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  Posted Friday, March 24, 2017 5:45 pm        By Josh Fookes

Spring is here in the Bay Area

After a long overdue rainy winter in Northern California, spring is blooming all over the Bay Area and it’s the perfect time to give your shrubs and flowers a boost of nutrients.

The best time to fertilize plants is early spring, though the exact timing of when spring arrives can vary from region to region. In the Bay Area, where we are well past any chance of a frost, fertilizing now through May is the best time to encourage healthy growth. More specifically, plants take to fertilizer best when they are in their peak growing season, when green leaves are popping out and they are taking off from their winter dormancy. Giving your soil a nutrient-rich boost will encourage a lot of new leafy green growth and blooming.  So give the roots the minerals they crave.

  Posted Friday, September 16, 2016 12:26 pm        By

Time to Give Your Lawn a Little TLC

With fall arriving and with it cooler temperatures and hopefully some occasional rain, it is the ideal time to begin preparing your lawn for next spring.   It is easy to believe that because your lawn is growing slower this time of the year that it needs less attention and care. Not true.  Autumn is when your grass is taking in moisture and nutrients as it prepares for the winter months.  Give your grass a little attention right now, and in the spring you will see a beautiful green, healthy lawn

If you fertilize your lawn only once a year, now is the one time to do it.  Yes your grass grows slower in the fall, but the roots continue to grow and grow quickly.  If you apply your fertilizer now it provides essential nutrients for the roots to grow deep and your grass stores the nutrients to be ready for a healthy and fast start next spring.  We carry all types of  G & B organic fertilizers to give your lawn that great head start this fall. If you have any questions regarding the right fertilizer for your lawn, our friendly and knowledgable staff is always happy to help you.

In addition, do not wait until all the leaves have fallen on your lawn.  If left alone the wet weather and leaves combine to make what is essentially a covering that will suffocate your grass and cause fungal diseases.  After raking the leaves, if you have any bare spots on your lawn there is no better time to take care of them.  Use a garden rake to loosen the soil around the bare spot, spread a layer of Greenfields grass seed, add some G & B Starter fertilizer and some of our organic mulch, then water thoroughly, and continue to water every other day for approximately two weeks.

If you follow these simple fall directions you will love how your lawn responds in the spring.

 

  Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 3:06 pm        By Josh Fookes

Synthetic Turf - Artificial Grass

Synthetic Turf is an attractive alternative to a water hungry lawn.  There are several environmental benefits to installing synthetic turf.  Chief among them are the water savings, and reduced ongoing maintenance requirements.

If you install synthetic turf, you can eliminate the need for a sprinkler system.  Not only will this reduce the water need for you beautiful yard, it means you don’t have to have that system repaired as sprinkler heads get broken and the system begins to leak.  

Another huge benefit is the fact that you NEVER HAVE TO MOW your yard again!  Think of how much work you will save in the long term after your turf is installed and looking great year after year.Artificial Grass (Synthetic Turf)

 

  Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:36 pm        By Josh Fookes

Is Landscaping Fabric the best weed control option?

First things first.  Landscape fabric will NOT prevent you from getting weeds where it is placed.  There isn’t a product in the world that makes a landscape weed free (just look at your concrete patio after a few years, yep weeds in the cracks!).  There are several great articles on the web about the DISADVANTAGES of using landscape fabric but a summary of the bad points are: