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Our spring is breaking slowly, but fairly normal this year. There are still things you can do to improve your lawn. Especially if irrigation is available. Jonathan Green features a number of superior grass seed mixes. BLACK BEAUTY, BLACK BEAUTY ULTRA, FULL SUN, SUN & SHADE, and DENSE SHADE to name a few. And of course you’ve still got to deal with crabgrass, broadleaf weeds, surface insects, and grubs!

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The Watch Word for good lawn care is: FEED YOUR LAWN AND FEED YOUR SOIL! Our spring is breaking slowly, but fairly normal this year. There are still things you can do to improve your lawn. Especially if irrigation is available. Jonathan Green features a number of superior grass seed mixes. BLACK BEAUTY, BLACK BEAUTY ULTRA, FULL SUN, SUN & SHADE, and DENSE SHADE to name a few. And of course you’ve still got to deal with crabgrass, broadleaf weeds, surface insects, and grubs! If you feel that an early application of crabgrass control might not carry you through the hot summer months, you may want to put down an application of CRABGRASS & WEED CONTROL with Dimension, to get complete control throughout summer. It contains no fertilizer. If you’ve already put down an application of Weed & Feed, and still have a broadleaf weed problem, LAWN WEED CONTROL with Trimec, is very effective, and contains no fertilizer. It has great control on a wide variety of broadleaf weeds. There are a number of superior Jonathan Green fertilizers. A favorite that will provide you with an additional measure of success is our New BLACK BEAUTY ORGANIC LAWN FERTILIZER. An 8-0-3 fertilizer that combines controlled release Nitrogen, with 2% iron, which will give that initial blush of green. Additionally, it features Hydretain, which acts as “Water Magnets” that absorbs and retains 25% more moisture. Of course, if June stays relatively mild in temperature, a great fertilizer is our GREEN UP. A 29-0-3 fertilizer, with organic humates, and slow release. Don’t forget grub and insect control! Mid June is a great time to apply preventative grub control. Our New GRUB and INSECT CONTROL, with Imidacloprid (Merit), will do a fine job of preventing grub damage BEFORE it starts, and surface insect control for those other pests we want to eliminate. Make sure you water in heavy, after application. TICKS! This has become a serious problem, drawing more and more attention. Use a combination product like SUMMER SURVIVAL with Bifenthrin or our New ORGANIC INSECT CONTROL. Summer is the time to try some Organics! Remember, Feed Your Lawn AND Your Soil! You have choices: NEW on the market is LOVE YOUR LAWN, LOVE YOUR SOIL. This is a super charged organic fertilizer that contains L-amino acids, iron, sulfur, calcium, and Gypsum, for relief from soil compaction. Also, NATURAL BEAUTY 10-0-1, Super rich in HUMATES. It will give a quick, and slow release greening, AND will aid in the release of natural nutrients in your soil. Remember, all of these organic products will give your lawn a gentle feeding through the hot summer months. For more information on taking care of your lawn, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham. Johnathan Green

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The Weber Grilling system is an easy way to grill food. Perfect grilling every single time, with constant heating all over the cooking area. Improved heat distribution along with Flavorizer Bars makes for delicious food every time.

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The Weber Grilling system is an easy way to grill food. Perfect grilling every single time, with constant heating all over the cooking area. Improved heat distribution along with Flavorizer Bars makes for delicious food every time. Want to see it in action? Come to our grill demo event on Saturday, May 20 from 10am - 4pm. For more information on the Weber Genesis GSIV, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

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WE GET IT: Grilling over red-hot coals satisfies a primal urge, and the taste can be amazing. But for many, smoky charcoal doesn’t outweigh the convenience of grilling with gas. Gas grills offer instant, even heat that puts charcoal to shame. They also boast precise temperature control, which makes it easy to cook delicate foods that might be wasted on a 700°F charcoal grill. But while choosing gas is a relatively simple decision, picking which gas grill to purchase is considerably more difficult. From big brand names like Weber to the generic grills that crop up in your local grocery store every spring, there are hundreds of options to choose from. We put some of the most popular gas grills through a battery of tests in our labs and backyards. We tested preheat speeds, recorded temperature distribution, measured assembly time, and checked the built-in temperature gauges for accuracy. Now we’ve analyzed the data, and we can say with certainty that the grills below offer something for everyone. Weber Spirit E-310 A perennial favorite, the Spirit series is Weber’s entry-level line of gas grills. Entry-level doesn’t necessarily mean affordable, though, and the Spirit E-310 isn’t exactly cheap. This is a very popular grill. In our opinion, its money well spent. This grill is constructed from high-quality materials and really feels like it’s built to last. Weber has a reputation for longevity and reliability, and it’s backed up by a 10-year warranty against corrosion and rust. Parts are readily available, too. The E-310 features a 529-square-inch cooking surface, three burners, porcelain-coated grates, and a porcelain-coated exterior for extra protection. If you’re a Weber loyalist or just want an incredibly well-made grill, the Spirit E-310 is your best bet. Weber Genesis E-310 The Genesis E-310 is the most affordable mid-range gas grill in Weber’s line-up. Despite having the same burner setup as the Spirit, it offers a larger 637-square-inch cooking surface, and the overall construction is of a generally higher quality than its entry-level cousin. Broil King Regal 490 Pro Based on design and features alone, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Broil King Regal 490 Pro was indeed a gas grill fit for royalty. It’s powered by four standard burners and also includes a side burner and rotisserie burner for the occasional spit roast. Condiment and tool caddies on either side of the grill provide ample storage space, and the burner dials are illuminated for ease of use. For more information on the best gas grills, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA. If you want to see some grills in action, come to our grill demo on May 20th from 10am to 2pm. wired.com

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While April showers bring May flowers, late spring warm weather also brings accelerated weed growth in your lawn. What should you do? The best defense against weeds is a thick, healthy growing lawn. However, if you have visible weeds in your lawn this month they are most likely broadleaf weeds. Crabgrass is not really appearing yet in most lawn at this time of year.

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While April showers bring May flowers, late spring warm weather also brings accelerated weed growth in your lawn. What should you do? The best defense against weeds is a thick, healthy growing lawn. However, if you have visible weeds in your lawn this month they are most likely broadleaf weeds. Crabgrass is not really appearing yet in most lawn at this time of year. If you have a lot of weeds have you considered the health of the soil you are trying to grow your lawn in? Poor quality soil and a low soil pH value will deter healthy lawn growth and spur the growth of weeds. Apply Mag-I-Cal to increase your soil pH level to 6.0 – 6.8 range for optimum lawn growth. What about the rest of your soil, is it dark-rich in color, loose, able to hold water and nutrients? Do you have an abundance of earthworms? These are indicators of healthy soil. Perhaps you need to test your soil? What, you have never tested your soil, shame on you! Instead of just killing weeds, applying Love Your Lawn-Love Your Soil at this time will promote grass growth so weeds cannot take hold. You can control weeds organically by applying Organic Weed Control with corn gluten, a by-product of the corn syrup industry. Apply Organic Weed Control before target weeds germinate and be sure to not apply grass seed for 2-3 months after application. Another natural way to deter weed growth is to sow high quality grass seed like Black Beauty Ultra to crowd out the possibility of weeds establishing. Raise your mowing height to 3+ inches to shade weed seeds and keep them from growing. If you have not applied any crabgrass preventer yet you still have time if you use Crabgrass Preventer plus Green-Up. Crabgrass Preventer plus Green-Up should only be applied in sunny areas, crabgrass does not grow in shady areas. Also, if you have a thick, healthy lawn and have not had problems with crabgrass in general, consider skipping any crabgrass preventers this year. Get back to growing a healthy lawn, not trying to kill everything. The king of broadleaf weeds is Dandelion; however there are many others out there. This familiar yellow flower does a good job of ruining a great looking lawn. Most broadleaf weed controls consist of a combination of 3 different selective herbicides that kill weeds without injuring the lawn. It is best to control broadleaf weeds when they are actively growing. If you use a Weed and Feed or Lawn Weed Control, be sure to apply them early in the morning when dew is present or to a lightly sprinkled lawn so the granules stick to the weed leaves. Do not mow for 2 days prior or 2 days after applying broadleaf weed controls. Do not water-irrigate or expect rainfall for 2 days after application! If you choose to spot spray with liquid weed controls, be sure to avoid drift of the spray onto desirable plants. Liquid weed controls sometime work better on hard-to-control “vine-type” weeds and clovers. Be sure to control any weeds using a product that is labeled for the particular weed and follow all label directions for best results. Avoid applying lawn weed controls into desirable flower beds and remember to calibrate your spreader and measure your lawn square footage prior to spreading so you apply the correct amount of weed killer. Taking these steps will assure you better control of weeds and also helps you avoid applying too much resulting in your lawn burning. Do not apply weed controls in hot-dry weather. Remember to wash out your spreader after every use and spray lubricant where the axle & wheels come together. If you choose to hire a professional lawn care company, be sure they have their pesticide and fertilizer applicator licenses. Don’t let the weeds get to you, get to them first, outsmart them with a sound lawn care plan! For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA. Jonathan Green

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Summer is almost here and some folks around Marlborough and Framingham are begging to think about opening the pool for the season. It’s important to learn how to test pool water, and do it at least once a week to make sure the pH and alkalinity are balanced, and to keep your sanitizer level in check (i.e. chlorine at 3 ppm). The Water Sample There are 3 ways to test pool water: * Liquid test kit * Test strips * Taking your sample to Monnick Supply in Marlborough or Framingham to have it professionally checked. To take a proper water sample, use a clean cup or bottle (with cap if you’re taking it to the pool store) and hold it upside down so that the opening is facing the floor. Insert into the water elbow-deep and turn it right side up to collect the sample. Do not take the sample near any return jets or skimmer opening. If possible, take the sample from the absolute middle of your pool. Now you can take this sample to Monnick Supply or check it yourself. Using Test Strips For home testing, this is a personal favorite. It’s easy to do and very accurate – much more accurate than using a liquid test kit because of human error when it comes to matching up the colors and using chemical droplets. Take your water sample and quickly drip one, dry strip into the water. Hold it still in the air for about 15 seconds (do not shake off the excess water). Then match up the colors of the strip to the back of the bottle to get your readings. There are all different kinds of test strips you can buy that check for all sorts of things, but you really only need to check for pH, alkalinity and free chlorine. Use test strips at least once a week. And bring a sample to Monnick Supply in Marlborough or Framingham once a month to have it professionally checked – also when opening and closing your pool. Using a Liquid Test Kit There are very advanced liquid test kits, but for home use, just stick with pH and chlorine or phenol red and OTO. Phenol red is a red chemical you add to a small sample of water to check the pH. The redder the water, the higher the pH. OTO is the chemical that tests for total chlorine. It’s a yellow liquid you add to your sample. The more yellow, the more chlorine. With a liquid test kit, it’s hard to see the low end of the colors. Make sure you use a white background to examine the colors to be accurate. Happy Swimming! For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough or Framingham. swimuniversity.com

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Summer is almost here and some folks around Marlborough and Framingham are begging to think about opening the pool for the season. It’s important to learn how to test pool water, and do it at least once a week to make sure the pH and alkalinity are balanced, and to keep your sanitizer level in check (i.e. chlorine at 3 ppm). 

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When it comes to gas grills you can find a lot more manufacturers, a lot of models, and a lot of confusion. Companies like Broil-King, Char-Broil, and Weber all have a wide range of models to offer. There are also a lot of store brand grills starting around $400, many of which you will want to avoid. These grills offer a lot of features, some are made in North America while many are made in China and you typically find warranties good for 5 to 10 years. Stick with a name brand grill and not a store brand. Support is better and you are more like to be able to get replacement parts down the road. What to Look for in a Gas Grill In this price range, stay away from any gas grill that has a lot of stainless steel. Stainless steel used on these gas grills is almost always low grade, 430 stainless. This kind of stainless steel holds a magnet so that's one way you can easily test for it. This type of metal is prone to discoloring, staining, and rusting. This means that these grills look great on the showroom floor but have trouble retaining their appearance. Look for porcelain coated steel grills. You are going to find that these grills are much larger than the less expensive units. Don't be tempted to buy the biggest grill if you don't need that much space. Look at gas grills with a primary cooking space of 300 to 350 square inches and a BTU rating around 28,000 to 36,000. While some of these grills have as many as 5 burners to heat spaces over 400 square inches the smaller grills only need 3 burners. Most of these grills have side burners and if that is something you will use (which most people don't) get it. Otherwise, there is no need to pay for it. If you do a lot of rotisserie cooking (or plan to) the rear mounted rotisserie burners are nice but the ceramic type burners tend to break easily so rotisserie burners that are a standard gas port burner are better. Don't buy more, either in size or in features, than you need. When shopping for a gas grill don't be afraid to dig down inside to see how it is put together. It is a good idea to remove the cooking grates on the showroom floor and take a look at the burners. The burners in almost all grills in this price range are stainless steel, tubular burners. This is when a magnet will really come in handy. If the magnet sticks to the burners they are low-grade stainless steel. Avoid these grills. If a burner is going to last more than a few seasons it should be heavy duty, 304 stainless steel. If the burner feels lightweight don't buy the grill. Gas Grills in this price range should offer you high, even heating and most of the name brand grills do. You should also get some good versatility out of one of these grills. While you will find that some shortcuts have been taken with some of the grills in this price range you should expect at least 5 years good service out of a grill that costs between $250 and $500. That lifespan can easily be increased to 10 years with care and the occasional replacement part. Since most grills come with warranties and since the brand name manufacturers offer good warranties and tend to actually honor them it is important that you register your grill and are prepared to take advantage of failed parts. Good customer support is something you should expect in this price range and if the maker of your grill doesn't offer it, you don't want their grill. For more information on the best gas grill for you, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA. To see demonstration on gas grills, come to our Grill Demo Day on April 22, from 10am to 2pm. The Spruce
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