April 2019 Newsletter
APRIL 2019 EMAIL NEWSLETTER
SOIL SERVICE NEWS- Emerald Ash Borer, Critters, Organics, Mowing Fescue and Much More!
DEALING WITH EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB)
The Emerald Ash Borer has been in KC long enough that anyone with ash trees knows the sad truth is you will eventually lose the tree. But if it’s healthy now and you want to keep it as long as possible, you can either call a tree care company or treat it yourself with Ferti-lome Tree and Shrub Care soil drench. Your spring window to treat is early April to mid-May when trees actively move control products and nutrients from roots to leaves.
WATCH OUT FOR HOSTA LOVING CRITTERS
Unfortunately there are a couple of critters that love hostas; slugs and those rascally rabbits
SLUGS AND BUNNIES WREAK HOSTA HAVOC
About this time every year we have a boatload of customers come in with chewed up hostas. Holes in the middle of the leaf are probably from slugs. They party hard at night (when you should be sleeping) then hide under mulch during the day, which means you probably won’t see them. Rabbits take out big chunks along the leaf edges. Bunnies can take hostas down to the nub at one feeding and newly emerging plants are especially attractive to the furry little darlings.
Soil Service Garden Center has Sluggo, Hi-Yield Slug and Snail Bait and Rabbit Scram for these critters.
PLANTS NEED TO EAT TOO!
Your Soil Service Garden Center has a huge selection of organic plant foods from Espoma and Fox Farm. We also have Hi-Yield sodium nitrate which is the ONLY organic quickly available nitrogen, and many choices of Hi-Yield and Ferti-lome traditional plant foods. Your Garden Center understands fertilizers can be confusing and we would be glad to help you with your plants’ fertilizer needs. Your plants will thank you for feeding them!
MORE ORGANIC CHOICES
Your Soil Service Garden Center carries a full line of organics including potting mixes, mycorrhizae and control products. Here’s a short but by no means complete list of
our organic product line ORGANICS FOR YOUR GROWING NEEDS Garden Soil Amendments- Happy Frog soil amendment with organic plant food and mycorrhizae, Mykes mycorrhizae + organic fertilizer for transplants
Lawn Food- Milorganite
Weed Control- vinegar or fatty acids for non-selective annual weed control
Fungus and Bacteria Control-copper soap- best when applied as preventative
Insect Control- neem oil, pyrethroids (derivatives of natural insect control in chrysanthemums), Ferti-lome Spinosad and Natural Guard Spinosad with insecticidal soap.
Your Soil Service Garden Center came up with a simple way to tell the difference between organic and traditional fertilizer and control products. Organic products have
bright green shelf tags.
TAMING WILD VIOLETS AND CREEPING CHARLIE
Wild Violets and Creeping Charlie (also called Ground Ivy) are two of the meanest weeds in Kansas City, and it’s not unusual for these troublemakers to hang out together
ABOUT WILD VIOLETS AND CREEPING CHARLIE
They look like harmless cute little plants at first, but trust us; ignore them long enough and they will take over your lawn. Violets are more difficult to control and unfortunately many products list them on their labels, but the reality is that Triclopyr is the best product- and it also controls Creeping Charlie, clover, and other perennial broadleaves. This only comes in a concentrate, so you’ll need to break out the pump-up sprayer. If you don’t have a sprayer, see us at the Soil Service Garden Center and we’ll fix you up. Ferti-lome Spreader-Sticker should always be used with Triclopyr. Be ready to treat several times during the year because new ones will pop up, but now is the time to start!
WILD VIOLETS CREEPING CHARLIE
Tips from the Turf Pros- Mowing Fescue Lawns
Anyone who has a fescue lawn knows this is the time of year when it grows fast- as in REALLY FAST between now and around mid-May in normal years. This means we should mow more often than the typical once a week on Saturday morning. Mowing every 4-5 days is better for this grass until growth slows as we move into
summer. Remember to keep the blade sharp and don’t mow when the grass is wet.
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LET’S KEEP GROWING!