Category: Landscape

How Winter Fertilizer Keeps Lawns Green and Healthy During Winter Months

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As a turf manager, you know that your customers want a healthy, verdant lawn even through cold winter months. Plus, winter fertilizer, called winterizer, adds potassium to protect turfgrass at the cellular level.

That’s why you need ProScape 25-0-5 51% MESA 1% Fe to put down on your clients’ lawns.

8 Benefits for Using Winterizer Two Times in the Fall

When should you fertilize fall lawns?

Ideally, you should apply ProScape 25-0-5 51% MESA 1% Fe from the end of August to the beginning of September. You use the second application toward the end of fall, starting in mid-to-late October. The second application of winterizer hardens turf cells and concentrates on the turfgrass’s root system.

The winter fertilizer is the best fertilizer to put down all season and can be the only fertilizer you use all season long.

Here are eight benefits for using a winterizer in the fall:

  1. It helps the root system to develop deep into the soil. These deep roots grow root hairs that go deep enough in the ground to find hidden moisture stores.
  2. If some of your customers only fertilize once a year, it should be in the fall with a winter fertilizer because it promotes a deep green color that lasts through the winter. It also encourages early green-up in the spring.
  3. Every year, cool season turfgrass gets most of its nutrients during autumn, making winter fertilizer essential for turf’s development and longevity.
  4. The potassium in winter fertilizer hardens turfgrass’s outer cell walls to protect them from bursting due to freezing temperatures.
  5. Use winter fertilizer only on cool season grasses. Lawn care experts recommend that you plant a cover crop, such as annual ryegrass, on warm season lawns.
  6. Cool season grasses prefer temperatures between 65ºF to 75ºF. And cool season grasses remain green well into December. This type of turf will turn brown when temperatures drop to freezing temperatures.
  7. A hot, dry summer depletes cool season turfgrass. Cool season lawns need to recover from summer stress and time to prepare for the upcoming winter. 
  8. Also, you apply 75% of cool season grass’s annual nitrogen in the fall. Turf will uptake and store that nitrogen well into the winter and use it when soil temperatures drop into the mid-30’s. 

Read more: Do You Provide Fall Tree Fertilization Services?

How to Upsell Your Winter Fertilizer Services

You want to emphasize the benefits of winter fertilizer and how it helps lawns. Also, encourage your clients, who don’t put down fertilizer any other time of the year that this type of nutrition will benefit their yards the most.

Explain to your clients how winter fertilizer helps their lawns recover from heat stress and how the nutrients improve their turf’s ability to survive the winter.

You can get the word out about your winter fertilizer lawn services through your blog (educate your clients on what winterizer is and how it benefits their turf), social media channels, and a reminder in your weekly newsletter.

Learn more: Putting Turf to Bed: Late Fall Fertilization

Why LebanonTurf’s ProScape 25-0-5 51% MESA 1% Fe Is the Best Winter Fertilizer for Cool Season Grasses

If you want the best winter fertilizer for cool season grasses, you can’t go wrong with our ProScape 25-0-5 51% MESA 1% Fe. This ProScape formula is a premium straight fertilizer product with an NPK of 25-0-5. And you can use this product for residential, commercial, and general turf use.

Here are the other benefits of ProScape 25-0-5 51% MESA 1% Fe:

  • It has 51% MESA for slow release nitrogen, allowing immediate green up without a growth surge.
  • MESA is a unique nitrogen source that combines ammonium sulfate with methylene urea in a single homogenous particle.
  • Muriate potash stimulates strong cell growth and provides disease resistance by promoting a thicker cell wall.
  • 1% Fe (iron) provides added nutrition for a quick green up.
  • You’ll save time using ProScape 25-0-5 51% MESA 1% Fe because it combines all the elements needed for a complete winter fertilizer.

Give your clients the lawn they dream of when you apply ProScape 25-0-5 51% MESA 1% Fe on their yards in the fall.

At LebanonTurf, we provide a wide range of turfgrass products from fertilizer to insect and disease control, seed, and establishment. Contact your distributor today to buy your next order of ProScape and other LebanonTurf lawn care products.

Source:

Lawn-Care-Academy.com, Lawn Winterization Techniques for Cool and Warm Season Grasses.

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Do You Provide Fall Tree Fertilization Services?

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If you provide tree services, in addition to your lawn care service, it’s time to market your fall tree fertilizing.

You may have some pushback from your customers because any lawn fertilizer you use also feeds the property’s trees. But you can still sell your clients on the benefits of fall tree fertilization to maintain plant health care and longevity.

How to Fertilize Large Trees

While your customers may have some young trees on their grounds, you can educate your clients about fertilizing large trees.

Why? 

Because older trees are more susceptible to disease, dieback, and insect invasions. Plus, hot summers deplete the ground of moisture and available nutrients, leaving these majestic trees nutrient- and water-deprived. 

However, you can demonstrate a tree’s need for root fertilizer injections with a soil test. You collect soil samples around each tree’s root zone and then send them to a lab to get them tested.

The soil test will tell you what nutrients are missing and the pH of the soil. You can treat your customers’ trees with ROOTS Fertilizer for Trees and balance the pH with lime or sulfur. 

You want the soil’s pH to be balanced to uptake the fertilizer into the tree’s root zone and to the rest of the tree.

When you fertilize trees in the fall, you’ll be injecting a mix of water and nutrition through a long tube that’s inserted into the tree’s root zone.

Did you know that you can use half as much water when you do soil injections? Since water is the carrier that mixes with the fertilizer, its job is to move the tree fertilizer to the woody plant’s root zone.

However, you still use the same amount of fertilizer, even though you’re cutting back on H2O. Yet, you don’t want to cut the water back too far because you could burn the tree’s roots and have a paste that won’t make it through the injector.

At LebanonTurf, we advise only cutting the water in half. And don’t use this formulation when putting down herbicides and pesticides. Instead, read the manufacturer’s instructions when using these products.

Here are five points to remember about using less water when injecting tree fertilizer:

  1. Reduce the amount of water you’re using, but still use the same amount of fertilizer.

  2. Reduce the injection volume per hole by the same amount.

  3. Don’t reduce the water too low when using soluble tree fertilizers because it can lead to root burn.

  4. Remember to halve the water amount and not go any further to avoid causing delivery problems.

  5. Always check with your herbicide and pesticide manufacturer before reducing the water in those formulations.

Read more: Fall Fertilizer—No Skipping or Skimping!

Why You Need to Fertilize Trees in the Fall

Like winterizing a lawn, fall fertilizer contains high levels of potassium and phosphorous that hardens off leaf tissues before the first frost.

Tree fertilizers have some nitrogen in them, but it’s a low dose or slow-release N that won’t encourage leaf and twig development at the top of the tree before winter.

Slow-release or low doses of N help the tree to leaf up again in the spring.

Learn more: Fall Overseeding and Aeration Services for Cool Season Lawns—Increase Seeding Success with PennMulch® Seed Accelerator

How to Market Your Tree Fertilization Services

Use your blog and social media to educate your clients about the benefits of fall tree fertilization. Assure your commercial and residential clients that you’ll first assess the tree for any stress or disease and that you’ll test the soil before using any tree fertilizer.

Also, include information about plant health care (PHC) if you provide these services. While many homeowners and property managers may poo-poo tree fertilization, remind them that drought stress, insects, and disease will shorten a tree’s life span—and will cost them money to remove it and buy a new tree.

However, when you put down fertilizer specified for trees, you’re increasing the odds that trees will survive whatever Mother Nature throws their way.

If You Provide Tree Services, You Want to Use LebanonTurf’s ROOTS Tree Fertilizer

If you want humic acid, minerals, and beneficial rhizosphere bacteria in the tree fertilizer you use on customers’ properties, then you need LebanonTurf’s ROOTS Tree Fertilizer, 11-22-22.

ROOTS Fertilizer for Trees has the following six benefits:

  1. It’s a water-dispersible fertilizer with NPK, 11-22-22.

  2. Explicitly made for trees.

  3. It’s an all-mineral fertilizer with nutrients ready for uptake. Put down lime or sulfur before injecting the roots to get the soil pH to the right level for uptake.

  4. It contains a combination of .1% Fe (iron) and .05% Mn (manganese) to address micronutrient deficiencies.

  5. It contains beneficial rhizosphere bacteria, sea plant extracts, and humic acids to improve soil and plant health.

  6. Cut the water in half, but still use the same strength of fertilizer.

If you’re ready to up your tree fertilizer game, invest in LebanonTurf’s ROOTS Fertilizer for Trees 11-22-22. Find your local distributor at LebanonTurf’s website to buy this tree fertilizer.

Sources:

TreesAreGood.org, Mature Tree Care, pdf.

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Fall Overseeding and Aeration Services for Cool Season Lawns—Increase Seeding Success with PennMulch® Seed Accelerator

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Are you marketing your aeration, dethatching, and overseeding services for cool season lawns? 

You should be—September through mid-October marks the season for rejuvenating yards after a hot and dry summer.

You may also be seeding new lawns or renovating them if they’re primarily weeds with little turf.

If you’re providing the above services, then impress your customers with PennMulch® Seed Accelerator by LebanonTurf.

The Best Time to Overseed a Lawn in the Northeast & Northern Part of the U.S.

As you know, September through mid-October is the time to aerate and overseed northern U.S. lawns as well as temperate states that have tall fescue growing in their yards.

Cool season lawns that contain Kentucky bluegrass, fescues, and ryegrass suffer when the temperatures reach past 85ºF and will stay that way until temperatures drop to 80ºF and below. Add in the lack of water, and your client’s lawns start turning brown.

Plus, backyards get a lot of foot traffic from parties, kids playing, and lawn mowers going back and forth.

By September, your customer’s lawns look worn out. So, if you want to upsell your core aeration and overseeding services, it’s good to start now.

You can convince your customers that aeration and overseeding is worth it because

  • When you aerate a customer’s lawn, the aerator pulls small plugs of soil so the earth can breathe out carbon dioxide and take in nutrients and oxygen
  • Core aeration removes excess thatch that leads to turf diseases
  • Core aeration prepares the soil for seed
  • Core aeration opens up the soil to help seedling roots develop deep root systems before the winter
  • Overseeding covers any bare spots and thin areas, so weeds don’t dominate
  • Cool season turf thrives in the colder fall temperatures
  • Fall lawn services, including core aeration and overseeding, prepares new grass to develop aboveground before winter sets in.

You can set up your aeration and overseeding services as a la carte services or design a lawn maintenance program that includes these jobs.

Learn more: The Basics of Understanding Mycorrhizae

Mulching after Overseeding

You may typically use hay or straw to cover the area where you planted grass seed. However, would you use a product that works better and cuts costs for you in place of hay and straw?

Then, you need LebanonTurf’s seed accelerator called PennMulch® Seed Accelerator.

Remember, you or your clients must water the newly seeded lawn daily to start the seed accelerator and aid in seed germination.

What Is PennMulch® Seed Accelerator?

PennMulch® Seed Accelerator is a pelleted seed establishment mulch that contains recycled newsprint, starter fertilizer, and Moisture Cell Technology. It’s adaptable to any soil type and establishes a thicker, healthier lawn in one convenient application.

You can use it on residential and commercial properties.

Here are 11 benefits of PennMulch® Seed Accelerator:

  1. It’s 100% weed-free.
  2. You’ll notice faster, more successful turf seeding.
  3. The product costs less overall because it contains fertilizer and mulch.
  4. Moisture Cell Technology acts as a tackifier that hydro-bonds for faster germination.
  5. You’ll notice fewer dry spots.
  6. The paper mulch works as a starter fertilizer.
  7. You use your current equipment—no need to buy new spreaders.
  8. You don’t need to rake in the seed accelerator.
  9. You’ll notice fewer weeds when you use the product.
  10. You’ll save money, time, and labor with this product because your customers won’t need to call you back to the site. You get the job done right the first time.
  11. You’ll free up your schedule to take on more clients.

Read more: Do You Want to Resuscitate a Stressed Lawn That Looks Dead?

PennMulch® Seed Accelerator Near You

You can find your local PennMulch® Seed Accelerator distributor near you when you plug in your zip code at LebanonTurf.

September is around the corner, and now is the time to market your core aeration and overseeding services.

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The Basics of Understanding Mycorrhizae

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As the Fall aerification season creeps towards us, mycorrhizae again becomes a hot topic of conversation and discussion in the turf world. Even though it is one of the most utilized biostimulants, not everyone understands what they are and, more importantly, what benefit they can deliver. The symbiotic relationship between the turf plant and their mycorrhizae is fairly complex, so let’s breakdown a cursory review of “all things” mycorrhizae.

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Do You Want to Resuscitate a Stressed Lawn that Looks Dead?

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The title may sound dramatic. But to your lawn care customers, their yards look dead during a drought. Depending on where you live, area municipalities may have enacted water restrictions, making it harder for cool season grasses to look green and lush. So, what do you do when you have angry customers calling you, wondering why their lawns are looking dry and dead?

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What’s going on with the fertilizer market?

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I think we can agree that 2021 hasn’t been a typical year. The unusual amount of turmoil on the supply side of the industry has been anything but normal. The fertilizer market, specifically, has been especially problematic, as we’ve all seen a steady increase of fertilizer prices since the beginning of the year with no real signs that it will be retreating anytime soon.

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Implementing Grub Control Into Your Landscaping Arsenal

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May and June are the months to add commercial grub control to your clients’ turfgrass—whether that’s a residential property or an HOA, POA, retail center, or office park.
As you know, grubs are now at the top of the soil’s surface, gorging themselves on turf roots while killing the aboveground grass at the same time.
Since curb appeal is the number one priority with homeowners, property managers, and HOA boards, you need a commercial grub control that will feed the soil at the same time.

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Biostimulants in the Turf World

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As all turf managers know, weather conditions change across the season and this affects overall turf growth and health. Each growing season, the grass plant grows and develops in a constant interaction with the local environmental conditions. How “easy” or “hard” the season goes is a direct result of how well the turf could deal with, and respond to, these environmental and weather conditions.

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What Professional Landscapers Need To Know In 2021

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Since 1947, LebanonTurf has been a leader in the turf and ornamental industry—providing landscapers with high-quality products that help deliver superior results and satisfied customers. The advanced formulas we’ve been producing for over 70 years have given generations of professional landscapers and their customers the best-maintained lawns, flowers, trees, and shrubs on the block.

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