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Late Summer and Fall Fertilizing

Late Summer and Fall Fertilizing

We know that without proper care, our yard can become a playground for weeds. We also know that we need to utilize fertilizer to combat those unwanted weeds. However, many have questions about the proper time and way to fertilize their lawn. Our experts have the answers so continue reading for tips for late summer and fall fertilizing.

Fertilizer helps your lawn stay healthy by nutrients to the soil, promoting new leaf and root growth, helping in recovery from foot traffic and pest damage, and reducing and controlling weeds. By September, your lawn has suffered from a long, hot summer. This is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn. A little fertilizer will go a long way toward promoting grass growth before the fall.

It’s important to remember that the proper time to fertilize depends on a variety of factors, most importantly the type of grass you have on your lawn and the weather conditions you’re experiencing. Different types of grass should be fertilized differently.

For warm-season grasses, you should feed your grass a generous amount of fertilizer during late summer. For instance, if you have Bermuda grass or St. Augustine grass, late August and early September are ideal periods for a generous feeding.

However, if your lawn is occupied by cool-season grasses like bluegrass or fescue, it’s best to wait until late fall before giving your grass a generous feeding. In October or November use a phosphorous-based fertilizer. This will get your grass green and healthy before the winter arrives and helps strengthen and protect it for a better lawn next spring.

Now that you know the proper time to fertilize your lawn, here are some tips on how to properly fertilize grass. It’s recommended to begin fertilizing during late summer and fall because it is no longer hot. Never fertilize if you are still experiencing a period of drought. Your grass should receive water before it gets fertilized. Additionally, you should water your grass after you apply fertilizer.

Fertilize the edges of your lawn, and walk at a normal pace when applying fertilizer to ensure even distribution. Avoid over fertilizing. Feeding your lawn too much fertilizer causes grass to grow too quickly and makes it more likely that your lawn will develop disease.

Lastly, consider investing in a spreader to help evenly distribute fertilizer to your lawn.

Remember fertilizing is one of the most important things you can do to promote growth and prepare your lawn for winter.

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

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Fall Lawn Care Tips – Things To Do Before The Season Ends

FALL LAWN CARE TIPS- THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE SEASON ENDS

Summer may be over, but we’re still seeing periods of high temperatures mixed with low rainfall. That being said, now is the perfect time to groom and prepare your yard for fall and winter. Here are fall lawn care tips on what to do with your lawn to help you navigate through the fall season.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #1 – Mow but keep the grass tall.

This may seem like an obvious lawn care tip but here’s something you may not have known – tall grass helps keep moisture during warmer temperatures. Mowing high is also good for your lawn because it decreases turf damage from mowing too short, the grass is more drought tolerant, and more weed and grub-tolerant. So when mowing, keep in mind that the end goal is not to cut the grass as low as possible. In fact, most grass types should remain at the height of 2 to 3 inches for maximum coverage.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #2 – Fertilize the lawn.

While there are a variety of blended fertilizers in stores, fertilizing starts with you and your mower. Mow your lawn as you normally would and leave the finely-chopped grass clippings on your lawn as mulch. Mulching allows the grass to naturally decompose while allowing nutrients to reach your soil and improve the health of your lawn.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #3 – Overseed when needed.

Fall is here, and soon your lawn will be covered in leaves, and shortly after covered in snow once winter hits. Though you won’t be seeing much of your lawn once we’re in the midst of these seasons, you should still follow through with certain lawn care practices. You don’t want bald spots on your lawn when fall comes to an end so it’s time to overseed. Earlier we mentioned that your grass should stay at a height of s to 3 inches. This is true, except if you are overseeding.

In this case, cut the grass at your mower’s lowest height and bag the mower clippings instead of using them as mulch. This way, the seeds will get maximum contact with the soil and new grass will grow, evening out your lawn.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #4 – Dethatch the lawn.

Controlling the thatch on your lawn is important, and many times overlooked, part of lawn care. The thatch layer is the layer of dead grass, roots, and debris that accumulate on the surface of the soil. Over time, a thick mat forms and this prevents air and water from reaching the soil. Consequently, your lawn is more susceptible to diseases and pests.

If the thatch layer is over a half inch thick, it should be removed. Most lawns need dethatching once a year. To check if it’s time, work your fingers into the grass and take note of the thatch layer. To remove thatch from your lawn, use a dethatching rake or power dethatcher.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #5 – Aerate compacted soil.

When it comes to fall lawn care, aeration is a must for some. Aerating involves punching holes into the lawn to allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the soil. The goal of aeration is to loosen compacted soil and is needed for lawns that experience a lot of foot traffic and construction.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #6 – Trim.

Hedge trimmers and pruners are great lawn care tools to use this time of year because fall is the perfect time to tame those overgrown bushes and shrubs. Cutting old and thick branches promotes the growth of new stems. Also, shaping your plant, so the base is wider than the bottom increases sunlight exposure.

Fall Lawn Care Tip #7 – Clean up those edges.

Grab an edger, string trimmer, or brushcutter before summer ends. Much like trimming, these tools are designed to enhance the look of your yard by adding bold, new definition to the area. In addition to helping the features of your yard stand out, our great lawn care tools because they stop the entrance of plant roots into your sidewalk and driveway. After winter comes and goes, it will be easier to reestablish the beautiful lawn and garden that you’re used to.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Utica, MI 48317
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Going Green – Green Grass Not Only Looks Good But Helps the Environment

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Do you suffer from yard envy? Does the grass seem greener in your neighbor’s yard? Let the Weingartz experts help you improve the look and health of your green grass, while considering today’s environmentally friendly choices.

There are plenty of sound facts to help you justify your time investment in a beautiful yard. Well-maintained grass is far more than just nice to look at. It provides a great benefit to our environment. We all remember learning that healthy green plants convert harmful CO2 to oxygen. This principle applies to all plants, both indoors and out, and grass is no exception. In addition to its oxygen-generating capabilities, there are also some benefits to the environment that are unique to grass.

Grass and plants help moderate the heat of summer with the daily dew and evaporation cycle. Just think of the look of scorched earth that you see in August on any empty lot, and you can visualize how much healthy turf cools the soil. Furthermore, the combination of healthy, aerated soil and grass is very effective in absorbing and dampening sound waves. This helps insulate us from some of the sounds of traffic, voices and other neighborhood noises.

Healthy turf traps dust and many other airborne contaminants, giving us cleaner air to breathe. Strong root systems also assist with minimizing water runoff from heavy rains by capturing and retaining water in the soil and roots, thereby decreasing the stress on sewer systems at peak flow periods and protecting against erosion.

So what strategies can you use to create the healthiest yard, both for the turf and ecologically? It’s not as complicated as you might think. In fact, the two generally go hand in hand. All it takes is consistency and some attention to a few details. The older your yard, the more likely you will need to address issues like compaction or a heavy thatch layer. Both of these conditions will prevent crucial nutrients like water and fertilizer from reaching the important root system of the grass.

Compaction occurs naturally over time, especially on grass with heavy foot traffic like our typical active families. The soil in the yard compresses to the point that water cannot soak in, but rather becomes run-off and ends up in the sewer system. Likewise, thatch can build up between the grass blades and cause the same run-off – becoming a barrier to water and nutrient absorption. By aerating the lawn and removing the thatch layer, the soil opens up again.

Proper aeration takes cores of turf from the lawn and breaks up the compaction. Those cores then break down and become an excellent top dressing for the healthy turf. Also, remember that some thatch is good, but when the buildup is more than ½” thick, it’s a good time to rake (or power-rake) to remove some of that layer. Once you are assured that the grass is able to accept water and nutrients, you can decide on an effective fertilizer. All plants, including grass, benefit from a boost of nutrients.

To guarantee the most effective treatment, try performing a soil test to determine what mix of fertilizer will be most important. Soil tests are relatively inexpensive and can save a lot of money on fertilizers by showing you exactly what the soil needs. Unfortunately, many homeowners have a tendency to go overboard on fertilizer, which can be harmful to both your grass and the environment. Locally, you can go to your MSU County Extension Office to receive personalized results from soil tests performed through Michigan State University. For more information, go to www.css.msu.edu/spnl.

As your grass starts to grow, reconsider the height your mower is set at for cutting. The new rule of thumb is to allow the grass to grow slightly taller than previous years; approximately 3 to 3½” tall and never shorter than 2½” tall. You’ll need to mow more frequently, but will have much healthier grass. Cutting more frequently is the same as pinching back flowering plants to achieve more blooms and thicker, healthier growth. Also, longer grass blades store more water and are less susceptible to heat.

The final, most effective detail of cutting the grass is to use a clean, sharp mower blade to assure that the grass is cut, not torn, and that any possible disease is not transferred across the lawn. One thing that is wonderful about summertime in Michigan is the overwhelmingly green landscape. It is something that many of us have grown up with and would have a hard time leaving. It’s our reward for hard, cold winters.

We may not have realized that these wonderful landscapes are not only beautiful for the green color, but also “green” for the environment.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Cedar Springs, MI 49319
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Mulching Tips For May

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We are in the midst of the heaviest growing season of the year for your lawn. There has been a decent amount of rain and the temperatures are starting to rise, making for ideal grass growing conditions. These conditions make lawns healthier and beautiful, but they can also make it difficult to keep up with mowing as it seems like your lawn needs to be cut every other day. This can be particularly challenging for those of us who mulch our grass. The heavy, thick grass can make a mulched up mess if it is not mowed properly, here are some tips to utilize mulch and deal with these difficult conditions:

Mulching Tip #1 – Mow when the grass is dry. Grass stores a lot of water naturally and even more when it is growing this quickly, so try to avoid mowing when the morning dew is on the ground or soon after rain. This can cause mulched clippings to clump up and not disperse evenly.

Mulching Tip #2 – Only cut 1 inch of the grass blade off at a time. This will keep the clippings at a size that can be easily decomposed and returned as nutrients. If the length of the lawn gets away from you, it is okay to mow 1 inch off and then take another inch off immediately after – the size of the clippings is a bigger issue than the total volume.

Mulching Tip #3 - Mow at a slightly higher height. As the weather warms up, it is recommended to keep your grass a little higher to make it less susceptible to problems from heat or lack of water.

Mulching Tip #4 – Maintain a sharp mower blade. This is a common recommendation in our articles, but it is really helpful to have a sharp mower blade to cleanly cut the lawn instead of jaggedly tear it.

Mulching Tip #5 - Remove old mulch when re-mulching. If you’re considering re-mulching beds or other areas, remove some of the old mulch first. Some may mulch three to four times, so it’s recommended to remove some of the mulch that has built up over time.

Mulching Tip #6 - Try organic mulch. Organic mulches include leaves, wood chips, softwood bark, hardwood, and pine needles. These mulches provide nutrients, and improve soil structure and quality.

Mulching Tip #7 – Don’t forget your trees. Place an even layer of mulch around the trunk of your trees. This will cover the soil around the trees’ roots, improve the soil as it decays, discourage foot traffic and power tools. Make sure you spread mulch evenly without piling it against the bark, which can lead to rot and disease.

These tips will help you with mulching throughout the spring and summer. Mulching is tremendously beneficial to the health of your lawn and can be done all season long.

 

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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5 Common Lawn Care Problems and Solutions

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Every year our lawns suffer the stress of all sorts of wandering feet, hot and cold temps and a number of different types of diseases. A beautiful lawn really does have a hard life. Continue reading our post to learn about some of the most common lawn care problems and what you can do to help restore your lawn back to beautiful again.

Lawn Care Problem #1 – Grass Discoloration

Yellow spots, pale grass, and other discoloration are eyesores and usually caused by an iron and nitrogen deficiency. To remove this discoloration, you may need to apply fertilizer to the spots.

Other unwanted spots, and mildew, may also show up as a result of winter’s harsh weather. To prevent them, fertilize your lawn in August and September to improve resistance. Also increase the cutting height of your grass and your lawn will be better prepared to withstand winter weather.

Lawn Care Problem #2 – Diseases

Fungal diseases are another problem that affects the appearance of your lawn. There is a variety of fungi that can poison your lawn and these conditions help aid the growth of that fungi: over fertilization, incorrect pH, thick lawn thatch, and a thick layer of leaves in the winter.

The best protection against fungal diseases is a well-kept and healthy lawn. When fungi occur, it’s ideal to seek out help from a lawn care specialist.

Lawn Care Problem #3 – Weeds

Brief rain showers and persistent warm weather play a large role in the amount of grass you see growing. Sometimes, that growing grass is accompanied by weeds. Weeds usually indicate that your lawn is suffering from low nutrient levels.

Digging weeds out of your lawn is the best solution to this problem. Fertilizer and frequent mowing at a high cutting height are also ideal. Using good quality seeds is another way to prevent the growth of weeds.

Lawn Care Problem #4 – Moss

Moss grows in areas where your lawn has retreated, and will not replace your healthy grass. Moss often grows in damp or shaded areas, such as under trees.

Cutting grass too short allows moss to thrive, so raise the cutting height when mowing and use fertilizer to combat this problem. Since moss grows in damp and shady areas, you need to improve these areas which generally mean sowing with a grass seed mixture and fertilization.

Lawn Care Problem #5 – Pet Damage

If you’re a pet owner, you most likely know that there is a fine line between letting your pet roam freely and keeping a tidy lawn. While animals make great companions, they’re not always a “yard’s best friend.”

Pet’s waste and play areas can lead to brown spots, bare patches, and holes in your lawn. To rectify these problems, pick up pet droppings as soon as possible and douse urine spots with water to dilute nitrogen levels. Try keeping animals on a patio, gravel-covered area, or other hard surface where constant running will have less impact, and discourage digging.

While all of these issues are common among lawns, every lawn is different. Some lawns may experience all of these problems while others experience none. Spend time getting to know your lawn and evaluate its behavior. As a result you will have an easier time identifying when an issue occurs. Above all, do your best to maintain a well-kept and healthy lawn. If you have any other lawn care problems or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Essential Equipment For Lawn Maintenance

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Many people that are mowing their lawn for the first time are curious what equipment they might be able to use to help make their yard look great. Besides a lawn mower, here are some things that can be useful for lawn maintenance.

Lawn Care Essential – Line Trimmer

A line trimmer and blower are almost as essential as a mower when it comes to maintaining a great yard. The line trimmer cuts down the straggling grass around your trees and fences. Line trimmers are easy to use and aid in hard-to-reach areas that mowers leave behind.

Lawn Care Essential –Leaf Blower

Leaf blowers make lawn cleanup a breeze. They take care of lawn clippings, leaves, and other debris, quickly clearing sidewalks and beds. They are available in handheld and backpack models.

Lawn Care Essential – Edger

Using a lawn edger gives that manicured finishing touch around walks and driveways – they are available in handheld and walk behind models. Use an edger along your driveway, patio, or sidewalk for crisp lines and borders that frame your yard perfectly.

Lawn Care Essential – Chainsaw

When the trees start to get overgrown or wind causes damage, a chainsaw can be a huge time saver to make quick work of trimming trees and cutting up fallen branches. Chainsaws take care of messy fallen limbs and allow you to tackle tree felling and cleanup, firewood cutting, and other light to large cutting jobs.

Lawn Care Essential – Hedge Trimmer

A line of shrubs can be beautiful in the landscape, but when they are uneven and overgrown, a hedge trimmer can make a tough job much easier. This tool is lightweight, easy to use, and designed to deliver the cutting power you need for large and small tasks. Whether you’re a homeowner or landscape professional, a hedge trimmer is a perfect tool to add to your arsenal.

Lawn Care Essential – Multi-Tool

If you’re limited on space, a multi-tool can be a great option due to the ability to convert to several different power tools.

You don’t have to be a professional to have your lawn look great. If you want advice from the experts, contact us here.

 

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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