Fertilize Lawns. If you understand the growth cycle of grass you will know when to fertilize it for optimum growth and health. Cool season grasses such as Fescue, Rye and water-guzzling Blue Grass begin to grow in spring by using food stored in the winter. The blades then produce enough food on their own to provide energy for rooting, thickening and spreading. When the heat of the summer sets in the lawn needs more food than it can make on its own. It relies on food stored in the previous fall to survive. If no food was stored in the fall you will see damage to grass blades and roots. This is when your cool season lawn is most susceptible to insects, diseases, weeds and drought. If your lawn was properly fertilized it will go dormant and survive on stored energy. As summer rains come and autumn approaches the lawn comes out of dormancy and begins to rebuild itself. Towards winter blade growth slows but the grass continues to produce food and builds up reserves that will help it through next year's time of stress. Knowing this you will want to have nutrients available for late summer growth as well as for late fall food storage. Fertilize your cool season lawn in mid-spring and early September with Gro-Power Hi-Nitrogen 14-4-9 and again in late October with Gro-Power Flower & Bloom 3-12-12 as a winterizer. The winterizer will encourage root growth and winter hardiness. Do not fertilize in summer when the lawn is dormant or barely growing. Only the weeds benefit from this. Warm season grasses like Bermuda and Buffalo grow more aggressively in summer, slowly during spring and fall and go dormant in the winter. Fertilize these grasses heavily in the mid-spring, lightly again in mid-summer and use a winterizer fertilizer in mid-fall.
Plant Pansies and Violas. OK, if you don't know it by now I will tell you one last time: Pansies & Violas are cold hardy, cool season annuals that will live and bloom through the fall and winter in our climate. Now is the time to plant them. When you start pulling out your Marigolds, Petunias, Zinnias and other warm season annuals, replace them with Pansies and Violas. Use Uni-Gro Potting Soil to refresh your pots and improve your beds with Back to Earth Compost.
We will be closing for the season on September 30th. Our sale will start on Friday the 24th with 50% off all trees, shrubs, perennials and other selected items. We will reopen in April 2011 so stock up on Uni-Gro Potting Soil, Back to Earth Compost, Manure and Top Soil.
Thanks for making this a great season for us and we look forward to being bigger and better next year!!!!!!!!