H. D. Hudson Manufacturing Company Celebrates 110 Years

Arett Outlook March 2016

The fact that the H. D. Hudson Manufacturing Company can trace its roots back to 1905 is an impressive achievement by any measure. For over a century, the enduring legacy of H.D. Hudson has been a family-owned company with an established worldwide reputation for quality and service.

Creating the broadest range of high quality spraying products for nearly a century.

At the turn of the century American farmers found themselves in need of new types of equipment to feed and house livestock. Hudson® responded with sprayers, dusters, and water systems in their 1917 catalog.

As time passed, the demand for sprayers among the nation’s homeowners increased. New and innovative uses for sprayers emerged in areas that Hudson® is still a leader in today including: rust prevention, degreasing, curing cement, cleaning and disinfecting, and mildew proofing. For home, lawn, and garden, customers rely on Hudson® sprayers to protect against insects, weeds, and plant diseases. The company also makes life easier with sprayers for wood deck maintenance, removing wallpaper, mildew control, and many other applications.

Concrete contractors, janitorial, and sanitation maintenance workers, as well as pest control operators turn to Hudson® Professional Division sprayers and accessories. Hudson® has long been the choice for professional grade compression sprayers, hand sprayers, hose, guns, drum pump sprayers, and Bak-Pak® sprayers. Today Hudson® is recognized as the “Sign Of The Best Buy” in the sprayer category.


For decades Hudson® has been the global leader in product innovation. Through a disciplined approach to product intelligence, user trends forecasting, and research and development, Hudson® operates a global product development organization that delivers patented innovative features that are unique to Hudson® and preferred by users around the world. Over the years Hudson® has pioneered advances in sprayer features and technology, amassing numerous sprayer patents.

Worldwide reputation for trouble-free performance.

Hudson® sprayers offer best in class craftsmanship. All sprayers are quality tested and assured with rigorous testing and every production run is audited with functionality tests before shipment. The Hudson® team calls this process their 6-Step Quality Assurance Pledge. Everything from design and engineering performance to freight tests that ensure damage-free transport of goods are performed to ensure high quality Hudson® products reach the customer.

How You Spray Does Make a Difference™

Hudson’s advertising team has been an authority in the industry since the early 1900’s and creates some of the most innovative package designs that are crafted to sell. Year after year Hudson® demonstrates its superior level of merchandising skill by consistently winning awards and garnering national acclaim for innovative packaging. Placing emphasis on visuals of key product features to communicate effectively is the hallmark of the Hudson® brand.

Saving Lives For Over 80 Years.

The experience Hudson® has gained producing the best sprayers for agriculture and professional applications simply means the company has more knowledge about how to build better performing sprayers than anyone in the industry.

Hudson® has used this knowledge to become the leader in worldwide efforts to improve community health through Disease Vector Control initiatives for over 80 years. As an advocate for public health programs that remove the threat to human life, Hudson® designs sprayers engineered and built to meet precise and standardized application procedures. The Hudson® X-Pert® brand sprayer is used in residual pesticide applications for control of Malaria, Chagas Disease, Dengue Fever, and Yellow Fever – saving lives around the world.

The World Standard of Value.

Hudson® knows and understands the demands and needs of sprayer users in various markets such as lawn and garden, industrial, agriculture, pest control, turf care, and public health. Hudson® assimilates this knowledge to bring its customers the broadest range of high quality spraying products under assorted price points that meet or exceed the needs of its domestic and international partners. Coupled with integrated technology, supply chain strategies and unparalleled global customer service, Hudson® delivers the best overall product along with value added services and programming.

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Jack’s Launches Two New Must-Have Products

Arett Outlook March 2016

Home gardeners measure success through senses and emotions, happy when their plants are growing well and problem-free. They enjoy looking at gardens full of colorful blooms. They love cooking delicious meals of freshly picked vegetables. They feel great when a neighbor compliments them on their plants. The easier to grow, the more problem-free the plant, the more vivid the colors, the tastier the flavors, or the more aromatic the fragrance, the happier your customers will be. Jack’s Classic formulations are designed to make plants easier to grow, and simply grow better.

Loyal customers are the key to a successful garden retail business. The simplest way to ensure loyalty is to help them grow plants successfully. The folks at Jack’s have developed two new products to help your customers achieve great gardens. Jack’s Exact Mix Sprayer is made for applying Jack’s Classic to large areas, and the Jack’s Classic Tomato FeED enhanced with Calcium and Magnesium.

The Jack’s Exact Mix Sprayer was designed for plant and garden lovers and is made specifically for the application of Jack’s Classic Water Soluble fertilizers. You can use all of the Jack’s Classic Formulas in the sprayer except the Hydrangea Blue and Classicote with Crystal Green. Jack’s Classic Water Soluble fertilizers are completely soluble, which allows them to be applied accurately using the 3 EXACT settings on the sprayer. Full Strength is used for flower and vegetable gardens, hanging baskets, containers, and bedding plants at a 1 tablespoon per gallon rate of application (every 7-14 days). Half Strength is used for perennials and low feeding annuals, like new guinea impatiens at a 1/2 tablespoon per gallon rate. Quarter strength is for feeding plants everyday (Constant Feed).

Jack’s Exact Mix Sprayer is easy to use and comfortable to hold while you spray and feed. Fill the sprayer with 6 ounces or 12 tablespoons of Jack’s Classic, add water to the fill line (36 ounces), attach the sprayer to the bottle, and choose your setting.

Jack’s Classic Tomato FeED 12-15-30 is formulated for vigorous plant growth from roots to green foliage, abundant flowering, and fruit set for all tomato varieties, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, and zucchini. Tomato FeED contains a micronutrient package and magnesium for improved feeding results under diverse soil and growing conditions. It also includes calcium, an effective nutrient to help prevent blossom end rot. This new formulation can be used in place of Jack’s Classic All Purpose 20-20-20 and can be used in conjunction with Jack’s Blossom Booster. It is recommended to feed at the 1 tablespoon per gallon rate every 10-14 days.

JR Peters, INC is a custom toll manufacturer, designer, formulator and producer of fertilizer products for the horticulture, specialty agriculture, and retail markets. Started in 1947 by Bob Peters, his Horticultural Services Co. tested soil for greenhouse growers and made recommendations on how to produce the best crops. Today, under the leadership of Bob’s son, Jack Peters, JR PETERS, INC is advancing the tradition of Peter’s family quality products and services.

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To Rid Your Garden of Weeds, Focus on the Seeds

Arett Outlook March 2016

Every garden is filled with them: millions of unseen weeds. They are dormant seeds that lurk just below the soil surface, ready to spring to life with just the briefest exposure to light. Weeds can choke a garden, robbing it of space, nutrients, and water. Allowing weeds to mature compounds the problem, as they are naturally prolific seed producers. They grow aggressively and can be tough to get rid of, because pulling weeds brings more weed seeds to the surface.

The good news is that seeds can also be key to winning the war on garden weeds.

To break the weeding cycle, the experts at Preen suggest a strategic approach that stops weeds before they start, by preventing their seeds from germinating in the first place.

“If weeds don’t grow, you don’t have to pull them,” says Preen’s Maryanne Bayoumy. “For gardeners, a simple annual weed prevention routine can free up a lot of time.”

Start with a clean slate

Early spring is the ideal time to launch a weed prevention program, Bayoumy says. “But it’s never too late, or too early, to start. Different types of weeds germinate at different times throughout the growing season: spring, summer and fall.”

First, remove existing weeds to start with a clean slate. The old garden proverb that “one year’s seeds yield seven years’ weeds” is based on the ability of many mature weeds to produce tens of thousands of seeds – per plant, per season.

There are weed killers, but even dead weeds need to be removed if you don’t want unsightly brown patches in the garden. So you may find it cheaper and easier to simply remove existing weeds by hand.

Ironically, even the act of weeding can encourage new weeds to grow.

“Pulling weeds disturbs soil, exposing them to light and starting their growth cycle,” says Bayoumy. “The ability of weeds to thrive in disturbed environments — like gardens — is one of their most important survival skills.”

Mulch is the first line of defense

A three-inch layer of mulch helps block light that weed seeds need to grow, and it also helps retain moisture, keeps soil and plant roots cooler, adds organic matter and a nice tidy look to the garden. Popular mulches include shredded wood bark, cocoa hulls, and pine straw.

Stop weeds before they start

Mulch deals with weed seeds in the soil, but the mulch itself may contain seeds. For a “one-two punch” against sprouting seeds in the top layer of soil and mulch, apply Preen Weed Preventer on top of mulch. Once watered in to activate, the product bonds with soil particles, creating an invisible weed-control barrier that prevents weed seeds from forming roots for up to three to four months. After its effective period, Preen biodegrades and, because it bonds to the soil, it does not leach into groundwater.

The campaign continues

Sometimes unseen weeds will have already sprouted before you lay down mulch and weed preventer. As you see them, pull them out. Remember that weed seeds already in the soil are only part of the problem. Other weed seeds continue to arrive in the garden, day after day, borne on the wind or by birds and animals. Preen will stop most from sprouting, but a watchful eye and periodic spot action can help you stay ahead of any weedy interlopers.

As different weeds’ seeds germinate throughout the growing season, it’s good to refresh mulch and weed preventer as needed in mid-summer or early fall to keep the prevention barrier at full force. Next spring, restart your weed prevention routine. Following an annual anti-weed routine can result in considerably fewer weeds over time. And time is what it’s all about: no weeds means no time wasted weeding!

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Michigan Peat Products come from a company-owned bog located in the thumb of Michigan.

Arett Outlook March 2016

Michigan Peat harvests, packages, double wraps, and caps all pallets they ship. In short, they control the entire process until the finished product is unloaded by their customer; be it on a direct shipment from them or out of the Arett warehouse.

All BACCTO products start with Naturally Natural Organic Peat. This brings an unparalleled consistency to all Michigan Peat products regardless of when they are ordered and delivered. Top quality products are assured time and time again.

Consistency is important not only if you are ordering grower products; but also in your retail operation as well. You don’t want your customers upset with you and your company due to poor or inconsistent product. Michigan Peat’s goal is to keep your customers happy so they keep coming back to your store time and time again – year after year.

Just as important is the fact that BACCTO PRODUCTS ARE NOT SOLD TO MASS MERCHANT or BIG BOX STORES. All this translates into profitability for you. No looking over your shoulder at the current prices in Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Wal-Mart when you sell BACCTO.

BACCTO growing media features a natural water-holding capacity, so there is no need for added chemicals to insure that the soil stays moist for optimum plant growth and development.

  1. BACCTO products are supported with co-op advertising. These funds may be utilized in a variety of ways:
    1. Direct mail e-blasts
    2. Direct mail postcards
    3. Conventional newspaper ads
    4. Radio and television
    5. Ask if you have special needs
  2. Baccto.com features a dealer locator so your customers can find you quickly – and there is no charge to be listed.
  3. Store support, including features banners, pallet stands, and product inserts, are available to dealers – again, there is no charge for these items.
  4. Key BACCTO products are featured in direct mail consumer rebates. Increase your profits and sales at the same time.
  5. BACCTO products offer eye-catching packaging to stop the consumer.
  6. BACCTO offers a complete line of OMRI-listed products to meet your customer’s demands in the every growing organic category.
  7. BACCTO offers employee training; both in product knowledge and more importantly “how to” sell more products.
  8. BACCTO BUCKS for COLLEGE is a $1,000 scholarship available to all BACCTO customers and their employees (also their families).


  • The Cow – Compost and Manure – An OMRI-listed product that allows for top dressing gardens and lawns. You can plant directly into the no-odor product without fear of burning the plants.
  • VEGGIE Mix – An OMRI-listed product that is rich in nitrogen due to the addition of turkey litter. Veggies grow and develop best in a nitrogen rich soil. Top dress gardens or plant directly into the odor free product.
  • BACCTO LITE – The ideal lightweight soil for both indoor and outdoor planting. The natural water-holding capacity makes the soil ideal for hanging plants. The “lighter weight” product allows for easier handling.


Sun Gro Potting Mixes – What’s in the Mix?

Arett Outlook March 2016

Sun Gro retail products are made with the highest quality ingredients in the same facilities that produce their professional grower mixes. Their many brands cover every gardening need – from general gardening to container-specific planting to specialty plants and plant foods. Whether your customer is a weekend gardener or a master gardener, he or she will all find products to suit their plants, projects, and lifestyle.

A growing mix supports the plant and holds water and nutrients for its growth. The following is a brief overview of various ingredients found in Sun Gro’s mixes.

Sphagnum Peat Moss is the non-living, fibrous material formed when Sphagnum moss decomposes. While peat moss is brown, like garden soil, it has a different texture and weight; it’s light and spongy and crumbles into small clumps. It is nature’s best all-purpose soil conditioner because of its remarkable ability to manage water efficiently and hold nutrients that may otherwise leach out. That is why Sun Gro adds Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss to all of their key potting mixes.

Bark increases air capacity. Its unique particle size and shape allows air to circulate through the soil, providing oxygen to the roots.

Perlite is crushed volcanic rock that is expanded or “popped” in a furnace. Perlite particles are roundish and white. This natural additive is used to aerate the media and aid in water retention.

Coconut Coir is a by-product of the coconut fiber industry. Coir is the “dust” produced during processing. It adds bulk and texture to mixes and can hold up to 9 times its weight in water.

Compost is organic material (such as bark, peanut or rice hulls) that has been processed and decomposed. Compost is used primarily to provide natural and stabilized organic matter to a growing mix. Compost has excellent water-holding ability and a particle size that helps with oxygen exchange.

Earthworm Castings provide a rich, natural fertilizer. Castings are the end-product of the decomposition of organic materials by earthworms. Earthworm castings are nutrient rich and biologically active, and enhance the ability of soil to retain water.

RESiLIENCE® – Silicon (Si) is a beneficial plant nutrient that when added to a growing medium can result in more vigorous plants. RESiLIENCE is Sun Gro’s brand name for patented growing mixes enriched with silicon. RESiLIENCE mixes enhance plant quality, resulting in thicker/stronger stems, compact growth, increased root mass, and extended resistance to wilt.

Controlled Release Fertilizer is added to select potting and container mixes and soil amendments to provide a modest amount of fertilizer for several months. The fertilizer is “coated” so the fertilizer releases over time.

Mycorrhizae is a group of fungi which form a mutually beneficial relationship with many plants. It grows inside a plant’s roots or on its surface. The fungi benefits from the plant’s nutrients and in turn send their hyphae (similar to small roots) into the surrounding soil to absorb nutrients and water. Sun Gro utilizes a proprietary 7-species blend which provides greater mycorrhizal establishment in a wider variety of plants.

Wetting Agents make potting mixes wet up evenly. This ensures good water distribution throughout the root zone throughout the growth of the plant. This is critical for mixes which contain components that naturally repel water, such as peat moss.

Organic products are ingredients that are carbon based, were once alive, and do not contain synthetic chemicals. Examples include peat moss, bark, organic fertilizers, and organic wetting agents

Natural Products are other components such as perlite, vermiculite, gypsum, limestone, and RESiLIENCE silicon. “Natural” means they are not carbon based but are obtained from natural deposits and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals. Vermiculite and perlite, for example, are ground up, screened, and expanded.

The major role of a growing mix is to support the plant, while holding water and nutrients for the plant to use during growth. Sun Gro is the largest supplier of professional growing media in North America. They also are the leading manufacturer of Canadian Sphagnum peat in North America.

They combine the best quality components to ensure their growing media creates outstanding results every time.

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Vintage Hummingbird Feeders Attract Hummingbirds with Style

Arett Outlook March 2016

Perky-Pet® Vintage Glass Hummingbird Feeders Bring Back an Era of Elegance to Dress Up Backyards

Hummingbirds are some of the most fascinating and alluring creatures on the planet. Only found throughout North and South America, these tiny animals are some of the smallest birds on record. Their ability to fly in any direction at speeds up to 30 miles per hour makes them captivating to watch. It’s no wonder millions of people want to attract hummingbirds to their yards.

Because hummingbirds are so small, they expend a great deal of energy each day just by flying from place to place. It’s important for them to restore the energy they burn by eating protein-packed insects and drinking sugary nectar. Hummingbirds get nectar from two sources: nectar-producing flowers and nectar-containing hummingbird feeders.

Hummingbird feeders have come a long way since they were first produced in the 1950’s. Today you can find all kinds of hummingbird feeders from beautiful, decoratively designed feeders, to top-of-the-line feeders loaded with added features. Now, you can have the best of both worlds with the all new Perky-Pet® Vintage Hummingbird Feeder line!

You will love how these vintage inspired hummingbird feeders will look hanging in your backyard. With features like antique hobnail embossing, traditional vase style shapes, and bold color choices reminiscent of high-end glassware from the early 1900’s, these hummingbird feeders are anything but ordinary. Each glass nectar reservoir is complemented by a decorative metal hanger and a delicate brushed nickel or copper finished base to complete the antique look.

Not only are these vintage hummingbird feeders stylish, they’re also loaded with quality features that make your life easier when filling and cleaning. It’s recommended to thoroughly clean your hummingbird feeders at least a few days a week, and Perky-Pet® realizes this can sometimes be a challenging task. That’s why they added a convenient wide mouth opening to the entire vintage line. Never again will you struggle to reach every crack and crevice when scrubbing your hummingbird feeders! Filling is super simple too with the roomy opening; now you can pour your sugar solution into the nectar reservoir with ease.

If your hummingbird feeder collection is filled to the brim with red feeders, why not try adding something new, like the Perky-Pet® Sapphire Starburst Vintage Hummingbird Feeder? The unique sapphire blue color is sure to stand out from the crowd and make a statement! While red is a popular choice for hummingbird feeders, hummingbirds are actually attracted to many colors. When on the hunt for a tasty meal, hummingbirds look for bright colored flowers that signify they are nectar-rich and ready to drink. These flowers include colors like pink, blue, purple, orange, yellow, and even white. Once hummingbirds realize there is nectar for the taking, they will never forget your always abundant nectar supply, and return time and time again, no matter the color of your feeder.

If you get multiple hummingbirds coming to your yard, it may be best to hang more than one hummingbird feeder. Hanging two or more feeders close together will discourage territorial behavior amongst hummingbirds. With having multiple ports to defend, a territorial hummingbird will realize he or she can’t possibly chase away contending hummingbirds from all ports, thus typically allowing others to dine with them in peace.

Feeding hummingbirds can provide many hours of enjoyment and entertainment to hummingbird admirers, while also providing much needed nutrition to fast-moving hummingbirds. Why not do it in style with a Perky-Pet® Vintage Hummingbird Feeder! With so many designs, shapes and colors to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect hummingbird feeder for you and your tiny feathered friends.

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