Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (RCEMC) members got some valuable information for yards and trees at their January meeting. Fred Heck and Austin Stovall with VPG Fertilome informed members what to do for their outdoor spaces now, in the summer, and in the fall. 

Heck and Stovall also gave a brief overview of the differences between insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and fertilizers and the proper uses for each. The duo explained the best times to kill weeds and to fertilize. All their products perform best when temps are between 65°F to 85°F. 

Additionally, the lawn care experts explained those three numbers on all fertilizer labels. The first number is the amount of nitrogen (N), the second number is the amount of phosphate (P2O5) and the third number is the amount of potash (K2O). These three numbers represent the primary nutrients: nitrogen(N), phosphorus(P), and potassium(K). Mr. Heck said they way he remembers what the numbers mean is by using the phrase, “Up, Down, and All Around.” If you want plants to grow up, the first number needs to be high, if you want something to fertilize roots, the second number is what you look at, and the third number helps the overall health of plants. 

RCEMC showed their appreciation of the speakers by donating a children’s book to a Splendora ISD elementary school.