Tools and Chemicals

Difference Between 34-10-10 And 3-4-3

Q: What is the difference between Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (34-10-10) and Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (3-4-3)? A: As you know, fertilizer products are made by mixing different chemicals together. These chemicals supply the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that plants...

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Shelf Life Of Crabgrass Pre-Emergent

Q: Does crabgrass pre-emergent have a shelf life while stored in a bag?  A: As long as the product is kept dry and away from temperature extremes, pre-emergents will be effective for at least three...

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Differences Between 34-10-10 And 3-4-3 Fertilizer

Q: What is the difference between Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (34-10-10) and Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (3-4-3)?  A: As you know, fertilizer products are made by mixing different chemicals together. These chemicals supply the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that plants...

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Crabgrass Pre-Emergent Shelf Life

Q: Does crabgrass pre-emergent have a shelf life while stored in a bag? A: As long as the product is kept dry and away from temperature extremes, pre-emergents will be effective for at least three...

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Chickweed In My Lawn

Q: My lawn was covered with chickweed last year and this spring! I put down a pre-emergent carefully last fall and watered it in. Why did it not work? A: Since chickweed is an annual plant that sprouts from seed...

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How Do Plants Adsorb Fertilizer?

Q: When you spray plants with liquid fertilizer do the plants absorb it through the leaves or the soil or both?  A: Indeed plants can absorb nutrients through their leaves, but not enough of the major nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium)...

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Are The Increasing Soil Temperatures Disrupting Pre-Emergent Schedule?

Q: Are the increased soil temperatures the last few weeks disrupting the schedule for applying pre-emergent to lawns?  A: You are very observant! Crabgrass seedlings emerge when soil temperatures hit 55 degrees for a few days and the trend is...

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Thoughts On Organic Pesticides/Fertilizers

Q: What are your thoughts on organic pesticides, and fertilizers? Do they work as well as non-organic? A: Organic pesticides can be as good as, or better than, conventional pesticides. It all depends on the pest being controlled. I have...

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Will My Backyard Greenhouse Get Too Hot?

Q: I am considering getting a small backyard greenhouse but I am concerned about it getting too hot.  A: A greenhouse is fun to have but sometimes you have to learn by experience what it takes to cool and heat...

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What is the difference between 34-10-10 and 4-3-4 Azalea Fertilizer?

Q: What is the difference between Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (34-10-10) and Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (4-3-4)? A: An excellent question! Let me put my thinking cap on. As you know, most fertilizer products are made by mixing different chemicals...

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What To Do With My 4-5-4 Fertilizer?

Q: I just discovered an unopened bag of 4-5-4 plant food I purchased for my azaleas. It contains “material recycled from the food processing industry, formulated specifically for all acid-loving plants…” What would you suggest I do with it? A:...

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Hibiscus And Mandevilla – Greenhouse Tents

Q: I purchased a small tent-type greenhouse to overwinter my hibiscus and mandevilla in. Is it better to place the plants into pots or buckets and put them in the greenhouse tent or to actually relocate them to a single...

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Repairing De-icer Damage to Plants

Q: Before a snow or ice event, the city spreads something on the street in front of my house. They used this clumpy blue stuff which I find on my lawn and flower bed. What can be done to avoid...

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Tomato leaf miner control

Q: What is this on my tomato leaf? A: It’s the trail left by a tomato leaf miner. Leaf miner adults are small, black and yellow flies. Eggs are inserted in leaves and the resulting larvae feed between leaf surfaces,...

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Should I Get A Backyard Greenhouse?

Q: I am considering getting a small backyard greenhouse but I am concerned about it getting too hot.  A: A greenhouse is fun to have but sometimes you have to learn by experience what it takes to cool and heat...

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What To Do With Old 4-5-4 Plant Food?

Q: I just discovered an unopened bag of 4-5-4 plant food I purchased for my azaleas. It contains “material recycled from the food processing industry, formulated specifically for all acid-loving plants…” What would you suggest I do with it?  A:...

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Where To Find Lime Without Magnesium

Q: Any idea where I can find calcium carbonate (lime) without magnesium in it for my lawn? My soil tested above optimal for magnesium, so I don’t want to use regular lime.  A: Lime without magnesium will be hard to...

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Will Roundup Affect My Liriope?

Q: I have recently planted six hundred liriope plants for groundcover. Some unwanted grasses, mimosa, and other weeds have sprouted in my planting. Can I spray Roundup on the unwanted plants or will that affect the liriope?  A: I can...

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