Memorial Day 2019 has come to pass so it is time to start planting! In Flagstaff, we have an average growing season of 103 days typically between the end of May to the beginning of October. Although, it is wise to keep an eye out for the weather. Hopefully we are done with freezing temperatures, but with the crazy weather we are having lately, do not be surprised if we have a few more cold nights. Garden in Flagstaff is a great site for researching frost and freeze times for the year based on the previous years. It is advised that check these dates to make an informed decision on when to plant.
Step 1: Amending the soil with organic or inorganic fertilizer
Habitually, a good gardener starts their growing season by amending the soil. Soil Amending is basically adding fertilizer to the soil. There are two types of fertilizer; organic fertilizer and inorganic fertilizer.
Organic fertilizer is a fertilizer that is made from organic materials such as cow manure, bat guano, bone meal, organic compost and green manure crops. The main thing to know is organic fertilizers tend to work slowly and release nutrients over time. The organic fertilizers are great if you’re trying to build up your soil, but not if you need a sudden shot of nutrients for your plants.
Inorganic fertilizers is a chemical fertilizer which is made up by the different formulations of chemicals to suit a variety of specific uses. The different types of inorganic fertilizers are usually classified according to three principal elements, namely nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K). These elements are referred to as the NPK value, shown in a series of numbers that will show you the ratio of each ingredient in a specific fertilizer. They always show up in the same order showing the nitrogen value first, the phosphorous value next, and the potassium value last. The advantage of inorganic fertilizers is that they give a boost right away to a plant that is malnourished, unhealthy or even dying. By adding an inorganic fertilizer into the soil, it makes the soil ideal for planting quickly and is a more balanced way to enrich the soil because the chemicals being released equally.
To help guide you in making the right decision when it comes to Lawn and Gardening, come talk to Cecy, our lead in this department. Some advice that Cecy offered about chemical fertilizer is that the nitrogen value effects leaf growth, the phosphorous value is for the stock/stem growth and the potassium value effects the root system. By using Cecy’s rule of (green) thumb, you can absolutely transform your garden. If you understand which nutrient that your plant needs, then getting the right fertilizer is not hard.
HomCo carries both organic and chemical fertilizers of many different brands. We have Miracle Gro products from the boxes graduates to bags potting/garden mixes. We sell Scotts products for lawn care and Earthgro products for the garden. As well as selling Miracle Gro products, we sell Northwood Organics and Black Gold and many other products for your garden or lawn care.
GETTING THE RIGHT TOOLS
Step 2: Amending the soil with the right tools for the job
Now that you have the right fertilizer, what about the tools to amend your soil? The tools we would recommend are shovels, hoes, racks, tillers/cultivators, trowels, pick axes, digging forks, wheel barrows, gloves, and of course, your hands.
We have variety of each tools here at HomCo, but one tool we love is the Yard Boss MM 56 C-E from STIHL. The Yard Boss is a multi-task tool system with one power head that can be transformed into eight different applications. The Yard Boss MM 56 C-E can become a trimmer, an edger, a dethatcher, a lawn aerator, a power sweeper, a brittle brush, and two different kinds of cultivators.
The Yard Boss already comes with the pick tine cultivator and you can get the other attachments as you need them. To see all the attachments that you can get for the Yard Boss 56C-E, please visit https://www.stihlusa.com/products/multi-task-tools/yard-boss-attachments/ or come to HomCo and we will help you find the ones you need. If your Yard Boss needs maintenance or repairs, we are a STIHL dealership, so we can service all your STIHL products and if you have any questions, we can answer them.