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AGGRAND NEWS 2004

Houseplants the AGGRAND Way

 

If you’re a houseplant enthusiast, AGGRAND has developed an excellent fertility program just for you! If you’re not, AGGRAND can make you look like an expert without a lot of fuss.

 

Houseplants depend on you to supply their needs:

 

• Apply AGGRAND products regularly, organic matter two times a year.

 

• Leach the pots with plenty of water twice a year.

 

• Apply enough water, but do not over water.

 

• Repot the plants every couple of years.

 

 

Here’s what you need on hand to do the job right:

 

• A one-gallon capacity watering can with a long spout

 

• AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3

 

• AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal 0-12-0

 

• AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash 0-0-8

 

• AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime

 

• A bag of earthworm castings, good quality compost or composted manure.

 

• A bag or two of potting mix containing spagnum peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, sand or sandy loam soil and/or pumice (mix should be pH adjusted to 6.0–7.0 for most plants. Nurseries usually sell in-house mixes that are inexpensive and high quality. Try to get one without time release chemical fertilizer added).

 

• Pots of various sizes (make sure they have drainage holes).

 

• A small hand spade.

 

• A tub for mixing soil.

a Apply AGGRAND 4-3-3 every two weeks in summer and every four weeks in winter (for cacti, apply a very weak solution several times a year).

 

b Apply AGGRAND 0-12-0 several times at monthly intervals in spring and fall.

 

c Some plants will flower at certain times of year or even continuously when AGGRAND 0-12-0 is applied regularly (every month in summer and every two months in winter).

 

d Apply AGGRAND 0-0-8 sparingly along with the 4-3-3 every month in summer and every two months in winter.

 

e Apply AGGRAND Liquid Lime every month in summer and every two months in winter.

 

f There is no need to apply Liquid Lime when you are using AGGRAND 0-12-0 in spring and fall or during periods of flowering (Natural Liquid Bonemeal 0-12-0 also supplies calcium).

 

g In spring and fall place potted plants in sink and leach with plenty of fresh water (at least one gallon of water for each gallon of soil).

 

h Topdress the pots with compost or earthworm castings once in spring and once in fall after leaching (Use one cup for each gallon of soil).

 

i When potting or repotting your plants, blend in one cup of compost or earthworm castings per gallon of soil; wet soil in mixing tub with a solution of AGGRAND Liquid Lime and AGGRAND 0-12-0 until soil is well wetted; after potting a plant water it in with a weak solution of AGGRAND 4-3-3.

Amaryllis for Indoor Winter Color

 

The amaryllis is a large, tender flowering bulb native to the Andes Mountains of Chile and Peru. It is generally planted in the fall for winter bloom and can be particularly refreshing during the holidays. The large flowers and ease with which they can be brought into bloom make amaryllis popular worldwide. Bulbs can be brought into bloom from late fall until early spring, blooming about 6-8 weeks after planting.

 

wintering amaryllis, caring for amaryllisPlanting

Amaryllis bulbs are usually purchased dormant and leafless and planted in a light, well-drained medium containing some peat moss. Good drainage is essential and can be enhanced by a half-inch layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot. About one-third of the bulb should project above the soil. The bulb should have about an inch of soil all around it, which should be lightly tamped and watered thoroughly.

 

Care

After planting, place the amaryllis in a warm, sunny room (68-70 F). Water sparingly until the first shoots appear, then water whenever the soil begins to dry out. Use 2 tbsp. per gallon AGGRAND 4-3-3 Fertilizer once per month while shoots are growing. Rotate the plant every few days so it doesn't lean too much toward the light. After the plant begins to flower, withhold fertilizer until flowering is complete. Flowering will be prolonged if the plant is moved to a cooler area out of direct sunlight. If your amaryllis appears to be flowering too soon for your liking, move it to a cooler area for a few days.

 

Aftercare

Your amaryllis can be brought into bloom year after year with just a little routine maintenance. When the blossoms have shriveled up, cut them off the top of the stem. When the stem starts to wilt, cut most of it off and bring the plant back to the sunny area. It should now be watered regularly and fertilized once a month with 2-oz/gal AGGRAND 4-3-3 and 4-oz/gal AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal 0-12-0. This will rejuvenate the bulb. In spring, after danger of frost, the amaryllis can be taken outside to a semi-shaded spot. Continue to water and fertilize it all summer. Bring it inside when the leaves begin to die back again in early fall. Cut the leaves back to about 2 inches and put the plant in a cool, dark place for at least 6 weeks. Bring it back to the windowsill about 8 weeks before you want it to bloom. Begin regular watering and you should receive a spectacular, long-lasting display for your effort.

The Proof Is in the Cabbage

 

AGGRAND vs. Miracle-Gro

 

organic fertilized cabbage, natural cabbage, organic cabbage, To determine how balanced nutrition programs increase the productivity of crops and vegetables, AGGRAND scientists compared petrochemical fertilizers with AGGRAND fertilizers. The results indicated that cabbage fertilized with AGGRAND produced larger, more flavorful heads compared to those produced by Miracle Gro®.

 

There were several AGGRAND treatments which were compared to Miracle Gro®. Two of the AGGRAND treatments were grown on soilless media, and the Miracle Gro® treatment was grown on media with soil to see if AGGRAND could out produce Miracle Gro® without relying on the extra nutritional value of the soil. One AGGRAND treatment was applied to the media every two weeks, and the other AGGRAND treatment was applied in the same way with an additional foliar treatment applied before heading and a banded treatment applied at transplanting.

 

Miracle Gro® was applied to the media every two weeks just like the AGGRAND treatments. Three ounces of the AGGRAND 4-3-3 Natural Fertilizer were mixed with one gallon of water to be applied to the media and to the leaves. For the Miracle Gro® treatments, one teaspoon of fertilizer was mixed with one gallon of water and applied to the media as stated in the directions. For the banded treatment at planting, two ounces of 4-3-3, two ounces of AGGRAND 0-12-0 Liquid Bonemeal and one ounce of the AGGRAND 0-0-8 Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash were mixed in one quart of water. This mixture was placed into a trench below and to the side of the roots. The additional AGGRAND treatment (root feeding plus foliar plus band) would tell the scientists whether the additional products and treatments (AGGRAND Plus) were effective in obtaining even higher yields than the single product and treatment (AGGRAND).

 

miracle gro comparisonThe AGGRAND and AGGRAND Plus treatments both produced highly significant increases in mean head weights over the Miracle Gro® treatment (see bar graph). The AGGRAND treatment produced a 308% increase in mean head weight and the AGGRAND Plus treatment produced a 379% increase in mean head weight. The AGGRAND Plus treatment also produced an increase of 71% in mean head weight over the AGGRAND treatment.

 

The take-home message tells us that AGGRAND is more effective than Miracle Gro® even when the AGGRAND plants are grown in soilless media. In addition, the use of banded and foliar applications with a combination of AGGRAND products are effective in obtaining even higher yields than soil applications of one AGGRAND product alone.

 

Visit the Cabbage Fertility Experiment page for more information.

 

*AGGRAND Plus is a combination of 4-3-3, 0-12-0 and 0-0-8.

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3

The Superior All-Purpose Organic Fertilizer

 

AGGRAND Natural Liquid Fertilizer 4-3-3 was developed through extensive research to respond to the needs of farmers, turf managers and homeowners. It is a safe, effective alternative to high analysis chemical fertilizers. AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer stimulates biological soil activity providing plants all the necessary nutrients to produce high quality and yields.

 

petunia flowers, flowering petuniasProven Performance

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 has been proven effective in comprehensive laboratory, greenhouse and field testing to outperform the leading chemical fertilizers. Testing proves that AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 produces healthier, more robust plants and higher yields.

 

Balanced Nutrition

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 utilizes naturally rich nutrients from Icelandic kelp, Atlantic hydrolyzed fish solubles, bloodmeal, sulfate of potash and other carefully selected natural ingredients. AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 is a well-balanced natural plant nutrition source that provides plants with the necessary nutrients without risk of excessive nitrogen.

 

Soil Enrichment

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 is naturally time released. Soil microbes metabolize complex compounds to make them available to plants. As a result, nutrients are released when they are in the greatest demand, providing only the nutrients that plants need when they need them.

 

Versatility

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 can supplement any program in use. Apply it to soil, foliage or in a planting band. Broadcast it with a field sprayer or add it to irrigation water. AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 is ideal for vegetables, flowers, lawns, shrubs, trees, houseplants and field crops.

 

Results

AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 has been proven to produce larger, healthier plants. Homeowners, gardeners, groundskeepers and farmers have found that AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer produces higher yields of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

 

Friendly Toward the Environment

As concern for the environment increases, growers are searching for alternatives to reduce the effects of high analysis chemical fertilizers. AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 works with the earth’s natural growth systems, not against them. AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer is the most effective, convenient and environmentally sound fertilizer on the market today.

AGGRAND Is Economical

 

AGGRAND Natural Organic Fertilizer 4-3-3 costs 66 percent less to use than the leading chemical fertilizer. Here is the result of an actual 12-week growing test. The results speak for themselves.

 

AGGRAND Natural Organic Fertilizer

$8.35 per quart (U.S. funds)

Dilution rate of two to three ounces per gallon of water

Application rate of 1 gallon of solution covers 45 sq. ft. (approximately 6 tomato plants)

Timing: 2oz./gal. at transplanting 3oz./gal. at first bloom 3oz./gal. at full bloom 2oz./gal. during fruit fill

Total amount of AGGRAND used per season 10oz./45 sq. ft. 0.22oz./sq. ft.

AGGRAND cost per season $0.05/sq. ft.

 

Miracle-Gro® 15-30-15

$4.99 per 1.5 pounds (U.S. funds)

Dilution rate of 0.5oz. per gallon of water

Application rate of one gallon of solution to 120 sq. ft. (approximately 16 plants) during transplanting.

One gallon of solution covers 7.5 sq. ft. (one plant) during feeding.

Timing: 0.5oz./gal. at transplanting 0.5oz./gal. every 10.5 days (11 times)

Total amount of the most popular brand used per season 5.53oz./7.5 sq. ft. 0.74oz./sq. ft.

Miracle-Gro cost per season $0.15/sq. ft.

The AGGRAND Way to Better Flower Beds

 

To prepare flower beds before planting and to stimulate soil microbes, broadcast 8 oz. AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 and 8 oz. AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal with the convenient hose-end sprayer over 200 square feet of garden one or two weeks before planting. It is all right to till lightly into the soil before seeding or setting out transplants.

 

After planting, apply 3-4 oz AGGRAND 4-3-3 with one gallon of water and saturate the soil around the plants every 10-14 days. A lighter application of 1-2 oz per gallon may be made every week if desired. This may be especially appropriate for lighter, sandier soils.

Tips for Growing Great Tomatoes With AGGRAND

 

History: The tomato belongs to the plant family solanaceae, the same as potato, eggplant and pepper. It is native to South America and was first cultivated on the west side of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru. It eventually migrated up the coast and was intensively cultivated by Mexican Indian tribes. The Spanish were responsible for its introduction into Europe.

 

Culture: It is best to start tomatoes indoors under lights or in a greenhouse. After six to eight weeks, when they have developed four to six leaves, they can be transplanted into the garden. The best time to transplant is during cloudy weather after the soil has warmed to at least 60ºF. A black or red plastic mulch, planting in old car tires, wall-o-water (a water-filled plastic ring) or on the south side of a building will increase yields in cool marginal climates.

 

Transplantation

• Dig holes 2–3 feet apart, 8–12 inches deep with 3–6 foot row spacing (narrower for staked plants).

 

Steps:

• Pinch off all except top two or three leaves at the stem.

• Plant in hole up to those leaves (burying most of the stem).

• If soil is shallow, plant horizontally with tip bent gently

 

Fertilization:

• Till in a layer of compost in fall or early spring (2 inches). Use 2:1 soil/compost to fill holes when transplanting.

• Mix two ounces AGGRAND 4-3-3 with one gallon water, and soak the bottom of the hole before transplanting; right after transplanting, water plants with same tea.

• For highest yields, use two ounces AGGRAND 4-3-3, two ounces AGGRAND 0-12-0 and one ounce of AGGRAND 0-0-8 gallon at planting.

• Sprinkle with AGGRAND fertilizer tea at first bloom, full bloom and during fruit set as cooler nights set in.

 

Disease:

• Blossom end rot (black rot on the bottom of the fruit): Till in one quart AGGRAND 0-12-0 per 1,000 to 2,000 square feet before next growing season.

• Radial cracking (cracks radiating from stem caused by uneven moisture): Use mulch and keep soil moist by watering with 1–2 gallons of water 2–3 times/week.

 

Proven Varieties:

Early: Northern Exposure, Early Girl, Cascade Medium to late: Better Boy, Fantastic, Beef Steak

Cherry: Sweet 100 Paste: Roma

Banding in the Row:

A Proven Technique to Jump-Start Your Garden

 

When you’re reading through label directions on AGGRAND products, you find that there is more than one way to apply AGGRAND fertilizer to any given crop. Soil, as well as foliar (leaf) and banded applications are usually specified.

 

A fall fertilizer application prior to tillage promotes the breakdown of crop residues and helps provide nutrients and organic matter for spring-planted crops. In spring, banding or “banding in the row” is used on some row crops. The best way to band fertilizer is to dig a trench slightly to one side and beneath where the seed will be planted (one to two inches below and two to four inches to the side of the seeds). The fertilizer, mixed with water, is then dribbled into the trench. The trench is covered, and a furrow is formed next to it for the seed. For more information about specific garden-fertilizer applications, consult the AGGRAND Gardening Guide.

No Substitute for AGGRAND Experience

 

Gerry Reid got involved with AGGRAND almost from day one, and he hasn’t looked back. He read about it, studied it and even went to organic gardening seminars. He learned the products and used them for his lawns and gardens and was impressed from the start.

 

organic lawn care, green lawn, lawn care, bluegrass, grass varieties, ryegrass, red fescue, bentgrassBEFOREAFTER“Natural fertilizer is going to replace chemical fertilizer,” said Reid. “It’s the only route we can go for a better environment.”

 

A West Virginia cattle farmer who kept detailed documentation of his business told Reid about the first time he used AGGRAND 4-3-3 on his cattle fields. He purchased new spraying equipment and a season-worth of Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 and Liquid Lime at half what it used to cost him for chemical fertilizers. At the end of the season, he bailed 40 percent more hay than he had ever bailed in his fields before. His cattle used to consume 50 magnesium blocks a year, but he was able to reduce that to 12 because the cattle were better fed in his field. A pasture became ready to graze after 30 days instead of 90.

 

Reid also worked with a Washington, D.C. gardener who conducted an experiment with three tomato plants. One received no fertilizer, one got Miracle Gro and one was given AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer. The plant that received no fertilizer was 3 feet tall. The plant that got Miracle Gro was a little taller. The plant that received AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer was over 4 feet tall. The plant was full of leaves and fruit production was greatly increased.

 

“I’ve used it on all my lawns,” said Reid. “The soil here is like concrete in summer. By the middle of summer, we used to have no lawn, only weeds. Thanks to AGGRAND, we have a really healthy lawn and grass grows when it never used to.”

 

A contractor landscaping the medians on highways called Reid to try some AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer. Even after several days of heavy rains, the AGGRAND produced results the contractor had never seen before. He called Reid again to order AGGRAND Liquid Lime and reported that the grass in the median came in sooner than expected and looked amazing. He said he couldn’t believe his eyes. Reid knows that AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer can be an important part of any business.

The Difference is AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer

 

Richard Ward of Seaman, Ohio was originally featured in the November/December 2000 AGGRAND News for his success using 4-3-3 on his corn. His corn continues to prosper. On July 1, 2000 he planted 120-day field corn and used AGGRAND 4-3-3. By September his corn was fully mature at six to seven feet tall.

 

Richard recommends three ounces of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 for every gallon of water and applying it to the soil after seeding. Foliar spray the corn when it is 14 to 16 inches tall and again when it is tasseling.

 

“The corn will take off and not stop growing until it’s ready to be picked,” said Ward. “AGGRAND 4-3-3 is so impressive that people slow down to look at my corn. Then they stop to ask what I did to get it to look so good. I tell them the difference is that I use AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer.”

Fortify Plant Health With Foliar Applications

 

While plants generally take up nutrients through their roots, this method cannot always meet all of their nutrient demands. If soil pH is higher (alkaline) or lower (acidic) than the optimum range for plant growth, essential nutrients become unavailable. Zinc, for example, is ‘locked up’ or unavailable when soil pH exceeds 7.5.

 

Foliar feeding is an efficient way of providing nutrients during periods of peak nutrient demand, in conditions where soil pH creates a nutrient deficiency and during periods of environmental stress. A foliar supplement is the quickest way to correct these deficiencies without sacrificing performance. Applying two or three foliar supplements also reduces the amount of fertilizer needed for pre-plant, plant and transplant applications.

 

Foliar application methods

1. Calendar-based approach: Feeding begins on a certain date and continues at set intervals throughout the growing season or,

2. The plant’s developmental stages (i.e. bud formation, first bloom, fruit set, etc.) are your cue for application.

 

When AGGRAND 4-3-3 and 0-0-8 fertilizers are applied before drought, frost, insect attack, or the onset of disease-susceptible stages, the effects of stress will be reduced or eliminated.

 

Apply these two fertilizers every three to four weeks at a one to four percent dilution rate (1⁄4-5oz. per gallon of water) for foliar applications. Use higher concentrations on heavy feeders or low fertility soils. Do not exceed four percent dilution or foliage could be damaged. On sandy soils reduce the rate by 1⁄4 to 1⁄3 and apply every two to three weeks instead.

 

To increase spray adhesion on the leaf surface, add a ‘spreader-sticker’ to the spray tank. A non-toxic biodegradable vegetable oil based product is recommended, usually at about two to three oz. per gallon or as directed.

Summer Maintenance for Berry Patches

AGGRAND Recommendations to Help You Grow Sweet, Luscious Berries

 

Maintain your berry patches through the heat of summer by keeping the soil around them moist and fertilized.

 

fresh strawberry, strawberry pie, organic strawberryStrawberries:

Cover the strawberry bed with mulch such as straw or pine needles to retain soil moisture. Sawdust and woodchips do not allow moisture to drain well and interfere with strawberry quality.

 

New planting - Broadcast 4 oz 0-12-0 and 3 oz 4-3-3 per gallon of water on 100 sq. ft. before final seedbed preparation.

 

First application - Foliar feed in spring after leaf formation with 2 oz 4-3-3 in one gallon of water (only if leaves are light green to yellow).

 

Second application - Foliar feed in late August with 2 oz 4-3-3 and 2 oz 0-12-0 in one gallon of water.

 

Blueberries:

organic blueberries, blueberry muffin, blueberry pie

Blueberries also need a mulch cover to retain moisture. Pine needles or, unlike strawberries, sawdust are commonly used.

 

New planting - Band (water in the hole) 4 oz 0-12-0 and 3 oz 4-3-3 in one gallon of water on two or three bushes during planting. Water the bushes with the same solution after planting.

 

First application - Broadcast 2 oz 4-3-3 in one gallon of water on 100 sq. ft. (on mulch around plants) in early spring.

 

Second application - Repeat first application every 3 weeks until fruit set.

 

Third application - Foliar feed in late summer after harvest with 2 oz. 4-3-3 in one gallon of water.

 

Raspberries:

They seem to grow well everywhere. Produce better raspberries by keeping the roots cool with a thick layer of straw cover.

 

First application - Apply 2 oz. of 4-3-3 in one gallon of water on 100 sq. ft. (on mulch around plants) in March.

 

Second application - Repeat first application every 3 weeks until fruit set.

Better Growing With Kelp

 

AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash is an important part of any soil fertility and plant nutrition program. It contains eight percent readily-available potash (K2O) that contributes the potassium in the grade 0-0-8 (N[nitrogen]- P[phosphorus]-K[potassium]). Potassium is considered the “universal helper” and greatly contributes to plant health by regulating many important plant processes.

 

AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash contains two percent sulfur in sulfate form, which is readily available to plants. Sulfur, called the “fourth major nutrient,” has many important functions in plant growth and metabolism, including formation of amino acids, proteins and oils, nitrogen fixation, activation of enzymes and much more. Sufficient sulfur produces high quality and yields of vegetables, tree fruits, small grains, legumes and forages. Sulfur must be present in sufficient amounts for soil and plant tissue to benefit from nitrogen (N) and potassium (K).

 

AGGRAND Kelp and Sulfate of Potash also contains kelp concentrate from the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. As fertilizer, kelp makes plants healthier and more robust by enhancing their heat, drought and cold tolerance. It also reduces susceptibility to insect and disease attack because leaf cuticles thicken and tissue sugar solute levels (Brix%) rise.

 

AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash also contains minimally processed sulfate of potash from the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Unlike other sources of potassium this does not contain chloride (CI-), which can damage soil life and plant roots. Sulfate of potash (K2SO4) is an ionically balanced source of K and S. Plant use efficiency of ionically balanced fertilizer is much higher for root and foliar applications.

 

Potassium must be present in large quantities in plants because it is a component of the fluids that flood plant tissue. Potassium-deficient plants are susceptible to insect attack and have weak stalks and underdeveloped root systems. Sufficient potassium produces high quality vegetables and tree fruits with firmer stalks and higher nutritional content.

 

Naturally occurring synergistic compounds added to AGGRAND Kelp and Sulfate of Potash release nutrients from the soil, act as chelating agents, aid in foliar and root uptake and stimulate biological soil activity.

 

 

A Key to Healthy Plants!

 

AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash:

Provides increased heat, cold and drought tolerance, Aids in early plant growth and development

Decreases susceptibility to insect attack and infection by disease-causing organisms

Promotes early ripening, improves quality and extends shelf life of fruits and vegetables

Aids in seed formation, Increases oil content of seed crops, Increases efficient nitrogen use, Increases nitrogen fixation of legumes.

Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

organic lawn care,

a If using AGGRAND Liquid Lime, substitute AGGRAND 0-12-0 in spring and fall to stimulate root growth.

 

b Apply with 4-3-3 or alternate applications a week or two apart to stimulate resistance and supply additional potassium, sulfur and micronutrients.

 

c Apply AGGRAND Liquid Lime along with 4-3-3 or alternate applications a week or two apart where calcium soil levels are low (indicated by pH of less than 6.0).

 

d Return nitrogen, other nutrients and organic matter to the soil in the form of grass clippings.

 

e Top dress with 1⁄2 to 1 inch of compost or composted manure in spring and/or fall (both times on hard soil low in organic matter).

 

f Apply corn gluten meal in spring as soil warms and again in early fall to control broadleaf weeds.

 

g Dethatch, aerate, topdress and overseed. Fall is preferable, but it can be done in spring. Use plug type aeration and fill holes with compost.

 

h Desod, take soil test, till in amendments, reseed or lay sod. Fall is preferable, but it can be done in spring. This may be the only solution on weedy lawns with compacted soils.

 

i Continue applications in summer if grass has been wellwatered and is actively growing. Do not apply AGGRAND in high heat or drought.

Phosphorus for Fall

 

You may already know that a fall feeding at planting time is beneficial for bulbs. Most spring-flowering plants and shrubs also respond to a phosphate boost the previous fall. Consider feeding AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal to peonies, lilacs, forsythia, crepe myrtle, roses and many others, including perennial vines like wisteria and clematis. For established plants, use 4 oz per gallon of water per foot of shrub diameter for a good feed.

 

Plow-down With AGGRAND

 

The top four to six inches of soil is the most biologically active, so before tilling or incorporating plant and crop residues into the topsoil, consider applying one gallon per acre (or 3oz/gallon per 100 square feet) of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3. The natural fish-kelp formula includes microbial activators that will help accelerate the decomposition of stubble and other organic matter that has been worked into the topsoil.

 

Stoke Up the Compost Heap This Fall

 

If you’re like many of us, your garden and other growing things have created a bonanza of excess organic matter that needs to be dealt with in some way. Establishing a compost pile is a great way to recycle this material.

 

If you do have a compost heap, now is the time to incorporate all the compostable garden residues and get your heap cooking for next year’s garden.

 

It is best to alternate hot and wet components like grass, leaves and garbage with drier, springier materials (stems, sticks, straw) in order to improve aeration and prevent compaction.

 

In order to keep your pile active longer, it is a good idea to sprinkle on a solution of AGGRAND 4-3-3 and Natural Liquid Lime diluted at 4 oz. per gallon of water. The lime will counteract the acidity of the leafy material and will help feed the microbes stimulated by the 4-3-3.

 

This, in combination with an occasional shovel full of old garden soil, should be enough to keep your compost active while the rest of the garden beds down for winter.

Lime This Fall!

To fortify your yard for the coming winter, apply AGGRAND Liquid Lime this fall.

 

AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime is made with dolomitic limestone containing the essential nutrients calcium and magnesium. Calcium improves soil texture, makes phosphorus and micronutrients more available to the plant and improves the environment for microorganisms, the builders of the soil.

 

Magnesium is part of the lifeblood, or chlorophyl, of the plant and controls the development of this molecule. If we had magnesium in our blood instead of iron, we would be plant life. Dolomitic lime is about 35-45 percent magnesium. AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime has about seven percent calcium and four percent magnesium.

 

Typical granular or bagged limestone application instructions for field or garden will specify to apply a certain number of pounds per acre or per 100 square feet to raise soil pH and increase alkalinity. Depending on how fine the lime is and the character of the soil, it could take three years to raise soil pH one point. That is the time usually allowed for all the limestone to break down and become a useful part of the soil. Most ground limestone is usually 50 percent through a 100 fine mesh screen.

 

AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime is super-finely ground dolomitic limestone, with 100 percent passing through a 300 fine mesh screen. When mixed with water, as directed, the lime becomes available to the plant immediately. The readily available calcium in the soil around the plants encourages the utilization of other nutrients. The crop responds with vigorous green growth since it can now use nutrients more effectively.

 

As fine as AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime is for lawn, turf, pasture and food plots, there are other useful applications as well.

 

One AGGRAND customer is a certified pesticide dealer, and after talking to the AGGRAND department, he tried using the Liquid Lime along the sides of brick and stucco houses to help remove moss that had accumulated over time. To his amazement, the Liquid Lime killed the moss and helped eliminate it from the sides of the houses.

 

Liquid Lime is also a great treatment to eliminate moss around pine trees and shaded grassy areas. Moss proliferates in acidic areas and soils, therefore the alkalinity of the AGGRAND Liquid Lime neutralizes the soil, brick and stucco to kill the moss.

 

 

 

 

Plant Bulbs This Fall for an Early Spring Show

 

If you’ve never planted spring flowering bulbs before, you’re missing a beautification opportunity every fall. If you have, you know that a minimum of effort provides you with a spring flower show that can bring you out of the winter doldrums long before bedding plants and perennials are in bloom. What’s more, with a little regular aftercare, your bulbs will continue to signal the arrival of spring for years to come.

 

AGGRAND helps you get bigger and longer lasting blooms when applied at planting time every fall.

 

 

Here are a few bulb and planting tips and how to’s:

 

-Get a good bulb-planting tool (a foot-operated one saves the wrist).

 

-Bulbs are most effective when planted in groups for an early season color splash.

 

-Planting depth should be about three times the bulb’s diameter (6–8 inches for large bulbs, 2–4 inches for smaller).

 

-Whenever possible, mix soil in a wheelbarrow with compost before refilling planting holes, especially if soil has a lot of clay (bulbs like good drainage).

 

-Mix 3 oz. of AGGRAND 4-3-3, 3 oz. of AGGRAND Bonemeal 0-12-0 , 1 oz. of AGGRAND Kelp & Sulfate of Potash 0-0-8 with one gal. of water.

 

-Sprinkle 1⁄2 to 1 cup of solution into the planting hole before setting bulbs.

 

-Sprinkle 1 gal. of solution per 100 sq. ft. onto soil after planting and water in thoroughly.

 

-On acidic soils (pH is below 6.0), mix 8 oz. of AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime with 1 gallon of water and apply as a broadcast application to the flower bed before planting. Apply 2 gal. of the solution to 100 sq. ft.

 

-Reapply AGGRAND products every fall when bulbs are storing energy for spring.

 

-Check local garden centers for the proper planting time and bulbs suited to your climatic zone.

 

With some planning, and AGGRAND in the sprinkling can, you can have bulbs coming up from early spring through summer.

AGGRAND application rates and experiences featured here have been submitted by sources independent of AGGRAND. Your experiences may vary. Optimal application rates can vary due to soil condition, crop type, weather patterns and many other factors. AGGRAND recommends and supports soil analysis to determine optimal application rates.