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Questions and A-Z of information

All Purpose Compost - How to Use

Spring Green - How to Use

Autumn Gold - How to Use

What is SUPER-DUG EXTRA?

Traditional Compost - How to Use

How much SUPER DUG EXTRA do I need?

Clay - about

What will SUPER DUG EXTRA do for my garden?

Derek Owen's All Purpose Compost - How to Use

What is the shelf life of SUPER DUG EXTRA?

Delivery information

How does SUPER DUG EXTRA differ from similar products?

Guano

What size are the bags ?

Humus

What is different about SUPER-DUG EXTRA?

Potassium (K)

How does SUPER-DUG EXTRA work?

Lawns

What are advantages and benefits of SUPER DUG EXTRA ?

Nitrogen (N)

How do I achieve the very best results with SUPER DUG EXTRA?

Phosphorus (P)

Shrubs

Roses

Vegetables

 

All Purpose Compost - How to Use

Seeding: Fill seed trays loosely with compost and tap box to level and settle. Do not firm. Plant seeds on the surface and cover with a thin layer of compost. Water well. Seedlings are delicate and germinate best in an open textured material where both air and moisture are present and from which they can be removed with least risk of root damage. In the early stages of this growth a humid atmosphere is advantageous and this can be achieved in a propagator or by covering with polythene. No feeding is necessary.

Pricking out Seedlings and Cuttings: Fill trays and strike off level. Tap several times to firm compost. Make a hole sufficient to accommodate the seedlings root with a pencil or pen and insert the seedling. Firm the compost lightly around the roots. Always handle seedlings by their leaves never by the stem. Water well. No feeding is necessary. Cuttings can be rooted by a similar method – a humid atmosphere (as for seedlings) is an advantage in their case.

Potting and Potting On: Once plants are well established and growing vigorously they can be potted singly or planted out. When replanting try to avoid root disturbance by transplanting both the roots and their immediate compost. When growing plants purely in pots and containers commence feeding with a reputable liquid feed after about six to ten weeks according to species.

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Autumn Gold - How to Use

Top dress beds and borders at an overall rate of approx 2-3 kilograms per square metre (4 to 6 lbs per square yard) and lightly work into the top 5 centimetres (two inches) of soil. Apply as a mulch a half to one inch deep around individual plants according to size. This product is suitable for application to all types of plants and shrubs including lime-hating species such as Rhododendrons and Azaleas. When used as a dressing Autumn Gold will promote flowering and increase longevity.

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Traditional Compost - how to use

For top dressing beds containing seeds or delicate subjects use approx 1kg per square metre (2 lbs per square yard) For top dressing established beds use approx 2 kilograms per square metre (4lbs per square yard) For dressing lawns use approx 0.5 kg per square metre (1 lb per square yard) and rake or brush in. For planting trees and shrubs blend a handful of compost with an equal volume of soil and incorporate in the planting hole To make an organic seeding compost mix approx one part Traditional compost with 20 parts finely sieved disease free good quality loam. To make an organic potting compost mix approx one part Traditional compost with 10 parts loam.

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Clay

“Clay” can cause even the most placid of gardeners to become well…. a little frustrated. It can prove difficult to work with and seem almost hopeless when wet and soggy. Clay however is packed full of ‘locked up' nutrients which plants can thrive on. The key is unlocking these nutrients by breaking down the clay with organic matter – Super-Dug Extra! A sprinkling of Super-Dug Extra with a ‘little and often' approach, gradually breaks down the clay in to smaller and smaller particles leaving a ‘workable soil rich in essential nutrients for growth. Therefore a clay soil can become a wonderfully fertile growing environment given a little patience, perseverance and a helping hand from Super-Dug Extra.

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Guano

- “Guano” is the name given to the collected droppings of seabirds and bats. In Victorian times guano was highly prized as an effective fertiliser due to containing high levels of Phosphorous and Nitrogen. Guano became an important industry and believe it or not wars were even fought over supply. Fortunately today you can now purchase the modern and improved alternative in the form of Super-Dug Extra.

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HUMUS

“Humus” is dark, crumbly and spongy in composition and is the key to a good soils texture. Humus acts as a “sponge” for water and nutrients and therefore its presence helps to retain moisture and nutrients vital in producing healthy specimens. It could be said then that Humus is a plants ‘reservoir of goodness' drawn on as and when required.

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Potassium (K)

Potassium (K) is important in the formation of proteins, carbohydrates and chlorophyll. It also activates the manufacture and translocation of sugars and starches, as well as growth by cell division. It increases chlorophyll (the green colour in foliage) and helps regulate stomata openings to allow better use of light and air. Potassium stimulates growth maximising flowering and ‘bloom' size whilst improving size and quality of fruit.

A deficiency in potassium tends to produce ‘mottling' of older leaves and yellow tinges may appear between veins. In severe cases whole leaves turn dark yellow and eventually die.

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Lawns

LAWNS – just a fine sprinkling of Super-Dug Extra can help bring your lawn back to life. Spring Green from cutting composts is also a very good product, which acts as a lawn dressing promoting healthy growth whilst also acting as a moss suppressant.

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Nitrogen (N)

Nitrogen (N): Plants need nitrogen to form amino acids which in turn form proteins essential to new cell growth. Nitrogen is mainly responsible for leaf and stem growth and moves freely to active young buds, shoots and leaves but slower to older leaves.

A nitrogen deficiency tends to be first seen in older leaves when they turn a pale yellow. New growth may then become weak and spindly.

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Phosphorus (P)

Phosphorus (P) is important for photosynthesis and is used to store and transfer energy within the plant. Phosphorus encourages root development and is vital for flower and seed production. The highest levels of phosphorous are used during germination, seedling growth and flowering.

A deficiency in phosphorous will be seen first in the older leaves. The leaves may turn a deep green and be abnormally small producing a stunted plant. In advanced stages leaves show brown or purple spots.

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Roses

Roses – Once your roses have had the Super-Dug treatment they won't want anything else! Super-Dug Extra will increase bloom quantity, size and all round health of your roses.

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Spring Green - How to Use

Use Spring Green to top dress beds and borders in spring at a rate of approx 2-3 kg per square metre (4 to 6 lbs per square yard) and lightly work into the top 5 centimetres (two inches) of soil. Apply as a mulch a half to one inch deep around individual plants according to size.

When used as a dressing Spring Green will increase the humus level and restore fertility to tired soils.

When used as a mulch Spring Green will increase resistance to Spring frosts and encourage early flowering.

For lawns apply Spring Green at any time of the year at approx 1-2 kg per square metre (2 to 4 lbs per square yard) and rake or brush into the lawn surface. Forking or tyning the lawn before or during application will improve uptake and performance. The high nitrogen fertilizers present in Spring Green will promote lush green growth and the iron compounds present not only enhance this effect but also act as a completely safe suppressant of most broad leaf weeds.

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WHAT IS SUPER-DUG EXTRA?

Super-Dug Extra is a remarkable product inspired by the preferred organic fertilizer of the Victorian age – “guano”

It is a concentrated, fully composted natural manure, which is many times more efficient than ordinary farmyard manures. It is not a potting compost, nor is it a mulch. Super-Dug Extra is free of weeds and low in moisture. It is environmentally friendly, totally peat free, neutral in pH and 100% organic!

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WHAT ABOUT DELIVERY?

Prices include delivery and VAT. We ask customers to please allow 21 days for delivery although we aim to get it to you as soon as possible.
Please include directions if you are hard to find and delivery instructions detailing where you would like the bags to be left if you are out.

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HOW MUCH SUPER DUG EXTRA DO I NEED?

Due to the versatility of Super-Dug Extra application amounts vary. A rule of thumb is little and often – Super-Dug Extra is potent and applying too much can have a negative effect.

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WHAT WILL SUPER DUG EXTRA DO FOR MY GARDEN ?

Super-Dug-Extra is incredibly versatile and by following the user guidelines can produce remarkable results for all aspects of your garden – roses, vegetables, soil conditioning, lawns, pots, houseplants etc. Visit Dugs Forum and view customer's results and comments; then try it and see the results for yourself!!

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WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF SUPER DUG EXTRA?

Super-Dug Extra should be covered if left outside to avoid it becoming soggy and ‘clumped'. Opened bags should be folded over when not in use. If these guidelines are followed Super-Dug Extra can last indefinitely. For long-term storage, Super-Dug would be best stored out of ‘the elements' in the garage or a shed.

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HOW DOES SUPER DUG EXTRA DIFFER FROM SIMILAR PRODUCTS ?

Super-Dug Extra is derived from poultry litter obtained from barn-housed chickens and is from UK sources. It is dried and mixed in the correct proportions with ash produced as a result of burning a proportion of the same poultry litter to give an organic substance with N:P:K of approximately 4:4:4 - also known as Super-Dug Extra.

It is a superb all round fertilizer and soil conditioner that quickly becomes active when spread due to the absence of a coating. Due to its analysis you do not need to use any additional fertilizer unless you are raising plant species with very special requirements.

In the case of commonly available pellets, the litter is simply dried and coated - no additional fertilizer is added. Whilst it is a good fertilizer and soil conditioner it does not have the special and unique properties of Super-Dug Extra. A further disadvantage is that the pellet coating has to be broken down before its goodness is released.

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WHAT SIZE ARE THE BAGS?

Super-Dug-Extra comes in strong, sealed polythene sacks weighing 25kg and containing 75 litres in volume.

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WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT SUPER-DUG EXTRA?

Original Super-Dug, wonderful in its own right, was however slightly imbalanced in ratios of Nitrogen to Potash and to a lesser extent phosphorous. Super-Dug Extra therefore divides the manure stream into two halves. Dry one to give the usual N:P:K analysis of roughly 5%:3%:3% and burn the remaining stream to remove the nitrogen and produce a rich phosphate / potash ratio 0:2:2. Combining the two streams in the correct proportions produces a ratio analysis of 4:4:4 - organic fertilizer all from the one source!

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HOW DOES SUPER-DUG EXTRA WORK?

Super-Dug Extra contains the millions of living organisms that are essential to creating humus. It enriches all types of soil, improving texture by breaking down clay and adding body to light soils. At the same time it slowly releases vital plant foods and trace elements. In one easy-to-use, economical form, Super-Dug Extra is both a feed and a soil conditioner.

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WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS?

Super-Dug Extra is light, clean, and easy to use. It can be applied all year round. It is economical – you use handfuls, not barrow-loads. Soil drainage is improved and digging and cultivating is made easier. It is incredibly versatile and can be used as:

An Organic Liquid Fertilizer for feeding fruit, flowers, and plants in pots or containers.

A Lawn Fertilizer

An efficient Composting Activator

An Organic Based Potting Compost

A Clay breaker and Soil Conditioner

A Cat and Badger Repellent

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HOW DO I ACHIEVE THE VERY BEST RESULTS WITH SUPER DUG EXTRA?

As a Liquid Fertilizer

Add about 1kg (2lbs) of dug to 5 litres (1 gallon) of water and leave for a few days. After straining you will have a dark brown humus rich solution and seeing this does emphasise to you the inherent organic power of Super-Dug Extra! Use this concentrated liquid feed – high in nitrogen and potash – at dilutions in the range of 5:1 to 20:1 depending on the type of plant and its feed requirements. Do not waste the left over slurry - it is a fine soil conditioner!

As a Compost Activator

To speed up the rotting down time if you make your own garden compost, simply sprinkle a thin layer of Super-Dug every 15 centimetres (6 inches) throughout the heap as it builds up. Alternatively mix Super-Dug loosely with the unrotted material when adding to the pile. Super-Dug Extra will also give your home made compost a healthy fertilizer boost!

As an Organic Fertilizer

Use from 65 grams per square metre (2 ounces per square yard) on lawns up to as much as 1kg per square metre (2 lbs per sq yd) on heavy clay soils.

To make an organic based Potting Compost, mix Super-Dug Extra with sieved garden soil at a rate of 56-85 grams to 4.5 litres of soil, or 2-3ounces to a gallon bucket of soil.

As a Lawn Fertilizer

Use from 56 -115 grams per square metre or 2-4 ounces per square yard on lawns taking care to sprinkle finely and distribute evenly with a brush or lawn rake. For best results use 4 times a year and water in dry weather. Super-Dug Extra promotes a healthy growth of grass and discourages moss.

As a Clay Breaker and Soil Conditioner

Super-Dug Extra is best applied in Autumn when clearing beds and borders. Use approximately 1 kg per square metre (2 lbs per square yard) and incorporate into soil. Throughout the winter, Super-Dug will work his magic and improve your soil's structure and fertility ready for Spring sowing and planting. For very heavy clay or poor soil you can use up to double the suggested amount.

As a Cat and Badger Repellent

Super-Dug Extra is a safe and effective aid. Simply sprinkle around areas you want to protect and you will find visiting cats and badgers do not wish to cross the Super-Dug border - leaving your plants and bulbs undisturbed!

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SHRUBS/TREES

Super-Dug Extra helps to promote a healthy root and trunk structure. It also boosts vitality, increases stamina and helps trees to thrive all year round.

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VEGETABLES

Super-Dug Extra is famous for producing remarkable results all round but vegetables are his pride and joy. Applying Super-Dug before and after planting will help to produce ‘larger than average' results and huge yields. A further advantage is the juicy taste and flavour of your vegetables after the Super-Dug treatment!

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