July 16, 2012

Organic Plant Health, a Charlotte, N.C.-based manufacturer and distributor of eco-friendly fertilizers, soil conditioners and pest-control products, has signed an agreement with MSEP, a high-volume bottling, packaging and distributing company based in South Carolina. Organic Plant Health expects to begin bottling its new Eco-Cedar all-natural insect control product at the MSEP facilities by early August.

December 5, 2011

Channel analysis

Consumer research from the Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group showed sales in the Fertilizer-Herbicide-Pesticide (FHP) category are growing — up 5.5% from a year ago to $1.31 billion. According to NPD, sales may be boosted by a DIY approach to lawn care, a low-cost alternative to hiring professional lawn care services. 

September 7, 2011

Coastal Supply Co., a supplier of bagged soil, mulch and stone products to such companies as Home Depot and Lowe’s, has been purchased by Harvest Power, which processes organic materials to generate energy. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Coastal Supply is a Delaware-based company that distributes its products through 14 states. The company will be renamed Harvest Garden Pro, but Joe Kollock and Steve Liffers will continue to lead the company as co-presidents.

July 19, 2011

Lebanon Seaboard has launched a series of specialty fertilizers, to be released in January 2012, each of which will include a particular blend of fertilizer sources the company calls GreenSmart. Among the new products is a series of seven small plant fertilizers, which will contribute to the expansion of the company’s GreenView with the GreenSmart brand released earlier this year.

March 22, 2011

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. said it will phase out phosphorus from lawn fertilizers, including the market-leading Scotts Turf Builder brand, by the end of 2012.

Additionally, the Marysville, Ohio-based company said it will sharpen its focus on more efficient and optimized ways to use nitrogen in its lawn fertilizer products. 

February 28, 2011

Rochester, N.Y.-based Harris Seeds, a provider of garden seeds, supplies and organic gardening solutions, is partnering with Worm Power to offer its organic fertilizer to gardeners nationwide. The agreement makes Harris Seeds the primary distributor of Worm Power in the United States.

December 5, 2010

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September 15, 2010

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December 28, 2008

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December 14, 2008

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June 5, 2008

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May 4, 2008

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