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Lawn Care Tips & Guidelines

Lawn care tips... Contrary to what the box stores, fertilizer companies, and many retailers want you to believe, there's not a one-size-fits-all for lawn care but if we could give a few tips, they'd be the following.

Overseed

Overseed! Overseed! Overseed! Having a full and dense lawn is much easier to maintain. It may take awhile to get there but once there, weeds are much less of an issue because they simply don't have room to come up. Overseeding and regularly fertilizing your lawn are key to getting and maintaining a full lawn.

Preemergents

Preemergents (with fertilizer) - This is for folks who overseed in the fall. Preemergents go down in the early spring to keep weeds from germinating - mainly crabgrass. But it will also keep new lawn seed from germinating. So this is only good for established lawns.

Fertilize

Fertilizing in the spring is very important. It will give everything a boost out of the gate and add color to lawns that are lacking in nutrients.

Insect Control

Insect Control - You can apply insecticides at any point - by itself, with seed, with fertilizer, etc.

We even offer solutions that have NO detrimental effects to Bees or Butterflies.

C'mon down or give us a shout... we're happy to help with lawn care tips and suggestions!

Grass Seed Tips & Guidelines

  • K-31 Tall Fescue

     

    Pros
    • Easy to establish
    • Low maintenance
    • Heat tolerant
    • Drought tolerant
    • Disease resistant
    • Good for high-traffic areas
    Cons
    • Like all fescues, it requires overseeding to maintain a full lawn
    • Broader blade – not as visually appealing
    • Lighter green color – again, not as visually appealing
    Planting Guidelines
    • Plant in early fall or early spring
    • For established lawns, seed at a rate of 2-4lbs per 1,000 sq ft (depending on existing stand.)
    • For new lawns, seed at a rate of 7-8lbs per 1,000 sq ft.



  • Evergreen Turf-Type Fescue

     

    Pros
    (3-Vairety Fescue Blend)
    • Sun / shade mix
    • Dark green color
    • Easy to Establish
    • Fine-bladed for a very visually appealing lawn
    • Disease resistant
    • Tri-blend of turf-type tall fescues – multiple benefits of having more than one variety of fescue due to different varieties having different attributes
    • Formulated based on K-State’s research on Turf-Type Fescues in NE Kansas
    Cons

      • Requires more moisture than K-31
      • Not as heat tolerant as K-31
      • Like all fescues, it requires overseeding to maintain a full lawn
      Planting Guidelines
      • Plant in early fall or early spring
      • For established lawns, seed at a rate of 2-4lbs per 1,000 sq ft (depending on existing stand.)
      • For new lawns, seed at a rate of 7-8lbs per 1,000 sq ft.
    • Evergreen Plus Turf-Type Fescue

       

      Pros
      • 10% Perennial Rye for quick germination in new lawns and for maintaining its color during the colder months
      • Sun / shade mix
      • Dark green color
      • Fine-bladed for a very visually appealing lawn
      • Disease resistant
      • Tri-blend of turf-type tall fescues – multiple benefits of having more than one variety of fescue due to different varieties having different attributes
      • Formulated based on K-State’s research on Turf-Type Fescues in NE Kansas.
      Cons
      • Not as heat tolerant as K-31
      • Like all fescues, it requires overseeding to maintain a full lawn
      Planting Guidelines
      • Plant in early Fall or early Spring
      • For established lawns, seed at a rate of 2-5lbs per 1,000 sq ft (depending on quality of existing lawn.)
      • For new lawns, seed at a rate of 7-8lbs per 1,000 sq ft.
    • Evergreen Pro Turf-Type Fescue

       

      Pros
      • 10% Bluegrass for earlier “green-up” and more appeal
      • Sun / shade mix
      • Dark green color
      • Fine-bladed for a very visually appealing lawn
      • Disease resistant
      • Tri-blend of turf-type tall fescues – multiple benefits of having more than one variety of fescue due to different varieties having different attributes
      • Formulated based on K-State’s research on Turf-Type Fescues in NE Kansas.
      Cons
      • Not as heat tolerant as K-31
      • Like all fescues, it requires overseeding to maintain a full lawn
      Planting Guidelines
      • Plant in early Fall or early Spring
      • For established lawns, seed at a rate of 2-4lbs per 1,000 sq ft (depending on quality of existing lawn.)
      • For new lawns, seed at a rate of 7-8lbs per 1,000 sq ft.
    • Palmer V Perennial Ryegrass

       

      Pros
      • Heat & humidity tolerant
      • Disease resistant
      • Quick germination
      • Quick establishing
      • Corwn-feeding pest resistance
      • Fine blade, dark green color for great-looking turf
      • Good for full sun and shady areas
      Cons
      • Requires more moisture than K-31 Fescue
      • Requires overseeding
      • Shorter mowing height (1”-1.5”)
      Planting Guidelines
      • Plant in early Fall or early Spring
      • For established lawns, seed at a rate of 2-4lbs per 1,000 sq ft (depending on quality of existing lawn.)
      • For new lawns, seed at a rate of 7-8lbs per 1,000 sq ft.
    • Annual Ryegrass

       

      Pros
      • Quick germination
      • Economical
      • Works great as a temporary cover or to help permanent seed to get established
      Cons
      • Annual grass – meaning it will only grow for one season
      Planting Guidelines
      • Plant in early Spring
      • For temporary ground cover, plant 30-40lbs per acre
      • In mixing applications to help establish permanent lawn, plant at a rate of 6-10lbs per acre.
    • Baron Kentucky Bluegrass

       

      Pros
      • Excellent turf quality
      • Fine bladed for appeal
      • Heat tolerant
      • Drought tolerant
      • Disease resistant
      • Withstands low mowing height
      • Low maintenance
      • Good for high traffic areas
      • Rhizomes help recovery and reduce the need for overseeding
      Cons
      • 17-28 day germination
      • Does not perform well in heavy shade
      Planting Guidelines
      • Plant in early Spring or early Fall
      • For new lawns, plant at a rate of 2-3lbs per 1,000 sq ft
      • For established lawns, plant at a rate of .8-1.5lbs per 1,000 sq ft (depending on quality of existing lawn.)
    • Cody Buffalograss

       

      Pros
      • Very drought resistant once established
      • Low maintenance
      • Little fertilizer requirements
      • Excellent turf quality
      Cons
      • Can be difficult to establish
      • Establishing takes time
      • Longer germination periods
      • While establishing, can be difficult to control weeds
      Planting Guidelines
      • If not irrigated, plant between April & May
      • If irrigated, plant between May and June
      • For new lawns, plant at a rate of 3lbs per 1,000 sq ft
      • For existing lawns, plant at a rate of 1lb per 1,000 sq ft

    Fertilizer Tips & Guidelines

    • 12-12-12 Fertilizer

       

      Pros
      • Great all-around, balanced fertilizer for establishing new lawns and for maintenance.
      • Great for gardens as well
      • Can be used all year
      • Can be applied every 6 weeks

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • 50lb bag will cover up to 10,000 sq ft
      • For establishing new lawns, use 50lb per 5,000-6,000 square feet
      •  For Maintenance, use 50lb per 8,000-10,000 sq ft


    • 8-32-16 Fertilizer

       

      Pros
      • High levels of phosphorous and potassium for establishing root growth and development.
      • Great for establishing new lawns
      • Great for fruit bearing vegetables, trees, and shrubs
      • Can be used all year
      • Can be applied every 6 weeks

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • 50lb bag will cover up to 10,000 sq ft
    • 32-3-8 SCU Fertilizer

       

      Pros
      • High level of nitrogen to jumpstart top growth and improve color.
      • Sulphur coated urea to slowly release nitrogen to protect against “burning” grass in hot weather.
      • Great maintenance fertilizer
      • Great winterizer

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • 50lb bag will cover up to 10,000 sq ft
    • 46-0-0 Fertilizer

       

      Pros
      • High level of nitrogen to jumpstart top growth and improve color.
      • Do not use during summer months. Can cause “burn” if used in hot and dry weather.
      • Great winterizer

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • 50lb bag will cover up to 10,000 sq ft
    • 15-3-5 Weed & Feed Fertilizer

       

      Pros
      • Great maintenance fertilizer
      • Kills broadleaf weeds
      • Cannot plant grass seed for 4-6 weeks after applying

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • 50lb bag will cover 12,500 sq ft
    • 19-0-3 Barricade Fertilizer

       

      Pros
      • Great maintenance fertilizer
      • Has a pre-emergent to control crabgrass and other weeds for 3-4 months.
      • Use in early spring before crabgrass germinates.
      • Cannot plant grass seed for 3-4 months after applying.

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • 50lb bag will cover 1/4 of an acre per bag.
    • 19-0-3 Dimension Fertilizer

       

      Pros
      • Great maintenance fertilizer
      • Has a pre-emergent to control crabgrass and other weeds.
      • Will kill young crabgrass – 1” tall or shorter.
      • Use as a second application (3-4 months after application of Barricade)
      • Use in early spring if crabgrass has already germinated.
      • Cannot plant grass seed for 3-4 months after applying.

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • 50lb bag will cover 1/4 of an acre per bag.
    • Ironite 1-0-1 Fertilizer

       

      Pros
      • Quickly improves color
      • Reduces or eliminates yellow spots cause by iron deficiency.
      • Won’t burn grass
      • Can be applied all year

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • Apply at a rate of 3lbs per 1,000 sq ft
      • For best results, apply 4 times per year.

    Insect Control Tips & Guidelines

    • Permethrin Granules 10lb

       

      Uses
      • Economical
      • Kills many different crawling insects like ants, spiders, fleas and chiggers.

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • Use 10lbs per 5,000 sq ft
      • 30-45 day insect control
    • Bifenthrin Granules 25lb

       

      Uses
      • Economical
      • Kills many different crawling insects like ants, spiders, fleas and chiggers.

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • Use 25lbs per 10,000 sq ft
      • 30-45 day insect control
    • Mallet Granules 30lb

       

      Uses
      • Economical
      • Kills grub worms
      • Prevents grub-cause lawn damage
      • Takes away a large portion of a moles food source
      • Helps control June Bugs during the summer 

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • Use 30lbs per 20,000 sq ft
      • 3-4 month grub control
    • Milky Spore Granules 20lb

       

      Uses
      • Natural grub control
      • Doesn’t harm pets, humans, or other insects.
      • Last for 10 years after final application!

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • Apply 20lbs per 7,000 sq ft
      • Apply in the spring and fall for 2 years (4 total applications)
    • Lawn Shield Insect Repellent Granules 10lb

       

      Uses
      • Natural
      • Creates an invisible barrier to repel insects like ants, flea, and chiggers.
      • No detrimental effects to bees or butterflies.

       

      Usage Guidelines
      • Use 10lbs per 4,000 sq ft

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