Gardening Care Tips While On Vacation

It’s vacation time. You’re customers are taking a breather from work, but all the container plants, flowerbeds, and houseplants they’ve worked so hard to plant and keep beautiful this spring are staring them in the face. How can they take time away from the garden without disrupting all the progress their garden has made? Suggest the tips below to make sure their garden thrives even without daily TLC.
Get Hip to Drip Irrigation

They should stock up on drip-irrigation materials, mulch, and a timer or two to connect to their outdoor faucet. Vegetable gardens and flower beds are the easiest to drip irrigate. They can weave lengths of drip tape or “leaky pipe” through the plants and cover the beds – including the irrigation – with a 3″ layer of mulch. Shredded bark, such as Scotts® Nature Scapes® Triple Shred Mulch, is excellent mulch for retaining moisture and keeping weeds at bay. Attach the irrigation system to a timer at the faucet. Set it to turn on in the early morning hours to reduce evaporation.

How Much Water Do Plants Need?

Ideally, plants need at least one inch of water per week. They can calculate how much water their sprinkler, soaker hose, or drip irrigation system puts out with a rain gauge or a small, straight-sided can. Lay the can under the irrigation system and time how long it takes to fill it one inch.

Taking Care of Container Gardens

Container gardens and houseplants require a bit more attention and planning to ensure they survive a vacation. The goal is to keep water loss through the leaves to a minimum by keeping the humidity high around the plants and reducing stress caused by intense sunlight and temperature. If they’re going away for a just a few days, they can simply give plants a thorough soaking. They can group them together to retain humidity and position them in a shady location outdoors or in the bathtub. Or, they can add Miracle-Gro® Water Storing Crystals to the plants’ potting mix. These crystals store many times their weight in moisture and can help reduce the amount of watering plants will need.

Container Gardens During Longer Vacations

A longer-term strategy for container plants is to gather plants together in an empty kiddie pool placed in a shady spot in the backyard. By adding 1 to 2 inches of water to the bottom of the pool, plants should do well for one to two weeks.

Other Strategies

There are several clever vacation watering devices on the market that use recycled 2-liter soda bottles as water reservoirs with attached plastic or clay cones, which gradually send water to the plants’ root zone. They can also simply use a plastic bottle, poking small holes in the bottom with a nail and filling it with water, then placing it on top of the soil in their containers. The water will slowly seep into the soil. Adjust the size of the bottle according to the size and water needs of individual plants. These are free or inexpensive methods and work well for individual plants. With a bit of planning and ingenuity, they can enjoy their vacation knowing that the plants are happily taking care of themselves.

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Super Plant Food

Super Plant Food is a 100% ORMI certified organic all-purpose fertilizer that is a fish hydrosolyte, which is made from the protein parts of the Cod fish.

Super Plant Food Benefits

  • Nutrients are immediately available to the plants.
  • 4 oz. package covers 10,000 square feet.
  • High in amino acid, 80-83%.
  • Easy to use. You can use garden end hose sprayer, water bottler sprayer, water can, or even a fine mist sprayer.
  • 100% water soluble.
  • Will see results immediately.
  • Doesn’t burn the plants.
  • Good for all plants, vegetables, and trees.
  • OMRI certified organic.
  • Cost effective organic solution.

Retailer Benefits

  • Small footprint – a lot of value per square foot of space.
  • NOT sold in “Big Box” stores, so you won’t get price shopped!
  • NOT sold on the internet, even Amazon, so you won’t get price shopped!
  • Supplying your customers with a cost-effective organic product that is even more affordable than conventional products.
  • Your customer will have to come back to you to buy Super Plant Food.

Consumer Benefits

  • Cost-effective organic product.
  • Easy to use.
  • Can’t do it wrong, can’t apply to little or too much.
  • Great all-around organic fertilizer.
  • Will see results quickly.

Packaging

There are 13 packages per display box and one display box per master carton. The display box has push tabs and perforated edges to easily remove the top of the box. No knives required.  The dimensions of the display box are 9.25″ high x 5.5″ wide x 16″ deep.

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Why MYKE?

MYKE: What it is and how does Mycorrhizae work?

100 % all-natural growth enhancers, MYKE creates the ideal environment for healthier and stronger plants. The MYKE products can be used for organic production. Simply put, the MYKE products enhance the general health of plants and soils.

How Does MYKE Benefit Plants, Flowers And Trees?

All MYKE growth supplements, namely MYKE Flower, MYKE Vegetable & Herb, and MYKE Tree & Shrub, contain mycorrhizae, beneficial fungi that have been naturally present in soils for millions of years.

Retailer Benefits

  • Bigger, stronger , healthier plants = exceptional floral and plant displays
  • Exclusive 5-year warranty offer on MYKE Tree & Shrub = incremental sales

Consumer Benefits

  • Stunning and healthy plants = satisfied customer = repeat customer
  • 5-year warranty on MYKE Tree & Shrub = consumer confidence in product they are buying

MYKE Flower:

This product was specifically designed for the planting of annuals and perennials in pots, flowerbeds, and planters. Just apply the product directly on the roots at planting, and it’s done!

MYKE Vegetable & Herb:

When the time comes to transplant seedlings, apply a little MYKE Vegetable & Herb at the bottom of the planting hole or in the furrow, and make sure the roots come in contact with the product. Plants will be stronger and more vigorous, and their yield more plentiful.

MYKE Tree & Shrub (exclusive 5-year warranty):

Designed to provide your trees and shrubs with a natural advantage, MYKE Tree & Shrub helps extend plants’ lifespans and reduces the stress caused by transplantation.

When applied near a plant’s roots, the product will prolong the entire root system, allowing the plant to absorb more nutrients from the soil.

How Does Mycorrhizae Work?

Mycorrhizae create a network that increases the plants ability to absorb more nutrients and water from soil, such as phosphorus, copper, and zinc.

Mycorrhizae form a network of fine filaments that associate with plant roots and draw nutrients and water from the soil that the root system would not be able to access otherwise.

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Schultz: Choosing The Proper Plant Food

Schultz® is a superior product line with extraordinary brand recognition that has made it a leading seller in the competitive retail plant food market for many years. When you grow something with Schultz®, you get great benefits for your customer and business. Nitrogen, phosphate, and potash, along with other macronutrients, are the keys to plant success!

Balancing these three major nutrients is an important consideration when choosing the proper plant food. Schultz’s variety of quality plant foods makes finding the right one a quick and easy process. The formulations for specific plants and flowers have been created for the perfect combination of nutrients for guaranteed success.

Mother Nature feeds plants every time it rains, which dissolves nutrients and distributes them evenly to all plants. Schultz® Liquid Plant Food Plus does the same thing. The plant food instantly provides vital micronutrients every time plants are watered; excellent when transplanting, repotting, and rooting.

For Indoor Houseplants: African violets, orchids, herbs, gardenias, gloxinia, dieffenbachia, philodendrons, bonsai, pothos, jade plants, ivies, cacti, ficus, and hydroponics
For Outdoor Plants: roses, tomatoes, flowers, bulbs, bedding plants, seeds, vegetables, trees, azaleas, fruits, berries, rhododendrons, lawns, shrubs, and evergreens

Schultz® Cactus Plus Liquid Plant Food is perfect for all cacti and other succulents, including jade and aloe vera. Schultz® Cactus Plus feeds like Mother Nature. The plant food instantly provides vital micronutrients every time plants are watered.

For Use On: Cacti, aloe, jade, and other succulent plants

Schultz® Bloom Food Slow-Release Plant Food encourages rapid blooming, rich color, and strong root development in all flowering and fruiting plants. It is easy to use, and does not require mixing.

For Use On: Blooming plants, bedding plants, flowers, roses, flowering/fruiting trees, and shrubs

Schultz® Tomato Food Fast Acting Water-Soluble Plant Food grows delicious tomatoes, vegetables, and fruits.

For Use On: Peppers, cucumbers, beans, peas, carrots, radishes, squash, corn, lettuce, cabbage, pumpkins, apples, pears, peaches, and strawberries

Schultz® Boost Pacs are convenient and mess free. They feature an all-purpose plant food that can be used both indoors and outdoors. They are for use in watering cans and are premeasured to contain the right combination of essential nutrients that instantly feeds for bigger plants and more blooms. They are safe for all plants when used as directed and are a quick and easy way to beautiful flowers, lush foliage, and fresh homegrown plants. They provide instant feeding without the mess. Just drop, fill, and feed!

For Use On: African violets, all lawns, annuals, azaleas, bedding plants, begonias, geraniums, ground covers, hostas, houseplants, hydroponics, impatiens, ivy mums, orchids, perennials, philodendrons, rhododendrons, roses, schefflera, succulents, tomatoes, trees/shrubs, and vegetables

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The Key To Removing Ticks

Ticks are multiplying rapidly and more and more are carrying diseases that we never hear of until they are here. Others are carrying diseases that were here for a long time before they were diagnosed and are now a daily topic of conversation. It’s scary… almost terrifying… to know that the illnesses may be mild, debilitating, or even deadly.

How is the tick population growing at such an alarming rate? Each female tick produces 2,000 to 20,000 babies in one hatch. It is almost unfathomable to think of how many multiples there are every year based on those statistics. And, in November of 2017, the Longhorn (Asian) Tick made its debut in New Jersey. This tick is asexual and virtually clones itself to reproduce without a partner. There are over 80 species of ticks in the United States and over 850 species throughout the world. In light of the Longhorn tick’s arrival, there is no doubt that more species will be arriving. The question is not “if”… it is “when.”

Hard ticks feed three times in their lifetime. When they hatch from their egg, they have to find a host close to the ground to grow and molt into a nymph. At the nymph stage, they will feed once again, grow, and molt. As an adult, both, male and female ticks must feed in order to breed. Female ticks will then lay thousands and thousands of eggs… and will then die. Soft ticks, on the other hand, will feed multiple times and have the ability to lay eggs several times before their life cycle ends.

Deer ticks have been found to be able to transmit up to five tick-borne diseases in one bite. Many folks are frantic at the site of a deer or at the thought of the deer population, yet deer are only responsible for up to 5 percent of Lyme Disease. Mice and rodents are responsible for the other 95 percent. And, recently, it was discovered that there is a dwarf deer tick on the prowl.

The most well known tick-borne diseases are: Lyme Disease, Powassan Disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI), Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever, Tularemia, Bartonellosis, Rickettsia, Mycoplasmosis. What is coming next? Nobody knows quite what to expect.

Original Tick Key™ has been helping people remove ticks safely and effectively for over 11 years. This tick removal tool is 99.9% effective in the removal of all sizes and types of ticks. No pinching, pulling, prodding, suffocating, burning, twisting… or anything that causes you to traumatize a tick during removal. When traumatized, the tick expels its stomach contents into the host and will transmit disease if it has not done so prior to removal. Simply place the large opening of your Original Tick Key™ over a tick, slide across the skin and pull (do not lift). The tick will be removed, mouthparts and all. When you are finished, wipe the key off with an alcohol wipe and keep it on your key chain for it’s next use.

Original Tick Key™ has brand recognition. Consumers ask for it by name. This amazing tick removal tool has been written about by news media, has won several awards, and is endorsed by the ACA, physicians, and veterinarians alike.

Original Tick Key™ (available in 19 different colors) or Mossy Oak® camo patterns is a great impulse buy and something everybody should have. Help your customers be prepared for ticks and tick-borne diseases.

Visit TickKey.com to see how easy this product works. Offer it to your customers. And, have it private-labeled before you put it on your shelves.

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Company Spotlight: Sunlight Supply, Inc.


Founded in 1995, Sunlight Supply, Inc., is a Vancouver, WA based manufacturer and distributor of specialty gardening supplies. Their product offering of over 5,500 different products includes everything needed for indoor, hydroponic, organic, and greenhouse gardening. They also offer a wide variety of products for the outdoor gardener.

Their signature brands include Sun System brand grow lights, Sun Blaze T5 HO fluorescent grow lights, Galaxy digital ballasts, Gro Pro growing containers, Hurricane fans, Titan Controls, Ideal Air brand air conditioners, and dehumidifiers, Mother Earth growing media and amendments, Adjust a Wings reflectors, Black Ops carbon filters, Ultra Sun horticultural grow lamps, Eco Plus water and air pumps, Ideal H2O water filtration equipment, and many more.

Whether you grow in soil, soilless mixes, Hydroton grow rocks, coco fiber or rockwool, Sunlight Supply offers everything you need to be a successful gardener. They also offer a complete line of hydroponic supplies to grow with any method of hydroponics.

Whether you garden as a hobby or commercially, hydroponically or in soil, indoors or outdoors, Sunlight Supply offers all of the products you need for a successful growing experience.

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Hibiscus Plants – A Trumpet of Color

Hibiscus plants are a beautiful addition to any outdoor or indoor environment. They produce large, colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom for extended periods of time. There are approximately 200 species of hibiscus, which vary in size, color and cold tolerance. Blooms may be seen in red, white, blue, pink, yellow, purple, and mixed colors that may extend up to a foot wide. One can understand why these plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds to any garden.

These plants are typically divided into two groups: Hardy Hibiscus and Tropical Hibiscus. Tropical Hibiscus enjoys a warm, humid environment with temperatures above 50 degrees F while the Hardy Hibiscus survives in a cooler climate in which temperatures may drop below freezing in the winter. Tropical hibiscus plants need to be brought indoors during the winter months because they cannot tolerate much more than a light freeze, or the plant will die. The Hardy Perennial Hibiscus (often called Rose Mallow) dies back to the ground each year, but eventually re-emerges to produce those large colorful blooms. Rose of Sharon is another Hardy Hibiscus variety that produces giant blooms during the mid-summer months. The leaves and stems die down to the ground with the colder weather; however, the roots may live in freezing temperatures with little to no protection. These plants do take their time developing in the spring. Sometimes the plant doesn’t come to life until early summer! Make sure to cut back, old woody stems before new foliage arise.

Provide your Hibiscus plant with at least 5 to 6 hours of sunlight, especially if you want to enjoy many blooms. When Hibiscus are in their blooming stage, they require large amounts of water. Daily watering is needed during the warm weather. Try to keep the plant moist, but not soaking wet. A nice layer of mulch is beneficial to keep the ground ideal. Once the weather cools, cut back on the watering. Only water when the soil is dry to the touch.

Hibiscus prefer an acidic soil that drains well. A mixture of peat, sand, garden soil, and organic compost create the perfect blend of soil. Hibiscus need nutrients to bloom. In the summer months, use a fertilizer with mostly nitrogen and potassium. Potassium will result in better health and more blooms. A natural way to increasing potassium to your soil is to incorporate your unused banana peels.

Moderate pruning should be done to keep the plant tall and growing. Pruning helps to promote new growth and causes more blossoms to appear as well. Cut the branches just above a node or leaf joint and angle the cut away from the center of the plant. This will send a signal to the plant to grow more branches at this location – away from the center of the hibiscus. Pruning back the plant immediately before the dormant cold weather is a must!

Did you know that the flowers and leaves of the Hibiscus plant may be found in teas and liquid extracts that are useful to treat high blood pressure, weight loss and fevers? Also, the Hibiscus is Hawaii’s state flower. Traditionally worn by Hawaiian girls. A fun fact is, if the flower is worn behind the left ear, the women is married or in a relationship. If the flower is worn behind the right ear, she is recognized as being single or available for a relationship. Something your staff may have fun with when you host a Hibiscus Day in your store!

If you have never grown a Hibiscus plant, take some time this year and add some gorgeous color to your living space and consider that one-of-a kind plant that will beautify any environment!

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Successful Planting with NutriRoot® & ArborChar™

Don’t let limited water and bad soil keep your customers from a great garden! This season reduce watering, promote rooting, and boost soil microbiology with NutriRoot and ArborChar.

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.

What is ArborChar?

ArborChar is uniquely built to be a soil amendment and fertilizer, blending organic nutrients with biochar, a porous and activated carbon material, which helps to build soil, conserve water, and sequester carbon, while aiding in the proliferation of soil microorganisms. ArborChar will improve leaf vigor, root development, and soil structure in indoor and outdoor plants, trees, and shrubs.

Using NutriRoot:

Apply NutriRoot directly to the soil in containerized plants or spray the base of balled/burlapped plants to ensure 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.

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. Add water slowly to reduce foaming.

Using ArborChar:

Use ArborChar All Purpose Grow and Root, Flower, & Fruit to amend soils while promoting plant growth. Use ArborChar Summer Stress to maintain green color and plant vigor in stressful summer conditions. Mix in at least 1 inch below the surface in new planting beds, around established plants, or in the root zone when planting. Repeat applications throughout the growing season every two to four weeks to maintain optimal nutrition. Water in thoroughly after application. For best results, water with NutriRoot.

Measure 1 – 4 tsp of ArborChar per 1-5 gallon container or 3 cups/approximately 1 lb. to cover 200 sq. ft. Use higher rates for clay and sandy soils and one time applications. Use lower rates for routine maintenance and potted plants. Create your own soil blend by adding ¼ – ½ cup to a 40lb bag of soil, then till into garden or use as backfill.

General Planting Tips:

  • Always dig a wide hole. Planting trees and shrubs too deep will limit their success of survival. Dig the hole two to three times the diameter of the root ball or container. Some plants like tomatoes will thrive when planted deeper, but if you’re not sure, go wide and then backfill.
  • Adding your own or locally sourced compost will help products like NutriRoot & ArborChar work faster by adding additional organic matter and beneficial organisms. Compost can also increase the soil’s ability to hold water. Try blending compost and ArborChar together first in a bucket or wheel barrow, then add to the soil.
  • Keep plants in their pots and the soil moist until you are ready to put them in the ground.
  • Be careful not to pull on the stem of the tree or plant. Try holding the pot in one hand, flip it upside down, and give it a sharp tap on the bottom to release the plant. For larger containers or burlapped trees lift by the root mass.
  • If the roots are a solid mass, gently loosen the root ball. It may be necessary to score the root mass in several places. This will help encourage new root growth.
  • After filling in the soil around the plant, use your hands to firm the soil and eliminate air pockets.
  • Water slowly and deeply. The roots should never dry out completely, nor should they be waterlogged.  Thorough soakings that moisten the soil to the entire depth of the root mass are better than frequent light waterings.
  • Adding 2-3 inches of mulch will help to conserve water and prevent weeds. When adding ArborChar to existing plantings, move back any mulch and scratch ArborChar into at least the top 2 inches of the soils, then return mulch.

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Quick & Easy Gardens With Uneak Garden Kits

Making the garden a personal functional space can be tricky; from getting the right look, to tailoring each year based on your growing needs. Uneak has you covered. Bring creativity, style and complete function back to the garden with Uneak’s premium garden hardware & kits.

Uneak Gardens helps make any space a place to grow, build, play and design! Their easy-to-use, solid steel corner brackets lock in 3 different angles 45, 90 and 180 degrees to give you unmatched strength and versatility. With Uneak, you don’t have to struggle finding a system to fit your space, you can design any shape to fit exactly where you need it. Uneak Brackets also stack and lock for multi-levels. Uneak helps gardeners embrace their space and customize to meet their needs, whatever they may be.

Uneak Premium Brackets

  • Made of solid steel – save with a durable long-lasting structure
  • Baked powder-coated finish – fade-resistant UV protection beats the elements
  • Snap & stack for multi-levels – simple to grow more with strength and reliability
  • Just add 2×6 timbers- set up in minutes and get back to gardening

Experimenting with what you grow and how long you can grow it has never been easier. Uneak Gardens modular systems can be set up in a snap. The Premium Kits come complete with the highest quality composite timbers and solid steel corner brackets. The best part is that gardeners can start small or go big! Grow leafy greens, deep rooted veggies, flowers and more!

The raised bed systems heat soil quicker so the growing season can be extended into the fall or started earlier in the spring. Kits can be mixed and new kits added whenever gardeners are ready to try something new and they can do it with ease whether they are a beginner or a seasoned pro. Uneak makes building raised garden beds easy; no skill required.

Uneak Premium Kits

  • Made of U.S.A. 2X6 rice husk composites – no rotting, no breaking, water-resistant powerhouse
  • Combine kits – the easiest way to expand and add versatility with ease
  • Minimal tools required – save on costly preparation material
  • 7-year warranty – proven peace of mind

Uneak Gardens bracket hardware and kits help gardeners unlock custom versatility to make it easy to do it themselves and focus on what they love most – their garden and their space! They can develop a modular solution that is sure to be both functional and beautiful.

Easy to use, easy to build, professional and extremely durable; meet the newest innovation in modular gardening systems, Uneak Gardens!

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Good Soil and Good Knowledge for Better Gardening

What makes a good garden? Good soil, good knowledge, good plants, and good care are all that you need. That’s why Sun Gro Horticulture offers superior gardening soil and knowledge through its flagship brand, Black Gold. We know that good gardens start with superior soils, and Black Gold horticultural experts give gardeners the best information for growing success, through timely blogs, how-to videos, and our new Ask a Garden Expert support service. To further engage Black Gold gardeners, we also offer monthly garden giveaways to help gardeners get even more excited about our products and services.

Ask a Garden Expert

Black Gold gardeners get the best possible support. Our garden expert and spokesperson, Jessie Keith, has over 30 years of gardening experience and degrees in horticulture and plant biology to ensure our gardeners get the best advice to make the most of our products. Do you have a gardening question, need help identifying a plant, or need advice on how to use a product? Submit your question to Black Gold’s Ask a Garden Expert. Within 24 hours, Jessie will answer your question. Answers will then be posted on the Black Gold Ask a Garden Expert Q & A forum to let others learn from your gardening experiences.

Exciting Garden Blogs

Each year, Black Gold blogs receive hundreds of thousands of visitors. Over 450 timely in-depth online blogs help readers get to the heart of gardening subjects and current trends. Want to learn more about vegetable, organic, flower, or container gardening? Search our blogs for the answers. Each is rich with photos and expert information written by Black Gold’s team of professional garden writers.

In addition to Jessie Keith, Black Gold’s garden writing team includes Maureen Gilmer, a noted author of 18 gardening books, and writer of Yardsmart, a national column syndicated by Scripps Howard News Service; and Mike Darcy, a respected garden writer and television and radio personality. In 2018 Black Gold will also invite cutting-edge garden bloggers from award-winning blogs, such as Garden Betty, Urban Gardens, and Garden Therapy, to provide great stories for our website.

How-to Garden Videos

Our monthly Gro Your Own™ videos take a hands-on approach to helping gardeners grow their own fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Jessie Keith uses her own productive vegetable garden to help others grow better with Black Gold. We also create DIY gardening craft and project videos that cover everything from container garden and terrarium design to flower gardening, and more. These videos receive thousands of views each month.

Great Gardening Giveaways

In 2017 Black Gold launched a series of monthly garden giveaways created in partnership with other respected horticultural companies, such as Proven Winners®, High Mowing Organic Seeds, and Van Bloem Gardens®, among others. These giveaways secured thousands of entrants, which helped boost our social media presence, promote our products, and obtain new customers. In 2018, we will be offering a new suite of monthly giveaways with partners that include High Mowing Organic Seeds, Smart Pots®, Algreen®, Biosafe Systems®, and Van Bloem Gardens®.

(If your company is interested in partnering with us on a giveaway, please contact Bruce Adams at Bruce.Adams@sungro.com.)

Savings Opportunities for Black Gold Gardeners

Savings encourage sales, which is why Sun Gro® Horticulture offers a generous rebate coupon to gardeners that choose Black Gold® and other Sun Gro retail products. These rebates let our customers take $3.00 off of every $10.00 they spend on our products to help them create more beautiful, vigorous, cost-saving gardens.

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