PREPARING FOR SPRING?

PREPARING FOR SPRING? BOOK YOUR LAWN CARE SERVICE NOW!

There’s no denying it: a beautifully-tended lawn is always magnificent, offering an aesthetic appeal that is tough to match. Unfortunately, there’s also no denying that achieving a beautifully-tended lawn tends to involve a significant time investment, too – and for many homeowners, it’s a time investment they simply don’t want to make. After all, life is for the living, and free time should be spent having fun with family members, or simple things like reading a book and relaxing – none of which are exactly compatible with constantly honing a lawn to perfection.

IS A BEAUTIFUL, BUT LOW-EFFORT, LAWN ACTUALLY POSSIBLE?
As a result, you may find yourself facing a problem: you want a beautiful lawn, but you don’t want to have to invest hours of time to achieve it. Surely this is a contradiction that can never be solved, resulting in your having to choose between two options – a beautiful lawn, or free time that you can enjoy as you see fit – when you’d really rather have both.

The good news is that there is indeed a way to achieve a beautiful lawn without needing to dedicate hours of time to the pursuit: We offer a wide range of lawn care services that can ensure your lawn is always in the best possible condition, utilizing our experience and knowledge in order to produce truly fantastic results – and you don’t have to lift a finger. Instead, you can relax, knowing your lawn is in good hands, and that your spare time can be spent can be dedicated to pursuits you really enjoy.

LAWN AND GARDEN SERVICES FROM A Cut Above
Our team are able to provide a comprehensive range of services for lawn care Owatonna residents can depend on, including –

Lawn Maintenance. Avoid the time-consuming lawn maintenance demands by turning us. From weekly mowing to seasonal cleanups, you can outsource all aspects of lawn maintenance to our experts and be confident of impressive results every time.

We can provide assistance with a range of lawn care necessities, ranging from dethatching to a complete lawn renovation; whatever you need, you can trust our experienced team to complete the work to the highest possible standard.

FIND OUT MORE TODAY!
If you’re looking for the best services for lawn care Owatonna can provide, then look no further – we at A Cut Above The Rest are the perfect solution for your every need. To find out more, get in touch with us directly, or simply request your free estimate today.

Walking the dog

Walking the dog

You are enamored with the entire dog walking experience. You should be pleased of yourself for taking your friend sightseeing and getting him to exercise! Take a look at the five facts about dog walking that you probably didn’t know. Learn to walk dogs like an expert by reading.
In front of your dog, walk.

Your dog should walk with you or behind you when you go for a stroll. To him, the person in front of him is the pack’s leader. On the other hand, if he walks ahead of you and leads you, he will be the pack’s leader. This could be bad for both you and your dog. After a walk, you should be the first one out the door and the first one back in.

Use a leash that isn’t too long.

This is critical for improved control. We do not recommend that you start your dog on a retractable leash, for example, depending on the breed. To better communication, correct your dog, attach the leash to the very top of the neck.

During the stroll, give your dog a treat.

When you’ve determined that your dog has been behaving and staying on course, praise him by allowing him to wander around freely and sniff about. After that, you determine when the enjoyable period is done. This time should always be shorter than the time spent walking. At your command, your dog should begin moving.

Being a responsible dog walker is essential.

Remember to have a bag with you every time you go dog walking so you can pick up after your dog. Dogs will almost always take advantage of the opportunity to relieve themselves, which is why you should bring a bag to clean up after him.
Take care of your dog’s walking requirements.

Dogs require exercise and should be entertained in addition to being walked. A bored dog will often become destructive and bark excessively. Dogs’ activity requirements differ based on their breed. Find out what kind of exercise your dog’s breed requires and do your best to match their needs.

We have information on a variety of dog breeds on Dogalize. However, there is a wealth of information and options available to you. To learn more, come see us.

weekly mowing

Our week-round cutting services include string management and cutting walkways and carport every week at a fraction of the cost. Our experienced teams have the experience and preparation to keep your yard looking great for the whole season. Openness is a key component of our business. This is why you will be able to reach a dedicated record director when you have any questions or need assistance with unusual solicitations. To ensure that we remember the details of your property, our teams use tablet guides and other directions. It is easy to pass on any information to your record director to our teams every week.

Electric vs. Gas Mowers PART 1

What is the difference?

To help you choose the right model to fit your needs, budget, and property size, we have compared the different types of lawnmowers.

There were two choices when it came time to mow your lawn in the past decades:

a manual reel-type mower that required major muscle to push, or an earlier gas-powered model that could or might not start and often filled the yard full of black smoke.

Reel mowers can still be purchased, but they don’t offer the same convenience as upgraded machinery. Gas mowers of today are cleaner and more efficient than ever. However, electric mowers are gaining ground. While corded electric mowers have been around for more than 30 years, they still have a lot of loyal fans. However, battery-operated mowers are new to the electric lawn care market and are gaining popularity. We have compared the main types of lawnmowers, electric and gas. Keep reading for the good and bad to help you choose the right lawn care option for your yard.

Large lawns can be mowed by gas mowers.
A gas mower is a good choice if you have a large lawn (more than 14,000 sq. feet) and need to mow in one go. A corded electric mower will not run out of power but it is limited by the extension cord’s length (50 to 100ft). Electric mowers are best for smaller yards less than 1,500 square feet. A battery-powered mower can last 20 to 45 minutes depending on how tall the grass is and how thick the grass is. This will suit small to medium yards up to 14,000 sq. feet. However, a second battery can be purchased and charged to double the time it takes to mow.

Electric mowers that run on batteries are the most user-friendly.

Corded electric mowers weigh in at 35 to 55 pounds, making them the most lightweight. However, they are still very easy to push. It can be difficult to maneuver around trees or flowerbeds with the cord in your hands. A gas mower can be over 90 pounds. This can make it difficult for it to move up an inclined slope unless the mower is self-propelled. The front wheels pull the mower along. Although self-propulsion is great, it is not always easy to control the mower. You could accidentally mow over a flowerbed.

Electric vs. Gas Mowers PART 1

To help you choose the right model to fit your needs, budget, and property size, we have compared the different types of lawnmowers.

There were two choices when it came time to mow your lawn in the past decades:

a manual reel-type mower that required major muscle to push, or an earlier gas-powered model that could or might not start and often filled the yard full of black smoke.

Reel mowers can still be purchased, but they don’t offer the same convenience as upgraded machinery. Gas mowers of today are cleaner and more efficient than ever. However, electric mowers are gaining ground. While corded electric mowers have been around for more than 30 years, they still have a lot of loyal fans. However, battery-operated mowers are new to the electric lawn care market and are gaining popularity. We have compared the main types of lawnmowers, electric and gas. Keep reading for the good and bad to help you choose the right lawn care option for your yard.

Large lawns can be mowed by gas mowers.
A gas mower is a good choice if you have a large lawn (more that 14,000 sq. feet) and need to mow in one go. A corded electric mower will not run out of power but it is limited by the extension cord’s length (50 to 100ft). Electric mowers are best for smaller yards less than 1,500 square feet. A battery-powered mower can last 20 to 45 minutes depending on how tall the grass is and how thick the grass is. This will suit small to medium yards up to 14,000 sq. feet. However, a second battery can be purchased and charged to double the time it takes to mow.

lectric mowers that run on batteries are the most user-friendly.

Corded electric mowers weigh in at 35 to 55 pounds, making them the most lightweight. However, they are still very easy to push. It can be difficult to maneuver around trees or flowerbeds with the cord in your hands. A gas mower can be over 90 pounds. This can make it difficult for it to move up an inclined slope unless the mower is self-propelled. The front wheels pull the mower along. Although self-propulsion is great, it is not always easy to control the mower. You could accidentally mow over a flowerbed.

CREATING A KIDFRIENDLY BACKYARD

It’s good to maximize the space you have by landscaping your backyard. This will allow you to create a beautiful and inviting outdoor space. When designing your backyard, it is crucial to remember your children if you are a parent. Your backyard should be safe and fun for children, but also attractive enough for adults. These tips will help you create a child-friendly backyard.

Safety

When designing your backyard, safety should be a priority. While scraped knees are normal, you can take steps to reduce the chance of injury. Look around your yard to identify potential danger areas for children. Then, find solutions. You can make your yard safer by installing a fence around it and fencing water bodies like a pond, pool, or fountain. Non-slip surfaces are best for walkways, patios, decks, and patios. This reduces the chance of falling and slipping. Avoiding flowers that attract bees is another safety concern.

Maintain a Lawn

It’s a great place for children to play and run on. They can also use the play pool and sprinklers to keep their plants healthy during the summer. Your lawn will be stronger and withstand a lot of use by choosing strong grass like Bermuda or Kentucky Bluegrass.

Plant Care

Many common plants can be toxic or poisonous. Make sure you carefully choose the plants you want for your garden. Children and pets can be injured by irises, daffodils, and calla lilies as well as azaleas and holly. Before you add plants to your yard, make sure to check with the nursery. Avoid prickly plants like sago palms or cactus. They can inflict injury on children if they fall into them.

Create a Secret Place

You can designate an area for your children to use as a hiding place, such as a secret garden or a treehouse. These places are great for encouraging imagination and children love them. You can make it as simple as you want, but it should be safe and comfortable.

Build a Bat House

Easy to build or buy bat houses are a great addition to your yard. You can place them around your yard or in trees, and then you can sit outside with your children to watch the bats chase insects. You will not only have fun with your kids, but you’ll also be able to keep your yard free of insects.

Create a Children’s Garden

Gardening is fun and a great way to spend quality time with your children and to teach them where food comes from. Choose easy-to-grow veggies that you and your childlike. Then, enjoy the joy of watching your food grow right from seed. Children are likely to eat vegetables if they grow them.

It takes some creativity and planning to design a safe space for children. However, it is well worth the effort. We understand the importance of safety for your lawn and your family. Ask us about our products, services, and the safety precautions we take for your lawn to be beautiful and safe!


TOP 5 MINNEAPOLIS WINTER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

TOP 5 MINNEAPOLIS WINTER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Minnesota is a winter wonderland that makes us feel so fortunate. The winter season is full of amazing activities, including live music and parades. We’re not talking about hot cocoa, watching logs crackle in the fireplace. There are plenty of activities in the Twin Cities that will keep you entertained, including laughing and making memories with people you love.

We have some suggestions for you if you want to prevent cabin fever and keep your family entertained this winter.

  1. CATCH ICE FISHING FEVER
    The United States is home to some of the most beautiful natural resources. Minnesota is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, from our evergreens and our lakes. Ice fishing is the best way to enjoy Minnesota winters.

Grab your warmest coat, wool socks, and fishing rod. Fish are eager to eat your bait this winter.

Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity to bring a friend along. Anyone 16 and older can fish without a Minnesota fishing license.

  1. HOLIDAZZLE BRINGS THE NORTH COUNTRY TO OUR DOWNTOWN
    Need we say more? Movie nights, fireworks and ice skating, elaborate lights displays and Santa Claus. Holidazzle is fun for all ages. This holiday tradition will allow you to enjoy the beautiful downtown area with the rest of your community.

Bring a blanket and bundle up. The movies this year include Miracle, Polar Express, and Home Alone, which are some of our favorite classics. Smallfoot, A Christmas Story, and Elf are also on the list.

  1. EMBRACE OUR BIER SCENE
    Winter is the season for porters, stouts and American IPAs. Our region is home to some of the most exciting breweries. Brewery tours can be a great way to spend a day with Grandma or Grandpa while the kids are playing.

Bad Weather Brewery offers a growler, and you can also try the Coconut Milk Stout at Barrel Theory. Waldmann Brewery is a great place to immerse yourself into brewery history and bratwurst. You can even become a local expert and tour all of the St. Paul breweries on a weekend.

  1. FALL IN LOVE WITH MINNEHAHA’S FALLS
    Take an Adventure to the breathtaking, frozen Minnehaha Falls. Minnehaha Creek’s stunning beauty freezes into a scene that looks straight out of a movie.

You’re giving your children a lifetime of memories by bringing them to Minnehaha Falls.

  1. EMBRACE YOUR INSIDE-SLEDDER
    A good old-fashioned sledding adventure with your children will get your heart beating. Feel the cold air whip your hair back and make your cheeks redden.

While sledding is a great way to connect with childhood joys, it can also be a fun activity for your children! As your children make memories that last and remind you of how much it was fun growing up, watch them tumble, laugh, shout, and fly with joy.
Make the most of your winter!
We love this area, and we want you to do the same. We want you to have the best season possible. Book services with a great company before it snows! Make sure you add snow service to your list!

Four Key Strategies

Four Key Strategies to Maximize Your Snow Removal Costs

Winter can be harsh in Northern Ohio, creating safety and challenges for commercial properties. Safety is the ultimate goal for commercial snow and ice management. Snow removal services are essential for the safety of all who walk or drive on your property. They also prevent property owners from major liability. We spend most of the year planning and thinking about the next season.
This blog will discuss four key strategies to maximize your snow removal budget.

Salt Matters

We’ve seen salt shortages at some of the largest suppliers over the past few years. This is driving up demand, and creating price spikes that can impact your snow removal budget. Snow contractors are finding it harder to meet their promises to clear your property and keep it safe because of the increased demand for salt.

Are you confident that your contractor has secured salt for winter? How do you know the supply of salt and how it can impact your property’s safety if there isn’t a solid storm management plan in place? Salt is vital to melt snow and ice and keep properties safe. But where can it be found if your contractor doesn’t have the materials? These are important questions you have to ask. Do not expect your snow contractor or snow service provider to bring this up during your next meeting.

Tip: Be the leader with these snow strategies that will keep your property safe. Make sure your contractors are committed to your storm management plan. Ask the hard questions. You will be grateful that you did.

Talk to Your Snow Contractor

Let’s face facts, snow removal professionals aren’t going to tell you about their concerns about salt availability. They don’t want to make you worry (and cancel your service).

You should also verify that your contractor has the materials necessary to complete your contract. Find out how many salt suppliers your contractor currently has and how much salt they used last season. Find out if the contractor has placed a pre-order for salt. You want to know how your contractor plans to obtain enough salt in the coming year to meet your commercial snow removal contract.
This is crucial because:

Salt suppliers are requiring contractors to prepay salt due to the stress on their salt supply. Contractors can buy thousands of tons in a season. At Schill Grounds Management it is not uncommon for us to hold 10,000 tons of salt for one winter.

Many contractors are not ready to make the immediate investment to ensure their supply. This is especially true given the fact that prices have risen this year. Our costs as contractors have risen by 40-50 percent.

The real issue is salt availability. It is important to have a conversation about salt availability with your contractor before snow begins flying.

Tip: Make sure to ask your snow contractor if they can guarantee salt for your commercial snow removal contract for this winter.

Review Your Storm Management Plan Now

Don’t wait for the first winter storm before you sit down to evaluate where your clearing efforts are being directed.
To eliminate product waste from your property, take a look at the strategy you have for winter. We love to meet with clients to discuss the plan and identify high-traffic areas and safety hazards. Priorities for snow removal are also identified. This is the best time to get a better idea of your property’s use in terms of time and traffic patterns.
We are all being asked to conserve products as an industry. A Cut Above The Rest isn’t new to this. We have always tried to find alternative ways to maximize materials (read on for more).
Tip: Putting emphasis on salt conservation can be a positive step in storm management planning. This should encourage you to evaluate your snow and ice management strategy and to work with your contractor on revising it to fit your budget.

Consider Salt Alternatives

Innovation is a result of conservation. A Cut Above The Rest is aware that natural resources are scarce. We have been early adopters of other methods for commercial snow removal and bring the most recent technologies to our clients.

We respect the earth and all materials that we use to make our homes. We use salt alternatives in our snow management plan. This includes pretreating bulk material to extend its usage and using liquid deicing substances that are gentle on the environment.

Many contractors will have to think about what the future holds when they experience supply shortages similar to this one.