Monday, February 22, 2016

Lawn Fertilization Program

Lawn Fertilization Programs

Get Started Early 

     For a lot of people, a green lawn is a happy lawn. But that isn’t necessarily the case. Warm temperatures bring stubborn crabgrass and other weeds that laid dormant in the soil over Winter. Don’t settle for weeds just because they’re green. With a few simple steps in Spring, you can have a happy green lawn.

Crabgrass and other weeds prefer a thin lawn where the sun can hit bare soil warming it up enough for weeds to germinate. To prevent this, start by fertilizing in the early spring. Choose a fertilizer that also has a weed preventer in it. For example, we carry Turf Line Turf Fertilizer Plus Crabgrass Preventer and Turf Line Weed Killer Plus Turf Fertilizer. Whatever you end up purchasing, read the instructions carefully. You will need to know the rate in which to spread it and how to spread it. Over Fertilizing can burn your lawn causing spots for weeds to grow. But don’t just fertilize in the Spring. You will need to do another application during the summer and into fall.  This keeps your lawn healthy during the season and over the dormant Winter months.

Another way to prevent crabgrass and other weeds over the warmer months is as simple as maintaining your lawn. Weeds can’t grow if the lawn is full and healthy. Don’t cut your lawn short. This allows the sun to warm up the soil and germinate those pesky crabgrass seeds. Keeping your lawn at a slightly longer length keeps the sun from reaching the soil and it keeps the grass roots long and full which means no room for weeds. Once the threat of frost is over, go to your local garden center and pick up some grass seed. Apply grass seed to any bare spots before crabgrass has a chance to take over.  We carry grass seed for all types of conditions such as full sun, shade, and drought. Keep your grass seed from drying out for optimum germination. We carry a seed aid that holds moisture in between watering to keep the seeds from drying out but you can also use other methods such as hay or burlap. Watering is also necessary for a healthy lawn. Watering deeply and infrequently keeps lawns green and full and prevents crabgrass from taking hold.

As always we are here to help. If you wish to do it yourself, our garden shop staff would be happy to answer any questions and point you in the right direction. We also offer lawn fertilization program and lawn maintenance programs. It is not to early to call us to enroll in one of these programs 716-692-6100. So this summer, you can enjoy your yard. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

        Fall is a great time to evaluate your outdoor areas and see what additional plants you might like to add. It's a time to tackle new projects, such as adding new plant beds or renovating your current landscaping. Plants added in the fall have a great jump start for the following spring. With the temperature starting to cool down and the plants getting ready for the cooler season ahead, they start to go dormant (going to sleep for the winter).  So installing plants and shrubs now means, less "shock" ( when roots are disturbed when plants is pushing out leaves or flowers. This can cause plants to wilted or loose some leaves/flowers). Also fall plants will use there energy to root and grow during this time. So come spring they are ready to show.   

         Many people ask about planting now and think there is not enough time for the plant to root before winter hits. With the winters here in Buffalo, NY you never know what will happen. Yes some plants many not pull threw, but most will. All of our trees in root balls come in during the fall season to be "put to sleep" at our nurseries for the winter. This way, come spring they are acclimated to the weather and ready to shine.  
         So if you have outdoor garden that you did not complete over the summer and think you have to wait until spring again, YOU DON'T. Get your yard finished now so come the spring you can sit back and enjoy it. As always here at Lincoln Park Nursery we have a design staff and professional landscape crew that can help you get projects done. Big or small, we can installed it. For those who just need a little help on what to pick out for there yard. Stop into our Garden Centers and ask one of our knowledgeable staff. 


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fall Clean Ups

                                   FALL CLEAN-UPS!!!!!

  As the sunset is coming earlier, and the nights are becoming cooler. The signs of fall are knocking on our doorstep. You might be thinking that it's to late to finish up those projects in your yard that you did not have time to do.  Well good news, IT'S NOT.
  Fall is a great time to plant, clean up your beds, trim and even mulch your beds. If fact fertilizing and mulching your beds before the winter helps protect your plants and also gives them nutrients over those cold months.  Laying down a slow feed granular fertilizer will help feed your plants over the winter as well as give them a nice boost when the spring days start to return.
  Mulch is made from organic materials such as wood chips, peat moss, or bark chips. It helps to prevent soil erosion which depletes vital nutrients that helps plants grow. Also as mulch breaks down, it provides much-needed nutrients for the soil which in turn helps your garden grow.  Mulch helps to  slow down evaporation too. Yes even over those winter months, when we do not have 3' Feet of snow on the ground. The winter sun can still dry out the soil causing plants and there root systems to suffer from moisture stress. Mulch provides a barrier to prevent the sun from reaching the soil which minimizes evaporation.
   So if you still have gardening to complete it is not to late.  Now with the cooler temps, it is a great time to get outside and finish up your yard.  
   As always if you need a helping hand with your yard give Lincoln Park Nursery a call 716-692-6100. We offer Fall Clean ups and Landscaping.

Friday, June 19, 2015


Summertime Planting.....Absolutely

People always seem to ask me " is it safe to plant now". My answer is absolutely. Planting during the summertime here in buffalo is just as OK as planting during the spring or fall. People count on the spring and fall to be cooler and have more rain so they can water less. Well as we know, that is not the case here. Any new installations need to be watered two to three times a week unless we get an 1" or more of rain. It takes two to three years for plants to establish a root system good enough to support them without a lot of watering. Fertilizing your new shrubs and trees will also help stimulate root growth.
So regardless if you plant in the spring, summer or fall, your new installations will require the same amount of care during hot periods. Lets face it, We all are busy and sometimes there is just not enough time during the spring to get everything we wanted done. So don't think you have to wait till fall or next spring. Now is still a great time to plant and get your yard into shape for you and your family to enjoy.

There is still a great selection of trees and shrubs to choice from. If you have questions we are here to help. So come on in and see us here at Lincoln Park Nursery.. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Landscape Investments Do Grow

Landscape Investments Do Grow

   Your home is one of the largest investments that you will make. Lincoln Park Nursery has been helping people grow that investments with innovative  designs to fit your home and your budget.
Did you know:

According to the Wall Street Journals edition of Smart Money magazine, " If you spend 5 percent of the value of your home on landscaping, you can get 150 percent or more of your money back."

Well though out designs are the best approach for a new landscape or to renovate your existing landscape. Our professionals will help lay out a plan, consider how plants will grow in your specific areas, and see how paving or bed shaping should be done or updated to best utilize your property . We can also include future changes on your home as your needs and lifestyle grow.

"Landscaping is much more than just pretty plants, good landscaping can add 20 percent to the value of your property'"

With over 65 years of experience, we understand that everyone has his/her own visions of how they would like there home to look. Our knowledgeable team will guide you toward plants and materials that are suitable for your specific site conditions.

Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery rate, and addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50 percent recovery rate. Source: Money Magazine.

Curb appeal does benefit your property. It is the first thing family, friends and visitors see. It shows who you are. When it comes to re-sale, it could be your best investment. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Gearing Up For Spring

Springs Ahead!!!

As winters grip starts to let go there in WNY, many of you will catch the annual spring fever bug. Here are a handful of helpful garden tips.

Clean up your lawn & gardens: Any leaves, broken branches & debris should be raked up, removed & recycled. Clean up of lawns and beds will help prevent disease problems & ass curb appeal.

Identify & Apply: Very important that crabgrass control & turf food be applied in early spring (march-April). Undesirable crabgrass & weed seed can remain viable in the soil for 3 years. A pre-emergence application "prevents" undesirables from germinating. "Turf Line" 4 step solutions are effective & available at out garden centers.  We also offer a lawn fertilization program which is applied by our certified applicators. Give our office a call.

A Time to Trim: Get educated on when, how & what to trim. A general trim of "at least" once every growing season is recommended. Often older plants become woody & unproductive. Bring in a photo or cutting to our garden center if you are unsure, for the right solutions.

Preen, Fertilize, Mulching: After cleaning, weeding & trimming, spring is a great time to keep your garden happy! Apply preen "pre-emergence" to help prevent new weeds from growing. Granular organic fertilizers are slow release and safe to use. Mulches come in a variety of choices and colors. They hold moisture, add soil texture & a finished look to the garden. All this is available in containers, bags or bulk at out garden centers.

Pest Control: A nice selection of safe weed & animal controls are flooding the market these days. Tell us about your problems, bring in a cutting, or photo to us. Let us help you get the best solution on what's Bugging you! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cleaning up your Landscaping Beds After Winter

Living in an area that is notorious for its terrible winter weather, we Buffalonians cherish the few months of good weather that we actually get here. So right about this time of year, when the snow is beginning to subside and we anxiously wait for the first signs of spring to pop up and greet us, we begin to feel the itch to get outside and enjoy all that the season has to offer! But first, you’ve got to pump the breaks and take care of the damage that the snow has caused to your landscaping! Not exactly how you wanted to start off the season, right?

Some of the most common damage that you’ll find done to your landscaping after a harsh winter season comes not only from the weight of freezing snow on your beloved plants, but from animals as well. Rabbits, deer and many others herbivores will take refuge in your garden during the winter, leaving very little (if anything) left to be saved. By the time you are able to get out there and assess the damage, it may be too late. Save yourself the grief of having to start over with clean-up, mulching, planting and the whole bit! Call in a local professional, like those of us at Lincoln Park Nursery. We offer a great yard clean up and maintenance service that is perfect for the coming season! Our team will come to your home and perform a complete restoration, including debris removal, trimming, weeding, mulching, fertilizing and so much more. We have the knowledge and expertise necessary to bring your once-beautiful landscaping back to its summer glory, freeing you up to sit back and enjoy that ever-fleeting warmth and sunlight!