Which grasses are best

Which grasses are best

Which grasses are best for your lawn in Southern Minnesota? We recommend the following three:

  • Fine fescue 
  • Kentucky bluegrass 
  • Turf-type tall fescue

Here are a few reasons why these grass types are the best for your lawn:

Because of our four seasons and cold winters, cool-season grasses thrive in Minnesota.

These three cool-season types of grass have distinct characteristics. Consider each grass type carefully before deciding on the best grass type or grass mix for your lawn.

Lets take a closer look at the fine fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, and turf-type tall fescue characteristics, maintenance requirements, and recommended mowing height.

  1. Fescue fine

Fine fescue refers to a group of grass species that includes chewings fescue, slender creeping red fescue, and strong creeping red fescue, hard fescue.

Fine fescues are notable for their moderate shade tolerance and full sun tolerance. As a result, fine fescue is frequently mixed with Kentucky bluegrass to improve shade tolerance in partial shade lawns.

Fine fescue grows into an easy-care, low-maintenance lawn. Because of its slow growth rate, you’ll have to mow less. Fine fescue also requires less water in the summer and stays greener longer than Kentucky bluegrass. It’s also very winter hardy and can withstand moderate salinity.

Expect the quality of this turf to deteriorate once temperatures reach the 90s, as well as after prolonged wear or foot traffic. Fine fescues, on the other hand, do not recover well from snow mold, which means you may lose some of them.

if there’s a severe outbreak of this disease, the grass

Cool-season grasses

Most fine fescues do not have stolons or rhizomes; instead, they are a bunching grass that spreads via tillers. The rhizomes of creeping red fescues are quite short.

Tolerance to Shade: Moderate

Drought Tolerance: Extremely High

Tolerance for Foot Traffic: Low

Low to moderate maintenance requirements

Mowing 3+ inches in height

Disease Possibility: Low to Moderate

Other Considerations: Fine fescue is an excellent choice for a low-maintenance lawn. Choose endophyte-enhanced seed, including dollar spot varieties, for increased insect and disease resistance. This species is also afflicted by summer patch and red thread.

  1. Bluegrass from Kentucky
    Kentucky bluegrass (KBG) is a popular grass in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. However, maintaining this grass is important.

Kentucky bluegrass is a high-maintenance grass. It needs to be watered and fertilized on a regular basis to stay healthy. You can get high outputs with those high inputs. A well-kept KBG lawn is attractive, recovers well from foot traffic, and is very winter hardy. Furthermore, Kentucky bluegrass can be grown from seed or sod.

Your Kentucky bluegrass yard will look great if you’re willing to put in the effort and have ideal environmental conditions.

Cool-season grasses

Spreads Rhizomes are responsible for

Shade Tolerance: Moderate

Drought Tolerance: Moderate, but with exceptional recuperative abilities.

Tolerance for foot traffic: Moderate

High maintenance requirements

Mowing 3+ inches in height

Disease Probability: Moderate to High

Other Considerations: During a drought, Kentucky bluegrass will quickly go dormant.

Other Considerations: Tall fescue is commonly used in parks due to its high wear tolerance, but it should not be used in areas with standing water due to the risk of ice damage.

Seed mixtures are a popular choice.

In practice, the majority of cool-season grasses are sold in mixtures. That is, two or more species are sold in a bag together. This contributes to a healthier, more disease-resistant lawn. So, if you only come across seed mixes, that is normal, and most Minnesota homeowners seed their cool-season lawns in this manner.

How to Choose the right Grass for Your Lawn

Before you plant new grass, you should get to know your current lawn. Consider the following:

How much up-keep do you want to do?
Kentucky bluegrass requires the most upkeep, but turf-type tall fescue works well in a low-maintenance lawn.
What is the sun/shade requirement for your lawn?

Fine fescue and turf-type tall fescue can tolerate partial shade, but Kentucky bluegrass requires full sun to thrive.

Is your area prone to summer drought?

Drought tolerance ranges from moderate to high in all three types of grass.

What is the amount of foot traffic on your lawn?

Turf-type tall fescue is best choice if you enjoy playing soccer or other backyard sports. Fine fescue and Kentucky bluegrass are better choices if your lawn is only for show.

Risks of Heavy Snowfall

man using a snow blower

Risks of Heavy Snowfall

Consider the Risks of Heavy Snowfall while you’re traveling.

Winter snowfall can make it difficult to travel. In some cases, travel is not possible. Snowfall can make it difficult to leave a resort if you’ve driven there, whether with your car or rented from the airport. Every night, our staff must consider this before going to bed. They then have to park the vehicles in Vaujany’s underground parking (free of charge). If you are required to travel with heavy snowfall at home or on vacation, read the following to learn about the dangers and what you can do.

Vehicle damage

If you have to travel right away after heavy snowfalls, it is possible that your vehicle and driveway will be covered in thick snow and unseen snow. landscape experts recommend that you contact a professional snow removal contractor to clear heavy snow from your driveway and vehicle. If they have all the proper tools and equipment, you can be sure that they will do the job correctly. Vaujany’s snowplow is always on the move when there is snow. This ensures that the roads around the village remain gritted.

However, heavy snowfalls can cause vehicle damage. Check your tires and make sure you have enough air in your tires. Low-pressure tires can prove dangerous on winter roads. Snow chains are another great tip!

Low Road Visibility
Low visibility may be caused by heavy snowfall. You should take extra care behind the wheel in this situation as it is difficult to predict what the actions of other motorists will be. It is better to use low beams parallel and fog lights, rather than using high beams. You should also drive slowly in order to minimize the chance of having to stop suddenly.

The miracle “defrosting spray” is a simple way to remove the fog and ice from the windshield. These chemicals melt snow/ice from the outside and evaporate water moisture from the inside. This is because you may run out of it quickly if you get into an ice fog. It’s always important to keep a spare! The car heater can also be a valuable tool to keep moisture from building up inside your vehicle.

Freezing cold
You should be prepared for any snowstorm and have the right clothes. You may experience freezing of the skin which can lead to frostbite or other conditions such as pneumonia. Closed shoes and mittens are recommended for these areas: your fingers, toes and nose, ears, cheeks, and chin. You can also use earmuffs for covering your ears and a scarf to conceal your cheeks, chin, and cheeks. It’s dangerous and tedious to wear chains when the roads are icy.
Frostbite can occur in different stages. First, you will notice redness or frostnip on your skin. Then you’ll feel numbness. This can be treated using first aid and won’t permanently harm your skin. When you have superficial frostbite, blisters can appear once your skin has warmed up again. Deep frostbite can cause damage to your joints and muscles, even after you have warmed up.

Being Stranded
Finally, being stranded is the worst thing that can happen when you travel. This is especially true if you have to deal with heavy snowfall. If the driving conditions get dangerously bad, stop and pull over. You can keep calm and assess your situation. You should also make extra efforts to keep warm and safe inside your vehicle. It is a good idea to have water, a blanket, and food in case of emergency.

To ensure your car doesn’t suffer from pipe cracking or breaking down, you should run it every 10 minutes. It is essential that your exhaust pipe does not become clogged with snow in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Summary
Let’s wrap up by saying that you need to be aware of the dangers associated with traveling in heavy snowfall. Prepare for frostbite, and be ready for low visibility. You should also be aware that heavy snowfall can cause damage to your vehicle. This is why you should have a backup plan. This applies to any weather-related issues that could leave you stranded. It is best to avoid traveling during heavy snowfall.

Winter Safety Tips

snow covered red sedan

Winter Safety Tips

Winter Safety Tips

We are committed to safety and preservation at A cut above the rest, with winter weather so unpredictable and cold creeping in.
If you are not prepared for harsh winter, your property can suffer. We have compiled a list of ways to prepare your property for Northern Ohio’s harsh cold. If you’re in the Midwest or the Eastern United States, you will know how harsh winters can be.

These 6 Tips will help you make sure that your property is fully prepared for winter. Even though we love to relax outside in the spring and summer, patio furniture must be properly protected. Your furniture can be damaged by freezing rain, snow, and ice, which can cause cracking and deterioration.

Protect and preserve your furniture by taking preventive measures like applying the protective sealant to wood furniture, covering patio furniture made of cast aluminum, and storing it in plastic or wrought iron. Dust can build up on removable cushions by covering them with a tarp and keeping them indoors.

Salt is the best choice for clearing walkways, streets, driveways, and sidewalks. Saltworks well because it lowers temperatures, which causes snow and ice to melt more quickly. Driving and walking are safer. It’s also important to remember that salt is readily available and abundant during the harsh cold.

Salting walkways and roads quickly can help prevent over 80% of potential accidents.

Common areas with hard surfaces floors can be kept dry by using a dry mop. We’re likely to walk through snow and rain, as we are more likely to get water into buildings. Even though we clean our feet with rugs or carpets, the bottom of the shoes will not dry completely.

A mop is a great way to avoid accidents. It can quickly remove snow, water, and dampness from high-traffic areas. Yellow caution signs are also helpful in making people more cautious when they walk in these areas.

Ice buildup can cause costly damage to your property. Once it has started, it can become dangerous and even destructive. Ice can build up on roofs and chimneys, gutters, and faucets. It can also cause damage to driveways, walkways, handrails, driveways, and driveways. Ice dams can be prevented by removing ice buildup from the roof. It is important to make sure that your roof doesn’t collapse due to heavy snow accumulation.

Also, gutters are a place where ice can accumulate so they should be cleaned before the snow arrives. Because Fall arrives just before Winter, leaves can build up in gutters. To prevent ice buildup around your foundation, make sure your gutters are clean and in good condition.

To prevent freezing, cracking, and breaking of sprinkler systems and hoses, they must be removed. Before storing, drain the water. Water expands and freezes when it is cold. The pipe or hose may burst if it happens.

Turn off the outdoor faucet shutoff valve. Then, turn the nozzles to allow any excess water to drain away. You can also plug any leaks, and ensure that any problems are addressed before the freezing season begins.

It is vital that emergency personnel is trained and have the right contacts in case of an emergency. This will not only help to solve problems faster but also prevents frenzy which could lead to more damage. Communication is essential. You can do a lot of preventive maintenance but it doesn’t guarantee that incidents will not happen.

Problems can be solved more easily if there is good communication between contractors and staff. It is important to inform everyone about what is happening so that there are no further problems. The designation of someone to notify everyone if the situation is not suitable for work conditions can make it easier and help to solve problems quicker.

Buying a Snowplow?

Snow plow removing snow from street

Things to look for Before Buying a Snowplow

Things to look for Before Buying a Snowplow

When you’re looking for a snowplow, there are many things to consider. The same questions will be asked whether you’re a novice or an experienced snowplow operator. There are many brands and styles of snowplows. This will be obvious to you. This is a huge decision. A snowplow can last many seasons if it’s taken care of well. We want you to know what the best snowplow is for you and how to find it.

The Truck being used to Plow

It’s important to choose the right truck for snow plowing. This car will see you spend a lot of time driving. You will need to have the ability to lift snow. Trucks and SUVs are the most common vehicles for plowing snow. The type of plow you use may vary depending on whether your vehicle is a pickup truck, SUV, or another large vehicle. The vehicle that you use for plowing will also affect the size of your plow.

Style of Plow

When it comes to snow plowing, another important decision is the style of your plow. You will need to choose the right style for you, from straight plows and v plows when you start plowing. Straight plows have a single blade and are best for snow plowing. Straight plows can be used by beginners if you’re new to snow plowing.

The most popular type of plow is the V-plow. It has a split blade that allows you to direct snow in a specific direction. The v-plow can break through snow piles that have been created by other plows.

Types of Plow

There are three main types of snowplows: steel, stainless steel, polyethylene, or poly. The snowplowing service is heavy-duty and requires a plow that can withstand snow, snow, and even ice. A plow must be able to withstand winter wear, such as scratches and dents. All types of plows can be made, including v- and straight plows.

Buying a Used or New Snowplow

Next, you’ll need to decide whether to buy a snowplow new or used. Although it will be more affordable, you will likely pay more for a used snowplow. Although it will cost more, you can be sure that the quality will be excellent. Also, you should consider buying new with the warranty. If you buy used, any warranty will be void. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. You need to decide which one is the right decision for you and your financial situation.

BEST TIME FOR AERATING?

Lawn Aeration green grass

BEST TIME FOR AERATING?

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME FOR YOUR LAWN TO BE AERATED?

No matter where you live or what kind of turfgrass your lawn is made of, aeration can make it healthier and more beautiful. It’s important to know when and how to aerate your lawn. Also, be aware of what equipment you should use. Aerating can help limit the potential for weeds to get a foothold in your lawn.

Josh Friell, Ph. Josh Friell, Ph.D., from The Toro Company’s Center for Advanced Turf Technology says that aeration causes temporary stress to the turf. The recovery time depends on the growing conditions and the annual growth cycles. When determining an annual plan for verification, it is important to consider these factors.

When is it the best time to aerate?

It is best to aerate just before or during high growth periods. But, it is not recommended to aerate lawn immediately before or during times of stress. You can heat or drought, for example. Your lawn’s type will determine when it is best to aerate.

When to Aerate If You Have Cool-Season Grain:If your work involves cool-season grasses like bluegrass and fescue (and ryegrass), it’s best to aerate during their growth periods in spring and autumn.

When to Aerate If You Have Warm-Season Grain Grasses: For warm-season grasses like Bermudagrass, St. Augustine, St. Augustine, and zoysiagrass you should aerate between late spring through early-autumn.

Spring Aerating Tips:

Wait until the lawn has been mowed a few more times before you begin aerating. This will ensure that the lawn grows quickly enough to take advantage of the increased air exchange and pore space at the root zone.

Friell warns that any disturbance to the root zone during spring can increase competition for weeds by bringing buried seeds to the surface. Applying fertilizer after aeration will reduce the risk of weed competition and increase grass hardiness. If you intend to overseed the lawn after aeration, don’t use a weedkiller. It will stop the seed from germinating.

Fall Aeration Tips:

Friell stated that it is important to aerate in the fall so that the turf can recover and be ready for winter dormancy.
How Often Should You Aerate Your Lawns? Friell stated that most lawns should be aerated at least once a year. Aeration may be beneficial for lawns with clay soil or compacted soil.

Don’t forget After Aerating Your Lawn

  1. Don’t forget to water after aeration. Friell stated that lawns should not need to be aerated if the turf is too wet or the dirt has enough moisture to make it muddy.
  2. After aeration, apply fertilizer and weedkiller. If you are going to oversee the process, however, don’t apply weed killer immediately after aeration.
  3. After aeration, overseed so that seeds can make the most of the disturbed surface. This improves seed-to-soil contact and encourages successful germination.

Risks of Heavy Snowfall

Snow plow removing snow from street

Risks of Heavy Snowfall

Consider the Risks of Heavy Snowfall while you’re traveling

Winter snowfall can make it difficult to travel. In some cases, travel is not possible. Snowfall can make it difficult to leave a resort if you’ve driven there, whether with your car or rented from the airport. Every night, our staff must consider this before going to bed. They then have to park the vehicles in Vaujany’s underground parking (free of charge). If you are required to travel with heavy snowfall at home or on vacation, read the following to learn about the dangers and what you can do.

Vehicle damage

If you have to travel right away after heavy snowfalls, it is possible that your vehicle and driveway will be covered in thick snow and unseen snow. landscape experts recommend that you contact a professional snow removal company to clear heavy snow from your driveway and vehicle. If they have all the proper tools and equipment, you can be sure that they will do the job correctly. Vaujany’s snowplow is always on the move when there is snow. This ensures that the roads around the village remain gritted.

However, heavy snowfalls can cause vehicle damage. Check your tires and make sure you have enough air in your tires. Low-pressure tires can prove dangerous on winter roads. Snow chains are another great tip!

Low Road Visibility
Low visibility may be caused by heavy snowfall. You should take extra care behind the wheel in this situation as it is difficult to predict what the actions of other motorists will be. It is better to use low beams parallel and fog lights, rather than using high beams. You should also drive slowly in order to minimize the chance of having to stop suddenly.

The miracle “defrosting spray” is a simple way to remove the fog and ice from the windshield. These chemicals melt snow/ice from the outside and evaporate water moisture from the inside. This is because you may run out of it quickly if you get into an ice fog. It’s always important to keep a spare! The car heater can also be a valuable tool to keep moisture from building up inside your vehicle.

Freezing cold
You should be prepared for any snowstorm and have the right clothes. You may experience freezing of the skin which can lead to frostbite or other conditions such as pneumonia. Closed shoes and mittens are recommended for these areas: your fingers, toes and nose, ears, cheeks and chin. You can also use earmuffs for covering your ears and a scarf to conceal your cheeks, chin, and cheeks. It’s dangerous and tedious to wear chains when the roads are icy.
Frostbite can occur in different stages. First, you will notice redness or frostnip on your skin. Then you’ll feel numbness. This can be treated using first aid and won’t permanently harm your skin. When you have superficial frostbite, blisters can appear once your skin has warmed up again. Deep frostbite can cause damage to your joints and muscles, even after you have warmed up.

Being Stranded
Finally, being stranded is the worst thing that can happen when you travel. This is especially true if you have to deal with heavy snowfall. If the driving conditions get dangerously bad, stop and pull over. You can keep calm and assess your situation. If you have a working phone, you can call 999 or 123. You should also make extra efforts to keep warm and safe inside your vehicle. It is a good idea to have water, a blanket, and food in case of emergency.

To ensure your car doesn’t suffer from pipe cracking or breaking down, you should run it every 10 minutes. It is essential that your exhaust pipe does not become clogged with snow in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Summary
Let’s wrap up by saying that you need to be aware of the dangers associated with travelling in heavy snowfall. Prepare for frostbite, and be ready for low visibility. You should also be aware that heavy snowfall can cause damage to your vehicle. This is why you should have a backup plan. This applies to any weather-related issues that could leave you stranded. It is best to avoid traveling during heavy snowfall.

Preparation for Winter Plowing

Snow plow removing snow from street

Preparation for Winter Plowing by Snow-Plow Drivers

Preparation for Winter Plowing by Snow-Plow Drivers

The professional snow-removal company doesn’t need lists of what you should have in your car for winter driving. They’re useful, but not always as intuitive and helpful as the list-writer might think.

A professional snow-plow operator should be able to see winter plowing clearly.
Jumpstarters such as NOCO and Genius are convenient because they eliminate bulky jumper cables, making it easier to locate another vehicle. It’s easy for it to go without charging.

Inflator with battery, portable and fully charged, for use in the event of a leaky tire.
First-aid kit.

You should have several pairs of winter gloves to replace the wet ones. You don’t need another pair of boots if your boots are waterproof and insulated.

Plug-in charger for your cell phone (either a USB or an old cigarette lighter). It’s possible to be out for a lot longer than expected, and the more snow falls, the lighter your phone will get (hopefully, if marketing is done well).

Quick-energy food. You may be a bit tired after a long day of travel. An on-the-road snack is a great way to recharge your body’s alert system. Sandwiches made from whole-grain bread and protein in the middle (meats, peanut butter, eggs salad), whole-grain protein bars with protein in their middle, dark-chocolate-covered almonds, and a trail mix are all great options to grab on the move and give you that extra boost.

You will feel tired from dehydration, so make sure to drink plenty of water.
Kitty litter and shovel. It sounds obvious, but it isn’t.

Additional windshield wiper fluid, and a window scraper (visibility is crucial in this industry).

We don’t want our phones to be overtaxed.

If you are going to be out much, you should wear a blaze orange vest. Or at the very least, have one in your truck. In blowing, snowy conditions, you want to be visible. It doesn’t matter if you think your dark clothes will stand out against the white snow.

You must keep your wits about yourself. Do not let other drivers take advantage of you. You should give them the right of way, especially if your name is displayed on your vehicle. That kind of negative publicity is not needed.

Avoid auto-driving, wear your seatbelt, and keep twice the space between you and the vehicle ahead. (Remember that your vehicle is heavier than normal due to the plow at the front). Drive the speed limit. Although time is money, it’s not likely that you will make any money from an accident.

dangers of snow accumulation

heavy snow on a rooftop

The dangers of snow accumulation on roofs: PART 2

The dangers of snow accumulation on roofs: PART 2

You should not add weight to your roof unless you are approved by an engineer registered in the United States.

To remove snow and ice, don’t use heat guns or hair dryers.

Avoid using a ladder as ice can build up on the soles of your boots and on the ladder’s rungs.

There are many ways to identify problems with your roof.
Sagging roof
Cracking, creaking or popping sounds.

Split or cracked wood members
Supports can bend or ripple in a way that is pleasing to the eye.

You can remove screws from steel frames.

Sprinkler heads that have fallen below ceiling tiles
.

Roof leakage is severe.

It is difficult to open doors or windows.

Attached to ceiling: Conduit or utility pipes bowed
Cracks in walls and masonry
.

These are other safety tips for homeowners.

Clear away snow from downspouts to make sure water has somewhere to go.

Do not use outdoor cooking equipment as a heat source or cooking tool.
Avoid being tempted to melt the ice with a heat gun, open flame torch or heat gun. The risk of setting ablaze is high.

If you feel in immediate danger, go outside and dial 9-1-1.
Never use your oven for heat.

Space heaters require space. Keep them within a 3-foot radius of safety. They are not intended to replace your central heating system. Instead, they will provide temporary heat. Make sure you turn them off before you go to bed or leave the room.

To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, clear snow from dryer exhaust vents and furnaces.

Make sure to inspect your dryer exhaust vents and outside fuel (furnace), making sure they are clear of snow or ice.

These are other safety tips for business owners.
A snowblower must be approved for use on roofs by a structural engineer. The blower should also be set at a high height above the roof to avoid damage to the roof membrane.

Make sure to keep gutters, downspouts, and drains clear.
Snow can be thrown over flat roofs and shoveled.

Instead of scraping the roof clean and slicing it down to 2 to 3 inches, you can shave the snow to the desired level. This will reduce the risk of damage to your shingles and other roof coverings.

Remember that any metal tool can conduct electricity if it comes in contact with a power line.

To remove snow from your roof, use a snow rake (available at most hardware stores).

If large icicles are hanging above walkways and doors, be sure to remove them.

When you are doing any of these jobs, always wear goggles and protective headgear.

Plastic shovels are generally better than metal ones, with the exception of those with curved blades. Those can cause damage to your roof.
Begin at the edge, and work your way up to the roof.
There are many ways to identify problems with commercial buildings’ roofs.

How Often Do I Need to Mow My Lawn?

stand on mower with bagger

How Often Do I Need to Mow My Lawn?

PART #1

Mowing your lawn is essential to keeping it healthy and happy. There’s many factors that influence the frequency of your lawn mowing. Consistency is key.

Remember that mowing is not about how often you mow, but rather how much grass you cut. Incorrect mowing can result in brown spots, weak roots and burned grass. Here are some important things to keep in mind when you ask “How often should my lawn be mowed?”

HOW MUCH SHOULD IT BE?

Timberline Landscaping’s Lawn Care specialists recommend not removing more than 1/3 of the grass length in a single mow. The grass will brown faster if it is cut too often. The lower portion of the grass, which is usually longer, is shaded and almost completely white. Cut too short and the grass blade will easily burn if it is exposed to the sunlight.
When a large length of the grass is cut at once, it can become smothered or moldy. The blades that have been cut will build up on the grass’ surface, which can slow down its growth. Weeds can invade grass that is damaged or burned.

DESIRED LENGTH

Different grasses have different ideal lengths. If you mow correctly, your grass can be kept longer or shorter.

LONGER GRASSES:

Because the roots of the grass will be established and growing deeper, it is easier to maintain a longer length of grass. Don’t let your grass grow too long. You can maintain lush and long grass by sticking to a regular schedule, even if you mow more frequently during grass’ growing season. You should not miss a scheduled mowing or let the grass grow too long. You can mow your grass more frequently (up to twice per week), and then lower the mower blades gradually to bring it back to the ideal length.