The Importance of Spring Maintenace and Summer Yard Prep in Michigan

Yard Maintenance

It may feel a whole lot like winter, but spring is just around the corner…even in Michigan. If you want your lawn to look its best, it’s time to start thinking about maintaining your yard and preparing it for summer. There may not be too much that you can get started on now, but you can always get your tools ready, purchase any items you need, and have them ready to go when things thaw out and start to grow again.


Maintain Your Tools

Did you remember to sharpen the blade on your mower before you put it away last fall? If you didn’t, this should be your first step in spring yard maintenance in Michigan. A sharp blade now means that your mower should cut well all summer long. While you’re at it, sharpen the blades on any cutters or trimmers you plan to use this summer, too, so everything is ready to go.

If you had problems with your mower last year, it’s older, or you haven’t done much maintenance on it, it may be time to take it in for a tuneup. It will definitely be easier to get those appointments now than it will be during those first few weeks of spring.

Get Out Your Rake

If your snow melts and your yard still looks dingy, get out the rake. You may have snow mold or just a lot of dead grass built up underneath the live pieces. Use a leaf rake to loosen the mold and built-up grass facilitate your lawn’s recovery. It will still come back green if you don’t do this, but we recommend it for the best possible looking yard. If you need some help with lawn care in Michigan, call us and we’ll get it done for you.

Put Off Fertilizing

A lot of homeowners in Michigan want to fertilize as soon as they see green poking up through the snow. However, doing this too soon doesn’t help your yard at all. If the grass isn’t ready to be fertilized, the substance won’t do any good. And if everything freezes again, you’ll only have to reapply. In general, it’s a good idea to wait until at least May, when your grass has grown long enough to require cutting before you fertilize.

If you want to put down products that keep crabgrass away, you should still wait until early to mid-April, depending on the soil temperatures. If you use these products too early, they’ll wash away. If you use them too late, you’ll get crabgrass anyway.

Implement Design Changes

Are you thinking of changing up the look of your yard or adding new features to it? It’s time to call in a professional in landscape design in Michigan to make your ideas into reality. These pros can usually figure out what will look best in your yard, how you can make it look better, and what it will actually take to get you the yard you’ve always wanted. Then, call in a professional landscaping service in Michigan to keep it that way!

At Berns Landscaping, we would love to help you out. Let us know what we can do to help you with spring yard maintenance in Michigan, or call and ask us your questions directly. Our professionals are always happy to help you help your yard thrive in Michigan!


Snow Shoveling Tips

Stretch First – Cold temperatures and unprepared muscles are a bad combination in winter weather. Do not rush and charge at the snow with all you have, take some time and stretch first to prevent injury.
Dress In Layers – Dressing in loose fitting layers that can easily be removed is the best practice so you do not over heat. You want to keep warm without sweating.
Have A Plan – Create a plan! You do not want to be moving snow more than you need to. If you park your cars outdoors, clear those off first. Now that the cars are cleared off start working on your walkways, patios and driveways. Try to move the snow the shortest distance possible, start in a central point and shovel to the nearest edge.
Maintain Proper Posture – Use your legs as much as possible, push snow and use your legs to lift when you can no longer push. Keep your back straight and keep the shovel close to your upper body. Keep one hand close to the blade for better leverage and remember not to twist when trowing snow.
Stay Hydrated & Rest – Listen to your body and take breaks as needed.
Maintain Your Shovels – Keep your snow shovels maintained. Loosen tight handles, fix crooked blades and shave down uneven plastic edges. Having a proper shovel makes all the difference.

Snow Shoveling Tips   – Final TIP for a safe Snow Season…. Help the elderly if you are able to! If not, you can give them our number (586) 756-1145

Solution to Landscaping – The Biggest Problems People Have with Most Landscapers….. and How Berns Landscaping Helps You Overcome ThemGrounds Maintenance


“Landscaper over promises and under delivers shows up late or not at all”.

The Berns Solution: Our goal is to continually surprise & delight you with exemplary service & top-notch care!

Problem #2:

“Landscaper leaves your yard & sidewalk a mess”.

The Berns Solution: We do what we say we are going to do. We pay attention to the smallest details. We will leave your yard neat and keep you informed every step of the way.

Problem #3:

“Landscaper offers little or no guidance or education”.

The Berns Solution: At Berns Landscaping, we want to help you get the most value and enjoyment from your landscape. We do this through personalized education and hands-on-help.

Problem #4:

“Landscaper creates an ordinary design that is unattractive, high maintenance and detracts from the architecture and value of your home”.

The Berns Solution: You & your home are unique; your landscaping should be too. To ensure it, Berns Landscaping uses a 7-step process called Landscape Vision. This process helps us identify and understand your specific needs, wants and design ideas so we can create a landscape that compliments your home’s architecture, increases your home’s value and is unique to you and your neighborhood.

Problem #5:

“Landscaper provides ‘estimate’ for services and then the final bills do not match the original estimate”.

The Berns Solution: We provide you with a detailed proposal outlining all materials being used. A low estimate is just a way to win your business.

Problem #6:

“Landscaper does not communicate”.

The Berns Solution: You will have an open line of communication with your account manager and our crews are available to speak to you.

Problem #7:

“Landscaper does not offer a satisfaction guarantee”.

The Berns Solution: You will experience a rare level of confidence and trust through our commitments to you.

Problem #8:

“Landscaper never tells you when they are going to show up to do the work. Or, you can’t tell they were there”.

The Berns Solution: Our teams leave a service report with each service letting you know what services were performed.

Is the WRONG landscaper maintaining your property?

Call (586) 756-1145 for the RIGHT one Solution to Landscaping-.

Snow Removal with Berns Landscaping Services, Inc

Planning ahead for snow removal is critical to ensuring a fast response. When snow starts blanketing your property this year, you can count on us for a prompt, efficient snow removal and de-icing services.

We are offering customers in your area snow removal services. No matter what the size of your property, we can keep your winter weather worries to a minimum.

What We Offer:

  • Commercial, Industrial & Retail Sites
  • Shopping centers, malls & plazas
  • Hotels & Conference centers
  • Medical Buildings, nursing homes & assisted living facilities

Fully Licensed and insured, our equipment and processes are continually updated to provide you with the best service possible. Give us a call today to find out how we can melt your winter worries away!

Landscaping in the Winter 

  1. DO NOT buy cheap mulch in your garden for the winter. It is a GREAT idea to add mulch to your garden in the winter, however, you must read the ingredients in the mulch, and make sure you are buying good stuff to last through the snow and freeze. Certain mulches that show a “discounted” price, will he harmful to your garden throughout the winter. Key to Landscaping in the Winter!
  2. DO NOT forget to rake the leaves. Don’t leave the leaves. Pick them up, do 1 last mow! Give your grass a chance to breathe in the winter.
  3. DO NOT cut the grass to0 short. Cutting the grass “too short” before the ground freezes.
  4. DO NOT Ignore the bugs. If you were having a bug problem, a spider problem, or worse before the snow falls, do NOT ignore it until spring. They can come back stronger than ever next spring. Key to Landscaping in the Winter!
  5. DO NOT miss out on the deals! After planting and gardening season wraps up, there are TONS of stores that practically give away their garden equipment. DO NOT miss out on the sales, and get garden supplies in the winter, to save in the spring!
  6. DO NOT use weed killer in the winter! Good weed killer should be applied in mild or warm temperatures. Do not use them in cold temps, it will cause more harm than good. Key to Landscaping in the Winter!
  7. Use the RIGHT fertilizer. There are different types of fertilizer that can be used in all 4 seasons. Make sure you purchase the correct one during the cold months. Here is a list of different types to use, if you are applying yourself.
  8. DO NOT forget final manicuring. Aeration should be completed well in advance of the winter freeze so you can give your landscaping a chance to recover before the ground freezes over.
  9. DO NOT forget to water your outdoor plants. If there is no snow or no rain, do not forget to water your plants. They still get thirsty in the winter.
  10.  Start planning for the spring early. It is never to early to start your ideas for planting. Have a plan and the right tools, so once that deep freeze leaves us, your garden season can last longer.

Landscaping in the Winter