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February 2015

Jonathan Green has a new website!  Just in time for spring to help you to get your lawn in shape!  It's fun, informative and easy to navigate.  Now you'll understand why "Feeding Your Lawn and Your  Soil" is the key to growing a great looking, carefree New American Lawn!  
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Most lawns fail for three reasons. The first is low pH(acidic) soil that favors the growth of weeds. The second is compacted soil that air, water and nutrients can't penetrate.  The third is using poor grass seed mixtures. The weak turfgrasses these mixtures produce can't handle the stress caused by poor growing conditions.
The New American Lawn plan can change the way that you care for your lawn, for the better!  It is based on the use of both organic and traditional fertilizers in the lawn, when and where, you need them.  You will learn that you do not need to apply turf chemicals all over the lawn, year after year.  With our exclusive soil enhancing products (Mag-I-Cal and Love Your Lawn- Love Your Soil) and our genetically superior,  naturally dark-green Black Beauty Grass Seed Mixtures, you will learn that you can grow an attractive, healthy lawn that will not be subject to most lawn problems. 
New American Lawn

Go to "Lawn Care" on the Home page and read THE NEW AMERICAN LAWN PLAN and then go to the  "Soil Care" drop down and read INCREASING YOUR SOIL'S HEALTH and THE IMPORTANCE OF pH and SOIL COMPACTION articles.  When you've read these, you'll know more about lawn care than most lawn service companies do!  The Jonathan Green FAQ's, SPREADER SETTINGS and STORE LOCATOR are also all new and very helpful.    

 Visit our new website and see for yourself.  You'll be taking a big step toward having a thick, dark-green, weed-free lawn for your family and pets to enjoy this spring.  It is a lawn and a plan you can be proud of!

Photo Credit: KW Landscaping
The Maryland State House has a Beautiful Black Beauty Lawn!

"Thanks to the generosity of dozens of businesses, foundations and advocates, the Maryland State House has set an example by voluntarily transitioning to pesticide-free grounds," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "I hope others will follow our lead and help protect our local waters, public health, and wildlife, as well our beleaguered honey bee population, by reducing or eliminating chemicals on our lawns, parks and gardens."  

Jonathan Green donated (the) Black Beauty grass seed that grew this beautiful Black Beauty lawn. Jonathan Green's Maryland sales representative, Rick Hardie visited the job site on a number of occasions  throughout the transition process to provide advice and support. Rick told us that, "the grounds keepers are thrilled to have such a naturally dark-green and care free lawn on the grounds of the capitol.  It means that they can spend more time and resources on other areas of the property." Next time your driving through Annapolis stop by and check out this great looking Black Beauty lawn. To read more on this story click here.
When the snow melts, do you see this?

Pink Snow Mold

The snowstorms of winter create ideal conditions for snow molds to form on your lawn. Pink and Grey Snow Molds  sometimes appear on grass as snow cover melts looking like cooked spinach. In late winter-early spring, dead and matted grass blades in rough circular patches about 3 to 12 inches in diameter are most likely snow mold. The two different diseases get their names from the pink-salmon color or white-gray color they display. Gray snow mold rarely does damage to the turf while pink snow mold can invade the crowns and roots of grass plants causing turf grass injury. Both types of snow mold can be found in the same areas on the grass. Temperatures just above freezing and moist conditions are ideal for snow mold development. This usually occurs from snow cover, but can also happen if leaves are left on the grass from the prior fall. If you have had a history of snow molds over the years, it may return each winter when early, deep snow cover prevents the ground from freezing. Snow mold fungi remain alive on your grass during the warm months when other summer diseases fungi are most active. As the cool, wet weather approaches, these fungi begin to grow. The cold, dry air of winter helps to prevent growth, but leaves or snow cover on the grass promotes growth, since moisture is kept near the grass blades. As the grass starts to dry out, these diseases generally go away. 


Grey Snow Mold

How do you prevent this from happening to your lawn? Following a sound Jonathan Green lawn maintenance program is the best way to prevent snow mold diseases. From late summer to late fall, be sure to continue to mow your lawn until it stops growing. When you get to your last mowing cut the lawn shorter than usual. This prevents lush growth from being available for snow molds to develop. Early fall fertilizing with Green-Up lawn fertilizer should occur while the grass is still green, not after it goes into its winter dormancy. In mid-to-late fall our Winter Survival fall fertilizer is a good choice to use. Fungicide treatments are not usually recommended. A preventative fungicide treatment with our Lawn Fungus Control in October or November may be helpful. Be sure to clear the last bits of fall leaves from your lawn before the first snowfall occurs. Avoid piling the snow from your driveway and sidewalk on the lawn. In the spring, rake away dead matted foliage from damaged areas to allow new growth to begin after the grass had dried out. Aeration promotes new growth of the existing grass where snow mold appeared. Reduce thatch so that it is no more than one inch in depth. Be sure to correct any drainage problems if water is sitting in puddles since this promotes snow mold. As always, use a Jonathan Green high quality grass seed mixtures that include Kentucky bluegrass and fescues, which are more resistant to snow mold disease. Seeding with Black Beauty Ultra grass seed and New Seeding lawn fertilizer helps to fill in bare spots. 


I hope you are able to enjoy your nice spring green lawn instead of worrying about fungus on your lawn. Have a great spring!


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