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Should I feed my dog or cat a grain-free diet?
There is no single, easy answer to this question. No single type of food is best for every pet. Instead, we believe that the most important things to look for when choosing a pet food are these:
- Meat or quality meat meal as the first several ingredients.
- No corn, wheat, or soy: these are cheap fillers with low digestibility and high potential for allergies.
- No by-product meals: These the leavings of the meat processing industry, and the signature of a lousy pet food.
We stock many brands that meet these standards, along with delicious, wholesome treats and supplements. Stop in, we would love to talk with you and help make sure that your pet is getting the best nutrition available!
What are the benefits of raw pet food?
Raw diets give your pet the natural vitamins and minerals that can be lost in the cooking and extruding process used to form pet food into kibbles or cans. This may be beneficial for any pet, but can be especially good for pets who have serious health problems, are on medications or recovering from surgery. Raw does not always mean more work: there are many newer, more convenient offerings available. If you are thinking about incorporating raw food into your pet’s diet, we can help you explore your options to find the best one for you and your pet!
Why is my dog always scratching?
There are numerous factors that can make dogs itch! Among the usual suspects are fleas and ticks, and dry skin, especially in the winter when the air is dry. However, it also be the the result of allergies. Like humans, dogs can be allergic to dust, pollen, and other environmental agents. Also like humans, dogs can develop allergies and sensitivities to ingredients in their food. If your dog has dry, flaky skin, that does not seem to be the result of pests or the environment, check their food! Corn (and other fillers), food coloring, and excess preservatives, are just a few common allergens.
When can I lime my yard?
Any time the ground is not frozen! Many people put down lime in the spring and fall, but you can do it any time between about March and December. Since lime will never burn, it is safe even in the heat of summer, and on newly seeded areas. We recommend spreading lime right before you seed, as well.
How much lime do I need?
Without a soil test, one 40 lb. bag of regular pelletized lime will cover 1000 sq. feet. We also have a 24 lb. bag of Fast Acting Lime that will cover 5000 sq. ft.
When should I fertilize my yard?
The best times are: early spring, early summer, late summer, and late fall. We have a 4 stage program that takes the guesswork out of the timing.
When should I fertilize my trees and shrubs?
Spring and fall.
What do the 3 numbers on a bag of fertilizer mean?
They are the percentages of the three main plant nutrients in the bag. The first number is Nitrogen, the second is Phosphorous, and the third is Potash.
Are your garden seeds non-GMO?
Yes- none of our garden seeds are genetically modified. Most are old time favorite hybrids, with some heirlooms and new, exciting varieties mixed in. We also have a selection of organic seeds!
Do you have organic egg layer feed?
Yes! We stock organic egg layer pellets, and we have organic, non-GMO, soy free egg layer feed, too.
Why don’t you stock [insert popular mega brand here] horse feed?
We stock only fixed formula horse feeds- this means that the ingredient mixture is exactly the same in every batch. Many of the popular brands available at chain stores are not fixed formulas- the actual ingredients vary from batch to batch, depending on what ingredients are cheapest. We believe that consistency is more important, especially for hard keepers.
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