D&L Luscious Lawns – Step 6

Managing Summer Stress

The heat of the summer can be super stressful for many, including your lawn.  Using MicroLife Humates Plus is a great way to open the soil, add nutrients and allow the root system to grow bigger & deeper.  By doing this you’ll increase the water holding capacity of your soil and oxygen flow to the plant is increased.  When you do water you’ll want to water longer (deeper) and less often.  This will help encourage the roots to grow deeper. 

Humates Plus is easy to spread with a broadcast spreader at 5-10 lbs per 1,000 square feet.  It will not burn and is safe to use around your pets & kids.  It can also be used in your flower beds. 

Bear Branch Soccer Fields Before
Bear Branch Soccer Fields After Humates +

D&L Luscious Lawns – Step 5

Summer Feeding

Now is the time for your second fertilizer application. Providing nutrients now will help your lawn get through the stress of the heat of the summer. You can use a broadcast spreader to apply your fertilizer on a freshly mowed lawn and then water it in. If you can time your application just before a rain that works too!


Rice University Sports Fields Fertilized with MicroLife 6-2-4

Depending on your soil type we have 2 go-to traditional, slow-release fertilizers we recommend. The slow release coating on these allows the nutrients to release slowly over time to prevent burning and longer lasting results.
• 21-7-14 slow release is recommended for sandy soils. The application rate is 10 lbs per 1,000 square feet, it comes in a 50 lb bag.
• 16-20-00 slow release is recommended for clay soils. The application rate is 10 lbs per 1,000 square feet, it comes in a 50 lb bag.
Looking for an organic option? The MicroLife Multi-Purpose 6-2-4 is a fantastic, all-purpose fertilizer. It is a proven performer for all turfgrasses, ornamentals, perennials, trees, flowers & vegetables. This formula provides over 100 nutrients, minerals and vitamins. It is 100% slow release and will not burn. For lawns spread 15-20 lbs per 1,000 square feet.


Insect Control

As you work to build the health of your soil you may begin to notice fewer and fewer pests in your yard, but it’s a long process. To help control insects we recommend Hi-Yield Turf Ranger as a good broad-spectrum option. Fertilome’s NaturalGuard Lawn Shield is our go-to organic option – it’s cedar oil based and creates an irritant scent barrier to keep pests away.


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D&L Luscious Lawns – Step 3

Spring Fertilizing

Now (mid-April) is a good time for your first fertilizer application of the year.  Applying these nutrients now will give your lawn the nutrients it needs to set it up for summer. You can use a broadcast spreader to apply your fertilizer on a freshly mowed lawn and then water it in.  If you can time your application just before a rain, that works too!  

Rice University Sports Fields Fertilized with MicroLife 6-2-4

Depending on your soil type we have 2 go-to traditional, slow-release fertilizers we recommend.  The slow release coating on these allows the nutrients to release slowly over time to prevent burning and longer lasting results.

  • 21-7-14 slow release is recommended for sandy soils.  The application rate is 10 lbs per 1,000 square feet, it comes in a 50 lb bag.
  • 16-20-00 slow release is recommended for clay soils.  The application rate is 10 lbs per 1,000 square feet, it comes in a 50 lb bag.

Looking for an organic option?  The MicroLife Multi-Purpose 6-2-4 is a fantastic, all-purpose fertilizer.  It is a proven performer for all turfgrasses, ornamentals, perennials, trees, flowers & vegetables.  This formula provides over 100 nutrients, minerals and vitamins.  It is 100% slow release and will not burn.  For lawns spread 15-20 lbs per 1,000 square feet.


Mulch

Now is a good time to add mulch to your landscape as well.  Not only will it freshen up the look it provides a great weed barrier, allows the soil to soak up more water and reduces water loss from evaporation.

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D&L Luscious Lawns – Step 1


Now Is The Time To Apply Pre-Emergent Weed Control

Pre-emergent weed control works by preventing weed seeds from germinating.  For the most effective year-round control it is best to apply it 3-times a year (spring, early summer & fall).  Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper is our go-to.

  • 1 35 lb bag covers 8,000+ sq. ft.
    • Apply 4 lbs/1,000 sq. ft. using a broadcast spreader
      • Setting 16 on Earthway spreaders
      • Water in for best results
  • Safe to use near trees, flower beds & shrubs
  • Controls weeds for 3+ months

Looking to stay organic?  Microlife Humates Plus is for you!

Microlife Humates Plus 0-0-4 is loaded with minerals, microorganisms and carbon.  An early application will set the stage for year-round success in your yard.

  • Apply 5-10 lbs/1,000 sq. ft. using a broadcast spreader
    • Water in for best results
  • Loosens clay soils and helps reduce the amount of watering needed
  • Adds tons of essential microbes to build healthy soil

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MicroLife Humates Plus Improves Soil Health

MicroLife Humates Plus All Organic Biological Soil Amendment

MicroLife Humates Plus is a tremendous, inexpensive soil improver and plant nutritional booster. Extensively used on turfgrass areas and excellent for reducing water use. It revitalizes soils and reduces weed problems. MicroLife Humates Plus is a very well-crafted, totally unique, biological and physical soil conditioner that also greens plants quickly. It improves soils and plants as compost does, but at a much lower cost.

• Loosens clay soils better and cheaper than gypsum
• Accelerated plant & soil health at a very reaonable cost
• Turfgrass turns to a beautiful, dark green
• Water need is drastically reduced
• Adds Mycorrhizal Fungi and essential microbes
• Gorgeous, thick turf and stronger root system
• Completely safe
• 100% slow release and will not burn

Apply using a broadcast spreader, 1-2 times per year, at 10 lbs per 1,000 sq. ft.  Use on all turfgrasses and ornamentals.

Organic Lawn & Garden Care – a how-to seminar

Saturday, April 22, 2017

10:00 am

D&L Farm and Home – Aubrey (map)

We welcome Mike Serant of MicroLife Organic, Biological Fertilizer.

Mike will give a great overview of how to get started organically caring for your lawn & garden. He will talk about soil health and give you all the tools and tips you need to get started builing a healthy lawn and/or garden.

Since 1988 Mike has been a leading state educator to professionals and homeowners on “Going Organic for Lawns, Gardens and Farms”. And since 1988 has manufactured the MicroLife All Organic Biological Fertilizer product line – www.microlifefertilizer.com. A few of Mike’s clients are University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, Shangri La Gardens, MD Andersen Cancer Center and The University of Texas at Austin. In 2003 he co-founded OHBA, www.ohbaonline.org, a 501 –c-3 Organic educational nonprofit.

Feed Options For Your Flock

We know your chickens’ nutrition is important to you.  Not only for their health, but also the eggs they’ll produce for you.  We offer a wide variety of feed options to meet your and your flock’s needs.  We carry products from the following brands:

 


 

Purina Premium Poultry Feeds

  • stng50Start & Grow: Optimum nutrition for raising laying chicks from hatch to laying age (18-20 weeks). This complete feed with 18% – protein and quality nutrients is perfect for a strong start and early hen development. Formulated with prebiotics, probiotics and yeast to support optimum digestive health and immune function.  Available in medicated and non-medicated formulas.  more details

 

  • Layena-Pellets-Oyster-Strong-Bag-JPGLayena: Optimum nutrition for healthy birds and nutritious eggs. A 16%-protein, high-calcium ration formulated with prebiotics, probiotics and yeast for top-producing laying hens once they reach 18 weeks of age. Now with NEW Oyster Strong System™ for strong shells. Oyster shell provides another source of calcium when the hens need it most. Oyster shell is a larger particle size than limestone. This means that oyster shell will stay in the digestive tract longer and will provide a source of calcium for egg shell production over a longer period of time than smaller particle sources of calcium. This is especially important at night when egg shell formation is rapidly occurring and dietary sources of calcium are limited because the bird is not eating.  Available in pellets and crumbles.  more details

 

  • Layena-Omega-3-Oyster-Strong-Bag-JPGLayena Plus Omega-3: Optimum nutrition for healthy birds and nutritious eggs. A 16%-protein high-calcium ration fortified with Omega-3 rich flaxseed oil formulated for top-producing laying hens once they reach 18 weeks of age. Vegetarian formula without added antibiotics or hormones, enhanced vitamin E for healthy birds & wholesome eggs, complete feed – no oyster shell or grit required, 300% more Omega-3 per egg*
    *When fed a diet of Layena® Plus Omega-3 exclusively for at least 3 weeks. Based on large egg (50g). Results may vary with factors such as total diet and hen health. Compared to a typical egg that contains 65mg Omega-3 fatty acids more details

 

  • FLOCKRAISER50Flock Raiser: A 20%-protein nutrient-rich ration that provides starting, growing and finishing nutrition for broiler/meat bird or a mixed flock of chickens, ducks and geese from hatch until laying age (18-20 weeks chickens, 20-24 weeks ducks; geese start laying the spring after they were hatched) and for turkeys from 8-10 weeks until laying age of 30-32 weeks.Optimum nutrition for healthy meat birds and mixed poultry flocks. Formulated with prebiotics, probiotics and yeast to support optimum digestive health and immune function. more details


Purina Organic Poultry Feeds

  • Purina-Organic-Starter-Grower-BagOrganic Starter Grower: A nutritious, wholesome complete feed for young laying chickens, ducks and geese from hatch to laying age (18-20 weeks). This complete feed is certified organic by the USDA and is made with non-GMO ingredients. Purina® Organic Starter-Grower feed will provide your birds with the proper levels of energy, protein (18%), vitamins and minerals that are perfect for a strong start and early hen development. Available in crumble form. more details

 

  • Purina-Organic-Layer-Pellets-BagOrganic Layer Pellets or Crumbles: Purina® Organic Layer Pellets or Crumbles provide a balanced and complete diet with 16% protein for feeding organic laying hens. This product has been certified organic by the USDA. It is made with non-GMO ingredients that have been grown without the use of pesticides and fertilizers. more details

 

  • Purina-Organic-Scratch-Grains-BagOrganic Scratch Grains: Purina® Organic Scratch Grains Poultry Feed encourages natural pecking and feeding instincts and is an ideal choice for supplementing organic layer diets (no more than 10% of the total diet). Our recipe is certified USDA Organic and contains no GMOs. This simple formula contains no animal by-products, no fillers and no artificial preservatives. more details

 


Thomas Moore Poultry Feeds

  • hen-scratch-copyTexas Brand Hen Scratch: Added flax seed and sunflower seed, great source of Omega 3 and Omega 6. more details

 

 

 

  • chickstarterChick Starter, medicated: For chicks from hatching to laying age.  Added flax seed and sunflower seed, great source of Omega 3 and Omega 6. Contains Amprolium as an aid in the development of active immunity to coccidiosis.  more details

 

 

 


Texas Animal Nutrition Poultry Feeds

  • TAN-POULTRY-4-GUSSET-31-5-length-01Layer Pellets or Crumbles: For egg producing poultry and mature birds. All-Natural with added amino acids and fortified with Moore Vitamin And Mineral Package. more details

 

 

 

  • TAN-GROOVY-SCRATCH-40LB-01Groovy Scratch: A mix of eight, high quality grains to be used as a supplement for all classes of poultry.  Includes black-oil sunflower for added fat and two types of peas for added protein.  more details

 

 

 

  • TAN-POULTRY-4-GUSSET-31-5-length-01Hen Scratch: Suitable as a supplement for all classes of poultry. more details

 

 

 


Texas Natural Feeds Poultry Feeds – Non-Soy, Non-GMO, Non-Medicated

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  • texas natural non-gmo feedChick Starter
  • Pullet Grower
  • Layer Pellets or Crumbles
  • Broiler Grower
  • Hen Scratch

Coyote Creek Organic Feed

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organic chicken feed

  • Organic Chick Starter
  • Organic Pullet Developer
  • Organic Layer
  • Soy-Free, Organic Layer
  • Organic Broiler Developer
  • Organic Chicken Scratch

 

Please note that selection varies by store.  Let us know your needs and we’ll be happy to get what you’re looking for.

Purina Organic Chicken Feed Now Available

We now offer PURINA® ORGANIC Chicken & Poultry feed!Purina Organic Chicken Feed

Available in a starter-grower, layer pellets, layer crumbles and scratch grains, these products have:

 

  • No genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • No antibiotics
  • No animal byproducts
  • No fillers
  • No preservatives
  • And, as with all poultry feed, no added growth hormones

 

Stop by today to pick up a bag!  Available at D&L Farm and Home in Aubrey, Celina, McKinney, Gainesville & Sanger.

More information available at www.PurinaOrganicFeed.com