Lady Bug Natural Brand was founded by horticulturist and nurseryman John Dromgoole in 2000. His philosophy for natural gardening became the foundation for many high-quality organic products still being produced by Lady Bug over a decade later. Using extensive studies and research from agronomists around the world, John himself formulated several of our famous blends, including Revitalizer Compost, Sylvan Formula Hardwood Mulch, and John’s Recipe liquid fertilizer.
Originally blended in central Texas and sold exclusively in bulk, the opening of Lady Bug’s first major manufacturing facility in 2001 allowed us to reach out to the everyday gardener. With products in smaller bags and bottles, we were able to distribute our horticultural products to independently owned garden centers, as well as farm and ranch stores.
In October of 2013, John Dromgoole passed Lady Bug Natural Brand to long-time friends and supplier New Earth, both of whom firmly believed in not selling a product unless it has undergone the complete composting process. As a leader in the compost industry, New Earth is recognized for consistently producing high-quality compost, soils, and mulches that meet the US Composting STA testing standards as well as the National Organic Standards. With the partnership between New Earth and Lady Bug Natural Brand, the future of organic gardening is brighter than ever!
What Makes Us Different
Lady Bug Natural Brand starts with the finest all-natural raw materials from regional sources to custom blend our unique line of organic gardening products. We ensure that all of our products meet the highest quality standards by implementing the latest in agricultural research and composting technology. We use both independent organizations and university labs as well as our own quality control division to regularly test our products, ensuring the best nutrients and the best carbon-to-nitrogen ratios.
At Lady Bug Natural Brand, our products are not only premium but also personal. Supporting our community of gardeners, farmers, and landscapers are what we’re all about. From educational classes at your local nursery to one-on-one support, we believe in personal outreach for organic gardening enthusiasts all across the country.
Lady Bug Natural Brand’s fully composted organic fertilizers feed the microbes in your soil and are beneficial for both your soil and your plants. This process of supporting soil health creates a natural, self-sustaining system that naturally helps to suppress insects and disease. This means less money and time spent fertilizing for you, and less chemical run-off for the environment. As local pioneers of the modern organic garden, we can offer you the absolute best fertilizer tailored to your gardening needs. We produce a variety of granulated and liquid fertilizers. Along with OMRI certifications, all of our fertilizers meet the National Organic Standards.
It’s a simple fact – rich, organic soils produce healthy plants! Gardeners who have ever labored over plants struggling in poor soils know the value of a good foundation. The proper ratio of soil, organic matter, minerals, micro-organisms and pore space is critical, whether gardening in native soil or in containers. Lady Bug Natural Brand knows the difference between plain old dirt and rich productive soil. It’s the difference between a plant simply surviving – and thriving. With decades of experience along with laboratory testing behind our recipes, gardeners can trust Lady Bug Natural Brand to make their gardening experience a success.
Healthy soil is the key to a healthy garden, and compost is the foundation of any good soil. Using the latest in composting technology and following the national standards for compost production, we work hard to make your gardening experience easier. Our composts are alive with beneficial microbes, strengthening the growing power of your soil. We have several composts to choose from, including a specialty blend and a few old-time favorites.
From growing healthy vegetables to stately trees, our native soils could use a little help! Lady Bug Natural Brand knows how to turn any soil type into a rich and healthy foundation for optimum growth of all plant life. A clay soil needs compost, Expanded Shale, and a liquid soil activator to improve permeability, drainage, aeration, and microbial activity. In a sandy soil, compost and soil activator can also help bind the loose texture of sand, and improve moisture and nutrient retention.