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An Ounce of Prevention…

Written on June 4, 2013 at 1:50 am, by

Fall fertilization and mulching will prepare your plants to survive the long, cold winter months ahead. We recommend fertilizing your plants with Holly-tone and Healthy Start (natural organic blended fertilizers) to help your plants recover from summer stress, promote strong root growth, and better blossoms in the spring.   While snow cover can provide good  Continue Reading »

Nobody likes these slimy critters. If left unchecked, a perfect shade garden can quickly become a tapestry of shredded foliage as a result of slugs’ late-night dining habits. Remedies range from luring them into saucers of beer to full-on chemical warfare. The best approach, however, is to nip the problem in the bud by eliminating the first generation of slugs as soon as the damage begins in spring or early summer. Use an iron phosphate-based slug bait. These baits are not only effective in quickly eliminating the problem but are also relatively safe to use around pets and wildlife (iron phosphate originates from soil and is often used as an ingredient in fertilizer). By putting an end to the first generation of slugs, there won’t be further damage the rest of the year. No slugs means a reason for celebration and a great use for the beer you once wasted on them. – Fine Gardening