A pest infestation is one of the most disheartening issues a gardener can experience as they tend to their garden or greenhouse. After spending countless hours perfecting the beauty found in one’s home garden or greenhouse, the last thing a gardener wants is a pest infestation that puts the trees, plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables, or shrubs they have worked so hard cultivating at risk. Unfortunately, plants grown outdoors as well as indoors are prone to infestations at any time of the year and gardeners should be ready at all times to battle unwanted attacks from pests.

A gardener can take many different approaches when it comes to dealing with pest infestations. Most gardeners choose to spray their plants, flowers, food crops, and shrubs with an insecticide. Insecticides are substances designed specifically to deter, destroy, or disable pest insects. Insecticides can either be synthetic (poisonous) or natural (non-poisonous) and found in liquid or granular form. As gardeners are becoming more environmentally conscious, more and more gardeners are choosing a natural approach to pest control. Fortunately there are natural options for combatting pest infestations that actually work and will leave any garden or greenhouse pest free. One of those products that actually works is ORGANOCIDE® 3-in-1 Garden Spray, manufactured by Organic Laboratories, Inc.

ORGANOCIDE® 3-in-1 Garden Spray is an OMRI-listed insecticide, fungicide and miticide. It kills the eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults of over 25 small soft-bodied insects and mites (including aphids, whitelflies, fungus gnats, etc.) and certain fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew. ORGANOCIDE® 3-in-1 Garden Spray is the ONLY organic 3-in-1 Garden Spray that has been proven in laboratory tests to not harm bees. In addition, ORGANOCIDE® 3-in-1 Garden Spray does not have any warnings for use around water and aquatic wildlife.

ORGANOCIDE® 3-in-1 Garden Spray is available in a quart concentrate (makes up to 10 gallons), 72 oz. and 24 oz. RTU, and a 32 oz. hose end concentrate.

Here is a recap of some of the benefits of ORGANOCIDE® 3-in-1 Garden Spray:

  • The dense oils suffocate insects by contact, so insects can’t develop a resistance.
  • Leaves a micro-film on the plant, which repels egg-laying females.
  • Will not harm beneficial insects such as bees, lady bugs, or butterflies.
  • Can be sprayed and harvested the same day.
  • Use in organic gardening on vegetables, fruits, nuts, vine crops, herbs, ornamentals, greenhouse crops, turfgrass, landscape plants, bulbs, flowers, and field crops.
  • People, planet and pet friendly!

Organic Laboratories, Inc. is one of the country’s leading developers, producers, and marketers of organic and earth-friendly pesticides and fertilizers. Organic Laboratories has been in business for over 20 years and their products are as diverse as the markets (home gardeners, indoor gardening, and agricultural) they serve. Organic Laboratories was founded by an agronomist and all of the products they manufacture are developed and tested by their current Vice President of research, who recently earned his PhD in Agronomy from the University of Florida.

Organic Laboratories prides itself in providing cutting-edge and solutions-oriented products that are tried and true; products that are essential for creating long-lasting vitality, abundant yield and overall healthy plant life.

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Animal Repellents

Arett Outlook April 2016

Are You Capitalizing on this Growth Category?

Bonide Products offers the most complete and extensive product line of animal repellents on the market today. The extensive lineup ranges from deer repellents to mole and vole repellents to snake repellents. All of the Bonide repellents contain all-natural ingredients, which is noted on the front label with the “tan” shoulder, and are included in their Garden Naturals Collection of products. Repellents work through either taste, smell, or as an irritant. The Bonide line of repellents feature anywhere from one to all three of these repellents.

Deer have proven, over the years, to be one of the most challenging animals to keep out of flower beds and vegetable gardens and from chewing on desirable trees and shrubs. Most repellents require frequent applications to the foliage, or around the garden, to even remotely have any success. Knowing the time and effort involved in preventing deer damage to plants, Bonide has introduced Go-Away Scent-inals®. This all-natural product protects new and existing growth from deer browsing for up to one full year without the need to re-apply to new growth. Each plastic Scent-inal® diffuser is filled with the liquid Scent-inal® activator and is attached to the plant with the provided twist-ties. One filling of the Scent-inal® diffuser will last for 3 months. Each kit contains enough activator to charge the Scent-inal® diffuser 4 times, which will give 12 months of control. No mixing, no spraying, no harm to plants. It doesn’t get any easier than using Bonide’s NEW Go-Away Scent-inals® for effective deer control.

Some animal repellents are only labeled to repel one or two animal pests. Bonide’s Repels-All® Animal Repellent is an all-natural product that repels over 15 different animal pests, including deer, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, skunks, and many more. Repels-All® is available in both liquid and granular formulations. This unique and effective formula repels animals using all three repellent characteristics: taste, scent and irritation. Both formulations will repel animal pests for up to two months. Repels-All® can be used on or around ornamental plantings and is labeled for use around vegetable gardens as a perimeter treatment to keep animals out.

Moles, voles, and armadillos have a way of destroying our lawns and gardens. MoleMax® Mole & Vole Repellent is Bonide’s signature product for controlling these burrowing animals. The all-natural castor oil product is highly effective at safely repelling moles, voles, armadillos, and other burrowing animals from lawns and gardens. One application last for 3 months and MoleMax® can be applied 3 times per year. It is recommended to irrigate the granular product after application to allow the castor oil to come off of the carrier for better results.

One does not need to be an avid gardener to run into snakes. The sight of a snake slithering through a yard will create shivers in most people. Bonide offers the most effective snake repellent on the market today. The all-natural Snake Stopper® Snake Repellent effectively repels snakes, by scent and irritation, from lawns, gardens, sheds, campsites, woodpiles, patios, and decks for up to two weeks. Snake Stopper® is safe for use where children and pets play.

In 2016 Bonide Products is launching a new TV advertisement campaign to be featured on the national DIY Network television program. This unique program not only sells products, it builds brands and spotlights categories. Repels-All®, MoleMax® and Snake Stopper® repellents will be part of this campaign, which runs from April through the month of June. Featured spots will run during primetime on Friday through Sunday and reach over 30 million households.

Bonide’s DIY Network TV campaign will compliment their highly successful Garden Show, Home Improvement radio shows, and magazine print advertising campaigns. All of these advertising campaigns feature Bonide repellent products and will drive consumers to your store looking for these top-quality animal repellents. Make sure you have the most complete selection of animal repellents on the market today, from Bonide, to maximize your sales.

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One Product to Reduce Watering, Promote Rooting, & Boost Microbiology

Arett Outlook April 2016

One Product to Reduce Watering, Promote Rooting, & Boost Microbiology

Too good to be true or the next best thing since sliced bread!? Here’s why NutriRoot™ is the next best thing.

What is NutriRoot?

NutriRoot 2-2-3 Liquid Soil Applied Fertilizer is a unique blend of nutrients, seaweed extract, humic acid, surfactants, and humectants designed to accelerate root development and to reduce water stress in new plantings, mature trees, shrubs, and lawns.

The NutriRoot Difference

Unlike most products currently available on the market that are purely nutrient based or standalone water managers, NutriRoot combines these and more into one easy, effective treatment. It enables soil to extract water from the air into the root zone, reducing watering while supporting microbiology and stimulating root growth, resulting in successful plantings even in stressed conditions.

For water management, NutriRoot is not a wetting agent, which affects the surface tension of water, or a water absorbing polymer, which can disturb the soil surface. NutriRoot uses patented, food-grade, soil-specific humectants. These humectants will attract water vapor from the atmosphere and condense it to liquid form, making it root available. Using NutriRoot is an easy way to reduce overall water usage by helping plants more efficiently use the water they receive.

NutriRoot includes a non-ionic surfactant to help move the product to the root zone, while increasing percolation during watering events. Humic substances and kelp are known as bio-stimulants, which promote root growth and enrich soil when broken down by soil microbes. Lastly, NutriRoot contains both macro and micro nutrients, such as nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, and zinc. A U.S.D.A.-certified biobased product, NutriRoot uses 86% renewable carbon content, an impressive 15% above the minimum requirement. This label assures consumers that the product contains a verified amount of renewable biological ingredients.

Using NutriRoot

NutriRoot can be a tool that both you and your customers can use to reduce water stress and transplant shock. Apply directly to the soil in containerized plants or spray the base of balled/burlapped plants to ensure your watering is more efficient. Drench soil with NutriRoot before and after transplanting to help with root establishment. Existing landscape applications can be made before bud break, monthly during the growing season (particularly during hot, dry months), and after leaves have dropped in the fall. Treatments in northern areas before the ground temperatures drop below 40 degrees F help to decrease plant stress during winter. The basic dilution is 1.25-1.5 fl. oz. NutriRoot in 1 gallon of water. Use higher rates for newly transplanted trees or trees with root loss. Use lower rates for routine maintenance and to alleviate drought stress.

NutriRoot can be used in conjunction with standard fertilization programs and may increase their efficacy. Applying with amendments, like biochar and compost, can help increase the soil’s water holding capacity.

Reduce Watering, Reduce Plant Loss, Increase Profits!

NutriRoot makes watering more efficient, reduces plant stress, and increases water storage in landscaped and containerized plants. Worry less about your customer’s success while maintaining profit. Offer NutriRoot as an add-on sale to reduce returns or as a solution to protecting treasured trees and plants. With the new NutriRoot display you can provide a variety of sizes without taking up valuable floor space. Available in 8 fl. oz., 32 fl. oz., 1 gallon, and 32 fl. oz. hose end sprayer concentrates. 32 fl. oz. makes up to 25 gallons, treating up to 25 small trees.

About Arborjet, Inc:

Founded in 1999, Arborjet has developed the leading tree injection equipment and formulations to protect trees while supporting the landscape industry. After years of research, Arborjet is pleased to also bring effective and sustainable solutions to the home gardener.

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DRAMM Celebrating 75 Years of Design and Manufacturing of Quality Watering Tools

Arett Outlook March 2016

Dramm Corporation has been a leader in watering tools and accessories for 75 years. Imagine it all started with a man named John G. Dramm and his invention that revolutionized the way greenhouses; nurseries and gardeners water their plants.

In 1941, John G. Dramm produced cut flowers for his florist shop in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Johnny, as everyone knew him, always had a passion and a gift for invention. In order to water greenhouse crops quickly, Johnny saw the need for a nozzle to apply very large quantities of water in a soft stream. Thus, he designed the 400 Water Breaker, which applied water with no damage to plants. This nozzle is the standard of commercial growers worldwide.

The company developed from a “basement operation” to a 70,000 sq. ft. facility, employing over 50 people.

News quickly spread about this innovative watering tool and requests for the new nozzle were received. Johnny continued to work in his floral shop during the day and constructed the 400 Water Breaker® orders at night. As the business began expanding, tragedy struck. John G. Dramm passed away suddenly in 1951 at age 47. He was survived by his wife, Perdita, and two sons ages 12 and 18.

His family had no Social Security benefits and now struggled to keep the business going. Subcontracting the parts and assembly, Perdita packed the orders, attended to all of the paperwork and, using her lunch hours while she worked as a school librarian, drove to the post office and mailed out the shipments. Taking no salary from the Dramm Company, Perdita used the modest profits to put her two sons through college.

After the two boys went to college they continued the tradition of contributing to the growth of the family business. By the late 1950s and into the early 1960s, John Peter, the older son, started working out of his own basement. He eventually rented a small factory and gave it the name Dramm Manufacturing Company. Like his father, he had a natural interest and talent for invention. He evolved into a self-taught engineer, designing specialized equipment for Dramm products.

In 1967, younger brother Kurt William, the born salesman of the family, purchased The Dramm Company from his mother, Perdita. Although there were two companies, being a close family, they operated as one entity. In 1978, at an early age of 45, John P. Dramm passed away and the two companies became one under the name Dramm Corporation.

While the original products were designed for the professionals working in greenhouses and nurseries, requests from the public were building. The avid home gardener wanted to use the same watering tools the “pros” were using. And the “pros” were all using Dramm.

The company continued to grow in the retail industry by expanding into a full line of Rain Wands, sprinklers, and watering tools accessories. In the 1990’s, Dramm Corporation revolutionized watering tools by introducing color into the full line of Rain Wands, sprinklers, and watering tools with six rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and berry. Now gardeners could choose a color to fit each individual’s personality and it would not get lost in the lawn. Since then, competitors have often copied but have never matched the complete style, color, and quality of Dramm’s products.

In July of 2013, Kurt and Marlene Dramm announced the completed ownership transfer to the their son Hans Dramm and daughter Heidi Dramm Becker. Hans Dramm is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Heidi Dramm Becker is Executive Vice President and appears in many of Dramm’s TV commercials and lifestyle photos.

Family involvement has been an integral part of the growth and success of the company and is still a vital ingredient today. Hans Dramm’s daughter and Heidi Dramm Becker’s children also appear in TV commercials and lifestyle photos. Kurt Becker, son-in-law, is the Executive Vice President and the Director or Commercial Sales and Marketing. Kurt Dramm is still active with the company as the Chairman Emeritus.

Today, Dramm continues to provide quality, durable, and professional watering tools, accessories, and natural fertilizers to nurseries, greenhouses, and avid gardeners nationwide. Dramm strives to produce products that save time and energy while providing quality products that will last a lifetime.

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The Next Generation of Neem is Water Soluble

The use of the Neem tree for its oil, bark, leaf, flower, and fruit in India extends for over 4,000 years. It has been used for skin and dental care, insect repellents, fertilizer, and more. Neem oil insecticides have been a staple on independent garden shelves for many years now and are widely known to the eco-conscious gardener. Arborjet has created the next generation of Neem by isolating out its most active compound, Azadirachtin, and concentrating it into a water soluble powder, AzaSol™.

Neem is a tree native to India, Azadirachta indica. Its active ingredient, Azadirachtin, is a proven natural anti-feedant, growth regulator, anti-ovipositor, and insect repellent. Neem products work by intervening at several stages of the insect’s life and are especially effective during the larval stages of development, effecting nearly 300 insect species. Commonly sold, Neem oil is created by pressing the seeds or an extraction method which can limit the amount of available active ingredient.

The AzaSol Difference:

AzaSol is developed using a patented process to derive Azadirachtin in its purest form from the best quality Neem seeds in India. The end result is a completely water soluble, exceptionally potent 6% Azadirachtin powder. OMRI Listed for organic use, AzaSol can be applied indoors or outdoors and food crops may be harvested the same day as treatment. AzaSol can be used on a variety of plants from fruit trees to delicate annuals for controlling aphids, whiteflies, leaf miners, mealybugs, fungus gnats, caterpillars, beetles, and more.

The benefits of AzaSol’s unique water solubility help make it easy to use and increase efficacy. Translaminar and systemic, AzaSol can be absorbed through both the leaf tissue and roots, so the entire plant is protected, not just at point of contact. Once absorbed, the product can last longer in the plant versus degrading in the outside environment. With no oily residue on the leaves, AzaSol will not block stomata or burn. Additionally, AzaSol doesn’t need to be continually agitated, will not clog equipment, does not need to be a warmed up, and has no strong smell.

AzaSol Tips for Use:

It is important to let your customers know that AzaSol is not a quick knockdown insecticide. To help users see instant results, AzaSol can be mixed or applied before another insecticide such as Eco-Mite Plus®, a contact miticide/insecticide made from botanical extracts and oils. Eco-Mite Plus also contains a surfactant which helps spread AzaSol across the leaf surface.

AzaSol can be sprayed and/or drenched. For best results, recommend re-applications at 7 to 10 day intervals to protect new plant growth and control new generations of insects missed from the last spray. Timing applications during insect development will also help ensure more effective treatments. After spraying, users can pour remaining liquid at the base of plant because the mixed solution should be used within 48 hours. If drenching for systemic activity, recommend waiting until soil is a little dry and plants are slightly thirsty to ensure that the product is taken up immediately by the roots.

Customers can mix a low rate of 1/4 tsp. per quart for prevention and routine maintenance. Recommend the high rate of 1 tsp. per quart for existing infestations. AzaSol is available in multiple sizes. The new 0.25-ounce size comes with a 1/4 tsp. scoop and can make 7 – 28 quarts of solution. It is packed in a case of 6 and includes a tabletop POP display. For additional savings and product variety, AzaSol is also available in the Botanical Control Display.

About Arborjet, Inc:

Founded in 1999, Arborjet has developed the leading tree injection equipment and formulations to protect trees while supporting the landscape industry.

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