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Milorganite Fertilizer standard

Milorganite is one of the oldest fertilizer brands, produced by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District. This district runs one of the largest recycling centers by collecting water from the Milwaukee Metropolitan area and treating it with microbes. These microbes digest any nutrients found within the water, then die. This allows the now clean water to be returned to Lake Michigan. Additives are then added to clump the dead microbes. These clumps are then dried under extreme temperatures of 900-1200 degrees (which kills anything that may still be living). Milorganite is then tested numerous times before being packaged and shipped out across the nation. How it works Milorganite adds organic matter to the soil which is essential for all plant life. ...

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Liquid or Granular Fertilizer standard

Whether choosing liquid or granular fertilizer treatments, there are benefits and disadvantages to both. Application methods and timing are a few things to consider in addition to the cost of the product itself. Benefits An instant absorption of liquid fertilizer allows for a quick green up. Also, a liquid fertilizer can reduce the amount of watering required for the lawn because it mixed with and applied with water. Granular fertilizer must be watered in within 14 days after it is applied by irrigation or natural rainfall Slow and fast release fertilizers are crucial to a lawn throughout the year, which is easily obtainable with a granular fertilizer. A granular fertilizer lays on the soil and once watered in, is broken ...

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Applying fertilizer to a lawn standard

How much fertilizer should be applied to the lawn? When should fertilizer be applied? Many questions arise when it comes to fertilizing a lawn to be sure it is done correctly. Too much can be harmful yet too little can be ineffective. How Much The amount of fertilizer needed for the lawn is based on lawn size and the amount of nitrogen needed throughout the year. In Illinois, where fescue is more commonly used, the recommended nitrogen rate is 3 to 4 pounds per 1,000 square feet over an entire year. The nitrogen (N) value within a bag of fertilizer will be listed on the bag as part of the NPK value and the rate to apply will be based ...

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Topdressing standard

The fall season is considered to be the best time of the year to renovate a lawn. Aeration, seeding and topdressing are the most beneficial services that can be done to a lawn during the fall months. Topdressing has been a common practice on golf courses and sports fields for many years for the purpose of creating a smooth and level surface along with the soil building organic benefits. Turf managers commonly used compost/sand mixes for this purpose and topdressing has only become popular on home lawns in recent years. Compost a popular type of topdressing is formed during the process of controlled decomposition of organic matter which has become stabilized. Compost has the ability to improve the physical characteristics ...

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Ornamental Trees and Shrubs standard

Ornamental trees and shrubs as well as landscape plants will add beauty and value to a home. Our program for ornamental trees and shrubs consisting of applications of insecticides and fungicides will protect your investment from damaging insects and diseases. Below is a detailed explanation of our insecticide program for ornamental trees and shrubs. Please note that the chemical classes or mode of action of how an insecticide works is rotated each treatment to prevent insect resistance with the products used, maximizing results. Treatment #1 Target Date: Mid March – Early April Product: Dormant Oil Purpose: During the winter month’s insect pests such as aphids, mites and scale nest in landscape plants. Coating the plant with an application of dormant ...

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Spring, Summer or Fall Aeration – Which is Better? standard

In our local area there are two basic types of grass seed, cool-season and warm-season varieties. Tall type fescue and Kentucky bluegrass are the most common types of cool-season varieties and zoysia and bermudagrass are the most common type of warm-season varieties. The ideal time to aerate a lawn is when the grass is actively growing to promote new root growth, therefore cool-season varieties should be aerated during the spring or fall and warm-season varieties should be aerated during the summer. While cool-season grass varieties can be done either during the spring or fall, the fall is considered the best for the following additional reasons: Spring aeration would only be beneficial if it was done prior to any pre-emergent fertilizer ...

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Taking care of a newly seeded lawn standard

Seeding a lawn is beneficial in improving turf density, combating weeds and increasing your lawns tolerance to drought and turf diseases. After your lawn has been seeded, successful establishment of a healthy lawn is greatly dependent on what happens over the next 6 to 8 weeks. Taking care of a newly seeded lawn is simple if you follow these important guidelines. Watering Instructions The importance of proper watering cannot be stressed enough. During the first 2 to 4 weeks seeded areas will need continuous moisture from either irrigation or rainfall. In general, the soil must be moist at all times, but avoid overwatering as runoff may carry the grass seed away. Turf conditions such as sun, shade, terrain slope, percentage ...

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Lawn Watering Tips standard

Having a prestigious looking lawn when there is a lack of rainfall, is not possible without water from irrigation to maintain proper turf color. Improper watering can lead to turf issues such as diseases, invasion of weeds and can cost you hundreds of dollars in wasted water. Following the below lawn watering tips will maintain a healthy lawn and will save you money and time. When to water? The best time to water a lawn would be in the early morning hours from just before sunrise up until around 10:30am. If you are fortunate to have an automatic underground sprinkler system, this is easily accomplished with proper programming. However, if you are like most homeowners and need to manually water ...

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What is Yellow Nutsedge and how to control it? standard

Yellow nutsedge while considered a weed by most is actually a warm season perennial in the sedge family and once established can be very difficult to completely eradicate. Yellow nutsedge is easily identified with its distinctive triangular shaped stem and v-shaped leaves. The leaves have a waxy covering and are yellow-green in color. Yellow nutsedge has a rapid growth rate and if left alone can tower upwards to 2.5 feet over desirable turf grasses. Yellow nutsedge has a fibrous root system that develops underground rhizomes with multiple tubers or nutlets at the end of the rhizomes. Each tuber also has the ability to produce a new plant, therefore, pulling nutsedge by hand, will only cause the root system to break, ...

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