Merchant’s Picks For October/November

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 October & November 2017.

Merchant Picks - October/November 2017

Item NumberItem NameWHY A MERCHANT PICK?
C01 CSV08501NLC&S Suet High Energy Value PackA great value. As the colder weather approaches, birds are eating suet for the energy it gives them as they forage for food. C&S Products high quality process allows suet to be fed year round.
D80 CRM047254G Southern Patio 12-Piece Greta Bird Bath AssortmentThese glazed, ceramic, decorative bird baths were a top seller in Arett's Open House Power Alley. Includes 3 colors, 4 each – red, blue, and teal.
E10 2568Eaton Poly Leaf ToteFor gathering leaves after clean up and keeping them all in one place. This square of woven polypropylene mesh with sewn poly corner handles makes the collection and hauling of leaves, trash and twigs a snap.
E10 2576Eaton Burlap PacPrepare to protect plants and trees from the winter weather. Medium weave burlap. Strong, yet lightweight. Also great for crafts and decorating for the upcoming holiday season.
N70 07000Wilt-Pruf Plant ProtectorSimply pick up a bottle, spray, and give shrubs, small trees and bushes a fighting chance in extreme temperatures. Chemically engineered to improve the amount of moisture plants retain when conditions are dry and inhospitable.
R09 B1009PReal Wood Products Half Whiskey Barrel PlanterOne of the top 5 best sellers in Arett's Open House Power Alley. Constructed of 100% solid whote oak. Now available packed 9/pallet.
S09 38615 Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Lawn Food - 32-0-10 - 15M bagBuilds strong deep grass roots for a better lawn next spring. Provides nutrients to help repair damage from summer heat, droughts, and activity.
T34 30480Tru-Tough Steel Leaf Rake With Wood HandleSteel lawn and leaf rake with a 54" lacquered ash wood handle. Now is the time to rake up fall leaves and clean up before the first winter snow.
W75 DO32RTUHavahart Deer-Off Deer, Rabbit And Squirrel Repellent Ready-To-UseProvides both odor and taste barriers to repel deer, rabbits, and squirrels. One application lasts up to 90 days. Dries oderless to humans.
W77 WDCMSWelliver Father Time Bluebird HouseNew item! A best seller at Arett's Open House. Blue bird house carved to look like Father Time. Makes a great gift for bird enthusiasts.

How To Catch A Mouse

Like a magician divulging his best tricks, an experienced pest-control professional shares top strategies for how to get rid of mice and prevent future invasions—including what he does to keep his own home mouse-free.

Martin Overline was assigned 37 years ago by the U.S. Air Force to trap mice on air bases, and he’s been learning about the pests ever since. Today, he’s the owner of Aardvark Pest Management in Philadelphia and a nationally recognized expert on rodent control. Here are his tips for how to get rid of mice in a home.


Overline first checks around the plumbing, wiring, cable, and other infrastructure that leads out of a house. He’s looking for gaps as small as a dime, through which mice can squeeze in and out. He also scans the foundation of the house and around the garage door for mouse-size gaps. In all these places, he checks carefully for mouse poop and other evidence of their activity.

PRO MOUSE-CONTROL TIP: Stuff copper mesh into gaps, then seal with caulk. “Don’t try to fill them with foam,” Overline warns. “I’ve seen mice nesting in it.”


Mice leave behind an oily substance wherever they go, he says. The oil, known as sebum, shows other mice the path to food sources and nesting spots. It lingers for up to a year. “I see the greasy, grimy trail around the holes that they use as they move around your house, on floors, and inside cabinets,” Overline says.

PRO MOUSE-CONTROL TIP: Use a strong disinfectant to clean areas where you’ve seen grimy trails and mouse poop, especially around their entry points, so that new mice don’t find their way in after you’ve trapped those already in your home. Also thoroughly clean up and disinfect anyplace you see mice droppings, as their location also communicates to other mice.


After Overline identifies the patterns of mice’s movement in a house, he sets a lot of classic snap traps, concentrating on the kitchen, laundry room, and garage. “If you have a drop ceiling, I’m putting mouse traps up there too,” he says. “That’s a paradise for mice.”

PRO MOUSE-CONTROL TIP: Mice breed so quickly that you always have more than one. “For every mouse you see, you want to set a dozen mouse traps around your house,” Overline advises.


Peanut butter works as mouse trap bait because mice primarily eat nuts and seeds, but they’re attracted to many high-protein foods and sweets. “Mice are naturally curious and want to taste new food,” Overline says.

PRO MOUSE-CONTROL TIP: Vary the mouse trap baits you use to appeal to their natural curiosity. Hazelnut spread, chocolate, and the food mice have been feeding on in your house also will lure them to your mouse traps. In fall and winter, breeding females gather fibrous materials to build nests, so they’re attracted to mouse trap baits such as dental floss, cotton, and yarn, Overline notes.


Overline leaves a few “early warning” mouse traps in place even after a house has been cleared of mice. “If mice have been in your house before, there’s a good chance one or two will try again from time to time,” he says. “If you catch the first couple, you can step up the number of mouse traps you’ve set and stop a full invasion before it starts.”

PRO MOUSE-CONTROL TIP: Leave set mouse traps at all times in your basement, attic, and garage, and on top of those drop ceilings, which are the most common access points for mice in your house. “I keep about eight mouse traps set in my own house at all times,” Overline says.


Before Overline leaves clients’ homes, he tells them one simple, hard truth about mice. “There’s only one way to keep mice from returning to your house,” he says. “Secure every food source. Everything else you do will fail if you don’t do that.”

PRO MOUSE-CONTROL TIP: Put all the food stored outside your refrigerator into sealed plastic, glass, or metal containers. Don’t count on cardboard packaging, which mice can gnaw through. Kibble and other dry food left out in pets’ bowls are easily accessible to mice, so be sure to discard or store any leftovers right away. The pests often find bags of pet food and birdseed in homes too. They need to be securely stored to stop mice from feeding on them. “Another food source you have to get rid of is seeds that get stuck to the lawn mower when you’re cutting the grass,” Overline says. “That can be the food that first attracts them into your house.”

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Safe & Effective Control of Rats

RatX® is scientifically formulated to safely eliminate rodents, assuring proven results that are 100% effective against all species of rats and mice.

RatX® is a new approach to effectively kill unwanted rats and mice from homes, industrial buildings, schools, retail centers, livestock premises, barnyards, greenhouses, and any area where the unwanted pests inhabit.

RatX® is an easy to use, 100% naturally derived, non-toxic approach to controlling rats and mice. It is fully biodegradable and generates no environmental pollution. RatX® is SAFE even if accidentally ingested by pets or wildlife. RatX® is even SAFE to birds of prey with NO RISK of secondary kill. Available in 8 oz, 1 lb., 3 lb., and 25 lb.

  • 100% non-toxic to people, pets, livestock, and wildlife
  • Non-toxic rat and mouse control
  • Perfect for indoor and outdoor use

RatX Ready Trays™ are premeasured bait trays that make baiting easy, just peel off the bait tray cover and set the RatX Ready Trays™ out where you see rat or mouse activity. Available in 2 pack, 4 pack, and 8 pack.

  • 100% deadly to rats and mice
  • No secondary kill
  • Formulated for indoor and outdoor use
  • No bait box needed

MouseX Bait Discs™ are created from a unique patented blend of food-grade ingredients to increase performance and palatability. RatX Bait Discs™ are a novel approach to a safe and effective means to rid an area of rats and mice, and the problems associated therein. Both factors aid rat and mouse acceptance and uptake, helping to achieve rapid eradication of rat and mouse infestations. RatX Bait Discs™ are weather resistant and perfect for use in outdoor bait boxes. Available in 1 lb.

  • Can be used as a Bait Box Refill to keep bait dry
  • Kills rats and mice in 3-5 days
  • No special requirements for transport, handling, storage, or disposal
  • No risk of contamination to crops or food
  • No environmental pollution
  • Fully biodegradable

Rats and mice naturally avoid new objects, so traps take some time to be effective. Using RatX Rat and Mouse Attractant™ can make traps more effective. RatX Rat & Mouse Attractant™ provides the animal with a readily recognizable scent that replicates another animal’s presence, thereby reducing the fear and caution of approaching a new food. Food grade, safe for use around livestock and pets. Available in 3 oz.

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Cool Weather Fertilizers For Indoor Plants – Power Them With Jack’s

It’s the time of year where temperatures begin to fall, day light gets shorter and the outdoor gardening season comes to a close. It’s the perfect excuse for independent garden centers to start selling indoor house plants and orchids.

Indoor plants or house plants not only beautify your indoor space, they also have many health benefits! Remind your customers of their great benefits; faster healing and recovery from injury or sickness, improved heart health, they help to increase concentration and calming the mind and body. Plus, plants change carbon dioxide back to oxygen and clean the air of harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

Need some easy to care for plants to recommend to your customers? English Ivy, Snake Plants, Dracaena, Orchid and African Violets, are some of our favorites. But really you cannot go wrong with your selection, any indoor plant can brighten your space and your mood.

In order to keep those plants healthy for your customers, don’t let them leave without some Jack’s Classic®. Our Houseplant Special, Orchid fertilizers, and African Violet plant food are great items to boost your cool weather fertilizers sales. You probably already know this but, the here are some helpful tips to share with your customers:

Jack’s Houseplant Special 15-30-15

  • Houseplant Special 15-30-15 is our traditional indoor houseplant fertilizer designed for use on all foliage and flowering plants
  • Loved for over 50 years to keep indoor grown plants vigorous and green
  • Use at 1⁄4 tsp. per gallon of water every time you water

Jack’s African Violet 12-36-14

  • African Violet 12-36-14 is a proven formula for over 35 years
  • The 1-3-1 ratio is a favorite for commercial violet growers and hobbyists
  • Delivers the perfect blend to produce deep green foliage, stocky stems, strong root and bud development, and colorful blooms
  • Excellent formula for both top and bottom feeding containers
  • Use at 1⁄4 tsp. per gallon of water every time you water

Jack’s Orchid 7-5-6

  • Orchid 7-5-6 helps your orchids grow healthy leaves with this higher nitrogen formula
  • For use on non-blooming orchids
  • Switch to 3-9-6 when flower spikes appear, and switch back when blooming

Jack’s Orchid 3-9-6

  • Cooler temps trigger orchids to produce blooms.
  • Help your orchids along with this low nitrogen and high phosphorus fertilizer to promote flowering
  • Switch back to the Orchid 7-5-6 when leaves fade

Jack’s Orchid Special 30-10-10

  • Orchid Special 30-10-10 feeds through both roots and leaves
  • Perfect for orchids potted in fir bark and rock
  • This formula emphasizes the vegetative growth stage (leaves)
  • Switch to a high phosphorus fertilizer like 3-9-6 when flower spikes appear, and switch back when finished blooming

Want to take it one step further, we have formula specific POP sheets. Download yours today and display them near the plants or your Jack’s inventory, to remind your customers that the best growing results are Powered by Jack’s. These sheets are available on our site at

Jack’s Classic® is produced exclusively for independent garden retailers by JR Peters Inc., plant nutrition innovators for over 70 years. You’ll never find the Jack’s Classic® brand at a big box store because we produce the only professional grade fertilizer for businesses that specialize in serving plant-loving customers. The JR Peters team cares about your business success. Support for you and your customers is a phone call or mouse click away.

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Fall Is The Best Time To Seed & Feed

Why Seed & Feed in the Fall?

Fall isn’t just for pumpkin spice and picking apples. It’s also the best time to seed and feed your lawn. Fall comes with a mix of warm soil and cool air, perfect for planting grass seed and allowing time for new grass roots to develop before winter sets in. It is also a good time to feed and build stronger, deeper roots for winter, resulting in a thicker, greener lawn next spring.

Depending on your lawn’s condition, here are a few simple ways to take advantage of ideal fall conditions for seeding and feeding.

Repairing Bare Spots

Summer brings a lot of activity to your lawn, so by the time fall rolls around, it’s safe to say that it probably has a few bare patches from pets, heavy traffic, and kids playing. So, it’s time to give your green space a little TLC by patching up those bare spots.

Using a hand rake or other tool, loosen the top layer of soil to give the new seed a better chance to nestle in and begin to build strong roots. Next, apply Scotts® EZ Seed® Patch and Repair over the entire bare spot, following label directions. This combination of high-performance seed, absorbent growing material (to help keep seeds from drying out), and continuous-release fertilizer guarantees grass to grow anywhere*. Just be sure to choose the right seed for your grass type.

Finally, give the newly seeded patch a deep and thorough watering (stop if you see the water start to puddle). In order to keep the seeds hydrated so they can grow to their full potential, the patch will mostly likely need to be watered daily, or whenever EZ Seed begins to turn light brown. Try to keep kids, pets, and lawn mowers off of the newly planted seedlings until they are at least 3 inches high.

Overseeding a Thin Lawn

If your lawn seems thin, fall is a great time to thicken it through overseeding before winter arrives. First, pick up Scotts Lawn Soil® to help add nutrients to your existing soil and to create the best environment for the new seedlings. Then, choose the right Scotts® Turf Builder® Grass Seed for your grass type and make sure you have a spreader on hand. These premium quality seeds have been specifically developed for different regions and grass types, and are covered with a WaterSmart Plus® coating to provide nutrition and protection, and to keep the seedlings moist.

Now that you’ve chosen your seed and spreader, mow the lawn at the lowest setting and bag or compost the clippings. Rake the lawn to remove debris and loosen up the soil so it will be easier for seeds to take root. Fill and adjust the spreader according to the instructions on the seed bag, then apply the seed to your lawn as directed.

Before watering, give the new seedlings the extra nutrients they need for fast growth by applying Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter® Food for New Lawns over the entire lawn (again, follow label directions). Water thoroughly. Be sure to water each day until the seeds are established and the new grass has grown high enough to be mowed (about 2 inches). If you can, avoid walking on the new grass until it’s time to mow.

Feeding Your Lawn

The difference between a “so-so” lawn and a truly beautiful lawn both now and next spring is the one-two punch of a pair of fall feedings. Fertilize your lawn (regardless of grass type) in early September and again 6-8 weeks later with Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard® Fall Lawn Food, Not only will it help build strong, deep grass roots for a thicker, better lawn come spring, but it also provides nutrients to help repair damage from summer heat, drought, and activity. Use a spreader and apply the food to your lawn on a calm day with very little wind. Be sure to follow label directions. (To learn more about feeding, check out our How to Fertilize a Lawn guide.)

For more tips on keeping your lawn looking great year round, download the MyLawn app (iTunes or Google Play) or create an online Lawn Care Plan.

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*Subject to proper care.

Get Your Share Of The $3 Billion Bird Feeding Market With Lyric

As an Independent Garden Center, it’s important to pay attention to upcoming trends to help grow your business and be prepared to take advantage of changing consumer demands with products that meet the need. Many are already familiar with the impressive stat, that backyard bird watching is the second most popular outdoor activity in the United States – second only to gardening. Because bird watching is an all-year, all-region activity this category has potential to pay big dividends and assortment can be a significant key to success.

In a recent study conducted by the Wild Bird Feeding Industry, research revealed that the average US household spends nearly $80 annually on wild birds’ feed – broken down into spending for the following: economy seed mix; premium seed mix; straight seed; suet and other pressed seed cakes; and “other.” With over 40 million households participating – that puts the US Retail market size, at well over $3 billion. With premium seed mix accounting for nearly 20% of market share, you’ll want to ensure your overall bird food offering is well diversified to meet the needs of all potential customers. Lyric Wild Bird Food, for years – has offered an exceptional lineup within the premium seed mix segment. Backyard birders love all varieties of this premium wild bird food line for its fine natural ingredients and hand-crafted mixes that attract more birds all year long.

Lyric Wild Bird Foods will now stay fresh longer too, with the integration of their new Stay Fresh Technology. Oxygen absorber packets are included in bags 15 lbs and smaller. Reduced oxygen content keeps the food fresher longer. The StayFresh packets coupled with Lyric’s pest-resistant, impermeable bags ensure our natural ingredients are at their nutritional and bird-pleasing best at all times.

Consumer testimonials validate that switching from lower-priced, lower-quality bird feed to Lyric products, typically nets increased wild bird activity at the feeders.

Lebanon Seaboard Corporation, the manufacturer of the Lyric Premium Wild Bird Food brand, has plants and distribution centers strategically located to ship to major wild bird food markets in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic very cost effectively. Lyric also responds quickly to changing market conditions to remain very competitively priced, for a premium quality product. Lyric Wild Bird food consistently receives rave reviews from customers that appreciate the bird varieties attracted by the gourmet blends.

Don’t miss out on this growing trend and important premium wild bird food opportunity with Lyric. If it’s not part of your current offering there has never been a better time to add it. You will sell more bird food, while your customers will feed more birds. Nothing keeps them coming back for more than the simple delight experienced by a mix that attracts more birds. In a recent customer testimonial about the Lyric Fruit and Nut High Energy Wild Bird Mix – a birdwatcher writes: This has to be the cleanest bird food I have yet come across. As compared to less expensive bird food mixes there is no dusty, debris riddled filler such as millet in this blend. No shells, no chaff, no twigs, no stones.”

Lyric – the Finest Nutrients. See the Difference.

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Bonide: Eight Is Greater Than Seven

Bonide’s Eight Insect Control products control many common, and not so common, insects on an extensive list of host plants and also around structures, such as homes and buildings. The pyrethroid chemical technology used in Eight products kill insects on contact and gives residual control for up to 3 months, depending on the product.

Eight is available in a variety of formulations, such as dust, granular, and liquids. The dust formulation is a convenient ready-to-use product for use on vegetables, roses and flowers. It is available in a convenient, refillable 10 oz. squeeze duster and an economical 3 lb. bag for those larger jobs.

The liquid formulation is available in a variety of application methods. The no-mix ready-to-use Eight is labeled for use on an extensive list of plants and around the home. It kills insects on contact and lasts for up to 8 weeks.

For those bigger jobs, the concentrate version can be used on lawns, flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and even houseplants with control of up to four weeks. For spraying those larger areas, such as a lawn, or if you need to reach high into trees, the ready-to-spray version allows for quick control of troublesome insects. It can also be used on homes, porches, patios, and garages to control home-invading pests, such as ants, spiders, fleas, and even stink bugs!

Eight is also available in a granular version, in a convenient shaker container, for use in vegetable and flower gardens to control surface and subsurface insects for up to 3 months.

In 2018 Bonide has introduced a new 10 lb. bag size of the granular Eight product, for use in larger vegetable and flower gardens, plus on lawns to control surface and subsurface insects, such as ants, fleas, ticks, wireworms, cutworms, and white grubs. The 10 lb. bag treats up to 10,000 square feet and will continue to control insects for up to 3 months. This granular product is easily applied with a broadcast or drop spreader and can be used to fill Bonide’s convenient 3 lb. shaker container, if needed. With a suggested retail of $11.99 per bag, this is sure to be the stand-out winner in your lineup of granular insect control products.

All of these, highly-effective, Eight products are available in Bonide’s NEW Eight Assortment, #20549. The new assortment contains one case of each of the top-selling Eight product sku’s, so you will have a product to answer any insect problem your customer may have.

For the upcoming 2018 season, Bonide has added their Eight products to their highly successful national ad campaign on HGTV and DIY TV, plus their campaign on Google. This will complement their successful Eight radio ads, which they have been running for years on Garden Talk Shows and Home Improvement radio shows across the country.

Ask your Arett Sales representative about Bonide’s Eight products, and see why “Eight is greater than seven!” Order now, as Early Order pricing is still in effect for the 2018 season.

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Jonathan Green’s “New American Lawn” Plan: Feed Your Lawn…AND YOUR SOIL!

To achieve a great lawn, you must not only feed the lawn, but FEED THE SOIL, too. Jonathan Green’s “New American Lawn Plan” feeds the soil and “supercharges” any lawn fertilizer/program and makes them work better! In fact, you might say, that the “New American Lawn Plan” is as easy to remember as “U-S-A”: 

  1. Use genetically superior BLACK BEAUTY grass seed! 
  2. Stop soil compaction and stimulate soil microbes with LOVE YOUR SOIL
  3. Adjust soil pH levels with Mag-i-Cal
Use genetically superior “Black Beauty” Grass Seed. A grass is only as good as the seed it’s grown from. Black Beauty roots up to 4’ deep, has a dark green color, and possesses a waxy coating on the leaf for great heat and drought tolerance. Black Beauty provides a lawn that the homeowner will never forget!
Stop soil compaction and stimulate soil microbes with Love Your Lawn-Love Your Soil. Healthy soil is fundamental to healthy lawns. Love Your Soil FEEDS soil microbes with organic humates, amino acids, and sugars to energize breakdown functions. 

Adjust your soil pH with Mag-i-Cal. Soil pH measures the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Grass grows best in a pH range of 6.2 to 7. If your pH is imbalanced, then you can be wasting up to 75% of your lawn fertilizer! Mag-i-Cal balances soil pH levels with a highly soluble form of calcium that is instantly available to the plant.

So start treating the underlying causes – and NOT symptoms – of poor turf. SUPERCHARGE your fertilizers with Jonathan Green’s “New American Lawn Plan” today!

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