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HOW TO APPLY NEMATODES!!!

HOW TO APPLY NEMATODES

How do you use nematodes for grub control?

Nematodes offer a natural alternative for eliminating grubs. Application time depends on the size of the lawn. Application requires a water hose and hose end sprayer. Nematodes are available online and from organic garden supply stores.

  1. Refrigerate nematodes until ready for useUnless applying the nematodes immediately upon their arrival, store them in a refrigerator up to two weeks until ready to use. Store the nematodes at temperatures between 37 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Check the soil temperatureApply nematodes when soil temperatures are between 42 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Normally, nighttime air temperatures should remain above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If soil temperatures have dropped below the minimum, wait until after the dormant period to apply the nematodes. Grubs do not damage plants when the soil temperature drops below this range.
  3. Apply the nematodesUse a hose end sprayer to apply the nematodes. If there are nematodes left after the first application, reapply to meet the suggested rate.
  4. Water the grassIrrigate the lawn after application. Keep soil moist by watering every three to four days.
  5. Reapply nematodes before and after dormant periodsNematodes are sensitive to drought and temperatures. If you see signs of grubs after an extended hot and dry period, reapply nematodes when soil temperatures reach the appropriate range. If soil temperatures drop below freezing, apply more nematodes when soil temperature warm to 42 degrees Fahrenheit and the grass starts to grow again.

 

How to Keep your Primroses until You can Plant them Outside as a Perennial

DSC_0160Primroses are beautiful houseplants in the springtime. As a full time houseplant, it is somewhat tricky to keep a primrose. But as a spring flower that you intend on planting out when the weather warms, they are simple and very rewarding to care for!

To keep you primrose blooming inside as long as possible you should keep in a cool place with bright, diffuse light. This could be an east or north facing window, also on a table in a bright room is a good place. Make sure it does not dry out completely, these are shade-loving, spring plants, meaning they really like their water! You will want to fertilize your primrose regularly to ensure it has lots of reserves for when you plant it outside. To keep your primrose looking great and blooming you should remove any “spent” flowers. Simply use your finger nail and snip of the stem of the flower as close to the base as possible.

Once your primrose ceases to produce blooms you should maintain the same care schedule. Make sure it is watered, fertilized and any dead leaves are removed. You will keep doing the same care until the weather outside improves enough to plant your primrose in the ground. A good indicator of when to plant your primrose outside is when at least 2 different kinds of bulbs have sprouted (generally the first to sprout are crocuses and grape hyacinths) and the evening temperature is steadily between 0-8 ºC.

You will want to choose a place that is out of direct, hot burning sunlight for your primroses. If you choose the correct spot you will likely see them bloom again this fall.

Happy Gardenprimrose2ing!

 

Keeping your Pansies Blooming All Growing Season

pansy

Keeping your Pansies Blooming All Growing Season

Pansies bloom in cooler weather. You can place your pansies outside when the nights are getting as cold as -10ºC. If you have your pansies outside when it is this cold, do not touch them until they have thawed out. If you do, you may break the stems and hurt the plant.  But your pansies will thaw, and they will grow once they warm up. We have a lot of questions about the difference between “Icicle Pansies” and “Pansies”. Icicle pansies are sold during the fall, but they are the exact same varieties that are sold in the spring, they just have a different name. So their care, their cold tolerance and their beauty are all the same!

Pansy Care

In early season it is fine to keep your pansies in full sun. You will want to fertilize them with a “Blooming Fertilizer” every 2 weeks to keep them happy and blooming. As the season warms up you will want to move your pansies to a cooler, shadier location. This will mimic the early spring and keep your pansies happy and blooming all growing season long! These pansies will be the first ones to pop up (by re-seeding) for you next spring.

Happy Gardening!

How to Keep your Primroses until You can Plant them Outside as a Perennial!!

DSC_0160Primroses are beautiful houseplants in the springtime. As a spring flower that you intend on planting out when the weather warms, they are simple and very rewarding to care for!

To keep your primrose blooming inside as long as possible you should keep it in a cool place with bright, diffuse light. This could be an east or north facing window, also on a table in a bright room is a good place. Make sure it does not dry out completely, these are shade-loving, spring plants, meaning they really like their water! You will want to fertilize your primrose regularly to ensure it has lots of reserves for when you plant it outside. To keep your primrose looking great and blooming you should remove any “spent” flowers. Simply use your finger nail and snip of the stem of the flower as close to the base as possible.

Once your primrose ceases to produce blooms you should maintain the same care schedule. Make sure it is watered, fertilized and any dead leaves are removed. You will keep doing the same care until the weather outside improves enough to plant your primrose in the ground. A good indicator of when to plant your primrose outside is when at least 2 different kinds of bulbs have sprouted (generally the first to sprout are crocuses and grape hyacinths) and the evening temperature is steadily between 0-8 ºC.

You will want to choose a place that is out of direct, hot burning sunlight for your primroses. If you choose the correct spot you will likely see them bloom again this fall.

Happy Gardenprimrose2ing!

 

HOW TO START SEEDS SUCCESFULLY!!

TEALISH TEA!!

Since 2005 Tealish has helped to redefine the tea landscape in Canada. One of the most popular tea for tea enthusiasts, Tealish boasts a selection of the world’s finest teas for making tea lattes, fresh brewed iced teas and tea smoothies. Featuring award winning teas, the best teas on earth, Tealish continues to turn people into tea-lovers every day! We at Westland are very proud to be able to sell this product. Some of the teas we carry are: “chocolate loves strawberry”, “toasty almond”, “coconut kiss”, “sweet pear punch” and many many more!!

ZENATURE GARDEN ALL NATURAL INCENSE

Zenature All Natural Incense!

 

We carry a top selling natural incense  made using traditional techniques. The ancient Masala method of making incense uses only natural essential oils, flowers, spices, aromatic herbs, natural resins and other aromatic substances blended into a paste which is then hand-rolled onto a bamboo stick or filled into cone moulds to dry. It is beautifully packaged using handmade paper and individually decorated with dried flowers and leaves. We carry 12 naturally blended scents!!

ZEN MEDIMIX SOAP

 

MEDIMIX SOAP

  • Medimix has been clinically proven to be effective against many skin conditions
  • Helps to prevent spots, prickly heat and dandruff and is an effective antiseptic. Medimix beautifies the skin and hair.
  • Its rich lather is enriched with the extracts of 18 potent herbs.
  • Product of India

 

Zenature Essential Oils

Restore balance to body, mind and spirit with pure, natural essential oils. The aromatic properties of oils extracted from petals, seeds. leaves, roots, fruits and bark can stimulate natural immune defence and healing. For a relaxing and re-energizing experience, use these oils in an air diffuser, add them to a carrier oil for massage or try them in the bath. Only a small amount of these concentrated oils are needed to calm nerves and boost energy!!

Oils in stock now:

Lavender, Bergamont, Eucalyptus, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang and Vanilla!

Pamphlets about how to use these oils are available in the store!!