Modern Technology for Reducing Drought Stress and Water Use

As extreme temperatures, droughts, and weather have become more common over the last few years, there has been increased consumer and business interest in being more aware of the way we grow plants and manage landscapes. There are a variety of commonly available solutions that you may already be utilizing and recommending to your customers. These include planting drought-resistant and native species, mulching, and using efficient watering methods. Out of this interest to modernize, biochar and humectants are 2 components that have made their way into the marketplace and are now available in ARBORChar® Summer Stress and NutriRoot®. These products offer unique combinations of multiple ingredients which help hold water, build soil, and improve plant growth and an appearance even during difficult conditions.

Biochar is created by burning organic matter without oxygen in a process called pyrolysis which produces a highly porous, negatively charged carbon material which helps soil to store and exchange nutrients. Think of biochar as a bit of a multitasker. Regarding reducing water use, biochar’s porosity allows it to hold up to 10 times its weight in water. This helps make it a great addition to sandy soils because it helps reduce leaching of water and fertilizers. Likewise, it’s a great addition to clay soils because it reduces compaction while providing a carbon source for microbiology. And then, like charcoal it can also act as a filter and buffer. Biochar that has been enhanced with nutrients and/or organic material will add value to the soil and improve plant growth.

Humectants are substances often used in foods and lotions to help retain moisture. These substances are called hygroscopic, meaning they can attract ambient water. Humectants added to the soil will attract water vapor from the atmosphere within the soil and condense it back to a liquid form. They will then retain the liquid for the plant to absorb.

Here is an example of the humectant process turning the crystals into water.

Using humectants is an easy way to reduce overall water use by helping plants more efficiently use the water they receive whether, through rainfall, humidity, irrigation or hand watering. As well as preventing water loss through evaporation by condensing the vapor back into a liquid form.

Now, add biochar to the mix, and you’ve got some serious water holding capacity!

ARBORChar Summer Stress 0-0-9 is a fertilizer, water manager, and biochar blend. Perfect to apply in hot summer conditions, it contains humectants as well as Iron, Magnesium, and Potassium to promote greening. It’s available in 1 and 4 lbs. and covers up to 400 sq. ft.

NutriRoot 2-2-3 Liquid Soil Applied Fertilizer is a unique blend of essential minerals, seaweed extract, humic acid, surfactants, and humectants supplying a single product to reduce watering, accelerate root growth, and improve transplant success. NutriRoot is available in 8 and 32 fl. oz. measure & pour, 32 fl. oz. hose-end sprayer, and 1 gallon concentrates.

Both tools are great for drought stress regions, transplants, or just overall reduction in the labor of watering. They can be used on all plants indoors and out. Be sure to stock NutriRoot and ARBORChar Summer Stress this June. Your customers will appreciate the time they save and love the way their garden looks!

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Get Growing with Dalen Products’ Stackable Garden

Everyone’s heard that vertical stripes make a dress flattering. The same is true for your garden! Take advantage of unused space by growing up instead of out to condense more plants into a smaller growing area. You can maximize your garden space even further by also trying container gardening. Dalen Products produces an item especially suited for both these trends: the Stackable Garden.

Examples and Benefits

Vertical gardening can refer to several different methods: huge scale like the urban indoor farms sprouting up in Japan and major American metropolises; lush indoor and outdoor wall gardens; stacking planters, and shady trellises.

Growing plants vertically is nothing new: climbing plants have entwined themselves around trees to reach the sun for millennia. Trellises have exploited this tendency in grapevines and other climbing crops since before the Romans. The ancient Babylonians and Mayans grew plants on terrace steps centuries ago. Wherever and however it’s implemented, vertical gardening can save space, increase yields, and add to an area’s beauty.

Container gardening is a gardening trend that dovetails nicely with vertical gardening. It too has a venerable history. Potted plants, from flowers to fruit trees to vegetables, were grown in medieval gardens for both utility and decoration. But never has container gardening been more suited to our living conditions than now. Growing plants, whether ornamental or edible, in a variety of containers is an excellent way for those with limited growing space to make the most of it.

Through container gardening, gardeners also have greater freedom to customize plants’ location, soil types, and fertilizers. It also saves time from weeding and having to till and amend the soil before planting. It lets gardeners grow plants too tropical for their zone, adds texture and interest to landscaping, and turns porches, patios, and balconies into productive growing spaces. While both container and vertical gardening have a lot to offer aesthetically, at bottom they’re all about efficiency in the garden.

How Best to Start Container and Vertical Gardening?

Putting a small area of your garden space to work with Dalen Products’ Stackable Garden is an innovative way to engage in both vertical and container gardening. The Stackable Garden allows gardeners to save on two of the greatest resources in short supply, especially in an urban setting: space and time. Growing plants in the Stackable Garden’s tiers quadruples growing space while cutting down on weeding and watering time.

Why Use One of Dalen’s Stackable Gardens?

10 features that make the Stackable Garden a great choice:

  • Easy to water: just water the top planter and it will spread to the lower ones; no need to water each “pocket” individually.
  • Saves space: fit a lot of plants into small or awkward spaces (like a patio corner, courtyard, balcony, porch, or front stoop).
  • Versatile: plant edibles and ornamentals; different tiers can hold plants with different soil or nutrient requirements.
  • Healthier plants: plants in containers tend to have fewer diseases and pest problems.
  • No weeding: the small pockets keep out weed seeds.
  • No heavy maintenance: eliminates the need for heavy-duty gardening equipment.
  • Fewer shaded areas: designed to ensure sunlight hits every pocket, so no need to worry that certain plants won’t get enough sun.
  • Convenient access: grow fresh herbs and vegetables within easy reach of the kitchen—the ideal farm-to-table!
  • Portable: easy to set up, take down, and take with you if you’re a renter or are moving to a new home.
  • Easy to store: at the end of the season, each level can be nested inside the other to save space.

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OASE: Selecting The Right Filtration System

Warmer weather is finally here and your customers are enjoying their valuable time outside. Over the next few months their yard will be an extension of their home. Water gardens are a focus in many of the best backyards and utilizing OASE’s Clear Water Guarantee items will ensure that water gardening enthusiasts are using more time for enjoyment and less time for maintenance.

OASE offers a line of products that, when used in conjunction as a complete filtration system, qualify for the Clear Water Guarantee. When the products are used correctly and registered online, OASE will provide VIP customer service should any issues arise during the life of the filtration system. There are two types of OASE Clear Water Guarantee systems: Pressurized and Flow through filtration. All qualifying products proudly display the Clear Water Guarantee icon on the packaging.

Your customers will have their own ideas on how to incorporate a water feature into their garden or yard. Whether it’s a pond rehab or a new water installation, OASE products provide the easiest, most cost effective solutions to do it right. When assisting your customer with their water gardening needs, the OASE system is broken down into three essential parts:

  • The Filter – size and type based off the size of the water feature;
  • The Pump – an AquaMax OASE pump that is predetermined base on the size of the filter;
  • The UV Clarifier – to help clear the green out of the water.

OASE provides a simple chart and set of questions to determine the appropriate solution. The following questions will determine the product choice:

  • Determine your pond size.
  • Determine the fish load.
  • Refer to the chart to determine the appropriate products for your pond.

With a tidy landscape and a new or upgraded water feature – your customer can now enjoy every minute outdoor in their yard. OASE’s line of Clear Water Guaranteed products will allow the pond owner to spend less time maintaining and more time enjoying their time outside – making their yard feel more like home all season long.

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Scotts Summer Turf Tips

The dog days are a signal that it’s time for a little turf TLC to keep your lawn looking green and gorgeous. Here are some tips from Scotts for what you need to do to care for your lawn this summer.

Early Summer

Feed. Feeding in the early summer helps strengthen the lawn so it can better withstand heat and drought conditions that commonly occur during the summer. Scotts® Turf Builder® releases its nutrients slowly over time, making it the go-to fertilizer for all grass types.

In the North, use Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food. If you live in the South, use Scotts® Turf Builder® Southern Lawn Food.

Treat for grubs. If you had a grub problem last year or know that a neighbor is fighting grubs, this is your last chance to fight them this season by applying Scotts® GrubEx®. These pests munch their way through grass roots, resulting in dead patches in late summer.

Mow high. Taller blades help grass develop deeper roots that are better at seeking out water underground. Tall grass also helps to shade soil and cool it, which means you’ll need to water less. Continue to mow high all summer long.

Let clippings lie. When you mow, leave the grass clippings. They will break down and help to feed your lawn.

Watch for weeds. Spot-treat any that appear using Scotts® Spot Weed Control For Lawns, which kills weeds without harming grass.

Mid-Summer

Water deeply. Use a screwdriver or small trowel to check how deeply water is penetrating the soil as you water. The goal is to water long enough to reach a depth of 4 to 6 inches.

Feed. Keep feeding your lawn every six to eight weeks. For a lush lawn with deep green hue, try Scotts® Green Max™ Lawn Food. If your lawn is under attack from bugs like ants or ticks, use Scotts® Turf Builder® Summerguard® Lawn Food with Insect Control, which both kills and protects against listed insect pests.

You need to temporarily stop feeding, however, if grass goes dormant during summer heat and drought. Wait until rains renew growth before feeding again.

Late Summer

Sharpen your mower blade. A dull blade tears grass, creating a ragged edge that loses moisture more readily than a clean cut.

Water in the morning. As summer heat builds, your lawn will lose less water to evaporation if you time waterings for between 6 and 10 a.m.

Work on weeds. Continue to spot-spray weeds using Scotts® Spot Weed Control For Lawns.

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Open For Business

By Abby Kleckler

The sting in the industry can be felt every time a garden center closes its doors. Your businesses are full of history, enthusiasm and a goal to help every one of your customers.

Both retail and horticulture are changing though, and often the conversation centers around how to get new shoppers into the store while keeping current customers engaged.

Lawn & Garden Retailer spoke separately with two garden center owners who are new to the retail space. They represent the younger demographic many of you are trying to relate to, they provide a fresh perspective to their businesses and they have a passion that drew them to the industry.

First, Jared Hughes has been in the industry for a number of years. After the untimely passing of an industry friend of his, Jeff Russell, who owned Fargo Herbs in Marengo, Ohio, Jared and his wife Liz purchased that business. Groovy Plants Ranch — which was primarily wholesaling succulents at the time — moved to the old Fargo Herbs site and opened its retail operation last spring.

Second, Chris Williamson and his wife Lilly had been customers of Piedmont Feed and Garden Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for years. When the owners were looking to retire three years ago, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for Chris and Lilly to combine their hobbies with their careers, and they bought the business in December 2013.

Here are inside looks at each of their businesses.

L&GR: How has the past year been not only transitioning to a new location but also doing retail for the first time? What have you been most surprised about?

Jared Hughes: Of course I’d already been in business for like eight years under Groovy Plants, and that was a brand and business that I put a lot of myself into, so I wasn’t crazy about just dropping it, so we did change the name of Fargo Herbs to Groovy Plants, and over the past year, we’ve kind of been putting our own stamp on things, while still retaining a lot of what Fargo Herbs was.

I have lived out in the country for over half my life. Everything for us was wholesale up until last year, so I could take my plants down to the city, and they sold great, but I really didn’t know how people would respond.

We had no records from Fargo Herbs as far as their plant mix or their yearly sales records, so finding our product mix was hard. We closed in January, which a lot of our stuff should have already been going by then, so we were just scrambling to grow anything we could.

The biggest thing with Groovy Plants up until this point was “grow the stuff no one else would bother with.” Of course, everyone is growing succulents now, but for a while there if you were getting succulents, you were getting them out of Florida or California.

No one was really messing with them, and we’d already built a great following with our succulents.

The question kind of came down to, “Do we do a bread-and-butter mix for the folks that already purchased from Fargo Herbs, so we don’t alienate them, or do we just stick to our really weird stuff and just hope people come out and buy that?”

It was about trying to strike a balance. I think one of the best things we ever did for the business was give it a funny name like Groovy Plants because people remember it. Groovy Plants basically entails that it’s stuff that I like to grow, which not all of it is crazy. We do a lot of perennials, tons of succulents.

So the biggest surprise I had was how much people were really into the unique plants, and there’s more of a niche market down in the city, but I had no data or information to go off of, so I ended up pitching a bunch of bread-and-butter annuals that I had no business messing with anyway.

L&GR: Can you talk a little bit about demographics, who’s shopping at Groovy Plants and what your offerings are?

 Hughes: I’ve sat through plenty of the lectures on what’s wrong with today’s garden center, how do we attract millennials, and what can you do for your business. And when I was at Foertmeyer & Sons [Greenhouse in Delaware, Ohio], that was one of the things I dealt with: What do we do to get a younger audience and keep people engaged?

When we came here, it was an instant fit. We instantly solved the riddle. It feels really good that we have a young following, and it’s just been impressive.

I mean I wanted to stay in the country just because I love living out here and have peace and quiet during my downtime, which I value. Then all of a sudden, we find out there’s a brewery right down the road, which is completely out of place. This is the country, lots of farmland.

But there’s this brewery that also has a restaurant in Columbus, and you could kind of say these plants are like the perfect hipster plant. Our demographic is so different.

You get a bunch of bodybuilders coming in here to buy air plants from the city. They got in their car and drove 40 minutes north to buy air plants, and it’s just one of those things we really couldn’t expect.

We still have the traditional customer; I call her Jenny, who’s like 45 and maybe has a couple kids. And she’s still here and loves it, but we get all kinds of young people too, as well as older customers.

I was concerned that maybe with the silly name there might be some turnoff especially being in a rural area, and that was just a total miscalculation.

We started playing with plant breeding a couple years ago, and hopefully there’s some things coming out on the market. I can’t talk much about it yet, but plant breeding is something we’re really interested in, especially with succulents.

Some of what we want to do is offer some of those plants exclusively here, so maybe our F1 hybrids that we don’t necessarily want to push into the market because they don’t necessarily have wide market appeal, but they might have appeal here as essentially a craft-grown item.

A lot of people my age [29] are buying things on Etsy because it’s a one-of-a-kind item made by an artist. Well the same kind of goes — or at least that’s how I envision — for all these F1 hybrids that aren’t really worth putting on the market, but they really are one-of-a-kind plants that you actually can’t get anywhere else.

We’ve already done a bit of selling them, but I want to market it as a unique side of the business.

The first season we had to buy a few things in, but most things we grow ourselves, and we call them small-batch plants. We’re not doing 10,000 of one crop. We’re doing 100 of one crop, or maybe 500 at most. Even the plants that are not unique just to our business are propriety plants. Every plant that moves through here was hand planted by us, so we very much project that this is a craft-grown business.

I personally love desert gardens, and I live in Ohio, so that can be difficult. We grow a lot of unique and rare plants from seed and cold-hardy cacti and succulents are a big part of that, so we have a pretty hardy collection of cold hardy cacti that you can grow in the ground, in Ohio, over winter.

You pull into our tiny little parking lot, and the first thing you see is this straight up Arizona rock garden in front that is loaded with cacti that are blooming. We put big agaves in the ground that’s like a desert scene.

We’ve gotten more comments and questions like, “Do those things stay outside all winter?” and we’re like, “Yes, they do, and we have them right over here.” Because we grow a lot of unique plants, there’s a lot of education involved in the selling process.

L&GR: What’s the experience like at Groovy Plants, and, in addition to plant breeding, are there other things in the pipeline for your second retail season?

Hughes: We have a unique experience. One of our greenhouses has an Old Wild West Mercantile front end on it, and it looks like an Old West store when you walk in and it’s all succulents, the whole greenhouse.

We have this hippie Western theme going on, and succulents inspired a lot of it. People seem to respond to it; it’s super unique and not like anywhere else nearby.

We’re hoping this year we’ll be able to focus on the online store and actually start promoting it more.

We’ve been using the schoolhouse on the property for workshops and classes, which is something I did at Foertmeyer & Sons. This first year with classes, it was more just testing the waters, but they were popular enough for us to know that they will be great if we invest a little more time into them, so that’s why we renovated the schoolhouse.

It’s not that difficult to fill the schoolhouse because it’ll hold about 30 people, and if we get to the point where we’re doing three workshops a week, that would be great.

Also, because we do unique plants, we’re kind of a natural fit for garden groups, and garden groups spend money.

People go back and forth on garden groups and whether they’re worth their time but for us it’s very much so. They can come do their meetings and events and then tour the property and buy plants.

The classroom is a great use of the space, and we kind of think about it romantically in that the space is being used for what it was originally intended for.

You can go to any garden center and probably find most of what we have there, but you can’t find it the same way you can here.

When people come, they’re talking to me; they’re talking to the owner. We don’t have employees. I’m going to hire my first employee this spring, so yeah, it’s small and our volume is pretty great.

I’ve just been blown away and am excited for spring because I know it’ll be great.

L&GR: What made you want to start this adventure three years ago? What was your vision when you first purchased the store?

Chris Williamson: My wife and I had both been customers of this business independently before we got married, and we knew the owner well and all of our hobbies are sort of tied up in the business.

I’ve been a gardener for a long time, and my wife and I both ride horses and have dogs, cats, chickens and sort of a mini-homestead thing. We were in careers that we were not pleased with, and the opportunity to buy this business came open and we thought it sounded like a much better lifestyle in an arena that we were really interested in and in a market we thought had a lot of potential.

So a lot of check boxes just sort of lined up for us, and we’ve been really pleased with it.

The business is split between garden center and feed store. So those two businesses were sort of there, and we felt like there was a lot of room for expansion down some different veins of those businesses.

For instance, the store sold plants before but not nearly the quantity or number of varieties that we do currently. They didn’t really do pottery, so we’ve added pottery. They didn’t do decorative indoor pottery, so we’ve added that. So we have some associated lines that seemed like no-brainers to us.

They had a basic wild bird section and we’ve really beefed up wild birds and brought in a higher end line of feed and different types of feed.

The basics were here, but we have just really expanded on those.

L&GR: Can you talk a bit about your customers? Who’s coming through your doors and how you get people to stop for the first time?

Williamson: We redid the front landscaping of our store. When we bought the store, there was a huge line of 6-foot tall hollies that completely lined our road frontage.

This past spring we pulled those out and repositioned our sign, lit our sign and put in a 200-foot-long pollinator garden that is completely along our road frontage, and we have been amazed at the number of people who have come in and say, “I drive by your store every day, but I had no idea you were here.”

We sort of joke that pulling out those hollies was the best business decision that we’ve ever made, and the cheapest. That has been really good for getting new customers in. 

We’ve also seen in the last three years the work we’ve put into the garden center end of the business as far as expanding plant selection, the feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. And just as the word of mouth has spread, it’s really rewarding to see people come in the door.

We have been able to target new people. Because of the geographic location that we’re in, we’re just outside of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area, which is a really progressive, educated area.

A lot of the first organic farmer’s markets in the area were founded in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area, and we’ve got sort of that clientele, but our store is 7 miles outside of town in a much more rural area, so we also have cattle farmers.

It’s just an interesting mix of demographics as far as the customer base goes.

I’ve joined the Chapel Hill Garden Club and we offer a discount on plants to them, so we’ve gotten a lot of new customers from that. We have a lot of new customers just in general.

We’ve really upped our social media game, which was essentially non-existent before we bought this store. They had a Facebook page that wasn’t utilized and when it was, the content was kind of questionable, so we’ve completely revamped it, and we’ve started an Instagram account.

L&GR: Are there any categories that have really surprised you?

Williamson: We added in fairy gardening two years ago, and that has done extraordinarily well.

Along with just the fairy gardening stuff, we’ve added miniature plants. We carry a miniature conifer line, 2-inch terrarium plants and succulents, and all that stuff has done really well. That’s been a really consistent performer.

Our fairy gardening classes are really good. We usually have one every other weekend in the spring, and we’re going to add them in the fall this year. They’ve generally had a really strong attendance and the per-ticket sales on those are really strong.

We also get a lot of comments from customers that say they’re so pleased we have our pollinator garden out there.

There’s a focus on native plants that are beneficial for pollinators and also for birds, so we get a lot of positive feedback from that.

A restaurant locally saw us on social media, and we did a pollinator install at their restaurant as a result of it, which was really great.

We have a big focus on pollinators, and beneficial plants for birds and pollinators. We also do a big business in vegetables in the spring.

L&GR: What have you been most surprised by in the past three years?

Williamson: We’ve gotten to know so many of our customers, which has been a really positive thing for us.

We know so many of our customers’ names and their pets’ names and we know what’s going on with their kids, so we do 25,000 tickets [transactions] a year but we see repeat business which is really, really nice.

We kept all of the existing staff when we bought the company, so we have really leaned on those folks. Our manager has been with us for 11 years and has been tremendously helpful.

Also, we’ve got a really good network of local growers that we have gotten to know, and we’re really able to draw on them for what’s going to work this season or what’s not going to work.

I’ve been really surprised in this area that a couple businesses in the industry have sold to people with no background in the industry like us, which is somewhat reassuring that we didn’t just jump off a cliff.

Literally all of our hobbies are things that we have in the store, so it’s really sort of an extension of our personal lifestyle, which is nice.

You get to do what you’re interested in for work. What better thing is there than that?

(Article provided by Lawn & Garden Retailer)

Merchant’s Picks For June

Want to know what hot items you should have on your shelves for this month? Find out with this list of Merchant’s Picks for May 2017.

Merchant Picks - June 2017

Item NumberItem NameWHY A MERCHANT PICK?
B08 700280BBayer Advanced Complete Insect Killer For Soil And Turf LiquidKills listed surface insects in 24 hours. Kills soil insects for up to 3 months. Kills the most common lawn pests including: ants, fleas, ticks, and others.
B70 982Bonide Rose ShieldControls insects and diseases on contact and systematically for up to 30 days on roses and many ornamental plants
D40 1012700Dramm Revolver AssortmentRevolver nozzle featuring nine different spray patterns, quick-click pattern changing, ergonomic insulated grip, and heavy-duty construction. Comes in six assorted colors.
F75 R408American Hand Flags8" x 12" printed American hand flags. Stock up now in time for the 4th of July.
S09 22305Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Food 32-0-4Feeds and strengthens to help protect against future problems. Builds strong, deep roots.
S09 99605Scotts GrubEx Season-Long Grub KillerOne application kills and prevents grubs all season (up to 4 months). Guaranteed! Kills 25% more grub types than original GrubEx.
S20 61067Cutter Backyard Bug Control SprayBackyard Bug Control with the active ingredient lambda-cyhalothrin. Effectively controls ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, and many other insects.
S20 HG94127 Repel Permethrin Clothing & Gear Insect RepellentSpray on repellent with active ingredient permethrin to keep off the ticks when you are out doors. Be prepared for one of the worst projected tick seasons in decades due to the mild winters.
T18 400150PDQZero-G Advanced Garden Hose with Try Me DisplayerThis hose is lightweight, kink-free, easy to maneuver, and easy to store. Suitable for all watering needs.

GrowOya — Simple, High-Efficiency Watering The Traditional Way

It’s so often true that all that’s old is new again. In times like these—new gardeners abound, everyone as busy as can be, and watering gardens often neglected—it makes sense to look back to traditional ways of doing things to uncover forgotten technologies that make sense for current conditions.

In the case of localized irrigation systems, there is a traditional technology that is making a serious comeback, and for good reason. Clay pot irrigation (also known as Oyas or ollas) has been re-discovered as a super easy, extremely high-efficiency watering system for home gardeners. The inherent ease of watering your garden it provides—water far less often and with less need for specific watering knowledge—and a water savings of up to 70% over common surface irrigation makes for plenty of good reason why we’re seeing more clay pot irrigation in gardens.

What is Clay Pot Irrigation?

Clay pot irrigation is a traditional form of localized irrigaton where a clay pot is buried among your plants, with the neck sticking just above the soil, and filled with water every few days. The planted clay pot (called an Oya or olla) is made of unglazed porous clay, allowing the water to slowly, efficiently seep out of the pot. Plant roots instinctively grow toward the water source and connect directly with the Oya, which allows them to take exactly the water they need when they need it, no more no less. Providing a highly efficient form of watering that is easier for gardeners and much better for plants.

The Oya has been used in agriculture-focused cultures dating back thousands of years. Spanish settlers brought Oyas to the Americas during colonial times (which is the derivation of the name olla). Clay pot irrigation is even detailed in the Chinese Fan Sheng-chih Shu (the first agricultural extension book) published more than 2000 years ago.

Oyas are the perfect solution for the growing crop of newbie gardeners—they take the guesswork out of when and how much to water your garden. Fill the Oyas every few days and the plants take care of the rest themselves. They are also the perfect tool for busy gardeners who can’t get to their gardens daily or who want to take advantage of the bright days to get away on vacation. And of course Oyas save a ton of water—considerably more than drip irrigation and far better than conventional surface irrigation—so you’re doing the right thing for the environment.

Three different sizes of Oyas are available on the market to water different garden configurations. There are small Oyas (1 litre capacity) sized for planting in a half barrel or large patio pot, medium Oyas (3 litre capacity) that will water a 3-foot planter box, and large Oyas (6.5 litre capacity) for the bigger boxes or your 4-foot raised bed.

Oyas now available through Arett

Recognizing the problem-solving features of Oyas for today’s market, Arett has added Oyas to the warehouses in 2017. GrowOya is the leading company in the Oya revival, offering a product that combines traditional technology with advancements in clay production techniques. Packaged and presented with the growing segment of new gardeners in mind, GrowOya is making a traditional technology relevant to a new market.

Order now to get GrowOya Oyas helping you grow.

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Advanced Soil Solutions from Encap® Make Growing Easier

Whether you are looking to boost production in your garden, or improve the curb appeal of your lawn, correcting soil imbalances has never been easier.

Advanced Soil Technology™ (AST®)

The innovative technology behind Encap’s AST® takes the guesswork out of creating a thriving soil environment. AST® offers a number of benefits that work to improve the soil, creating the ideal growing environment for grass, vegetables, and flowers. AST® offers the following advantages:

  • Reduced soil and nutrient loss
  • Better water infiltration
  • Improved soil structure and root mass
  • Enhanced seed establishment

Encap® offers four minerals for all of your soil-correcting needs, each with their patented AST®: Lime, Sulfur, Iron, and Gypsum. All Encap® mineral products can be applied with any spreader, are safe to use around people and pets, and come in a variety of sizes.

Lime

Encap® Fast Acting LimeTM is a necessity for correcting acidic soils. The high purity calcium carbonate not only corrects soil pH, but also helps to green up lawns, while improving the soil environment.

Gypsum

Encap® Fast Acting Gypsum™ loosens even the most compacted clay soils in order to create micro-channels within the soil. This allows roots to grow freely, water to soak in, and soil to thrive. Fast Acting Gypsum™ also provides an essential source of calcium and sulfur and can even be used to correct salt damage.

Iron

Fast Acting IronTM from Encap® quickly greens up lawns, while providing lasting results. The revolutionary non-burning, non-staining formula won’t tarnish driveways and sidewalks, or kill grass, making application easier, and more worry-free than ever.

Sulfur

For correcting alkaline soils, Encap® Fast Acting Sulfur™ provides fast results. In addition to lowering soil pH, Fast Acting Sulfur™ also serves as a source of calcium. Fast Acting Sulfur™ enhances water management and infiltration, improves soil porosity, and optimizes nutrient effectiveness.

Flower Kits

In addition to advanced soil amendments, Encap® also offers eight varieties of their All-in-OneTM™ Flower Kits, which include everything you need (seed, mulch, and fertilizer) to easily grow your favorite blooms. All Encap® flower kits contain AST®, as well as their patented Seed Watering TechnologyTM™ (SWT®), which takes the guesswork out of watering.

Consumers love Encap’s easy-to-use products that produce impressive results. All products come in bright, beautiful packaging and can be purchased in eye-catching, easy to refill displays.

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The Future Of Organic Is Non-GMO Project Verified

Dr. Earth Is The Only Non-Gmo Verified Organic Fertilizer And Soil Company

Natural and healthy lifestyle consumers know and look for the Non-GMO Verified symbol on their premium products. It is not enough anymore to claim organic with a simple certificate. Organic consumers “buy a company” not a “product”. If the company is pure and clean, so are all the products they produce.

Non-Gmo Is Great For Business

The Non-GMO Project Verified is the highest level of transparency, it is also a mission-driven nonprofit organization offering a third-party Non-GMO Verification program to the standards consumers expect. Look at the most successful “food products” at any natural foods markets across the country and the Non-GMO Verified Project is the absolute gold standard. An independent study by Consumer Reports found the Non-GMO Project Verified seal to be the only “highly meaningful” label for consumers looking to avoid GMOs. The credibility that comes with Non-GMO Project Verification will allow products to reach a wider customer base, assuring shoppers that products meet the best practices for GMO avoidance.

Billions Are Spent Annually With Big Profits

DRIVING SALES – The Non-GMO Project Verified products are the fastest dollar growth trend in their stores this year. Annual sales of Non-GMO Project Verified products now exceed $19.2 billion.

In Demand

A 2014 consumer survey found that “80% seek out non-GMO products, with 56% saying non-GMO was key to brand buying.” 2015 consumer polls also found that 93% of Americans and 88% of Canadians support labeling of GMOs. The Non-GMO Facebook page has 1 million highly engaged followers, who act as passionate brand ambassadors spreading the word about their trust in “the Butterfly” (the Non-GMO Project features a butterfly in their logo) and whose demand continues to drive the movement forward. This changes everything in the lawn and garden industry. Be one of the first to embrace this vision and become a market mover who helps to shape a better tomorrow!

NOTE: The Non-GMO verified logo will appear on Dr. Earth’s new packaging. Their ingredients will not change.

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Merchant’s Picks For May

Want to know what hot items you should have on your shelves for this month? Find out with this list of Merchant’s Picks for May 2017.

Merchant Picks - May 2017

Item NumberItem NameWHY A MERCHANT PICK?
A42 RP625 True Temper Poly Wheelbarrow - 6 cu. ft.Poly tray that will never rust or corrode and is designed to provide years of service.
A63 NT3700ACLBellingham Nitrile Touch GlovesA best seller! Protects gardener’s hands as they dig in the dirt. A good impulse item and add on sale!
E72 12010 Mole Scram Mole RepellentWarm weather, sun, and rain brings out the moles. One of best selling granular repellents that keeps moles out of lawns.
E60 BTSP4 Bio-tone Starter Plus 4-3-3Proven to enhance all aspects of plant growth. All natural and organic.
F42 500329Happy Frog Tomato & Vegetable Fertilizer 7-4-5Allow plants to feed vigorously while producing abundant high quality vegetable and fruit development.
J25 JBB24 Protech Tool Supply Bulb PlanterGreat for creating the perfect hole to plant new bulbs.
S70 160101Miracle-Gro Water-Soluble All Purpose Plant Food - 24-8-16All-purpose plant food filled with important growth nutrients also perfect for the plants brushing off the winter dormant period and ready for new growth.
S70 75652300Miracle-Gro Potting MixStarting with a great potting soil is necessary for successful plant growth.