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The Eckards fertiliser quick guide

Using the correct fertiliser simplifies your gardeningEven though the garden has not slowed down as much this past winter it's time to wake it up and get it ready for summer. Over the next week sort out the lawn, feed the beds and to add a generous layer of compost all round. Which fertiliser should you be using on the lawns or the beds? Here's the Eckards quick guide to get you back to green fast.

If you are a new gardener or an experienced hand there is always something to learn or find useful. If you are still using the same fertilisers you were using ten years ago this is a must read. Technology and information changes and using the correct fertiliser simplifies your gardening experience and gives you the best results.

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Grow great grub

Carrots are one of the easiest to growIt’s time to plant the first crop of summer edibles. Growing your own is one of the biggest trends in gardening today. Seasonal and artisanal are the big buzz words and there are more and more unusual and different edibles available each year. To grow the best you need to prepare the soil and make sure there is enough organic material and fertiliser to give you the best tasting crop.

Every garden or balcony has a spot for some herbs or veggies. Besides the cost savings the taste is always better and it is so rewarding when you put a salad on the table that is truly home made.

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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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