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.

More Weed Control Tips: Controlling Weeds in Beds, Edges, and Cracks

Over the last several weeks, we have been discussing Weed Control, from lawn care and weed prevention to controlling annoying weeds in the yard. This week, we are going to continue talking about everyone’s least favorite perennial, weeds. More importantly, we are going to talk about those weeds that pop up in unexpected places, like the cracks in a driveway or sidewalk. Luckily, these weeds are easily controlled using the appropriate prescribed elixir (okay…chemical!)

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Weed Control Tips

Weeds in Pavement Cracks

For KILLING weeds growing in pavement cracks or open areas in beds, a quick and effective treatment is a non-selective Ace_Feb25_KleenUpherbicide named Kleen-Up. The active ingredient, glyphosate, is found in higher concentrations in Bonide’s Kleen-up than other weed control products with similar formulas. Kleen-up’s trigger bottle allows you to deliver a lethal dose in a controlled dose.

Bonide’s Kleep-up can be bought as RTU (Ready To Use) small 32 oz. bottles for small spot treatment or half gallon and larger sizes with a variety of spray options but always used as spot treatments, not area treatments.

Apply a ground sterilizer such as Ground Clear from Ortho or GF Vegetation Killer from Bonide to PREVENT weeds for UP TO A YEAR. These will keep areas such as driveways, patios, fence lines, gravel paths, and curbs clear of weeds. Both products are not typically sprayed, but rather mixed with water and poured on the problem areas.

Weeds in Flower Beds and Vegetable Gardens

In beds, grassy weeds can be eliminated while not harming desirable plants, such as vegetables, flowers and shrubs, by Ace_Feb25_Chickweedusing Grass Beater from Bonide. We also recommend using mulch in vegetable gardens. Mulch helps retain soil moisture while also minimizing weeds.

One weed in particular, Chickweed, is a rascal that needs to be sprayed in early spring prior to it developing small white seed bearing flowers. Chickweed, Oxalis and Clover Killer from Bonide is the preferred brand because it kills to the root and is effective down to 45 degree temperatures while others stop working at 60 degrees.

Have any more weed control questions? Then head to the Ace nearest you!

Ace Hardware & Heath and Ace Home & Leisure: High Quality Lawn Care and Weed Control Products in Maryland

Ace knows that our Maryland homeowners love their lawns…and hate weeds! That’s why we take special care in selecting the lawn products that will perform best on Maryland lawns. Check in with the Ace lawn care specialists at Ace Hardware & Hearth in Glen Burnie and Pasadena, Maryland or Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater. We are here to answers all of your lawn care and weed control questions.

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

Weed Control Continued: Controlling Annoying Weeds in the Yard

Spring Dandelion Weeds

As a homeowner, you know just how annoying weeds can be. Not only are they an eyesore on your front lawn, but they can also be expensive to get rid of. That is, unless you have the right chemical. Every year, homeowners waste too much money trying to kill weeds with the wrong chemical.

First and foremost, you need to know what type of weeds you are dealing with. There are two classes of weeds: broadleaf and grassy. A lot of weed killers (herbicides) are termed selective, meaning that perennial weeds are at risk but not lawn grasses. These herbicides are available as both a liquid, which is the most effective and the easiest to use, or granular.

What is the Best Weed Killer on the Market?

The best of these “lawn weed killers” available is Weed Beater Ultra produced by Bonide. Why is Weed Beater Ultra so good? Well, while other weed killers do not reach maximum effectiveness until the temperature is above 60 degrees, Weed Beater Ultra works down to 45 degrees. This means that you, as a homeowner, can attack weeds earlier, while it is still cold outside, when they are young and most vulnerable.

Additional benefits of Weed Beater Ultra include:

  1. Rain fastACE_Feb11_WeedBeater
  2. Shows results in hours
  3. Kills weeds down to the root
  4. Kills the broadest range of broadleaf weeds out there
  5. Allows you to plant grass seed after just two weeks

Plus, Weed Beater Ultra is recognized and recommended by more garden radio show hosts than any other brand of weed killer.

Liquid Weed Control Products vs. Granular Weed Control Products

  1. Liquid Weed Control Products: Applications of liquid weed control products range from Ready to Spray (RTS), where you just screw the bottle onto the end of the hose, to Ready to Use (RTU), the hand held trigger spray, to concentrate, which requires the use of a pump-up (compression) sprayer or hose end mixer. Weed Beater Ultra from Bonide is offered in each style.
  2. Granular Weed Control Products: Application of granular weed control products  are best applied by a lawn spreader that you can walk behind or hold in your hand and crank. However, for granular weed and feed products to actually work, you must cut the grass first, wet the grass, spread the weed and feed around the yard, and make sure you apply granular weed killer on a fairly windless day. The weed killer must “stick” to the grass for a minimum of 24 hours to 48 hours in order to imbibe the flesh of the blade. If the granule fails to stick to the weed, it will NOT kill the weed. Weed killer lying on the soil does nothing for weed control, it is just money wasted.

Ace knows that Maryland Homeowners love their Lawns!

At Ace Hardware & Hearth in Glen Burnie and Pasadena, Maryland and Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater, we take special care in selecting the lawn products that will perform best on Maryland lawns. Our experts will help you determine the right products for your unique needs.

Check back next week as we take a deeper look at controlling tough weeds and weeds in flower beds, around shrubs and in vegetable gardens.

In the meantime, if you have any other questions about Weed Control and Lawn Care, our experts are here to help. Please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today to locate the Ace Hardware nearest you! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Lawn Care Issue #1: Weed Control

Did you know it only takes someone 17 seconds to form an opinion about a person’s home? This is why first impressions are so important. After all, it is much easier to make a good first impression than it is to change someone’s perception of your home. So what kind of first impression is your home giving? If your lawn is full of weeds, brown patches, bare spots and pale color, chances are that you may not be giving guests and passersby the best impression.

Lawn Care Issue #1: Weed Control

Luckily, there are several ways for homeowners to treat these issues. The easiest of which is to prevent weeds. Weed prevention is much easier and less expensive than ridding your lawn of these pesky competitors for soil nutrients.

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  1. To prevent weeds ORGANICALLY, Corn Gluten can be applied throughout spring and fall. This will prevent most weeds from germinating and becoming a bigger problem, which is a much more costly problem. Espoma, a manufacturer of such well known fertilizers as Holly Tone makes a corn gluten lawn care product named Espoma Organic: Weed Preventer plus Lawn Food. This product not only prevents dandelions, crabgrass and other common weeds, but this all natural, organic weed control is safe to use around pets and children.
  2. Crabgrass prevention is best accomplished by applying Dimension in early spring when the forsythias are in bloom and when the soil temperature is right for crabgrass seeds to germinate and begin their troublesome life cycle.
  3. While chickweed is a big problem in the spring, it is best prevented by applying Dimension in fall, before October in the Mid-Atlantic region. This is when the seeds produced by spring blooming chickweed plants germinate. Chickweed should be sprayed with Bonide Chickweed killer of Weed Beater Ultra. These are selective and only kill weeds leaving lawn grass to grow on.

What is the Secret to a Lush, Healthy Lawn?

You can have the lawn of your dreams with the help of a knowledgeable hardware store or garden center. Unlike the home centers and other box stores, these establishments employ associates that are thoroughly trained to help a home owner have the most beautiful lawn possible with the lowest expense probable. Additionally, these garden centers and hardware stores carry a much wider array of effective lawn care products than box stores.

Ace Hardware & Heath and Ace Home & Leisure: Your Source of the Highest Quality Lawn Care Products in Maryland

Ace knows that our Maryland homeowners love their lawns! That’s why we take special care in selecting the lawn products that will perform best on Maryland lawns. Check in with our Ace lawn care specialists for answers to all of your lawn care questions.

Check back Next Week for More Helpful Organic Lawn Care Tips!

If you have any other questions about Lawn Care, our experts are here to help. Please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today to locate the Ace Hardware nearest you! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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