As could be expected; August began as a very hot and the hot spells continued intermittently. Some of us were on the receiving end of popup storms, which dropped an inch or more of rain in a matter of minutes. Needless to say they caused flooding, were a nuisance and gave little help to dry soils. We did not escape other storms filled with lightning and thunder. And, of course, we had some perfect, beautiful days.
Crabgrass which loves the hot, dry weather is in its glory right now in sunny turf which was not treated with a preventive or control. It usually even out competes aggressive Japanese Stiltgrass which has taken over much of the woodlands, wetland and roadsides of northern Westchester.
Mid August through mid September is the best time of year to reseed lawns. Mid September through mid October is the 2nd best time. Grass, a cool season crop, has all fall, early winter and spring to send roots deep enough into the earth (provided the soil is good enough) to help ward off problems for summer’s heat and drought.
IMPROVING THE SOIL WHEN PLANTING A NEW LAWN
When building a new lawn, your soil should be of good quality to a depth of at least six inches to support a strong root system. An inch or two of top quality compost rototilled into the top six inches or so will provide an excellent soil mix. If you don’t have compost, 6 or 7 bales of peat moss and 3 or 4 six cubic bags of Perlite or Vermiculite per thousand square feet will do a similar job.
After soil is raked out and the correct grade is formed, rake in lime at 50 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft or Sol U Cal at 10 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. Add a Starter Fertilizer at recommended rates and your seed mix of choice; generally at 5 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. (Sun and Shade is the most popular; others include: Westchester Premium for more formal areas, Builder’s Mix for quick economical coverage, Meadow and Hill which also is a good for use in play areas and Low Maintenance for difficult to mow areas. Mill River Supply also stocks excellent mixtures of perennial ryegrasses and Kentucky bluegrasses as well as Pasture mixes with and without clover.)
Rake again to insure seed contact with the soil; cover with Salt Hay or Shredded Hay/Straw. Each will cover in the 500 sq. ft. range depending on care of application. This will help prevent erosion and aid in germination by maintaining an even moisture level. Quantum Growth added at recommended rates also will help hasten germination and improve soil.
Cut to 2 inches when growth reaches 3 inches. Salt hay needs to be removed, but can be used again for seeding or as a mulch in the flower or vegetable garden. The other mulches will decompose.
Keep the surface moist by daily watering, if needed (twice a day in some hot spots), and you should see green in a week or ten days. Seeds of Dandelion, Plantain and others have remained dormant in the soil waiting for the opportunity to germinate. They can be killed with any of the selective weed killer after the lawn has been mowed 2 or 3 times.
SUPER THRIVE COMPLIMENT - A professional landscaper recently purchased a gallon. Considering the recommended dilution is just drops per gallon, Kimi asked how long it lasted.
The interesting answer was “One job.” He said the couple hundred dollar cost saves him thousands in caring for or replacing plants.
Japanese Beetles have laid their eggs and grubs will begin to feed on grass roots. MOLES will tunnel through the lawn searching for the grubs and skunks will dig in areas where they have found grubs in the past. DYLOX will kill grubs, but it is important to water it in thoroughly so it gets to the area of activity.
MILKY SPORE is an organic control, but it will have little to no killing effect on grubs present. Once it does take effect, it will last for up to 20 years. CHASE is the castor oil product which will send Moles elsewhere and Dried Blood sprinkled over a skunk’s area of activity will discourage them.
grubGONE is the latest biological product. In addition to Japanese Beetle grub; it also controls Oriental, Asiatic, European Chafers, Weevils and Borers.
Build a COMPOST PILE or use a COMPOSTER to have excellent organic matter ready for your gardens next year.
IDEAL ORGANIX LLC – A NEW PRODUCT LINE AT MILL RIVER SUPPPLY
“Ideal Organix’s mission is to operate an unrivaled organic cultivation soil manufacturing and supply business throughout North America.
Following are the products we have in stock:
BASE SOIL MIX – “a highly consistent starter blend that has excellent air porosity, great drainage structure and is built for growers that want to add their own nutrients. Coco and Peat based with OMRI worm castings, horticultural sand, perlite and organic washed bark mulch.”
.5 cu. ft. bag $12.95; 1.5 cu. ft. bag $19.95
JUST ADD WATER SOIL – “has earned a U.S. Patent and also has been approved for a World patent. This soil is far beyond any super soil in today’s marketplace. It is truly a just add water soil that provides the complete array of organic chemistry and physics to allow a plant to thrive through the entire growth cycle. JAWS soil has a pH of approximately 6.4 and has all the major minor and trace minerals – plus organic protein (N) availability that takes our all the fertilizer guess work for growers.”.5 cu ft. bag $17.95: 1.5 cu. ft. bag $39.95
COCO COIR – “is consistently low sodium Coir. We triple wash our coir with rain water or spring water. Before pressing the blocks and packaging them. Known for consistency and quality, our growers can depend on our coir each and every time.” 1.5 cu. ft. bag $22.95
60% COCO COIR 40% PERLITE – “is an excellent base medium for both hydroponics and indoor and outdoor organic cultivation applications. With its triple washed low sodium coir and super coarse perlite, it creates a great environment with lots of airspace to let your plants flourish.” 1.5 cu. ft. bag $28.95
WORM CASTINGS – “Our OMRI listed Worm Castings are fed a proprietary blend of grains and peat – never any animal waste byproducts that can carry E Coli and salmonella risk. These beautiful castings are super consistent every time and provide vital organic nutrients as well as soil conditioning properties for maintenance and structure. 20 lb. bag: $24.95
CHRYSANTHEMUMS provide nice fall color. Replace faded flowers in planters and gardens with them.
Plant DAFFODILS and other spring flowering bulbs soon. Tulips can be planted later in areas protected from deer.
SOW SPINACH, radishes and lettuce seed for fall harvest.
KEEP A RECORD of vegetables which produced well. Note the ones you liked the best and the ones you wouldn’t plant again. Perhaps photograph flower gardens to help plan future plantings.
COVER GARDENS WHEN FROST THREATENS so you can enjoy tender plants later in the fall. Parsley, chives and other herbs as well as geraniums, coleus and begonias all can be brought inside for winter use and color.
PLANT A COVER CROP to add organic matter to the soil to aid in the success of next year’s gardens. In addition to WINTER RYE which over winters and OATS which die with the cold weather; we stock an overwintering mixture and a dieback mixture consisting of varieties recommended by FOOD PANTRY’S farmer Doug DeCandia and brought to our attention by Journalist Ellen Best.
CONTINUE KILLING UNDESIRABLE VEGETATION. Glyphosate (Roundup) is a non-in selective systemic pesticide which will kill roots without leaving a residue in soil. BURNOUT is one of the natural products which are popular. 200 GRAIN VINEGAR though not a pesticide, has been used successfully to kill weeds in driveways, patios and walks. (None of the natural/organic herbicides are systemic and some vegetation may require repeat applications. Thorough spray coverage is essential.)
DEER CHOOSE WINTER GRAZING AREAS EARLY. Spray repellents now. Hopefully, you won’t be bothered later.
FLEAS and TICKS are a problem now. Treat lawns, shrubs and indoor areas.
YELLOW JACKETS and HORNETS too can be a menace now. SEVIN dust penetrates into hidden areas fairly well. TRAPS are effective in outdoor eating areas. A STRONG STREAM from a garden hose can help in knocking out nests behind shutter.
HAVE HORSES? Check our stock of WHEELBARROWS, CARTS, BROOMS and BOOTS. You also will find SHOVELS and FORKS, plus an ANTI-CRIBBING product. And, of course, we have two fine PASTURE SEED MIXES as well as LIME and FERTILIZER.
STOCK UP ON ICE CONTROL PRODUCTS. Winter in our area often leaves icy coverings which require removal. Too often in the past; product supplies have become unavailable when needed the most.
CLOSED FOR A WEDDING
We will close at noon on Thursday, September 24, and be closed all day Friday, September 25th,
for the wedding of Teena Monaco and Frank E. Von Elm III. Frankie is Lee’s son, my grandson, Kyle and Cody’s brother and Kimi’s cousin most of whom will be members of the wedding party.
Frankie and Teena will be honeymooning at Disneyworld and most of the rest of us will be back to work on Saturday, the 26th.
OVERSTOCK REDUCTION SALE FOR SEPTEMBER
You will find a number of items listed below which we have over purchased and have priced to reduce the inventory. They include:
YARD BUTLER – TERRA MATTOCK
Regular price - $26.95 Inventory Reduction price - $14.00
GARDENA TWIN TAP CONECTOR
Regular price - $59.95 Inventory Reduction price - $27.00
GARDENA FOUR CHANNEL WATER DISTRIBUTOR
Regular price - $87.95 Inventory Reduction price - $40.00
GARDENA FLOWER GATHERER “SCISSORS”
Regular price - $14.95 Inventory Reduction price - $8.00
FISKARS 21 inch BOW SAW REPLACEMENT BLADE
Regular price - $3.95 Inventory Reduction price - $1.75
SWAN MARINE/CAMPER HOSE 5/8 inch x 25 feet
Regular price - $21.95 Inventory Reduction price - $11.00
LIQUID FENCE CRIBBING ELIMINATOR – 1 gal concentrate
Regular price - $124.00 Inventory Reduction price - $60.00
LIQUID FENCE CRIBBING ELIMINATOR – 1 gal ready- to- use
Regular price - $24.95 Inventory Reduction price – $10.00
REMUDA – Monterey – 1 pint concentrate
Regular price - $24.95 Inventory Reduction price - $11.00
EZ RAIN GAUGE – JUMBO SIZE
Regular price - $16.95 Inventory Reduction price - $8.50
FARMER’S MARKET EGG BASKET – GREEN
Regular price - $18.95 Inventory Reduction price - $11.00
“MUD SHOVEL” TOOLITE - #2 ROUND POINT SHOVEL – D HANDLE – 29” FIBERGLASS
Regular price - $74.95 Inventory Reduction price - $35.00
BOSS PVE LARGE “HIGH N DRY GLOVES
Regular price - $8.95 Inventory Reduction price - $4.50
BOSS FROSTY GRIP MEDIUM AND LARGE GLOVES
Regular price - $8.95 Inventory Reduction price - $4.50
NOTE: ALL PRICES ARE NET AND ONLY FOR IN- STOCK ITEMS– NO OTHER DISCOUNTS APPLY.
Begin MOVING HOUSE PLANTS INSIDE. Watch them closely and kill insects if they appear WINTER RYE is a good cover-crop for the garden. Use 2 lbs. per 100 sq.ft. on areas as you remove plants. It too will be a source of organic matter for your garden.