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The Northeast is too damn hot and too damn dry

Here's a program to help your clients' lawns recover.
1. Mowing. Mow high, 3-5” is best during the summer. Never cut more than 1/3 of the blade. Leave the clippings.

2. Irrigation. Water deeply and infrequently. This will help roots grow deeper in the ground. Do not irrigate early morning or late afternoon as this will extend the time for disease causing fungi to grow. You may choose to let lawns go dormant by not irrigating. Most will recover when rain begins to fall.

3. Apply Whole Shabang 6-2-4 Fertilizer. This blend is formulated with 50% Organic Matter and 60% water insoluble N. Ammonium Sulfate creates a sudden temporary shift in soil pH which slows the spread of diseases. Increased soil microbial activity also suppresses disease stimulates new growth. Rake it in and irrigate. Whole Shabang is available at select SiteOne Landscape Supply locations. Click to find your branch location.

4. Apply Branch Creek Grub Control. Don’t let the name fool you! The ingredients in this EPA 25b Exempt product will control surface and sub-surface feeding insects and disease causing fungi. Irrigate it in for grubs, do not irrigate for surface feeding insects and fungi.

5. Fall seeding. Try our highly rated NTEP custom seed mixes to rebuild and thicken your clients’ lawns. Click here to Order/View Seed Products

6. Apply Screamin 8 Starter Fertilizer. This 8-14-1 blend is formulated with 45% Organic Matter and 45% SRN. The Phosphorus and high microbial activity create the perfect environment for seeds to germinate Screamin 8 is available at SiteOne Locations. Click to find your branch location.

7. Apply Screamin Green Fertilizer. Screamin Green 16-2-3 can be applied anytime during the growing season. It is an Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizer with 5 sources on N. 60% slow release N with 40% Organic matter, 2% Calcium, 3% Sulfur and 1% Iron. Sreamin Green provides a quick, long lasting deep green without pushing top growth. Screamin Green is available at select SiteOne Landscape Supply locations. Click to Order/View Fertilizer Product.

8. Just Add Water. Now your clients will love you!

Contact us if you need any assistance with your lawn application program, we have got you covered in any weather condition!

 
Why Yucca Extract is used by expert liquid applicators

There is one simple thing you can do to improve the results of liquid applications of pesticides and fertilizers. Use YUCCA! It will save your business money and provide your clients with healthier lawns and plants.


Yucca extract is a natural surfactant that breaks up water droplets and allows water to spread out on leaf surfaces in a thin film. The film allows water, pesticides and nutrients to be absorbed more evenly by plants without leaving spots on leaves.

Yucca extracts also have a positive effect on the soil biology in the root zone. The saponins and complex carbohydrates in yucca extracts are gentle on roots and are friendly to micro-organisms. Concentrated mineral salts and organic molecules don’t play well together. They have contrasting characteristics that can sometimes cause them to become incompatible. The natural wetting agents in yucca help keep the ionic molecules and organic molecules in suspension with each other, aiding the plant with nutrient uptake. In problem soils, yucca can be used occasionally as a flush to wash away excessive mineral salts from the root zone.

Yucca extracts also contain organic molecules that directly protect plants against damage from environmental stress. Under normal conditions, plants produce plenty of their own plant-protection agents. But if plants are exposed to excessive heat and UV light, their natural immune systems start to become overwhelmed. That’s when the plant-protection agents in yucca can make a big difference.

The best time to apply Yucca is before summer heat stress and drought conditions set in.

Contact us for any questions about applying Yucca for your business.


 
Predicting Grub Outbreaks

As you know we are big proponent of Healthy Soils = Healthy Lawns. There is a recent study by Kyle Wickings (Dept. of Entomology, Cornell Univ.) that states "While grub damage can be extensive,Kyle's previous work in NY state has determined that roughly 80% of insecticide applications

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Organic Tick Control

Do you think our harsh winter killed many of the ticks? Researchers say that's not the case. "Harsh Northeast Winter no hindrance to hungry ticks." 

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Protect your investments!

The landscape industry is always at the mercy of weather conditions. This spring is no exception. We went from a cold late spring right into near summer conditions which is putting a lot of stress on new transplants. See Drought Monitor Map 

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