Tools and Chemicals

Tools (Gifts) Recommended by Other Gardeners

A couple of weeks ago I listed several garden tools to which I am particularly partial when performing garden chores. I invited readers to tell me which tools they found especially useful. Jim Wallace responded “I am encouraged on two...

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Robotic Lawnmower (LawnBott)

Recently the nice folks at Kyodo America loaned me a robotic lawnmower, a LawnBott, to use on my lawn. In a word, it is fantastic! A small wire is buried around the perimeter of the lawn. When the mower begins...

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Georgia Pest Management Handbook

If you want to know the latest recommendations on the best pesticides to use in your landscape or garden, your first resource should be the Georgia Pest Management Handbook. It contains excellent list of pests and diseases that attack lawns,...

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Spinosad

Spinosad is a useful organic insecticide. It is derived from a naturally occurring soil bacteria, Saccropolyspora spinosa, which happens to be deadly to insects but not to animals. Spinosad is found in bait products for fire ant control as well...

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Systemic Insecticide

Systemic insecticides kill insects by being drawn up into the sap of a plant before insects attack. When a pest insect drinks the plant’s sap, it is poisoned by the insecticide. When a harmless insect simply lights on the plant,...

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University of Georgia Soil Test Handbook

If you want to get behind the science of how fertilizer recommendations are made, there is no better source than the University of Georgia Soil Test Handbook. This large publication is developed with the collaboration of soil scientists and plant...

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Lawn Insecticides

Lawn insecticides are labeled for controlling insects in a lawn. The insecticide may be a bait or a broadcast product. Synthetic (non-organic) insecticides are usually pyrethroid chemicals. These chemicals originated in the organic insecticide pyrethrin. Pyrethroids are chemivals that have...

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Science Project – Effects of Vitamins on Plants

This link discusses the research of scientists in India who soaked pearl millet seeds in various vitamin solutions. The results indicated that vitamins reduced the incidence of disease. This would be an excellent science project. Try soaking alfalfa seed or...

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Bayer Product Labels

This is a link to all current Bayer Advanced...

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De-Icers – Damage to Plants

When ice and snow pile up it’s not unusual to reach for a deicing product to help melt the frozen stuff. Deicers work by lowering the freezing point of water, creating a brine (chemical-water solution). This allows water to evaporate,...

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Tools (Gifts) – Recommended by Gardeners

A couple of weeks ago I listed several garden tools to which I am particularly partial when performing garden chores. I invited readers to tell me which tools they found especially useful. Jim Wallace responded “I am encouraged on two...

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Tools (Gifts) – Choosing

I was out working in the garden last weekend, doing final cleanup chores for the winter. I’m a rather haphazard gardener so in the process of cleaning up I discovered several tools I’d mislaid during the summer. The wooden handle...

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Wood Ashes – Use as Plant Fertilizer

On a cold winter weekend, nothing is cozier than a fire in the fireplace. But when the fire has died, you’re faced with the chore of cleaning out the ashes and disposing of them. Rather than putting them in the...

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Labels – Read Before Buying

Some people collect stamps. Others accumulate coins. I collect garden product labels. I don’t actually collect the labels. Rather, I make it a habit to cruise the aisles of each garden center, nursery or home improvement store I visit, examining...

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LiquiVac Lawnmower Oil Change System

I often get products to review. Many of them are quite handy. Visit my “Cool Tools and Funky Fertilizers” page for a list. The most recent is the LiquiVac. It worked like a charm to remove the oil from two...

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Foaming Root Killer

From a reader:We planted a river birch near the house four years ago in honor of my mother after she died. We couldn’t figure how it was growing so fast but we found out the hard way: a sewage back...

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Cool Tools and Funky Fertilizers

Interesting items I’ve collected or that have been sent to me to evaluate: Tools: Tree Nanny   Bird Camera   Time Lapse Garden Camera   Pro-Plugger Planting Tool   VegiBee Garden Pollinator   Bug-A-Salt Insect Killer   AeroGarden   Pruner...

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Power Tools – Vibration Injury to Hands

If you run a chain saw, leaf blower or rototiller for several hours without gloves, your fingers will probably feel numb or “tingly” afterwards. Repeated exposure to severe vibration can result in Raynaud’s Syndrome (often called “Vibration White Finger.”) The...

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