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Don't Throw That Away, ...

One Man's Trash is Another Plant's Treasure!

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Yard trimmings and food residuals constitute 27% of the US waste stream, according to the EPA. This may not seem like much, but all or most of that could be prevented by backyard composting. Did you know that compost can reduce the need for chemical fertilizers, promote higher yields, save you money by reducing trash costs, reduce the need to purchase conventional soil, and help save the earth by reducing greenhouse gases? With all of these reasons to compost why not start today?

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As the summer temperature begins to rise, it is hard to believe that you need to start thinking about poinsettias. We continue to hear about how the market has been flooded with poinsettias over the last couple of years. Because of this, many growers face the daunting obstacle of deciding how many and which varieties to buy 6 months or more before they actually sell them!

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Prolong the Life of Your Küül Pads

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Temperatures are heating up at least here in the Midwest. Are they heating up in your area? If so, it is time to refresh yourself on how to maintain your Kuul pads, evaporative cooling media.

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Planning Ahead

Garden Center Planning


Spring has been both fun and exhausting. Now is the time to think about next year. While everything is fresh in your mind, think about next year’s plans now. Take advantage of early order discounts (Ask your sales rep what programs are going on now). Plan for growth. Did you sell out? Do you need a 10% increase? It is easy to forget in the fall and winter how you had to scramble for merchandise in the spring. Take a look through the rest of our E-News, check out the new products. Remember-failure to plan is a plan to fail. Do it now, give us a call. We want to help your business grow.

Beat the Heat

Taken from the 2Q-2012 edition of Thrive Magazine

Hot Sunset

Exposure to heat and sun can result in serious health problems for anyone; but agricultural workers, by the very nature of their jobs, are especially vulnerable. “We get calls every year asking about heat exhaustion and skin cancer,” says Charlotte Halverson, occupational health and safety nurse at the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety in Peosta, Iowa. “In ag, you’re subject to whatever the weather throws at you. In high temperatures and high humidity, you need to be aware.”

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The Next Generation of Rootshield

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BioWorks has announced the arrival of RootShield PLUS+, the next generation of Rootshield Biological Fungicide. Just like RootShield, Rootshield PLUS+ controls Rhizoctonia, Fusarium, Pythium, Thielaviopsis and Cylindrocladium by inhibiting and actively attacking pathogens; ensuring uninterrupted plant growth. RootShield PLUS+ has two active ingredients -Trichoderma harzianum straub T-22 (which is in the original RootShield) as well as the additional Trichoderma virens strain G-41. The new RootShield PLUS+ provides preventative control of soil borne Phytophthora which the original formulation was not labeled for, and has improved control of hot-season Pythium (P. aphanidermatum).


Pythium and Poinsettias

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Hummert's Grand Expo 2012

Hummert's Grand Expo September 12-13