Green Grass; Don't like weeds

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 2 Fertilizer

Do you take care of your own lawn?  If so, do you know when it’s time to put down your Step 2 Fertilizer?  We’ve outlined some details and tips for you to read.

Disclaimer: Some of the links below are referral links, which means that if you make a purchase, there is no extra cost, but Running A Household will receive a commission.

Benefits of Step 2 Fertilizer

Step 2 fertilizer is part of a 4 step fertilizing program that homeowners can do on their own.  Step 2 offers a weed killer plus fertilizer for your grass.

When to Put Down Step 2 Fertilizer

According to the manufacturer, you can apply Step 2 in late spring, April – June.  Be sure to wait at least 30 days since you applied your Step 1 fertilizer.  In New England, we typically apply Step 2 around Memorial Day.

Your grass should be wet, or at least damp from the morning dew.  If not, you’ll want to wet your lawn and then apply the fertilizer.  Step 2 needs to stick to your broadleaf weeds, like dandelions.

What if I put step 2 fertilizer down on dry grass?

If you put your step 2 fertilizer down on when the grass was dry, then you may not kill the broadleaf weeds, like dandelions or clover.  However, the fertilizer will still work, and your grass will receive nutrients to stay green and thick.

Make sure no wind or rain is in the forecast .  Step 2 needs time to work on those weeds, so do not water your lawn for 24 hours.

Lastly, keep an eye on the temperature.  It should be between 60 and 90 degrees.

We found the Scotts broadcast spreader easy to use for this project.  Just set the spreader to the settings listed on the bag of fertilizer.

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader

Can you use step 2 fertilizer for new lawns?

Don’t use this product if you just seeded your lawn.  You’ll need to mow new grass at least 4 times before it’s safe to use this fertilizer.   Instead, use a fertilizer like this one, designed for new lawns: Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Food – Starter Food for New Grass Plus Weed Preventer

Can you plant grass seed after applying step 2 fertilizer?

According to the manufacturer, if you already applied step 2 fertilizer, wait 4 weeks before planting grass seed.

Resources

This product was meant to be used on general grass.  There are certain types of grass that this fertilizer should not be used on.

  1. For more details from the manufacturer, see:  Scotts Step 2
  2. You may also want to read the full label of the bag: Scotts Step 2 Instructions on Bag

Mark your calendars.  We typically put down Step 3 fertilizer around July 4th.

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Be sure to read these additional articles on our website:

Silver Maple Trees: It’s a Love-Hate Relationship

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 1 Fertilizer

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer

 

15 Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

Are you trying to figure out what to buy for Mother’s Day?  Look no further.  We’re here to help with a simple strategy and 15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma.

How to Select a Mother’s Day Gift

Set a budget.  At least have a price range in mind.  Do you want to spend:

under $10
$10-$25
$25-$50
$50-$100
Over $100

Think about what mom likes to do:

What are her hobbies?
Does she have any favorite snacks?
Where does she like to shop or dine out?
Is there something that could make mom’s life easier?

Now you’re ready to scan through our list of ideas.

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How to Select a Mother's Day Gift: 15 Mothers Day Gift Ideas

15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #1: Chocolate

Lindt Chocolate Swiss Luxury Selection

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #2: Vera Bradley: purse, eyeglass case, or tote – available in various patterns

Vera Bradley Little Crossbody

Vera Bradley Double Eye Case


Vera Bradley Tote

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #3: Flowers

Bouquet from local florist.  This flower arrangement is a simple mix of peach roses, yellow daisies, lavender spider mums and radiant orchid carnations.  The purple and white gingham check bow adds a lovely touch to this bouquet.

15 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

Hanging basket:

  • Wave petunias,
  • Martha Washington Geranium, or
  • Begonias

They are all great choices.

Perennial that mom can plant in the flower bed and enjoy year after year.

  • Phlox
  • Japanese Iris
  • Roses

Trees or bushes

  • Lilac bush
  • Weeping Cherry Tree
  • Magnolia Tree

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #4: Electronics

 Fire HD Tablet with Alexa, 8″ HD Display, 16 GB

 Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

Samsung Chromebook Laptop

  • Cell phone
  • Ipad
  • Ipod

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #5: Jewelry

You can’t go wrong with an aqua blue box from Tiffany’s.

  • Silver charm necklace
  • Bracelet

Or something from your local jeweler

  • Ring with birthstones of children
  • Necklace with pendant
  • Earrings

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #6: Gift Card

Amazon.com Gift Card in a Black Gift Box

  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Clothing store
  • ITunes

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #7: Pictures

  • Family portrait for your mom
  • Take a few candid pictures of your kids.  Put them in a frame for your wife.

Hobby Items: What does you mom, grandmother, or wife like to do in her spare time?

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #8: Gardening Supplies

Garden Tote and 6 Hand Tools

Garden Scooter

Solar-Powered LED Garden Lights

  • Tools (gloves, shovel, trowel, cart to sit on)
  • Statue
  • Seeds or plants

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #9: Genealogy / Family History

  • Subscription to Ancestry.com
  • Subscription to Newsbank.com
  • Book to write down family history
  • Subscription to Family Tree Magazine

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #10: Photography

  • Software program to organize pictures
  • Camera
  • Camcorder

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #11: Reading

  • Gift card to Barnes and Noble
  • Newest book written by her favorite author
  • Popular books

Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #12: Scrapbooking

  • Album to keep finished pages
  • Supplies: paper, pens, stickers
  • Special tools: Cricut Paper Cutter

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #13: Sports / Outdoor Activities

Running, boating, swimming, camping, tennis, golf, beach bum

  • New gear or equipment: tennis racquet, clubs, balls
  • Kayak
  • Clothing / sneakers
  • Beach bag with new towel, flip flops and sunscreen

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #14: Non-Commercialized Ideas

  • Breakfast in bed
  • Hand-made card
  • Drawing from children
  • Homemade cookies or cake

Mother’s Day Gift Idea #15: Still need more Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma?  Check out the Mother’s Day Gift Shop

Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

Printable Household Checklist for May

The month of May is a busy time around the house.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for May.  We’ve also included checklists, printables and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month.  So let’s get started.

Household Items to Handle in May

Maintenance

  • Spring cleaning (Use Separate Spring Cleaning Checklists)
  • Put away winter clothes; bring out summer clothes (if applicable)

Outdoors

  • Plant a vegetable and flower garden
  • Plant flowers in containers

Do-It-Yourself or Schedule

  • Open the pool
  • Apply grub preventer to lawn
  • Apply new mulch to landscaped areas of yard
  • Assess and trim hazardous trees

Money

  • Plan summer vacation
  • Shopping: Spring and summer clothes for family

Meal Planning

  • Host or attend Mother’s Day event
  • Plan upcoming events such a Memorial Day cookout and Father’s Day
  • Plan birthday parties in June

 

Details on May Projects

Here are some specific details on our May projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

15 Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

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How to drain water from a pool cover

Tips on How to Drain Water from a Pool Cover

Helicopters from Silver Maple

Silver Maple Trees: It’s a Love-Hate Relationship

Leaf Rake

How to Remove Leaves from Pool Cover

Pool Cleaning Checklist - Running a Household

Pool Cleaning Checklist

Pool Supply Checklist

Pool Chemical Checklist

Yellow and orange tulips

Spring Cleaning Checklists

Hand Me Down Clothes 2

How to Organize “Hand Me Down” Clothes

Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes 3

Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes

Grill

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Flag

Planning Your Memorial Day Cookout

Printable Household Checklist for May

Printable Household Checklist for May

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for May:

Household Checklist for May

By scheduling time to handle these items in May, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

Household Checklist for April

There’s plenty to do around the house in April.  Check out our printable Household Checklist for April.  We’ve also included checklists, printables and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month.  So let’s get started.

Household Items to Handle in April

Spring is here, and there are things to do both inside and outside of your home.

Maintenance
  • Schedule days and times to complete Spring cleaning (Use Separate Spring Cleaning Checklists)
  • Drop off donations from Spring Cleaning (clothes, toys, kitchen items)
  • Decorate house for Spring
Outdoors
  • Take out patio furniture
  • Take out garden hoses; turn outside water on
  • Bring out grilling supplies: firewood, utensils etc.
  • Inspect and repair window screens
  • Drain pool cover (if excess water from winter)
Do-It-Yourself or Schedule
  • Step 1 Fertilizer for Lawn
  • Spring clean-up for yard (pick up branches, thatch, rake, first mow)
Money
  • File Federal and State Income Taxes
  • Shopping: Spring sporting goods (little league)
  • Shopping: Spring and summer clothes for family
Meal Planning
  • Host or attend Easter / Passover / holiday gathering
  • Plan Mother’s Day
  • Plan birthday parties in May

 

Details on April Projects

Here are some specific details on our April projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

Maintenance:

Daffodils outside

Spring Cleaning Checklists

Outdoors:

How to drain water from a pool cover

Tips on How to Drain Water from a Pool Cover

Leaf RakeHow to Remove Leaves from Pool Cover

Helicopters from Silver Maple

Silver Maple Trees: It’s a Love-Hate Relationship

Forcythia

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 1 Fertilizer

Preen

Don’t like weeds? Act now to prevent weeds from growing

Orange Pansies in Black Container

Can pansies survive snow? What you need to know

Money:

Tax Folders

When to file your taxes

Donation Tracker - Cash and Checks

How to Keep Track of Your Charitable Contributions

printable Little League Shopping Checklist

Printable Little League Shopping Checklist

Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes

Shopping Checklist for Summer Clothes

Meals and Event Planning:

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Birthday Party Checklist

Seven Steps to Planning a Birthday Party

Time Management:

Weekday schedule in half hour increments

Tool Box: Time Management Schedule

Printable Household Checklist for April

Household Checklist for April

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for April:

Household Checklist for April

By scheduling time to handle these items in April, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

 

 

snowfall on pansies

Can pansies survive snow? What you need to know

Did you ever plant pansies, only to find out a snowstorm is on the way?  We’re here to tell you what happened when we planted our pansies, and then a surprise snowstorm occurred overnight.  Can you guess the outcome?

Planting pansies early

Pansies are known for their hardiness. People usually plant them in early spring, knowing that they can survive colder temperatures.  Here are the pansies we planted.  Aren’t these orange pansies beautiful?

Orange Pansies in Black Container

 

We also planted yellow ones in a pretty planter stand that was crafted out of wood.

Yellow pansies

 

And then it snowed

On April 19th, we awoke to an unexpected snow-covered yard. It was so beautiful, until sheer panic set in when I realized my pansies were outside. Some of them were under a covered porch, while others were in containers unprotected from the elements. And then there were the ones that I planted directly in the window boxes of our shed. My heart sank.

Orange pansies covered in snow

According to the news reports, the rain changed over to sleet around midnight. It was followed by about an inch of snow. So when I looked at the pansies around 7:00 a.m. they were covered in snow. I hustled to lug the containers into the house, hoping that they weren’t outside too long. Within an hour, the snow melted, and after another hour things were looking optimistic.

Yellow pansies after snow

By the end of the day, I knew the yellow and orange pansies would be fine.  As for the pansies out in the window boxes, I wasn’t able to bring those indoors. I thought about covering the plants with a plastic bag or pillow case, but instead I just let Mother Nature take her course. What was the result? They were fine! We were so thrilled that all of the pansies survived.

Lessons learned

Pansies can survive cold temperatures slightly under 32 degrees. They can even survive a light sleet and snow storm.  In fact, the ice may have acted as an insulation to protect the flowers.

Going forward, we plan to keep an eye on the daily forecast, so that we can take necessary precautions. Anything is possible here in New England.  So if a larger snowstorm is headed your way, be sure to bring your pansies indoors.

Happy gardening! 🙂