Products – Lawn Care

Lawn Care Each Lawn is a little different. Please use the following guidelines, and then change them to meet your lawn’s specific needs.
Lawn Fertilizer Needs 
Basic Lawn Care        
Planting A New Lawn    
Rejuvenating An Old Lawn (Reseeding) 
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Common Lawn Diseases
“Don’t Leave The Leaves.” Rake all the leaves from your lawn. Try to remove the leaves within three to four days after they drop. Some trees drop their leaves all at once while other trees may drop their leaves slowly all winter. Sycamore trees, oak trees, beech trees, and willow trees, are probably the worst at dropping their leaves. Leaves left on the lawn may cause fungus or mold problems in the lawn that are much easier prevented in the fall than cured in the spring.Snowmold is often caused by a layer of leaves left on the lawn too long. If snowmold is a yearly problem, you should apply a fungicide to your lawn after you rake the leaves, after you mow it for the last time, and just before a long-lasting snowfall. If it does snow before you have a chance to apply your fungicide, you can apply it on top of the snow, or wait for the snow to melt to apply it.
Cut your lawn short the last time you mow in the fall. By cutting the grass a little shorter in the fall you reduce the chance of it laying down and creating a snowmold problem during the winter. Do not cut your lawn short until the last time you mow it for the year.

Fairy Ring
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Necrotic Ringspot
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Take All Patch
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Brown Patch
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Snowmold
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Rust
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Helminthosporium – Melting Out Lawn Disease
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Fusarium Blight
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Winter Lawn Care
“Don’t Leave The Leaves.” Rake all the leaves from your lawn. Try to remove the leaves within three to four days after they drop. Some trees drop their leaves all at once while other trees may drop their leaves slowly all winter. Sycamore trees, oak trees, beech trees, and willow trees, are probably the worst at dropping their leaves. Leaves left on the lawn may cause fungus or mold problems in the lawn that are much easier prevented in the fall than cured in the spring.

Snowmold is often caused by a layer of leaves left on the lawn too long. If snowmold is a yearly problem, you should apply a fungicide to your lawn after you rake the leaves, after you mow it for the last time, and just before a long-lasting snowfall. If it does snow before you have a chance to apply your fungicide, you can apply it on top of the snow, or wait for the snow to melt to apply it.
Cut your lawn short the last time you mow in the fall. By cutting the grass a little shorter in the fall you reduce the chance of it laying down and creating a snowmold problem during the winter. Do not cut your lawn short until the last time you mow it for the year.

Lawn Fertilizer
Fertilize your lawn four times each year and you will have a great looking lawn. Each lawn is different and requires different care. Choose a plan to best suit your lawn’s needs.J&L Fertilizers

At J&L Garden Center, we have created the following program to fit most lawn’s needs. If your lawn has different needs we can modify this program to meet your lawn’s needs. We have a lawn fertilizer package that is perfect for most home lawns.

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Lawn Fertilizer Package – – –  To Print out a Handout that lists the costs, and the recommended times to apply each fertilizer, please go to our Handouts Page and click on the Lawn Fertilizer Package  Handout  – There are also several other handouts that gives helpful lawn care tips and guidelines you may wish to read – 
    • This package includes the following:

  • Crabgrass control
  • Weed & Feed
  • 21-7-7 Lawn Food
  • Fall & Winter Fertilizer
  • This fertilizer package also includes either one 40lb Bag of J&L 6-10-4 Vegetable & Flower Fertilizer, or, one 20lb bag of Natural Guard Soil Activator (Humic Acid). This fertilize package will treat an average 5,000 square foot lawn.
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Lawn Mowing Tips
Mow your lawn when it is dry; not wet. Wet grass tends to plug up your lawn mower. Besides the extra mess, mowing while the lawn is wet can create a compaction problem. Wet thatch and soil is easily compacted by your weight and by the weight of the lawn mower.

Mow in the cool part of the day. Besides helping to keep you cool, your lawn will recover quicker after being mowed if the soil is cool.

Mow regularly. Don’t wait until your lawn looks like an alfalfa field to mow it. Letting the lawn grow to an excessive height and then removing most of the plant creates excessive stress within the plant and root system.

Mow grass at a longer height in the heat of summer. Mow your lawn about 1.5″ during the spring and fall. Mow your lawn to about 2″ or even 2.5″ long during the heat of summer. Long grass provides extra shade for the roots system and it helps prevent as much water from evaporating. Keep your mower sharp. A dull blade tends to whip the grass rather than cutting it. A dull brown tinge will appear a few days after mowing if the blade was not sharp.

Thatch Problems
Thatch is the organic layer between the soil line and the green blades of grass. Thatch naturally occurs in your lawn due to dead grass and from grass clippings. A small layer of thatch is beneficial. An extreme thatch buildup is detrimental and can cause several different problems including a breeding ground for insects and an excellent harbor for lawn diseases.

Too much thatch can also repel water and stop your lawn from growing normally. Measure the layer of thatch in your lawn. If the layer is less than 1/4″ thick your lawn is healthy. If the layer is 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick you need to watch your lawn closely. If the thatch layer is more than 1/2″ thick you need to remove some of the thatch. Traditionally, power raking the lawn has been the way to remove excess thatch.

However, the Natural Guard Company has packaged an organic product called Lawn & Garden Soil Activator which helps remove thatch naturally. This product contains humic acid. Humic acid not only helps remove excessive thatch naturally but it also provides many microorganisms that helps the lawn to grow better and helps to improve the soil structure. Humic acid is an important part of the soil structure that you can apply any time of the year; spring, summer, or fall. Humic acid can also be used in flower and vegetable gardens to help improve the health of the soil.

Lawn Watering Tips
Water during the cool part of the day; either morning or evening. The lawn cannot use as much water efficiently during the hot weather, and water evaporates much quicker during the heat of day. Do not water between 8 am and 6 pm because of water restrictions: you might even get a ticket! Water infrequently. Do not water your lawn every day, even during the heat of summer. Change how often you water as the temperature changes. You may only need to water once a week in April. You may need to water twice a week in May.

You may need to water three times a week in June and July. You may only need to water twice a week in August and September. You may only need to water once a week in October. Watch the weather and change your watering schedule accordingly. Water deeply. Grass roots do not seek for water, they will just grow in the areas that already have water available. Water long enough so water can penetrate 4″ or 5″ deep into the soil. If the water is just running off the lawn and down the gutter, or into your neighbor’s yard, the extra watering time is not benefiting your lawn.

You may need to aerate more frequently or water your lawn differently. Try watering half as long but two times on the day you normally water but do not water every day. Once the water starts to run off instead of penetrating into the soil, stop watering. Wait for two or three hours and then apply the rest of the needed water, so the water can be absorbed.
How Much Water? A typical lawn needs about 1/2″ of water each time you water. Place several tuna fish cans or pie tins throughout your lawn. When you have about 1/2″ of water in the container you have watered long enough. You may have to water 10 minutes in the front yard and 30 minutes in the back yard. Don’t be too surprised if each zone in your sprinkler system needs a different amount of time to apply the 1/2″ of water.

Billbugs

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Billbug Damage

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Sod webworm Damage

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Sod Webworm
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Lawn Grubs
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