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Wake up the garden!

BounceBack has been rebranded BioGanic in SAWhich fertiliser should you be using on the lawns or the beds? If you are a new gardener or an experienced hand there is always something to learn or find useful with the Eckards fertiliser quick guide. If you are still using the same fertilisers you were using ten years ago this is a must read. Technology and information changes the way we garden and armed with this new information you will be well on your way to improved performance of your whole garden.

Plants grow right through the year and even though some may seem to be standing still their roots are always growing. It is important to feed all plants, even indigenous ones need to be fed to perform at their best. Plants need various nutrients to give their best, some more nitrogen for leaves and others more potassium for better flowering or fruiting.

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New and exciting

Agapanthus Zambezi - star of this seasons new releasesSame-same but different, is not how we see some of the best new plants being released for summer 2015. Just as fashion changes in what one wears or how you decorate your home so too should the garden. New plants not only bring new colours but also varieties that grow better and also varieties suited to modern living.

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Bonsai at Eckards

Come see our Bonsai section at EckardsBonsai actually means "in a container" Popular once again with the young home owners starting out and as gifts for special occasions. To grow the best Bonsai is much easier than you think and very rewarding. The art of Bonsai originated in China over two thousand years ago and only moved across to Japan around 900 years or so where it was introduced by the Buddhist monks who wanted something from outdoors inside.

The idea is to grow a tree to represent the mature form of the plant in nature, planted in a small tray or bowl. There are many articles online and books available on how to grow bonsai but if you have just received your first bonsai we thought we would look at a simple how to guide with our easy tips to ensure easy success.

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Time to Prune!

Prepare now for this summer's best rosesJuly is pruning time and not just the roses. It’s also time to cut back hydrangeas and fruit trees. Rather than a dreaded chore, with the right tools and correct information, pruning can be easy. Think of it as a late winter cut-back that rejuvenates plants and prepares them for a summer of healthy growth, glorious blooms or fabulous fruit. Pruning brings light and sunshine into the garden warming the soil and stimulating growth from the roots in the ground up.

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