Before you purchase grass seed for your new garden, learn why selecting seed from a Soil Service Garden Center could make such a big difference. Large chain store and garden center retailers advertising low fescue and K 31 prices are doing no favors, especially if you want quality, long lasting grass. K 31 is a pastured grass native to Missouri. It is not the widely advertised turf of choice, however, because it does not survive very well in the southern states where it is most often used. Instead, opt for a product that is known for its hardiness and drought tolerance, and is sold at reasonable prices.
If you are looking for green, lush grass for your landscape, choose a variety of K 31 tolerant grass seeds. You can also purchase grass seed from an Soil Service Garden Center that will provide a custom blend of products tailored to your specific needs. If you are interested only in drought tolerant grass, ask the sales associates at the store which varieties would be best for your location. Typically, the cheapest solution is to purchase one of the inexpensive mixes sold by the larger brands. But, the larger brand mixes are usually better when it comes to drought tolerance. Most of the expensive products sold by soil service centers are marketed towards homeowners.
Another valuable lesson learned at a Soil Service Garden Center is about “brush control”. This simple but important addition to your soil will help keep your plants healthy. Weeds and pests thrive on the types of plants you decide to grow, so do your research before purchasing. Identify the types of weeds you want to use and the type of insects that are attracted to these plants.
There are two different weed control products available from the soil service garden center. One is a liquid fertilizer. The other is a cream or dust fertilizer that you apply to the soil. Both are effective, but the liquid ones are easier to apply because the leaves just roll off. Applying the cream or dust products will require more frequent application, up to three times each month.
The other important lesson learned at a Soil Service garden center is about seeding. Seeding will help your plants get the most nutrition from the soil. Most lawns need a deep, nutrient rich layer of soil in order to become healthy. The best time of year to seeding is in spring when the grass is very green. However, there are some exceptions. If your lawn is very tall or if it has already become dormant, it may be better to wait until winter has sprung in order to seedy your lawn.
Another lesson learned at the soil service garden center is that you should be careful with applying pesticides around your water feature and on your fences and walls. If you have a Japanese beetle problem, which is sometimes referred to as a brown patch, you should refrain from using pesticides to kill the beetles. Although the beetles themselves are not dangerous, their eggs are. In the past, homeowners were told that the Japanese beetles would simply die and then stop coming back. Now we know that this is simply untrue, and that once they are dead there is no return to their population.
Some homeowners believe that they can prevent the crabgrass and stink bug by applying natural repellents around their lawns and gardens. While the smell may mask the smell of the crabgrass or stink bugs, it will not prevent them from growing back. Similarly, chemicals do not prevent the brown patch from appearing, and the homeowner is still responsible for removing the crabgrass or stink bugs. A soil service garden center is able to remove the crabgrass or stink bugs completely, while keeping the environment free from their eggs and larvae.
While you are at the soil pep shop, be sure to check for brown patches that may be signs of other pests, such as tomato worms. Sometimes the soil can become so over-watered that the organic matter is washed away, and then the plants start dying. If you do not keep the mulch intact, the soil can become too heavy for the roots of the plants, and the turf can break down. The soil pep shop staff can tell you what mulches are best for your type of grass, and can also recommend different mulches to substitute in areas where they are no longer available.