Garden Care

  • Root Bound Plant Prevention, Symptoms, and Treatment

    If you believe you are dealing with a root bound plant, you need to act quickly to get those roots untangled and your plant repotted.

    All too often, plants that are purchased in containers at garden centers look fine when you buy them. But get them home, and you’ll discover that they are bound in the pot with dense roots packed tightly into the container. 

    While you might think that a large root mass is ideal, this is only true if the roots can breathe!

    The reality is that root-bound plants’ symptoms can be extreme and threaten the health of your plant. Sometimes plants that are left root bound for too long will even wilt and die.

    Therefore, it’s important to understand how to repot a root-bound plant so that you can keep your plant healthy and growing well. And today, that’s what we’re going to cover.

    First, we’ll teach you how to identify a plant with root circles (another term for root binding). Then, we’ll explain what can happen if you don’t do anything to remedy the situation, and how we recommend you go about repotting the plant.

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  • How To Use Dolomite Lime For Plants

    Are you curious about how to use dolomite for plants? By the end of this article, you’ll feel confident using this unique compound in the garden to balance out your soil.

    It’s important to understand the exact needs of your plants. Although some plants, such as blueberries and azaleas, like acidic soil, most prefer for things to be more on the neutral side. That’s where dolomite lime for plants is so useful. 

    This common garden amendment is a limestone compound that contains both magnesium and calcium at ratios of 18 to 23% each. These elements not only can provide much-needed minerals to your soil but can also help raise the pH to make the soil more alkaline.

    So when is dolomite for plants necessary - and how do you apply it? We’ll walk you through everything you need to know about using dolomite lime for plants. 

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  • Best RO System For Growing Plants Of 2021

    Clean water is essential in hydroponics which is why the best RO system for growing plants is such an important topic for you to explore.

    This is even true if you grow in soil - impurities in your tap water can be detrimental to your crop, whether you grow at home as a hobbyist or in a commercial warehouse professionally.

    Don’t let something as simple as water quality affect your harvest - invest in the best reverse osmosis system for hydroponics and protect your plants.

    As the experts in all things hydroponics, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to cover an option for every grower out there - our list will feature filters as small as 75 GPD all the way up to systems rated at 19,000 GPD & above!

    By the end of this article, you’ll be well equipped to pick and size your water filter. You'll never have to worry about chlorine or sediments messing up your grow or not knowing what the actual PPM of your water is!

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  • The Complete Guide To Organic Garden Pest Control

    If you’re preparing for your first crop in an organic garden, pest control is going to be tougher than you may be used to because you won’t be able to rely on some of the products and tactics you’re used to in traditional growing.

    Gardening is tricky enough - but being more limited in resources when dealing with pests or fungi? This makes things even more difficult. 

    Although sometimes pesticides & fungicides are the only options, organic gardening is becoming more and more popular as people become more conscious about what they put in their bodies. 

    If you’re looking for tips on how to control pests organically, you may have heard of classic remedies like diatomaceous earth and neem oil concentrate.

    But do these organic veggie garden pest control options really work - and if so, how? Today, we’re going to cover everything you need to know - including what truly defines whether a garden is organic or not.

    Then, we’ll teach you some of the most effective organic garden pest prevention and control tips out there. By the end of this article, you’ll feel confident handling any bug or fungus that dares enter your garden! 

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  • How To Winterize A Garden - Step By Step Guide

    Learning how to winterize a garden, whether you're growing veggies, flowers, or fruits, will protect your plants between seasons.

    This is an essential end-of-season task each fall, so you can pick up right back where you started as spring rolls around.

    If you do this right, you're setting yourself up for a more successful following season than had you just let your plants fend for themselves when the cold starts coming.

    When you’re learning how to winterize your garden, preparation and good planning are key.

    It may help to have a checklist of “to-do’s” on hand so that you don’t find yourself falling behind as the snow begins to fly. 

    Whether you’re interested in learning how to winterize a vegetable garden or you’d like to learn more about winterizing raised garden beds, this article will tell you everything you need to know. 

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  • The Best Garden Pesticides & Fungicides Of 2021

    Whether you’re acting preventatively or dealing with an existing outbreak, you need the best garden pesticide & fungicide on hand to keep your plants safe and healthy in a worst case scenario.

    While these types of products may have a negative connotation in certain communities, the hate is unwarranted - when used properly, pest & disease control products are entirely safe for you, the environment, and of course, your plants. We’ll cover this more in depth later on.

    In this article, you’re also going to learn when & how these types of products should be used, and how you can do so safely.

    Of course, we’re also going to cover the main topic of this blog post - the top insecticides & fungicides you can implement in your grow room or garden. 

    We’ll help you weigh the pros and cons of each product, and consider variables such as plant & bug type, organic vs synthetic, & much more. 

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  • How To Foliar Spray: Feed & Protect Plants At The Leaves!

    Whether you're battling a pest or disease outbreak, or struggling with nutrient uptake at the roots, a foliar spray can help save your grow.

    Oftentimes, growers will actually undertake foliar spraying on a routine basis to keep their plants healthy, actively preventatively instead.

    There are all kinds of health benefits you’ll unlock when you start spraying your plants foliage with nutrients or some form of plant wash/insecticide. 

    But, this isn’t a simple task that you can just undertake blindly. There are specific instances in which you should or shouldn’t do this.

    That’s why we are writing this guide, to help you feel confident in your gardening abilities.

    We’ll explain what exactly this is, and the two main instances in which you would do it.

    Then, we’ll cover exactly how to do it, along with all kinds of other important intricacies you need to be aware of to get the best results.

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  • High Stress Training - Complete HST Guide

    High stress training your plants sounds counterintuitive - why would you purposely induce harm to your garden?

    However, this plant training technique has garnered more and more interest over the years, as it becomes a more mainstream gardening tactic.

    Those who HST their plants can manipulate the way their grow room looks, getting the most out of their space and pushing as much yield as possible.

    Some growers also claim they increase potency and overall quality (terpenes, flavonoids, bag appeal, etc.) with this method.

    There are a few different ways you can induce high levels of stress in your plant to achieve these benefits, each of which will be covered in depth throughout this complete guide.

    Before we get into the how, though, we want to cover what exactly these techniques entail - and exactly why you need to give it a try!

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  • Garden Companion Planting - The Complete Guide

    Garden companion planting - it’s like spending all day, every day, with your very best friend. This is one of the smartest things you can do to improve the health of your garden, while increasing the variety of plants you grow.

    Not only can it reduce the likelihood of diseases and pests, but when done correctly, it can even help improve the nutrient content of your soil. 

    The end result? Happier, healthier crops that grow well no matter what you throw at them. And, a diverse selection of crops, too!

    In our garden companion planting guide, we are going to help you add this technique to your IPM strategy so that you can cultivate happy, healthy, problem-free plants this year!

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  • Low Stress Training: Step By Step LST Guide

    For growers looking to increase yields and make the most of a limited growing space, low stress training, or LST, is a must learn tactic.

    This is one of the two types of plant training out there, and a better approach for newer growers or those looking to manipulate the way in which their plants grow.

    Whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors, you can implement this approach to your next grow and watch in amazement as you dictate the direction of your plant’s growth, while increasing yields per plant.

    In this complete guide, we’ll explain why so many growers swear this is the best ‘hack’ in the garden, along with when and how to do it. Before all that, we need to explain what exactly it is!

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