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

It's August and we're loving the AUTUMN BLAZE MAPLE.

It’s almost time for the Autumn Blaze Maples to hit their full stride and color potential, which is why we love them this time of year.  With the fall just around the corner, these favorites are about to hit their full stride.  These stoic and strong trees make perfect shade and accents for homes.  They require little maintenance and truly look ablaze in the sun. 

The Autumn Blaze has a vivid brilliant orange-red fall color which is stunning with its rounded crown.  It grows fast, with a dense branch pattern.  The best part is that this tree grows in full sun or shade – an all-around winner.  You really can’t go wrong with these amazing trees.  

There are bugs...everywhere. We've got solutions.

Sitting outside these days can be such a bummer when the bugs just won't leave you alone.  It doesn't have to be which is why we wanted to share one of our favorite solutions - Hi-Yield Turf Ranger.  It's an amazing product that can help you control ants, armyworms, chinchbugs, crickets, fire ants, fleas, grasshoppers, chiggers, ticks & Spiders, to name a few.  We love it because its affordable, it's easy to apply with a spreader and a 10lb bag can cover up to 5,000 sq. feet.  Start enjoying your yard a little more once the bugs are back under control.   You can find it in the Garden Center for $13.99 and we're here to answer any questions that you might have. 

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The ultimate potting soil - everything your plants need, in one bag.

Ocean Forest® Potting Soil - Good Things From the Earth and Sea!

The ultimate potting soil—everything your plants need, in one bag. Ocean Forest® is a powerhouse blend of premium earthworm castings, bat guano, and sea-going fish and crab meal.
Aged forest products, sandy loam, and sphagnum peat moss give Ocean Forest® its light, aerated texture. Start with Ocean Forest® and watch your plants come alive!

Garden tip: Perfect for containers and ready to use right out of the bag. Ocean Forest® is pH adjusted at 6.3 to 6.8 to allow for optimum fertilizer uptake. There’s no need for nitrogen fertilizers at first; instead try an organic blend like FoxFarm Big Bloom® Liquid Plant Food to encourage strong branching and a sturdy, healthy growth habit.

A rose that isn't a rose.

The Rose of Sharon is a Rolling Meadows Garden Center favorite.  It's an easy-to-grow, undemanding plant that loves to live in either full sun or partial shade.  It does well in moist, well-drained solid but is very tolerant of many growing conditions, including drought and pollution.  The Rose of Sharon is very hearty and there are actually very few pests that can bother the plant.  
Wondering when to plant?  Right now is perfect in addition to the spring and fall.  The plant tends to leaf out somewhat late in the springtime, but sometimes takes is time and is slow to start in the growing season.
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The art of plant watering.

Watering plants is very important.  Believe it or not, it takes a bit more than just making sure you get the water in the planter to keep your plants and landscape happy.

Here are a few tips to keep your garden well watered:
 - Focus on the root zone.  It's the roots, not the leaves that need the water.  Wetting anything but the roots is a waste of water and can promote the spread of disease.
 - Water only when needed.  Make sure to water only when necessary.  Reduce watering when rain is abundant.  Too much water can damage your plants.
 - Water deeply and thoroughly. Lawns and annual roots are in the top 6" of soil.  For perennials,  shrubs and trees, it's the top 12".  It may take hours for water to go down 6 - 12"  Use your fingers to check for progress.
 - Water first thing in the morning.  Your plants will love you for this.
 - Mulch everything.  Mulch helps to reduce surface runoff and slows evaporation from the soil.
 - Get the right tools.  For efficient watering at the root zone, use a soaker hose or even more precise a drip irrigation system vs a sprinkler.

Happy Watering!


Rolling Meadows is proud to host the South Johnson County Garden Club.

Have questions about gardening? Want to to learn great tips and share ideas with other people who love to dig in the dirt? This is the time to come together and gather with like minded gardeners. Come and learn about specific products, methods and trick of the trade, all while enjoying light appetizers and great conversation at our monthly meetings. It's easy to join and only costs $25.00 per year. Dig in and see you soon!


Why we love Little Henry Sweeptspire.

Looking for fool proof accent plants or hedges that you can use in your landscape? We recommend Little Henry Sweetspire. It's a deciduous shrub that is great for smaller spaces in your landscape beds. It's small and showy and reaches about 2 feet tall and 2 1/2 feet in width. Little Henry is fragrant and blooms from June to July, loves full to part sun and can tolerate heavy shade and wet areas. The best part - it's very low maintenance, which makes it a great choice in your landscape.

Why We love Fox Farm Liquid Plant Food...Big Bloom.

There is nothing like seeing plants and flowers looking big and gorgeous! That is why we love Big Bloom Liquid Plant Food by Fox Farm. Big Bloom is ideal for all flowering and fruiting plants and safe to use every time you water. Big Bloom intensify's the flower fragrance and increases essential oil production which gives you amazing flavors in herbs, fruits and vegetables. Using this great product also extends your fruit and flowering season late into the year. It's also the perfect product to help bring a struggling plant back to life.

There is a fungus among us....be on the lookout.

There are quite a few fungal diseases that can impact your lawn and we want to ensure that you are armed to combat anything that might impact your lawn. The fungal diseases are usually pretty specialized, targeting specific lawn types, at certain times of the year and under certain conditions. Before jumping in and trying to treat your lawn, remember the first step is to identify the fungus itself so that you can treat effectively. All Fungicides aren't the same and some of the diseases can be easily solved by making small changes to your current lawn care plan. Knowing your grass type and recent weather conditions can make it easier to narrow down, but you may need help in figuring out exactly what’s going on. Your local cooperative extension center is your best resource for determining which diseases are most common in your area, or you can bring a small baggie of the infected grass to our Garden Center for help. We also have a full line of products to help with these summertime issues, one of our favorites being F-Stop by Fertilome.

It's Summertime!

Can you believe that it's almost August? School will be starting soon - where did the time go? This summer has been so wet - it's exciting to finally have a few days of sun - even if they are almost 100 degrees. We are now able to start on all of the projects that have been delayed due to weather - so we're excited! If you have also had to put off your projects and are ready to get started, you'll be excited to hear that Rolling Meadows Garden Center is fully stocked and ready to assist you in achieving your summer goals and dreams. We've got amazing pots, flowers, fertilizers, soil, mulch, home decor and gift cards. Cannot wait to see you in the shop to let us help assist you with your projects!