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A Fabulous Lawn in 5 Easy Steps - Melinda Myers


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									Melinda Myers
Horticulture Expert
                                     Nationally known gardening
                                     expert, TV/radio host, author
                                     & columnist Melinda Myers
                                     has more than 30 years of
                                                                         Organic Nitrogen Fertilizer with 4% Iron                                                a fabulous
                                     horticulture experience and

                                                                                                                                                                 lawn in
                                     has written over 20 gardening      Trusted by golf course professionals and homeowners for over 85
                                     books, including Can’t Miss
                                     Small Space Gardening. She
                                                                        years, Milorganite is the choice for slow-release organic nitrogen
                                                                        and other essential nutrients that grow the best turf and the tasti-                          easy
                                     hosts the nationally syndicated
                                     Melinda’s Garden Moment
                                                                        est gardens.
                                                                        Milorganite is an organic nitrogen fertilizer composed primarily
                                     segments which air on TV and
                                                                        of heat dried microbes that can be used on lawns, shrubs, trees,
                                     radio stations throughout the
                                                                        flowers, vegetables, and golf courses. Milorganite can be applied
                                     U.S. and Canada.
                                                                        anytime during the growing season and is suitable for any climate.
                                    She is a columnist and
contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and writes
                                                                        Goof Proof aPPlication—Won’t Burn &
                                                                        doesn’t Have to Be Watered in.
the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column.
                                                                        Milorganite is worry-free because it contains virtually no salts, so
Melinda also has a column in Gardening How-to magazine as well          it never burns plants—even in the hottest temperatures and driest
as Wisconsin Gardening magazine. Melinda hosted “The Plant              conditions. You don’t have to water it in; it will stay in the soil
Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as seven seasons        ready to work when moisture comes later.
of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS.
                                                                        sloW-release for Balanced GroWtH.
She has written articles for Better Homes and Gardens and Fine          Milorganite’s slow-release formula provides nitrogen and other
        Gardening and was a columnist and contributing editor           nutrients over an 8 to 10 week period for even growth and better
           for Backyard Living magazine. Melinda has a master’s         root development.
                     degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist
                           and was a horticulture instructor with       environMentally friendly &
                              tenure.                                   sustainaBle.
                                                                        Milorganite’s low impact formulation was
                                                                        designed to recycle valuable nutrients for
                                          For more information visit:   use on turf and gardens, reducing the need
                                          www.melindamyers.com          for manufactured nutrients or mined materials for

                                                                                            Eco-Friendly & Easy Lawn Care tips,
                                                                                            visit Milorganite.com

                                                                                                                                Printed on recycled paper.
                                                                                                                                                    Water—it’s your cHoice.
                                                              MoW HiGH and often.                                                                   Proper watering encourages a deeper and better established root system and a
                                                              Raise the mowing height of your lawn mower if you haven’t already                     thicker turf stand that is better able to out-compete weeds. Watering during the
                                                              done so. Taller grasses can shade-out weeds, which allows the grass to                early morning hours minimizes water loss from evaporation and allows the sun to
                                                              forms deeper roots—making it better able to compete with weeds and                    dry the leaf blade before disease sets in.
                                                              be more drought and pest tolerant.                                                       • Recent droughts and efforts to conserve water may mean a change of habit.
                                                                 • Grow cool season grasses like Bluegrass, Fescue and Ryegrass                          If you allow your lawn to go dormant during drought, minimize foot traffic and
                                                                   2½ to 4 inches tall.                                                                  play on dormant lawns.

                                                                 • Mow warm season grasses like Bermuda grass, Carpetgrass,                            • Don’t apply herbicides or quick release fertilizer to dormant lawns. These
                                           by Melinda Myers        Centipedegrass and Zoysia at 1 to 2 inches tall, while St. Augustine                  fertilizers will feed the weeds and both can damage the dormant grass.
                                                                   should be a bit higher at 2 to 3 inches, for best results.                          • Once you let your lawn go dormant, leave it dormant until the weather cools
                                                                 • For healthier and better looking grass, make sure the blades are sharp.               and rain returns.

                                                                 • To reduce the stress on the lawn, remove no more than 1/3 the total                 • Use Milorganite as your lawn fertilizer. It won’t burn, even during a drought.
                                                                   height of the grass at one time.                                                      When conditions are not favorable, Milorganite’s nutrients stay in the soil
Lawns have long been part of the landscape. They are                                                                                                     until conditions are right for root uptake.
the canvas upon which our gardens are created, a play-           • Leave clippings on the lawn—short clippings DO NOT cause thatch.
                                                                   Clippings break down quickly, adding moisture, organic matter and
ground for our children, a walkway and a living surface            nutrients to the soil. A season’s worth of clippings equals one fertilizer
                                                                                                                                                    ManaGe tHose Pesky Weeds.
that keeps our feet from getting muddy when it rains.              application.                                                                     A healthy lawn is your best defense against weeds. When weeds occur it usually
                                                                                                                                                    means the growing conditions are better for the weeds than for your grass.
                                                                                                                                                       • Adjust your lawn care practices (steps 1 through 3) so the growing conditions
You can have grass as part of your landscape and be           Put your laWn on a HealtHy diet.                                                           are better for the grass.
kind to the environment, too. It’s just a matter of chang-    The amount of fertilizer your lawn needs should be based on the quality of
                                                                                                                                                       • Aerate lawns growing on compacted soil or with a 1/2 inch of thatch or more.
ing, or for some, just fine tuning your lawn care prac-       lawn desired and the time you want to spend managing your lawn. High quality
                                                              heavily used lawns require the maximum amount of fertilizer, while low mainte-           • Hand dig small populations of weeds. There are some new tools on the
                                                              nance lawns need less.                                                                     market that make this easier.
                                                                 • Start with a soil test to ensure you apply the proper amount of fertilizer for      • Spot treat weeds using the most eco-friendly products available.
Let’s start with a quick review of lawn care basics.               your lawn.
Proper mowing, watering and fertilization can be the dif-
ference between a healthy lawn and a weed patch. The
                                                                 • Fertilize lawns in the north and midwest on Memorial Day, Labor Day              Be kind to tHe
                                                                   and Halloween. Add a light summer feeding if you are watering and going
amount of effort you put into your lawn depends on the             for a high quality lawn. Eliminate Memorial Day and Labor Day if you are
                                                                    following a low maintenance plan.                                               Increase your lawn’s health and
level of quality you desire (golf course versus
                                                                                                                                                    beauty with the environment in mind.
roadside greenery), and the amount of                                          • Fertilize low maintenance southern grasses in April, and high
                                                                                   maintenance southern lawns in April, June and August.               • Always sweep grass clippings
wear and tear it’s subjected to (play                                                                                                                    and fertilizer residue off
                                                                                       • Increase success and decrease the risk of damage
field versus backdrop for your                                                           by using Milorganite fertilizer. It’s an organic, low
                                                                                                                                                         the walks and drives. This
gardens).                                                                                                                                                simple step keeps unwanted
                                                                                          nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer that won’t burn the
                                                                                                                                                         nutrients out of waterways and
                                                                                           lawn and the 4% iron encourages deep greening.
                                                                                                                                                         eventually our drinking water.
                                                                                            Plus, the phosphorous is non-leaching. Microbes
Following these 5 steps                                                                     break down the Milorganite granules into a plant-          • Never fertilize lawns when the ground is frozen.
can help you grow and                                                                      available form and the nutrients are then taken             • Use Milorganite fertilizer. It has been sustainable for over 85 years—recycling
                                                                                          up by the roots. Nutrients stay in the soil until
maintain the lawn you                                                                   conditions are right for root uptake.
                                                                                                                                                         waste into fertilizer and soon will use methane from nearby landfills as a fuel
desire.                                                                                                                                                • Consider using a push or electric mower.
                                                                                            For more tips on lawn care, visit
                                                                                                                                                         It’s good for the waistline and the environment.

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