Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Remember the old Uncle Sam poster pointing his finger at you, wanting your vote? Well, I want you to seed this Spring. Let’s explore why.
Over the years Jonathan Green has attended many homeowner lawn care seminars and we have observed one thing over and over and that is, the homeowner is not considering applying new grass seed to their established lawns. Many homeowners follow the same lawn care program year after year and they are not satisfied with the results. Spring is the time we begin to step outdoors and start to clean up our property. We rake and mow our lawns, but too often we do not consider applying grass seed as one of our maintenance steps. Yes, many of us seed the bare spots, but rarely do we seed our entire lawn, why not apply grass seed to your whole lawn this year?
Jonathan Green cannot stress the importance of introducing superior, competitive grass plants enough like my Jonathan Green Black Beauty Ultra grass seed mixture. It’s like a fresh coat of paint for the house, a fresh set of reserves on the football field, a change in your diet, changing the oil in your car, even buying a new car! Who wants to drive around in the same old car for 10+ years? By introducing new Jonathan Green seed you can upgrade your old tired lawn and then the rest of your Jonathan Green lawn care program starts to fall into place.
Our new, improved grass seed mixtures will invigorate your lawn. Many of these mixtures now contain endophytes, a naturally occurring fungus that lives within the tissue of the grass plant, but this is a good fungus that does no harm to the grass plant. The Jonathan Green Full Sun Mixture is high in endophytes and will deter damage from insects to your lawn. It releases alkaloids which surface feeding lawn insects do not like. These are naturally insect resistant grasses and a healthy growing lawn is the best defense against insects, weeds, and drought stress. What about weeds? By filling in bare spots with healthy growing grass, this leaves less chance for weeds, which are already in the soil, a chance to develop. Jonathan Green’s Organic Weed Control is a pre-emergent all-organic and all natural formula that can fight weeds. What about drought stress? Newly seeded grasses once established, will help your lawn to better withstand drought stress.
Perhaps you have never seeded your whole property because it is a lot of hard work. Just like painting your house, it takes a commitment to apply grass seed correctly because you do not want to have to seed twice in one season. Take a soil test to determine if you need some soil amendments to help your lawn grow better. At least take a pH test to determine if you need to adjust the pH. Cool season grasses grow best with a soil pH between 6.0 to 7.0, and most likely your soil pH is low. This would require an application of some limestone or MAG-I-CAL to correct this situation. Jonathan Green soil pH test kits are available at your local lawn and garden store for only $0.99! If you have a small lawn you can rake it vigorously to loosen the soil to create a proper seed bed. Or, consider renting a machine to prepare the soil on larger lawns. Do not forget to apply Jonathan Green New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer after the soil preparation. Do not apply any crabgrass preventers after you seed until the new seed has germinated and has been mowed 2-3 times.
For best success, choose the proper grass seed mixture for the area you are sowing.
Jonathan Green has mixtures available for sunny, shady, sun and shade, traffic and drought areas. Avoid low-end, bargain priced grass seed mixtures, they offer nothing but a quick fix for your lawn. Be patient as spring seedlings may take more time to germinate due to cooler weather conditions. With all this time and effort and love you put into your lawn use a quality Jonathan Green grass seed mixture, it will pay dividends. Remember, your lawn can be no better than the grass seed you sow. Good luck seeding this Spring!Back