A blossoming garden and a healthy and productive vegetable garden are often the result of using the right equipment, of providing the plants with proper daily care, but also of a good selection of products suited to their needs. To guide amateur and professional gardeners in choosing  products that suit their needs, this article revisits the various essential tools, and recalls a few guidelines that are sometimes forgotten, even though they are essential.

Some products are essential for the daily care of one’s garden. Between the different existing products on the market, it is not always easy to find what suits us, or know the meaning of the words and phrases on the packaging, or really know the properties of each component and substance mentioned. Also, keeping oneself informed about novelties allows one to have a better knowledge of available products in order to find the tools and accessories that best suit your needs.

Tools, accessories and garden products

Your garden’s size and characteristics, as well as your plants’nature, should be taken into account in defining your needs in terms of tools. Our selection focuses on tools used daily, that are practical and are specially designed for both men and women.

In regard to irrigation, our primary choice is trickle irrigation, which will give you peace of mind when absent for extended periods of time. Otherwise, different types of sprinkler systems facilitate the watering of delicate plants early in the season. Also, think about acquiring a lawnmower.

Concerning plant choice, you have a large selection available in various specialized stores that renew their collection each year. New flowers varieties are thus carefully selected. We can mention for example the creations of David Austin, who is a specialist in English roses. The old roses also have their fervent supporters and are very popular. For other flowers such as gladioli, canna and begonias, catalogues are available on specialized sites. For a filled garden , there exist today new hybrids, more precisely, five new varieties of the Common Crape myrtle.

In terms of fertilizer, Lombriocomposteur Can-O-Worms is recommended because it is totally organic and is made from kitchen waste. It is a fertilizer that will ensure quality plants and vegetable. Moreover, it is easy to use and it will enable you to achieve an excellent compost with minimal maintenance, with little effort and no smell. To remove moles and small rodents, think of flower bulbs. They will save you the use of traps or toxic products. To fight against aphids opt for Marseille soap, which is an organic product that guarantees natural fertilization and elimination of plant pests.

Advice on purchasing and using your products

The first rule for use, and even for purchasing garden maintenance products, is to buy little but quality products. One must then avoid filling up on health-care products, and adopt the principle that one only provides the garden with minimal treatments, that is as a last resort and in an efficient manner. The products are tailored to each problem, however, they are often unnatural. Thus, it is better to buy a product suitable for three or four plants. In addition, current proportions in which these products come are inadequate for terraces or balconies. The available offers are more suited to medium-size gardens or vegetable gardens. Consider sharing them with neighbours to avoid building up stocks that will no longer be usable afterwards.

Products needed for a successful flowering garden are: a multi-purpose product to fight against fungi on leaves and insects, some organic fertilizers such as potash or dried blood, and several amendments, depending on your land’s characteristics. Depending on your garden’s physical make-up, add specific anti-mole or anti-caterpillar products, and fortifying products to ensure your garden and your plants’ good health. It is however advised to always follow the directions for use of each product and to avoid exceeding the prescribed doses. Also, make sure that they are administered during their optimal periods of use.

Regarding prices, we recommend that you always compare offers from different brands. Find the cheapest products bearing the mark of a given distributor. As an indication, the total cost for all your purchases should be approximately 130 £ per year (150 €, $ 210) for a garden of about 40 square rods (1000 m²).

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Published in Garden maintenance by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011