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February

We have finally thawed out from the latest polar vortex. However we continue to see the stories from Texas on the nightmare of broken and frozen pipes. There is a valuable lesson for us to learn too.

If you have an irrigation system, now is a great time to inspect any backflow failures. Simply go outside and see if you have ANY ice buildup around or below the drain plug or spigot area (depending on your setup). Once winterized, there should be NO ice forming from these areas. If there is ice, that is an indication that the valve inside your house is failing and water is starting to seep by. This is especially common in areas that have hard water sourced from aquifers, such as Maple Grove.

While you’re out and about, it is also a good time to check vent pipes from furnaces and water heaters. Public safety agencies are reminding people to bundle up, take a look, and clear any blockages from these pipes. Not only can these clogged pipes wreak havoc on your furnace’s operation, but it could cause a build-up of carbon monoxide inside the home which can be dangerous to your families’ life and safety. Check out this article on vent pipe ice buildup.

March

New Shop

Time flies when you’re having fun! We can’t believe it, but it’s been a whole year since we moved our shop! While moving is always a herculean effort, moving a business AND continuing to operate is quite the challenge! Our new space has put us closer to 90% of our Clients, streamlined commutes, and provided more warehouse, office, and outdoor storage space.

While we’re at it, are you moving anytime soon? Our service area extends all over the West Metro; so let us know if you need our help! Keep our Landscape Design/Build Division in mind for sprucing up that curb appeal before your house hits the market! In the meantime, check out this link for more expansive curb appeal options.

May

SPRING LAWN CARE TIPS
Spring in Minnesota can be unpredictable and contradictory – 34 degrees and sleet one day, and 70 degrees with perfect blue skies and sunshine the next. While it’s tempting to get outside on that first warm day and tackle all your lawn care projects, don’t do too much too quickly. Here are a few spring lawn care tips.

DRY IS BEST
The snow may be melted, but wait until the ground and grass are mostly dry before raking. If the turf is too soft, you may pull grass up by its roots. If your lawn suffers from snow mold (circular, straw-colored patches), you’ll want to gently rake these areas to promote drying and prevent further fungal growth.

AERATE IN THE SPRING AND FALL
While fall is typically the best time to aerate Minnesota lawns, if the yard is hard, bumpy, or packed, you may want to consider aerating in spring with a fall follow-up. Weeds love hard-packed soil.

FERTILIZE
Like any plant, grass needs food to survive. Fertilizers provide missing nutrients. Lawns that require a higher level of maintenance, such as Kentucky Bluegrass, will need an early application of fertilizer. Shady or lower-maintenance lawns need about half as much fertilizer.

GOT WEEDS?
Minnesota lawns can fall victim to a wide variety of weeds:
• Broadleaf, like dandelion, thistle, and Creeping Charlie. Spring is the best time to use chemically-based methods to control annual weeds such as chickweed and knotweed.
• Grass Weeds, like crabgrass and foxtail, should be treated pre-emergence in the spring.

The amount and types of weeds can vary from lawn to lawn, even in the same neighborhood, so treatment may differ as well.

SEED OR SOD
If your lawn has seen better days, it may be time to take additional maintenance steps. There are pros and cons for both seeding and laying sod. Seeding can be time-consuming and frustrating, taking a longer time for the lawn to become established and dense. Sod is a cleaner, quicker option, but may not produce the same quality lawn that results from seeding. Spring is a good time to lay sod, but it’s better to wait until late summer or early fall to seed.

There are a lot of elements that go into a well-maintained, appealing lawn. CB Services has the experience and know-how you need to keep your lawn looking its best. Call us today for a no-obligation estimate for your outdoor maintenance needs. We’ll keep your lawn looking its best – and you can enjoy summer! Visit our website for more information about our lawn care services and contact us today!

May

INTRODUCING OUR NEW WEBSITE
We’re very excited to announce that CB Services has launched our new website!

We invite you to spend a few minutes exploring the fresh, new website design. It’s easy to navigate in order to learn about each of our services. We offer a number of residential and commercial outdoor maintenance services, including:

Lawn Care – consistent, quality lawn mowing, fertilization, spring and fall cleanup, and more.
Landscaping Services – design, installation, improvements, maintenance, and more.
Irrigation – system installation, sprinkler head repair, winterization, and more.
Snow and Ice Removal – Driveway, parking lot, and sidewalk snow and ice removal, and more.

EXCITING NEW FEATURES
Our new website also features an easy-to-use form to request a service estimate. Simply fill out the form and we’ll contact you to discuss your outdoor maintenance needs and discuss next steps.

CB Services clients can now manage their accounts with our Client Login. This provides convenient, instant access to your account information and the option to pay your bill online.

In addition, we’ve added a blog. Stay-up-to-date on the news from CB Services as well as the latest information about outdoor maintenance services.

Visit our Photo Gallery for a sampling of the work we’ve done for homeowners and businesses in Maple Grove, Minnesota, and the surrounding northwestern suburbs.

ABOUT CB SERVICES
CB Services is a local, family-owned and operated business. We take great pride in our community and the level of service that we provide to each of our customers. Our outdoor maintenance experts work closely with you to fully understand your needs and the scope of every project.

We’re dedicated to delivering quality, customized work, whether you need consistent lawn mowing and snow removal or creative outdoor living spaces and stunning landscape design.

With a combined 40 years of experience in the outdoor maintenance services industry, CB Services provides exceptional service and care at a competitive price. We’re fully licensed and insured, and are a member of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association as well as the Snow and Ice Management Association.

Interested in learning more about our residential and commercial outdoor maintenance services? Visit our website and contact us today!