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Fall is Prime Time for Improving Your Lawn

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Did you know that Fall is the perfect time for improving your lawn? Your grass is naturally taking in nutrients getting ready for the long winter ahead. A lot of root growth is happening now and will continue to happen in the coming month(s). 

The experts at Emerald Companies can assist you with fall lawn improvement, from: guiding you in mowing appropriately, feeding your grass, aerating, helping soil compaction, and much more. 

Did you know you can see and aerate at the same time? The seed has the soil it needs for contact and the process works great. This is a great solution for fixing damaged areas and establishing new lawn.

Have beautiful lawn in the spring with a little help from Emerald this fall!

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Fall is Prime Time for Improving Your Lawn

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Did you know that Fall is the perfect time for improving your lawn? Your grass is naturally taking in nutrients getting ready for the long winter ahead. A lot of root growth is happening now and will continue to happen in the coming month(s). 

The experts at Emerald Companies can assist you with fall lawn improvement, from: guiding you in mowing appropriately, feeding your grass, aerating, helping soil compaction, and much more. 

Did you know you can see and aerate at the same time? The seed has the soil it needs for contact and the process works great. This is a great solution for fixing damaged areas and establishing new lawn.

Have beautiful lawn in the spring with a little help from Emerald this fall!

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Commercial Snow Removal - Make Your Location Safe This Winter

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Commercial snow removal may sound like an add-on when budgets are tight and funds are limited. The truth is - without professional, careful snow removal you could be left with dangerous patches in your parking lot and walkways. The last thing you want is for a patron, client, customer or even staff member to slip on the treacherous surfaces. 

Be as careful as you can be, prepare for the ice, the snow, and the harsh Minnesota elements. Call Emerald Companies for your free estimate and to hear how our organization stands apart in snow removal. It’s much more than pushing snow out of the way. Do you know what you need to keep everyone safe over the winter season as they travel in and out of your business? Call 320-251-5296 for more information. 

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Christmas Lights - Make A Statement This Holiday Season

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Whether you are a business owner looking to invest back into the community and your employees, or you are a homeowner who needs to create the perfect look for your home - take the guest work and risk out of Christmas light installation and maintenance. We all hate the tangled ball of lights and the enormous project of Christmas light installation - especially when the temperature drops. 

From design of the display to storage and everything in between, Emerald Companies makes your business and home shine during the holidays. 

Create the warm inviting atmosphere this holiday season with the help of Emerald Companies. Emerald provides commercial customers with a full suite of holiday lighting services, from the design of the display to installation and storage. Contact Emerald to find out more 320-251-5296. 

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Fall Lawn Establishment - Do You Know What to Do?

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Fall is THE time to see your lawn for optimal lawn establishment. How do you know what seed, how much, when/how to water? Are you overwhelmed with the process and how to make the most of the fall seeding time for you lawn? Most DIY’ers think they are saving money by tackling this seemingly easy task on their own. The truth is - any one of the above variables can cost you - and change the outcome of your lawn. Taking the necessary steps - in the necessary order - is crucial. 

Do you need help making the most of the fall - whether your struggle is over seeding or lawn establishment the experts at Emerald Companies can come to you and give you a comprehensive plan to prepare your lawn for the winter and have it looks its best in the spring. Call (320) 251-5296 for more information or to get your free estimate! 

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Looking to Rejuvenate Your Yard with Fresh Landscaping?

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If you are getting the sense that people from around the block are gossiping about your outdated landscaping, Emerald Companies (St. Cloud, MN) can help create a yard you can be proud of. 

Often it's best to improve your landscaping by focusing on simple items which accentuate the curb appeal of your home. Examples include small shrubs, decorative rock formations, and proper edging along the perimeter of the landscaping.

Many people attempt to trim the edging themselves and find it difficult to cut in straight lines and not simultaneously damage their chosen landscaping material. The professionals at Emerald Companies use a high powered trencher which quickly and safely completes the installation process. 

Give us a call at 320-251-528 and tell us about your landscaping vision.   

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Be Sure to Trim Your Shrubs in the Fall

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Are you one of those people who fears pruning the shrubs around your yard? You're not alone. This task is often seen as needing a keen eye so that the shrubs don't end up looking lopsided or shoddy. 

Let the pros at Emerald Companies (St. Cloud, MN) take the guesswork out of the equation by having them shape the plants around your home according to your personal preference. Emerald Companies will also make an effort to  accommodate any special requests you may have, such as finely trimming shrubs obscuring a favorite viewpoint.

Please refer to our Facebook page for detailed before and after shrub pruning photos. Removal and clean up charges are included as part of our standard hourly rate. With Emerald Companies, unsightly shrubs don't stand a chance. Call 320-251-5296.

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The Importance of Fall Seeding

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Caring for your lawn during the fall months as you prepare for the winter can be a time consuming proposition, but taking the proper lawn care steps now saves you a headache come springtime. 

The experts at Emerald Companies (St Cloud, MN) recommend using starter fertilizer when you begin seeding your lawn. Furthermore, this should be considered the first step in an ongoing maintenance program, as frequent watering can lead to thinning grass and unsightly bare patches in your lawn.

Call Emerald Companies today for information on proper watering and fertilizing tactics. Schedule a free lawn assessment at 320-251-5296.

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Let Emerald Companies Outfit Your Business with a Stunning Christmas Light Display

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Emerald Companies (St. Cloud MN) tripled its Christmas light business in 2013 and will be starting a month earlier than usual this year to meet consumer demand. Whether you're interested in having the tree outside your business professionally decorated, or believe your business has a holiday lighting scheme in need of an overhaul,  take comfort in knowing Emerald Companies is serious about Christmas light displays.

Last season, Freeport State Bank Branch commissioned Emerald Companies to decorate all of their branch locations with custom outdoor Christmas light displays. The tree at the main branch was lavishly decorated in spite of bitterly cold temperatures, nearly 20 degrees below zero. 

Emerald Companies' installation job was viewed by Freeport State Bank as a key factor in making their gift to the surrounding community a success. Freeport State Bank's branches have always been known for their thoughtful Christmas light displays, but they turned to Emerald Companies (St. Cloud, MN) to help them create a display which reflected their commitment to the community.

Are you a business owner who would like to get a jump on the completion and create a Christmas light display which truly exemplifies a commitment to your community? Please call us at 320-251-5296 and share some of your ideas.

 

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Don't Let Winter Catch You Off Guard This Year!

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The 2013-14 winter season featured historically low wind chill temperatures and staggering snowfall totals. If last winter taught us anything, it's that it pays to be prepared.  Unlike most snow removal services, Emerald Companies (St. Cloud MN) goes the extra mile by doing more than simply pushing excess snow onto the curb. Although salt may be present on your driveway or sidewalks, it might not be melting anything. The salt that Emerald Companies uses is appropriate for the cold temperatures here in Central Minnesota.

The experts at Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN) carefully apply specially formulated salt that prevents the formation of ice patches and  minimizes your chances of having to deal with difficult, icy conditions in the driveway and elsewhere around your home. Don't just shovel the snow this year! Be prepared for anything winter throws at you with help from Emerald Companies (St. Cloud, MN). Give us a call at 320-251-5296 for more information.

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Want to Cut Down Your Water Bill?

Let Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN) handle your irrigation to reduce your water bill and rid yourself of the hassle that is landscape maintenance. With our weed and feed program, we will control your watering and give you a healthier plant and ease of mind.  Let’s all work together to reduce our water usage in July. 

If you’re running your irrigation system almost daily, talk with someone here at Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN) and let us help you get a schedule in place.  Unless you are growing new grass or sod, your irrigation system probably hasn’t been needed yet this year due to the rainfall, so give us a call at 320-251-5296 and let us help reduce your water bill and take care of your lawn the right way.  

Give us a call at 320-251-5296 to speak with someone about an Emerald irrigation system and let us help your wallet!

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Do You Know How to Check Your Lawn for Fungus?

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Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN) takes lawn fungus seriously. Most often, it is evident in small spots that might look something like a frog eye. Other evidence of fungus in your lawn is dead rings in your live grass, dollar spots, necrotic ring spots which are typically all from watering issues.

Make sure to check in with us at Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN) at 320-251-5296 on how to properly water your lawn to avoid or remove the fungus. We can support all of your lawn maintenance needs - here through the rest of the summer season and into the fall. Call today for more information!

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Are You Watering Your Lawn at the Correct Time of Day?

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Great Question! In the St Cloud MN area, the appropriate time falls between 4:00 and 11:00 a.m. before the noon sun which evaporates most of your water.  This gives the leaf of the plant the opportunity to dry out before going into the night.  Leaving your lawn wet at night could lead to a fungal issue where it is staying moist all night long.

Give Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN) a call at 320-251-5296 to speak with someone about an Emerald irrigation system and let us take care of your lawn for the rest of the season.

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Are You Cutting Your Grass Too Short?

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Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN) gets asked this question all of the time. What's the right answer? About 3-4 inches is the perfect length for your lawn as we come into July.  Cutting your grass below three inches raises the potential for more weeds and the need for more watering.  July tends to be a dryer month in Central Minnesota, so it is important to make sure your lawn length to water ratio is helping and not harming your grass.  Not only is cutting your grass too short putting stress on your lawn it can be harmful on your mower too.  

So remember for the month of July to cut your lawn 3-4 inches about every 5 days. Be sure to check out www.myemeraldlawn.com for other lawn care tips and tricks!

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Emerald Companies Can Revitalize Stale Landscaping!

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Summer is the best time to turn your attention to worn or damaged landscaping around your house. Minor alterations such as changing the plants outside the front of your house can freshen up the look of your house and give it lasting curb appeal. Let Emerald Companies (St Cloud, MN) stop by your home to assess the current state of your landscaping and provide a free estimate.

A basic landscaping package from Emerald Companies involves maintenance around the area in front of the house and shrub removal.

Shrubs installed as part of a landscaping plan for houses 10-20 years old can gradually overtake your yard if not monitored closely. If this has happened to you, Emerald Companies can tackle the problem quickly and easily. Don't let overgrown shrubs ruin your landscaping. Call Emerald Companies today (320) 251-5296.     

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Just Moved? Get a Free Landscaping Estimate from Emerald Companies

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Has the melted snow around your new home revealed rock beds that are 10-15 years old and landscaping that could stand to be rejuvenated? Emerald Companies (St Cloud, MN) can get pesky overgrown shrubs back under control and provide you with a free estimate for simple maintenance work and more!  

Estimates for a basic landscaping re-vamping start at $2,000. Note that this number varies depending on factors such as available materials, number of linear feet and estimated time for the project. Invite the experts at Emerald Companies out to see how they can affordably revitalize the front of your home! Free estimates are only a phone call away (320) 251-5296.

 

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What You Need to Know About Summer Watering

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Don't begin irrigating your lawn too quickly this summer. The cool temperatures and persistent rain patterns seen this spring are actually conducive to healthy lawn growth. In fact, rain works better than any man made irrigation system. The pros at Emerald Companies (St Cloud, MN) recommend going 1-2 weeks between watering sessions, periodically adjusting this schedule to account for changing rain patterns. Overwatering your lawn has the potential to create patches of fungal growth and low lying damp areas, which attract mosquitoes.

 Remember: just because you can push a button to water your lawn doesn't mean you should. If you are watering every day, it's likely too much.

Contact the pros at Emerald Companies for more details on how to keep your lawn looking healthy this summer. (320) 251-5296

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Mosquitoes are here! Emerald Companies can help.

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After one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, it may be tempting to enjoy the warm weather by just sitting on your deck and reading a good book, but be warned: mosquito season is here.  Emerald Companies  (St Cloud, MN) can help combat mosquito breeding in your yard by coating shrubs, trees and any neighboring wood lines with a fine mist that keeps mosquitoes at bay.

You can reduce the risk of a mosquito infestation near your home by carefully surveying your yard and garage for the presence of standing water. Standing water creates a natural breeding ground for mosquitoes. Remove standing water in old bird baths, rain barrels, tire swings etc.

Simply drying out damp areas around your property is a cost effective way to control the growth of the mosquito population around your house.  With the help of Emerald Companies, you can enjoy a productive and mosquito free summer.

Contact the experts at Emerald Companies (320) 251-5296 for more information on how to protect yourself against mosquitoes.

 

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When to Apply Pre-Emergent to Your Yard

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When considering how to best prevent weeds and crabgrass from overtaking your lawn, timing is crucial. Putting down pre-emergent when it first appears is not the answer, as by this time some crabgrass seedlings have already sprouted and cannot be controlled by pre-emergent chemicals.

Therefore, applying pre-emergent may kill crabgrass that has already sprouted, but any seeds it has left behind will inevitability sprout next spring. In an effort to avoid this scenario, Emerald Companies (MN) advises having a team of experts perform a series of spring clean up tasks for your lawn, including power raking, using fertilizer to rejuvenate bald patches, the spreading  of spring seeding and dethatching, followed by the application of pre-emergent chemicals, The earlier in the spring this is done the better.

An extensive procedure such as this can protect your lawn for months to come and cause fewer headaches later in the year. Call Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN) (320) 251-5296 for more information.

 

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How Mulch Aids Your Landscaping Projects

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Mulch keeps water from rapidly evaporating from soil and also reduces the occurrence of weeds, which in turn helps produce stronger roots. Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN) recommends laying down 1.5-2 inches of top dressing mulch here early in the spring to jumpstart your landscaping projects.  

For those looking for a specific mulch color, Emerald Companies offers red, orange, gold, and brown varieties to match the surrounding environment. Buy it in bulk and let the pros at Emerald Companies (St Cloud MN) deliver and install your mulch quickly and easily! One application is all that's needed to achieve great post-summer results!

Call Now for a Free estimate. As part of a spring special, new Emerald Companies customers will receive a  free estimate for lawn care! Call (320) 251-5296 today to take the first step towards a green, healthy lawn!

 

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