Grass Got the Summertime Blues?

You’ve been watering your grass all summer long and it may look bleached out.

Make it look like spring again with Ironite!  This granular iron product is simple to apply to your lawn and will make your lawn or plants turn green – not overnight but almost.ironite-fertilizer-mineral-supplement-canada-reviews-broadcast-spreader-settings

You might ask, why not just use some fertilizer?  DON’T!!!  Applying fertilizer to your lawn at this time of the year can burn your grass and can easily stripe your yard.

The Importance of Iron

Plants need iron and cannot properly create chlorophyll without it. This results in poor growth because chlorophyll plays an important role in photosynthesis.  Chlorophyll also gives plants their green color, and the primary symptom of iron deficiency are leaves that are yellow between their veins.

ironite-lawn-fertilizer-hi-yield-iron-plus-grassHow to Apply

A 10 pound bag covers 5000 sq feet and is easily applied with a spreader.

HINT:

Combine a granular ant killer with the Ironite into your spreader and get a 2 for 1 punch.

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Enjoy a Lush Summer Lawn!

Do you struggle each year trying to keep your lawn looking lush during the heat of the summer?  If so, follow these tips to help your grass look its best.

lushlawn1Mow it High:  By allowing your grass to grow longer by an inch or so more in the summer you cut down on water evaporation from the soil, grow deeper roots, and help shade the soil and cut down of water evaporation.  Only mow 1/3 of the length of your grass at each mowing.  Warm season grass should be mowed between 2” – 3” high.

Water Deeply but Infrequently: Lawns need at least 1 inch of water per week.  It is best to water early in the day to help reduce evaporation and fungal growth.  Frequent, shallow watering encourages grass to grow short roots, causing the grass to stress so be sure to water deeply but infrequently to encourage deep roots.   Tip:  place a small tuna can in your lawn to capture water while your sprinkler is on.  When it measures 1” of water then you have watered enough – watch the time and this is how long you need to water each time.

Feed Regularly:  There are conflicting points of view on whether to fertilize your lawn in hot weather.  Within 6-8 weeks of feeding, nutrients in the soil need to be replenished to maintain a thick lawn.  If you irrigate your grass then fertilization is most definitely helpful.  The opposing point of view is that the increased growth results in additional stress on the lawn. lushlawn2

Control Weeds:  Weeds compete with your grass for water – so start a weed management program to rid your yard of weeds.  Use a selective weed spray on actively growing weeds and apply pre-emergent granules twice a year (Spring & Fall) to prevent weed seeds from germinating.

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Mosquito Madness & How to Avoid it!

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Mosquito season is upon us – and they are vicious this year.  Do you miss sitting outside on the deck or porch, on the boat dock or by the pool without being eaten alive? Have you tried using plants to keep mosquitos away?  There are a number of plants that naturally repel mosquitoes which grow very well in our area – let me share their secrets with you…..

How it works:  One way mosquitoes find their victims is through chemical sensors – they can sense carbon dioxide and lactic acid up to 100 feet away.  Mosquito repelling plants mask these scents that attract mosquitoes.  These plants can be planted in the ground or in pots near your outdoor seating area and will help you “hide” from the mosquitoes.

Mosquito Repellent Plants: 

  • Scented Geraniums (mosquito plants)
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon Grass
  • Catnip
  • Mint

The scented geranium is a fast growing plant that grows well in our summer heat and can be moved indoors during the winter months.

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Scented Geranium or “Citronella”

Another name for the plant is “mosquito plant or citronella plant” since it smells so much like citronella.

Like people, they can get sunburned so shade during the afternoon is preferred, however they will grow in full sun.  Water them when the soil dries out then give them a good soaking.  They have small pink blooms and grow to 2’-2 ½’ tall.  You can prune them to keep them bush like or clip off the bottom leaves to shape them into more of a tree form.  Run your hands through them when you go outside to help spread their scent around.

Rosemary is not only grown as an herb but it too can repel mosquitoes.

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Rosemary

This evergreen plant (stays green all year round) can grow quite large, 3-4 feet tall and wide, so give it room if you choose to plant this in the ground.  It has delicate blue blooms, smells heavenly and doesn’t require much care at all.  Plant it in well-drained soil, water it very little and it will thrive.

Lemon Grass is a flowering edible grass that grows to over 3 feet tall.  It has a fresh lemony smell that people like but mosquitoes don’t.  In our area it is considered a tender perennial, meaning if we have a cold winter it will not come back in the spring.  You can plant it in pots and bring them indoors during the winter.  They will not be an attractive houseplant but you can keep them alive over the winter and they will bounce back once moved outside in the spring.

Catnip contains nepetalactone, a terpene proving many times more effective at repelling insects than toxic DEET.  The same substance that attracts cats also repels termites, mosquitoes and cockroaches.  Walker’s Low variety grows to about 18” in height and has blue flower spikes.

All types of mint are repulsive to insects.  When the plants are brushed against or crushed the scent is released and so is their repelling power.  Mints grow really fast, and can easily take over your garden, crowding out other plants so for that reason it is best grown in pots.

Plants can be beneficial in so many different ways and many times are natures remedy to everyday problems.  Combine these plants in your garden or in pots placed around your seating area.  Although they won’t protect you completely from those pesky mosquitoes they do help while filling your outdoor space with sweet smells.

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