Answers To Frequently Asked Questions From Customers

How much area will a 50 lb. bag of Tall Fescue seed cover?

If seeding bare ground, 1 bag will cover approximately 7,000 ft2 with a seeding rate of 300 lbs. per acre, or 7 lbs. per 1000 ft2. If overseeding, 1 bag will cover 12,500-17,000 ft2 with a seeding rate of 3-4 lbs. per 1000 ft2.

What fertilizer should I use for seeding?

We suggest using a starter fertilizer with a good dose of phosphorus (the middle number on a fertilizer analysis) which promotes root growth, such as 14-24-4 or 18-24-12. Use 21-22-4 with Mesotrione if you need to kill some weeds while you’re at it!

What do the numbers on the fertilizer bag mean?

The numbers in a fertilizer analysis are in this order: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. It’s easy to remember them as “Up, Down, and All Around.” The first number, nitrogen, promotes plant growth above the soil (up). This helps make your grass green and grow fast. The second number, phosphorus, promotes root growth (down). The third number, potassium, is for many different aspects of plant health and growth. Just like we need vitamins and minerals to be healthy, potassium provides your lawn with overall plant health (all around).

What should I use to kill broadleaf weeds?

The most economical option would be Triplet SF (2.5 gal. jugs). This will take out most weeds but does not control tough weeds, like clover, as well as newer chemistries. To take out all broadleaf weeds, ask us about 4-Speed XT (offered in smaller containers for those who don’t need much) or Escalade 2 (2.5 gal. jugs), which is slightly more economical per application than 4-Speed XT if container size isn’t as important. We also have many other options to fit your needs!

I have some Japanese Stiltgrass in my lawn. What can I use for that?

Acclaim Extra. The application rate varies based off of the growth stage of the grass, so as always, consult the label to determine a rate.

What do I use to kill crabgrass in my lawn?

Quinclorac 75DF. A 1 lb. container covers 1 acre.

What should I use for nutsedge?

Do you carry products that take out several types of weeds at the same time?

We have lots of options based on your budget and weeds to be controlled. If you have broadleaf weeds and sedges we suggest products that include both broadleaf weed control ingredients and sulfentrazone, such as Triad TZ or Triad SFZ. If you have broadleaf weeds and crabgrass, we suggest products combining broadleaf weed control ingredients and quinclorac, such as Quincept or Triad QC. If you have sedges and crabgrass, use a product containing quinclorac & sulfentrazone, like Solitare. For lawns with all weed types (broadleaf weeds, sedges, and crabgrass) we offer Q4 Plus, or can provide you with options to make a tank mix yourself.

Should I put down seed in the Spring?

If you missed the fall seeding window, you can seed in the spring. If done early after the ground has thawed, spring seeding can still give results. Make sure you put down a starter fertilizer at the same time (14-24-4, 18-24-12, or Seed Aide Cover Grow mulching granules at a heavy rate). Water in the morning hours.

I am not close to Fulton or Gaithersburg. What are my options for getting product?

For smaller orders (a bag or so), we offer UPS shipping to your home. If buying larger/pallet quanitites, we will deliver by truck to your company. Visit our distributor tab to see retailers that carry and sell Newsom Seed near you.

What is Turface & how do I use it on my field?

Turface is a calcined clay, which absorbs and releases moisture. It is used on skinned areas of infield to both dry up excessive moisture and to keep an acceptable level of moisture in the field. It helps to mitigate swings in moisture levels. In the grass and soil, it can improve drainage and CEC (cation exchange capacity) to better utilize nutrients.

How often and when should I water my lawn?

Deeper, infrequent watering is best. Always water in the early morning hours, preferably before 9:00 am. Never water during the day as you will lose up to 85% of moisture to evaporation. If possible, avoid watering in the evening as this can favor disease development as excess moisture sits on leaf blades overnight.

What are the mowing recommendations for a primarily tall fescue lawn?

When mowing, follow the rule of “one-third” and never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade surface at a time. Avoid mowing when turf is under heat or drought stress, and always return your clippings. In spring and fall, keep tall fescue at a minimum height of 3.5 inches with a weekly cutting schedule. In summer, raise the cut height to 4-4.5 inches and switch to a biweekly mowing schedule.

Do mushrooms do anything to my lawn, and how do I stop them?

There is no type of pesticide application or treatment for mushrooms. Mushrooms cause no harm, and are mainly a nuisance. Mushrooms are fruiting bodies of organic material decomposition in the soil. During periods of heavy rain, mushroom numbers increase, typically in spring and fall. Knocking off mushrooms with a mower will remove them from the lawn.

What causes turfgrass disease/fungus in the lawn?

Development of turfgrass disease is driven by three factors: a disease causer (pathogen), a susceptible plant, and a favorable environment (weather conditions). Different turfgrass diseases can occur throughout the year on lawns. The most common ones include Red Thread, Brown Patch, Dollar Spot, and Gray Leaf Spot. Turfgrass desease can be treated on a preventative treatment schedule or as a curative application with labeled fungicides.

Do I need to test my soil? What are the benefits?

You are not required by law to test your soil, unless you want to apply a fertilizer containing Phosphorus under the Maryland Fertilizer Law. It is still a great idea, as the benefits of performing testing will help identify soil pH levels and nutrient needs to optimize soil and plant health. Soil tests can also provide a look into the biology and chemistry of the soil environment, and the desirable plants you are trying to maintain. Generally speaking, healthy soil equates to healthy plants.

Do you sell retail to homeowners, or are you just a wholesaler?

We sell retail as well. Call or stop by a location to pick up all things lawn care.

I am trying to learn & do my lawn care myself. Where do I start?

We put together a turf program that gives you suggested application timings & the products to use.

How much will the shipping be to get a product UPS shipped to me?

Please give us a call and provide us with the product(s) you would like shipped and your shipping zip code to be given a shipping rate.

What are your delivery charges on Newsom trucks for companies?

The charge is $25 for orders over $1000, and $100 for orders under $1000.

I bought too much product. Do you accept returns?

We will accept unopened bags of product for return, but there is a 20% restocking fee.

Can I buy online?

We do not offer online purchasing at this time.

How do I place an order?

Give us a call, provide us with your order, and specifiy shipping/delivery or pick-up from a store. If shipping/delivery, we will take payment over the phone. If picking up, you may pay ahead or pay at pick-up in store. It’s really that simple!

I am a billed account at Newsom Seed. How do I pay my bill?

Please either give us a call with payment info & the invoice number(s) to be paid, or send a check to the address on your invoice/statement.

Do you do custom seed mixing?

We do! Please note that we have a 500 lb. minimum for any custom mix orders.

How does Newsom seed differ from seed I buy at retail stores?

Our seed is uncoated, so a 50 lb. bag of seed is just that: 50 lbs. of seed. If seed is coated, that material adds weight to the bag making a “50 lb. bag” contain closer to 20-30 lbs. of actual seed.

I am trying to find your Fulton location. Where is it?

You will enter a farm driveway (for Sho Nuff Turkeys) and follow it straight back until you see our building with “Newsom Seed” across the front.

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