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August 2012 News

Help bring your turf back to health from the harsh summer with:

SUSTÅNE® Granulated Natural Based Slow Release Nitrogen Fertilizer


Benefits of Suståne® Fertilizer

Increases the nutrient and water holding capacity of the soil
Strengthens plants tolerance against hot dry conditions
Greater root development
Improves buffering against changes in soil pH
Increases the soil's ability to suppress plant pathogens
Enhanced Disease Suppression
Increased soil porosity and stability for greater root development and water holding capacity
Provides quick green up followed by six to eight weeks of even color and growth

Enhanced Disease Suppression Begins with Suståne Natural Based Fertilizers

SustaneResults of studies conducted over the past 20 years have clearly shown the potential for compost amendments to reduce the severity and incidence of a wide variety of turfgrass diseases. For best results in disease suppression apply either as a topdressing after core aerification, as a late autumn winter cover, mixed as a root zone amendment or better yet use as the standard fertilizer treatment three to four applications per growing season. Studies have shown that applying Suståne 5-2-4 plus Iron results in a significant decrease in many turfgrass diseases.

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Drought Stress on Trees

Double Time Permanent Turf

Drought affects plants in various ways. Besides reducing growth, symptoms can include marginal leaf scorch, wilting, tip dieback, premature leaf drop, chlorosis, and, if severe enough, plant death. Plants that are subjected to water stress drastically decrease their resistance to opportunistic pathogens, such as Cytospora. Bark beetles, borers, and other insects infest stressed trees more easily than healthy, vigorously growing trees.

Plants vary in their ability to tolerate drought. Plants that are well-established and adapted to their site are less affected, unless the drought is unusually severe. Since root systems of established plants are wide-spreading and deep, it is vital that enough moisture be applied to reach them. Established trees and shrubs should be watered deeply every 10 to 14 days during dry periods.

The most effective watering methods are soaker hoses and drip irrigation. A slow trickle of water is applied directly to the root zone under the tree or shrub, allowing for even distribution. When combined with a three to four inch layer of mulch, this method allows plants to use nearly all the added water, with very little water lost through evaporation or runoff. If a sprinkler system is used, place a small can in the range of the sprinkler. When one inch of water has accumulated in the can, one-inch of water has been distributed in the soil.

Newly planted trees and shrubs, especially transplants dug with a small amount of soil volume or container grown plants in soil-less mixes, should be deeply watered once a week. By allowing the soil surface to dry out somewhat between watering, roots will grow deeper into zones where soil moisture is the highest. Frequent light watering is not recommended. The roots of plants watered frequently, but lightly, remain close to the soil surface, making them more vulnerable to desiccation.

Trees That Are Known To Be Drought Sensitive

Japanese maple
Red maple
Sugar maple
American hornbeam
Flowering dogwood
Japanese yew


Postemergence Crabgrass Control with Drive®


Drive has shown to be a good-excellent post crabgrass herbicide. The recommended label rate is 0.75 lbsai/A. Lower rates may work on non-tiller crabgrass. Drive also exhibits some broadleaf activity, especially on legumes like black medic and clover. Drive activity is very rapid, with crabgrass kill occurring within 1-2 weeks after herbicide application. Young (non-tillered) crabgrass may brown & die in less than one week.

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Tree Watering Bags

Tree Watering BagsTired of standing next to a newly planted tree with a hose and seeing most of the water running away from the tree into the grass? Then make your job easier and more effective --- use a National Seed Tree Watering Bag!! The National Seed Tree Watering Bag distributes approximately 20 gallons of water around the base of the tree over a 4-6 hour period. This allows the water to be absorbed into the ground rather than run off. This is very useful when planting a new tree or watering a young tree in the dry time of the year. Standard - approximately 20 gallons of water is distributed to roots evenly around the tree within 4-6 hours depending on conditions.

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National Seed Ice MeltNational Seed - Commercial Strength Ice Melt

• Designed for Illinois's Harshest Winter Conditions

• Contains RUSH Speed Enhancing Additive

• Dyed Blue For Ease of Application


Contact your sales rep for more information:

Tom Breier: #630-417-9054

Tim Breier: #630-417-9056

Dan Breier: #630-417-9055

Mark Breier: #630-417-9057

Gerry Hough: #630-327-6551

Kevin Spiller: #630-903-5240



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