SNOW MOLD and YOUR LAWN - Spring

Spring is here and Tonka Turf is already cleaning up our clients lawns.
This is early for us by at least a week! If you are interested in a spring
clean-up for your property contact us today. We are also currently
signing up weekly lawn care clients.

Ask us about new customer discounts.

As the grass recovers from the winter months some lawns have shown
signs of
SNOW MOLD.

It is useful to determine whether the disease is pink or gray snow mold
because gray snow mold rarely damages more than the blades of the
grass. Lawns with gray snow mold can be expected to recover fairly
quickly even when damage appears extensive. Pink snow mold, in
contrast, may invade the crowns and roots causing more serious injury. It
is not unusual for both types of snow mold to be found in the same area.
All common lawn grasses may be infected, but Kentucky
bluegrass-fescue lawns are the least susceptible to severe damage.
(http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/snowmolds.html)

Tonka Turf knows how to get your lawn back if it has suffered from snow
mold. We also offer fertilizer applications, de-thatching and weed control.

Let us help you have the best lawn season ever!

Andy and Sarah Patnode
Tonka Turf
Owners
(612) 282-4920

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Gray Mold
Pink Mold
AJ Lawns, LLC dba Tonka Turf
Minnetonka, Minnesota
info@tonkakturf.com
(612) 282-4920
Providing lawn care and snow removal for the Lake
Minnetonka, Minnetonka, Shorewood, Excelsior,
Chanhassen, Hopkins, Wayzata and Victoria.
ICE DAMS and YOUR HOME - winter

With record snowfalls in December and frigid temperatures in Minnesota
we have the right conditions for ICE DAMS, a homeowners worst roof
nightmare.  

*An ice dam, on a smaller scale, is a problem of house and building
maintenance in cold climates. An ice dam can occur when snow
accumulates on the slanted roof of a house with inadequate insulation
and warm air leaks into the attic at penetrations for plumbing stacks,
wiring, chimneys, attic hatches, recessed lights, etc. These warm air leaks
are known as attic bypasses. Heat conducted through the insufficient
insulation and warm air from the attic bypasses warms the roof and melts
the snow.[4] Meltwater flows down the roof, under the blanket of snow,
onto the eave and into the gutter, where colder conditions on the
overhang cause it to freeze. Eventually, ice accumulates along the eave
and in the gutter. Snow that melts later cannot drain properly through the
ice on the eave and in the gutter.

This can result in:
* Leaking roof (height of leak depends on extent of ice dam).
* Wet, ineffective insulation.
* Stained or cracked plaster or drywall.
* Rotting timber.
* Stained, blistered or peeling paint.

Under extreme conditions, with heavy snow and severe cold, almost any
house can have an ice dam, whereas a house that is poorly insulated
with attic bypasses will have ice dams during a normal winter weather.
Giant icicles hanging from the eave are one indication of a poorly
insulated attic with many attic bypasses.[5]

Although high snow levels along with extreme cold weather is generally
considered the highest potential risk conditions for ice dams to
accumulate, standing snow is not even a required prerequisite for ice
dams to form.[6] It takes very little actual moisture to form ice dams.*

*Source of Information*:
Ice Dams on Roofs and Buildings

Let us help you keep your house safe from ICE DAMS.  Please call today
for a free quote.  Happy New Year!  

Andy and Sarah Patnode
Tonka Turf
Owners
(612) 282 4920
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ICE DAM INFORMATION
www.extension.umn.edu
At Tonka Turf our goal is to provide the best information for
the upkeep of your home and lawn.  This season's focus is on
the benefits of removing Ice Dams from your roof.
 
Benefits of an Owner Operated Lawn Care Business

This spring season as a homeowner you will probably have your newspaper
box inundated with countless fliers from lawn care providers and Tonka Turf
will most likely be included in that stack of information. As a homeowner the
questions that you may think of are - how do I choose the best provider to take
care of my property and what kind of business do I want close to my home all
season?

At Tonka Turf we believe that we are a different kind of service provider. We
are not a service that you call once; we solve an issue and then go. We are on
your property all season long.

Here are some questions to answer when selecting the best lawn service for
you;

1. Is the service owner operated?

2. Do they have insurance?

3. Do they have the proper licenses?

4. Is the company set up as a business?

These are important questions to ask before hiring a lawn care service. The
benefits of checking these questions are;

1. Owner operated means that the owner of the company will be serving you
and your family. If any questions arise you can simply walk out your front door
when we are there and let Andy, the owner, know.
2. At Tonka Turf we have only one phone number. That is Andy’s cell phone
so you will get him every time.
3. We are fully insured. We are serious about taking care of all the details.
4. We have up to date licenses.
5. We have been in business for over 1
6 years. We know the industry and we
specialize in taking great care of your property.

We look forward to answering any additional questions you may have. Have a
wonderful season!

Andy and Sarah Patnode
Owners

Tonka Turf

(612) 282-4920

www.tonkaturf.com

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