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
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
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 &
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,
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.
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It’s good for the waistline and the environment.