a dry, spotted yard come spring? A few simple decisions can help you protect and even nourish your yard so that it will grow and flourish after the snow melts away. Talk a look at some of our best tips for preparing your yard for the winter:


Mow Your Lawn

Many homeowners make the mistake of halting their mowing too soon. Grass will continue to grow until the ground freezes so keep to a regular schedule until then. As the season gets cooler, drop your lawn mower’s blade to the lowest setting. This will allow more sunlight to reach the grass.


Aerate Your Grass

This will help open up the soil for oxygen, water, and fertilizer to reach the roots and promote a better environment for roots to breathe. Aerating your grass will help prevent soil compaction from excessive traffic and a too-thick layer of thatch and lawn clippings—both of which can suffocate your grass.


Fertilize for Nourishment

Fall is the optimal time to fertilize your yard and provide it with essential nutrients to encourage the roots and to support nutrient growth for next spring. Apply liberally and in an even layer for optimal care.


Care for Your Plants

Take care of your outdoor perennial plants by pruning and cutting back excessive growth regularly. Trimming will encourage healthy growth. Clear debris out to prevent mildew and mold. Renew the mulch around your trees and plants to discourage animals and insects from attacking.


Control Weeds

Weeds flourish in the summer and fall so make sure to cut them off now. Apply a weed killing compound for the most effect weed control. With so many fertilizers on the market, ensure that you find the best fit for your yard so that weeds will not return in the spring.


Rake Those Leaves

It may be tempting to just let the leaves pile up, but if you allow dead leaves to get wet, mat together, and form clumps, it will endanger your grass. It can suffocate your grass and provide a breeding ground for fungal growth.


These simple moves will help you not only protect your yard but will also prepare it for a healthy season after winter. This means less work for you and more time spent relaxing and enjoying the sunshine come spring. For more information on caring for your yard, visit Supreme Lawn and Landscaping today.