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Growing Green

Ask The Experts

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Sargent’s Nursery strives to find products to meet the needs and desire of our customer to garden in a way that is responsible and safe for the environment. Sargent’s carries a large selection of both natural and organic gardening products. Natural products are made from ingredients coming from the earth while our organic products are certified for organic gardening.

 

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Natural Gardening Products

  • Potting soil
  • Soil amendments
  • Animal repellents
  • Granular and liquid plant fertilizer
  • Disease and insect control
  • Weed killer

Organic Gardening Products

  • Garden soil
  • Soil amendments
  • Animal repellents
  • Granular and liquid plant fertilizer
  • Disease and insect control
  • Weed preventer

 

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Trees are Cool!

Plant a tree today for cleaner air tomorrow!

Use the National Tree Benefit Calculator to determine how much one of the trees in your yard benefits you!

  • Trees filter pollutants, absorb carbon dioxide and help fight erosion.
  • A healthy tree cools the air equivalent to ten room-sized air conditioners operating 20-hours a day.– USDA Forest Service.
  • Trees reduce storm water runoff by capturing and storing rainfall in the canopy and releasing water into the atmosphere through evapotranspiration.- Trees are Good Website
  • Trees planted in urban areas can help reduce heating and cooling costs by 20%. – Center for Urban Forest Research
  • Learn more tree facts here

For more ideas on how you can begin growing green visit ourearth.org.

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Neonic Pesticides and Bees

Neonicotiniod (aka neonic) pesticides, primarily imidacloprid, are systemic insecticides which are absorbed into the plant. The insects come in to contact with the chemical when chewing or sucking on parts of the plant. Neonic pesticides have a lower toxicity to animals and humans and their use has lead to fewer overall applications of other harmful pesticides. There are many unanswered questions and much research needs to be done to determine the exact impact on bees and other pollinators.

It is important to remember that any insecticide may kill bees and other beneficial, non-target insects. It is also important to use products according to the label and only use them when absolutely necessary. Ask yourself if the plants health is being affected? Is the damage only cosmetic? How much of the plant is affected? What are the alternatives?

Many factors may be contributing to problems with declining bee populations:

  • Parasites and mites
  • Monoculture
  • Bee management practices
  • Loss of habitat
  • Pesticide use

Sargent’s Nursery is aware of and abiding by all regulations put in place by the EPA regarding pesticide use. We are committed to being environmentally responsible and will continue to monitor developments in the use and effects of neonicotinoid pesticides. Sargent’s Nursery does not use neonicotinoids on pollinator friendly annuals in six packs, vegetables and any culinary herbs. We do selectively apply neonicotinoids to some planters, hanging baskets and potted annuals.

Selective use of these pesticides is based on the vulnerability of some plants to certain pests and diseases spread by those pests. If used, these pesticides are short-lived and applied early in the growth of the plant to reduce the amount of product used and the possible impact of the pesticide once the plant is planted outdoors.

We receive our plants from many growers and there is a chance that they may have used a neonic product. Additionally, Sargent’s does not treat any trees, shrubs, or roses with neonicotinoids. We also do not treat any perennials, native plants or ornamental grasses with neonic pesticides.

Learn more about the controversy of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in the Green Industry.

Read Here

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