Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Mystery of N-P-K? What is Fertilizer?


The numbers listed on the fertilizer packaging represents the % of each Nitrogen, Phophorus and Potassium that is contained within that weighted package.
N= Nitrogen: Promotes the growth of leaves and vegetation
P= Phosphorus:  Promotes root growth and increases flower production
K= Potassium:  Promotes root strength and disease resistance

May 2, 2013 How To Plant a Tree, Shrub or Perennial

How To Properly Plant a Tree, Shrub or Perennial

Now is the time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials!  It is important to know how to properly plant to assure the ultimate survival of your new plant.

Dig your hole 2 as wide and 1 1/3 as deep as the pot that the plant is purchased in.  Mix Multi-Mix soil into the hole and add water to the bottom of the hole.  Remove the plant from the pot and loosen up the roots on the sides and the bottom.  Put the plant into hole on top of the water.  Fill in the hole surrounding the plant with Multi-Mix and the soil that was originally in the hole.  Water well.  Keep freshly planted shrubs, trees and perennials well watered for the first season.

Ask a Westland Associate for more information on proper fertilization of newly planted gardens.

April 18, 2013 Seeding Your Lawn

Dew on Green Grass


Now is the time to seed your lawns.  Over time, grass does get old and needs to be replaced. Worn-out lawns invite weeds. Reseeding is a fast, inexpensive way to help bring your lawn back to its lush, green, healthy self without tearing everything out and starting over.




Over Seeding an Existing Lawn:

  • Mow lower than usual.
  • Rake to thin the existing turf and clean out old dead grass.
  • Aerate to reduce soil compaction.
  • Amend with compost / add black earth to level.
  • Add starter fertilizer.
  • Apply seed.
  • Rake in loosely.
  • Top dress with peat moss and water in.  Keep moist!