Fresh Summer Perennials
Load your garden with a bountiful array of summer color this weekend at Estabrook's! A new shipment of fresh perennials is arriving on Saturday that is filled with both old favorites and exciting new selections. Plus, don't forget that as part of Estabrook's Bargain Days, all perennials are 20% OFF through this Sunday!
Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'
Sometimes called shrubby mallows, varieties of Hibiscus syriacus provide a stunning display of color late in the season. 'Red Heart' is a very popular variety that features white flowers with dark red centers.
Sedum 'Purple Emperor'
This upright grower will produce masses of tiny, star-like, dusky pinkish-purple flowers that bloom in large flattened heads atop stems clad with dark purple, fleshy, succulent leaves.
Helenium 'Mardi Gras'
A riot of multicolored blooms appear on this cultivar for six to eight weeks during the summer. Yellow petals, lavishly splashed with orange red, form wildly patterned stiff skirts around deep brown, mounded center cones.
Giant Indoor Yard Sale
Score huge savings on Saturday, August 12th at our indoor yard sale! Overstock, blemished, and first-rate items will be available at deep discounts as we attempt to clear out our inventory.
Add a fun, seasonal touch to your home or stock up for spring with these outstanding deals!
Liming Your Lawn
A treatment of lime will regulate your lawn's pH level and encourage greener growth
If you're looking for a greener, healthier lawn, an application of lime could be the answer. By applying lime to your lawn now, you'll improve your soil, make more nutrients available to your grass and increase the effectiveness of a fertilizer treatment in the fall.
Why Should I Apply Lime?
Your soil's pH level is very important to the health of your lawn. A measurement of the acidic or alkaline level of the soil, a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0 is ideal for turf grass.
Lawns will naturally leach base nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and potassium from the soil over time. The loss of these nutrients will cause the soil's pH level to drop as it becomes more acidic. In seasons of heavy rainfall, this problem becomes even more severe.
Another reason your lawn's pH level may be too low is due to nitrogen based fertilizers. While lawn fertilizers provide many important nutrients to your lawn, they often contain high levels of nitrogen which will make your soil more acidic.
When your soil's pH drops below 6.0 (making it acidic), fewer nutrients become available to your lawn. This can adversely affect your lawn's color, vigor and ability to recover from heat, drought and heavy traffic. By adding an application of lime, you can raise the pH level of your soil and increase the availability of these nutrients.
Does My Lawn Need Lime?
The only way to determine if your lawn would benefit from liming is through a soil test. Estabrook's offers several different at-home kits that will provide you with a general idea of your pH levels. For more accurate results, a state or commercial soil testing facility can be used. These detailed reports will break down exactly home much lime should be applied for optimal soil conditions.
How Much Lime Should I Apply?
While a detailed soil report will tell you exactly how lime to apply, a good rule of thumb is one bag for every 1,000 square feet.
How Often Should I Apply Lime?
Applications of lime should only be done when a soil test necessitates it. While a pH level under 6.0 can due damage to your lawn, a pH level over 7.0 (creating alkaline soil) can also cause damage. Nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and iron will become less available and your grass will become less vigorous.
A careful balance between treatments of fertilizer and lime will go a long way towards a fantastic lawn.