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Cutting back

Roses flower better once prunnedPruning time is here! Bring light and sunshine into the garden to warm the soil and stimulate growth from the roots in the ground up. Besides the usual suspects like Roses give the whole garden a nip tuck and shaping to bring on spring. Roses, Hydrangeas and deciduous fruit trees all get pruned from July. Hedges and topiaries should get a good shaping as spring starts to get them ready for the first flush of growth.

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Happy Daisy

Daisy bushes are a long time favourite in RSADaisy flowers are an all-time spring favourite in South Africa and are perfect for easy colour on the patio and around the garden in sunny spots. In folklore daisies symbolize a new beginning and a new spring always brings a promise of renewal. Many of the daisy flowers we grow are indigenous and water wise, here’s three of our most popular at Eckards.

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Birds of a feather in your garden

Eckards has a wide selection of suet feedersAs the colder weather approaches, the birds in the city move closer to buildings and the safety of your garden. Nature looks after the wild birds by supplying berries and seeds to supplement the limited supply of bugs and such. You can plant a selection to keep them coming back to you or place a feeding station near some fresh water in a bird bath to attract them to your garden.

No feeding station should be without Suet balls, Bird Seed and some Fruit but have you tried some Nutty Putty?

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Make your own compost!

Gather the leaves, its free mulch!The fall has begun and leaves are falling fast everywhere at the moment. The making of compost from your garden is easier that you think and one of the best ways to practice recycling in your garden. Compost is the only way to improve the condition of existing garden soil. One can never over do compost it is the foundation of any garden and the more you add the better your garden will grow.

This is the year to do it! If you really can’t get the compost going don’t despair. Collect all the falling leaves and place it through your garden beds as a thick layer of mulch. It takes longer to break down into compost but in the meantime it keeps roots warm and helps to retain moisture through the winter.

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