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Love Your Lawn Again
February 2014
 

Did your lawn struggle last year?  Are you in a love/hate relationship with your lawn?  If your lawn was plagued with weeds, insects and stress we are here to tell you it is time to love your lawn again!  By following just a few simple steps you can have a lawn that will be the envy of your neighbors.  Now is a great time to start thinking what you can do to turn your lawn around this year.  Follow this month's edition of Timely Tips and love your lawn again.
My lawn always has weeds!
crabgrass
Crabgrass plant

The biggest problem homeowners face with their lawns are weeds.  There are two types of weeds - grassy and broadleaf weeds.  The first step to removing weeds is being able to identify what kind of weeds you have. Grassy weeds like crabgrass can be controlled with either our  Crabgrass Preventer plus Green-Up Lawn Fertilizer or our new Crabgrass & Weed Preventer.  Both of these products will control crabgrass before AND after it germinates!  The best time to apply these products are mid-spring.  This will allow you to first seed your lawn and then take care of those pesky weeds. 

Broadleaf weeds include dandelions and clover.  Broadleaf weeds are best controlled when they are actively growing with Lawn Weed Control or Weed & Feed.  Apply these products to damp weed leaves and follow all directions on the bag for best results.  

Want to know more about controlling weeds in your lawn?  Click here! 
How can I stop insects from ruining my yard?

Grub, Tick, & Chinch Bugs Insects can ruin a beautiful lawn very quickly.  If your lawn suffered from insect damage last year you want to keep an eye out for them this year.  Surface feeding insects include chinch bugs, ants, fleas, ticks, sod webworms, etc.   If your lawn has been affected by surface feeding insects use our new Organic Insect Control. It kills and repels bugs and is safe to use where kids and pets play. Grubs are sub-soil insects that move up to ground level as soil temperatures increase.  To attack grubs use our Grub Control which should be applied in late spring/early summer.

Not sure how to identify bugs in the lawn?  Click here for some tips!
My lawn is full of bare spots
 
Dog on lawn
Dog spots can ruin a
great looking lawn

Bare spots in the lawn can be caused by several factors.  One is poor soil.  If you have not tested your soil pH in awhile be sure you do so this spring.  Unbalanced soil pH creates unfavorable conditions for growing grass.  If your soil pH is low (below 6.0), apply Mag-I-Cal Calcium Fertilizer to raise the pH.  Another cause of bare spots in the lawn is due to soil compaction.  Apply Love Your Lawn-Love Your Soil to relieve compaction and allow more air and water to reach grass roots. 

Is Rover creating bare spots in your lawn?  An application of gypsum can help alleviate the acidity caused by dogs.  Use Lawn Repair Made Easy to repair bare spots in your lawn.  This product is a great combination of Black Beauty Ultra Grass Seed, Mag-I-Cal and Organic Lawn Fertilizer.

Are dog spots getting the best of your lawn?  Click here for more tricks to help your lawn.
Jonathan Green Family Spotlight
  Soldier Boy Book Cover
Jonathan Green is a family owned business and has been for six generations.  We wanted to share a personal family note with you and honor one of our own.  Allan Green, twin brother of Jonathan Green Chairman Barry Green Sr., recently published a novel entitled Soldier Boy.  The book is set during the Great Depression and World War II, an era that predates the internet and social media.  This moving romantic story collides with the violence of the war for an emotional roller coaster of a read. 

To learn more about Soldier Boy or to purchase a copy please click here!
For more information, how-to videos and informative articles visit  jonathangreen.com and  NewAmericanLawn.com.  Follow  us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media sites listed below for even more daily lawn and garden tips.  Have a very Happy Valentine's Day and remember to love your lawn again!
  Grass heart
Sincerely,    
 
Jonathan Green
Seedsmen

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