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What’s a Gardner to Do?


August lawns are right in the middle of the dog days of summer – the hot and humid month. This month, gardeners will start to see the grass growing slower and the weeds growing faster. You may think your lawn care work is over for the season, but the truth is late summer and early fall is one of the most important times for lawn care. It's this time of year when warm days are followed by chilly, dewy evenings that encourage weed growth. The best time to get ahead of winter lawn weeds is now. So, if you take the time to care for your lawn properly during the early fall, it will have a better chance to be healthier when it begins to grow again the following spring. And remember, fescue season is upon us, so be sure to stop in and have one of our lawn experts give you tips on how to maintain and establish a lush fescue lawn using our special fescue mix that is designed specifically for Hampton Roads lawns. Here are our recommendations on some of the best products to beat weeds:

Weed Control for Warm Season Lawns

Weed-Out Lawn Weed Killer - controls over 200 broadleaf weeds including Dandelion, Chickweed, Clover, Spurge, Wild Onion, Dollar Weed, Ground Ivy and many others listed.

Atrazine Weed Killer (32 oz) - controls Henbit, Dollarweed, Chickweed, Clover, Sandspur and others listed on label. Controls both emerged weeds and weeds from seed in St. Augustine and Centipede grass.

Application Rates:
5 teaspoons per quart covers 100 sq. ft.
4.3 ozs per gallon covers 500 sq. ft.

Weed Control for Cool Season Lawns

Weed-out with Q (New Formulation. Proven Performance) - controls over 200 weeds - both grassy and broadleaf in one easy step including Crabgrass, Barnyardgrass, Foxtail, Black-Eyed Susan, Buttercup, Catnip, Chickweed, Dandelion, Dollarweed, Ground Ivy, Jimsonweed. Morning Glory, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Ragweed, Sunflower, Thistle, and other broadleaf weeds.


McDonald Lawn Tips:
To help your grass beat the heat and reduce lawn maintenance, keep your lawn mower blade on the highest setting and mow no more then once a week.

The taller the grass the cooler the roots will stay and the less weeds you will have.

Always use spreader sticker when putting down weed control products, it makes your spray twice as strong.

Spray for weeds in between mows, never spray immediately before or after a mow.

Spray on calm and sunny days, with no rain in the forecast for 4-5 hours.

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Tools of the Trade


Now is the perfect time to stock up on fall tools like rakes and pruners. The right tools make creating and maintaining your yard easier and faster and you really only need a handful of tools to handle the most common lawn and garden maintenance. Be sure to check out our complete line of economical Terra VerdeTools in stores now. Here are a few must-have garden tools to help you be successful and efficient in maintaining your garden:

Felco Pruners - You can't go wrong with these top-of-the-line pruners that provide awesome cutting power and precision -- making gardening chores a whole lot easier. Pruners are ideal for removing small dead and unwanted branches from trees and shrubs. All Felco pruners have two blades: one very sharp and is known as the cutting blade. The other is not sharp and is called the anvil blade or hook. These pruners will last a life time and feature a lifetime warranty.

Bypass Loppers - a must-have for anyone with a landscape full of trees and shrubs. The long handle give you an extended reach to prune higher branches and provides you leverage, so you can prune branches up to 2" in diameter, depending on the lopper. The long blades make it easier to do those larger cuts and are perfect for cutting branches, vines and for pruning and shaping.

Hand Trowel - one of the most important tools in the gardener shed whether you’re digging up weeds or planting new plants. Ideal for planting small plants like herbs and vegetables, making container gardens and digging out weeds. Also good for mixing soil with compost, fertilizer and other additives.

Spring Back Rake - features a long handle with a flexible metal rake head. The rake head is made of flexible metal tines arranged into a fan shape. Tine ends angle slight downward to grab leaves easily. Great for cleaning up leaves, small branches, lawn clippings, spreading mulch.

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Food for Thought

McDONALD GREEN LEAF: All-purpose plant food specifically formulated for Hampton Roads

This time of year gardens all over Hampton Roads are drooping, deflated and yes, a little bedraggled. Some may need repair but ALL need some nurturing. Like humans, plants need nutrients to ensure they stay healthy and have a long life.

Simply put, fertilizers are like vitamins for plants. When used properly, an all-purpose fertilizer can treat and help prevent plant “malnutrition” while promoting rapid growth and blooming. In a garden, most plants will use up the nutrients in the soil faster than they can be replaced by nature, so it’s vital your plants continue to get the nutrients they need.

McDonald Green Leaf 12-4-8 is an all-purpose, slow release fertilizer formulated with quality ingredients to ensure high performance and reliability for Hampton Roads’ gardeners. Our own professional growers rely on Green Leaf to assist in plant growth and to maintain excellent performance. When used as directed, this product will promote excellent growth, color and blooms for flowering plants, fruits, vegetables, houseplants and trees & shrubs. McDonald Green Leaf is available in a variety of sizes to accommodate small and large plantings.

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