Fertilizer – Getting the MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

At Red Hen Turf Farm, we carry Spyker Spreaders, which are designed to outperform and built to outlast the competition.

At Red Hen Turf Farm, we carry Spyker Spreaders, which are designed to outperform and built to outlast the competition.

Over the years, it seems there is a trend from the very large fertilizer companies to push spring as the time to fertilize.

Spring is a great time to get out and start working on the yard. But is it really the best time to fertilize? 

If you only wanted to fertilize one time then September is the best.

The second best time is November.

What is the third best time? Well that would be spring.

When nitrogen is applied in the fall it will promote good root development. Most of the benefits will be seen next spring.  For instance, you can see earlier green-up, thicker lawn and better tolerance toward some diseases.

What does a thicker lawn bring you? Fewer weeds!

Until next time,

Jeremy and the Red Hen Turf Farm Crew



Straight from Red Hen’s FAQ Vault … Nutsedge, and Moles, and Grass Seeding, oh my!


As many of you know, we encourage our customers (and potential customers) to ask questions about our sod, seed, fertilizer, mulch, top soil, and other products.

We are also happy to get a wide variety of questions dealing with lawn concerns – both with sodded yards, and non-sodded yards – including weeds, possible diseases, areas that seem to be dying out, pet-related issues, on so on.

Below, we are sharing 2 actual emails that our Turf Operations Manager, Jeremy, has responded to this year, along with 1 more common question that we hear:

Email #1 – What is this plant that keeps growing in my sod?



Jeremy, [I] keep getting the grass coming up in the sod. It seems to grow much faster than the rest of the grass … I keep pulling little shoots like this sporadically throughout the lawn. I didn’t know if it was part of your grass or … crabgrass or something else.

It is Yellow nutsedge. Remember nutsege is not a broadleaf weed or a grass. Yellow nutsedge is most problematic in turf that is mown too short and has poorly drained soils. They are difficult to control with nonchemical control. I would recommend SedgeHammer+ [which Red Hen DOES carry].

Yellow Nutsedge. Image Source: Purdue Extension’s Turf Tips – June 2014. (Click on the Image for more INFO and PICS of Yellow Nutsedge)

Email #2 – What are these soft spots in my yard?

Jeremy -Hope that things are going well and you are staying busy.The mulch continues to look good.I have a question for you: I believe that I have moles. A good portion of my front yard has soft spots and above ground there is tunnel like dirt/grass. I do not think it is grubs.Any thoughts on what I should do?

Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

I would buy some Tom Cat Mole Killer. You should be able to find this at a garden center [or even Amazon.com]. Please go to our website and read more about moles, or check out the applicable Google Search Results for “purdue lawn moles” which ensures the results are REGIONAL and BASED ON SCIENCE – HERE’S A LINK TO THOSE RESULTS

Another FAQ –  Is it a Good Time to Seed My Yard?


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We get this question year round, and many people are surprised to learn that there are certain times of the year that are MUCH BETTER to plant grass seed than others.

We’re officially into mid-August, and NOW is the best time of the year to plant grass seed – typically any time between August 15 and September 15.

When you are out of that window you can have problems like we had last year. Remember the snow we had last November? So I recommend you get on this as soon as you can.

We you purchase seed, make sure you know what you want even before you go to a store. Some things to consider:

  • Does your yard get full sun or partial shade?
  • Do you want to fertilizer a couple of times or 4 times a year?
  • Do you what just green or deep green color?

Generally, the more expensive the seed the better the quality is going to be. If you stay away from ads in newspapers and fancy containers, you will be a wise shopper.

If there is ever a main point I would like to pass on and hope a wise consumer would remember is this:  When it comes to lawn care for the Michiana area, just because a product sits on a shelf does not mean it is good for your yard.

As always, let us know if you have any questions – 574-232-6811 is the Number to Call.

Jeremy Cooper
Red Hen Turf Farm, Turf Operations Manager




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We officially broke ground for our NEW SHOP on August 14, 2013, and almost 1 year later to the day, we are VERY PLEASED to announce that as of today – August 11, 2014 – our NEW SHOP / OFFICE is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Red Hen’s New Shop is located on the same property as our “Old Shop” at 29435 Darden Rd., New Carlisle, Indiana… We’re just 2 buildings west in the same parking lot.