Hilbert Seed was established August 16, 1930, and the name was changed in 1948 to Cowbell Seeds. The company business consisted of buying clover seed, cleaning it for a fee and returning it to the farmer, or cleaning it and reselling it in the corn belt for rotating crops. One year the quarter would be planted to corn, the next year it would be planted to clover to replace the nitrogen in the soil that was taken out by corn production.
Our first year in the turfgrass business. Blending turfgrass for the interstate highway systems, sod farms, landscapers.
We began specializing in sales to hydroseeders.
We developed Lawn Patch, a product for repairing bare spots in lawns. Selling first to our wholesale customers and then developing a business selling to home owners through mass merchants, hardware stores, etc.
Sold Lawn Patch to US Home and Garden. Ken Hilbert, John Hilbert and Omer Messer retired. Scott Hilbert retained the turf distribution business in Brighton and Bradley. The Amturf/Ampro names went in the sale because Lawn Patch was licensed throughout the US as Amturf Lawn Patch. Scott Hilbert decided on the name of Rhino Seed and Turf Supply. This company mixed turfgrass, and sold related products such as fertilizer, seeding mulch, chemicals, weed barrier, edging and erosion control products.
Purchased an erosion control blanket machine for manufacturing straw blankets.
Purchased silt fence machine for manufacturing silt fence.
Began manufacturing EZ Straw Blankets in a retail size for distribution throughout the United States. Carson Hilbert joins company.
Began manufacturing EZ Straw Seeding Mulch for distribution throughout the United States.
Launched EZ Straw Lawn Repair Mix in 28# and 11# sizes.
Retooled our manufacturing processes expanding production. Launched EZ Straw Lawn Repair Mix, a product that works even better than the original Lawn Patch.
Andrew Hilbert joins Rhino after retiring from the NHL.
Launched EZ Straw Wildflowers and EZ Straw Mulch Small Bale. Fred Hilbert, founder, passes away at 101 years of age.
EZ Straw® Mulch with Tack is MDOT approved. A ground breaking landscape innovation on the way, stay tuned!
Thank you for your continued support over the years, looking forward to the upcoming season!!