Property Maintenance

Ground Force Lawncare provides professional lawn and property services to both Commercial and Residential clients throughout the Twin Cities, MN

Ground Force Lawncare provides these commercial and residential lawn and property services to homes and businesses throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area out of their home offices in Chisago City, MN...

Why should you use Ground Force to maintain your property?

Did you know that mowing your lawn too short or allowing excessive growth can increase the occurence of insects, disease and weeds?  The use of well-maintained equipment and sharpened blades will keep the grass healthy, green and attractive.

A proper fertilization schedule is vital to the health and look of your lawn.  The amount, nutrients used and time of application all contribute to a proper schedule.  The use of balanced or complete fertilizers will help ensure your lawn against any potential nutrient deficiencies.  

Watering your lawns deeply will make sure these nutrients reach and build a deeper root zone, and in turn, create a healthier lawn.  Let Ground Force set up an application plan that is designed for your property.

Aeration or Core Cultivation In order to achieve and maintain a beautiful lawn, you should employ basic lawn care practices such as properly mowing, fertilizing and watering. It is also important to ensure that nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass. Aeration can be an extremely vital element to a healthy lawn because it allows air and water to penetrate built-up grass or lawn thatch.

Get rid of thatch and make way for a beautiful lawn with this quick guide to aeration. You’ll learn why, how and when to aerate your lawn for the best results.

What is Aeration?

Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.

The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements.

Should You Be Aerating Your Lawn?

One of the most common questions from homeowners is how to determine if they should be aerating their lawn. Your lawn is probably a good candidate for aeration if it:


  • Gets heavy use, such as serving as the neighborhood playground or racetrack. Children and pets running around the yard contribute to soil compaction.
  • Was established as part of a newly constructed home. Often, the topsoil of newly constructed lawns is stripped or buried, and the grass established on subsoil has been compacted by construction traffic.
  • Dries out easily and has a spongy feel. This might mean your lawn has an excessive thatch problem. Take a shovel and remove a slice of lawn about four inches deep. If the thatch layer is greater than one-half inch, aeration is recommended.
  • Was established by sod, and soil layering exists. Soil layering means that soil of finer texture, which comes with imported sod, is layered over the existing coarser soil. This layering disrupts drainage, as water is held in the finer-textured soil. This leads to compacted conditions and poor root development. Aerating breaks up the layering, allowing water to flow through the soil more easily and reach the roots.

When to Aerate Your Lawn

The best time for aeration is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. Ideally, aerate the lawn with cool season grass in the early spring or fall and those with warm season grass in the late spring.

Core Aeration services by Ground Force improves soil conditions for properties in the Twin Cities and surrouning Minnesota communities.









Power edging is the process of removing overhanging grass from concrete driveways, sidewalks and curbs.  All debris is removed and hauled away.  

We recommend edging two times per season to keep things from becoming overgrown, giving your property a neat, manicured look.

All deciduous shrubs will be trimmed to maintain growth within space limitations, to maintain or enhance the natural growth habit, or to eliminate diseased or damaged growth.  Some species shall be trimmed appropriately to influence flowering. 


Dethatching or Power Raking:                    

Thatch is a brown spongy organic layer just above the soil surface made of both dead and living grass roots. 

Improper lawn management practices contribute to thatch.  A thick thatch layer contributes poor lawn health in all seasons and slows nutrient uptake.  Grass clippings do not contribute to thatch build up. 

When spring arrives and the snow disappears, lawns and landscaped areas reveal months of compacted leaves, debris and other trash that was hidden under the snow.  Removal of leaves and debris from shrub beds and turf areas breathe new life into a yard. 

Got leaves? Now you have a choice! Choose from a full service clean-up or a "You rake, I take" curbside leaf collection.

We offer trenching services for electrical and gas lines.  We can trench up to depths of 30 inches.  Our services are offered throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas which include Chisago City, Forest Lake and surrounding Twin Cities communities.


If you have areas with overgrown grass and weeds that need to be mowed down to a manageable height, we are able to take care of that for you.

Make your lawn be the talk of the neighborhood. Contact us today to setup an evaluation of your lawn and have a custom program designed with your turf in mind. Following the guidelines set forth by the Univerisity of Minnesota, we will only apply the prescribed number of applications for your yard.

Ground Force has been providing affordable, professional and reliable snow plowing, salting, and hand shoveling services to the Chisago Lakes and Forest Lake area for the past 6 years. We take great pride in giving you a safe winter environment.

We offer 3 choices for billing options that will fit your needs.