Lawn Care Comprehensive Guide

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Having a green and lush lawn is something that most homeowners dream of, but it’s not always easy to accomplish. Thankfully, with the proper lawn care supplies and tools on hand, you can keep your lawn well maintained. If you are looking for the right tools to get the job done, Kurtz Bros., Inc. can help. 

Grass Seed 

Grass seed is something that should be chosen carefully and Kurtz Bros. carries a variety of grass seeds so you can find the perfect one for your lawn. After laying the proper base layer of peat moss or other planting soil, the next step is to select the grass seeds and plant them with a hand spreader and rake. 

Contractor’s Mix will be the most inexpensive option. It is 25% Kentucky Bluegrass 85/80, 25% Creeping Red Fescue, 25% Annual Ryegrass, and 25% Perennial Ryegrass, and is extremely durable. 5-Way Perennial Rye Grass Blend is another option. This fine-bladed grass is fast growing and provides natural insect resistance. It also requires little maintenance, making it a good option for people that are always on the go. 

For shady areas, Shade Mix is the best option. This is comprised of 50% Ambrose Chewing Fescues, 15% Kentucky Bluegrass, and 35% Wizard PRG and requires limited sunlight for healthy growth. For spots that are in both the sun and shade, Special Sunny Mix is a good option, but KB Premium provides the highest quality. 

Lawn Repair & Install

If you are looking for an easy option to install or repair a lawn, it does not get much easier than EZ Straw Repair Mix. This organic lawn repair mix has everything you need to get the best results. It spreads easily and all you need to do is spread the mix, water it, and then watch lush green grass grow in as little as 7 to 10 days. 

EZ Profile Seed Aide is another useful product to help you repair a lawn. This product will help provide the nutrients necessary to grow healthy, lush grass. A 50 pound bag of EZ Profile Seed Aide can be easily spread by a Bow Rake and covers up to 900 sq. ft. 

When you plant new grass, it is important to keep it well hydrated and protected. Hay is a great way to do this. A simple Straw Bale or Straw Blanket is the best option. While Straw Bales are great for retaining moisture and protecting seeds from exposure in most scenarios, the Straw Blanket is the better option for hillside seeding. 

Fertilizer

Another necessity for proper lawn maintenance is fertilizer. Lawn fertilizer keeps your grass healthy and helps it grow properly. Since every type of grass requires different nutrients, there are many types of fertilizer. 

Kurtz Bros. carries two types of all-purpose fertilizer that are suitable for most lawns. All Purpose [19-19-19] Fertilizer is a quick-release fertilizer that is used for a seed starter or hydro mulching. A 50 pound bag will cover 9,500 sq. ft. All Purpose [12-12-12] Fertilizer is actually more suited for lawns, trees, shrubs, and gardens. Both types can easily be spread with a hand spreader. 

5% Treflan Herbicide is another option that is available through Kurtz Bros. This fertilizer is used for pre-emergent control of crabgrass and other annual grasses and broadleaf weeds. A 40 pound bag will cover up to 1,000 sq. ft. and helps keep your grass luscious and absent of undesirable strains and weeds. 

For those starting a new lawn, TurfCare Starter Fertilizer is the best option.  A single 50 pound bag will cover up to 12,000 sq. ft. when spread with a hand spreader, and this slow release fertilizer is the best for new lawns. 

Kurtz Bros. also offers a four-step fertilizer process through TurfCare. Step 1 is a professional pre-emergent herbicide for prevention of crabgrass that must be spread between March 15th and May 1st. Step 2 is a weed and feed that provides nutrients while suppressing weeds and should be applied by hand spreader between May 1st and July 1st. Step 3 is a summer fertilizer for slow, even greening and no burning that should be applied between July 1st and September 1st. Step 4 is a winterizer that should be applied by November 1st to help protect your lawn during the cold, snowy months. When used properly, this system is great for keeping your lawn well-maintained year-round. 

Insect & Pest Control

Keeping insects and pests at bay is also crucial for maintaining a healthy lawn. If you are having an issue with Ants, Billbugs, Chinch Bugs, Crickets, Cutworms, Earwigs, Grasshoppers, Leafhoppers, Millipedes, Mole Crickets, Pillbugs, Scorpions, Sod Webworms, Sowbugs and Ticks, 24 Hour Grub Killer Plus will eliminate them in just 24 hours. 

Annual Tree & Shrub Insect Control is another option for insect control. Just one application will kill insects, and prevent new infestations for an entire year. No spraying is required, you simply mix the bottle and pour it at the base of fruit, nut and ornamental trees and shrubs. 

Herbicides & Weed Control

Keeping weeds at bay is essential for proper lawn maintenance and Kurtz Bros., Inc. carries a variety of products to assist with weed control. 

If you are having an issue with Crabgrass, an application of Weed B Gon Max Plus Crabgrass Control will give you results in as little as 24 hours. Pre-Emergent Herbicide is a more expensive option, but this product provides up to 8-months of selective pre-emergent control of more than 100 broadleaf weeds and grasses with just a single application. For those with cool-season turf grasses, Q4 Plus is the right choice and provides post-emergent control of both grassy and broadleaf weeds in environments up to 90 degrees. 

Infuse Lawn & Landscape Granules is another great lawn care supply to have on hand. This 7.5 pound bag will treat up to 5,000 sq. ft. of turf and helps prevent and control over 30 plant diseases. Snapshot is another product to control weeds for up to 8 months that should be applied in in early spring prior to germination of target weeds, in late summer to early fall, or any time immediately after cultivation. For ornamental turf or for golf courses, Speedzone Broadleaf Herbicide is the best product. 

Roundup also offers two herbicide options, Roundup QuikPro and oundup QuikPro Dry Packets. While the QuikPro is premixed and requires less work, they both control broadleaf and grass weeds well.

If you are looking for assistance keeping your lawn green, weed-free and immaculate, trust the experts at Kurtz Bros., Inc. Not only do we have the landscape supplies and tools necessary to properly maintain your lawn, we also have experts on staff to ensure all your lawn care questions are answered. Contact us today or stop by a store to learn more or place your order!  

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