Fall and Winter Lawn Care Tips

Fall and Winter Lawn Care TipsJust because the weather is starting to cool down doesn’t mean your lawn care efforts should cool down as well. Lawn care is just as important in fall and winter as it is spring and summer. In fact, fall lawn care is critical to prepare your lawn for the long, harsh winter.

Fall and Winter Lawn Care Tips

  1. Fertilizer: Right now, your lawn is preparing to go dormant for the winter. However, while the grass is dormant, its roots continue to grow underground throughout the winter. This is why fertilizing is so important. It provides an extra boost of nutrients that will be stored and used during your grass’ dormancy period. You should fertilize your lawn from Labor Day through October 15 with a lawn food, such as Super Turf Builder, Ace Lawn Fertilizer, Bonide Lawn food, Milorganite or Turf Trust. Then, you should put the fall/winter feeding down until Thanksgiving.
  2. Seeding: If your lawn is looking a little thin, Fall is the Best Time for planting Grass Seed. Because of the cooler nights and long warm days, fall seeding is much more successful than spring seeding. With fall seeding, roots continue to feed new plants into January until the soil freezes give the plant more base to break forth with vigor when March rolls around.
  3. Remove Leaves:  Raking leaves is not only great for your curb appeal, but also your grass. Leaves block sunlight, which is vital in the fall when your lawn stores food for winter.

For more fall and winter lawn care tips, visit Ace Hardware & Hearth (Glen Burnie and Pasadena) or Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater. Our lawn care experts will answer any questions you may have and help you find the right products for your lawn. We have everything you need to achieve that luscious lawn you have always dreamed of. We not only carry high-quality grass seed, but also fertilizers – granule and liquid – from the most respected names in the industry, as well as the lawn care supplies and equipment you need to get the job done right.

We know just how much Maryland homeowners love their lawns! That’s why we take special care in selecting the lawn products that will perform best on Maryland lawns.

If you have any questions about Fall and Winter Lawn Care Tips, our experts are here to help. Please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Fall is still the Best Time for Planting Grass Seed, but Soil matters too!

Planting Grass SeedLast week, in our blog, “Fall is the Best Time for planting Grass Seed,” we outlined the benefits of planting grass seed in autumn, as opposed to the other seasons. Why? The weather. As we explained last week, fall seeding is much more successful than spring seeding (and especially summer seeding) because of the cooler nights and long warm days. However, there is more to planting grass seed than just the weather. You also need the right soil.

Fall is still the Best Time for Planting Grass Seed, but Soil matters too!

  1. Soil PH: New grass sprouts respond to acidic soil like a new baby does to sour milk. It tastes it and won’t take anymore, resulting in stunted growth, weak coloration, vulnerability to disease, take over by weeds and even death during distressing weather. This is why the soil should be tested for PH to make sure it is not acidic. The preferred range is between 6.2 and 7.0. If you find your soil to be too acidic, don’t fret; soil PH can be corrected by adding an acid neutralizer, like lime, at correct application rates with a lawn spreader. And while Older pelletized limes took up to 60 Days to be most effective. A recent innovation in soil care, Mag-I-Cal from Jonathan Green, begins to neutralize acid immediately.
  2. Nutrients: Often, soil nutrients can’t be released and made available for roots to take them up because there is an inadequate number of microbes in the soil to break food down and make it readily available to new plants. Microbes are encouraged by adding organic top dressings like Bumper Crop or Love MY Lawn…Love My Soil to lawns. Microbes are hindered and/or destroyed by adding chemicals to the lawn. A balance of applying appropriately timed lawn foods along with occasional top dressings will provide the optimal conditions for a great lawn and increased home values.
  3. Weed Control: Lawn weed controls need a 30 day gap before or after seeding. The weed controls will either sterilize new seeds or kill new young grass if not timed properly.
  4. Lawn Mowing: Lawns perform best when they are consistently mowed with no more than 1/3 cut off of the grass. This leaves enough green leafy structure to promote chlorophyll development and cell structure enhancement in lawn grasses.

Ace Hardware & Hearth (Glen Burnie and Pasadena) or Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater have everything you need to achieve that luscious lawn you have always dreamed of. We know just how much Maryland homeowners love their lawns! That’s why we take special care in selecting the lawn products that will perform best on Maryland lawns. Ace has high-quality grass seed in different varieties to meet your individual needs. We also carry fertilizers – granule and liquid – from the most respected names in the industry, as well as the lawn care supplies and equipment you need to get the job done right.

Whether you’re planting a new lawn or patching and strengthening an existing one, our lawn care experts will answer any questions you may have and help you find the right products for your lawn.

If you have any questions about Planting Grass Seed, our experts are here to help. Please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Fall is the Best Time for Planting Grass Seed

Best Time for Planting Grass SeedSummer is quickly coming to an end, which means one thing; autumn is right around the corner. It is time to start thinking about planting grass seed, especially with the September-like temperatures in our area.

When is the Best Time for Planting Grass Seed?

Because of the cooler nights and long warm days, fall seeding is much more successful than spring seeding. When seeding is done in spring, new grass goes into a death defying dry and hot period. With fall seeding, roots continue to feed new plants into January until the soil freezes give the plant more base to break forth with vigor when March rolls around.

What is the Best Type of Grass for my Maryland Lawn?

Turf Type tall fescues grow best in the mid-Atlantic region. Meanwhile, perennial rye and most blue grass have a difficult time in the heat and humidity of this area. Jonathan Green’s Black Beauty turf type tall fescue seed comes from seeds that were discovered both on the edge of the Sahara Desert and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan giving it very deep roots, disease resistance, and cold hardiness. Their shade version, Shady Nooks, is equally as great for areas of low sun and dappled shade. All other tall fescues are derived from an ugly barn grass called K-31 that was never meant for lawns but was/is widely used. K-31 is a first generation lawn grass and leaves large gaps in the lawn that weed seeds thrive in.

 Where can I find the Lawn Care Supplies I need?

Want to learn more about planting grass seed? If so, head to Ace Hardware & Hearth (Glen Burnie and Pasadena) or Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater. Ace is the place for helpful information. The lawn care experts at all three Ace stores will help you determine the right products for your lawn. We know just how much Maryland homeowners love their lawns! That’s why we take special care in selecting the lawn products that will perform best on Maryland lawns. Whether you’re planting a new lawn or patching and strengthening an existing one, Ace has high-quality grass seed in different varieties to meet your individual needs. We also carry fertilizers – granule and liquid – from the most respected names in the industry, as well as the lawn care supplies and equipment you need to get the job done right.

If you have any questions about Planting Grass Seed, our experts are here to help. Please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Plants that attract Butterflies

Plants that attract ButterfliesThere is no insect more majestic than the butterfly. There is also no insect that people enjoy more. So it is no wonder why many homeowners are doing everything they can to attract butterflies to their yards. How? Plants, that’s how. Butterflies and plants go together like peanut butter and jelly.

“The Butterfly is a Flying Flower, The Flower a Tethered Butterfly.” – Denis Écouchard Lebrun

So, when attracting butterflies to your yard, where better to start than with a group of nectar-rich flowers, often referred to as a butterfly garden.

  1. Butterflies prefer plants with clusters of short tubular flowers.
  2. Choose colorful flowers. Butterflies are attracted to colorful groups of flowers.
  3. Provide continuous blooms throughout growing season.

Additional considerations for attracting butterflies include sunny open spaces, shelter from the wind, fresh water, and a wide variety plants, grasses, and wildflowers. By offering the right combination of the aforementioned factors, it is easy to attract and sustain a butterfly population.

Plants that attract Butterflies

Common Name Latin Name
Allium Allium
Aster Aster
Bee balm Monarda
Butterfly bush Buddleia
Catmint Nepeta
Clove Pink Dianthus
Cornflower Centaurea
Daylily Hemerocallis
False indigo Baptisia
Fleabane Erigeron
Floss flower Ageratum
Globe thistle Echinops
Goldenrod Solidago
Helen’s flower Helenium
Hollyhock Alcea
Lavender Lavendula
Lilac Syringa
Lupine Lupinus
Lychnis Lychnis
Mallow Malva
Milkweed Asclepias
Mint Mentha
Pansy Viola
Phlox Phlox
Privet Ligustrum
Purple coneflower Echinacea
Rock cress Arabis
Sage Salvia
Sea holly Eryngium
Shasta daisy Chrysanthemum
Snapdragon Antirrhinum
Stonecrop Sedum
Sweet alyssum Lobularia
Sweet rocket Hesperis
Tickseed Coreopsis
Zinnia Zinnia

Visit Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater for Plants that attract Butterflies

We have a great selection of plants that attract butterflies at Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater. Our experts will help you determine the right products for your unique needs.

More Tips to help attract Butterflies

  1. What butterflies are common to your area? Get to know these butterflies and their preferences. This will help you lure them to your yard.
  2. As we said before, make sure your garden is in a sunny area. Butterflies prefer to be out in sunny places.
  3. Don’t forget about caterpillars. Include plants that caterpillars feed on.
  4. Include shallow watering areas for butterflies to drink from.
  5. Butterflies need protection from the wind.
  6. Use pesticides with caution. Consult with your local nursery for pesticides that will least effect your butterfly population.
  7. Have Fun!

If you have any questions about Attracting Butterflies, our experts are here to help. Please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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Plants that attract Butterflies

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