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Meijer Stores promote Stewardship
Meijer’s stores across the state are providing Go Green Lawncare Tip sheets. Look for them in the lawn fertilizer section. These sheets provide information on good lawn care practices to protect water quality, the environment and your lawn.
Craig Friesleben, Meijer Buyer/Merchandiser for the Garden Center said “We're highly committed to positive environmental care through our many corporate actions and decisions. We feel strongly about protecting Michigan’s natural resources and the communities we serve.” “Craig was very positive about providing Lawncare Tips to folks purchasing lawn and garden fertilizers and other products in Meijer’s stores”, said Dr. Roberta Dow, Michigan Water Stewardship Program, Michigan State University Extension. The Go Green Lawncare Tips sheet was developed by a committee headed by Dr. Kevin Frank at Michigan State University, Department of Crop and Soil Science.
The Lawncare Tips are available in the fertilizer section of all Meijer’s Michigan stores. The Tips point out that fall is the best time to fertilize. A fall application promotes strong roots for the next season. If two fertilizer applications are planned, then the spring application should not be put on until green-up (grass is actively growing). When choosing lawn fertilizer use zero phosphorus fertilizer (middle number on a fertilizer bag) unless a soil test shows a need for phosphorus or the lawn is newly seeded.
The tip sheet emphasizes mowing high to promote healthier grass and returning the grass clippings to the lawn to provide 25% of the needed nutrition for a healthy lawn. Mowing high also prevents weed establishment thus requiring less weed management efforts.
Another important management practice emphasized on the Tip Sheet is putting the fertilizer where it is needed and not into surface water or storm drains connected to surface water. Creating a no-application buffer zone near lakes and streams prevents fertilizer runoff which can cause excessive aquatic plant growth.
Watering can be a positive or negative. The Tips promote smart watering. Overwatering may move a fertilizer or chemical application away from the root zone and down to the groundwater or create nutrient runoff. Heavy, soaking watering is not recommended for turf. Lighter, more frequent watering is best.