Spring is a good time to rejuvenate your lawn by adding grass seed to repair bare spots or to help thicken up a thin lawn by over-seeding. Most of our lawns are Kentucky Blue grass or combinations of Kentucky Blue grass, Perennial Rye grass and fescue. These are cool season grass seeds, meaning they are best sown now in March and April. Warm weather grass such as Buffalo grass should be seeded in May. Selecting the right seed depends on whether you’re lawn is sunny, shady or a combination of the two. Since we sell seed in bulk, we can help you select the right seed combinations for your particular lawn condition. Flower Bin Blue is a combination of blue grasses designed to be drought tolerant and hardy in sunny locations.
For repairing small areas in your lawn, you can work some organic material such as Sheep, Peat and Compost into the spots to be fixed, add grass seed and cover lightly with compost or peat. For large areas, or for over seeding your lawn, have the lawn aerated, then add organic material and seed. After aeration, leave the cores in place. They will break down over time. Over-seeding is when you apply extra seed to thicken your lawn. It’s a good practice to over-seed your lawn every three or four years. Another improvement you can make is to add Soil Activator, a granular humic acid applied in the spring and fall to improve soil structure, strengthen roots and increase microbial activity. Soil Activator can be applied more frequently if your soil is heavily compacted. If you have questions, stop in. We’ll help you decide what the best choices for your lawn.
Monday, March 17, 2014
These are some recommendations on flood damaged gardens, but are also good guidelines for improving and reconditioning any soils. First of all, it is not necessary to remove your garden soil even if it was inundated in the September flood. The elapsed time between the flood and now is sufficient to have mitigated any issues in the soil as a result of the flood. The base soil itself should be healthy. What you want to do now is to restore structure and vitality to your soil. One thing that happens when soil is under water is the oxygen supply is deleted. Rototilling your garden will help oxygenate the soil and encourage restoring soil microorganisms. Rototilling in soil amendments will also help incorporate any fine silt left behind by the river overflowing. Organic materials such as compost, peat moss, coir and earth worm castings are all good soil amendments to rototill into your garden.
You’ll find these ingredients in products like Sheep, Peat and Compost, Cow and Compost, EKO clay Buster, Hydro Farm Coco Planting Mix.
It’s also important to restore the microbial activity in your soil by incorporating products such as alfalfa meal,
and liquid and granular humates.
Soil microbes are important because they convert fertilizers and nutrients into forms that plants can use. Incorporating these steps in your garden is important in order to restore or in some cases, create healthy living soils. If you have questions, stop in and we’ll help you find the right solution for your garden.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
It’s tradition to plant potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day, but the key to when to plant is to assure the soil temperature is consistently above 45° and the soil is dry enough to be worked. A simple test to see if your soil is workable is to squeeze a handful. If it stays together like modeling clay it’s too wet. If it crumbles like a cupcake, it’s ready to dig in and plant. This is a good time to dig in organic material, such as Sheep, Peat and Compost. Ideally, you’ll be able to plant by the end of March. Begin by buying certified seed potatoes. Potatoes purchased at the grocery store are often treated to keep them from sprouting. Extend your season by choosing an early variety such as Red Norland or Red Pontiac and a mid season such as Kennebec White.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The Flower Bin Lawn Care program is built on Fertilome brand of lawn and garden products and includes four steps designed to keep your lawn healthy throughout the growing season. When you purchase all four bags of The Flower Bin Lawn Care program at once, you will save 20% of the cost of the program and you will continue to save 20% on every Fertilome product you purchase throughout the year, including a wide selection of garden fertilizers, insect and weed controls. Additional benefits of the program include the satisfaction of knowing you are applying the right product for your lawn at the right time of the season when it will benefit your lawn the most.
The program begins with Step 1, Fertilome’s All Seasons fertilizer and weed preventer. One of the most effective ways to control weeds in your lawn is to prevent them and this product works to keep weed seed from germinating, such as crabgrass. It also feeds your lawn at the same time. Apply this product between March 15th and April 15th for best results.
Weed-Out Plus is step 2. This product works to control weeds you can see. It’s called a post-emergent. This is the product to apply for dandelions, mallow and other weeds you can see in your lawn. Weed-Out Plus also feeds your lawn and is applied around June 1st.
Step 3 Lawn Food Plus Iron is applied in early August, right when your lawn needs nitrogen and iron.
Step 4 is Winterizer is applied around Halloween, when your grass is storing up energy for the winter weather ahead. This gives your lawn a head start in spring.
Stop in and learn how The Flower Bin Lawn Care program will help your grass become thicker and more weed and disease resistant.