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  • in reply to: Is fertilizer safe for pets? #259767

    Hey Jenn!

    I’ve talked with Dyna-Gro before regarding this same question. The representative explained that as long as the formula is diluted to it’s ratio of one teaspoon per gallon, the Orchid Pro fertilizer is harmless to cats and dogs whether it is used as a foliar spray or a root drench. However, if it is still in concentrated form, it may cause health concerns.

    in reply to: Can I raise my own bees? #253948

    I would definitely suggest looking in to bee keeping quite a bit before you decide to keep a hive. Regular honey bees would work just fine for pollinating your trees, flowers, and garden, but there is more to it than just slapping a hive out and hoping they survive. They do require care, especially in the winter. Not only do they pollinate, but you get free honey!

    Finding a hive of bumblebees would definitely prove hard to find as they’re usually only used like how PN sells them (just for temporary pollination). There isn’t a huge market for them as most people want the honey they provide too.

    If you decide to go with honey bees, make sure where you live permits them within city limits if you live in town. Some people make a fuss about them (ours have never stung anyone and they’re in the city). We have some Italian honeybees that are very docile and easy to work with. There are some more aggressive types, so check in to that too.

    Good luck with pollination!

    in reply to: soil dwelling pest insects #237182

    Could you possibly give a detailed description of the pests? They may be springtails which, though annoying, aren’t really something to worry about. They breed very fast and are accustomed to taking up lodging in moist areas. If you poke around at them, they will almost always jump (hence the name) so, give that a shot and report back so you can get a bit more help.

    in reply to: Am I overreacting? Re: tick spray and hydroseeding #236747

    If you are going for a certified organic garden, you may have some trouble. It can take quite awhile for pyrethriods to fully rid themselves of your garden. It may also strip honey you get from your bees of their organic title as well as trace amounts of the spray could possibly end up back at the hive. If you aren’t concerned about holding that title on your garden or honey, I wouldn’t worry too much about it as nothing else can really be done to reverse the damage done.
    As for the hydroseeding that happened, I can’t give an honest answer seeing as I’ve never had any experience with it. I would talk directly to the company so they can either confirm or deny certified organic practices.
    The bees however, should be just fine. We have a couple hives here in town and we have no idea what our neighbors are spraying around them, but they’ve survived it all.
    Keep your chin up!

    in reply to: Pet stains on green lawn #234080

    Hello Eileen!

    The cause of this problem is probably due to high nitrogen in your pets urine (don’t worry, it’s natural) so I believe your best course of action would be to water the spots where your pet urinates so as to dilute the nitrogen. It will take time for the grass to recover and grow back, but it’s the best way without using any chemicals or amendments. Never fertilize these parts of the lawn as it will ‘burn’ the grass further and discourage your pet from using the bathroom in the same spots. It would also be helpful to encourage them to drink a bit more water and possibly upgrade their diet if their food is lacking.

    If you are interested in a quicker fix, start by disturbing the patches a bit by raking and then spreading Espoma Garden Lime over the affected area. Once that has had time to settle for a couple days, place more soil over the top and reseed the grass. While you’re waiting between the Garden Lime and the reseeding, keep your animals off the patches to avoid any contact with it.

    Hope this helps!