Ever since Joe Blair Garden Supply was founded in 1928, the owners have focused on serving the local community’s needs. In the beginning, the shop provided feed and fertilizer for local farms and nurseries. Later, the business transitioned into an outdoor power equipment retail store. Today, Joe Blair Garden Supply works to meet the landscaping equipment and supply needs for southern Florida commercial and government customers. According to co-owner David Shoaf, his customers’ most recent challenge is dealing with the local glyphosate bans.
Glyphosate-based herbicides are, by far, the most popular herbicides used in the world today. Increased concern about these products were fueled by the March 2015 report from the World Health Organization that stated that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Currently, more than 18,000 lawsuits have been filed against a major glyphosate manufacturer, which has lost a few large cases already.
In response to the increasing concern, more than half a dozen municipalities throughout the state of Florida have either banned or restricted the use of glyphosate-based products. Retailers Home Depot and Lowes were recently hit with class-action lawsuits over the companies’ lack of warnings about glyphosate. Joe Blair Garden Supply is one retail shop faced with the challenge of what to do next.
“Our customers’ first question is ‘what can we use now?’”
“Our customers’ first question is ‘what can we use now?’” Shoaf said. “Customers want to know what products are available to replace glyphosate herbicides, whether they will work, and if they are cost-effective.”
Currently, Shoaf’s go-to replacement product is called EcoMIGHT. This non-selective, naturally organic herbicide is safe for humans, animals, and aquatic life when used as directed.
“We try to be conscientious about what we do and sell,” Shoaf said. “We do have a moral obligation to protect the health and environment of our community. At the same time, we can’t expect people to buy a product that’s three or four times more expensive. gives our customers as much value as glyphosate-based herbicides. It works.”
Sold in a liquid concentrate, the EcoMIGHT product should be diluted before use. At six ounces per gallon, one gallon of EcoMIGHT will become 21 gallons of herbicide. The effective cost is as low as $2.21 per gallon.
EcoMIGHT has received the minimum risk exempt designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which means all its active and inert ingredients are found on a strict list of about 50 non-toxic ingredients. This designation is much more restrictive than the commonly known “organic” label, which can still contain toxic ingredients. The EPA views minimum risk pesticides as “posing no harm to human health or the environment.”
Currently, Shoaf’s go-to replacement product is called from EcoMIGHT. This non-selective, naturally organic herbicide is safe for humans, animals, and aquatic life when used as directed.
Currently, Joe Blair Garden Supply is providing EcoMIGHT to customers including the city of Coral Gables, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Joe Blair Garden Supply, a family-owned and operated business, was established in 1928. “As a family business, we don’t sell anything we don’t stand behind,” Shoaf said
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