HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

 

It’s Dad’s Day Sunday, June 21!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

 
 
Not sure what to get Dad for Father’s Day? We’ve got you covered! Show him you really care with these thoughtful gift ideas!

Retail Center: Looking for something really fun and unique? Our patio planters, BBQ seasonings for the grill, outdoor mats for the grill or garage, garden art, lake signs, or wind chimes might be just what you need! Have you seen our line of THINK OUTSIDE products? There are some cool gifts to help keep Dad’s beverages cold! Because the products are made from recycled oil drums, no two items are the same! Check out the awesome motorcycle, truck, and frog! Make sure dad is comfortable with Comfort Craft’s outdoor furniture including bars, stools, and adirondack chairs! This durable furniture is crafted from eco-friendly recycled poly lumber and is maintenance-free! 

Garden Center: We just got a new shipment of trees, shrubs, and perennials in!  Apple trees, shade trees, flowering shrubs and blooming perennials are beautiful, long-lasting gifts that Dad will always remember! If your looking for bulk materials to help Dad complete those never-ending projects, come in for our wide selection of mulch, landscape rock, and driveway gravel!

No matter what gift you find for that important guy in your life, we hope you celebrate with love and happiness. From all of us at Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn, we are wishing you a bloomin’ Father’s Day!

Happy Memorial Weekend!

Join Us For Our Memorial Week Sales!

Due to the uncertain times, we will NOT have our usual Customer Appreciation Day. Instead, we hope you will enjoy browsing our beautiful selection of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and bulk landscape materials. We’ll have some sales to make the week fun! Sale dates: Sat. May 23 – Sun. May 31! We will honor sales during these dates to help everyone practice safe social distancing!GREENHOUSE: Our greenhouse is full of blooming annuals, hanging baskets, patio pots, tropicals, and our Bud ‘n’ Bloom perennials for all of your flower needs! Just a small touch can make your home or cabin welcoming and colorful! Our greenhouse sales are:

  • Buy 2 Hanging Baskets, get $5 OFF
  • $5 OFF Bud ‘n’ Bloom Clematis and Hydrangeas

GARDEN CENTER: We have a full stock of perennials, shrubs, and trees for your gardens and landscaping! With the cooler temperatures and rainy days of spring/early summer, now is a great time to plant! We have a wonderful variety of blooming trees, shade trees, flowering shrubs, and perennials!

  • Buy 3 or more perennials, get 20% OFF (Offer valid on perennials only!)
  • 15% OFF insect spray or granules
  • 15% OFF deer/animal repellents
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  • Bulk Materials: Need to repair your driveway? Enhancing your mulch beds? Check out our bulk supply of driveway rock, mulch, and other landscape materials! Our landscape material sales include:
  • Bagged Mulch – 3 bags for $10
  • Sod – We will have one pallet of sod available. Must pre-order! Call us at 715-485-3131

Please note our Spring Hours:

  • Monday-Friday 9am to 6pm
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday 10am to 2pm
  • We are CLOSED Monday, May 25 for the Memorial Day Holiday

From all of us at Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn, we wish you a very safe and Happy Memorial Weekend!

Make Your Mother’s Day Bloom!

 

We are open at Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn! Our greenhouse, garden center, lawn care and landscape services are up and running! During this time of uncertainty, we have worked hard to create a safe space in our operations for our customers and staff to practice social distancing. We have a new flow of traffic for our greenhouse and our bulk material lot. See the sections below to learn more!

GREENHOUSE: Our greenhouse is a lush jungle full of flowers and blooms! We have hanging baskets, annuals, bedding flowers, vegetables, patio pots, and garden art! Our show-stopping perennials from our Bud ‘n’ Bloom program this year include clematis, roses, and hydrangeas. These are big, beautiful bloomers on plants that will return year-after-year! 

For greenhouse purchases: Please enter through the greenhouse, pay at the cash register, and leave through the front door of the retail center. To maintain safe social distancing, we ask that only 4 customers be in the greenhouse at one time. 

GARDEN CENTER: Come in to see our beautiful selection of flowering trees, fruit trees, shade trees, shrubs, and perennials! We also offer a large selection of bulk products for DIY projects including bagged and bulk mulch, decorative rock, and driveway gravel. 

For garden center purchases: Please use the side window of the retail center for your inquiries and purchases.

MOTHER’S DAY: If you’re looking to make mother’s day special, we’ve got what you need! Visit us to see our selection, call us at 715-485-3131, or purchase an on-line order at www.balsamlakeprolawn.com. We also make Mother’s Day deliveries! 

SPRING PROJECTS: Spring is the best time to rejuevinate your landscaping! Re-mulch your beds to give your landscape a fresh look and suppess weeds. Deadhead your perennials and grasses from last year, prune your spireas, and plant those flowers you’ve always wanted. For lawn care, apply Crabgrass Preventer to keep out those pesky weeds and promote healthy lawn growth. The deer are out looking for food, so apply Deer Scram, Plantskyd, and other animal products now! 

From all of us at Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn, we wish you a Happy Mother’s Day and a safe, fun, and Happy Spring!

Contact us by phone at 715-485-3131, email info@balsamlakeprolawn.com, or visit our website at www.balsamlakeprolawn.com.

 

APRIL IS NATIONAL LAWN CARE MONTH & A CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY!

In this issue, learn essential Late-April tips for creating healthy lawns, discover DIY landscape and lawncare projects you can complete during this time of Shelter in Place, and explore the many ways healthy lawns and landscapes improve global and local ecosystems!
  
FERTILIZATION:
 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! Providing early care for your lawns keeps your grass healthier, greener, and more lush! 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. To learn about our professional fertilization services, please email us: info@balsamlakeprolawn.com

CHECK FOR BROWN PATCHES IN YOUR LAWN AND RE-SEED: Areas that have been covered with large piles of snow can kill grass. Check to see if your brown grass is just dormant or dead by raking away some of the brown so you can see the lawn surface. Check for 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 renovating these areas. To repair, rake up the dead tissue. Add a light top-dressing of topsoil. Use a good quality grass seed that is appropriate for the conditions you live in. Rake the seed lightly into your new topsoil, tamp lightly with your feet. Keep the area moist, daily if necessary, to prevent the seedlings from drying out.

HEALTHY LAWNS = HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENTS: 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. Healthy lawns also protect bodies of water, absorbing run-off and acting as a filter for lakes, rivers, ponds, and groundwater. 

DIY PROJECTS FOR STUNNING LANDSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS: Spring is the time to repair potholes and plow damage on your driveways. Mulching your existing landscapes during this season can provide extra protection for your plants and early weed suppression. Mulch can also add instant visual appeal to existing sites. Once the threat of frost is past, Spring is also a wonderful time to plant! Visit our retail center for bulk materials such as Class 5 for driveway repairs, bulk river rock, and a variety of bulk or bagged mulch. Our garden center will soon uncover our winterized selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials! Look for early-blooming varieties to make your Spring a colorful one while providing birds, bees, butterflies, and other of nature’s creatures with food and habitat.

SPRING CLEAN-UP: Once the threat of frost is gone, it’s time to remove leaves and debris from your gardens! Dead-head perennial stalks and cut ornamental grasses to support healthy new growth. Cut old foliage away from daylilies, hostas, and other straggly perennials to uncover shoots. Rake or leaf-blow leaves out of your garden beds. Be sure to dig out those pesky early-season weeds, and consider re-mulching! Our professional Spring Clean-up crews will be out next week to get a start on this portion of our lawncare services.  

Our Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn experts provide a number of services to improve your lawn and landscapes. Visit our website at www.balsamlakeprolawn.com or email info@balsamlakeprolawn.com to learn more! 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!

From all of us at Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn, thank you for your support, and we hope you stay safe and healthy!

 

Spring In To March!

Here are a few things to look forward to this March:

St. Patrick’s Day: Tuesday, March 17: We’ve got fun and clever fresh arrangements and clover houseplants to make someone’s day! May the luck o’ the Irish be with you! Erin Go Bragh (Ireland Forever)!

First Day of Spring: Thursday, March 19: Bulb gardens, fresh bouquets, and colorful decorations are a great way to bring in this bright new season!

Dish Garden Plant & Sip: Thursday, March 26: Join us at The Barred Owl for a dish garden and wine night from 6pm to 8pm! Event is $45 and includes houseplants, dish garden supplies, and a glass of wine! Click here for more details. Call The Barred Owl to reserve your space at 715-485-3192.

Sign up for Spring Services: It’s time to think about spring clean-up, spring fertilization, and season-long lawn care! Call us Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn at 715-485-3131 to learn more about our professional lawn care services and see how we can help your lawn get a jump-start into the season!

“Spring” on in to our retail center to brighten your season!

Hey, Hey, What’s New in May

Get Ready For Plants!

Our greenhouse is open and full of annuals, hanging baskets, tropicals, vegetables, ferns, Bud ’N’ Bloom, and more! Come in and see our incredible selection for all of your planting needs! We also have a full stock of beautiful trees, shrubs, and perennials!

Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 12

Brighten Mom’s day and let her know you are thinking of her with a Crabapple tree, blooming shrub, flowering perennial, hanging basket, floral arrangement, garden art, windchime, or colorful houseplant! Stop in and see what’s in store to make Mom’s day special!

Bud ‘N’ Bloom

The Bud ‘N’ Bloom program features hardy perennials and shrubs in full-bloom! 6 varieties of stunning clematis and the show-stopper “Summer Crush” Hydrangea are ready-to-go!

Open House – Sat. May 25

Join us Sat. May 25 from 11am to 2pm for a Customer Appreciation Day! Enjoy food, fun, and sales!

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.