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MR. HARDWARE

As a third-generation hardware store owner, licensed builder, and finish carpenter, my mission is to help you “do it right the first time!”  On this site, I share expert home and yard DIY advice in over 250 articles and videos. Feel free to dive in!

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  • Seeding Fall Grass – Root Seed Starter – Phosphorus, Iron, Milorganite® (11/16/2020) by Blair Gilbert

    Milorganite® has phosphorus and iron for seeding strong grass, and promote germination. Jonathan Green Black Beauty Heat and Drought grass seed is strong and hardy. It grows into dark green grass, with long roots, is drought tolerant, and protects against disease.

    Grass seeding in the fall allows your lawn to get a good start before winter cold blows in. Autumn season has warm soil and cool air, making it ideal for planting grass seed, giving your lawn time for new grass roots to develop before winter sets.

    It’s also a great time to fertilize for building stronger, deeper roots for before winter to produce a thicker, greener lawn next year. The best time to over seed is generally in late summer or early fall so the seedlings have a chance to take root before the cold arrives.

    Follow these steps for reseeding the lawn:

    Kill all grass and weeds

    Pick correct grass seed

    Prepare soil for reseeding

    Spread your grass seed so it contacts with the soil

    Add fertilize right away Water every day

    The three main nutrients most commonly used in fertilizers are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Phosphorus isn’t mobile in the soil, so the seedling roots can’t get enough phosphorus for strong root growth. You have to add it.

    Phosphorus creates strong roots, and is necessary as a seed starter Phosphorus promotes early plant growth, seedling vigor and root development. This early stimulation of crop growth is called “pop-up effect”.

    But phosphorus is carried into streams, lakes and rivers, to increase algae that will decrease oxygen for fish and pollutes the water. So phosphates are banned.

    Milorganite® phosphorus and iron is for seeding strong grass. Milorganite is an all-purpose slow-release nitrogen phosphorus iron fertilizer that can be used safely on lawns, flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees, as well as when spreading grass seed.

    Milorganite also encourages root development, which results in abundant yields.

    You won’t burn your lawn or garden It’s a slow-release fertilizer that feeds for up to 10 weeks It contains virtually no salts, so it won’t burn plants.

    It has iron for the long-lasting, deep, vibrant green lawn. Slow-Release: Steady Growth, Less Runoff, Fertilize Less Often. Milorganite has a slow-release formula that provides nitrogen and other nutrients

    Milorganite is composed of 85% organic matter, which nourishes the plant and feeds the soil microbes.

    Seed suggested is Jonathan Green Black Beauty Heat and Drought. This seed is diverse and hearty growing into dark green grass. The roots grow up to four feet deep, is drought tolerant, and good for both sunny and shady areas.

    And has the waxy coating to seal in moisture and protects against disease. It does not contain fillers – no seed hulls, debris or dirt Grass seed needs diversity in order to be thick and hearty. This grass grows dark green and very full.

    It has been designed to be disease resistant, with a waxy coating to protect the grass from disease.

    The seed is specially formulated to carry your lawn through drought periods.

    The right grass seed is only part of the solution. It’s important to check the soil pH level. If it is lower than 6.2 to 7. Then add MAG-I-CAL to raise the pH rapidly. It can be applied right before laying down seed.

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