Lawn Care

Lawn Care

Lawn care can be many things. Thats why at Merle's Garden Center we take a custom approach to each lawn and to address customer needs that are not only high quality but budget friendly. We offer a wide varienty of Services and Premium Products. We are constantly striving for the best in class in everything that we do. Although our Premium Fertilizing Programs and Mowing our some of our most popular services you can look through our other lawn care services that can help you enjoy the outdoors more this summer. Also check out our Landscape and Sprinkler Services to get all of your outdoor needs with one call.  

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  • Lawn Mowing Service
  • Fertilizing Program
  • Clean Ups
  • Overseeding
  • Aerating
  • Tree Care
  • Mosquito Treatment


We make lawn care a breeze by taking all of your lawn needs. Our Lawn Mowing Service runs for approximately 30 weeks each year, April 1st – October 31st. We come to your home weekly to mow, trim along concrete edges, landscape beds, trees, buildings and blow off sidewalks and patios after we are done. We mulch as often as we can since it is healthier for the lawn and the environment while reducing lawn clippings in our landfills. However we do bag when it is nessisary.  

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You can sign up with any of our Lawn Mowing Services at any point during the season. We offer weekly, bi-weekly, and one time mowinings for residential, commercial, and acreages.

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Your lawn’s growing season is dependent upon weather and soil temperatures, but generally speaking our program begins in March/April and ends in November/December. Our 5-Step Program doesn’t just address the nitrogen needs of your lawn like many programs, but instead we take a complete look at your lawn by improving the actual soil conditions of your lawn for long term sustainability. We believe in delivering a green and weed free yard.

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If you have been doing your own fertilizing you already understand that getting a thick, green lawn is a process. One application of fertilizer and lawn treatment to spray weeds will not solve long term problems. With our program you can sign up at any point during the season, but this service is designed to work as an ongoing program. Our program is formulated not only to green up the lawn but also provide the micronutrients needed to improve the soil and promote root growth.


This is a breakdown of what’s included in each application. Optional services can be added to your plan to customize the needs of your yard.


Applies a complete slow release fertilizer formulated to help your lawn recover from winter stress and prepare for the summer ahead. Long lasting pre-emergent weed/crabgrass control is applied that adapts to the changing weather conditions we see here in Nebraska . Optional: Core Aeration, Liquid Aeration, Overseeding


Applies a biological magnifier and weed control, formulated to increase rooting potential (mass and depth) and decrease stress pressure caused by heat and drought with the additional broadleaf weed control. This formula is focused on increasing microbial activity in the soil to help oxygenate the soil for growth and development. Optional: Disease Control, Flea & Tick Control, Mosquito Control


Applies a slow release fertilizer, formulated to stabilize growth of the lawn while controlling grubs. Post-emergent weed control is included as needed. Optional: Disease Control, Flea & Tick Control, Mosquito Control


Applies a complete fertilizer, formulated to help your turf continue to withstand the summer heat. This formula is focused on micronutrient deficiencies that maybe present. This soil building application is very critical in producing a thick healthy lawn by stimulating the roots and the soil activity necessary to significantly deepen the topsoil layer under the lawn, which will have a profound impact on plant health, soil fertility and water holding capacity. Optional: Overseeding, Core Aeration, Lawn Renovation, Disease Control, Flea & Tick Control, Mosquito Control


Applies a winter fertilizer, formulated to help the plant prepare for the winter and the following spring. This application is extremely important for root development. In addition, fall is the best time for most weed control, especially dandelions. Optional: Overseeding, Core Aeration, Lawn Renovation, Flea & Tick Control, Mosquito Control

In the Spring, we wake up your lawn to get ready to receive the nutrients from the warming sun and Spring rains. We perform a complete lawn clean up, and offer yard aeration, leaf cleanup, debris and stick & branch removal, and do any necessary sodding or mulch needed on your property.

In the Fall, you’re bound to get leaves in your yard, whether or not you actually have any trees on your property or not. We take care of all leaf clean up, lawn clean up, and clean up leaves and debris on the property to prepare the yard for a long Nebraska winter. If you have any annual plants as part of your landscaping, Fall is also the time to remove them so that the ground will be clear for next year.

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Lawn Clean-Up Services offered include but are not limited to the following:


  • Clearing away leaves, branches, and clutter
  • Hauling away and composting debris
  • Mowing the grass
  • Re-edging and cleaning garden and flower beds
  • Re-defining the borders of the lawn
  • Re-seed damaged areas of the lawn
  • Pruning and trimming trees and shrubs
  • Aeration


Your lawn can take a beating throughout the year thanks to weather, kids, and pets. There are nearly limitless possibilities why your lawn can start to thin out. Overseeding is an easy and effective way to strengthen your lawn and thicken your grass to help naturally protect against weed problems.


The best time of year to overseed your lawn is in the late summer and early fall. That way the soil is still warm, but the air is cool, providing optimal growing conditions. We avoid overseeding in the spring due to interference with our weed control program. Since overseeding goes hand-in-hand with aerating, we perform both services at the same time.


Overseeding cannot be done without proper aeration. As we have previously discussed in our aeration post, we aerate the lawn first to open up the soil and get the seed down into the soil, making growth faster and easier.

New grass seed is pretty sensitive and needs to follow a consistent watering schedule to get the best results. Your technician will leave you watering instructions.

If you’re ready to thicken up your lawn, get in touch with us.

Why Aerate your lawn?

Aerating your yard once a year can help reduce the compaction of the soils in your yard. Many of our soils in Nebraska have a high content of clay and silt making them more prone to compaction which reduces a lawn's quality, growth and vigor due to poor root growth water infiltration, and oxygen in the soil. Aeration also helps with breaking down thatch as the plugs left behind by aerating filter back down into the grass canopy. 

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When is the best time to Aerate?

Spring aerating goes from late March through the end of May. Fall aerating goes from late August through the end of October. 


Tree Care

Merle's Garden Center offers diagnosis of insect, fungus, and nutrient deficiencies and provides a variety of treatment options from tree spraying to tree injections. We are able to treat whole shelterbelts or individual trees. We use the latest technology in injection treatments that allows us to perform the most tree friendly treatment without drilling. With injections we can treat for a broad range of tree issues such as 

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  • Destructive pests
  • Harmful Diseases
  • Nutrient Deficiencies
  • Emerald Ash Borers
  • Psyllids
  • Aphids
  • Oak Wilt
  • Dutch Elm Disease
  • Anthracnose
  • Chlorosis
  • And More...
Tree Care

Mosquito Treatments

Enjoy your yard more this summer with our innovative mosquito treatments that not only put a stop to annoying mosquitoes but makes your yard safer by eliminating disease-carrying mosquitoes.

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What to Expect

  • Your mosquito specialist will conduct a complete inspection of your property to identify where mosquitoes live or maybe living.
  • We'll perform your treatment using our innovative formula to target and eliminate mosquitoes in your yard within 24 hours and keep it mosquito free for up to 30 days.
  • We can do a one time treatment or you can sign up for a monthly service to keep your yard mosquito free all summer long.
  • Our mosquito free guarantee. We'll retreat your yard if the mosquitoes return between treatments
  • As with all of our services we'll call you 24 hours prior to doing the service.