Merchant’s Picks For April

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 April 2018.

Merchant Picks - April 2018

Item NumberItem NameWHY A MERCHANT PICK?
A61 88033664' Serenity BenchOne of our best sellers! Made of superior quality sustainable hardwood pre-finished with mildew-resistant linseed oil that is enhanced with UV inhibitors for years of handsome service.
D28 6YR350 Landscape Weed Barrier - 6 YearIdeal for short-term weed control.
D40 10127009-Pattern Revolver AssortmentApril is watering season. Helps plants and lawns off to a strong start. Ergonomic insulated grip nozzle with quick-click pattern changing.
E60 HT36Holly-tone All-Natural Plant Food 4-3-4 - 36 lb.For acid-loving plants, such as hollies, azaleas, camellias, evergreens, dogwoods, and rhododendrons.
G81 2130192 GreenView Multi-Purpose Fertilizer - 10-10-10All gardeners can use a good all-purpose fertilizer and this product can be used on vegetable, flower and ornamental gardens, as well as lawns, trees and shrubs.
S09 17183Scotts Classic Sun & Shade Grass Seed - 3 lb.Great for repairing bare spots, reseeding, or new lawns. Grows well in both sunny and shady areas.
S09 21605Turf Builder Starter Fertilizer 24-25-4Can be applied when planting new grass. Grows new grass 70% thicker and 45% quicker. Kid and pet friendly. Improves lawn's ability to absorb water and nutrients.
T18 8642100Neverkink Extra Heavy-Duty Hose - 5/8" x 100'Manufacturerd with a patented NTS reflex mesh technology to eliminate kinks, twists, and tangles.
S65 885030072 6' Picnic Table with Detachable BenchesThese picnic tables are easy to clean and won’t deteriorate in the elements. Unlike wood, non-porous vinyl won’t absorb dirt or spills.

Merchant’s Picks For March

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 March 2018.

Merchant Picks - March 2018

Item NumberItem NameWHY A MERCHANT PICK?
A42 RP810True Temper 8 cu. ft. Poly Wheelbarrow With Dual WheelsThe dual-wheel design makes moving large loads easier. The corrosion-proof poly tray and all-steel undercarriage will provide years of service.
A60 164M API Pond Master Test KitTime to get ponds ready for the spring! Complete kit for testing tap and pond water for pH, ammonia, nitrite, and salt levels.
A60 169B API Pond AlgaeFixTime to get ponds ready for the spring! AlgaeFix is an effective, EPA registered selective algae-control product that solves algae problems.
B70 428Eight Garden And Home Insect ControlControls over 130 different insect pests on vegetables, fruits, roses, flowers, lawns, shrubs, trees, and over 60 varieties of ornamentals. No odor. Water based.
E60 BTSP25Bio-tone Starter Plus 4-3-3 - 25 lb.An all-natural fertilizer that is combined with a stronger concentration of beneficial bacteria along with both endo and ecto mycorrhizae. The ideal starter fertilizer, originally designed for professionals.
S09 36905Scotts LawnPro Step 1 For Seeding Starter Lawn Food with Weed PreventerAllows seed to germinate while it prevents crabgrass, foxtail, oxalis, spurge and other grassy weeds for up to 6 weeks. Time is now to start building inventories as the season will be upon us soon.
S09 39181Scotts LawnPro Step 1 Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn FoodPrevents crabgrass, foxtail, oxalis, spurge and other grassy weeds all season long. Feeds and greens. Time is now to start building inventories as the season will be upon us soon.
S09 23616Scotts Step 2 Weed Control Plus Lawn Food 2Gets weeds you see and the ones you don't. Time is now to start building inventories as the season will be upon us soon.
S09 33040Scotts LawnPro Step 3 Lawn Food with 2% IronApply anytime for great green-up. Feeds and strengthens against heat and drought. Time is now to start building inventories as the season will be upon us soon.
S09 23622Scotts LawnPro Step 4 Fall Lawn FoodApply in fall to any grass type. Protects and strengthens for a better spring lawn. Time is now to start building inventories as the season will be upon us soon.
T34 31356Tru-Tough Welded Bow Rake With Cushioned Grip Wood HandleHome owner grade welded bow rake with a 54" L lacquered ash wood handle with 6" soft cushioned grip for added comfort and control.

Organocide Rebrands To Highlight Pollinator Safety

Pollinators such as honeybees play a vital role in the ecosystem of Earth. Protecting pollinators is of paramount concern as it is estimated honeybees pollinate up to 30% of the worlds food supply. Unfortunately, harmful pesticide use has had a negative effect on honeybee populations worldwide and it is with this in mind that Organic Laboratories has developed products that are not harmful to pollinators.

Organic Laboratories, the makers of Organocide 3 in 1 Garden Spray, has announced they are overhauling their Organocide product line for 2018. The goal is to bring awareness to the unparalleled pollinator safety aspects of Organocide with a label refresh for Organocide 3 in 1 Garden Spray and to launch a new Insect Killer product. It will still be the same formula, just in a new and improved label!

In January 2018, Organocide 3 in 1 Garden Spray was rebranded as Organocide Bee Safe 3 in 1 Garden Spray. The new and improved label touts Organocide’s best-in-class safety attributes. Organocide 3 in 1 Garden Spray is the ONLY laboratory proven organic garden spray not harmful to bees. For more information on that laboratory test, please visit

In addition to pollinator safety, Organocide Bee Safe 3 in 1 Garden Spray is also safe to people, pets, and the planet, including aquatic species and the water supply. The best part about Organocide is it actually does work with its heritage being in agriculture, where its efficacy is constantly being tested by a network of distributors and farmers. Organocide 3 in 1 garden spray has been proven to kill 25 small soft-bodied insects, including spider mites, aphids, whiteflies, and many more as listed. Over 30 university tests have been conducted to prove its efficacy on fungal diseases, such as powdery and downy mildew.

In keeping with the pollinator safety theme, Organic Laboratories is launching Organocide Bee Safe Insect Killer in 2018. It will be the first to market an organic insect killer laboratory proven to not harm honeybees. It utilizes sesame oil as its active ingredient and is safe to use around kids and pets and won’t harm the environment, including aquatic species and the water supply. Organocide Insect Killer is proven effective in laboratory, university and field tests to kill 25 small, soft-bodied insects. This product will resonate with consumers looking to make a better choice for pollinators and the environment.

Organocide Bee Safe 3 in 1 Garden Spray and Orgnanocide Bee Safe Insect Killer are available in concentrate (from one quart up to 2.5 gallons), ready to use, and hose end form. For more information please visit

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2018 Good Tidings Showroom Now Open

The Good Tiding’s merchants have filled the showroom with 1,200 new items. There is so much to see, from our new themes, to the tree forest, wreaths, garlands, outdoor décor, and table-top décor. Book your appointment in January and receive 1/1/19 dating on all orders.

2018 Themes

The Coastal theme brings the beach indoors for the holiday season with whimsical wooden mermaids, sailboats, trees, and sea turtle ornaments. The collection also includes cork ornaments and a variety of glass ornaments in colors of blue, gray, white, and silver. The collection is rounded out with nautical table top décor, wreaths, and nautical themed lighting.

Forest Friends
The Forest Friends collection brings the outdoors inside for the holiday season. Ornaments made of wood and fabric featuring woodland animals, snowflakes, and garlands. This collection also feature picks, a birdhouse, and various décor that includes animal and a woodsy Santa figurine.

St. Nick
The St. Nick collection will add some fun to any tree with a variety of Santa inspired ornaments, white, lime green, and red glass ornament. Magnolia picks in red and green complete the theme. Various Santa tabletop and floor décor complete the collection.

Early American
The Early American theme takes you back to the early days of Christmas with orange and lemon pomander ornaments, rocking horses, silver teardrop and metal molded ornaments. Glass Santas in various styles provide the final touch. Candles, pine roping and table-top Santas add the finishing touches to a simple yet elegant look of an early American Christmas.

The Estate theme has various shades of red and gold ornaments in several shapes and sizes. This collection will add elegance to any tree with various shaped ornaments in a variety of finishes and styles. The theme also includes velvet poinsettias, gold key and lock ornaments, and unique beaded garlands.

Winter Morning
The winter morning theme is filled with shades of silver, red, and white. Cardinal birds are the dominant focus of these ornaments along with bird houses, birch garlands, and picks.

Bow Wow Meow
The Bow Wow Meow is a pet inspired theme featuring cats, dogs, fire hydrants, bones, paws, and colored glass ball ornaments. This theme will surely be a crowd pleaser for your pet loving customers.

See our expanded line of trees including incandescent, LED, and the new instant connect trees. Be sure to check out all of the new porch and table top trees as well.

Wreaths and Garlands
There are so many new wreaths and garlands we almost ran out of wall space. See our expanded line of decorative wreaths, LED, battery operated, and snowflake wreaths.

Good Tidings: Halloween & Harvest
Fall Harvest and Halloween as a category continues to grow and so does the assortment of items at Good Tidings. Stock your shelves with our expanded selection of decorative wreaths, pumpkins, spiders, ghosts, and ghouls and add a few witches and goblins to create an eerie display that your customers will enjoy.

You’ll get to see all this and much more at our showroom, which opened on January 4, 2018. We have over a thousand new items! Make your appointment today. E-mail or call 800-288-9627. We strongly urge you to schedule your appointments during our early buy period, now until March 1st, for the best product selection, pricing and showroom-only specials.

Merchant’s Picks For January

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 January 2018.

Merchant Picks - January 2018

Item NumberItem NameWHY A MERCHANT PICK?
B70 865 No Escape Mouse MagicTriggers escape/avoidance behaviors in mice driving them from homes, sheds, patios etc.
B70 47080 Revenge EZ-Set Traps100% effective. Special design forces rodents to fully commit, making escape impossible once the trap is triggered.
C13 G316 Jiffy Seed Starting MixCustomers are starting to think about spring planting, so this is a must have.
R11 7610 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse With Reinforced CoverThe perfect product to support seed starting and spring planting needs.
S09 36905Scotts LawnPro Step 1 For Seeding Starter Lawn Food with Weed PreventerAllows seed to germinate while it prevents crabgrass, foxtail, oxalis, spurge and other grassy weeds for up to 6 weeks. Time is now to start building inventories as the season will be upon us soon.
S09 39181Scotts LawnPro Step 1 Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn FoodPrevents crabgrass, foxtail, oxalis, spurge and other grassy weeds all season long. Feeds and greens. Time is now to start building inventories as the season will be upon us soon.
S09 23616Scotts Step 2 Weed Control Plus Lawn Food 2Gets weeds you see and the ones you don't. Time is now to start building inventories as the season will be upon us soon.
S09 33040Scotts LawnPro Step 3 Lawn Food with 2% IronApply anytime for great green-up. Feeds and strengthens against heat and drought. Time is now to start building inventories as the season will be upon us soon.
S09 23622Scotts LawnPro Step 4 Fall Lawn FoodApply in fall to any grass type. Protects and strengthens for a better spring lawn. Time is now to start building inventories as the season will be upon us soon.
W12 36605 Nut 'N Berry Bird FoodBirds are looking for food in the very cold weather and this is Arett’s best-selling bird mix. 5 lb. is the most popular size and it's on sale for 20% OFF!

Merchant’s Picks For December

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 December 2017.

Merchant Picks - December 2017

Item NumberItem NameWHY A MERCHANT PICK?
A39 SNOBRUM Angel Guard Sno Brum with Aluminum Telescopic HandleEasily push even heavy, wet snow off the roof, hood, and trunk of any vehicle without scratching the paint.
C15 CW600NClear Vinyl Plant SaucerPerfect for poinsettias and holiday plants.
K20 8001 K&H Thermo-Pond Floating Pond HeaterWinter is coming - keep pond water from freezing.
M68 913 Shear Magic King Arctic Trident Snow MoverLarge load capacity snow shovel.
N28 BV6CS6Surreal Planters Vertical Birch PlanterGreat to use for Christmas greens and poinsettias.
P48 1351Cedar Suet Cake FeederBirds are looking for suet and this is a perfect gift for bird enthusiasts.
R80 26PBSW Rugg Mfg. Poly Combo Snow Shovel and Pusher - Back Saver Steel HandleHelps make shoveling snow easier on the back.
S70 101660Miracle-Gro For Christmas Trees
Reduces needle drop when used as directed.
W77 WDCMS Carved Father Time Blue Bird Bird HouseLooks like Father Time! A best seller at the recent Arett Open House. A unique gift that will be a hit with any birding enthusiasts.

Anniversary & Expansion

By Abby KIeckler, managing editor, Lawn & Garden Retailer

In this industry, there is no shortage of incredible family stories, and Wasson Nursery in Indiana is one of them. This garden center may not be the oldest one out there, and it may not have third, fourth or fifth generations taking the reigns (yet), but don’t let that fool you.

Dan Wasson Sr. started the business in 1977, and, with the help of sons Dan Jr. and Bob, the business opened its second location in 2008 followed by its third location this spring.

After spending a few hours at the grand opening of its newest garden center in Fishers, Indiana, I have one word to describe Wasson Nursery: momentum.

After the event I caught up with Bob Wasson, president of operations, to share a little bit more about the history of the business and why now was a great time to expand.

L&GR: Celebrating 40 years in business is a huge milestone. Can you discuss how you have gone from one location to three?

Bob Wasson: My dad started the business in 1977 in Union City, Indiana, which is a tiny, tiny town — it now has a population around 3,000 — that’s where he still lives and the original office is. We still do landscaping and lawn care and just a little bit of retail out of that store.

In the ‘90s, the Muncie area was starting to get built up and new home construction was on the rise. Dan and I had just graduated college, and we decided to build a new store in the Muncie area because that’s where all of our traffic was from.

So, in 2008, the height of the economic downturn, we opened up in Muncie a 10-acre garden center/nursery that complemented our landscaping services. It was kind of a scary time to open up a new store. Obviously we didn’t plan for the economy taking a turn for the worse, but 2008 was our best year ever up to that point and then going forward, each consecutive year has been our best year ever.

It was a great move to open that store up. Eventually we added more landscaping crews and then some of our other services to be routed out of that Muncie office, which now that office is our home base. It’s kind of our corporate headquarters.

The business has continued to grow, and it’s allowed us to expand down to the Fishers area where once again we were following the same strategies.

There’s a lot more construction going on in the Hamilton County area than in the area surrounding Muncie and Yorktown where our current store was, so we’re kind of following the traffic and took a lot of stuff that we learned from opening up the Muncie garden center and applied it to the Fishers store.

Fishers has a lot more of a focus on outdoor living and fine gardening and indoor décor as well. Our whole goal behind the garden center is that we obviously want it to be a profitable business in and of itself, but our whole concept is we want to set it up to draw in customers and show them the cool landscaping-type work that we can do and convert these garden center customers into landscaping customers as well.

L&GR: For the grand opening event, you brought in local wineries, breweries, bands and more. Do you plan on continuing these local partnerships throughout the year?

Wasson: What I want to spend the most marketing dollars on is getting people into the store. I think probably the best way to do that is to spend that money on the events and make each event a really cool experience that people are going to have a great time at and go back and tell five friends about how neat the place was, how pretty it was and how much cool product we had.

I think there’s a lot better return on investment with your advertising/marketing dollars that you spend on actual events and customer experience versus throwing an ad in the newspaper or throwing an ad on a billboard. I feel like you’re wasting half your money — and you don’t know what half — when you do that kind of stuff.

With the events, you get actual feedback from customers. You get people tagging themselves on social media and sharing with their friends. And it’s not just the customers that come in but these breweries, wineries and bands too. They’re all telling their friends, family and fans on social media what they’re doing and where they are.

It expands exposure, and of course they’re going to promote the fact they’re out there at our store. It’s this network of community members that are all promoting the same event and you’ve got the power of leverage.

I love events, and that’s kind of our theme in Fishers. We want to do at least two big events a month. It’s just all about creating a customer experience.

Something we harp to our staff all the time is it’s all about reactions over transactions, so that customer experience is more important than any sale. I’d rather have someone come in and have a good experience.

(Article provided by Lawn & Garden Retailer)

Over 40 New Exhibitors To Debut At Arett’s 2017 Open House

The following new exhibitors will be featured at the 2017 Arett Open House. These vendors will be offering a variety of exciting new products to Arett’s already extensive Open House selection, including garden decor, planters, growing media, birding, raised garden beds, fertilizer, gardening books, gardening sunglasses, traps, repellents, hose reels, and much, much more.

Don’t miss your chance to visit these booths and see the new merchandise in person. Register now for the 2017 Arett Open House at

Exhibitor #ExhibitorProduct Category
--American Wood FibersFirewood
C99CookinaGrill Accessories
C63Cutler Communications2-Way Radios
D22Devco Anywhere FireplaceGarden Decor
E94Earth Alive Clean TechnologiesSoil Activator
E95EcoClear ProductsRodent Control
E92EZ NectarHummingbird
--Global Vision EyewhereGardening Sunglasses
G98Green Earth TechnologiesInsect Traps
G95GrowScriptsPlant Care Fertilizer
H22Harbor GardensGarden Decor
--HomeBoxIndoor Gardening
--Kness Pest DefenseRodent Control
--Knobleworm OrganicsEarthworm Castings
L30Liberty GardenHose Reels
--Love GreenSeed Starting
M96MPM Pan Pacific Inc - GonzoMole Traps
--Murphy's NaturalsMosquito Repellent
--Old Truck OrganicsOrganic Fertilizer
O99Organic Ag ProductsPlant Care Fertilizer
P97Pest WizardInsect Traps
P94PittMossGrowing Media
--Plant ScaperPlant Support System
P58Plant Revolution Inc. - Plant SuccessOrganic Fertilizer
--Precious MomentsGarden Decor
K55Skyhorse PublishingGardening Books
D80ASouthern PatioChimineas & Fire Pits
S93Srills ProductsAll Natural Controls
S97Sun Bulb Company (Better Gro)Plant Fertilizer & Growing Media
--Sunlight SupplyIndoor Gardening
G04SureCanGas Can
S96SustaneOrganic Fertilizer
--TenaxFencing & Netting
T95Think OutsideVietnemese Metal Art
--Tick KeyTick Removal Tool
T75Timber BayGarden Decor
T12Tree DiaperTree Watering
--Turf TrustFertilizer
B67BUneak ProductsRaised Bed Gardens
V14VegepodRaised Bed Gardens
W82Wild Valley FarmsAll Natural Fertilizer

Reserve Your Seat Now For These Open House Special Events!

Arett U Presents:
Kick Off Keynote & Brunch
High Performance Leadership: Engaging the Generational Workforce

How to Apply Leadership Principals to Improve Employee Engagement and Build a Better Culture for Growth and Profitability
Speaker: Jason Young
Location: Atlantic City Convention Center – Rooms 411/412
Date: Sunday Sept. 10, 2017
Time: Brunch served at 11 AM / Presentation starts 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Enjoy an inspirational encounter with Jason Young, a former senior-level manager at Southwest Airlines and a “rare breed” when it comes to developing leaders and customer service initiatives. Participants will be treated to a compelling experience that will change the way they view themselves, their customers and their company. Jason will offer insights and practical information that can be implemented immediately.

ARETT U Presents:
Are You Leaving Dollars on the Table, Shelf or Pallet?

Speaker: Ian Baldwin
Location: Atlantic City Convention Center – Rooms 411/412
Date: Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 9:00am
Light breakfast served starting at 7:30 AM
Learn how to succeed with your product and your brand. Your customers will be thrilled, proud and come back to do more, spend more. Ian will address how can people be so interested in gardening (More American households (91 million) are involved in gardening than ever before) and so shy in spending (is less than two months cable for most of those households)?

Ian will specifically address:

  • … how success creates customer loyalty.
  • …how to make the most of an interested, educated, time-conscious consumer who does research on-line prior to shopping and then visits your store.
  • … how to leave a customer feeling more confident and excited knowing that the products they bought were tailored to their needs.
  • …how the progressive retailers are moving towards “Solution Selling” with tried and true examples of how even small incremental sales of more “tie-ins” can build out the consumer’s basket AND make them happy!
  • …how to sell the whole “success kit” of hard goods with the plant material!
Arett U Presents:
Lunch & Learn Workshop
De-Mystifying Social Media for IGC’s

Speaker: Laura Munro
Location: Atlantic City Convention Center – Rooms 411/412
Date: Monday Sept. 11, 2017
Time: 12:15 pm
Lunch served. Attendance limited to 150. Reservations required.
Many garden centers are so busy running their business that they neglect a social media presence. If you count yourself among this group, you might want to reconsider. Over 70% of businesses report gaining new customers through Facebook alone. Take an hour out of your Arett Show visit on Monday, Sept. 11th… and while you enjoy lunch, attend a beginner’s social media workshop.

Admission to these special events is FREE to Arett customers. Open House attendees can register for these events at the same time they register for the Open House. To register online, visit

Open House Exhibitor Spotlight: Vegepod

Our Open House ‘Take Flight’ Butterfly is a symbol of a flight towards excellence and innovation to improve our industry and/or our world. As part of the 2017 Open House, we’ll be sharing stories with you from our customers and exhibitors that highlight that spirit of excellence and innovation.

Vegepod  Raised Garden Kits — Grow Veggies The Easy Way‎

Vegepod began eight years ago like any good invention, out of failure and necessity. Matt Harris, inventor and CEO, tried like 80 percent of us at some stage in life to grow and harvest vegetables at home and, again, like the vast majority of those people, kept failing for a variety of reasons.

Harris set out to construct a vegetable garden kit that could go anywhere and solve all problems in one solution. Thus the birth of Vegepod. Eight years on and Vegepods are now being sold in 80% of independent hardware stores and garden centers throughout Australia, plus in several international markets including the UK, USA, Israel, and New Zealand.

Vegepod’s innovation and incomparable gardening success rates were then realized on a winning appearance on “Shark Tank” last year. Naomi Simson jumped on board as an investor and the show created a spike in awareness for Vegepod in Australia.

The real key to Vegepod is that it works. Marketing manager, Simon Holloway, stated at the Vegas hardware that end-users are now enjoying a very mature and refined product unrivalled in its offering.

“Vegepods are not some new fan-dangle product,” Holloway said. “We have tweaked and improved them consistently over the 8 years in all areas, such as core design, materials, packaging, and accessories. We never get a single product returned and also enjoy 20% of our customers returning for a second purchase.”

Vegepods combine several key features in the one solution in what Vegepod claims to be the world’s largest, fully-contained, raised wicking bed. These features include:

  • a deep water reservoir in the base of the containers, allowing ‘self-watering wicking’ to occur and solve under-watering problems, a well directed overflow hole to solve over-watering issues
  • a protection and micro-climate canopy, which has easy-access hinging and prevents all pests, wildlife, and inclement weather from harming plants
  • a mist-spray system inside the roof of the canopy to enable easy and gentle watering connected to a hose
  • a full foot of growing depth to provide a ‘proper’ growing medium for all plants, including root vegetables
  • materials all food-safe grade
  • optional stands or trolleys to raise the pods to waist height for easy access and mobility
  • 3 size options (small, medium and large), flat packed in a surprisingly small box that fits into any car.

Harris relocated his family to California 6 months ago to drive the USA arm of the business. Brother and CFO, Paul Harris, said “We originally tested the market over here by exhibiting at three garden shows for the public. We were ecstatic to see the USA gardener was no different from our Aussie compatriots and we sold out at each show. We have simply been inundated with interest. It’s been a bit overwhelming to be honest and we have a lot of work to do to make sure the Vegepod brand is as highly regarded here as it is in Australia.”

The Vegepod is in a league of its own when it comes to the backyard or patio veggie patch. Stylish, affordable, and, most of all, efficient. You can never offer a guarantee of success when mother nature is involved, but this is definitely the best chance you have.

The Vegepod will be on display at Arett’s 2017 Open House, in Atlantic City from September 10th – 12th.  For more information, or to register for the Open House, visit