Thursday, August 17, 2017

Time to Feed and Seed your Lawn 

Late summer is one of the best time of the year for working on your lawn, including fertilizing, weed control, establishing a new lawn or renovating an existing lawn. If you haven’t fed your lawn for a while, now’s the time to add ferti-lome Lawn Food Plus Iron.
Ferti-lome Lawn Food Plus Iron contains Nitrogen, Potash and Chelated Iron. This product will quickly green up your lawn and keep it green long term. That's because ferti-lome Lawn Food Plus Iron contains chelated iron. It's important to use chelated iron in our heavy clay, high pH soils because your grass can absorb it more effectively than non-chelated iron. This is true any time you're adding iron to your lawn, trees and shrubs. Always look for products which contain chelated iron. 
Humic acid is another product you can apply to your lawn now to help your grass. Natural Guard HuMic is a highly concentrated soil conditioner derived from the remains of decomposed organic plant materials, HuMic will make your soil healthier, increase microbial activity and enhance nutrient uptake. Just like any other plant in your garden or landscape, your grass is only as good as the soil it is growing in. Anything you can do to make your soil healthier improves the quality of your turf grass. 
If you’re thinking about re-seeding those bare spots or adding seed to the whole lawn to help thicken it up, now is the time. Start with selecting the right seed for your lawn. Most of the grasses we use in our lawns are “cool-season” grasses. They do best when the temperatures are cooler. That’s why spring and fall are the best times to seed
or re-seed your lawn.  We recommend you choose seed that will work in our area. We get our grass seed from the Greely, Fort Collins area. When selecting grass seed, Perennial rye and bluegrass are generally better for sunny and semi-shady areas. Fescue does best for shady areas. Rake up the area you're trying to repair.
Add a good soil amendment
such as Earth Essentials Sheep, Peat and Compost.
Sow the seed as evenly as possible, then cover the seed with a thin layer of Sheep, Peat and
Compost. Keep the newly-seeded area moist until the grass seed has germinated and is established. Grass planted in late summer into early fall continues to build a strong root system even after the grass blades have stopped growing. Your lawn will be ready for a great start next spring.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Deadheading and other August Chores 

It’s not only what you plant but how you care for your plants that encourages blooming and fruiting through the season.  Keeping your garden looking its best means removing fading and spent flowers, as well as cleaning up leaves, branches and debris, especially if you got heavy rain and hail during the recent early August storms.
Weeds, like this wild lettuce can grow quickly this time of year, especially with the moisture we've had recently. Remove these and other weeds quickly before they go to seed. Speaking of going to seed, most annuals and perennials do their best when you remove fading blooms early, before they begin to form seed pods.
In gardening terms it’s called deadheading, which simply means pruning off the old flowers. This keeps the garden neat and promotes additional blooms as well. Get in the habit of deadheading while you walk through your garden.
It’s easy to carry a pair of light pruners with you as you make your rounds.
As you spot a blossom beginning to fade snip or pinch it off. Getting on a problem early is the best way to control it. 
With some plants, the heat, insect damage or disease has caused severe damage. Now's the time to prune them hard. 
Check your roses and remove spent blossoms. Do the same for your container plants, including hanging baskets. While you’re at it, take a hard look at your tomatoes and vegetables. Removing dead and diseased leaves on your tomato plants will put more energy into fruit production. Recognize common tomato problems such as
facing (low temperatures during bloom or fruit set),
cracking (watch the watering)
yellow shoulders (heat, low Potassium levels, high soil pH).
Heat, wind, uneven watering, poor soil, over fertilizing, insect damage can also cause tomato leaves to curl and twist. The best thing to do at this point is to maintain an even watering schedule and stop using high Nitrogen fertilizers. If you're not sure what's going on, bring us a sample. We'll figure it out and help you come up with a solution.
As for the rest of the vegetable garden, if you keep up with the harvest, many of your plants will produce more. This is also the time to start planning for a second crop of cool weather vegetables. Peas, radishes, lettuce, kale, spinach and many more cool weather crops can be planted soon, for winter harvest. Walk the garden every day. Time spent deadheading and pruning annuals and perennials will keep the garden colorful and fresh right to the end of the growing season. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer Rose Care

My roses don’t look good” is a comment we’re hearing more of lately. July’s heat and dryness has left roses as well as other plants struggling with a variety of issues. Here are some things to do to keep your roses looking good.
First of all, keep up with the pruning by removing spent blossoms before they go to seed. Removing faded blossoms stimulates roses to grow and produce more blooms.
Use a good set of hand pruners and snip the bloom just above an outward facing 5-leaf set. At this point in the season, you're like to find more 5-leaf sets than 3-leaf or 7-leaf sets.
While you're
deadheading, look for any weeds creeping into or around your roses and remove them, especially bindweed.
Hard prune any dead or diseased canes to the ground.
Water roses slowly and deeply every 5-7 days. This will encourage strong, deep root systems.
Fertilize with Mile High Rose Food now. It takes a lot of energy to produce beautiful blooms. Feeding now will encourage stronger growth and better flowering through the rest of summer. Check for insects, particularly aphids. Use a general insect spray such as Triple Action or buy and release some ladybugs near your roses.
Watch out for diseases, such as black spot or powdery mildew.
You can control these with Safer Sulfur fungicide or Triple Action with Neem Oil.
If the leaves on your roses are looking pale and adding iron didn’t help, use some Magnesium Sulfate, which is agricultural grade Epsom Salts, to restore the dark, rich green to your rose plants.
Doing these things now will help your roses remain healthy and blooming, well into fall.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

How to treat Tomato Blossom End Rot 

If you see this on the base of your ripening tomatoes, it's a condition called Blossom End Rot, caused by calcium deficiency. As tomatoes begin to set, calcium is important in order for the fruit to develop properly. A lack of calcium results in a brown, water-soaked spot on the end of the fruit where the blossom once was. As the tomato grows, this spot darkens, eventually becoming leathery and blackCalcium deficiencies can be solved in several ways. First, make sure you're watering your tomato plants consistently. Over watering followed by under-watering reduces the plant's ability to absorb calcium in the amounts needed to ripen fruit
Avoid overhead watering. Water at the soil line, slowly and deeply. Build a moat around each plant and slowly fill the moat with water. Be careful when you're working around your tomato plants, to avoid damaging the root system.
Apply a mulch such as Soil Pep to help retain moisture around your plants.
Happy Frog Fruit and Flower fertilizer with a higher middle number (Phosphate) than first number (Nitrogen).
fertilizer also contains Calcium and Magnesium supplements and mycorrhizae. Adding mycorrhizae will increase root strength and improve nutrient uptake.
This can be done
separately with Root Rally.  
Apply a liquid calcium directly on the leaves and fruit, using Fertilome's Yield Booster.
Products such as Cal-Mag and Down To Earth™ Oyster Shell applied to the soil around your tomato plants will help increase available Calcium.
Blossom End Rot does not make the fruit inedible. You may cut the spots off the harvested fruit and eat the remainder. Blossom End Rot cannot be reversed on a tomato once it's started, but taking these steps will help minimize the damage to your crop this season.