Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy your grass seed mix and other products?

On the “Dealer Locator” page on our website, you can select the product you are looking for and the city. It will tell you the closest garden center to you that carries the grass seed mix. Thanks for your interest, and thank you for writing in.

Does your Richlawn Turf Food get old or expire?

Richlawn Turf Food does not expire or lose its effectiveness as long as it remains dry and granulated. It is important to store it where it does not get moisture or it will cake up and render it unusable in the fertilizer spreader.

Hi. I have two small dogs, and I am trying to find a fertilizer that will green my lawn and present no danger to my dogs. How long would I have to wait before letting my dogs walk on the grass after fertilizing it?

Any of the Richlawn products can be used on your lawn and are safe for pets to be on the grass right after application. Follow the label directions and water the turf fertilizer in and once it’s dry, the dogs can romp about. Unlike some fertilizers that contain herbicides or fungicides, Richlawn is organic-based and does not contain harmful attributes

I'm interested in doing my own fertilization this year. Overwhelmed with how to proceed. Will you assist me which of your products should be used when? Also, do you recommend a drop or broadcast spreader?

I would recommend our Pro-Rich Turf Food. It has a higher nitrogen content which is ideal to get the lawn off to a healthy start. We have a fertilizer reminder that we send out over the season as the time comes for the next application. You can sign up for it on our website. As to the spreader, the type whether it is a drop or broadcast doesn’t really matter. It’s just a matter of personal preference.

I recently moved to the Denver area from Michigan. I have always been a Scott's fertilizer, but some of my neighbors told me I should switch to your Richlawn Pro-Rich. Why should I do that?

Because our soils are very different than other parts of the U.S., more alkaline and lacking in organic matter, fertilizers can make a difference in how plants respond. National brands are okay, but lack some of the micronutrients that are needed in our regional soil conditions. Richlawn fertilizers are formulated for the Rocky Mountain Region, plus they are organic-based and overall will help improve the structure of our alkaline, clay soils.

I am planning to apply Richlawn Turf Food, but possible snow and colder temperatures are expected. Is it safe to apply your product under these conditions?

It is perfectly safe and ideal to apply Richlawn organic-based lawn fertilizer prior to moisture. Cold temperatures will not inhibit the effect of the fertilizer. If you can, core-aerate the lawn prior to fertilizing so the nutrients will filter down into the soil and increase assimilation.

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Specifically, what are the ingredients that are in EKO compost? Manure, straw, wood??? Does it have some kind of stamp of approval by the composting council of US? Thank you.

EKO Compost consists of poultry manure that is OMRI certified organic, and pulverized virgin wood.

Thanks for your note.

I planted EZgreen grass seed in my front yard. I had to reseed half of it. I broke up the dirt and used a grass seed spreader and then covered the seed with a thin layer of peat moss. I planted the seed on May 24th and have been watering it morning and night and i have no new grass growing. Any advise on what i could do different or how I can get this grass to grow in my front yard? I live in Falcon Colorado. Thank you!

Thanks for your question. This is always difficult to answer because there are so many variables that affect the timing of germination. Typically, you should start seeing new grass in about 10 days which is where we are right now. I'm not sure if any of these are a possibility, but here are a few things that could affect it:

If you covered the seed with more an a sixteenth of an inch of peat moss that could slow it down
If you are under or overwatering the seed that could also affect it and slow down germination
Using an herbicide to kill weeds prior to seeding is harmful to the seed

I would say to give it a few more days and hopefully you will start to see it.

 

Is Second Harvest Mulch safe for a vegetable garden?

Thanks for your question. Second Harvest mulch is perfectly safe to use in any landscape area, including a vegetable garden.

Hello, I have a new customer that has a very large yard with chicken. What is a natural organic fertilizer that you would recommend me to use in their lawn

Thanks for your question. I would recommend our OMRI certified organic 5-3-2. It is a 40lb bag and is sold at Home Depot and Lowe's. It is 100% poultry manure.

Your FAQ's are great! New Q: a mature bush in a bed bordering the lawn that gets fertilized by the HOA has yellow-ish new growth this year. Definitely not the rich green as past years. We've cleared the base to amend with compost to which we mixed a tad of coffee grounds, but wondering how to best restore the lush dark green color. Is spraying leaves with ferrous sulphate helpful? Iron-rich looks like a possibility; how should it be applied? how many applications & how soon to know if it's working? A chloric ginella (sp?) maple tree was removed from the lawn 6 years ago - 6 feet away! Coincidence? would hate to loose this beautiful bush! TK U !!

Thanks for you note and your kind words. Generally speaking yellowish leaves on an otherwise healthy plant is usually too much water, or lack of iron. We have had a fair amount of rain recently, so that is a possibility. If you feel it is, take a wooden or metal stake and poke some holes around the base of the plant to help aerate it.
If the veins of the leaves look darker than the rest of the leaf it is chlorosis, which would be my suspicion because you mentioned there had been a maple there. Iron-Rich would be a good fix for that. Just get a couple of handfuls and spread it evenly around the base of the plant and then water it in about once a month from now through the end of August.
If you would like to take a couple of pictures of the leaves and email them to me, I could give you more definitive information.
My email is jwilson@organixsupply.com

I hope this helps.

I have done a soil test the last 2-years via the MySoil brand test kits. My Nitrogen is low; Phosphorus very high and Potassium is okay. All other nutrients such as Iron, Magnesium, Sulfur, Boron, Iron are at or near optimum range. My lawn looks poor. My assessment is not enough water nor have I aerated in a few years. I power raked about 5-years ago and bag clippings as I was told they do not break down at eleveation- I am about 5800'. My lawn is bluegrass/fescue mix. I feel like I am doing the right things, but getting no results for the effort I am putting in. Any ideas on what I could do differently?

Thanks for your note. Soil tests are good, but the results can be misleading. Your soil structure could contain all of the proper elements necessary for healthy plant growth, but they get held up in the clay soil we have and never reach the root of grass or other plants where they can be used.
You didn't mention what fertilizer you were using or if you had applied any this spring. I would recommend you use our Richlawn Turf Food 4-5 times throughout the growing season at 7–8-week intervals. Aerating is also one of the best things you can do to improve and maintain the health of your lawn.
I would never recommend power raking a lawn in Colorado under any circumstances because of the damage that is done to the crown of the plant. And, as we move out of more moisture and into more of a hot weather pattern, regular deep watering will become more important. Colorado lawns need about an inch per week which equates roughly to 20-25 minutes twice a week.

I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, please let me know.

Hello, Home Depot in Boulder did not have the Pro Rich Winterizer available last fall-are there retailers in the Boulder area that do stock it? Thanks

Thanks for your question. Pro-Rich is sold at garden centers and ACE Hardware stores. Mcguckin Hardware will have it as well as The Flower Bin, and Budget Home Center in Longmont.

 

Is Nature’s Yield Organic Compost similar to EKO Organic Compost? Please provide a comparison between the two products.

Thanks for your question. The difference between the two products is Nature's Yield Compost also contains peat moss.

Hello, Do you spread Iron-Rich with the same frequency as Pro-Rich? If yes, do you also use a spreader? Do you only spread Iron-Rich if your grass is yellow?

Thanks for your question. Iron-Rich is a supplement that is intended to be used in between regular ferilizations. I would recommend it be used from June to August when the lawn is stressed from the summer heat. It keeps the lawn green without forcing a lot of growth, which means using more water, and also more mowing.
You would use a spreader at 50% of maximum opening.

 

 

What should we do if our dog ate some of the Grow Rich Rose food?

Ingesting fertilizer whether it's ours or any other should be avoided. All of the ingredients in our products are natural and organic, so the dog may vomit, but I have never heard of any other complications from eating a small amount. If you have any concerns I would recommend you contact a veterinarian who could give you more professional advice.

Thanks for your note.

 

 

With high temps coming later in the week, do you advise against using Pro-Rich Fertilizer until a day or two of cooler temps? I'm following the eight week schedule.

Thanks for your note. Temperature is not really a factor with Pro-Rich. It is non-burning due to its organic and natural components. I would stay with your schedule. Just water as normal after the application.

Where can I find your fertilizer in or near arvada

Our fertilizers are available at: Home Depot, Lowe's,  Echter's garden center, Malara Gardens all in Arvada.

 

Hi - I'm located in Denver, CO and was wondering which fertilizer you recommend for use now to get my lawn ready for the summer. I was also wondering if you had any tips on how to limit urine damage to my lawn from my dogs. Thank you!

Thanks for your note. Our Richlawn Turf Food is an ideal fertilizer for the entire season from spring and in to fall. We have a winterizer product that is good to use for the last treatment of the year, which should be done in mid-late October.

As far as good damage goes, Revive makes a product that is specific to that issue. It is called Revive Dog Spot Treatment and is available at Home Depot and Lowe's stores.

How can I order your rose products zip 44024

Thanks for your note. Unfortunately, our products are only available in Colorado. We just don't have enough raw material to expand beyond that. Hopefully at some point in the near future, we will.

Where can I get Turf Food - live in Tulsa Oklahoma. HELP

Thanks for your note. We don't have any retailers in Oklahoma right now. We don't have enough of the raw material to expand out of our primary sales area which is Colorado. Hopefully, in the near future we will be in your area.

Hi, where can we recycle those plastic bags (seeds, top soil, etc)? Thank you

I would recommend that you ask your nearest garden center if there is a facility that they use for plastic recycling. One of the larger centers like Echter's, Nick's O'Toole's or Tagawa Gardens would probably have some information that would help.

Thanks for your note.

I have areas of my lawn that are uneven I would like to level them out. The underlying soil is clay. What do you recommend? Thanks!

Thanks for your note. We have a product called Earth Essentials Top Soil that would work well for your situation. Apply it at about a half-inch depth to the low areas. Allow the grass to grow up beyond it and then re-apply as necessary repeating the process until your lawn is level.

 

I have an established planting area with knockout roses and boxwoods. The original landscaper, just dug a single hole and amended the hole and planted each plant. The plants are surviving, but not thriving. Soil is clay primarily. Advice?

Assuming that the plants have been in their locations for at least a season or two, a good fertilization about once a month and regular watering should be all they need. We have a product that is called Richlawn Organic 100 and it is available at Home Depot and Lowe's stores. It come in a 40lb bag, and it is a great organic fertilizer for any type of plant in your landscape including your lawn. It is OMRI certified organic. If
If they are experiencing an issue with drainage due to the clay soil, use a bamboo stake around the plants to help aerate and improve drainage. Poor drainage is very common in our clay soils.

Thanks for your note. I hope this helps.

 

How long does my pets and children need to stay off the lawn after fertilizing before it is safe

Our fertilizers are safe for kids and pets, but it should be watered in and let dry before much foot traffic. More so that it doesn't get tracked in to the house than for their safety.

Thanks for your note.

Is hog fuel/clay buster ok as mulch for garden path.

Hog fuel can be a little rough to walk on depending on how it was processed, but it certainly can be used in a garden path. Clay Buster is a soil amendment and is better used for that purpose rather than a pathway mulch.

I hope this helps. Thank you for your note.

Does Richlawn make a weed and feed fertilizer?

No, we don't use chemicals of any kind in our products. We recommend using a spot treatment to spray the weeds, and then use our fertilizers to thicken the grass. That will prevent most weeds from coming up in the future.

Thanks for your note.

I've been using Scotts Turf Builder products for years (including Turf Builder + Halts in April) but am interested in trying Richlawn. What should be my annual schedule?

Thanks for your note. I would recommend following the holidays for an easy way to fertilizer.
Easter
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Halloween
If you need to during the season, use a liquid herbicide that allows you to target the weeds so you're not applying herbicide to the entire lawn. Regular applications of our fertilizer will thicken your turf and expand the root system to choke out many weeds in the future.

I hope this helps!!

 

I made a mistake, and put down the Richlawn Winterizer, instead of the Turf Food. I'm scared I screwed up bad. Will my lawn survive?

You can use any of our fertilizers at any time of the season without and concern for damage.

Thanks for your note.

Why cant i get 5-2-3 fert in California anymore used to buy it all the time?

I am not familiar with a 5-2-3 analysis fertilizer.  Would you happen to remember the brand name?

What do you recommend for dog urine spots?

There is a product made by Revive for that specific problem. It is called Dog Spot Treatment and it is available at Home Depot and Lowe's.

Thanks for your note.

I have about 800 ft.² new sod lawn. I use the handheld rotary spreader and normally have it set at four. I did this last fall and lost my entire lawn to burn. I see on your website 1 pound per thousand square feet. What would that setting be on my handheld rotary spreader?

I also use a hand-held spreader for my small lawn. I have always set it on 4. Burning of the grass is not an issue with our products because of their organic components. The 1lb per 1,000 sf you referred to is the amount of nitrogen our fertilizers provide the grass.

Thanks for your note.

How much PRO-RICH TURF FOOD in 1,000 square feet of lawn?

You would use 8lbs per 1,000 square feet,  which is equal to about 20% of the bag.

I have used your grow rich garden fertilizer 510 five for a long time. I can’t seem to find it near me. I used to get it at Ace Hardware The Big Toolbox

There is good inventory of Gro-Rich Garden Fertilizer at Tagawa Gardens in Centennial and Nick's Garden Center in Aurora in your area.

Thanks for your note.

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