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An effective fertilization program is essential to promote a healthy soil and plant life. Here at the Grieder Garden & Design Center we understand that planning a fertilizer program can be difficult with so many choices available. We highly recommend that you call or stop by the Grieder Garden & Design Center with any questions about what, when, or how to start a fertilizer program.

How to read the numbers on fertilizer:
10 - 10 - 10
(N - P- K)

    • The first -10- stands for the percentage of Nitrogen (N), there is in the bag. If it were a 50lb bag there would be 5lbs of N. 
    • Nitrogen promotes color.
    • The second -10- stands for the percentage of Phosphorous (P), there is in  the bag. If the bag were 50 lbs there would be 5lbs of P. 
    • Phosphorous promotes root development.
    • The third -10- stands for the percentage of Potassium (K), there is in the bag. If the bag were 50lbs there would be 5 lbs of K. 
    • Potassium promotes vigor and fruiting.
    • Whenever applying fertilizer, always follow the label instructions. Too much or too little fertilizer can have a negative or little effect on the plant or soil. The label is the LAW, any misuse of the product may be hazardous. 

 

Tree and Shrub Fertilization Guidelines

    • Best time to fertilize for maximum uptake into the plant is early summer and early fall
    • 3 lbs. Nitrogen per 1000 sq. feet
    • Use fertilizer with a 3 - 1- 2 ratio, don't skimp
    • For mulched areas, add an additional 1 lb. Nitrogen to offset Nitrogen loss from decomposition
    • Newly transplanted or very mature plants are the least likely to respond
    • Do not fertilize plants under stress, they will spend energy growing not defending themselves from disease, insects, or environmental stress


Annual and Perennial Fertilization Guidelines

    • Fertilize full sun annuals at time of planting or when growth begins in Spring
    • 2.5 to 3 lbs. Nitrogen per 1000 sq. feet (shade plants at ½ the rate)
    • Always fertilize at time of planting, get off to a good start
    • Use a 1-1-1 ratio
    • Feed early and heavy, early Phosphorous deficiency is common
    • Follow up fertilization 1 to 1.5 lbs. Nitrogen per 1000 sq. feet


We have the following fertilizer ratios available:

 

 

Lawn -

    • New Lawn Starter (Ferti-lome) - Perfect for newly soded lawns, has ratio of
      9-13-7
    • Weed & Feed (Hi-Yield) - more for established lawns, has ratio of 15-0-10
    • Crabgrass Preventer and Lawn Food with Team (Fertilome) - more for extablished lawns, has ratio of 20-0-03
    • Winterizer (Ferti-lome) - perfect for your established lawn going into winter months, has ratio of 10-0-14

Organic Options - 

    • Lawn Food With Corn Gluten (Natural Guard) - any lawn can benifit from from this, has ratio of 9-0-0
    • Milorganite - non-burning organic, rich in Iron has a ratio of 6-2-0

Annuals & Perennials -  

    • Blooming & Rooting (Ferti-lome) - this product is manly used in the Garden Shop has a ratio of  9-59-8
    • Miracle Grow All Purpose (Miracle Grow) - we carry the refills for the hose end sprayers this products ratio is 24-8-16
    • Osmocote All Purpose (Mircale Grow) - great of indoor or your outdoor annual pots has a ratio of 19-6-12
    • Dutch Bulb Food (Hi-Yield) - perfect for use will most bulbs, use when planting or water in later has ratio of 7-8-5 

Tree & Shrub -  

    • Fruit & Ornamental Tree Spikes (Ross) - great for easy fertilizing has ratio of 8-16-16
    • Evergreen Shrub & Tree Spikes (Ross) - great for easy fertilizing and acidic loving plants has ratio of 10-10-10
    • Organic Holly & Azalea & Evergreen Food (Natural Guard) - great orangic acid loving fertilizer that stimulates growther after winter has a ratio of 5-4-5
    • Jobe Tree & Shrub Spikes (Jobe) - easy fertilizing method comes in package with a ratio of 16-4-4
    • Tree & Shrub Package Spikes (Winchester Gardens) - comes packaged with caps, has ratio of 15-10-09
    • Evergreen Spikes (Winchester Gardens) - comes packaged with caps, has ratio of 12-10-10
    • Treetone (Espoma) -  used for shade, fruite and ornamental trees has a ratio of 6-3-2
    • Copperas (Hi-Yield) -  used when trees or shrubs with an Iron deficiency contains 11% Sulfur and 19% Iron in a 4lb bag
    • Garden Iron (Espoma) - used also when trees or shrubs have an Iron deficiency contains 55% Sulfar and 22%Iron in a 3lb bag
    • Rood Stimulater (Fertilome) -  used when planting new trees & shrubs, promotes root growth has a ratio of 4-10-3

Vegetables- 

    • Tomato & Vegetable Food - available in resealabe package with a ratio of 7-22-8
    • Organic Vegetable Garden Weed Preventer (Preen) - Many functions can be used during growing season as weed preventer in landscape beds against clover, foxtail, lambsquarter and plantain.
    • Garden Weed Preventer (Preen) -  Can be used around flowers, shrubs, trees, roses, rock gardens and many vegetables. Stops weeds before they start and controls them all season long. Allows trans-planting anytime.  

 

HOURS

 Garden and Design Center:

 

Monday-Friday: 9-5pm

Saturday: 9am - 4pm

Sunday: Closed

 

Main Office:

 

Monday-Friday: 8am - 5pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

  

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Employment Opportunities Available 

Garden & Design Center

Full time Associate

Outgoing person with plant knowledge and great communication skills!

Prefer a degree in Horticulture or extensive knowledge with plants and their care. Our garden center carries trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals and you will be required to assist clients with plant care and selection. We also sell hardscape materials for DIY landscaping. Experience in a garden center will be a plus. You will be required to lift 50lbs and will participate in our custom potting program. This position is part of a three person full time team and will share in all operational responsibilities throughout the year as required..

 

Seasonal Staff

Friendly, helpful individuals that will assist in plant and product care. Our garden center carries trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals and you will be required to assist clients with plant care and selection. We also sell hardscape materials for DIY landscaping. Experience in a garden center will be a plus. You will be required to lift 50lbs and the staffing needs require that the individuals for these position are able to operate our Caterpillar inloader and smaller tractor to load clients bulk materials into their trucks and trailers. You will take phone orders and operate our registers.

Please send your resume to mhaas@grieders.com

 

 



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