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How to thrash the thrips in your garden

Thrips are tiny, slender insects with wings that feed by puncturing the outer layer of the plant tissue and sucking out the cell contents. They leave black droppings in their wake as well as discoloration of the leaf surface, scarring and distortion. Oh, they can also cause a stunt in growth. *

The easiest and least stressful way to deal with insects is through preventative maintenance.

Regular pruning, row covers and reflective mulch or white gravel are the three best ways to prevent thrips. Make sure your garden is clear of debris, a clean garden is happy garden.

If you already happen to have a thrip infestation Lovie’s Garden Supply has a few pest control options for dealing with the issue.

* Certain thrips can be beneficial by feeding on other insects and mites
AzaMax is an all-natural, OMRI certified broad spectrum pest control product that can be applied systemically or as a foliar spray. $67.25   |   $112.00 Quart   |   $376.00 1 Gallon
Dyna-Gro Pure Neem Oil
Pure Neem Oil is an organic all natural leaf polish that leaves a natural shine. $13.20 8 Ounces   |   $34.49 Quart   |   $113.15 Gallon
 Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew
Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew® contains Spinosad (spin-OH-sid), a product first isolated from a naturally occurring soil dwelling bacterium $31.50 – 32 ounces
 Safer Brand Insect Killing Soap
This special formulation of insecticidal soap and seaweed extract kills soft-bodied insects while remaining gentle enough to spray directly on your plants. $12.79 – 32 ounces | $97.49 1 Gallon
Seabright Laboratories Thrip/Leafminer Trap (5 pack)
The long-lasting, weather-proof traps will attract a broad spectrum of flying insects including aphids, whiteflies, thrips, leafhoppers, leafminers, and moths. $5.15

Check out more pest control options from Lovie’s Garden Supply on our Pest Management page

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What the hell do these mean?

Have you ever been confused about the three little numbers on the front of your fertilizer and nutrients? It’s okay, we have all been there. Let us break it down for you.

N-P-K explained:

Nitrogen – (N) – “Used for leaf development and growth. Most plants take nitrogen from the soil continuously throughout their lives, and nitrogen demand usually increases as plant size increases. A plant supplied with adequate nitrogen grows rapidly and produces large amounts of succulent, green foliage. Providing adequate nitrogen allows an annual crop, such as corn, to grow to full maturity, rather than delaying it. ” Click to read more about Nitrogen

Phosphorus – (P) – “Phosphorus (P) is vital to plant growth and is found in every living plant cell. It is involved in several key plant functions, including energy transfer, photosynthesis, transformation of sugars and starches, nutrient movement within the plant and transfer of genetic characteristics from one generation to the next.” Click to read more about Phosphorus

Potassium (K) – “Plants depend upon K to regulate the opening and closing of stomates…the pores through which leaves exchange carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor, and oxygen (O2) with the atmosphere. Proper functioning of stomates is essential for photosynthesis, water and nutrient transport, and plant cooling.” Click to read more about Potassium


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Ms. Margaret’s Garden Advice

 If you’ve visited Lovie’s Garden Supply, you’ve probably met the owner, Ms. Margaret.

She singlehandedly opened Lovie’s Garden Supply nine years ago and as an active member of the Middletown community, she realizes the need for accessible gardening knowledge.

That is why we at Lovie’s Garden Supply are happy to introduce ‘Ms. Margaret’s Garden Advice’ – an online archive of gardening tips, tricks and wisdom passed down from the garden guru herself.