Want to cultivate a healthy lawn and garden from the roots up? Elder’s Hardware is your go-to stop for everything you need to seed, feed and manicure your lawn and garden. Our team can give you the right advice and help you find the right products so you get the lawn of your dreams, and our plant and flower selection provides you just the right annuals and perennials to make your garden glow.
Bermuda and Zyosia Lawn Tips
- Pre-spring (January-March): In January, Apply pelletized lime to the soil as needed. Then, apply a pre-emergent without fertilizer in February. We recommend Scotts Halts Crabgrass Preventer. March is the time to spray broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, clover, and chickweed. Weed-B-Gone Max and Fertilome Weed-Free Zone are useful for this. However, Fertilome Free-Weed Zone works best in temperatures below 70 degrees.
- Spring (April-May): In April, fertilize the soil with a high nitrogen fertilizer, like Ace Weed and Feed. Continue to spray for broadleaf weeds in May using Weed-B-Gone Max.
- Summer (June-July): This is the best time to over seed! Re-apply a pre-emergent in June. However, if you are overseeding, skip this treatment. Use Fertilome Weed Out with Q or Ortho Weed-B-Gone Max with Crabgrass Control in July to kill crabgrass. If you want to green up your lawn for the summer months, Milogante is a safe, non-burning fertilizer that can be applied during this time.
- Fall (September-October): If you aren’t over seeding with Rye for the winter, repeat the pre-emergent in September. Make Sure to remove any leaves promptly, and apply winterizer in October. We recommend Ace Green Turf Winterizer and Scotts Super Turf Builder Winterguard.
- Other Tips for Bermuda and Zyosia Lawns: For best results, use a hand-held spreader for Bermuda and Zyosia lawns. Over seed Bermuda and Zyosia lawns with annual rye in early fall to enjoy a green lawn during the winter. Water your lawn in the morning to avoid damage from fungus and disease.
Fescue Lawn Tips
- Pre-Spring (February-March): In early to mid February, apply a pre-emergent, such as Ace Crabgrass Preventer with Fertilizer or Scotts Halts with Fertilizer. Make sure to spray broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, clover and chickweed in March. We recommend using Weed-B-Gone Max.
- Spring (April-May): First, apply weed and feed for broadleaf weeds. Ace Weed and Feed and Scotts Turf Builder Weed and Feed are our recommendations. In May, continue to spot treat crabgrass with Weed-B-Gone Max with Crabgrass Control or Fertilome Weed Out with Q. If a surplus of rain is causing brown patches to appear on your lawn, use Fertilome Systematic Fungicide II.
- Summer (June-July): In June, repeat a pre-emergent, such as Scotts Halts. Make sure there is NO fertilizer in it, unless you are irrigating, as it can cause burning. Kill crab grass in July with Fertilome Weed out with Q or Ortho Weed-B-Gone Max with Crabgrass Control. If your lawn is lacking color, apply Miloganite as a safe, non-burning fertilizer to help green up your lawn.
- Fall (September-November): Start by over seeding existing grass to thicken the stand (5lb per 1,000 sq feet) in September. Use a starter fertilizer, such as Scotts Turf Builder Starter Food for New Grass, after you have seeded. Then, cover bare spots with straw and apply lime. Make sure to remove any leaves promptly. In November, apply a winterizer. We recommend Ace Green Turf Winterizer or Scotts Super Turf Builder Winterguard.
- Other Tips for Fescue Lawns: Use 5lb per 1,00 square feet when over seeding. Do not apply weed and feed when planting new grass. Apply 20-40 lb of pelletized lime per 1,000 square feet annually. It’s best to sow seeds in the fall.
- Seed Types: For sun, use Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue. For shade, use Creeping Red. For sun and shade, use Turf Builder Grass Seed or Rebels Tall Fescue Mix.
Vegetable Gardening Tips
- Start small and sunny. Pick a spot with close proximity to a water spigot that receives at least 6 hours of sun per day.
- Start digging. Use a garden spade or metal pitch fork to dig into the ground and break up the soil. Remove all stones, grass, and weeds. Add compost or other organic materials to enhance your soil.
- Decide on your plants. Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, basil, peppers, sage, and thyme are some of the easiest veggies to grow. It’s always a good idea to have a bag of potting soil to add when planting; peat moss and compost also provide organic boost. Apply an all-purpose slow-release fertilizer twice—once when you plant, and again halfway through the summer.
- Watch your veggies grow. Watch for signs of disease like discoloring, wilting, and insect damage. If you have ‘animal friends’, install a light-gauge wire mesh that’s tall enough to discourage jumping. Water when the soil an inch below the surface is dry (every 2-3 days in the summer).
- Harvest and enjoy. Use a sharp pruner to remove fruit from vegetable plants and shear herbs as cleanly as possible to keep plants healthy and productive.
For more information about plants and gardening visit our Elder’s Gardens page.