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Fall is Best for Seeding

Darren Kincaid - Monday, August 26, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Learn the benefits of seeding in the fall.

Fall does what no other season can do. Its warm, sunny days and cool, dewy nights provide ideal conditions for growing new grass and developing your lawn's source of strength, a deep and dense root system.

Your most successful lawn seeding time is right around Labor Day. Seeding 2 weeks before or after that easy-to-remember holiday gives your new seedlings time to build strong roots. In fact, overseeding with grass seed and fertilizer in the fall can make your lawn up to 49% thicker next spring* and it will be better able to resist weeds and summer stresses.

Choose the right seed

Most northeast lawns are a blend of perennial ryegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass and fescues. But all grass seeds are not created equal, top quality grass seeds improve the results exponentially and can make the entire process much easier. So it's important to choose a high quality mixture such as Scotts® Turf Builder® Coated Grass Seed, specially formulated by the lawn experts at Scotts Canada for quick coverage and a long lasting lawn in a variety of conditions. Scotts' experts say that the amount of sun exposure is the most important determinant in choosing the right blend for your lawn. A Sun and Shade Mix is the best all purpose choice while other mixes such as Sunny, Shady, Heat & Drought etc. are available for those specific conditions.

Overseed

Mow grass closely, and loosen the top 6 mm (1/4 inch) of soil in bare or thin areas. Add 6 mm (1/4 inch) of weed free lawn soil to the area. Distribute the seed evenly. For best results, use a hand-held or a rotary spreader. Apply a seed starter fertilizer to increase seeding success and then water thoroughly. Remember, watering is crucial to seed germination. Keep the top 1 cm (1/2 inch) of soil damp by watering daily until all seedlings are up and the lawn is established.

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

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Get Your Snowblower Ready for Winter NOW!

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, August 20, 2019

 

Important Lawn Maintenance Projects for the Fall

Darren Kincaid - Monday, August 12, 2019
Monnick Supply, Marlborough, Framingham, MA

These quick projects can make the difference between so-so and spectacular when it comes to fall grass — and next spring's lawn.

Here are some easy yard maintenance things you can do that will make a big difference come spring.

Feed Your Lawn

The difference between a "so-so" lawn and a truly beautiful lawn both now and next spring is two fall feedings. Fertilizing in early fall helps your lawn begin rebuilding grass roots that were damaged during the hot, dry summer. Since fall is also a great time to kill several type of lawn weeds, including clover and dandelion, you can do two jobs at once by applying a weed and feed, such as Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Weed & Feed3. If you live in the South and have a St. Augustine, zoysia, or centipedegrass lawn, use Scotts® Turf Builder® Southern Triple Action instead. It not only kills weeds and nourishes the lawn, but also kills and prevents fire ants.

Follow-up with a second fall lawn feeding 6-8 weeks after your first fall fertilization. Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Lawn Food gives your fall grass the nutrients it needs to store up energy for a healthy spring push, plus helps to break down mulched-up leaves.

Spruce Up Your Lawn

When kids play on a lawn that's still hurting from summer heat and drought, it can get damaged. If you have bare spots in the lawn (like the one left behind after the kiddie pool is put away), use a product specifically formulated for repairing bare spots like Scotts® EZ Seed® Patch & Repair which is guaranteed to grow grass anywhere (when you give proper care). To thicken up a thin lawn, use Scotts® Turf Builder® Thick’R Lawn™, which is a 3-in-1 product uniquely formulated to help turn weak, thin grass into a thicker, greener lawn. With any seeding project, keep the soil surface moist. Aim for a light watering once a day or as needed until the seedlings have reached a mowing height.

Mulch Your Leaves

Don't let tree leaves smother your grass. Contrary to popular belief, fallen tree leaves will not insulate your lawn during winter. In fact, they can block vital sunlight and thin your grass. So, drop your rake and mulch your leaves to dime sized pieces with your lawn mower before applying one of your fall feedings to help the soil microbes break down the leaves.

Check the Gutters

While you're hanging holiday lights, check the gutters and give them a good cleaning while you've already go the ladder out. You don't want clogged gutters when winter storms roll in.

Mow Your Lawn Shorter

In late fall, drop your mower down and cut your lawn 1 to 2 inches shorter than you have the rest of the growing season. Continue to mow shorter until your grass stops growing in early winter. You should cut your lawn slightly lower for the last cut.

Stow Your Lawn Furniture

It's probably too cold now to sip lemonade on the patio, so put your cushions away and haul the grill and furniture into storage until next year.

Clean Up your Tools for a Fresh Start Next Spring

They've served you well all season, but now that you've completed your fall yard maintenance, it's time to put the tools away. You'll keep them from rusting if you clean them up before you hang them up. Also, if you're done mowing for the year, do your winter mower maintenance at Monnick Supply for storage over the winter.

For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough.

Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

Darren Kincaid - Monday, August 05, 2019

Sales Tax Holiday Weekend In Mass.
Set For August 17-18

BOSTON, JUNE 14, 2019 (State House News Service) – Lawmakers agreed Thursday to implement this year’s sales tax holiday on the weekend of Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18.

The House and Senate adopted resolutions calling for suspension of the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax. The House resolution initially recommended Aug. 10 and 11 as the dates, but members agreed to an amendment filed by Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante — who also filed the initial House resolution — to push the dates back a week.

Rep. Paul Donato, who presided over the House session, told the News Service that Aug. 17-18 “would be a better time for businesses” to benefit from the holiday.

This is a great opportunity to save on Snowblowers,
Lawn Mowers, Tractors, Grills, etc.

Monnick Supply - Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

It was the first time lawmakers established the annual sales-tax holiday dates through a process established under a 2018 law that calls for legislators to choose by June 15 a weekend in August to designate as the holiday. If legislators missed that deadline, the Department of Revenue would have had until July 1 to announce dates for the holiday.

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr said the tax holiday would benefit retailers and consumers.


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