On your fertilizer bag, what does the three numbers (or the NPK) listed on fertilizers mean?
These numbers (ex. 4-10-3) stand for the percent of Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potassium (Potash) in that order. The N the first number. That is the percentage of Nitrogen in the bag which gives plants the nutrients to grow quickly, produce more plant leaves, and create a darker color of green. The second number, or P is the percentage of phosphate which gives plants the nutrients to form stronger roots and to mature which and helps flowering plants to flower earlier and promote more flowers. The third number, or K is the percentage of potassium in the bag which promotes healthy roots systems and helps the plants resist disease. Potassium also works in combination with the phosphorus in plant development.
What does RTS mean and how does it work?
RTS means Ready to Spray. A Ready to Spray unit attaches to your hose to spray it is simply a tool that siphons out product at a set rate from a bottle and mixes the set rate of product with water for easy spraying. All Ready to Spray’s are liquid products (not powders or granules) and work in a similar fashion.
What is a lawn spreader and how do I use a lawn spreader?
Lawn spreaders quickly and evenly disperse granular fertilizer, weed killers, insecticides and grass seed across your lawn. Applying fertilizer, weed killer or grass seed Start with applying half in one direction, such as parallel as you can to your walkway or driveway, then the other half as you make rows in a straight line at right angles to each other line or in other words perpendicular to the first line. If it is your first time start with only half the amount you need to apply this will give you the opportunity to adjust your spreader settings as you see how the spreader works. For example, if the bag says to apply 3 pounds of the product per 1,000 square feet, put 1 1/2 pounds in your spreader. Follow a mowing pattern across your lawn, going back and forth in parallel rows. When you finish, if you still have product left in your spreader, turn the settings up one or two notches to allow more product to drop. Go back across your existing rows in the same pattern to release the remaining lawn product. If you run out before you reach the end of your yard, turn down the settings slightly. With practice you will become comfortable with using your lawn spreader.
• Herbicide - a chemical or other substance used to control undesirable plants.
• Insecticide - a chemical or other substance used to control undesirable insects.
• Fungicide - a chemical or other substance used to control undesirable plant diseases and fungi.
• Rodenticide – a chemical or other substance used to control rodents.
I have misplaced the directions for use booklet for the product? Can you tell me how much to use?
You can obtain a copy of the label directions on our website. Please click here to follow the link to the label section. Make sure you have the correct and complete name of the product. If you still can not find the correct label, please email your request to Our Customer Service Department and we will email you a copy. If you provide your address, we can also mail you a copy.
I was told that your product could be used for a plant/flower/vegetable/fruit, etc. that is not listed on the label. Can I still use it?
We do not recommend using any of our products for anything that is not listed on our label.
Where can I find your products?
First, please try our Dealer Locator, but since we sell primarily to distributors, this system does not give us access to who all the dealers in a particular area or what products they carry. Bonide Products can typically be found at premier independent garden centers, nurseries, and greenhouses as well as hardware stores and coops.