100% Natural gardening with Makhro Home and Garden Plant, eat, compost, repeat Turn food scraps into rich humus for your garden. Makhro Compost Activator is 100% natural and biodegradable. Formulated from natural microbes, Makhro Compost Activator will convert garden waste into compost in as little as six weeks. Guano gold Environmentally conscious sourced guano and proudly produced in South Africa. Go Organic, made from 100% natural ingredients, is a cost-effective natural organic fertilizer widely recognized and endorsed by organic growers. Go Organic serves a dual purpose as a foliar spray and soil nutrition with exceptional results. Miracle mineral oil Manufactured thru patented refining technology, making it the safest mineral oil for growers, consumers, and the environment. SK Eco Oil Spray controls various insects and mite pests, and plant diseases. It is also an adjuvant—recommended for organic farming and gardening with no post-harvest restrictions and low impact on natural enemies. Cu later fungus! Copper is a metal that, in dissolved form Cu(OH)2, penetrates plant tissues and helps control fungal diseases. Copstar is a copper fungicide approved for organic gardening and ideal for gardeners who prefer to avoid chemical fungicides. Copstar interacts with the fungus on the leaves, usually kills them, and doesn't allow it to reproduce. Sulfur so good A fungicide and acaricide that acts as a fertilizer positively affects plant growth and leaves and fruits' coloring. Sulfostar is an excellent product certified for organic farming (or gardening). Its low toxicity is not harmful against bees and natural predators such as predatory mites or ladybirds. Still, it provides control of various fungal diseases as well as certain mites and thrips. Adding up on the organic side The repelling component of Organicide Plus flushes the insects out of the hard-to-reach places. Organicide Plus is a broad-spectrum insecticide with no harmful residues. An effective combination of natural insect nerve poison, smothering plant oils, and added insect repellent and flushing agent that repels new infestations of harmful insects. Rule with an iron pellet Finally! An eco-friendly insecticide to control snails and slugs. Apply EcoBait pellets in the evening or late afternoon for best results as snails and slugs are most active during the night or early mornings. 1 kg of EcoBait pellets (Iron (Fe) 9.75 g/kg) will cover 1000 m². Visit our website for more information www.makhro.co.za
Your garden is a special place to learn about life and growth. Dry seed in one's hand might look slightly insignificant, yet inside new life awaits. Covered with warm, loving rich soil and cared for with water, sunshine, and a bit of love, the seed develops to its remarkable potential. And now that Spring is finally here, our team at Makhro Home and Garden is beyond excited to help make your garden beautiful. By now, you have prepared your garden for the season, and your green fingers are itching to start planting! To help you with your spring gardening quest, we have launched some exciting new products. Because certain pests might have developed resistance against your currently overused insecticide, it means that it is time for a change. Mikka is an organophosphate, making it the perfect solution to re-establish complete control of various insects in your ornamentals, roses, and flower gardens. Halo, a product everyone has been anxiously waiting for us to launch. Not only is it a granular weed killer in conveniently pre-measured packaging. Halo's ability to control the pesty Nutsedge and other types of broadleaf weeds are what makes Halo so desirable. Sulfostar is an excellent product certified for organic farming (or gardening). Its low toxicity is not harmful against bees and natural predators such as predatory mites or ladybirds. Still, it provides control of various fungal diseases as well as certain mites and thrips. We all want our living conditions to be as comfortable as possible. The same goes for our plants. That is why we need to provide our plants with pleasant soil conditions. Aquafix, a polymer planting gel, can help us do just that. By absorbing water up to 300 times its weight, it acts as a water reservoir. Along with water, it also absorbs water-soluble nutrients and fertilizers. Slowly releases it to the root zones as demanded by plants, which significantly reduces watering cycles and increases the seedling survival rate. While our gardens thrive with the slowly rising temperatures, unfortunately, there is a downside. We can already imagine franticly waving away the insects buzzing around us, not to mention trying to protect our food from contamination. No need to worry; we've got more new products to ensure an insect-free household. A wettable powder that easily dissolves in water makes Karba 850 an easy insecticide to use in your household. With a measuring spoon conveniently included in the box, it's as easy as a scoop, a quick mix, and you are ready to spray the insects away. Alpha-Thrin is a high-performance concentrate insecticide, making it a perfect solution for long-term control over a broad spectrum of public health pests. It is also odorless, has a low toxicity level and application rate, and causes no stains. Combining active ingredients from two different chemical classes that provide two very different modes of action makes Rossi 200 SUPER a powerhouse of a product. Due to its low odor and excellent residuality capabilities, Rossi is an ideal pest control product to be used in homes, hotels, hostels, restaurant kitchens, and many more. Please feel free to visit our website for more information on the products mentioned above or call our office and ask to speak to a technical advisor for more gardening or product advice. www.makhro.co.za 021-981-4011
Start to prepare your garden for Spring! Spring is just around the corner, and Makhro Home and Garden's team is beyond excited to start the new season's gardening journey with you! While enjoying the last few blanket cuddles and anxiously waiting for the higher spring temperatures, we can start with a few garden preparations to keep our green fingers busy. The best time to get your garden beds ready for the season's potential growth is a couple of weeks before you are planning to start planting. The three recommended essential preparation steps are loosening the soil, adding soil nutrients, and removing stray weeds. By loosening compacted soil, it provides efficient airflow for the growth of young roots. An easy way to provide plenty of air and moisture retention is by simply adding organic matter—which makes this the perfect time to work compost into the soil. If you are making your compost (like we all should be doing by now), you will find that it is very cost-effective and incredibly beneficial to the environment. Adding compost has quite a few advantages. It hangs onto the nutrients, releasing them slowly and preventing them from washing away through the root zone. Just a tiny amount of organic matter worked into the soil has a significant effect on soil retention. Plants will thrive in healthy soil conditions—which means it's time to fertilize. The fertilizer you will use will depend upon the type of plants you are planning to plant. Different plants, as well as different soil conditions, will have different needs. You can consider working in a slow-release granular fertilizer to provide your future plants with long-term nutrient boosts. With what products can Makhro Home and Garden assist you with this garden preparation quest?! We recommend adding Compost Activator to your compost heap to make compost like a pro with a quick turnaround time. We offer some great fertilizers you can use to create the perfect nutritional balance for your garden: 1-For-All Multipurpose Fertilizer, Multi-Booster, Grobest, and Go Organic. Visit our website for more information on the products mentioned above or call our office and ask to speak to a technical advisor for more gardening or product advice. www.makhro.co.za 021-981-4011
Let your flowers grow to their full potential 100% Organic fertilizer In pots or in your garden The guano used is sustainably sourced using environmentally conscious methods and originates from the Namibian Coast. Go Organic Guano is produced locally in South Africa 100 % Natural Ingredients The features and benefits of Go Organic Guano: A natural organic fertilizer widely recognized and endorsed by organic growers. Improves the water- and nutrient retaining capacity. Cost effective – 2 liters of Go Organic Guano dilutes to 80 liters of plant food. Serves a dual purpose as a foliar spray and soil nutrition. Does not burn plants or roots. Used as a foliar spray on all small grains, maize, fruit trees, vegetables, vineyards as well as on flowers. Exceptional results when applied to roses. Secondary factors and why it works Better metabolism of nitrates in plants Stronger cell walls resulting in: Enhancement in flavor Resistance to mould and fungal attack More upright stems and open leaves Enhanced photosynthesis More fertile and viable seed formation Longer shelf life of produce Food that is better to eat Product Analysis Go Organic Guano is collected bird droppings that are rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, trace elements and other active ingredients. Go Organic Guano is a rich and concentrated fertilizer that will revitalize your plants. Frequently asked questions Question 1: Does this product have a waiting period before one can harvest crops? A: This product is safe to use with no waiting period. Crops can be harvested shortly after applying the product, just rinse well. Question 2: Will it burn my plants? A: No, it will not burn your plants or plant roots as it contains no added chemicals. Question 3: Can I use this product throughout the year? A: This product is safe to use all year round. Question 4: Is Go Organic Guano truly organic? A: It is organic in the sense that the product is manually harvested directly from the islands in Namibia without the introduction of any synthetic or chemical additives.
Understand the working of SK Eco Oil Spray SK Eco Oil Spray is a food grade, emulsified mineral oil, manufactured thru patented refining technology making it the safest mineral oil for growers, consumers, and the environment. Due to its high paraffin content, it greatly improves insecticidal and fungicidal efficiency as well as its safety to plants. A highly effective multipurpose product, with insecticidal, acaricidal and fungicidal activity, SK Eco Oil Spray controls a variety of insects and mite pests, along with plant diseases. It gives exceptionally good control of powdery mildew on crops susceptible to this disease. It is safe to use on wide range of crops and ornamentals. It controls various developmental stages of spider mites, rust mites, scale insects, whiteflies, and aphids; on numerous fruits, vegetables, field crops and ornamental plants, grown outdoors or in greenhouses. SK Eco Oil Spray’s mode of action is completely different to all other pesticide groups, making it an ideal solution in pesticide resistance management as well as an essential part of any Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. SK Eco Oil Spray’s unique insecticidal and fungicidal activity is attributed mainly to suffocation or asphyxiation. In the case of insects and mites, the suffocation occurs when the oil moves by capillary action into aeropyles of eggs, and into spiracles and tracheae of immature and adult stages of the target pests. With fungi the oil prevents growth of the mycelia and formation of reproductive bodies (sporulation). SK Eco Oil Spray can also be used as an adjuvant. When mixed with other products is has a synergistic effect due to the following: Increases coverage due to reduced surface tensionIt protects the other products from breakdownIncreases adherence and spreadingIncreases cuticular penetrationIncreases residual activity of other productsPrevents evaporation and driftIncreases retention An excellent cost-effective product, with no post-harvest restrictions and low impact on natural enemies, SK Eco Oil Spray is recommended for organic farming and gardening. 1. SK Eco Oil Spray - Quick-break oil in water emulsion2. Spray droplets hit leaves3. SK Eco Oil Spray remains on leaf surface or moves into leaf4. Healthy leaf after treatment
Copstar, a copper fungicide approved for organic gardening, can be the ideal product for gardeners who prefer to avoid chemical fungicides. Using copper fungicides can be confusing but knowing exactly when and how to use copper fungicide is the key to success. First you need to know what a copper fungicide is and how it works: Copper is a metal that, in dissolved form, penetrates plant tissues and helps control fungal diseases. If you spray the leaves, it interacts with the fungus on the leaves, usually kills it and doesn’t allow it to reproduce. It controls and prevents fungal diseases such as: ScabFruit spotBlightBlack spotRustDowny mildewLeaf curlBacterial spot The product works by protecting plants against development of new infections. Ideally, apply Copstar before fungus is visible. Otherwise, apply the product immediately when you first notice signs of fungal disease. Few things to know before starting with your application: There are three big mistakes you can make when trying to manage fungal diseases in your garden is: First, starting to late. Usually people start spraying when you see a problem and it can be effective to get it under control if you start dealing with the fungus when the problem appears. But you really want to start 2 – 3 weeks before the fungus arrives in your garden. If it arrives one year, most liking it’s going to keep arriving year after year. Take note of when to start spraying preventively for the next year. Secondly not to continue with a spraying routine. Your routine can be every 7, 10 or 14 days, but you want to pick a routine and stick to it. Mark it on a calendar or put it in your smart phone and keep the sprays going regularly. The third, very critical thing is to spray during the right time of the day and not to apply Copstar on very hot days. Spray early mornings or in the evenings. If it’s too hot the leaves will be damaged. How to apply Copstar: Note: Remember to mark your sprayers with a sticker or a permanent marker: insecticides / fungicides sprayer and herbicides sprayer. Fill up the cleaned sprayer with half of the water needed for the mixture.Shake the product before measuring out the recommend dosage of product and pour into the sprayer.Fill up the sprayer with the rest of the water.Close sprayer and shake to mix.Solution is now ready to be sprayed. The key to controlling fungal diseases is to get good coverage. Very important to spray the underside of the leaves first, especially when spraying for blight. Spray just before the point of run-off, because if it runs off, you’re contaminating the soil and the fungicide doesn’t do any good on the ground. If you get rain on plants, you will need to re-apply. A few pointers to keep in mind: Very important to follow the label on mixing and to observe the restrictions on harvest.Remember that the ratio that you mixed for one type of plant, is not necessary the correct ratio for the next. Once you have test spayed what ratio of mixture works the best for your garden, we advise to write the mixture on the bottle with a permanent marker for future use.Never mix copper fungicides with other chemicals and don’t over-apply fungicides.In case it’s time to prune your fruit trees, only spray after pruning. You don’t want to spray anything you are going to cut off. We hope that you now have a better understanding of how and when to use copper fungicides. Copstar, a copper fungicide distributed by Makhro Home and Garden is available nationwide. Visit our website www.makhro.co.za to view more product information or view our retailers. Please feel free contact us should you require any further assistance.
THE BUG WARS We can be proactive in fighting certain pests that occur year after year in the garden. Makhro Home and Garden (Pty) Ltd would like to introduce you to one of the stars in our product range: KOINOR 350 SC KOINOR is more than just an insecticide as it not only controls the insect pest that it is targeted against, but also provides lengthy protection by controlling the insect vectors of various plant that plants are susceptible to and which can completely halt their development and devastate the crop. Due to the versatility of KOINOR and the numerous application methods via which the active ingredient - imidacloprid can be applied, the harm that it can cause to the beneficial insect and mite population can be minimized or eliminated significantly. KOINOR is a systemic insecticide, controlling Aphids and other sucking insects on Roses, Conifers and Citrus. Koinor can also be used as a nest treatment for Ants and Mole crickets on lawns. Quick and Easy application Koinor is applied to the soil around the plant using a watering can or jug; the plants take the Koinor up through the roots and transport it through the plant sap to the leaves. The Koinor is present in the plant sap and protects the plant from insects that suck the plant sap such as Aphids. Timing is important Koinor must be applied early spring when the plant is growing actively. The plants are protected from the start, focus on species that are attacked every year like: Roses Conifers Citrus Mandevillea Fuchsia Durantha Wild Olives Cycads Aloes Indoor pot plants Koinor offers protection for six months at a time and needs to be repeated Early Summer Koinor will give protection to Citrus varieties against: Aphids, Red Scale, Psylla and Leafminer. The important thing to remember is to apply the Koinor in August, if you apply it later you will not be able to use the fruit that have formed on the tree, they will have to be picked and discarded, and the first fruit set thereafter would be safe for harvesting. Koinor has more applications: Little black ants make nests in paving and driveways, mix Koinor in a watering can and apply a half a liter per nest entrance. Handy Tip: If the ants are coming into the house apply the Koinor around the house close to the wall, treat visible nests. The ants avoid the barrier of Koinor and do not go in the house; protection can last up to six months. Mole Crickets are a problem that may come back year after year. Many insecticides don’t work because they do not reach the insects that burrow deep into the soil. Preventative treatment can be achieved by applying the Koinor to the lawn in November and watering well. The nymphs hatch in November and it is easier to control them when they are young. Always when buying Garden Care products Read the label before buying the product to make sure it is the correct product for the job you have in mind. Follow the instructions carefully. Never mix more than you need and never dispose of leftover chemicals by throwing them down the drain. Koinor is a clever choice for busy gardeners who want to protect their plants and have more time for other things in life. Written by: Ute Jacobs and Wilmar Burger
New Plant Nutrition Range from Makhro Home and Garden Biosoil A Concentrate solution of Humic and Fulvic acids that can be applied as a source of carbon and biological supplement for improved soil quality. Biosoil is very carbon-rich substrate extracted from composed plant fibre. Its also a combination of both humic and fulvic acids and a source of potassium. Biosoil is a very versatile product, i.e. adjuvant in foliar nutrient sprays. Organic supplement in fertiliser material. Biosoil is also a food source for soil microbes and fulvic acid contributes to water holding capacity of soil. Fulvic acids also constitutes additional cation exchange capacity in soil. Regular addition to irrigation water in sandy soils proves beneficial for crop growth and improves uptake of nutrients in soil. Fosfifol CaA Concentrate solution of Calcium Phosphate can be applied by fertigation or foliar spray.Critical component in formation and integrity of cell membranes and walls. Big factor in root growth and in pollen tube growth. BiorootConcentrated solution of micro-nutrients and seaweed extract formulated to stimulate root, vegetative and reproductive growth and development in crops. This product contains Auxin and Cytokinin, essential plant growth regulators and a combination of trace elements which are utilised in the chemical and metabolic reactions in the plant. Versatile use, as seed dressing, to root zone by fertigation or foliar application. Auxins stimulate cell division in meristem zones of roots and shoots and leaves where Cytokinin’s stimulate initiation of reproductive organ cells (e.g. flower buds) When used as a seed dressing, seedling emergence and strong early growth is obtained. Boron translocation of sugars, essential at flowering stage, germination of pollen (prevents oxidation of auxins), synthesis of pyrimidine and flavonoids. Iron is essential in photosynthesis and respiration processes, component in enzymes which breakdown toxic substances from oxidative stress, and reduction process of Nitrogen metabolism. Manganese activates enzymes involved in metabolite synthesis and electron transfer reactions. Molybdenum Nitrate reduction during metabolic processes Zinc Synthesis of amino acid and auxin involved in activity of enzymes. Seedling recovery after induced stress or shock has been achieved. VitaminoConcentrated solution of amino acids, trace elements and biostimulants to promote vegetative and reproductive crop growth and development and assist plant recovery after induced stress events. Significant content of essential L-Amino Acids. L-Amino Acids have metabolic activity in plant tissue. Trace elements complexed by amino and fulvic acids. Vitamino is a soft product when used as an addition to foliar sprays on tender and new growth of leaves and flowers in crops. Foliar applied Amino Acids at critical stages of plant development provide additional metabolic activity during cell division and growth stages. Amino acids assist in plant recovery from environmental or induced stress events, e.g. heat shock, salinity. Auxins stimulate cell vision in meristem zones of roots and shoots and leaves. Cytokinins stimulate initiation of reproductive organ cells (e.g. flower buds)
Lawn Care at its Best We all strive for a perfect lawn - weed, insect and disease free. Lawn Protector is a unique product with multiple active ingredients (bifenthrin, bupirimate and propiconazole) that allows you to treat your lawn for both insects and fungi simultaneously. In lawn maintenance, differentiating between insect and fungi damage is tricky, but with Lawn Protector trial and error is eliminated. It is now so much simpler with Lawn Protector, the all in one solution - 40 ml to 10 liters water per 10m2. For those unwanted pesky broadleaf weeds that can quickly take over a beautiful lawn, use Makhro’s Super Lawnweeder. This is a multiple active, broad spectrum, selective broadleaf weed killer that will take care of this. Super Lawnweeder contains three active ingredients (dicamba, 2,4D and MCPA) that will help you control the majority, if not all the broadleaf weeds on your lawn. Dollar spot (Sclerotina homoecarpa) Lawn caterpillar (Spodoptera cilium) Just when you think that you have won the battle, remember to get rid of those weed seeds waiting patiently to germinate. There is a unique product called Lawntyl that will control these seeds and winter grass simultaneously. Lawntyl, with its duel actives will control broadleaf weeds, winter grass and serve as a pre-emergant to your lawn seed bank. It is a pre- and post emergent herbicide with ingredients (terbuthylazine and simazine). Control those unwanted weeds before they even emerge from the soil and this can only be used on Kikuyu, buffalo and quick grass. It must be washed into the soil the following day to manage the seed control. If not washed into the soil within 24 hours, you would only get to control the weeds that are already growing. It is also very important to use the right feeding to promote growth. A good feeding to use would be 1 for All 13.3.8 with makro and micro trace elements with negligible chlorine levels and also water soluble for quick results with very little water. By following our recommendations, you can make you neighbours jealous by finally having that perfectly green lawn! African mole cricket (Gryllotalpa Africana) Brown patch (Rhizoctonia solani) STILL NOT SURE? Feel free to contact our Cape Town head office for more product or contact information or post on our Facebook page (Makhro Home & Garden).
Psylla on citrus Citrus psylla (Diaphorina citri) is a common problem for gardeners with citrus trees. After reading this article, you will better understand why, when, and how to protect your citrus trees against psylla. An adult citrus psyllid is only approximately 4 mm long and feeds on new shoots of the citrus tree. Their eggs are laid on the tips of growing shoots. The visible eggs are one way to identify if your citrus tree is infected. Psylla can also be identified by malformed new growth or swollen bubbles and dents on your citrus tree leaves. As the psyllid nymphs feed, they produce a toxin that causes the bubble and dent damage to leaves, preventing normal expansion growth of the leave. Sometimes it is hard to believe that something so small can cause so much damage. Even though the damage cause by feeding is not the main concern. Even more damage can be done by the role the psyllid plays in Citrus greening disease (also known as African greening). During feeding, it opens a path for bacteria, causing the Greening disease. When a citrus tree is affected with this disease, is results in yellowing of the leaves and small, lopsided, or asymmetrical fruit. When you have identified that your citrus tree is infected with psylla, you should apply Koinor. Koinor is a systemic insecticide that is applied at the base of the tree’s stem for season long control against most aphids and sucking insects. Make sure that you pick off all visible fruit before you apply Koinor. New formed fruit will be ready for consumption. The best time to apply Koinor is usually mid to end of September, the soil temperature must be adequate for Koinor to be properly absorbed by the tree. Use product only as directed, follow instructions as per label.