Archive for May, 2015

Mosquito Control & Repel Products

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

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The generous amount of rain brings mosquitos.  Here is some information from Fertilome on how to control and repel mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are probably one of the more common, problematic and identifiable flying insects.

Adults feed on sugars from plants or from honeydew from other insects. This is all males feed on, females also feed on blood in order to produce eggs. Most females feed during a certain time of the day, usually during low-light times of the day, although some may feed throughout the day.

Eggs hatch and become larvae, also known as “wiggler” or “wriggler” due to the lashing movements of the abdomen. The larvae feed on particles in the water, during this time the larvae will go through 4 molts, towards the end of the 4th molt it will become a pupae. Then they emerge as adults.

Control

Adults prefer to hide in protected areas during the day, such as; yards, trees, shrubs, weeds and areas of dense vegetation. The first line of defense would be to reduce weeds and thin vegetation. When applying a control “spray”, apply to lower limbs of trees, shrubs and areas of heavy vegetation, under decks and around the foundation. Make the application in the very early morning or early evening.

38 Plus may be used around the foundation, yard or land-scape this product will go the farthest and last the longest.

FL IndoorOutdoor may be used in the house.

HY Indoor/Outdoor or Lawn, Garden, Pet Spray are both very effective on mosquitos, LGP may be sprayed on vegetables. These also offer a repelling action.

Use Spreader Sticker to increase the coverage on plants and the length of the residue.

Repel

On a person, Universities recommend a product with DEET, Fertilome does not have such a product.

For other outdoor areas, we have Natural Guard Lawn Shield.

This is a granule covered with cedar oil. It has a very pleasant odor and is organic so is very safe for kids and pets, no delay in re-entry is required.

It starts to repel within minutes of application. It is an irritant to all flying insects and they will leave or stay away as long as the cedar odor is present.

Light watering’s or rain can re-invigorate the barrier increasing the longevity, this varies due to the amount of product used or moisture.

June Gardening Tips

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

mulchIt’s getting hotter and summer time activities are getting into full swing. Take advantage of the longer days by doing gardening tasks in the morning or evening when it is more pleasant to be outside.

Hotter weather means grass will be growing faster. Keep up with the mowing so you don’t have to bag the clippings. That may mean mowing every 5 or 6 days instead of every 7 to 10 days. Letting the clippings fall back into the lawn recycles nutrients but does not promote thatch. Mowing frequently at the correct height will promote a healthy, thick turf that is resistant to weeds.

As spring rains slack off and give way to drier days, apply supplemental water as needed. The rule of thumb is to water enough to wet the soil 5 to 6 inches deep. Do not water too frequently. Shallow, frequent watering promotes a shallow root system that is more susceptible to the stress of summer heat and winter cold.

The best way to conserve moisture in the landscape is by mulching. A 3 to 4 inch layer over the root zone retains moisture, keeps the soil cooler and helps prevent weed seeds from germinating under your shrubs, trees and flowers.

June is a great month for colorful summer annuals. In a sunny location try marigolds, salvia, petunias, dusty miller, and lantana just to name a few. Caladiums, coleus, impatiens and bedding begonias are a good choice for shady areas.

Summer tropical plants, though they are not freeze hardy, are perfectly at home in our Texas heat and humidity. Plant them in the ground for quick growth or in pots or tubs so you can overwinter them indoors.

Visit us today at Argyle Feed & Hardware— your Denton County destination in for all of your Summer lawn and gardening needs! We have a great selection of ornamental and vegetable plants as well as fertilizers, fungicides, insect controllers, soil amendments and mulch.  You’ll also find rain barrels, wheelbarrows, gardening tools and accessories.

Happy Chickens Love Happy Hen Treats

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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Argyle Feed & Hardware carries Happy Hen Premium Treats for Chickens in these varieties:

Mealworm Frenzy

Contains natural dried mealworms that chickens absolutely love to eat. Dried mealworms offer chickens the taste they love without the inconvenience of storing and handling live worms.Available in 3 sizes (3.5 oz, 10 oz, & 30 oz).

Party Mix

Contains natural and healthy ingredients that chickens absolutely love to eat. Choose from 3 tasty options: Mealworm & Corn, Mealworm & Oat, and Sunflower & Raisin.

Treat Cake

Happy Hen’s tasty Seed & Worm Treat Cake provides a nutritious snack while reducing boredom and pecking!  By hanging the Treat Cake and letting it swing, your chickens will have a blast trying to taste all the different flavors. This 3.2 oz cake contains a blend of seeds and mealworms that your chickens will love.

Treat Cake Square

Your chickens will go wild for this Mealworm & Sunflower Treat Square! This 6.5-oz treat square is all natural and uses ingredients like mealworms and sunflower kernels that chickens enjoy, ensuring that they eat every delicious morsel.

Treat Ball

Chickens will look forward to being cooped up when they have a fun Treat Ball to play with. Chickens can enjoy pecking away at cabbage, lettuce, fresh fruits, or any other healthy treats that you can pack into the treat ball. (4″ diameter) Color may vary.

Happy Hen Treats continues to expand their line of quality products made specifically for chickens. Find Happy Hen Treats and everything else you need to “spoil your flock” at Argyle Feed & Hardware. Waterers, coops, bedding and, of course, a wide variety of poultry feeds for all stages.

Rain Also Brings Occasional Insect Invaders

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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Along with the usual insect pest invaders (flies, fleas, mosquitoes and fire ants!), our drought-busting rains have also brought out (or in, as the case may be) some occasional insect visitors.

You are likely seeing millipedes, pillbugs or sowbugs along windowsills and near exterior doors. Millipedes have long, worm-like bodies with a single pair of antenna.  Their body is cylindrical and usually brown in color.  Millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment and often curl into a spiral for protection or when they die.  They feed on decaying organic matter, though some are carnivorous. These are not to be confused with centipedes, which have longer legs and can sting when threatened.  Fortunately, we don’t see many of these in North Texas, especially in urban areas.

Pillbugs usually venture inside during heavy rains. Sowbugs and pillbugs are crustaceans (related to crabs, crayfish and lobsters).  They thrive in moist environments and die quickly once they’ve moved indoors due to lack of moisture. Sowbugs and pillbugs have oval shaped bodies, 7 pairs of legs and 2 pair of antennae (only one pair is easily visible).  Sowbugs have two tail-like appendages that come off the tip of the abdomen.  Pillbugs do not have a tail-like appendage and pillbugs can also roll up into a ball when disturbed (hence the name roly-poly).

If you are having problems with these nuisance pests moving indoors, then you should focus on the outside of the structure to exclude them.  Once things dry out then it should go back to normal.

  • turn mulch often; adjust watering schedules
  • remove any debris laying near structures or areas you do not want pests
  • allow air to flow through crawl spaces by using the proper amount of ventilation
  • fix any leaking faucets, AC lines, water pipes, etc.
  • make sure gutters and drains carry water away from the structure
  • make sure doors and windows have a proper seal; replace weather stripping, thresh holds, etc.
  • apply sealant to any cracks & crevices and to where pipes or wires penetrate the building

If you are having a mass invasion of pillbugs outside and they are eating your plants (it doesn’t happen too often, but conditions are ripe for this right now), consider treating with a liquid insecticide like permethrin, labeled for garden use. If you have cats, do not use permethrin indoors as this is highly toxic for felines. New plants may need a protective spray every week or so.  When treating vegetables, always allow enough time between last application and harvest, according to label instructions. Snail & slug baits containing spinosad and iron phosphate also work on pillbugs and sowbugs. You can also treat with an application of food grade diatomaceous earth as well as sand around your home’s exterior. The DE should be thoroughly mixed in with mulch or soil. This is a gradual treatment and the DE will have to reapplied after rains.  Visit us today at Argyle Feed & Hardware— we can help you find the best solution to rid your home and yard of insect invaders!

Source: Texas A & M Agri-Life Extension

Flies Buggin’ Your Horses?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
simpliflynAre you ready for warmer weather, less rain and longer days at the barn? Well, you’re not the only one.  Flies are awaiting their favorite time of year, when they get to make your barn & sheds their new summer vacation home. Specifically, a horse fly can ruin your day with your animals as they aggressively seek their blood meal for the day. The horse fly can be an extreme nuisance to your livestock as they have the potential to transmit diseases.According to the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, ”Heavy attacks can lead to reductions in weight gains of beef cattle, reduced milk yield, reduced fed utilization efficiencies and hide damage from the puncture wounds. Horses under SolitudeIGRattack will be irritable and distracted by trying to avoid from being bitten.The adult flies serve as vectors for many disease agents (viruses, bacteria, protozoans and nematodes) of animals.”
FLY CONTROL
Don’t let the flies take over your facility or livestock! There are many options to get them to BUZZ OFF!
Manure Management –  Muck out stalls DAILY, especially in the summer. Where is your manure pile? Make sure it is not close to the barn or where your animals are grazing during the day.
Feed-Through Natural Repellents – Argyle Feed & Hardware carries a couple of very effective feed-through fly products: SimpliFly and Solitude.Start your horses on Farnam SimpliFly Feed-Thru Fly Control now and continue throughout the summer until cold weather restricts fly activity. This effective method of managing stable and house flies kills larvae in the manure and prevents their development into mature adults. It’s highly successful when used in conjunction with premise sprays and sticky tapes. SimpliFly contains no organophosphates and is highly palatable, just add to feed.Solitude IGR is a safe, feed-through fly control product containing cyromazine. Though not an organophosphate, cyromazine is an insect growth regulator that safely and dramatically reduces the number of house and stable flies by preventing immature flies from developing into adults.Fly Repellent – Spray your livestock daily, especially after you bathe or rinse your animal. Make sure you remove excess water after bathing before spraying fly repellent. 

Fly Masks & Sheets – Great for keeping the flies from aggravating their ears and eyes (especially if they are goopy). Fly sheets are also beneficial to keep the flies from biting around their shoulders and neck.

Fly Spray Systems – Install an insect control spraying system in your barn that automatically sprays throughout the day preventing flies even when you are not at the barn.

Argyle Feed & Hardware has a variety of fly control products and supplements to help you keep your animals healthy and happy this summer!

Save 10% off on Primal Raw Pet Foods

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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Save 10% through the end of June on your purchaseprimal of Primal Raw Pet Foods at Argyle Feed & Hardware!

Primal Raw Pet Foods are produced using only the freshest, 100% human-grade ingredients. All poultry, meat and game ingredients are antibiotic and steroid free without added hormones. Primal incorporates certified organic produce, certified organic minerals and unrefined vitamins to fortify complete and balanced diets for your pets.primalargyle

Primal Formulas offer you the convenience and benefits of a well-balanced, safe and wholesome raw-food diet without having to grind, chop, measure or mix the ingredients yourself. The proof is watching them lick the bowl clean while thriving happily and healthfully! Visit Argyle Feed & Hardware today and get 10% off all Primal Raw Pet Food products.  Your pets will love you for it!

Keeping Critters Out

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

RabbitInGardenThere are few things more frustrating to a gardener than to lavish weeks of care on your vegetable plants, bringing them to the brink of harvest—only to have them munched, trampled, or otherwise ruined by hungry wildlife. Fortunately, there are ways to fight back and protect your crops. Here are some methods for keeping deer, rabbits, and voles out of your garden.

RABBITS

Did you know that rabbits prefer young, tender shoots and are particularly fond of lettuce, beans, and broccoli. They like to nibble on flowers such as marigolds, pansies, and petunias. Young rabbits are curious and tend to sample many plants, even ones reputed to be rabbit-resistant.  Rabbits prefer to eat at night.

Here are the most popular methods for curtailing rabbit, deer & vole activity:

  1. Fencing & Netting – Lay chicken wire or netting on or around your plants to keep bunnies out.  For deer, fences and covers, such as plastic netting, chicken wire, or floating row covers that you place over plants so deer can’t reach them. For voles, a fence that’s buried 3 to 6 inches below the soil surface and bent outwards into an L-shape. Above ground, the fence should be from 4 to 12 inches tall.
  2. Habitat Removal – Remove brush piles, tall grass, low-growing shrubs, and rock piles for bunnies.  Voles dislike cleared spaces.  Cleared spaces as narrow as 10 inches inhibit their movements; wider areas are even better. Remove weeds, mulch, and any crop litter around the garden. Consider digging a trench, voles don’t like trenches.
  3. Scare them – having a cat or dog in the yard will help deter rabbits.  Once bunnies realize the devices don’t present a true threat, though, they’ll ignore them.  A dog that can roam the area is a good threat to deer.  Motion-triggered devices that squirt water, turn on a radio, or emit an irritating high frequency sound may also work.  Predator urine gives deer a fright by making them think a predator visits your garden.
  4. Repellents – Rabbit repellents work either by releasing a repulsive odor or by making plants taste bad.  For deer, repellents that emit sulfur odors, like that found in egg products or bloodmeal, provide the best control; repellents applied to leaf surfaces are more effective than those (such as capsules or reservoirs) that release an odor intended to create a perimeter.  Garlic inserted into tubes, hot sauce around the area and caster oil are some known repellants that may work for voles.
  5. Predators  – Pets, hawks, foxes, snakes, and owls will help with bunny control.  Cats are a great deterrent for vole control, as are owls, foxes, hawks, bobcats, some snakes, and coyotes.
  6. Plant Selection – Grow plants they dislike, or place such plants next to the ones they do like.  Deer tend to dislike rhubarb, asparagus and garlic.
    Bunnies tend to dislike:

    • Vegetables: asparagus, leeks, onions, potatoes, rhubarb, squash, tomatoes
    • Flowers: cleomes, geraniums, vincas, wax begonias
    • Herbs: basil, mint, oregano, parsley, tarragon
  7. Trapping – Contact local authorities for more information

Visit Argyle Feed & Hardware today to talk to us about options for keeping rabbits, deer and voles out of your yards and garden.  We provide repellants, fencing and netting options.

Source: Bonnie Plants

 

Come to Argyle Feed to get Your Patio and Deck Summer Ready

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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Argyle Feed & Hardware has everything you need to get your patio or deck ready for outdoor entertaining! We have a great selection of the very popular YETI coolers, Tiki torch products and, of course, we carry Traeger Pellet Grills. We just received new garden decor, too… yard art and unique glass birdbaths as well as a variety of feeders and birdhouses too. Argyle Feed stocks a wide variety of wild bird seed products to attract the birds for your backyard enjoyment. And, our gardening area is always stocked with new plant arrivals for sprucing up your garden beds and containers.

Finally, don’t let the mosquitoes crash your patio party! Argyle Feed has a variety of mosquito repellent products to protect your outdoor living space— Skeeter Screen granules, Patio Eggs and Candles, Mosquito Dunks for standing water as well as Tiki brand products, too.

One-stop shopping at Argyle Feed & Hardware will complete your To Do list for summer entertaining— come see us today!

 

SimpliFly Feed Through Fly Control

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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Break the Fly Life Cycle— don’t wait to control flies. Start your horse on Farnam SimpliFly Feed-Thru Fly Control in the spring and continue throughout the summer until cold weather restricts fly activity. This effective method of managing stable and house flies kills larvae in the manure and prevents their development into mature adults. It’s highly successful when used in conjunction with premise sprays and sticky tapes. SimpliFly contains no organophosphates and is highly palatable, just add to feed.

SimpliFly is the ONLY equine feed-thru fly control granted reduced-risk status by the EPA. Pick some up  today at Argyle Feed & Hardware.

Key Cutting

Monday, May 11th, 2015

argylekeyDo you have a need for duplicate keys for your home or business? Are you suffering inconvenience from lost or broken keys?  Come see us at Argyle Feed & Hardware. We offer key cutting service starting at $1.99 per key.

Come check us out! Argyle Feed & Hardware is your local business for feed, pets, garden, and hardware serving Argyle and Denton County.