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.


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.