Do I Need A Spring Clean Up?

Kristian Zoppa Spring Clean Up

Don’t Know If You Need A Spring Clean Up Done?

Scroll to the last paragraph for the quick answer!

Have you ever caught yourself wondering if what the lawn guys say about needing a spring clean up is true? Have you ever considered just skipping the service to save a couple bucks? Have you ever been upset with your spring clean up because you didn’t see immediate results? If you are guilty of any of these three, than you may want to read on!

The main goal of a spring clean up is to prepare your lawn for the spring and summer growing season. Every technique and service used during a spring clean up plays a crucial role in the over all health and maintenance of your lawn. To see an in depth explanation of what we do during a spring clean up, check back next week when we release our SPRING CLEAN UP CHECKLIST. For a summary of why a spring clean up is a necessity to keep your lawn healthy, continue reading!

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During a spring clean up all debris and trash is removed from your lawn. It is very common to have garbage and debris blow into your lawn over the winter, but not have it cleared because it was buried under the snow. Once the debris and trash are removed from your lawn, all leaves and dead plant material are removed out of your flower beds and off your lawn. This allows for the lawn and beds to gain more exposure to the sun allowing for better growth.

In the winter months, it is very common to have lots of gravel and sand pushed off of the road and onto your boulevard. We like to blow this sand and gravel off of your boulevard to create a much cleaner look and allow for better lawn growth. After this step, we run a lawn mower with a dedicated mulching blade over the lawn to help remove a small layer of thatch, as well as ‘poof’ up the grass a bit. This is where you see the immediate transformation from brown, dead-looking grass, to growing grass. After the de-thatching run, we do a collection run with a bagging lawn mower. This pass allows us to pick up all of the mulched thatch from your lawn. Removing this allows the lawn to breathe and absorb more sun, water, and nutrients. Finally, we run a lawn aerator over your lawn. To read more about aeration, check out The Dethatching Myth Defunked.

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In conclusion, the answer to the question “do I need a spring clean up?” is overwhelmingly YES! You do need a spring clean up if you would like to maintain a healthy lawn. The benefits of a spring clean up are many, and you will not be disappointed by us at Cleanr Mow! If you are interested in a full spring clean up, lawn aeration, or spring fertilizer, you can book an estimate now!

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When Is The Best Time To Get My Lawn Aerated?

Kristian Zoppa Spring Clean Up

When Is The Best Time To Get My Lawn Aerated?

Spring, Summer or Fall?

Lawn aeration or deep core aeration is the act of removing plugs of soil from your lawn, approximately 3/4” wide and 3” deep. These plugs are then deposited on top of your lawn where they are left to decompose from watering or rain fall. The benefits of aeration are countless, but the main benefit is that it helps to quell an abundance of thatch on your lawn, which can lead to brown spots and lack of growth if not treated. Lawn aeration also allows water, nutrients, and air to reach deeper into your lawn’s root system to help promote healthy and stable growth. If you have ever been undecided between power raking your lawn and aerating it, check out The Dethatching Myth Defunked.

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Lawn Aerating

The optimal time to aerate your lawn is when the lawn has just begun leave the dormant state and will be able to heal and fill in the gaps left from the removal of the plugs. A good time frame is anywhere between the beginning of April and the beginning of May in Winnipeg. This allows time for the lawn to heal and gain all of the nutrients from the decomposing plugs before the lawn goes into full growth mode for the summer months. It is also recommended to aerate your lawn near the end of the season before it goes totally dormant. This allows extra nutrients to enter your lawn and help it survive during its hibernation through the winter months. A good time frame for this aeration is mid-September to mid-October. You don’t want to wait until a week before the snow falls though, so make sure to keep an eye on the weather!

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A good lawn care provider will recommend aeration for your lawn on a twice a year regimen. Once during your spring clean up and once during your fall clean up. This aeration schedule allows for optimal growth and nutrients to reach the root system of your lawn. Aeration at least once a year will help to keep your lawn looking lush, green, and full year round. To book your lawn aeration or a full spring clean up, call us today – (204) 960-0246!

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The De-Thatching Myth De-Funked!

Kristian Zoppa Spring Clean Up

The De-Thatching Myth De-Funked!

Do you really need to Power Rake your lawn?

Spring weather has arrived, bringing a flurry of lawn care companies offering spring cleanup specials! Most of them involve a combination of power raking as well as an assortment of other services. But is power raking really a necessary service for your lawn? Or is there something better out there that will aid in the health and growth of a lush, green lawn?

A power rake is a specialized de-thatching machine. Running it over your lawn means effectively ripping out a layer of built up thatch. Thatch is the un-decomposed stems and roots that build up near the surface of the soil on your lawn.

A layer of thatch beyond half an inch in depth can prevent your lawn from reaching optimal growing conditions and in some cases can even cause your lawn to suffocate and turn brown.

Power rake: Good or Bad?

Power raking will certainly rip out this unwanted layer of thatch. However, it will also rip out the healthy growing grass that is happily surviving on your lawn. In most cases, the thatch on your lawn will not get to over half an inch unless it is a very frequently, compacted area.

If you frequently walk or drive over the same area of your lawn, this loose debris can thicken and create a deep layer of thatch. In most events however, on a healthy and regularly maintained lawn, your thatch will not reach a level that warrants any issues and power raking can actually have more negative effects on your lawn than positive ones.

THATS RIGHT! If you maintain a healthy lawn, power raking can actually damage it rather than improve it!

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The common misconception with power raking is that since it rips up all the old thatch and dead growth, your lawn will be better off for it. But what is really happening is that the healthy growth is getting torn out as well, causing undue stress on your lawn. The slicing and dicing of healthy growth will cause negative effects towards the long term health of your lawn. We only recommend power raking about 10% of the time, because in most cases, it will actually be worse for the health of your lawn then not doing it at all! Not to worry, there’s a better solution to tackling thatch build up and to help launch spring growth.

Deep Core Aeration

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Deep core aeration is the process of removing cores of soil from your lawn, about 3/4” in diameter and 3” deep, to help allow nutrients to deeper penetrate the root system of your lawn. Aeration is an absolutely vital piece to the lawn care puzzle as it allows air, water, and nutrients to penetrate built up grass and layers of thatch. The process of core lawn aeration is relatively simple, but the benefits are amazing. A lawn aerator is run over your lawn, pulling out plugs of soil and creating holes in the lawn. These plugs are then left on the lawn to decompose on your lawn, essentially creating a layer of healthy, natural fertilizer on top of your lawn. The microbes that are within the plugs will wash into the holes from watering or rain storms and will aid even more in the growth and development of your lawn.

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Essentially, aeration is a two for one deal with a ton of benefits! You not only help to handle your thatch problem without tearing up and killing your lawn, you also get the added benefit of driving nutrients deeper into the root system of your lawn to help aid growth. These benefits act as our main motivator to help steer our customers towards lawn aeration over power raking. If you want to maintain a healthy, lush lawn, than aeration is a must! Contact us today to book your lawn aeration or read When Is The Best Time To Get My Lawn Aerated?

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