Wells Brothers Pet, Lawn & Garden Supply News                     April, 2013, Volume 1

The first part of April has always been action packed. April 1, 1889 the 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago) and 1934 Bonnie & Clyde kill 2 Texas highway patrolmen near Grapevine. The Bataan Death March began on April 10, 1942. On April 5, 1945 units of the American Fourth Armored Division liberate the Ohrdruf concentration camp. The wife and I sat on the couch and watched the first space shuttle flight that occurred on April 12, 1981 with the launching of Columbia.


Now is the time to plant those tomatoes, peppers, okra, cucumbers and squash (if you are feeling lucky). I have it on good authority that the cold weather is over. 

I did a short presentation at JCPenneys during the first part of March and the topic of squash vine bores came up. For many of us, they decimated our squash crop last spring. One of the ladies at JCPenney told me of growing squash in a tomato type cage to stop the vine bores. I have never heard or read this before. By forcing the leaves to grow up, you are allowing lots sunshine to the stems. Apparently the bores don't like it and they will move on to shadier pastures. If growing squash is on your list this year, I would give it a go.  

Good Bugs:

The trouble with spraying insecticides (both natural and synthetic) is that you kill both the targeted bugs and also some of the beneficial insects. In some cases you can use good bugs to control some of the not so good bugs. I am a big fan of preventive action but in some instances, curative action is required. 


The bugs Wells Brother's carries are Ladybugs (curative) for the control of aphids, scale and mites. Ladybugs will stay in a given environment as long as the food supply lasts. Beneficial nematodes (preventive) control grubs, fire ants and flea larva to name a few. The mighty praying mantis (curative) eats everything from grasshoppers down to ants and the trichogramma wasps (preventive) will take care of webworms. Application rates and procedures are different for all.  For more information on beneficial insects, please click here


At this time you should be mowing your yard. Common Bermuda grass likes to be mowed often (3 - 7 day) at a height of 1 to 2 inches. St. Augustine requires less mowing (5 - 7 days) and likes to be cut between 3 and 3 inches tall.


It is also time to fertilize the grass. At this time I would like to say a word about weed and feeds, do not use them (ok, that's like, four words). Fertilizing your lawn and killing weeds should be two separate operations. The majority of weed and feeds target broad leaf weeds. Applying them too close to trees and shrub will kill non-targeted plants. If this happens, in most cases the outcome is fatal. For what little time you save, it is not worth the risk. 


Once you know how many square feet of lawn you have, you need to pick a fertilizer. The numbers on a bag of fertilizer (16-20-0) translate to the percentage of N, P and K. The first number, Nitrogen (N) is for healthy green growth. Nitrogen is the big consumable for lawns. The second number, Phosphorus (P) is for root development. The third number, Potash (K) is a nutrient that we don't need to add in our black dirt. However adding sulfur to the alkaline soil we have around here will help the lawns. If you have never had your soil tested; I do encourage it.  



Soil Testing Resources:Texas A&M AgriLife Extension,

New Store Stuff:

Wells Brothers is now full of collars and leashes. I hesitate using the term "pimp my pet" but we have a wide selection.


We now carry Bonnie's Herb and Vegetable Plant Food. This is a quart 8-4-4 liquid fertilizer that sells for $11.99.  For more information on Bonnie plant food, visit the website here.   


The book Easy Garden for North Central Texas is back at Wells Brothers. Steve Huddleston and Pamela Crawford authored this "how to" landscaping guide that sells for $29.95.


Keep a look out for our hanging baskets. I will post their arrival on Facebook.

On Saturday, April 6th and 20th Dr. Wood (the vet) will be here from noon to 4:00p.m. Doc provides low cost pet vaccinations and is on a first come, first serve basis.  Click here for more information on Dr. Wood and his Vet Clinic.  


Dog Dip:

Dog Dip

Our first free dog and cat dip of 2013 will be on April 13th. These take place every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. The dip will be ready around 10 a.m. and will last until 4 p.m. Wells Brothers will supply the stuff you must dip your pet. This year we are using the all-natural Cedar Cide.


On Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:00 p.m., Wells Brothers presents the Feeding Wild Bird Seminar. Featured speaker is Bob Wucher from Purina Mills. Topics to be discussed include nutrition, habitat, differences in species and any other wild bird topic you would like to discuss. Seating is limited so please call, email or come by to get your name on the list.



Pet Food of the Month:  

The featured Pet Food of the Month for April is chicken food. The four that take center stage are Purina's Layena Pellet 50#, Layena Omega Pellet 40#, Layer Crumbles 50# and a Start/Grow non-medicated crumble in a 5# bag. Save $.50 per bag




Wells Brothers Garden Tonic (our version of compost tea) is available Fri day and Saturday only. It is used as a soil amendment and for foliar feeding. Directions are simple: use straight, do not dilute, shelf life is approximately 48 hours. Price is $4.99 a gallon if you bring your own jug. Zip lock baggies are not a good choice. We do sell the very remarkable Wells Brothers jug for $1.00.



"Patience is power. 

Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is "timing"
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way."
Fulton J. Sheen (1895 - 1979)

Dick Broussard

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