For 2012, we have an exciting NEW offering of quality lawn care products.
BONIDE 4 PHASE LAWN CARE PROGRAM
We recommend Bonide Lawn Fertilizer Phosphorous-free with slow release nitrogen plus iron for deep greening.
GOING GREEN? We also carry PURE Organic products with NO harmful chemicals. SAFE for children, pets and the planet !
JUNGLE GROWTH ORGANIC LAWN FERTILIZER
CORN GLUTEN WEED PREVENTERS
All types of grass seed are available in any quantity you need, from a handful to 50 pound bags. We stock Pennington Seed products and Garden Elements brands that contain 100 % seed; NO inert matter or weed seed. Be sure to read the ingredients on other brands of seed. With the other brands, when you pay for 3 lb. of seed you generally are only getting half that amount. Our seed stock is FRESH with expiration dates clearly stated.
HOW TO PLANT GRASS SEED
Step 1: Buy the correct seed
Observe the area you are seeding for sun exposure and purchase the appropriate seed for sun or shade. Our Penn State mix is the most popular and has proven success. You can plant grass seed anytime, just keep in mind it will not germinate until the temperatures are over 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer planting will require more frequent watering. Seed prior to the trees leafing out in late Spring or in the Fall for the best results.
Step 2: Prepare the soil
For planting NEW lawns: Loosen the top 2-3 inches of soil. Remove debris (sticks, stones) from the area. Break up the soil clumps that are larger than a half dollar. Avoid too fine soil, small clumps are acceptable. Level the areas where excess water might collect or the seed will rot.
For Overseeding existing lawns: Mow grass as short as possible. Loosen the top half inch of soil in bare spots. Remove debris and dead grass. Level the areas where excess water collects.
Step 3: Plant Grass Seed
Spread the seed evenly by hand in small areas. Use a lawn spreader or mechanical spreader for larger areas. Apply approximately 16 seeds per square inch. Too many seeds too close together causes seedlings to fight for room and nutrients. Grass may be weak or thin in these areas. APPLY STARTER FERTILIZER after seeding. This promotes better root growth for a lush turf.
Step 4: Cover Seed
Lightly drag the grass seedbed with a rake so that no more than ¼ inch of soil covers the seed. Apply a light covering of Mushroom Manure compost to hold the seed down, prevent bird feeding, retain moisture and give added nutrients. Straw may be used also, however it must be removed when the grass seedlings appear. Compost does not need to be removed.
Step 5: Water Often
Keep grass seed bed moist to enhance germination. Water at least once daily. Do not saturate. Continue watering regularly until grass is two inches high. Avoid light, frequent watering. Plants that receive deep, daily watering generate extensive root systems.
DELAY WEED CONTROL PRODUCTS until the grass seed has germinated and you have mowed at least three times. Read the instructions on the weed control product; most recommend waiting at least 60 days before using.
We stock Wildhorse Kentucky Bluegrass. This grass seed has a rapid germination rate and produces a rich, green color. It is disease resistant and greens up gorgeous in the Spring. We recommend mixing it with our Penn State Mix for lush results.
REJUVENATE A WEAK LAWN
Your lawn cannot live without air, water and nutrients. When a thick layer of thatch builds up, water and fertilizer may run off instead of penetrating the soil. Aerating and dethatching can help to rejuvenate a lawn by restoring passageways to the soil. Using GYPSUM after aerating keeps the soil conditioned.
Test your soil to determine the PH. We offer many different soil testing kits for this purpose.
Fertilize your lawn on a regular basis. Stop in to the store for a complete schedule. We can provide you with a complete lawn care program at an affordable price.
Always cut lawns at the proper mowing height. Never cut off more than 1/3 of the grass blades at one time. Be sure your mower blades are sharpened every season to avoid tearing the blades. Scalping or mowing too closely will stress your lawn and promote weed growth. A dense, healthy, vigorous lawn will resist the intrusion of weeds.
See our Gardeners Calendar for when to apply Crabgrass Preventer and fertilizers. We will be glad to discuss your individual lawn needs, stop in and ASK !
BREAK THE GRUB CYCLE !
March through May- Grubs awaken from winter. Feeding begins on grass roots destroying your lawn. After feeding, grubs change into pupae which become beetles.
May through August- Grubs turn into beetles, including Japanese beetles which emerge to mate and feed on garden foliage and flowers. Eggs are laid soon after in the lawn.
Mid-July through October- Eggs hatch into new grubs (larvae) and return to the soil to begin the destructive feeding cycle all over again.