Handy Tools You Might Need

Handy Tools for Every Iowa Homeowner

Did you know that Hendricks Feed & Seed Co, Inc has you covered for tons of handy tools you need for inside and outside your home? Here’s a rundown of a bunch of tools you might find useful and that could make your life a little bit easier!

Inside Your Home:

Brooms – Great for the kitchen, we offer fine bristle brooms that are heavy duty but also lightweight. They come in two sizes, a large head broom and a small head broom. We also offer a push brooms both fine and course. Fine bristle is 36″ and the coarse Bristle is 24″.

Large Wash Brush – If you have a job that requires scrubbing this could be your solution. This brush is also heavy duty but lightweight to make your job a little easier.

Trigger Sprayer – For all of your house plants in the house or for cleaning, we have a great trigger sprayer available. It’s also great for outdoor use.

Outdoor Tools:

Burlap Bags – Burlap bags are great for making sure your plants don’t freeze during the winter. Recently they have become part of the crafting world as well. Either way, we have you covered.

Spreaders – We offer the Earthway Bag Spreader 2750. This tool is perfect for small seeding jobs, replacing the need to throw seed by hand. You can’t tear it because it is made of weather resistant nylon and the top zips close for easy seed loading. Handy! We also have the Earthway Spreader 2030 in stock. This is for lawn seeding on a larger scale. It is large capacity for larger lawns and is made to roll easily over lawns.

Galvanized Steel Can & Watering Can – You just can’t beat galvanized steel as a heavy duty option around the house. Our heavy duty steel can holds fifty pounds of feed or seed (double that for the twenty gallon option). We have both a twenty gallon or a ten gallon option. The lid locks in place. Our heavy duty watering can holds 2.5 gallons but also has a great vintage look and would make a great planter. Both of these products are high quality and long lasting!

The Nut Wizard – coming soon to your yard as Fall comes: NUTS! The Nut Wizard is a pretty magical tool that picks up walnuts, acorns, and more. All you have to do is walk around and roll The Nut Wizard while it picks up the nuts. There are two sizes to fit different objects. It comes with an easy unloader that fits on buckets or trash cans. Stop bending over to pick up nuts and do it the easy way with this great tool.

We also have a selction of shovels, both plastic and metal for just about any job. Another great tool is a large squeegee, which can come in handy in the garage and around the house. Our goal is to provide you with as many tool and hardware options as possible to make your life a little easier. We hope to be the place you stop in Dubuque when you think of something you need for around the house. Click the button below to learn more about our Hardware Products!

Handy Tools for every Iowa Homeowner

Let us help you find the right pet food for your Iowa pet

How do you choose the right food for your pet?

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We hear it in the news from time to time: pet foods not being safe for our pets, dog foods being recalled because of dangerous contents. How do you know how to choose the right dog food or cat food for your pet? At Hendricks Feed, we work hard to carry brands that we know are going to be well made and good for your pets. Here a little bit of information about the brands we carry that we truly believe in.

American Natural Premium Pet Food

American Natural Premium Pet Food is made in the USA. They offer puppy food, dog food, treats, cat food and grain-free options. The goal of this brand is to provide high quality pet food at the right price. Pets find the food delicious and you can rest knowing they are natural foods and the price is affordable. They have exceptional flavors like American Natural Premium Ocean Fish & Potato grain-free dog food.

Connolly’s Red Mills Pet Food

Connolly’s Red Mills Pet Food recipes are fully transparent and traceable. Their products are made from locally sourced ingredients, and farmed by people they know and trust. They offer puppy food to senior dog food, grain-free dog food, light dog food, hypoallergenic dog food, cat food, and treats.

Exclusive Pet Food by PMI Nutrition

Dog Food and Pet Food in Iowa

We offer Exclusive’s Chicken and Rice Formula Dog Food for Large Breed Adult Dogs. Exclusive is known for it’s high quality protein ingredients and this dog food is no exception. The number one ingredient is chicken! If you want your dog to have a shiny coat this dog food may be the right choice for you!

Dog Treats

We have a wide selection of dog treats to keep every type of dog happy. From dob buscuits to chicken bites we have something for each dog’s tastes. Don’t forget the pig ears and rawhide bones either. These are treats that last!

At Hendricks Feed & Seed Co, we know your pets are family. We will help you find the right food to keep your pet happy and healthy. We also offer cat litter in our pet department. You can also purchase a lot of our product online for your convenience. If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call anytime. We look forward to serving you, and your pet!

Creating the Perfect Deer Plot in Iowa

The Perfect Deer Plot in Iowa

Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc can help you create the perfect deer plot with products perfect for our area of Iowa. While you need to consider things like size, location, and wind direction, we can help you figure out what to plot and why it would be effective. We also suggest this great article from Field and Stream: https://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/hunting/2012/06/how-create-perfect-deer-plot.

Remember, your deer plot doesn’t have to look perfect, but with the right touches, you can attract deer easily. Here are some product suggestions to get you started!

Hendricks QDMA & Elite Brassica Mixes

What it is: Major Plus Swede Brassica, Purple Top Turnips, Driller Radish, Newbie Sugar Beets, and Giant Bayou Rape

Why it’s effective: It is a great food source that will sustain the draw of your deer plot through late fall and winter after the tops are gone. To best attract deer in late fall, plant our Brassica Blend anytime from late summer to early fall at the latest.

Hendricks Clover Mix

What it is: Our most popular clover food plot blend. Blended with six different types of legumes and chicory.

Why it’s effective: This Clover mix is a perennial blend of our red and white clovers with our variety of chicory. It is the perfect mix to make sure that for the local deer, the attraction becomes an obsession. The mix includes Jumbo Ladino, Rampart White Clover, Kopu II Clover, 990 Elite Red Clover, Antler Chicory, and Winter II Alfalfa.

Buck Forage Oats

What they are: A special blend of buck forage oats that has been scientifically developed and tested for use in deer plots.

Why they are effective: Our special blend of forage oats yield a tender, highly palatable, cold and drought-resistant crop that attracts deer throughout the fall. For best results, plant in a well-prepared bed. The 50-pound bag can cover half of an acre.

Sugar Beets

What they are: Our Newbie Sugar Beets are of 99.99% purity.

Why they are effective: It’s a proven fact that deer love sugar beets. It’s a great addition to any deer plot. Deer are known to eat the leafy tops but they will also dig for and eat the roots of the sugar beets. Whitetail love sugar beets!

Trophy Rock

What it is: Trophy Rock is a natural macro and micro trace minerals lick used for big game hunting, observation, and herd management. It is a great deer attractant.

Why it’s effective: Trophy Rock is the most effective all-natural mineral supplement available and serious hunters swear to us they’ve never used a better product. Trophy Rock provides deer with essential natural macro and micro trace minerals. It also attracts and holds deer on your hunting property. It is a fantastic scouting tool when used in combination with trail cameras.

Eagle Seed Buck Monster Forage Wheat

What they are: Buck Monster is the exceptional forage wheat variety for your deer plot.

Why they are effective: Buck Monster plants are tall, featuring large, long, and flashy seed heads that produce excellent quality grain that is effective for your deer plot.

Eagle Seed Broadside Blend

What they are: Broadside is a highly innovative fall deer plot blend featuring superior plant genetics.

Why they are effective: Broadside is like a “time-release” food plot delivering different plant species to give your deer plots palatability and attraction from early fall, through the winter, into spring. Soon after planting, our highly attractive forage soybeans bring the deer to you.

Austrian Winter Peas

What they are: Austrian winter peas are a cool-season annual legume that has long been considered a high-preference forage for whitetail deer.

Why they are effective: Due to its nitrogen-fixing ability, winter pea has numerous agricultural uses, and it is very easy to establish in fall deer plots. They are beautiful and a natural deer attractant.


Whatever your special mix is for your deer plot, the products above are sure to produce great results. We hope you will share your success stories from your deer plot with us. Here’s to a great deer season!

Upkeep & Maintenance for Trees & Garden – Pest Edition

fruit tree spray, wasp and hornet killer, mole killer, and other pest control is available at Hendricks in IowaIf you read our recent blog titled “Summer Lawn & Garden Care” you know very well that Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc has numerous products to help keep your lawn and garden in good health all throughout the growing season. We thought we would expand into a few more products more specifically related to common yard and garden pests that also help with trees in your yard as well as insect problems.

1. Fruit Tree Spray: Fruit trees are a beautiful addition to any yard and they can provide fresh, healthy fruit every year. Did you know that our fruit tree spray controls both diseases and insects? It can also be used on flowers, ornamental evergreens, and strawberry plants. Our fruit tree spray comes in a pint container and mixes up 21 gallons to provide protection all season long.

2. Wasp and Hornet Killer: Spray away wasps and hornets from 27 feet away with our Spectracide non-staining wasp and hornet killer. It takes care of wasps and hornets fast. We also carry Eco-Smart Organic wasp and hornet killer that is effective on wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and other pests. It’s safe to use around children and animals and is also fast acting, killing on contact. Keep the area around your home safe from these pests.

3. FlyZap Aerosol Plus: This great product helps control numerous pests including House Flies, Horn Flies, Stable Flies, Horse Flies, Face Flies, Deer Flies, Gnats, Mosquitoes, Small Flying Moths (millers), Asian Lady Beetles, Roaches, Waterbugs, Sowbugs, Spiders, Centipedes, Ants, Crickets, Wasps and Hornets. Fly Zap Aerosol Plus contains the quick killing botanical pyrethrum (which is an extract of a chrysanthemum flower). It provides effective control of insects upon direct contact with an added benefit of repelling these insects to aid in a more complete control.

4. Mole Killer: Anyone who has had a mole problem knows that they are very destructive. Our Motomco Mole Killer Poison Mole Worms can help you control mole problems. This mole killer mimics the mole’s natural food source. Stop moles once and for all with the mole killer solution.

With Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc you can shop online or visit us in-store, and we are always available to take your calls with questions about any of our products. It’s our goal to help you keep your residential or commercial property look it’s best and keep it free from pests.

Summer Lawn & Garden Care

Summer Lawn and Garden CareHendricks Feed & Seed Co, Inc. has you covered when it comes to the right products to keep your yard and your garden beautiful through the rest of the Summer season. Here’s just a taste of what you can find in the store and how it might help your yard.

Erosion Control Mats are excellent for seeding and landscaping projects and come in three sizes: 8′ x 112′, 4′ x 50′, and 4′ x 112′. We can also deliver the erosion control mats in the Dubuque area. We also have a selection of bio stakes and other tools for our erosion control mats – CLICK HERE for information on all these products.

Lawn Seed options are plentiful at Hendricks Feed & Seed Co, Inc. We carry our own turf mixes such as Midwest Best, Quick N Lush, and Deep Shade. We also have straw (called garden straw or shredded straw), 13-13-13 lawn and garden fertilizer, and other supplies to make sure your seed takes and grows into a lush and beautiful yard. Come in and grab a lawn care brochure to take advantage of our lawn care step programs!  CLICK HERE for more information on Lawn Seed and other lawn products.

Weed Beater provides both pre-emergent and post-emergent control of grassy or broadleaf weeds. This includes many of the weeds that plague us around the Dubuque area including clover, ground ivy (creeping charlie), dandelions and more. Better yet, it works for both cool and warm season grasses. It will work well into the fall as it has great cool weather performance. We offer both Weed Beater and Weed Beater Complete. CLICK HERE for more information.

Mec Amine D 3-Way Broadleaf Herbicide is a non-selective broadleaf herbicide. MecAmine D is for use in controlling broadleaf weeds in turf grasses, including for use on home lawns, sod farms, athletic fields and golf courses, rights of way, and highways. From small jobs to large ones, Mec Amine D has you covered. CLICK HERE for more information.

Lawn Weed & Crabgrass Killer Concentrate for Lawns takes care of all your big problems at one time. Most lawn weeds PLUS crabgrass killer, you can take care of your yard with this two for one product. CLICK HERE for more information.

Weed Control Fabric lets the air and water through but weeks cannot penetrate it. It can be used in both gardens and landscaping and is easy to cut and form around plants, shrubs, and landscaping shaping. CLICK HERE for more information.

Fung-oil controls leaf spots, blights, rust, mold & mildew on roses and other flowers, fruit trees, shade trees, shrubs and vegetable gardens. It’s a must-have for every gardener and landscaper.

EZ Mulch Advanced Formula (or AF) is design to fully expand within two minutes of hitting the water. Another great feature is that it can hold water much better than other pellet mulches that are available on the market today. If you are looking to establish a new lawn, this product is right for you. CLICK here for more information.

Milorganite is an organic nitrogen fertilizer that has iron. It is non-burning and has been used on golf courses since the 1920s. CLICK HERE for more information on this product.

We have products for every situation, and the knowledgeable staff on hand to answer your questions about these products. If you are shopping online give us a call with any questions, or visit us in-store for assistance. We look forward to helping you keep your yard, landscaping, and garden beautiful this year and for years to come.

New vs. Classic: Ice Melts or Rock Salt

One of the most important decisions you make this winter could be whether you use rock salt or an ice melting product. Your choice could affect the health of your lawn and the surface and stability of your driveway and sidewalks. While rock salt may be the first thought that comes to mind, it isn’t always the best choice for every person. If the outcome is the same, what’s the big deal about product you use?


Photo of Hendricks Choice De-icer. Bag is bright green with white and black writing in all caps that says "Hendricks choice, premium de-icer, safe, fast acting, economical, 50 lbs."

Hendricks Choice Premium De-icer at Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc.

Rock Salt

Rock salt is a great way to economically and quickly melt snow and ice and create safer walkways, and it is one of the most popular ways to do so. Salt mixes with water to create a brine, which has a lower freezing temperature than water and causes the ice to melt. While rock salt has traditionally been used to melt ice on driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots, there are downsides to this traditional winter staple.

Rock salt can be corrosive to cement and cause damage to the surface and stability of the driveway or sidewalk. Long-term use of rock salt in these areas can lead to cracking and salt scaling. While these issues can be easily fixed in the short term, over time they could cause significant damage to the safety of your walkways. Rock salt may also cause your lawn or plants to wither. However, rock salt is still the most economical and widely available way to get rid of ice and snow, and it is a fine choice.



Ice Melts

Photo of bottle of Liquid Snow Shovel. Bottle is almost opaque white with a label on the side with green and black writing.

Liquid Snow Shovel at Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc.

Ice Melts, on the other hand, is a newer invention that combines different chemicals (like magnesium chloride and sodium chloride) to create a solution that melts ice faster and in colder temperatures. It melts ice and snow for longer periods of time than rock salt does.

Some ice melts are safe for pets or children, but always make sure to check the labels before letting children or pets near ice melted surfaces. The cons of ice melts are the relatively higher price as compared to rock salt and the learning curve that comes with using new products.



Whichever method you choose, Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc. has you covered with multiple de-icing options and advice from professionals on what will work best for your cement.

High Energy Bird Seed for Winter Months

The winter is a great time for casual bird watching with a cup of steaming hot coffee from the comfort of your living room. However, colder winter months mean thinking about changing up the bird seed that you provide for your backyard birds. Covered or frozen ground, lack of insects or spiders, and freezing temperatures leave birds searching for high energy ways to get them through the day. What is the best food solution to this winter dilemma? Provide a variety of high fat and energy foods.


Photo of Elite Wild Bird Seed. Bag of seed is red with birdhouse and cardinal image superimposed on bag material.

Elite Wild Bird Seed at Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc.

Black-Oil Sunflower Seed

This seed attracts the greatest variety of birds, and it is high in nutritious value like fat and protein. Its shell is thin and small, and this makes it easier for smaller birds to eat. This seed is great for you and the birds because of its nutritious value, and it also appeals to a wide variety of birds. This seed can be found at Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc in our Elite Wild Bird Mix or in our Wild Bird Seed, or you can opt to mix your own with our bulk black-oil sunflower seed. This seed should be placed in a tube feeder for best access.


Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a fun and low-cost option for feeding birds in winter. It is high in fat and calories, and it will provide much-needed energy. Additionally, making your own peanut butter balls (with peanut butter and cornmeal) can be a fun activity for those chilly winter afternoons spent with children and grandchildren. This sweet (and messy!) activity is a classic way to introduce them to bird watching. Peanut butter can be placed on a platform feeder or in a bowl or plate in the backyard.


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Orange Suet Dough at Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc.


Lastly, suet, or beef fat, is a time-tested winter food for birds. While in the summer it may easily spoil, this is not a problem with cold temperatures. Like black-oil sunflower seeds and peanut butter, this a high energy food and has high-fat content. Hendricks Feed has several options for suet including High Energy, Peanut Blend, and Orange Dough. Suet cakes can be placed in an old mesh onion bag or a wire basket. Either option will work well with this tasty treat!


Birdseed changes with the seasons and Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc has the solution to all of your winter bird feed needs.

Happy Holidays from Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc.

The team at Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc. wants to extend a very Happy Holidays to all of our clients and our community. We are grateful to everyone that we have worked within the last year. We are always hoping to provide our clients with the best products combined with the best customer service. Thank you very much to the community in Dubuque, Iowa.

Also, we hope that you enjoy our new website. In an effort to make it as easy as possible for everyone to have access to our products they are available online through our shop. We have a wide range of the following products:

Kent Show Feeds, Eagle Seed, Hardware, and more


Thank you again for being a valued Hendricks Feed & Seed Co., Inc. customer in 2017! Here’s to a great year in 2018.