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Preventing Dandelions and Weeds in Your Lawn

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 27, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MADandelions are the king of the lawn jungle. The name dandelion means, “Tooth of the lion” referring to the tooth-like leaves on the base of the plant. Dandelions are the most recognized lawn weed because they are so easy to find with their bright yellow flower and grey puffballs, and they seem to be all over the place! Remember, April showers bring May flowers, yes a bunch of dandelions. What can we do to get rid of “the king” of lawn weeds?

The best way to control dandelions is to understand their life cycle. Dandelions are perennial plants that belong to the sunflower family. They do look somewhat similar but what a difference, low growing dandelions versus a tall growing sunflower! They were introduced from Europe and love sunny, moist areas of the lawn. Dandelions continually bloom and reseed themselves so they are a constant threat to a great looking lawn. Their roots can grow up to 18 inches deep to help ensure long-term survival. After blooming, the grey puffballs appear in late spring, each puffball can contain over 200 seeds! The dandelion plant grows low to avoid mowing, but the puffball stems grow high between mowings to spread their seeds for miles. I’ve heard many times, “I have a great lawn but my neighbor; his dandelions invade my lawn every year!”

How do we get rid of dandelions? Children may like to pick them and collect them but the plant will still live from its strong roots. You can try to pull them out, but most likely some root mass may remain and the plant rejuvenates themselves. You can dig them out; this can be effective provided you get the whole root. If you have 200+ dandelions in your lawn, is it practical to dig them all out? Sometimes when dandelions get out of control you need a little help.

Green Up Weed & Feed feeds the good grass and can control dandelions and other broadleaf weeds at the same time. The beauty of Green Up Weed & Feed is that it is “selective” meaning it can kill many weeds and not your lawn. Dandelions and other broadleaf weeds are best controlled when they are actively growing, not when temperatures are less than 50 degrees. Of course, follow label directions for best control. Here are the 3 tips for best control: do not mow your grass for 2 days before or after application, apply to a moist dew-like lawn, do not water in or expect rainfall for 2 days after application. By following these 3 golden rules your weed control will be greatly enhanced. Do not apply broadleaf weed controls if the weather is hot and humid with temperatures over 85 degrees. Dandelions can take 3-4 weeks for complete kill down to the root, be patient. Note, Green Up Weed and Feed will not control crabgrass!

If you do not want dandelions, why do you not have a better growing, healthy lawn? This brings us back to how to grow a great lawn. Proper feeding, mowing, weed controls and watering play a factor in the quality of your lawn. Organic Weed Preventer when put down in early spring before dandelion seeds germinate can control them over time if you wish to go organic. However, Organic Weed Preventer will not control existing weeds.

Early fall is also a good time to control dandelions even though the bright yellow flower is not as prominent. Monitor your lawn and consider a Lawn Weed Control application if plants are present. If you follow a sound lawn care program you can eliminate dandelions over time. Good luck fighting the dreaded dandelion!

For more information on spring lawn care, contact Monnick Supply.

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Charcoal Grill or Gas Grill, Which is the Better Choice?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MAGrilling season is here. Are you ready to buy a new grill? Are you wondering which grill type is best? In this post we will break down the pros and cons of charcoal grills and gas grills.

To help you pick the perfect grill for your needs, we'll explore the charcoal vs. gas grill debate.

Grill Cost

There's little doubt that a charcoal grill, generally, is an inexpensive outdoor grill. Of course, a high-end charcoal grill costs more, but can really be worth the money.

Advantage: Charcoal grills

Operating Cost

Gas grills run on either natural gas or propane canisters. A 20-lb. propane gas tank will cost around $30. A 20 pound tank will last about 20 hours. This translates to $1/hour of grilling after the purchase of the tank.

Meanwhile, the chimney starter in a charcoal grill can hold up to six quarts of bricks; six quarts of sustainably sourced charcoal costs about $1.70 per cookout, while briquettes cost roughly $3.35.

Advantage: Gas Grill

Flavor

Most dedicated grillers will say that you cannot get the same flavor on a gas grill that you can with charcoal. However, adding flavored wood chips like mesquite, apple, and hickory should get your taste buds going. However, nothing will caramelize a fine cut of steak or chicken like a charcoal grill using natural wood lump charcoal.

But for hamburgers and hot dogs, a gas grill does its job well enough that most folks can't determine the difference in grilling. What's more, it takes some experience to learn how to tame a charcoal grill just right, whereas finding the right temperature on a gas grill is as simple as dialing up a knob.

Advantage: Charcoal Grill

Portability

Lugging a gas grill to a park or beach cookout is going to be a headache, unless you have a big minivan and some able hands to help. That said, lots of folks like cooking in their backyard or back deck, and no one is going to steal your large, gas grill if it's a pain to move. But for ball games and rooftop cookouts a smaller Charcoal Grill is an ideal portable choice.

Advantage: Charcoal Grill

For more information on gas or charcoal grills, contact Monnick Supply or come to our grill event on April 28!

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You Want A Broil King Gas Grill in Your Backyard

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The warm weather is fast approaching and you need a new gas grill. You could buy one at a big box store, but what happens when it breaks or you need a part. When you buy a gas grill from a local retailer, you establish a relationship. In fact, no assembly is required. We will help you with your gas grill and grilling needs for years to come. Purchases for your home and yard require a good relationship.

This April Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham will be hosting a Grill Event. We'll be showcasing our Broil King gas grills on April 28th. These grills are made for gourmet grilling in your backyard. You have spent time and money on your beautiful home and your gorgeous backyard. Don’t settle for just any gas grill, come check out a Broil King.

Contact Monnick Supply for more information on the best gas grill for your backyard.

Preventing Crabgrass in Early Spring

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MACrabgrass starts to germinate when soil temperatures reach 55 degrees. Even if it has been 60 degrees outside a number of days, the soil temperature is not necessarily reaching 55 degrees. Even if the soil temperature does reach 55 degrees that means crabgrass “could” start to germinate. Crabgrass can germinate over 8-10 weeks based on different geographical locations, the amount of sun and soil types and the health of turf grass play a large roll in how well crabgrass establishes. If you have a soil thermometer, monitor the soil temperature at your home to decide on when to apply controls.

If you have a healthy growing lawn, why are you so worried? A thick lawn is the best defense against crabgrass, other weeds, insects and drought. Have you been following my advice over the years on how to create a better lawn? Is it really a gamble to skid applying crabgrass preventer if you have a great looking lawn void of crabgrass for a number of years? W hy not give the environment a break or consider using Organic Weed Control.

If crabgrass has been a real big problem over the years you want to apply Green Up with Crabgrass Preventer in mid-April and then again at the end of May to get better control into summer months of this pesky weed. Usually crabgrass appears mid-summer along hot driveways or sidewalk edges or from heavy foot traffic that scuffs up the ground perhaps killing some of the grass allowing crabgrass to establish.

Some of the older technologies that are available that control crabgrass do not control crabgrass if applied after crabgrass germinates. This family of products is referred to as “dinitroanilines” or “yellow” products including Team, Barricade and Pendimethalin. But, have no fear…Dithiopyr is here (that rhymes). The trade name for Dithiopry is “Dimension” and our crabgrass controls contain it. There are many features of Dimension, it controls crabgrass before and after it germinates, up to the 3-leaf stage of crabgrass growth. Dimension is clear and odorless so no staining of sidewalks, shoes, fences or the dog will occur. Dimension uses a teaspoon of active ingredient to treat a 5,000 square foot lawn area so it is very environmentally friendly too. If you are planning on applying grass seed, do not use these products listed above.

If you are seeding, be careful what product you choose to apply to control crabgrass. Jonathan Green Crabgrass Preventer plus New Seeding Fertilizer allows you to apply grass seed on the same day. The active ingredient is Siduron, the trade name is Tupersan. Yes, you can apply this product and grass seed on the same day safely and the grass seed will still germinate. If you have bare spots, please do seed them this spring. If you do not, they will fill in with ugly weeds. If you only have a few bare spots the size of a towel or trash can lid or blanket, you can put these down over the spots you wish to seed, apply Dimension and then gently peel back the towel-blanket so no product drops on the area you are applying seed.

Good luck with your lawn this season! For more information on lawn care, contact Monnick Supply.


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