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More and Faster Weed Growth in Your Lawn

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

While April (and May) showers bring May flowers, late spring warm weather also brings accelerated weed growth in your lawn. What should you do? The best defense against weeds is a thick, healthy growing lawn. However, if you have visible weeds in your lawn this month they are most likely broadleaf weeds. Crabgrass is not really appearing yet in most lawn at this time of year.

If you have a lot of weeds have you considered the health of the soil you are trying to grow your lawn in? Poor quality soil and a low soil pH value will deter healthy lawn growth and spur the growth of weeds. Apply Mag-I-Cal to increase your soil pH level to 6.0 – 6.8 range for optimum lawn growth. What about the rest of your soil, is it dark-rich in color, loose, able to hold water and nutrients? Do you have an abundance of earthworms? These are indicators of healthy soil. Perhaps you need to test your soil? What, you have never tested your soil, shame on you! Instead of just killing weeds, applying Love Your Lawn-Love Your Soil at this time will promote grass growth so weeds cannot take hold.

You can control weeds organically by applying Organic Weed Control with corn gluten, a by-product of the corn syrup industry. Apply Organic Weed Control before target weeds germinate and be sure to not apply grass seed for 2-3 months after application. Another natural way to deter weed growth is to sow high quality grass seed like Black Beauty Ultra to crowd out the possibility of weeds establishing. Raise your mowing height to 3+ inches to shade weed seeds and keep them from growing.

If you have not applied any crabgrass preventer yet you still have time if you use Crabgrass Preventer plus Green-Up. Crabgrass Preventer plus Green-Up should only be applied in sunny areas, crabgrass does not grow in shady areas. Also, if you have a thick, healthy lawn and have not had problems with crabgrass in general, consider skipping any crabgrass preventers this year. Get back to growing a healthy lawn, not trying to kill everything.

The king of broadleaf weeds is Dandelion; however there are many others out there. This familiar yellow flower does a good job of ruining a great looking lawn. Most broadleaf weed controls consist of a combination of 3 different selective herbicides that kill weeds without injuring the lawn. It is best to control broadleaf weeds when they are actively growing. If you use a Weed and Feed or Lawn Weed Control, be sure to apply them early in the morning when dew is present or to a lightly sprinkled lawn so the granules stick to the weed leaves. Do not mow for 2 days prior or 2 days after applying broadleaf weed controls. Do not water-irrigate or expect rainfall for 2 days after application! If you choose to spot spray with liquid weed controls, be sure to avoid drift of the spray onto desirable plants. Liquid weed controls sometime work better on hard-to-control “vine-type” weeds and clovers.

Be sure to control any weeds using a product that is labeled for the particular weed and follow all label directions for best results. Avoid applying lawn weed controls into desirable flower beds and remember to calibrate your spreader and measure your lawn square footage prior to spreading so you apply the correct amount of weed killer. Taking these steps will assure you better control of weeds and also helps you avoid applying too much resulting in your lawn burning. Do not apply weed controls in hot-dry weather. Remember to wash out your spreader after every use and spray lubricant where the axle & wheels come together. If you choose to hire a professional lawn care company, be sure they have their pesticide and fertilizer applicator licenses.

Come on America, don’t let the weeds get to you, get to them first, outsmart them with a sound lawn care plan!

For more information on lawn care, contact Monnick Supply.

Buying the Best Lawn Mower for Your Yard

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Husqvarna YTH18542 – 42” Lawn Tractor

No two yards are exactly the same. Here are some things to consider when buying a new lawn mower.

So, after years of faithful service, your trusty lawn mower finally stopped working. It’s time to select a new one, but where do you start?

Or maybe you’re moving from an apartment to a home. Or you’ve decided to save a little time on the weekends.

Whatever your reason for needing a new lawn mower, weigh important factors, including:

  • Yard size
  • Yard features
  • Mower features
  • Schedule and availability

Let's go through these four factors one by one.

1. Consider the size of your lawn

Do you have a postage stamp yard in the suburbs? Or a sprawling lot in the country? Your yard’s dimensions are an important factor to consider when choosing between different types of lawn mowers. Here’s the approximate capacity of each of the common mower types:

Push mowers are suitable for lawns up to 1/3 acre.

Self-propelled walk mowers are suitable for lawns up to ½ acre.

Riding mowers, frequently sold as lawn tractors or garden tractors, are suitable for yards up to 2 acres or more.

Zero-turn mowers, the style that’s relied on by professionals, are suitable for yards up to 2 acres or more.

2. Think about hills, slopes and obstacles

Is your backyard home to flowerbeds and trees? Do you live on a sloped, empty lot? The features in your yard are nearly as important as its size. Here are some good rules of thumb:

Be sure to choose a push mower with high rear wheels to make it easier to maneuver around obstacles.

Front-wheel drive (FWD) mowers can handle flat terrain, while rear-wheel drive (RWD) mowers perform better on slopes. Choose an all-wheel drive (AWD) mower for the best of both worlds.

If you have obstacles in your yard, a zero-turn mower is smart choice. Plus, zero-turns typically perform well on slopes (though caution should be exercised on steeper grades.)

3. Pay attention to mower features

With such a huge variety of mowers on the market, choosing between them can be difficult. You could easily go cross-eyed while comparing technical details!

So, rather than spend hours pouring over engine specs, consider the following points related to the mower types we’ve covered thus far:

Push mowers and self-propelled walk mowers offer bagging, side-discharge or mulching options. Choose a model that’s capable of all three to maximize versatility.

Some models of riding mower accept attachments, including aerators, dump carts and snow blowers, boosting their usefulness in outdoor projects of many kinds.

The steering style of zero-turn mowers offers excellent maneuverability and speed in complex spaces.

4. Evaluate your personal schedule

Of course, perhaps most importantly, consider your own schedule and lifestyle:

Do you consider mowing the grass an enjoyable opportunity for exercise? If so, a self-propelled walk mower or push mower is the obvious choice.

Do you have plenty of spare time to mow the lawn, as well as engage in other outdoor projects? Riding mowers offer great versatility.

Are you a lawn fanatic who loves having perfect stripes in the grass? Zero-turn mowers are trusted by professionals for a reason.

Would you rather spend your time working in the garden or doing something around the house? Look no further than robotic lawn mowers.

Conclusion: When choosing a lawn mower, it’s important to consider yard size and features, mower features, and your personal schedule.

Regardless of what you choose, contact Monnick Supply for help choosing the right lawn mower for your yard and lifestyle.


3 Ways to Improve Home Curb Appeal

Darren Kincaid - Monday, May 13, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Would you like the kind of home that’s tailor-made for showing off to the neighbors, sharing with guests, and impressing your in-laws? Follow these 3 easy steps to boost your home's curb appeal.

Beautiful home with a wide expanse of green lawn

It is so satisfying to drive up a clean driveway to a bright, sparkling house surrounded by green, lush grass and neatly mulched flower beds – in other words, a house with true curb appeal. That’s just the kind of home that’s tailor-made for showing off to the neighbors, sharing with guests, and impressing your in-laws. But don’t worry if your own home is in need of a little TLC. Here are 3 easy steps to boost curb appeal in very little time:

Green Up the Lawn

During the growing season, your lawn can use up the nutrients in the soil faster than they’re replaced, leaving grass looking faded instead of vibrant. Here’s the simple solution: Feed it with Scotts® Green Max™ Lawn Food every 6 to 8 weeks during the growing season, following label directions. Just 3 days after applying, you’ll notice your lawn has a deeper, richer color. The secret? This lawn food contains extra iron, an essential micro-nutrient that enhances the greening process so you see results fast. In addition to the lush look, feeding with Scotts® Green Max™ Lawn Food gives your lawn the other nutrients it needs to help grow a deep, robust root system to better withstand heat and drought.

Give New Life to Old Mulch

Mulch can add a fresh, vibrant look to your landscape beds, especially when you use a richly-hued one like Scotts® Nature Scapes® Color Enhanced Mulch. With time, though, even the best mulch breaks down and loses its color. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to refresh it. Simply spray existing mulch with Scotts® Mulch Color Renewal (which comes in black, brown, and red) according to the instructions on the label. When used as directed, it’s safe for use around people, pets, and plants, but avoid driveways, patios, and other hard surfaces to prevent staining. Once you apply it, your beds will look newly mulched – without all the work.

Clean Sidewalks, Driveways, and More

Now that you’ve beautified your lawn and landscape, it’s time to spiff up the driveway, front porch, back patio, and walkways. It's easy to get rid of dirt and stains from moss, mold, mildew, and algae from outdoor surfaces with Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner Patio & Deck with ZeroScrub™ Technology Concentrate or Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner Plus OxiClean™ Ready-to-Spray. And, don't forget about the exterior or your home; use Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner House & Siding with ZeroScrub™ Technology Ready-to-Spray to clean vinyl, stucco, brick, and other surfaces. For quick touch-ups, try Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner Plus OxiClean™ Heavy Duty Wipes.

These 3 simple solutions are all you need to turn the look of your outdoor space from drab to fab, giving you the curb appeal that will be the envy of all your neighbors. What are you waiting for?

For more information on lawn care, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough, MA.


Smart Colors for Home Design

Darren Kincaid - Monday, May 06, 2019
Monnick Supply - Smart Colors for Home Interiors in 2019 in Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Are you thinking of refreshing your home's decor? Or prepping to buy and decorate a new home?

When it comes to home design, color choice is everything. Not only can color affect mood, but it can also impact the perceived size and brightness of your space.

According to designers, here are five fashionable colors you might want to throw into the mix:

Pewter is a neutral beige-gray. It's a functional choice that works virtually anywhere in the house. Thanks to its muted tones, it goes well with just about any color or accent, from bright and bold shades to lighter pastel ones.

Which hue is great for drawing in the eye? Mustard. It’s perfect for highlighting decor or accenting a specific part of your home. This one is best used in smaller doses because it’s so strong.

Light blues are naturally soothing. That makes them an appropriate option for bathrooms, bedrooms and powder rooms -- places that could use the calming effect of these tones.

Nature-inspired deep greens are an excellent choice for large rooms. That goes double for ones with lots of windows and natural light. These dark hues aren’t great for smaller spaces -- they often make the area feel more cramped.

Simple, muted pastels are perfect for places where a minimal feel is best. They also evoke cleanliness, making them well-suited to kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms.

These are just a few of the shades that designers are predicting will be hot in 2019. Test out swatches, consider your decor and think about how you use each space. Your home's interior will be refreshed in no time.

Contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham for more information.



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