Tools and Chemicals

Basic Tools for Beginning Gardeners

Here is my list of basic tools for beginning gardeners. Give it the once-over and email me by clicking here if you think I’ve left something out. DIGGING TOOLS Round point shovel – I like a long handled shovel more...

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Pesticides – Disposing

When my father died a few years ago our family faced a situation familiar to many: disposing of his pesticides. In his sixty-five years of small-time farming he had accumulated multiple sprays for his orchard, dusts for the cows and...

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Pesticides – Dissipation Rate

If you’re concerned about how long various pesticides stay in your lawn, this excerpt from HORTIDEAS gives a good, scientifically-based comparison. Only the active ingredient chemicals are listed…you’ll have to do a bit of research to figure out which brand...

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Spinosad – New Insecticide

Gardeners are always on the lookout for insecticides that are made from natural sources. Spinosad is a nerve toxin derived from a naturally-occurring bacterium, Saccropolyspora spinosa. It is available as a general-purpose insecticide in Green Light Lawn and Garden Spray....

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Chlordane – Gardening Nearby

For many years, homes were treated with chlordane to kill termites. In 1988, the Environmental Protection Agency banned its use due to health concerns. If you grow edible plants near your home’s foundation, you might be concerned about the possibility...

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Bird Mites – Pesticide Mis-use

Beware of free pest control advice; it can be very expensive. A client called Dr. Paul Guillebeau with a serious problem. Upon the advice of a sincere retail clerk, they applied so much pesticide that their house was uninhabitable. When...

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Vantage Herbicide – Label

It is difficult to keep up with all of the situations in which herbicides can and cannot be used. Sethoxydim (Vantage, Poast, etc) is irregularly available but can be a useful herbicide. Here is its label. Vantage...

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Image Herbicide Products – Labels

It is difficult to keep up with all of the situations in which herbicides can and cannot be used. Here are the labels for all of the Image brand...

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Green Light Product Chart

The Green Light Company distributes many useful garden pesticides. The document below lists their products and their active ingredients. Green Light...

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Homeowner Pesticides – Active Ingredients

As if gardening weren’t complicated enough, the subject of pesticides adds another layer of complexity. Beyond all of the plant names to remember, there is a whole new spectrum of insecticide, fungicide and herbicide product names. To make it easier...

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Foliar Fertilization – Pro’s and Con’s

When and How to Use Foliar FertilizersCarl Rosen and Peter Bierman, Department of Soil, Water, and ClimateUniversity of Minnesota Foliar fertilizers are dilute fertilizer solutions applied directly to plant leaves. As with soil application of fertilizer, the goal of foliar...

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Pesticide Toxicity to Earthworms

by Daryl Pulis, Mrs. Green Thumb Once called the “intestines of the Earth” by Aristotle, earthworms are both indicators of soil health and help to improve the soil as they move through it. Earthworms tunnel deep within the soil, creating...

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Corn Gluten – For Lawn

Q: Where can I buy bulk corn gluten meal? I want to do an organic care program on my 5000 square foot lawn. A: Local nurseries sometimes carry small bags of the meal but you can also order it online....

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