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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!