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Hi y’all! I’m Fluffy, the nursery cat. I write a monthly nature news blog for Banting’s.


As the resident expert in all things nature, I use the power of the pen to entertain my audience and deliver informative content. (I am also getting paid extra in cat treats) 


I hope you enjoy my updates and of course come visit me at Banting’s. I always enjoy a pet!

 

May 2019

May has arrived! The weather is warm and it’s time for a month long cat nap……I mean a new blog….

If you haven’t already planted your warm season bedding plants, now is the time!

Dig out those cool season annuals (might I suggest using a dog for help) and replace them with warm season annuals that will thrive all summer long.

My humans have come up with a few ideas for your sun and shade gardens:

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What’s the Buzz: Bringing Pollinators to Your Garden

Pollinators are very important to the success of plants. Animals like hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, bats.

Pollinators are declining in numbers, so it’s best to help them out.

You can help create more nectar and pollen sources by planting flowering plants and trees. Help revive the health of pollinators!

Here is a video my humans created for plants that attract pollinators to your yard!

 
 
 

Pest Watch:

Those pesky aphids may be out in your garden. These insects use their piercing mouthparts to suck plant juices out of your plants.

If you have a small infestation, use a jet stream of water to knock them off your plants. Make sure to squish those bugs! (I like to use my claws) If you have a heavy infestation, there are options:

a) lady bugs- these beneficial insects eat aphids

b) insecticidal soap

c) horticultural oil

Banting’s offers these options and more in-store.

 
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Aphids on Oleander Plant

Lady Bugs Available at Banting’s!

Lady Bugs Available at Banting’s!

 
 

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! I’m not a huge fan of holidays, but MOMS ROCK!

I will be presenting my mom with a nice mouse…..but I hear that humans don’t love rodent gifts.

So I’ve compiled a list of the perfect gift ideas for mom. Make sure to call ahead to check our stock levels! We sell out quickly:

Knock Out Roses

Summer Crush Hydrangeas

Mother’s Day Container Gardens

Sun Hats

Banting’s Gift Cards

 
The Single Red Knock Out Rose

The Single Red Knock Out Rose

Summer Crush Hydrangeas

Summer Crush Hydrangeas

 
 
Mother’s Day Container Garden

Mother’s Day Container Garden

Banting’s Sun Hats

Banting’s Sun Hats

 
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Hi y’all! I’m Fluffy, the nursery cat. Banting’s has asked me to write a monthly nature news blog.


I thought about it, and as I am the expert in all things nature, I’ve decided to accept the position. (I am also getting paid extra in cat treats) 


I hope you enjoy my updates and of course come visit me at Banting’s. I always enjoy a pet!

 

April 2019

I’m writing in a bit of a grumpy mood. I suppose April showers bring May flowers, but I do not believe in the rain. It mats my fur!

Spring has FINALLY arrived. The warm weather is here and I can finally sun bathe (if the rain stops!).

Back to nature. Spring is the time to begin transitioning your garden from cool-season to warm-season bedding plants.

If you love birds and butterflies as much as I do, I have compiled a list between cat naps of the best plants to attract butterflies to your garden.

 

Banting’s Plantings: Container Garden Design

Recently my humans have opened a container design area at the nursery called Banting’s Plantings.

I am told the plant experts craft pre-made, ready-to-go, containers. They also create custom designs.

Here is a video from Banting’s to explain more along with an infographic I created for the store…………I am worn out. Extra cat naps and a vacation are in-store for me!

 
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March 2019

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Spring Has Sprung!

March begins the spring season here in South Louisiana. I am busy preparing for full sunbathing duties here at the nursery.

Unfortunately with warmer weather comes plant pests and disease.

Lucky for you, Banting’s has what you need.

We believe in integrated pest management including beneficial insects like ladybugs!

Ladybugs feed on pest insects like aphids and mites! We sell ladybugs at the nursery!

 
 
 

Crape Myrtle Pruning:

Please stop the crape murder! As a cat, I believe in beautiful design in the landscape. Nothing looks worse than an improperly pruned crape myrtle. It also can cause disease susceptibility for the tree. Blach! We partnered with LSU AgCenter county agent, Will Afton, to bring you a proper crape myrtle pruning video. For all of cat kind, take two minutes to watch this wonderful video!

 
 
 

Soil Testing:

The nursery tells me that it’s important to test your soil before planting……….If you ask me dirt makes my fur cake and I’m not a fan.

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Nonetheless, soil testing is very important before creating your garden.

We have Soil Testing Kits available at the nursery.

Send in your soil sample to the LSU AgCenter and once you receive your results, we can help you interpret them and provide solutions!

We need to make sure the plant can receive proper nutrition from your soil before planting!

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