For the longest time, no one could get green sand. We couldn’t get it, and we had customers calling us saying they couldn’t get it anywhere else and hoping we had it. It just wasn’t available.
But we finally found green sand! This is actually Texas Green Sand. I’ve included pictures below so you can see what this product looks like.
We’re addressing two different problems here. First, Quackgrass and how to control it. Second, a problem with fungus on petunias and how to control it.
Here is what Quackgrass looks like.
To rid yourself of this pesky weed, Tom Samples of the University of Tennessee recommends the following products:
Ornamec Over the Top
If your petunias are dying, but your other flowers, such as marigolds are flourishing (as in this picture), you probably have Phytphthora crown and root rot, according to Dr. Mark Windham of the University of Tennessee. This type of scenario is not uncommon, especially when there has been a lot of rain and/or plants kept wet with irrigation. High levels of nitrogen fertilizer may also enhance problems from this disease. In petunias, the disease usually kills from the top down.
The most effective way of preventing rot diseases is to provide good drainage and to practice good water management (avoid soil saturation). Along with appropriate cultural controls, the fungicide Fosetyl-AI (Aliette) may be used. When applied as a foliar spray it is absorbed by foliage and moves into the roots. However, do not rely on fungicide applications alone to control root and crown rot diseases.
Our hearts are heavy because we lost a long-time employee and friend, Russell Kelley, this week. He died in his home early Thursday morning, April 23, 2015. Russell was fun to work with, and he was always aggravating someone. Customers and co-workers both loved him. He will be sorely missed by all. Our prayers are with his family in this time of great loss.
The predictions are that we will have a hard winter this year. Although, we can never be sure exactly what kind of weather we’ll have, we wanted to be prepared for the worst. We’ve decided to bring in both Ice Melt and Rock Salt to have available for our customers.
For pricing and more information, call us at 423-472-5491 or 877-255-0797.
FALL COOL SEASON LAWN ESTABLISHMENT
by Russell Kelley
Late summer to mid-fall is the best time to establish cool season turf grass. Warm days and cool nights provide ideal conditions for seed germination and establishment of tall fescue, fine fescues, and perennial ryegrass.
The first step towards correcting an existing problem lawn or establishing new turf is to test your soil. This is perhaps one of the most important steps in the process.
Choose a recommended blend of cultivars that are a specific mix for our particular area and growing zone.
For new establishment, tilling to a depth of 4 or more inches would be desirable. Also don’t skimp on the seeding rate (5 to 10 pounds per 1000 square feet). After seeding, irrigate lightly and frequently until seed germination is complete. Avoid excessive amounts of water because this could either wash away or drown the seed.
When seeding in the fall and not skimping on the seeding rate or failing to water the lawn, you can avoid most weed pitfalls by promoting a rapid establishment of thick turf choking out most weeds.
Make sure to fertilize the growing turf on regular intervals by remembering the acronym “SON” (months of September, October, and November). You are on your way to having the lawn you have always wanted.
It’s been so cold! In fact, I believe I heard on the news that it hasn’t been this cold in over 20 years. I’ve had to bring my dogs in the house, and since I was so worried about them, I completely forgot about my rose bushes. I was afraid I had lost all of them. But…there may still be hope!
Clayton Beaty gave me some advice, and I’m passing that on to you. Even if your bush or shrub looks dead, don’t dig it up yet. When it warms up and spring is making you want to get out in your garden or yard, don’t be tempted to get rid of anything that looks like it might have died in this cold weather. Prune it until you reach a point where you find green, living tissue. If you don’t find any, then dig it up. But if you do, your plant has probably made it through the winter, and you can save time and money by not replacing it.
Do you have any questions or comments? If so, I would be glad to hear from you!
In late October or November, it will be time to apply Golden Medallion 18-24-12 Starter/Winterizer. Apply 4-6 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. A 40 lb. bag will cover 6,500-10,000 sq. ft.
The real benefit of the two fall applications will be seen next spring!
Is your lawn looking a little thin? The ideal time to overseed is the middle of September to the middle of October. Come in and see what grass seeds we have to offer. Russell Kelley is our seed expert!
Always check the labels of the seed you buy and make sure the purity percentage is high. Below is an example of a tag from The Sentinel Turf Type Tall Fescue Blend from Columbia Seed that we carry. Notice the percentage of listed seed is 99.01%.
39.68% Talladega Turf-Type Tall Fescue
29.68% Lexington Turf-Type Tall Fescue
29.65% Sitka Turf-Type Tall Fescue
0.01% Other Crop
0.98% Inert Matter
0.00% Weed Seed