FAQ

Ant Killa

How does it work?
It's a contact stomach poison.

What is the active in the Killa range?
Bifenthrin.

Does Bifenthrin contaminate ground water through leaching?
No.

Is Bifenthrin a residual chemical?
Yes. But, it has a short "half life" in soil.

Is Bifenthrin absorbed by plant foliage?
No.

Why is sand used as the carrier?
It is more effective as the Bifenthrin is dispersed more efficiently.

Does it have an odour?
Yes. But, it is not unpleasant.

Gardening Solution
Ant Killa

Gardenia, Azalea & Camellia Potting Mixture (Premium Grade)

What does the Australian Standards logo on some potting mixes mean?
The logo was created by a peak non-government standards development body in Australia. It can only be applied to potting mixes that have been independently tested and certified as containing an appropriate mix of nutrients, in a suitable base material, to meet the needs of potted plants.

What is the difference between the red and black Australian standards logo on potting mixes?
There are two 'levels' of certification for potting mixes- black and red Standards Marks.
Black: denotes a 'regular' potting mix that will support plant growth, but may require the addition of particular fertilisers or other nutrient products from time to time, or depending on the species concerned.
Red: denotes a 'premium' potting mix that contains additional nutrients, in many cases eliminating the initial need for fertilisers or nutrients. Premium has a higher air-filled porosity (the percentage of its volume that is air). Premium has a higher water holding capacity (ability of the mix to hold water). Premium has a better wettability (ability of the mix to rewet). Premium has a better nitrogen drawdown index (available nitrogen).

Gardening Solution
Gardenia, Azalea and Camellia Premium Grade Potting Mix

Beat-A-Bug Happy Roses (Natural)

Can I use Happy Roses on other plants?
Yes. Happy Roses can be used all over the garden, especially on plants with waxy leaves. On sensitive looking leaves do a plant test patch first.

Does Happy Roses kill aphids? 
It is not designed to kill aphids, but it does act as an effective repellent. To kill insects, use Beat-A-Bug Naturally Based Insect Spray.

What is the best way to control black spot and other fungal diseases on my roses? 
General good gardening practices are always beneficial. For instance, roses should be planted at a distance apart at which they do not touch each other; watering should never be done from above, as drops spread fungal disease; roses should get at least six hours of sunlight per day; they need a well fertilised soil with plenty of organic matter (sheep manure is particularly good) and they should receive frequent deep watering.

In addition to the above, Happy Roses should be applied regularly. Naturally occurring sulphur and seaweed extract in Happy Roses controls existing black spot while the general qualities of the product boost plant immunity against further attack. If at any stage black spot should re-occur, remove damaged foliage and discard or burn.

Gardening Solution
 Beat-A-Bug Happy Roses

Beat-A-Bug Insect Spray (Natural)

Can I use it all over the garden?
Yes. Beat-A-Bug can be used on all vegetables, fruit trees, ornamentals, roses, greenhouses, and glasshouses.

Does Beat-A-Bug kill insects or just repel them? 
It gives complete knockdown of insects on contact, the natural oils in Beat-A-Bug also act as a repellent . It is a fully registered agricultural pesticide -APVMA Approval number 48765/56863

For how long does the garlic and chilli repel insects? 
Although environmental factors (pest pressure, rainfall, etc) make it difficult to specify exactly the duration of efficacy, as a general guide we recommend re-applying every two to three weeks.

How effective are the rain-fastening properties of the plant oil? 
As a general guide, the plant oil will remain effective after light to moderate rainfall.

How do I avoid harming beneficial insects?
By applying late in the evening and avoiding contact with beneficial insects, you will not harm them. This is because the active insecticidal ingredient, pyrethrum, will de-nature within five hours of spraying, rendering it harmless. The garlic and chilli remain as repellents but do not kill insects, harmful or otherwise.

Which insects does Beat-A-Bug kill? 
Earwigs, white flys, thrips, leafhoppers, ants, aphids, cabbage moths, and all other common insect pests.

What is the plant food in Beat-B-Bug and what is it for? 
The plant food in Beat-A-Bug is a fish fertiliser which gives plants a boost at site of insect attack. It is not intended to replace normal plant fertilising regime.

Is there anything to look out for when applying Beat-A-Bug?
Beat-A-Bug should not be applied in the heat of the day as it can burn leaves. Avoid spraying open flowers. The solution can be irritating to delicate membranes so avoid inhalation and contact with skin and eyes.

Does Beat-A-Bug kill fleas? 
We cannot recommend that you spray Beat-A-Bug on dogs and cats, however it is useful for killing fleas on pets' bedding, around kennels, and in sandy areas where fleas breed.

Gardening Solution
Beat-A-Bug Naturally Based Insect Spray

Carbaryl Caterpillar, Grasshopper & Millipede Insecticide

Why can't be it used in certain states for some applications e.g TAS & NSW? 
States have different laws, which govern how registered products can be used ("control-of-use laws"). If you wish to use the product against label direction it is advisable to contact the APVMA (Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority) to see if there is a need for a permit application. APVMA contact number- Permits for trial or off-label use of chemicals -: (02) 6271 6384

How often should it be sprayed on the plants to treat a grasshopper problem? 
Spray insects when first seen and repeat as required. Insects die on contact, or if they eat the leaf that has been sprayed.

Gardening Solution
Carbaryl Caterpillar, Grasshopper & Millipede Insecticide

EZI WET Water Saving Soil Wetter

Why should I buy EZI-WET?
EZI-WET guarantees that you make optimum use of your outdoor water at all times as it gets the water down to the plants' roots for a healthy and hydrates the garden.

Is it gentle on the environment?
Yes it is. EZI-WET is aquatic safe and has no adverse effects on earthworms like some other soil wetters do. The granular is also made of environmentally friendly organic granules.

What sort of results can I expect?
You will see the water being absorbed more effectively in the soil and your garden, lawn or potted plants will look greener and healthier.

Why should I switch from my current brand?
Because EZI-WET has those key features that sets it apart from the rest and it bears the independent Smart Approved WaterMark accreditation for proven water saving results.

Why should I buy products that bear the Smart Approved Watermark logo if I want a genuine water saving product?
Smart Approved WaterMark is Australia's outdoor water saving labelling program for products and services that help to reduce water use around the home. Products and services with the Smart Approved WaterMark label have been carefully tested and then assessed by an independent technical expert panel, so you can be sure of substantial water savings when using an approved product. Visit http://www.smartwatermark.info/home/default.asp for more information.

Gardening Solution
EZI-WET soil wetter

Azalea & Camellia Premium Fertiliser PLUS

How do using low phosphate fertilisers help the environment?
Phosphate is an important element of plant health but if used excessively can be leached into our waterways creating environmental issues such as algal blooms, mal odours, and fish deaths.

Gardening Solution
Azalea & Camellia Premium Fertiliser PLUS

Complete Premium Fertiliser PLUS

How do using low phosphate fertilisers help the environment?
Phosphate is an important element of plant health but if used excessively can be leached into our waterways creating environmental issues such as algal blooms, mal odours, and fish deaths.

Gardening Solution
Complete Premium Fertiliser PLUS

Fruit and Citrus Premium Fertiliser PLUS

How do using low phosphate fertilisers help the environment?
Phosphate is an important element of plant health but if used excessively can be leached into our waterways creating environmental issues such as algal blooms, mal odours, and fish deaths.

Gardening Solution
Complete Premium Fertiliser PLUS

Rose Premium Fertiliser PLUS

How does using low phosphate fertilisers help the environment?
Phosphate is an important element of plant health but if used excessively can be leached into our waterways creating environmental issues such as algal blooms, mal odours, and fish deaths.

Gardening Solution
Rose Premium Fertiliser PLUS

Lawn Beetle & Grub Killa

How does it work?
It's a contact stomach poison.

What is the active in the Killa range?
Bifenthrin.

Does Bifenthrin contaminate ground water through leaching?
No.

Is Bifenthrin a residual chemical?
Yes. But, it has a short "half life" in soil.

Is Bifentrhin absorbed by plant foliage?
No.

Why is sand used as the carrier?
It is more effective as the Bifenthrin is dispersed more efficiently.

Does it have an odour?
Yes. But, it is not unpleasant.

Gardening Solution
Lawn Beetle & Grub Killa

Lawn Feed As You Weed

What is the difference between the liquid and granular formula?
The liquid is a chemical based formula whereas the granular only contains iron sulphate as an active ingredient. While they both act as a fertiliser as well as a weed killer, the liquid formula has a much broader range of application but is also more lethal.

Can Lawn Feed as you Weed be used on Buffalo lawns?
The granular formula - yes. But, NOT the liquid formula.

How long after application of the “granular” formula can you start mowing the lawn?
Approximately 7-10 days.

How long must we stay away from the lawn after applying the “granular” formula?
It is imperative to leave the lawn untouched for 2 days and then to water in.

Why leave for two days before watering in the “granular” formula?
So that the iron sulphate can work above the lawn and burn the weeds.

Is the “granular” formula toxic?
It is not toxic as such, but because of the high iron sulphate content (25%) it is hazardous and precautions should be taken as per directions on the bag.

Gardening Solution
Lawn Feed As You Weed

Moisture Plus Blended Manure

Can I use Moisture Plus Blended Manure in pots?
Never use fresh manure in pots as this can burn the crop/plant. Should you wish to add organic matter, then well-rotted manure or compost is a safe alternative. However, for best results we recommend the use of a potting mix - those are specifically designed to best meet the requirements of plants that grow in pots. Most potting mixes already have a fertiliser included in them and require no further plant food be added.  Here are selection of Richgro's potting mixes for your future selection.

Gardening Solution
Moisture Plus Blended Manure

Organic Mushroom Compost

What does BFA certification mean?
BFA (Biological Farmers of Australia) certification is monitored by "Australian Certified Organic" - Australia's largest certifier and regulator of organic foods and products (over 50%). BFA ensures that products are produced without the use of synthetic chemicals fertilisers or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and are thus organic.

Gardening Solution
Organic Mushroom Compost

Beat-A-Weed Natural Weedkiller

Why should I try BEAT-A-WEED?
Because it will get rid of those weeds as effectively as any other weedkiller on the market and will do so without harming children, pets or the environment.

How does it work?
It works by dehydrating the plant burning it from the top down. Results are seen within hours if applied as directed with leaves browning and wilting.

What is it made of?
Natural actives acetic acid and sodium chloride, both harmless to animals and humans.

When will I see results?
Within hours if applied as directed.

Will it harm me?
It is natural, however we still recommend usual general safety precautions: wear rubber gloves and keep away from eyes.

Can I use it in my vegetable garden?
Yes, you can. But, be careful not to spray the leaves of your vegetables as they may get burnt. As BEAT-A-WEED is totally natural no harmful chemicals will be absorbed by the vegetables.

Will the weeds grow back?
BEAT-A-WEED completely dehydrates the weeds from the root up eliminating any chance of regrowth when applied as directed.

Why should I switch from my current brand?
Because BEAT-A-WEED will work as effectively if not better. It is not poisonous like the chemical based weedkillers and is also not detrimental to the environment.  BEAT-A-WEED is now available in 3L Powerspray & 1L Concentrate forms.

Gardening Solution
Beat-A-Weed Natural Weedkiller

Orchid Regular Grade Potting Mixture

What does the Australian Standards logo on some potting mixes mean?
The logo was created by a peak non-government standards development body in Australia. It can only be applied to potting mixes that have been independently tested and certified as containing an appropriate mix of nutrients, in a suitable base material, to meet the needs of potted plants.

What is the difference between the red and black Australian standards logo on potting mixes?
There are two 'levels' of certification for potting mixes- black and red Standards Marks.
Black: denotes a 'regular' potting mix that will support plant growth, but may require the addition of particular fertilisers or other nutrient products from time to time, or depending on the species concerned.
Red: denotes a 'premium' potting mix that contains additional nutrients, in many cases eliminating the initial need for fertilisers or nutrients. Premium has a higher air-filled porosity (the percentage of its volume that is air). Premium has a higher water holding capacity (ability of the mix to hold water). Premium has a better wettability (ability of the mix to rewet). Premium has a better nitrogen drawdown Index (available nitrogen).

Gardening Solution
Orchid Regular Grade Potting Mixture

Organic Lawn Marvel

Can it be used on garden beds?
Yes. Same application as any soil conditioner - 1 part Lawn Marvel to 3 parts soil.

Gardening Solution
Organic Lawn Marvel

Organic Rose Marvel

How does it help to reduce fungal diseases?
Richgro Organic Rose Marvel contains micro flora that feed on and eliminate spores of fungi. Those spores usually result in infestations of fungal diseases such as Blackspot and Powdery Mildew. Consequently, if Rose Marvel is applied after pruning, the incidence of fungal diseases will be reduced over the coming season.

Gardening Solution
Organic Rose Marvel

Premium Blood & Bone Based Fertiliser PLUS

How does using low phosphate fertilisers help the environment?
Phosphate is an important element of plant health but if used excessively can be leached into our waterways creating environmental issues such as algal blooms, mal odours, and fish deaths.

Gardening Solution
Premium Blood & Bone Based Fertiliser PLUS

Pro Mulch

Why should I buy products that bear the Smart Approved Watermark logo if I want a genuine water saving product?
Smart Approved WaterMark is Australia's outdoor water saving labelling program for products and services that help to reduce water use around the home. Products and services with the Smart Approved WaterMark label have been carefully tested and then assessed by an independent technical expert panel, so you can be sure of substantial water savings when using an approved product. Visit http://www.smartwatermark.info/home/default.asp for more information.

What are the main benefits of an organic based mulch such as Pro-Mulch?
It will raise the organic content of your soil, it will promote earthworms and soil microbial activity, it will reduce evaporation of water from the soil, reduce erosion and help control weed growth. It will also help protect your plants' roots from drastic temperature changes.

Gardening Solution
Pro Mulch

Pro-Mix (premium grade)

What does the Australian Standards logo on some potting mixes mean?
The logo was created by a peak non-government standards development body in Australia. It can only be applied to potting mixes that have been independently tested and certified as containing an appropriate mix of nutrients, in a suitable base material, to meet the needs of potted plants.

What is the difference between the red and black Australian Standards logo on potting mixes?
There are two 'levels' of certification for potting mixes- black and red StandardsMarks.
Black: denotes a 'regular' potting mix that will support plant growth, but may require the addition of particular fertilisers or other nutrient products from time to time, or depending on the species concerned.
Red: denotes a 'premium' potting mix that contains additional nutrients, in many cases eliminating the initial need for fertilisers or nutrients. Premium has a higher air-filled porosity (the percentage of its volume that is air). Premium has a higher water holding capacity (ability of the mix to hold water). Premium has a better wettability (ability of the mix to rewet). Premium has a better nitrogen drawdown Index (available nitrogen).

Gardening Solution
Pro Mix Premium Grade Potting Mix

Pro Mix Seasol Potting Mix

What does the Australian standards logo on some potting mixes mean?
The logo was created by a peak non-government standards development body in Australia. It can only be applied to potting mixes that have been independently tested and certified as containing an appropriate mix of nutrients, in a suitable base material, to meet the needs of potted plants.

What is the difference between the red and black Australian Standards logo on potting mixes?
There are two 'levels' of certification for potting mixes- black and red Standards Marks.
Black: denotes a 'regular' potting mix that will support plant growth, but may require the addition of particular fertilisers or other nutrient products from time to time, or depending on the species concerned.
Red: denotes a 'premium' potting mix that contains additional nutrients, in many cases eliminating the initial need for fertilisers or nutrients. Premium has higher air filled porosity (the percentage of its volume that is air). Premium has a higher water holding capacity (ability of the mix to hold water). Premium has a better wettability (ability of the mix to rewet). Premium has a better nitrogen drawdown Index (available nitrogen).

What is Seasol and why will it be good for my plants?
Seasol is a 100% organic seaweed concentrate containing naturally occurring growth regulators, trace elements, alginates, carbohydrates and vitamins. The natural growth regulators found in Seasol will have a profound effect on root growth and enhance the reproductive capacity of a plant. Seasol also improves fruit set, increases tolerance to heat, drought and frost conditions, is non toxic and completely safe to use on all plants, all year round.

Gardening Solution
Pro Mix Seasol Potting Mix

Snail & Slug Killer

Can it be used in vegetable gardens?
It can be used in vegetable gardens as the chemical has to be ingested to work and does not release from the pellet.

Gardening Solution:
Snail & Slug Killer Pellets

Tree, Blackberry & Woody Weedkiller

It doesn't mix well with kerosene. Can a wetting agent be added? 
Kerosene is not meant to dissolve the weedkiller, rather turn it into an emulsion, which in turn will assist with application. This emulsion will enable the user to paint the stem and will hold the weedkiller chemical longer on the stem of the plant.

To get rid of vigorous wisteria, is it better to mix the product with kerosene or water? 
Either will kill the plant. Using kerosene or diesel will have a quicker effect.

Instructions say for Blackberry to mix 200ml/12L of water and for Woody Weeds 200ml/1.1L of Kerosene or Diesel, is this correct?
Woody weeds are harder to kill, therefore a stronger mix is required.

Gardening Solution
Tree, Blackberry & Woody Weedkiller