Product of the Month: Fertilome New Lawn Starter Fertilizer

Fertilome New Lawn Starter Fertilizer is a must for new lawns.  It's designed to help grass seed and sod develop roots and mature stems before rapid growth begins.  It allows sod to get established and can be applied with grass seed or immediately after seed is sown.  It's the perfect product for seeding, aerating/verticut and sodding.  Come in today to get your 20 lb. bag for only 21.99.  This will cover approximately 5,000 sq. feet.

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Who doesn't want a beautiful green lawn?

Have you been dreaming of a beautiful lush green yard and struggled to get it.  Have no fear, we've got some easy steps to get you started and off to a great start!

It's important to start with great grass seed, in our region, we typically see a fescue or blue grass based seed blend used on most residential & commercial properties.  

New Lawns: It's important to prepare the soil.  The first step is to loosen up the top 2-3 inches of soil, removing trash, rocks and other debris from the area.  Next level areas where water may want to collect.  You will also want to use a new lawn fertilizer like Fertilome New Lawn Starter Fertilizer. Do NOT use weed killers before or after planting seed.

Existing Lawns: Mow turf as short as possible. Next, loosen up the top 1/4 in. of soil in bare spots, remove debris and dead grass.  Level areas where excess water collects. (be sure to use steryl soil ) Fertilize the bare spots after over seeding with a starter fertilizer.  

Spread seed evenly by hand in small areas and use a lawn spreader or a mechanical seeder in larger areas. Use approximately 16 seeds per square inch. Too many seeds close together caused seedlings to fight for room and nutrients. Grass result could be weak or thin from overcrowding.  

Lightly Drag the grass seed bed so no more than 1/4 inch of soil covers the grass seed, cover the grass seed with straw, peat moss or other products to ensure growth and to protect the seed from the elements.  

Water lightly and frequently,until new grass is two inches high. Water new grass regularly to keep roots moist.

Make sure to ask Rolling Meadows Garden Center Associates any questions that you might have. We're here to help.       

  **Note:  You will NOT want to apply a Pre-Emergent in the Spring season. This prevents seed from germinating.


Steps to an healthy and vibrant lawn, year round.

Build Your Personal Lawn Program

No two lawns are alike. Where you live, whether you have sun or shade, and lots of other factors make a big difference in what your lawn needs. We can help you build a successful program specifically for your lawn.
To get an overview about how to take care of your lawn, here are some good tips.

When to Feed Your Lawn
The most important thing you can do for your lawn is to feed it. A well-fed lawn is healthier, which means it has a better root system to combat heat, cold, drought, mowing, foot traffic and other stresses. While feeding your lawn once a year will improve its condition, feeding it four times a year will make it even healthier. If you put your lawn on the regular feeding schedule outlined below, it will look lush and green, and your neighbors will turn green with envy.

Early Spring (February - April)
Lawns wake up hungry in the spring. Feeding your lawn in the spring strengthens roots and gets it off to a good start before the heavy growing season. If you had crabgrass last year, apply a combination product, like Scotts® Turf Builder® Halts® Crabgrass Preventer with Lawn Food that contains a pre-emergent to control crabgrass. A good rule of thumb to follow: feed your lawn in the spring around the first time it needs mowed.

Late Spring (April - June)
Spring is lunchtime for lawns. Your grass is busy and using up stored energy. That's why you want to supply the lawn with a feeding designed for this time of year. Unfortunately, broadleaf weeds are actively growing, too. Hit them and feed your lawn with a combination, like a week and feed, that combines lawn food with broadleaf weed control. 

Summer (June - August)
Summer is tough on grass. Heat, drought, foot traffic, and insects stress it out. Feeding your lawn in the summer protects and strengthens it against these problems. Lawns in warm-season grass areas should be fed over the summer months as they grow steadily from spring to fall. If you see insects in your grass, use a feeding product that also contains insect control.

Fall (September - November)

Fall brings back ideal growing conditions for your lawn. Cool nights, warm days, ample rainfall and morning dew are just about as good as it gets for grass. Now the lawn is ready to grow again, and is looking for the nutrients it needs to recover from summer damage. Some experts will say this is the single most important lawn feeding of the year. Apply your final feeding of winter lawn food, right before the winter months, when grass is prepping for a winter nap. This will strengthen roots and increase nitrogen storage for an early spring green up and a healthier lawn next year. Following a general program like this one should improve your lawn.


Dark Spots in your Yard?

Looking to brighten up a shaded/darker area in your yard?  We recommend Chardonnay Pearls Deutzia, a beautiful light green foliage that is a perfect addition to any yard.  It's easy to care for and requires little maintenance and thrives in part shade/part sun.  This is an awesome plant that you'll appreciate for many years.

The plant typically grows 2-4' tall and has tiny, fragrant, bell-shaped, white flowers that will appear in spring in numerous loose groupings and will bloom for about two weeks.


What multi-use plants do you have in your garden?

What multi-use plants do you have in your garden?  It's a popular topic and one that we wanted to explore.  We love mint, basil and rosemary just to name a few and here is why.

There are many types of mint, including spearmint, peppermint and wild mint.  There are several uses for spearmint, like treating gas, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, IBS, gall bladder swelling and gallstones.  Spearmint oil also helps memory as well as controlling excessive hair growth in woman.  Who knew all of the great uses? 

Different types of mint are also used to flavor drinks, candies and food.  

This herb is used in several different cultures' cuisine. It has strong antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and can help with cardiovascular health. Other benefits include helping with respiratory infections, asthma, diabetes, and decreasing pain and swelling. A 2007 study in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that the essential oils in basil have been shown to lower blood glucose, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels. Five grams of basil even carries 11% of your daily recommended calcium intake. You can even use it to erase blemishes and help relieve stress.

Basil is delicious, and you can get a lot of it certain dishes, like pesto. Basil also makes for a delicious caprese salad, and a wide range of sauces. You can try de-stressing with a cup of basil tea.

Rosemary has been used in medicinal and culinary applications for thousands of years. It contains antioxidants and compounds with anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it provides iron for respiratory health, calcium for bone strength, and fiber for digestive health. A 2013 study at the Saint Louis University of Medicine conducted by Susan Farr, Ph.D. found that rosemary extract improved the memory of mice and could possibly be used to help with age-related cognitive decline, too.

You can use Rosemary on chicken, fish, in soups and sauces, or even infuse olive oil with it.

What is your favorite?

Keeping your lawn healthy and beautiful is easy with this helpful guide.

Keeping your lawn pristine is hard work.  Whether you love the look and feel of it, or just want to maintain it because it’s what you do, this helpful guide has suggestions to keep your lawn happy and healthy, along with a great monthly schedule.  

We just love the name. Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew.

Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew is our product of the month in August.  Why because it's just what you need to keep all of those pesky bugs away from your fruits, veggies, and ornamental plants. It's safe to use on all edibles and is for organic gardening use. How awesome is that?  It also will alleviate bag worms! Pick up your 32 oz spray bottle today for $12.99