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    Gettin busier in the nursery,and NEW tool for me.

    spent the day fertilizing potted plants and shrubs
    removing last years dead growth from pots of blackeyed susans.
    removing dead and done plants. spaced shrubs so they get more sunlight and arent crowded together anymore.
    watered everything . weeded a few plants that needed it.
    i used a tool today for applying osmocote fertilizer.
    its called perfect -a- feed.
    it was well worth the money spent.
    what used to take hours now takes less hours.
    here is a link to what it is.

    http://www.amleo.com/index/item.cgi?cmd=view&Words=paf

    i think 7 hrs are enuf for the day.
    Shepp
    Last edited by shepp; 04-10-2005 at 02:30 PM.

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    Neat, Shepp!

    How does it work? Is there a trigger that you pull to release the fertilizer or am I not comprehending at all how this device works.
    Ann B.
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    you turn a knob/handle and it dispences a teaspoon of fert or herbicide what ever you are using.
    i will try to get a better pic sometime.
    shepp

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    Looks like just the ticket for multiple feedings. I'll bet it saves a LOT of stooping! I had never heard of it.

    A little better picture is over in the Hummert catalog:

    http://www.hummert.com/catalog.asp?P=701
    Tom W
    Aching Back Farm

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    Shepp,

    Now that you have some experience with it, how is it working out for you?
    Is there any metering device that allows some opportunity to distribute the product or does it drop a glob in one spot?

    I'm using a product called "nursery special", which is a 12-6-6+, three month slow release and I try to distribute it evenly across the top of each pot. My 'hobby' has not grown to that level yet, but I was just interested in how it works.
    Tom W
    Aching Back Farm

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    i like it.
    the metering device.
    here is the answer in the the add.
    • 100% accurate with preset measuring drums.

    Perfect-a-Feed Granular Dispenser

    • Has large capacity — holds over 5 quarts of material.
    • Brace holds applicator out from operator’s body for ease of application and operation.
    • Adjustable straps for carrying prevents arms from tiring when used all day long.
    • 100% accurate with preset measuring drums.
    • Supplied with teaspoon and tablespoon measuring drums. Optional drums are available in 1/8 tsp., 1/3 tsp., 1 tsp., 2 tsp., and 1 tbsp.
    • Flexible tube from unit allows 3/4” PVC pipe to be attached at adjustable lengths and easily moved from pot to pot.

    and it comes with two sizes of measureing drums.
    if i drop it it a pile on each pot by pushing it gently into the soil the osmocote doesnt bounce.
    i then drag the wand and spread it.
    shepp
    Last edited by shepp; 04-14-2005 at 02:26 PM.

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    Shepp,
    How bout borrowing that thang for a day or three?I've been doing the old bending over and a scoop here and a scoop there for a week or so.I'm about to get caught up on most things in the nursery.I took ten days off from work and still didn't get everything done.Guess I'II get caught up when I'm six feet under.I've got to load up and go sell some stuff this Sat.
    Do you have a rule of thumb for adding fertilizer to 1gal,2gal,3gal and so forth.I use Spring Valley brand fertilizer.Nursery people said its as good as osmocote but alot cheaper.50# bag is around 35.00.I ask this question on the other board but didn't get a coherent answer.
    tony b.Z-6(William B. on the other board)I'm not sure who I am.

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    never heard of that brand.
    and NO i cant lend itout.
    now if we were next door neighbors i could .
    email me with that brand.
    ok as far as a method to my madness .
    i use 2 cranks of the handle
    that is 2 teaspoons.for 2 gallon.
    once for smaller pots.
    hope that helps.
    you wouldnt regret owning this tool william B.
    shepp

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    Maybe one day....

    I sure could have used your new device today!

    Thanks for letting us know about it!
    Ann B.
    Zone 9a
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    works great.

    here is a pic of the device that turns the drum to dispense the fert.
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    Shepp! seems to be a great unit, if you do a lot of smal pots. I have some pots but a lot of b.b trees. When fertilizing trees I go by the handfull.

    Sounds like time has come to clean out old stock. Weed what needs to be weeded. Pot up and fertilize. shepp I know the drill.

    I put up my shade cloth yesterday.

    Hope your new tool works well.

    George.

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    It's been awhile since we talked about tools, and I accidentally ran across one at Home Depot. I got it last week, but didn't have a chance to try it until today.

    And WOW! It is the answer to my pruning prayers. My brother kept telling me that I needed something better than what I was using. When he came over today (to bring my nephew to stay for a couple of days), I ran inside and grabbed it. When I handed it to him, I said, "You try it first."

    He did, and he grinned that big ole familiar younger bro grin. I could tell that he like it. He gave me a few bro pointers, then handed it to me.

    Whew! This thing works great! I did a lot of pruning and getting rid of privets (for now) that are growing in my beds, around pots and go figure, everywhere, despite the drought.

    Are you READY?

    Here is the link:

    http://www.fiskars.com/US/Garden/Pro...ontentId=85542

    I highly recommend this tool if you are cutting any branches especially hard to reach ones that are less than 1 1/4".
    Ann B.
    Zone 9a
    Gulf Coast


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