Scotts Canada helps Canadians achieve lush-looking landscapes after
survey reveals gaps in garden care know-how
TORONTO, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - As snow shovels and salt make way for
spring bulbs and sod, Canadians' quest for lush lawns and gardens begins. Yet for all the
watering, weeding, mulching and mowing that takes place throughout the
spring and summer, a new survey by Scotts Canada has found that many
Canadians simply don't know how to help their lawns and gardens reach
their top potential.
The most wilting evidence? Three-quarters of Canadians (74 per cent)
say they don't regularly feed their plants, while almost a quarter (24
per cent) don't think fertilizing their lawns is necessary. And when
it comes to those relentless weeds? One in 10 feel helpless in their
battle against them.
It's Time for a Garden Intervention!
According to the survey, feeding plants is simply not top of mind for
many Canadian gardeners. Why? More than a third (34 per cent) say
they simply don't have time to feed their plants or they forget to feed
"Fertilizing is a key step to maintain the health of garden plants -
without it, plants will underperform. That's because plants grow by
consuming nutrients from the soil at a rate faster than the nutrients
can be replaced naturally," said Glenn Martin, Marketing Director at
Scotts Canada. "Plant foods like Miracle-Gro® help replenish lost
nutrients in the soil and can help garden plants grow bigger, stronger
and healthier than unfed plants."
For the time-strapped, a lush looking garden is just a shake away with
Miracle-Gro® Shake 'n Feed® All Purpose Plant Food. This formulation
offers the ultimate convenience - in mere minutes. One application
feeds plants for the entire season and can be used on in-ground and
container gardens to feed flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs. No
more excuses necessary!
Show Your Lawn a Little TLC
The survey also found that lawns are also lacking when it comes to
proper care. In fact, 13 per cent of Canadians who fertilize their
lawns aren't confident they're doing it properly, while seven per cent
don't feed their lawn because they say they don't have time.
"What many people don't know is that healthy lawns that are fertilized
regularly are able to develop deep root systems that can withstand
weeds and common stresses like heat, drought and pests," said Martin.
"Lawns lose nutrients not only as they grow but also every time the
grass is cut, so regular feedings are essential and can actually save
you the time and effort in the end."
Products like Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food simply need to be applied
every other month throughout the growing season for noticeable results
- and using the right tools like Scotts® spreaders ensure a quick and
Wipe out Weeds
Weeds are a prickly subject for Canadians. In fact, the survey found
that while 1 in 5 can't stand seeing them in their gardens, lawns and
driveways, nearly half (44 per cent) are still pulling them by hand.
Another way to control weeds is to use a lawn weed control product.
Scotts EcoSense® Weed B Gon® gets right inside the cell structure of
weeds, which causes them to dry up, turn black, shrivel and die.
"Ready-to-use weed control sprays like Scotts EcoSense® are permitted
for use in Ontario as well as in municipalities with bans or use
restrictions and can help tackle against these offenders, saving time
and some back-breaking work!" said Martin.
To control weeds on hard surfaces, Scotts EcoSense® PathClear™ controls
them in a matter of hours.
For more information, including how-to videos and tips, visit www.scotts.ca.
About Scotts Canada
Scotts Canada is a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
(NYSE: SMG), the world's leading provider of branded consumer products
for home lawn and garden care. Scotts' lineup features Canada's
favourite lawncare brands, including: Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, Scotts
Turf Builder®, Scotts EcoSense®, Home Defense™ and Morning Melodies
Wild Bird Food. With a global investment in research and development
and innovation in addition to industry leading stewardship initiatives
and consumer education, Scotts is committed to developing and enhancing
the lawn and garden care practices in Canada. Headquartered in
Mississauga, Ontario, Scotts Canada provides lawn and garden
enthusiasts choices that invite people to ... Grow the World You Want
SOURCE: Scotts Canada Ltd.
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