Lawn and garden season is here, and despite the late start to spring, now is the perfect time to plant and seed for the coming months. Recently, Turf Scientist at Scotts, Phil Dwyer, and Horticulturist at Miracle-Gro, Amy Enfield, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss their top tips for getting your lawn and garden ready this spring.
A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/m0X3d6p3WzU
When it comes to lawn care, the key thing is not to wait too long. In most parts of the country, spring has gotten off to a chilly start, but it’s important to not squander these prep weeks. The first thing to do is ask yourself whether you want to grow new grass - whether that is a large area or simply to cover some bare spots in your lawn – or are you simply looking to prevent weeds and have a thicker, healthier lawn overall. That question will help you narrow down what products you should be looking at. There are also several combo products like Scotts Triple Action and Scotts Rapid Grass that can address multiple lawn care needs in one bag. Always remember, lawns love nutrition and need to be fed.
Another tip is for people to know the type of grass they have in their yard and a general sense for the condition of the soil. Many products are unique to specific grass types, and you may benefit from a product that enhances the condition of your soil. Finally, if you are planting new grass seed, don’t forget to water daily - it’s the number one mistake homeowners make when growing new grass.
As for gardening, it may seem intimidating at first, but with the right products and a little bit of planning, getting beautiful results in your garden is really very simple. In the spring, the first thing to do is walk your garden and flower beds to plot out any new plants and flowers you’d like to add. Take note of how much sunlight touches the different areas you want to plant as sun exposure will really help narrow down your plant selection.
Before planting, make sure the quality of the soil is good - whether in an inground flower bed, container, or raised bed. Miracle-Gro has a line of different soils specifically designed for each of these growing environments. And once you’ve planted your garden, don’t forget to feed your plants. As plants grow, they deplete the nutrients in the soil, but Miracle-Gro’s extensive line of plant food will help replenish those nutrients and keep your plants healthy all summer long. You can find more information on scotts.com and miraclegro.com. Right now, there is also a limited time promotion running on both websites for 30% off orders over $50, so head over and check it out.
About Phil Dwyer:
PhD Scotts R&D Lawns Research Principal works to develop new products and ways to help educate homeowners on how to succeed at caring for their lawns. Primary focus at Scotts is on lawn nutrition, disease management, new lawn establishment, water conservation and environmental research. A Graduate from MSU in Turfgrass Management with an MS and PhD in Turfgrass Pathology.
About Amy Enfield:
PhD Amy has over 25 years of experience in the Lawn & Garden industry. She has a BS and MS in Horticulture from Michigan State University and PhD in Plant & Environmental Sciences from Clemson University. She is responsible for driving live goods research for direct to consumer businesses and specializes in houseplants and succulents