<![CDATA[The Home & Garden Store - Blog]]>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:51:41 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Coddling Moth...]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 22:47:05 GMThttp://thehomeandgardenstore.com/blog/coddling-mothOf course, coddling moth is of greatest concern during the spring months, but did you know that this little insect can attack most any fruit tree throughout the growing season?  Visit our webvsite to learn more about coddling moth at www.thehomeandgardenstore.com]]><![CDATA[Ferti-lome 'Classic Fertilizer']]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 22:56:31 GMThttp://thehomeandgardenstore.com/blog/ferti-lome-classic-fertilizerPicture
June/July is an excellent time to apply Ferti-lome 'Classic Lawn Food'!  This product contains a 'Blue Chip Nitrogen,' giving it the advantage over most other fertilizers since the slow release nitrogen found in 'Classic Lawn Food' will last up to 3 months.  For all your gardening needs, visit www.thehomeandgardenstore.com

<![CDATA[When to plant shrubs and trees]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:00:25 GMThttp://thehomeandgardenstore.com/blog/when-to-plant-shrubs-and-treesAbout this time of year (summer), some gardeners ask if it's okay to plant shrubs and trees.  The answer is yes.  Professional landscapers as well as many seasoned gardeners know you can plant anytime you can get a shovel in the ground (that is the ground is not frozen).  As you drive around any new subdivision, you will find landscapers busy landscaping a project.  The primary key is to keep newly planted material moist.  Overwatering and the soil will sour, underwatering and the plant may possibly die.  

If you have a gardening question, go to www.thehomeandgardenstore and use their 'Contact us' page to ask a question.  They have over 40 years of experience in the landscape and nursery industry.
<![CDATA[Billbugs]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:51:13 GMThttp://thehomeandgardenstore.com/blog/billbugs-in-the-lawnConcerned about billbugs in your lawn?  Learn how to control them at: www.thehomeandgardenstore.com  (Information Center-page 2)]]><![CDATA[Iron nutrition in plants...]]>Mon, 04 Jul 2016 23:08:09 GMThttp://thehomeandgardenstore.com/blog/iron-nutrition-in-plants
We live in a part of the country that suffers from iron deficiency which may cause minor problems to some plants, yet are devastating to other plants.  Iron is sometimes present in the soil, but its availability to plants may be low.  

 Although most of the iron on the earth is in the form of Fe3+, the Fe2+ form is physiologically more significant for plants. This form is relatively soluble, but is readily oxidized to Fe3+, which then precipitates.

Fe3+ is insoluble in the high pH soils of the Treasure Valley, making iron unavailable to plants in our alkaline and often calcium rich soils. Furthermore, in these types of soil, iron readily combines with phosphates, carbonates, calcium, magnesium and hydroxide ions.

When iron deficiency is identified, it can be treated in the short term by applying a foliar spray such as Ferti-lome “Chelated Iron”, but the best course of action is of course prevention. Therefore, a gardener should identify the real cause of the deficiency and treat it in order to slow the problem in the future.  There are several factors that cause alkalinity, which is often a factor in the iron deficiency process.  Rain is one of the factors we have no control over and our rain is typically at or near the neutral pH process.

Often, iron deficiency does not indicate insufficient iron supply. It may also be related to other conditions that may affect iron availability. For example: carbonate levels in the soil, salinity, soil moisture, low temperatures, concentration of other elements such as competitive microelements, phosphorus or calcium.

Evaluating these factors and correcting them may save you money that would be spent on ineffective or unnecessary iron applications. 

Iron can be applied as a ferrous sulfate or in a chelated form as mentioned earlier.

Ferrous sulfates contain approximately 15% iron.   This form of iron is inexpensive and is mainly used for foliar spraying. Applied to soil, it is often ineffective, especially when the pH of the soil is above 7.0 since this form of iron quickly transforms to Fe3+ and precipitates as one of the iron oxides.

Iron chelates are compounds that stabilize metal ions and protect them from oxidation and precipitation.

 Chelates hold iron ions in different strengths at different pH levels.

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<![CDATA[Ferti-lome "Root Stimulator"]]>Sat, 02 Jul 2016 19:23:05 GMThttp://thehomeandgardenstore.com/blog/ferti-lome-root-stimulatorNot all root stimulator's are the same.  One of the most important ingredients found in Ferti-lome "Root Stimulator" is Indole-3 butyric acid!  For more information on this outstaning product, please visit our website at: www.thehomeandgardenstore.com]]>