Now that warmer temps are finally here, it’s time to give our lawns a little TLC! After a winter of up-and-down temps and a cool start to spring, our lawns need some support to ensure a healthy growing season ahead.
Our local Ace says there’s no better product than Jonathan Green for feeding your lawn AND your soil, and Barrington’s helpful Ace Hardware store has everything you need to get your lawn growing thick, strong and weed-free.
Barrington Ace owner, John Brown, uses all-natural Jonathan Green products on his own lawn with great results. “I think it’s fabulous. Our soil in Barrington is generally pretty poor; under the thin top soil layer there’s a lot of compacted clay. Jonathan Green’s MAG-I-CAL and Love Your Lawn – Love Your Soil work on breaking up your soil and creating space for deeper root growth.”
Apparently many of us are fertilizing our grass when we should really be feeding our soil. When we let the soil remain compacted and nutrient-poor, we’re creating the perfect environment for the thing we definitely don’t want: weeds.
Here’s a video that shows how Jonathan Green’s products work together to improve soil conditions and grow happier, lush lawns:
Ace customers can get the scoop on how to grow their best lawn right from Jim Shoger, a Jonathan Green sales representative and a true lawn care pro. He’ll be in the Barrington Ace store this Saturday, April 16th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to talk to the expert about troubleshooting tips and tried-and-true secrets to a flawless lawn.
Jonathan Green, a sixth-generation company, uses all-natural, food-grade ingredients to produce fertilizers that restore health to our grass and soil – rather than draining it as some traditional treatments might. By following Jonathan Green’s 4-step system, Jim Shoger says we’ll see our lawns become more dense, deepen in color and become naturally weed resistant. “The turf’s root structure becomes so deep and dense that there’s no room for weeds to grow.”
Jim says that most of us have lawns that are far too acidic, which makes them prime targets for weeds. “Grass grows best in a neutral pH of between 6.2 and 7,” Jim says. “Many lawns we test in the spring have a pH of 5.5 or lower. Weeds are just a symptom of that acidity – we need to treat the problem, not the symptom.” He says the first step to fix this is to apply a product like MAG-I-CAL, which is high in calcium and can raise soil’s pH from 5.5 to 6.5 in just 2 weeks.
Jim also recommends applying a Crabgrass Preventer now through the end of May to deter weeds from the start. “Unlike other products on the market, our Crabgrass Preventer contains both a pre-emergent and a post-emergent treatment. This means that even if you already have some weeds when you use it, it will still be very effective.”
Jim is so proud of the results he’s had on his own lawn that he sent us a photo – and we have to agree that it’s looking fabulous! He used Black Beauty grass seed, a proprietary Jonathan Green seed blend that he says is genetically superior to others on the market. “It’s dark, deep-rooted, insect-resistant, and holds moisture – everything you’re looking for in a grass.”
Jonathan Green also offers a fully organic line of products, including organic fertilizer, weed control and insect control. “Organic ingredients are more readily absorbed by your grass and soil, making them the most effective way to strengthen your lawn,” says Jim Shoger. “A strong, healthy lawn is by far the best defense against weeds and insects – far better than any chemical treatments.”
John Brown says that Ace has stocked up on Jonathan Green products, and are ready to help homeowners find exactly what they need to grow their best lawn. Remember, you can always order online and pick up in store – and the helpful Ace Hardware people will always help you to your car!
Jim Shoger and John Brown look forward to seeing you at the demo this Saturday, or stop in any time to see Ace’s full range of Jonathan Green products!
In addition to the Jonathan Green event, Ace has a series of free demos coming up. Here’s a look at what’s on the schedule, with more to come in May…
- Saturday, April 16th at 1 p.m. – Jonathan Green Lawn & Garden Products
- Saturday, April 23rd at 1 p.m. – Toilet Repair
- Saturday, April 30th at 1 p.m. – Weber Grills
Ace Hardware of Barrington is located at 906 S. Northwest Highway in Barrington. They are open from 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:00 am. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. You can reach them at (847) 304-4325, click HERE to learn about their latest events and promotions on Facebook or visit their website at AceHardware.com.
* Photos courtesy of Kate Smith, the Jonathan Green Company and Jim Shoger. *