Detroit lawn care services
Motor City, the birthplace of motown, the largest and most populated city in Michigan, that's right Detroit -- we're looking at you!
Prep your lawn for the freezing cold
What better time to visit Detroit than when it is transformed into a winter wonderland? While the snow is dazzling, it's not the best for your lawn! Detroit is considered a colder climate zone. It is the only major U.S. city that is north of Canada. The winters are long and freezing cold, so it's super important to not only prep your yard for winter, but to maintain your lawn during the cold seasons.
Fall brings rainfall, and most grass starts to grow in September and October until the temperatures start to freeze. For winter prep, you should consider laying down mulch in the fall to protect it from freezing under the snow. While weeds don't grow much in the winter, the mulch will protect your lawn into the spring. Lawns are susceptible to freezing in Detroit, and mulch can help keep lawns warmer and delay plant dormancy. Dormancy is a natural part of the grass life cycle.
Did you know your grass can grow mold, especially in freezing conditions? Detroit snow removal services can help prevent your lawn from essentially getting sick! Mold lives under the snow during winter, and as it melts away, you will notice a matted look to the turf with a strange grey or pink hue. Fertilizing in the spring can also help prevent snow mold.
Springtime in Detroit
Spring in Michigan starts in mid-March and temperatures quickly climb from freezing cold to 50 degree weather. The frost can continue into May. Some days can be sunny and warm but many days receive rainfall. While dormant, grass should only get one inch of water per week, including rain. Detroit averages 133 rainy days per year, which means it rains over a third of the year! The days slowly get warmer and warmer, but random snow storms can last into April. The unpredictability of spring makes caring for your yard tricky!
Not only do you have to worry about the cold temperatures, but the rapid changes in weather can be an inconvenience for your yard as well. Temperatures in Detroit are never consistent, large fluctuations are very common. Spring afternoons can reach 70 degrees, the nights and early mornings commonly drop into the 30s. The same goes for winter, fall, and summer; unexpected rain or snow can throw your lawn care routine off if it isn't managed by a professional.
Keeping your lawn lush in the hot summer sun
The Detroit River is one of the four major straits that connects to the Great Lakes. Because of a direct connection to fresh water, lawns have the ability to grow very quickly in spring and summer. Keeping your grass moisturized and nurtured during summer is one of the most important aspects of the season. Light, frequent watering each week will help keep your grass healthy and happy. Be sure not to water too much or too deep, this is a waste because the water quickly goes deeper than the short, summer roots. The best time to water is in the morning or early afternoon, because you don't want the grass wet if the evenings get too cool. This can cause mold the same way rain or snow can. Summers in Detroit are not that long, so why spend your precious free time pushing a bulky, noisy mower or breaking your back over a rake?
Not only does the grass grow lush and green in spring and summer, but so does crabgrass! Crabgrass is an invasive weed and can take over your entire lawn if you don't get it quickly under control. For a regular homeowner, it can be nearly impossible to eliminate. Not only is it challenging to remove, but it can also lead to many other lawn care problems. Crabgrass is known to be an indicator of other, more severe lawn issues such as disease, pests, and excessive dryness. When grass dies or thins out due to these issues, crabgrass tends to grow in its place. Once crabgrass has begun growing on your lawn, it will spread out and invade even healthy areas of the lawn. The start of a crabgrass invasion also tends to cause other weeds to begin growing in the area, as well. It takes a plan to get rid of crabgrass, and we recommended reaching out to a professional to handle the issue.
Professional lawn services in Detroit
The grass in Michigan is different than the grass in other states, so hiring someone who knows what type is grass is best grown is important. Certain types of grass thrive in Detroit: Zoysia, Perennial Ryegrass, Creeping Red Fescue, and Kentucky Bluegrass. But where to look for someone who knows how to manage those specific types of grass? Lawn Love is here to help! Using satellite imaging technology, we can determine the estimated cost of the work. Each lawn is different, and your quote will be personalized to ensure you are satisfied with what you are getting.
Services we offer include: Detroit lawn care and lawn mowing, Detroit gardening, Detroit gutter cleaning, Detroit lawn aeration, Detroit leaf removal, Detroit weed control, and Detroit yard service.
Lawn care in Detroit can be challenging for a homeowner, especially if you don't have time to keep up with the sudden weather changes common to Michigan. No matter the time of year, the weather can change suddenly and result in quicker, thicker grass growth. Overgrown and hazardous lawns can be the result, but not if you choose Lawn Love.
Commonly asked questions
Can I be fined for not trimming branches?
Every owner of any tree, shrub, or plant overhanging the streets or highways within the City shall trim the branches so that they shall not obstruct the light from any street lamp or obstruct the view of any street intersection, and so that there shall be a clear space of ten feet above the surface of the street or sidewalk. Such owners shall remove all dead, diseased or dangerous trees, and broken or decayed limbs, which may be considered a menace to the safety of the public.
What is the maximum height for bushes/shrubs?
All bushes, shrubs or plants, located on any corner lot within the City, which obstruct the view of a driver of a vehicle approaching a street intersection, shall not be permitted to grow to a height of more than three feet above the surface of the roadway. It shall be the duty of the General Services Department, in all cases of any violation of this section, to order the owner of such bush, shrub, or plant to cut the same within ten days to the height specified.
In case the owner of any such bush, shrub or plant shall fail to cut the same to the height specified within ten days after being notified to do so, the General Services Department shall report such failure to the City Council, who may then order such bush, shrub or plant to be cut to the height herein specified, and the cost of such work shall be levied against the owner of such bush, shrub, or plant and shall be collected by special assessment.
Who can I contact to remove harmful trees/shrubs/plants?
It shall be the duty of the General Services Department to remove or cause to be removed all trees, shrubs or plants planted upon the public highways and public places within the City when, in its judgment, such removal shall be beneficial to the health, safety, and welfare of the public, for public improvements or where such trees, shrubs or plants are detrimental to the growth of adjacent trees, but in such cases where, in the judgment of the General Services Department, there exists the necessity of replacing these trees, shrubs or plants, the cost thereof shall be at the expense of the abutting property owner, either by direct payment of such amount to the City Treasurer or by assessment as provided in this article. The cost for such removals shall be from funds provided therefor from general taxation.
What is the maximum height for weeds?/ Can I be charged for overgrown weeds?
Noxious weeds, certain other brush, or plant growth declared a public nuisance. Any noxious weeds, any species or variety of plants designated and declared by the Director of the Health Department, or the Director's designee, to be potentially injurious to the public health pursuant to Section 16-3-111 of this Code, any other weeds of any species or variety exceeding eight inches in height, any wild growing brush or underbrush exceeding one foot in height on any land, either public or private, either occupied or vacant, within the City are declared to be a public nuisance.