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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Better Soils From A Better Biochar

ARBORChar®, A Better Way to Grow

ARBORChar® is uniquely built to be a soil amendment and fertilizer, blending nutrients to target specific plant needs with biochar to help improve leaf vigor, root and fruit growth, and soil structure, while aiding in the proliferation of soil microorganisms. ARBORChar is designed to have neutral pH and produce minimal dust and it will not burn plant tissue. It’s made with biochar sourced from sustainably grown, untreated, unpainted, hardwood trees, and loaded with organic nutrients, minerals, blood meal, and bone meal. ARBORChar All Purpose Grow 5-6-4 and Root, Flower & Fruit 3-6-4 go above and beyond traditional biochar products.

What is Biochar?

Biochar is an extremely porous charcoal, rich in carbon, which enhances soils through retention of water and nutrients and increased soil biodiversity. The use of biochar to enhance soil productivity goes back 2000 years, when Amazonians smoldered agricultural waste in pits or trenches. Today, biochar is made through a modern process called pyrolysis, the thermal decomposition of organic matter in the absence of oxygen, producing a porous and activated carbon material which helps to build soil, conserve water, and sequester carbon.

Carbon Sequestration

The burning and natural decomposition of organic matter and agricultural waste adds large amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere. Biochar can reduce the growth in atmospheric greenhouse gas levels by holding carbon in soils for thousands of years. The production of biochar is a carbon-negative process which removes more CO2 from the atmosphere than released.

Water Retention & Soil Amendment

Biochar is recognized as offering several benefits to soil related to its porous nature and high surface area. The structure of biochar can attract and retain both water and water-soluble nutrients. Thus, nutrients, are retained for the plants benefit instead of leaching into water. The porous structure is also an extremely suitable habitat for beneficial micro-organisms, which play an essential role in soil fertility and plant growth.

Soil pH & Cation Exchange Capacity

Nutrients are more plant available in acid soils. Optimum soil’s pH range from 5.5 to 7.0. Biochar generally has high pH (e.g. 6 – 10), so in areas where a soil pH is low, biochar can help to buffer the acidity in the soil, making nutrients like Iron and Phosphorus available for plants to take up through their roots and minimizing deficiencies.

Biochar can help create soils with high Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC). Surfaces that are negatively charged like biochar and organic matter hold on to positively charged nutrients because opposite charges attract. The soil can then “exchange” these nutrients with plant roots.

Using ARBORChar:

Use ARBORChar on indoor and outdoor vegetables, herbs, annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs. Add 1 to 4 tsp of ARBORChar per container or use 3 cups to cover 200 sq. ft. Mix in 1 to 6 inches below the soil surface in new planting beds, around established plants, or in root zone when planting. Repeat applications throughout the growing season every two to four weeks to maintain optimal nutrition. Water in thoroughly after applications. For best results, plant with compost and water with NutriRoot.

All Purpose Grow 5-6-4 offers a balanced package of NPK for general plant growth as well as 6% Calcium to help inhibit Blossom End Rot and 2% Magnesium to prevent yellowing. Root, Flower & Fruit 3-6-4 has a reduced nitrogen percentage to allow plants to focus on rooting and fruiting and contains 10% Calcium, and 2.5% Magnesium.

ARBORChar is available in 1 & 4 lbs. bags and covers 200 to 800 sq. ft. Offer your customers the Fertilizer & Water Manager Display. Stocked with NutriRoot and ARBORChar, this display is designed with extra messaging to help you sell these unique products. Earn more profit with the FREE, corrugated display, without taking up a lot of space. It also comes pre-stocked for an easy and time saving set up.

About Arborjet®, Inc.

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

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Scotts Spring Lawn Care Tips

Tackling spring lawn care provides a dose of fresh air, sunshine, and exercise—and sets lawns on their way to season-long glory. Spring lawn chores aren’t difficult, but they do play a vital role in getting grass on track for a healthy, productive growing season.

Here are our top spring lawn care tips:

Early Spring

Mower Tune Up. Change the oil, air filter, and spark plug. Clean the top and undercarriage, removing dirt and grass clippings. Just be sure to detach the spark plug wire before working around the cutting blade. Don’t flip a gas mower over to clean underneath; simply lift one side and brush away dried grass. If dried grass has hardened, loosen with a hand trowel or putty knife. Sharpen the mower blade, and replace it if it has large nicks or gouges. It’s a good idea to keep an extra blade on hand so you always cut with a sharp edge. Last but not least, fill the fuel tank.

Clean up. Walk over lawns and gather any twigs, branches or other debris that has appeared over winter. Dispose of trash, and add small twigs and leaves to compost piles. Then, rake out dead grass. It can also go on the compost pile, unless it contains weeds.

Repair bare spots in Northern lawns. Fix bare patches in cool-season turf using Scotts® EZ Seed®. Water newly seeded areas daily for at least a week, but ideally until grass reaches mow-able height. Avoid mowing until grass is at least 2 inches tall or the same height as surrounding lawn. (Wait until late spring for Southern lawns.)

Prevent weeds in the North. For Northern lawns where crabgrass has been a problem in the past, apply Scotts® Turf Builder® Halts Crabgrass Preventer with Lawn Food in early spring. Follow label directions, and only use this product if no spring seeding projects are planned.

Feed the grass. If crabgrass wasn’t a problem, apply Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food to Northern lawns around the time of the first mowing. This will give nourishment to plant roots for strong growth. If weeds weren’t an issue last year on your Southern lawn, feed grass with Scotts® Turf Builder® Southern Lawn Food to help protect lawns against heat and drought. With all lawn fertilizers, follow label directions carefully for best results.

Mow high. Adjust the mower deck to cut grass at the highest possible setting for the lawn’s type of grass. Tall grass sinks deeper roots (which can seek out moisture) and crowds out weeds. Most turf types thrive with a 3- to 4-inch blade height, which usually corresponds to a mower’s highest setting. Choose a middle setting for Zoysia grass and Centipede grass, and the lowest setting for Bermuda grass and creeping bentgrass. The rule of thumb for mowing is to remove only one-third of the total grass blade length at a time.

Edge beds. In early spring, soft soil makes edging beds a cinch. Using a sharp garden spade or half-moon edger, cut a 2- to 3-inch deep, V-shaped trench along beds to keep grass out. Maintain this edge with a string trimmer throughout the growing season, recutting only as needed. If you’re refreshing existing trench edges in spring by digging out soil or mulch that has filled the trench, toss weed-free material onto planting beds as mulch or add it to a compost pile.

Apply mulch. Wait until soil has warmed to refresh mulch for the growing season. Shredded mulch provides a polished finish to planting beds, which you’ll get when you use any variety of Scotts mulch. Scotts mulches provide vibrant year-long color and help prevent weed growth by blocking access to the sun. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer around (but not on top of) your plants.

Espoma: Plan Now For A Profitable Spring Selling Season

Digital Marketing:

Digital has become one of the most effective ways to communicate with your customers and drive foot traffic into your stores. However, this new style of communication is not just taking product or price promotions from print vehicles and placing them on digital communication platforms. The optimum format for these – whether blog entry, email message or Facebook post – is to educate the reader on the selected topic, weaving the associated products into the text and positioning your store and associates as THE experts in any gardening project. That means content is critical to the success of these efforts. Espoma Organic posts blogs weekly and this content is available for you to use in your digital advertising campaigns. Visit the blog at http://www.espoma.com/espoma-blog/.

There is also great video content for you to share and embed in your own campaigns at www.youtube.com/espomavideo.

Ask your Espoma Territory Sales Manager how to get started with this fresh new content.

Late Winter:

There are still sales to be made indoors with the four new Espoma Organic indoor plant foods. These 8 oz. liquid concentrates contain natural proteins and beneficial microbes that provide beautiful results. Each has the new innovative Easy Dose cap for a perfect pour every time with no measuring and no mess.

Watch the Easy Dose video here.

Be sure the new Organic Indoor! Houseplant Food, Organic Cactus! Succulent Plant Food, Organic Orchid! Bloom Booster, and Organic Violet! African Violet Plant Food are all on your winter sets now!

Getting Set for Spring:

Bio-tone Starter Plus:

Talk to your Arett Sales Representative about Espoma Organic’s Bio-tone Starter Plusthe ultimate starter plant food. Bio-tone Starter Plus combines all natural and organic plant nutrients with humates, exclusive Bio-tone Microbes and both Endo and Ecto mycorrhizae. The result is a plant food that grows new root mass very quickly to ensure transplant success. It’s like an insurance policy for your customers, reducing returns and costly replacements.

Final thought:

Soon, there will be new hires that will need training and old hands that might need a refresher on organic gardening products. Be sure to sign up and complete the Espoma Organic Certified Dealer program to train staff. This innovative program is available 24/7 at espomadealer.com to keep associates current on how and why Espoma Organic products can help customers succeed in all of their gardening projects.

Plan now for a profitable spring selling season!

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What Makes Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow® Different?

Pearl Valley Farms™, one of the nation’s first self-sustaining egg farms, is home to nearly two million chickens. Their chicken litter – based fertilizer, Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow®, is just one component of full-circle sustainability and vertical integration at Pearl Valley Farms.

Whether your customers are elbow-deep in their vegetable garden or simply enjoying the view from their backyard patio, there’s no denying the power of plants in enriching our lives.

Healthy Grow is proud to provide a full line of fertilizers that are made with only the purest, most wholesome ingredients possible to ensure vigorous growth throughout a plant’s lifecycle. Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow Fertilizer:

  • Tomato – 3 lb., 6 lb. bag
  • All Purpose – 3 lb., 6 lb. bag
  • Early Start – 3 lb., 6 lb. bag
  • Bulbs & Bloom – 3 lb., 6 lb. bag
  • Tomato – 3 lb., 6 lb. bag
  • Rose & Flower – 3 lb., 6 lb. bag
  • Acid Loving Plants –6 lb. bag

“The Way It’s Made Matters™

Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow starts simply – with chicken litter from healthy, egg-laying chickens fed a calcium-rich diet. The litter is collected and left to air-dry and break down in an indoor, state-of-the-art, composting facility. Healthy Grow compost is regularly and carefully turned during the 45-day long process to ensure complete aeration, a vital aspect behind promoting microbial growth. The aerobically composted chicken manure is then combined with organic inputs to reach their specific formulation. Many of Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow products are OMRI listed approved for organic gardening and lawns.

 How Is Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow® Different?

Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow controls every aspect of the manufacturing process, raw material, and are committed to independents garden centers.

  • Perfectly designed packaging that sits well at the shelf level
  • Granular, low odor fertilizer that is naturally high in calcium and high microbe activity
  • A competitively priced, high performance product that results in higher margins for you
  • An integrated marketing plan developed to build brand equity and drive awareness in order to boost sales at retail

An Integrated Marketing Plan Designed for Retailers

Healthy Grow has developed a robust integrated marketing plan to increase sales and be a solution provider to you. Their integrated marketing programming, combined with their cost-effective, high-margin product will help drive consideration and trial at the point of purchase. Healthy Grow also provides a variety of additional marketing programs.

  • POP material
  • Hassle free digital Rebate program – Healthy Grow handles 100% of the redemption process
  • Pandora radio advertising
  • Community garden cause initiatives
  • Local television partnerships
  • Digital advertising
  • Social advertising
  • Easy to navigate, mobile friendly website
  • Product locator

These are just some of the tools they have in their arsenal to drive Healthy Grow sales at the retail level. For questions or additional information on Healthy Grow products or marketing, please contact your Arett sales rep or email marketing@pearlvalleyfarms.com.

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Balanced & Fast Nutrition With Dr. Earth® Life® All Purpose Fertilizer

Dr. Earth® Life® All Purpose Fertilizer is a true pelletized and homogenous organic all purpose fertilizer that produces remarkable results because nutrients are released quickly yet continue to feed for several months. The ultra-premium scientific formula provides optimum levels of primary essential plant nutrients, including micronutrients and multi-minerals. TruBiotic® ensures organic nutrients are thoroughly broken down then released in the soil for plant roots to absorb them as they are needed. Feeds for several months. Great for every plant in the garden. This is Dr. Earth’s easiest to use fertilizer and can be applied to the soil without having to be worked in.

Life is infused with Advanced TruBiotic® – consisting of “Five Champion Strains” of beneficial soil microbes and eighteen select strains of ecto and endo mycorrhizae – which contributes to drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient availability, and increased plant performance. The Dr. Earth® probiotics are a most complete “broad-spectrum” bio-active package designed to work synergistically with the raw organic nutrients that make up the Life® formula. This spectacular blend builds soil health, promotes disease resistance, and assists growth for remarkable plants every time.

Dr. Earth® Life® All Purpose Fertilizer is rich in wild-caught Alaskan fish bone meal, wild-caught Alaskan fish meal, valley-grown alfalfa meal, high country feather meal, naturally-mined potassium sulfate, aged bat guano, cold water kelp meal, and MicroActive™ micronutrient-rich seaweed extract (synergistically boosted with 11% micronized humic acids for maximum bioavailability).

Dr. Earth® Life® All Purpose Fertilizer is ideal for providing balanced and fast nutrition for all vegetables, flowers, bedding plants, potted plants, all trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, and even spot treating lawns.

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Encap® Flower Kits: Flower Gardening at its Best

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As spring approaches, everyone is beginning to think about the upcoming planting season – what they’ll plant where, the varieties they’re looking for, and how they can prepare.

Encap® makes flower gardening easier than ever with All-In-OneTM Flower Kits, offering a full line of flower kits, each with vibrant, eye-catching packaging. These All-In-OneTM kits contain everything needed to grow beautiful blooms that will last all season long. Seed, fertilizer, and mulch, combined with Encap’s patented technologies, produce impressive results with ease; simply sprinkle the mix onto worked up soil, water, and wait.

With varieties to suit any gardener’s tastes, Encap® offers:

  • *NEW Wildflower Pollinator Mix
  • *NEW Wildflower Perennial Mix
  • Wildflower Butterfly & Hummingbird Mix
  • Wildflower Bouquet Mix
  • Wildflower Shady Mix
  • Wildflower Aromatic Mix
  • Zinnia Mix
  • Daisy Mix
New in 2017

New this year are two additional wildflower mixes: Wildflower Pollinator Mix and Wildflower Perennial Mix.

Wildflower Pollinator Mix

For many gardeners, attracting pollinators is becoming an increasing interest. Gardeners are looking to encourage natural pollination, providing a food source for nature’s beautiful pollinators. While all flowers promote pollination, some flowers are a more attractive food source than others. Encap® has developed a new Wildflower Pollinator Mix to make attracting pollinators easier than ever. The mix is a blend specially formulated to attract birds, bees, and butterflies and provide a reliable food source that will keep them coming back to pollinate.

Wildflower Perennial Mix

Cultivating floral displays year after year is even easier with the Wildflower Perennial Mix. This full perennial blend will return each year with displays of Black-Eyed Susans, Purple Coneflowers, Sweet William Pinks, and more.

Wildflowers

As homeowners look for more natural-looking flower beds, wildflowers are becoming an increasingly popular option. Wildflowers provide vibrant floral displays, but give a less “manicured” feel. Hundreds of wildflower varieties exist, allowing for endless combinations. Encap® created a line of wildflower kits for this reason, and has designed each kit with a specific purpose in mind.

Wildflower Butterfly & Hummingbird Mix

Wildflower Butterfly & Hummingbird Mix delivers beautiful displays that are formulated specifically to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Wildflower Bouquet Mix

Wildflower Bouquet Mix is a blend of flowers designed to provide just the right cuttings to create stunning bouquets.

Wildflower Shady Mix

Wildflower Shady Mix is a blend of wildflowers that grow best in shade. From Forget-Me-Nots to Sweet William Pinks, even those hard-to-grow shady spots around your yard can boast abundant flowerbeds.

Wildflower Aromatic Mix

Wildflower Aromatic Mix is a unique blend of wildflowers designed to not only provide colorful blooms, but also to give off a fragrant aroma.

Classics

Zinnia Mix

Encap® also offers a Zinnia Mix. Zinnias have always been a popular choice among gardeners, because they are easy to grow, and offer a wide range of vibrant colors.

Daisy Mix

The assortment found in Encap®’s Daisy Mix provides varying heights and colors of daisies, creating a spectacular display of this classic favorite.

An Easier Way to Beautiful Blooms
Encap®’s patented technologies help to maximize results while minimizing work:

Advanced Soil TechnologyTM (AST®)

Encap®’s Advanced Soil TechnologyTM is a proprietary product that has revolutionized the way we garden. This patented technology improves the soil environment, enhances seed establishment, reduces nutrient loss, and maximizes water filtration. It works by bonding with the soil upon contact, to get into the root zone where it’s needed most.

Seed Watering TechnologyTM (SWT®)

Encap®’s Seed Watering TechnologyTM takes the guesswork out of watering. This patented technology sparkles on the soil surface when wet, and gets dull when dry; gone are the days of over- and under-watering.

Store Display

Displaying the flower kits is simple and effective. In addition to single units, Encap® offers an easy-to-merchandise flower kit display to showcase the many varieties. Weighted with top sellers, the 20 x 24 quarter pallet display contains all eight SKU’s and accommodates 72 replenishable units.

Encap® Flower Kits are a huge hit among gardeners. These All-In-OneTM kits make cultivating impressive, long-lasting displays easier than ever.

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Bring A Dose Of Nature Indoors

As the temperatures fall and days get shorter, your customers are bringing their passion for growing indoors. Be ready for this new wave of gardening business by stocking up with everything they will need to keep things growing, including containers, flowering plants, herbs, seeds, microgreens, and organic products. What organic products will they need?

Help them bring a dose of nature indoors with four new Espoma Organic indoor plant foods. These 8 oz. liquid concentrates contain natural proteins and beneficial microbes that provide beautiful results. Each has the new innovative Easy Dose cap for a perfect pour every time with no measuring and no mess.

Watch the Easy Dose video:

Be sure to add the new Indoor! – Cactus! – Orchid! & Violet! to your fall / winter mix today.

And be sure to help them keep their plants pest free with the new Insect! Insect Spray. This dual action formula contains pyrethrins and canola oil botanical insecticides and kills aphids, mealybugs, scale and whitefly.

Complete the indoor offering with Shine! Leaf Polish to keep their plants healthy and looking their best.

The easiest and most effective way to present these new and innovative organic indoor gardening products is the new Espoma Organic LD6 Indoor Display. This small footprint display is like a vending machine in your store to present all six new Espoma Organic Indoor SKUs and maximize sales.

And Don’t Forget Organic Potting Soils:

Be sure to keep your shelves full of the soils they will need to keep their homes green through fall and the winter months. Look to the Espoma Organic line of potting soils to give them the best results and keep them coming back for more. Espoma Organic Potting soils are rich blends of only the finest ingredients to ensure success.

Espoma Organic Potting Soil Mix is a rich, premium blend of sphagnum peat moss, peat humus and perlite that has been enriched with Myco-tone® and fortified with worm castings.

  • For all indoor and outdoor containers
  • Enhanced with Myco-tone®
  • Fortified with worm castings

Espoma Organic Orchid Mix is a blend of chunky western fir bark, perlite and charcoal to provide the ideal growing environment for orchids.

  • Improves drainage and aeration
  • Promotes growth and blooming
  • For orchids and other epiphytes

Espoma Organic Cactus Potting Soil Mix is a rich, premium blend of sphagnum peat humus, peat moss, sand and perlite that has been enriched with Myco-tone®.

  • All natural potting soil mix for cactus, palm, and citrus.
  • Provides optimum aeration and drainage
  • Reduces drought stress
  • Promotes root growth

Espoma Organic African Violet Mix is a rich, premium blend of sphagnum peat moss, peat humus and perlite. All natural premium soil mix for African Violets.

  • Improves aeration and moisture retention
  • For African violets and other house plants
  • Promotes root growth

Planning for Spring 2017:

Don’t forget to take advantage of current programs to be sure you’re in stock for spring 2017. Contact the Espoma Company to learn about our most profitable drop ship programs available through Arett Sales. Also, the Arett Sales warehouse early order program is open now – look for program E60S1 to order today. Be sure to see all the product categories Espoma Organic can offer:

  • Organic Plant Foods – the ‘tones.’
  • New Easy Dose Liquids
  • Espoma Organic Potting Mixes
  • Espoma Organic Lawn Foods
  • Earth-tone Pesticides
  • Organic supplements and plant foods

Final thought:

Soon there will be new hires that will need training and old hands that might need a refresher on organic gardening products. Be sure to sign up and complete the Espoma Organic Certified Dealer program to train staff. This innovative program is available 24/7 at espomadealer.com to keep associates current on how and why Espoma Organic products can help customers be successful in all of their gardening projects.

Plan now for a profitable spring selling season!

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Industry Applauds New Black Gold Packaging from Sun Gro Horticulture

From coast to coast distributors and dealers have congratulated Sun Gro on the packaging refresh of their premium, high-quality Black Gold potting mix line.

The dynamic new packaging features:

  • A stylized Black Gold logo incorporating the existing gold vignette
  • Bold, modern, attention-grabbing fonts
  • Dynamic photographic flower, vegetable and plant images that are easily identifiable and “pop” in contrast to the black background of the packaging
  • Large, color-coded label “shields” similar to the existing packaging to differentiate at the shelf
  • Strong feature “call outs” such as 6-month feed, all natural and the Sun Gro patented RESiLIENCE® logo

Sun Gro is quick to point out that although the packaging is new, it’s the same high-quality, professional ingredients on the inside that count; hence the launch theme Beauty on the Outside. Quality on the Inside™.

Black Gold® is Sun Gro’s top-selling retail line of premium potting mixes, specialty mixes and garden amendments. The widely successful brand is in great demand by gardening retailers and consumers across the U.S. The family of Black Gold products consistently yields great gardens, services almost every gardening need and comes in a variety of package sizes.

Black Gold mixes are positioned as a higher end and a better quality product than their competition; patented beneficial plant nutrient that results in more vigorous plants, delayed wilt, stronger roots and earlier flowering. RESiLIENCE provided meaningful differentiation and a competitive advantage when comparing one brand of potting mix to another – and only Sun Gro mixes have RESiLIENCE.

The new Black Gold packaging retail story is being supported with a new web site www.blackgold.bz, digital and social media including: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube, monthly e-newsletters and web articles, in-store point of sale materials, radio and TV sponsorship.

Sun Gro’s Black Gold®, Fafard®, and Sunshine® retail potting mixes, specialty mixes, and amendment products are available through Arett Sales, making them fast and easy to order.

And for 2017, Greg Kokaska, Sun Gro District Sales Manager, has worked with the Arett buyers to create these fabulous, money saving deals. The response from IGCs at the Arett Open House was positive and overwhelming. Greg is reminding all to take advantage of these hot offers. See your Arett sales rep to take advantage of these specials!

Here’s a recap:

Black Gold® and Fafard® Big Bag Mix & match Truckload Drop Ship Promo

  • 20% OFF Black Gold All Purpose Potting Mix, Natural & Organic Potting Mix and Moisture Supreme Container Mix – 16 qt, 1 cu. ft. and 2 cu. ft.
  • 10% OFF Black Gold 1 cu. ft. Garden Soil and 1 cu. ft. Black Gold Garden Compost
  • 20% OFF Fafard Ultra Container, Fafard Ultra Planting, Fafard Natural & Organic and Fafard Professional Potting Mix, 1 cu. ft. and 2 cu. ft.
  • 10% OFF Fafard Premium Top Soil and Fafard Natural & Organic Compost

Greg also noted that there are specials available out of the Arett Warehouse, including small package sizes for indoor sets “one case at a time.” In addition, there are extra discounts for the 1 cu. ft. and 2 cu. ft. bags of Black Gold and Fafard for dealers who cannot place a drop ship order. And for those dealers who cater to the hydro indoor growing segment, there is a special warehouse offering at pallet price of Sunshine® Mix #4 with Mycorrhizae, 3.0 cu. ft. – Sun Gro’s most popular grow mix for extreme performance.

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Meeting The Demand For Harsh-Ingredient-Free Lawn & Gardening Products

As consumers increasingly shun chemicals and embrace natural products, the demand for harsh ingredient-free fertilizers and plant food products continues to grow. Companies, like Purely Organic Products, LLC are meeting the need for effective lawn and gardening products. With no harsh ingredients, no biosolids and no manure, Purely Organic Products, LLC line of fertilizers, plant food products and yard sprays, provides consumers with a much-needed, convenient, family-friendly alternative.

The company has devoted over 10 years to formulating plant-based products that work.

For years, professional sports stadiums and municipalities have been utilizing Purely Organic Products, LLC fertilizers to keep their fields green and pristine. And growers have been utilizing the plant management products to boost their crop yields, without using harsh ingredients.

With the 2013 launch of Purely Organic Products, LLC consumer products line, homeowners can now take advantage of the same proven, harsh-ingredient-free products that professional sports stadiums and agricultural growers have been relying on for years.

All of Purely Organic Products, LLC lawn and gardening products are based on their mission of, “caring for your yard while keeping children, pets and the environment in mind.”

According to market research company, Packaged Facts, sales of natural and organic lawn and garden supplies reached $475 million in 2014, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.4% since 2010.

“The majority of sales come from fertilizers and growth media products, with faster growth coming from pesticides, especially those related to edible gardening,” says David Sprinkle, research director at Packaged Facts. “Natural and organic product sales growth is being partly driven by increased interest in edible gardening particularly by younger consumers who are most concerned over the health and safety of chemical products.”

Proven Plant Food Products for Growing Edible Gardens Without Harsh Ingredients
From growing tomatoes and vegetables to feeding plants, flowers and culinary herb gardens, Purely Organic Products, LLC line of plant food products meet a wide-range of gardening needs. All of the products are designed for both indoor and outdoor use and enable consumers to nourish their flowers and plants without turning to harsh ingredients. Tomato & Vegetable Plant Food 8-8-8 and Fish Packs are ideal for feeding produce gardens. Purely Herb is designed for feeding culinary herb gardens and Solo Packs All-Purpose Plant Food is perfect for nourishing plants and flowers. And both Fish Packs and Solo Packs boast dissolvable packs, for pre-measured, mess-free feeding.

Lawn Care Products that Promote a Lush, Green Lawn
Achieving a lush, green lawn without utilizing synthetic fertilizers is finally a reality thanks to Purely Organic Products, LLC line of plant-based lawn care products. With Lawn Food and Liquid Lawn Food, the company’s plant-based granular and liquid fertilizers and Turf Restore, their lawn repair product, homeowners can achieve an enviable, green lawn. And with no restrictions on re-entry time, children and pets are free to play on the lawn immediately after application.

Pure Defense- For Warding Off the Most Common Pests and Weeds
Weeds and crabgrass can wreak havoc on a lush lawn; and ticks, mosquitoes and grubs can put a damper on backyard fun. Purely Organic Products, LLC Pure Defense product line allows consumers to combat these common culprits without utilizing harsh ingredients. The Pure Defense product line includes 4 proven products- Tick & Mosquito Guard, Grub Shield, Crabgrass Barrier and Weed Shield– all of which are made from effective, botanical oil blends and contain no harsh ingredients.

Whether consumers are interested in growing an edible garden without relying on synthetic plant food products, or they are caring for their lawns, and combating pests and weeds, Purely Organic Products, LLC lawn and gardening sought-after products are meeting the growing demand for harsh ingredient-free alternatives that work.

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