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Minnesota Lawn Care Plans

Caring for your lawn in Minnesota is a year-round commitment that varies according to the seasons. Unlike other parts of the country where the climate is more temperate, Minnesota experiences extreme temperature fluctuations. Your lawn has to survive sweltering summers and icy winters. Proper planning and timely maintenance can ensure a lush, green lawn from spring through fall, and also help it survive the harsh winter months.

Mowing is a task you'll perform frequently from late spring to early fall, and timing is critical. For cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, which is common in Minnesota, it's best to mow when the grass is about 3-4 inches high. In contrast, warm-season grasses like Zoysia should be mowed when they reach a height of about 2-3 inches. Next comes fertilizing, usually done in the spring and fall for cool-season grasses, but for warm-season varieties, late spring through summer is the best time. Be sure to use a slow-release granular fertilizer that complements your soil's pH level, which you should test every 2-3 years.

A Minnesota-specific issue you may face is soil compaction due to the freeze-thaw cycle. Late summer or early fall is the best time for core aeration, which can alleviate this problem. Seeding should follow aeration to fill in any sparse areas. Over-seeding with cool-season grasses in the fall ensures that your lawn remains thick and less susceptible to weeds. Finally, as winter approaches, minimize the use of salt-based de-icers, which are detrimental to grass, and opt for sand or calcium-based alternatives. Remember, your lawn is a living entity that requires attention to detail. With this schedule and these actionable tips tailored for Minnesota's unique climate, you're well on your way to achieving a picture-perfect lawn.

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