April is National Lawn Care Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we can finally see our lawns beneath the mountains of snow, it’s time to think about lawn care! Late-April to Early-May is the best time to fertilize your lawn to promote growth and the only time to apply pre-emergent Crabgrass Preventer! In this issue, learn the many ways lawns are beneficial while learning the ways you can provide early care for a healthier, grassier, greener lawn.

Healthy lawns are vital to local ecosystems and provide essential benefits to the environment. According to National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), just one acre of grass produces more oxygen than 1 acre of rainforest. Grassed areas are also up to 30 degrees cooler than blacktop (NALP). Healthier lawns improve larger issues such as climate change and pollution by reducing erosion, trapping carbon dioxide, cleaning the air, improving the soil, and reducing temperatures.

Here are a few tips from loveyourlandscape.org (the official consumer website for NALP) regarding early-Spring lawn care to create a healthy space for your lawn to grow:

1. Check your lawn for seasonal damage. Once winter releases its grip, get outside and inspect your lawn. Besides the snow and ice, the biggest culprits of the winter months are a group of very specialized pests and de-icing salts, all of which can damage trees, grass, and shrubs. As the weather begins to warm, it’s important to take stock of what damage has been done and develop a plan to get your yard ready for spring enjoyment. 

2.  De-icing salt used to clear streets and walkways can wreak havoc on grass and plants. Salt will draw moisture from the plant cells causing desiccation. If your lawn is exposed to too much salt, it can cause it to wilt and die. To restore the health of your soil, flush the salt in the soil by giving your lawn a deep watering once the weather warms. If necessary, remove the brown grass and a few inches of the damaged soil. 

3. Check for brown patches in your lawn.Excessive snow, particularly areas that have been covered with large piles of shoveled snow, will kill grass. To see if your brown grass is just dormant or is dead, rake away some of the brown so that you can see the lawn surface. Check to see if there is any green tissue beginning to emerge. If so, the area will likely recover with time. If not, and other areas of the lawn are greening up, it’s time to make plans for some renovation of the areas. To repair, rake up as much of the dead tissue as you can. Adding a light topdressing of topsoil will increase your chances of success with seeding. Use a good quality grass seed that is appropriate for the area you live in. Rake the seed lightly into your new topsoil, tamp lightly with your feet. Keep the area moist, water daily if necessary, to prevent the seedlings from drying out.

4. Lingering snow can also cause snow mold, a disease that is mainly confined to the leaves of the turf. It presents as a circular pattern of grey or pink grass. The disease may go away on its own; but if it doesn’t, the affected grass should be firmly raked, top-dressed with soil, and over-seeded. Most often, only a raking is necessary to alleviate the damage.

5. Help prevent weeds before they start with Pre-Emergent! Early spring is THE ONLY TIME to apply pre-emergent Crabgrass Preventer. Crabgrass is a very hardy weed that aggressively spreads and restricts lawn growth in otherwise healthy lawns. Pre-emergents help prevent weeds from growing at the start. Think of pre-emergent control products as the equivalent to landscape fabric. They create a barrier across the surface of the soil that the seedlings of targeted weeds are unable to penetrate. Unfortunately, these controls will have no effect on perennial weeds that re-sprout from underground root systems.

6. Weeds are not just unsightly; they can indicate serious issues with your lawn. Weeds compete for space and nutrients that grass would otherwise utilize, limiting the ability for grass to provide oxygen, protect waterways and remove pollutants from the air. Weeds such as crabgrass grow in lawns that are stressed or weakened and can have a detrimental effect on the health of a lawn. A properly managed lawn is the best defense for these weeds and diseases. Healthy, well-groomed lawns leave little space for weeds. Occasional overseeding, especially in thinner lawns, also contributes to weed prevention. A persistent weed problem will require extra attention.

7. Fertilization is an important part of landscape maintenance! Proper fertilization is one of the most important things that can be done to ensure grass is healthy and strong enough to fight off threats posed by weeds, pests, and disease. With the vital role fertilizer plays in the health of your lawn, it’s important to minimize guess work and ensure the right fertilizer is applied at the right time, in the right amounts.

Our Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn experts provide a number of care lawn services to improve your lawn, landscape, and home. We will help to extend the enjoyment of your home right into the outdoors, protect your family from health concerns and even increase the value of your home. We see your lawn as outdoor living space, a playground, an investment.

Call us at 715-485-3131 for all of your lawn care needs or visit our website at www.balsamlakeprolawn.com to learn more about our services! Whether you need a spring clean-up, a lawn care assessment, or to be on a regular pre-emergent and fertilization program, our professional lawn care team is here for you!

Balsam Lake Snowshoe Race

Join us Saturday, February 23, 2019 for our 8th annual 5K trail race! 

Plan to join us this coming Saturday for a fun winter activity for all ages! This is a family-friendly, dog-friendly event for everyone who enjoys the outdoors and winter hikes! The Northern Lites Snowshoe Company has sponsored 10 sets of snowshoes for the day of the event – so bring a friend or yourself, even if you don’t own a pair of snowshoes!  If there are enough demo pairs left and you have your own- but would like to demo their race style snowshoe you certainly can!

Check-in begins Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 9am at the American Legion in Pine Park located at 311 Tuttle Street, Balsam Lake, WI. The registration fee is $20 for both walkers and runners. All proceeds go toward the improvement of Pine Park. Click here to download and print your registration form. Please bring your registration form and race fees on the day of the event. 

Each participant receives a goodie bag on race day at registration. The race begins at Pine Park, follows a designated trail route through the beautiful wooded areas surrounding Balsam Lake, and ends on the Mill Pond. Water will be provided before and after the race.

Prizes will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for the women’s, men’s, and kid’s division. Door prizes will also be given! 

Visit our website at https://balsamlakesnowshoerace.com/ for more event details and our sponsor list!

We’re All Hearts and Flowers

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and our floral shop is overflowing with fresh flowers, arrangements, and gifts galore! If you can’t decide what to give, or what to get for this holiday full of love, here’s a few of our staff’s favorites!

Amanda: With her cheerful and sunny disposition, it is only fitting that our favorite floral shop owner chose yellow roses as her Valentine’s Day favorite. “Roses don’t always have to be red,” Amanda said with a grin. “Yellow roses can brighten anyone’s day!” She also loves the new Staghorn Fern houseplants we just got in! Perfect for tight spaces and medium- light locations, these easy-care houseplants in a coconut shell will make your house feel like a tropical jungle!

LuAnn: Our tenderhearted co-worker loves blooming houseplants, and she thinks azaleas are just the thing! In a variety of pinks, coral, and fuchsia, these long-lasting flowering plants make a great gift for that special someone. She also loves stuffed animals, but the soft grey elephant with pink feet is her favorite!

Summer: This gardening girl loves plants, nature, and especially frogs! “Will You Be My Prince” fairy garden is her Valentine’s Day gift of choice! With silk succulents, this no-care fairy garden will last in your heart forever! Add a box of chocolates (and Skid’s the Kitty), and you’ll make her day!

Cassie: Our on-trend friend Cassie likes red roses and tropical flowers best! A big bouquet of deep red, heart-shaped roses are a great way to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day! For a dramatic and exotic look, add orchids to a mixed flower arrangement, or make a bold statement with a vase of just a few orchid stems! 

Find your Valentine that perfect gift at Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn! We hope everyone has a safe and a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

What’s New in 2019?

Welcome to the new year! As a full-service florist, retail center, and lawn/landscape company, we are open year round providing a variety of services! 

One of the latest trends in 2019: Get Your Planning Done Early! Whether you’re looking for gifts for your friends and family for a special occasion, or you would like to get a landscape project done this year, don’t procrastinate! Call or stop in to speak with a specialist about your needs today! 

Retail Trends

Floral Flower Trends: Custom Designs! This year, customers have been looking for unique, heartfelt designs with custom touches to show their loved ones just how much they care! Our professional floral designers can work within your budget to create a beautiful arrangement that will brighten any one’s day! Stick with the trend, and don’t delay! Visit us today to find that special Valentine’s Day, birthday, anniversary, or just because gift!

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we are ready! Are you? If you need some gift ideas, we can help! We have a variety of unique gifts, fairy garden items, fun bird planters, blooming houseplants, stuffed animals, gift baskets, flower arrangements, and more! Be prepared for Valentine’s Day and get your gift early this year!

Weddings: The season for wedding planning is upon us! The latest trend in Wisconsin and Minnesota are Autumn weddings: Fall is becoming the new summer for weddings! Plan in advance and book ahead! Our professional florists have years of experience designing wedding arrangements – whether your wedding is very small or you expect 300+ attendees, we have the skills to create your dream day!

Perennial Trends

Pollinator Perennials: Each year, we see an increase demand for plants that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds! We offer a large selection of perennials for both sun and shade that attract our pollinators. A short list includes: Sedum, Liatris, Bleeding Heart, Monarda, Joe Pye Weed, Butterfly Weed, and Milkweed. In the spring, come in and talk to our garden specialists about options for your garden!

Perennials for Shade: Shade gardens can be troublesome, but they can be just as beautiful as gardens in full sun! Look for plants with colorful foliage and unique flowers! Ligularia, Coral Bells, Astilbe, Ferns, Brunnera, Pulmonaria, Aralia Sun King, and Polemonium offer beautiful leaves for a specatular display in your garden. Along with their flower interest, these plants will brighten any dark spot in your shade garden!

Landscape Trends

Landscaping for form and function: Whether you are looking to improve your curb appeal or create an entirely new landscape design, our professional landscape team can help. Come in and talk to us about your plan, budget, and ideas. Now is the time to build your plans and get scheduled for the season! We specialize in outdoor kitchens, patios, pathways, retaining walls, and master plan designs, and we can help you transform your outdoor living space to be an inviting extension of your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gifts & More!

HOLIDAY GIFTS & HOURS

Looking for last-minute gift ideas? We can help! 

Stocking Stuffers: We have a huge selection of Fairy Garden items including winter themed fairies, dragons, gnomes, trolls, unicorns, frogs, dogs, fairy houses, and accessories! We also have candles, soaps, and gifts for the gardener in your life!

Ornaments: Come in and check out our fun and whimsical ornaments!  While they make great gifts by themselves, you can also include them as a stocking-stuffer or add one to adorn your winter floral arranement!

Poinsettias: We still have a variety of beautiful Poinsettias available to brighten up your home! Bring one as a holiday gift for the host, or have us deliver one to your friends and family to send a bit of holiday cheer!

Christmas Cactus: These incredible, long-blooming, easy-care houseplants will add color to a winter day and brighten that perfect spot on a sunny windowsill.

Wreaths, Patio Pots, and Winter Hanging Baskets: Need a gift for that person who already has everything they need? Make their entrances warm and welcoming with a holiday wreath, a decorative patio pot, or a winter hanging basket! Choose one already made up, or we can customize any of these items to create a special gift for those you love!

Floral Arrangements: Our professional floral designers make fresh bouquets daily! Surprise your favorite person with a beautiful winter bouquet, make your holiday feast festive with a table centerpiece, or send holiday cheer with a fun arrangement! Call 715-485-3131 or visit our website at https://www.balsamlakeflorist.com to see your options and order your arrangements for the holidays!

Other Gifts: Come in and see what else we may have for that special person on your list! We offer blooming and green houseplants, whimsical planters, cabin signs, birdbaths, bird feeders, windchimes, gazing globes, floor mats, hanging chairs, and so much more for your outdoorsy, nature-loving, gardening friends and family members!

Hours: We are open Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 4pm, Saturdays 9am to 1pm, and closed on Sundays. We will be closed Sunday, December 23 thru Wednesday, December 26 for the Winter Holidays. We will re-open Thursday, December 27. 

From all of us at Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn, we wish you all warm and happy holidays!

 

Poinsettias Are Here For Holiday Cheer

Nothing beats the full, vibrant colors of a Poinsettia – the traditional plant of the winter holidays! The plant is known in Mexico and Guatemala as “”La Flor de la Nochebuena“, meaning Flower of the Holy Night, or Christmas Eve (University of Illinois Extension). These beautiful, brilliant, and affordable tropical plants are the perfect way to make your holidays bright! 

According to Tropical Rainforest Facts, Poinsettias are originally from Central America and southern Mexico where the climate is very hot. The plant is named after Joel Robert Poinsett, the man who brought the Poinsettia to the United States from Mexico in the 1820’s. December 12th is considered Poinsettia Day, in honor of the man who popularized the plant!

We offer a wide selection of Poinsettias in many colors and sizes! Visit us today to make your home festive, or call us at 715-485-3131 to send holiday cheer to your friends and family!

Happy Holidays!

 

2019 BALSAM LAKE SNOWSHOE RACE

We’re in the early stages of planning and preparing for the 8th Annual Balsam Lake Snowshoe 5K Trail Race! Put the date on your calendar for Saturday, February 23, 2019, and plan to join us for this fun winter activity for all ages! This is a family-friendly, dog-friendly event for everyone who enjoys the outdoors and winter hikes!

We’re in the early stages of planning and preparing for the 8th Annual Balsam Lake Snowshoe 5K Trail Race! Put the date on your calendar for Saturday, February 23, 2019, and plan to join us for this fun winter activity for all ages! This is a family-friendly, dog-friendly event for everyone who enjoys the outdoors and winter hikes!

Here are the race details!

Balsam Lake Snowshoe Race – 5K Trail Race

  • Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Time: 9am to 9:45am Registration – Race Begins at 10am
  • Location: Pine Park at 311 Tuttle Street, Balsam Lake, WI
  • Cost: $20

Download the registration form below, print, and return it with your $20 registration fee to:

Balsam Lake Chamber of Commerce (BLCC)

Attn: 5K Snowshoe Race

916 Badger Drive

Balsam Lake, WI 54810

 

 Balsam Lake Snowshoe Race Registration Form

Beat the Heat

 

 

You know that intense feeling of thirst when you’ve been outside during a 90-degree (or hotter) day? The one where you can’t stop dreaming of diving head first into the lake? Well, we are here to tell you that your turfgrass is likely feeling the same way. It’s the same logic as the water you drank yesterday is not going to quench your thirst today.

Generally, turf will need at least one inch of water per week when dealing with normal temperatures —if it is extreme heat that will need to increase to two or even three inches. Finding the right stability between over-watering and under-watering in the summer is always going to involve some trial and error; especially if you are trying to conserve water by using natural rainfall. By following the steps we’ve outlined below, you can make  turf care a little more predictable.

Watch The Weather

If rain is in the forecast, hold off on watering until after the storm has passed, when it clears, check your rain gauge to see where the turfs water necessities are, as well as the average temperature for the week. If the turf is still looking green and lively, you may be able to skip watering for the week, but if this is not the case, and the turfgrass is looking a little on the rough side, then you will want to use your calculated sprinkler irrigation system.  If you don’t have access to one,  use the guide below to help with providing the right amount of hydration.

Sprinkler System
Once Per Week: Four hours of water per reach of sprinkler 
Twice Per Week: Two hours of water per reach of sprinkler

Hose Sprinkler
Once Per Week: Two hours of water per reach of sprinkler 
Twice Per Week: One hour of water per reach of sprinkler

Water Early

Water early in the morning, you will be saving your turf from becoming under hydrated or diseased. Watering early in the morning gives water the best chance of being absorbed deep into the roots of your turfgrass. If you are watering in the middle of the day when the sun is beating down on your lawn, your turf will not soak up much water. If you are watering late in the evening it will have the opposite effect as the water will linger and allow the opportunity for mold and fungi to spread.

Water Deep

It is necessary for your turf to receive water all the way down deep into the roots, so make sure you are delivering moisture six to eight inches below the surface. Deep watering will keep the roots from growing toward the surface and will also reduce the need to water as frequently. To help aid in fast recovery and deeper root mass, you can use microbial technology.

Let Your Turf Rest

If your  turfgrass is stressed from heat, you will want to minimize mowing as it will be harder for the turf to recover. Instead,  wait and mow after there has been a rainfall or when they have recently watered. You will also want to avoid mowing your turf too short; you should not be removing more than 1/3 of the length of the grass being cut. Remember to keep your mower blades sharp to ensure a quick, clean cut which also reduces stress on your turfgrass.

 

What Type of Funeral Flowers Should I Send?

 

 

 
 
 
 

Sympathy flowers, funeral flowers, wreaths, standing sprays, casket sprays, floor bouquets… Learn what these specific types of arrangements are and how to appropriately express your condolences.

Wreath

Floral design displayed on an easel in a prominent position near the casket. Floral wreaths are sent directly to the funeral home or church for the service. The circular wreath symbolizes eternal life.

Standing Spray

Standing sprays are similar to wreath arrangements. They are displayed in a prominent position near the casket on an easel. They are also sent directly to the funeral home or church for the service.

 

Casket Spray

This flower arrangement is designed for the top of the casket. This type of arrangement is typically ordered by the immediate family.

Peace Always

Floor Bouquets

A flower arrangement in large vase or pots placed on the floor near the casket.

Tender Tribute

Funeral Baskets and Plants

Flower arrangement or plants presented in a decorative vase and displayed around the casket at the funeral home.

Basket of Memories

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sympathy Flowers

A flower arrangement in a vase or basket  delivered to the homes of the grieving.

 

 

 

Simplicity

   

 

 

Flowers bring comfort and help us express our feelings. They add beauty, elegance and warmth to a somber occasion.

Mother’s Day Tips

Mix It Up This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost here! Time to make last minute preparations and create beautiful gifts that mom would love!!  Stop in for your supplies and create something uniquely “you” for your mom this year!

Flowers

Carnations and roses are the flowers most commonly found in Mother’s Day arrangements. Why not change that up by creating arrangements with orchids, succulents, and anemones? Succulents, especially, make great additions to bouquets because the lucky moms receiving them will have an easy to care for plant to hold on to! Even just adding these flowers in with the more traditional flowers can give designs a fresh new look.

 
 

Containers

Sometimes all an arrangement needs to give it a modern feel is an updated container!  Metallics and mercury glass are very popular right now. You could also create arrangements in containers that the mom will be able to use later on. Ceramic mixing bowls, decorative pitchers, or a fun candy dish are all great ideas. To add a new twist to an arrangement, use wire baskets instead of the usual wicker ones. Creating hand-tied bouquets is also a great idea that mom would love!

 

Fairy Gardens, Dish Gardens or Hanging Gardens(aka Hanging Baskets)

If your mom is the type who loves playing in the dirt– the greenhouse will be fully stocked with blooming annuals, perennials, succulents and indoor houseplants.  Pick out the plants a container and maybe some garden art and let her put it all together –or better yet plan an afternoon when the family can all work on it together!

 

Extras

The extras can make a huge difference when it comes to an arrangement. Try matching your flowers to a brightly colored ribbon in a plaid. Wrap some lace around a vase for added dimension or shape brightly colored wires in accent colors to place with the flowers. The extras are fun elements that can be used to represent your mother’s personality.

If the DIY approach does not work for you this year —stop in and let our friendly staff help create the perfect floral arrangement, hanging garden, indoor dish garden, or fairy garden for your mom!