Best Garden Maintenance Products

Gardens are supposed to be a place where we can unwind, but keeping them well-maintained can be anything but relaxing. From raised garden beds and potting mix to weed killer and fertiliser, we take you through some pointers so you can find the right products to help keep your yard healthy and looking great. Continue reading...

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McGregor's Houseplant Pump n Feed

McGregor's Houseplant Pump n Feed 🏆 2024

4.6  (127)
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simplegall
simplegallNSW10 posts
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The Organic Garden Co Raised Garden Bed

The Organic Garden Co Raised Garden Bed 🏆 2024

4.5  (114) Summary
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John and Bev
John and BevQLD
 
The Organic Garden Co
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Vegepod Raised Garden Bed Kits

Vegepod Raised Garden Bed Kits

4.3  (181) Summary
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Tahli
TahliNSW
 
Good, but mesh is disintegratingGood product, however... it's been in full-sun for a year and a half and the plastic mesh is disintegrating into tiny little bits - where it rubs on the clip when opening & closing and around the hose inlet. This is very bad for the environment and for what I'm growing. It's basically useless & needs replacing.
Seasol Seaweed Concentrate

Seasol Seaweed Concentrate

4.7  (27) Summary
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mfisher
mfisherVIC47 posts
 
A really great and misunderstood productIt's a great product always delivering amazing results.

Many people treat it like an all purpose fertilizer and get annoyed at poor results. It is not a fertilizer and should be used with a balanced fertilizer.

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Neil
Neil2 posts
 
Waste of time and money!Totally useless product! May as well spray the weeds with hot water. All it does is blacken a few leaves on some weeds and no effect at all on others. I am a qualified horticulturist so I know what I am doing. Just go buy a bottle of turps or vinegar and you will get a better result for a cheap price. Show details
Organic Crop Protectants
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Lana
LanaVIC
 
DO NOT USE!Burnt my lawn!
Don’t use it! They need to stop selling this product. I’ve used others and it does wonders and I thought I’d give this a try and ruined my lawn! Now it will take me months to get it back to where I need! I’m still in shock! Show details
Yates Weed 'n' Feed Liquid Hose-on

Yates Weed 'n' Feed Liquid Hose-on

2.1  (153) Summary
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hagler
haglerWA2 posts
 
All good hereworked perfectly for me. no issues with spraying it on . no leaks, great coverage. killed the weeds and left the lawn Show details
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Dom
Dom
 
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Sabrina P.
Sabrina P.
 
Lawn steroid!This stuff WORKS! It’s Incredible! All the other stuff out there is a waste of time. Try it! Show details
google2
google210 posts
 
Timothy B.
Timothy B.2 posts
 
Great insecticide bad applicatorThis product is great if you can get the water hose on applicator to function, I was lucky that I had an additional water hose applicator that I could decayed out of the one that wasn’t working into that was working, but this is a very poorly quality assured product in relation to the applicator Show details
Steve De M.
Steve De M.
 
UselessDoes not work. Waste of money.
So bad that the weeds almost died but actually survived & came back to life!
Keith E.
Keith E.4 posts
 
DO NOT BUY!!!Box is mostly made up of wetting agent. Couldn't see any actual grass seeds in box. One month after sowing seeds not ONE has germinated!!! TRUE!! This product is a SCAM!!!! I took back half used box to Bunnings & received a refund. $30 a box full of everything except grass seeds. Show details
Munns
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Chris Coates
Chris CoatesVIC4 posts
 
Good value productHappy with product on my latest grow , has No NPK rating wich would have liked , but used seasol through grow , quite happy good value Show details
Jim P.
Jim P.
 
JayCo
JayCo
 
Vidaxl.com.au
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Mich
MichBrisbane3 posts
 
Plastic piecesCheapper than others but had plastic pieces in :/ it isn't best fir eatable plants Show details
VKA
VKAVIC2 posts
 
Works great!! Needs water, sunshine and loveWorks brilliantly!! I have before and after pictures and within one week the lawn is already looking much healthier.. picture attached and you can see all the places I used the lawn magic on.. still a bit patchy in places so will continue to build the lawn and see how it goes.. only needed it soft and be able to walk on as we head in to winters Show details
Jen
JenQLD7 posts
 
UselessDoesn't kill anything, simply burns the broader leaves which quickly recover. Show details
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Dimini W.NSW
 
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BeachyStarWA37 posts
 
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WazAU69 posts
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Opinions Matter.
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Jimbo
JimboWA363 posts
 
Dissolves easilyGreat stuff, apply every Anzac Day, your lawn will be weed free all winter. Its a wettable powder, so make a paste first in a small container, then tip into the main sprayer. Apply to wet lawn and then water in twice as per the instructions for best effect. Show details
Peta
Peta100 posts
 
Slowly killed all my plantsAfter repotting up all my plants into this soil, they gradually started to die. When I investigated, the soil had turned to sawdust and was literally just a white chalk. The soil on top was moist but an inch down was bone dry and dusty. Luckily I caught them in time and repotted them in proper soil. Don't waste your money on this rubbish.
Garrett
GarrettNSW2 posts
 
Rubbish, don't waste your moneySpray gets clogged and nothing comes out properly. All it did was stain my clothes. Don't know if the chemicals actually work as nothing touched the lawn, it all ran down the side Show details
Jimbo
JimboWA363 posts
 
This is perfect, cant live without itSpray in the late afternoon and it will do a very good job. Follow the label instructions. Show details
Chris
ChrisQLD11 posts
 
Satisfied customer
Satisfied customerWA
 
fantastic stuff best everThe 25litre coir soil wetter is the best I have ever used I dont even need to mulch I checked watering depth with my gauge and after use it was wet to as deep as the gauge could read dont know what these other reviews are about Show details
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Dukkkman
DukkkmanWA37 posts
 

What does garden maintenance include?

A woman wearing gloves and gardening in her yard.

Garden maintenance refers to anything you’d do or use to tend to your garden, and for different people, it means different things.

Some common garden maintenance products that Australian green thumbs (or budding green thumbs) use include:

  • Fertilisers, to promote plant growth.
  • Weed killers and garden pest control products, to stop insects from destroying plants.
  • Soils and mulches, including potting mixes, to use when potting or repotting plants.
  • Garden beds, to house any herbs, veggies, or flowers you want to grow.
  • Lawn care products, such as synthetic grass.

You can also read reviews for other garden products, such as hoses, gardening tools, and compost bins.

Fertilisers

What is a fertiliser?

Plants - like us - need food to grow. Plant food, or fertilisers, can do a variety of things, such as improve seed germination, reduce transplant shock, and promote root growth, flowering and fruiting.

A variety of elements are necessary for them to be happy and healthy, and of these, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus are needed in the largest amounts.

Fertilisers should display the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium they contain - this is called the N:P:K ratio. Looking for a higher ratio means that you’re more likely to provide your plants with the nutrients they need.

What are specialty fertilisers?

You can also find specialty fertilisers for specific plant groups, such as natives, lawns, citrus, and fruit trees, which makes choosing the right fertiliser easier for less avid gardeners.

Native Australian plants, for example, are sensitive to phosphorus, and so usually require a specialty fertiliser with a lower amount of this mineral.

What are the different types of fertiliser?

You can find fertilisers in either liquid or solid form.

Liquid or water-soluble fertilisers immediately give nutrients to plants, allowing for quick uptake. They don’t last particularly long in the soil, however, as they’re quickly leached away with watering. They’re usually well-suited for use during spring or summer, while the plant is growing, flowering, or fruiting.

Solid or granular fertilisers gradually release nutrients for the plants to eat up. These are the cream of the crop for lazy gardeners, as they can slowly release nutrients for up to 12 months.

Inorganic vs. organic fertiliser

Inorganic fertilisers are synthetic forms of usually naturally occurring minerals that are beneficial to plants. They have concentrated nutrients and are often intended for a particular group of plants, making it easier for you to tend to a specific variety.

Organic fertilisers contain ingredients derived from living things, such as manure. They’re slow releasing and are less likely to harm the plant (and environment) if too much is used.

Weed killers

Types of weed killers

Not all weed killers have the same purpose - some prevent the germination of seeds, while others kill established plants. Here are the different types to look out for.

  • Pre-emergent weed killer: Pre-emergent weed killers kill weeds before they start growing. They’re generally recommended to use in early spring so they don’t harm plants that have an established root system.
  • Post-emergent weed killer: These kill established weeds that you can see on your lawn. Just ensure you don’t apply them to your lawn or established plants, as it could destroy them.

Weed killers can also be distinguished by how they work, however some may be both a contact and a systemic weed killer.

  • Contact weed killer: These weed control products kill plants they come into physical contact with very quickly - you’ll usually see results in just an hour. They’re generally more effective at getting rid of lighter weed growth and foliage, but may take a few applications to eradicate a plant.
  • Systemic weed killer: These are absorbed by the leaves of the plant and enter the root system, impairing the weed’s ability to get nutrients from the soil. They work more slowly, and usually yield results in 1 to 3 weeks. Perennial weeds are usually treated with this type of weed killer.

Weed killers can be expensive, and it’s difficult to find the right balance between effectiveness and value.

How about "weed and feed" products?

Weed and feed products, such as the Yates Weed ‘n’ Feed Liquid Hose-On, combine fertilise with pre-emergent herbicide so that you can conveniently kill weeds while providing nutrients to your lawn. Just ensure that you use a product intended for your specific turf species so that your weed spray doesn’t destroy your lawn.

Ingredients

If you have children and pets playing in the yard, or you’re concerned about what your weed killer is doing to the environment, then you can find organic or natural weed killers, such as the Slasher Organic Weedkiller.

Some people even find success with homemade weed killer, using everything from boiling water, salt, vinegar, and cornmeal to get rid of unwanted greenery.

Raised garden beds

A man tending to his vegetable garden in a raised garden bed.

If you want to start a vegetable garden and don’t want to start digging into your lawn, then you may want to buy a raised garden bed (if you don’t feel up to the task of making one yourself).

What's the point of a raised garden bed?

Raised garden beds offer plenty of benefits, but that doesn’t mean they’re suitable for all gardens. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of having a raised bed.

Pros
They have more drainage.
Raised garden beds protect crops from small children and pets.
You can easily fill it with whatever soil you want, which is easier than digging into existing ground.
If it’s high enough, the extra root depth can get more nutrients from the soil, letting you plant vegetables closer together - so you can have more!
Cons
Raised beds can be more costly than traditional plots, as you need to buy them, or buy materials to make them.
They require irrigation because of the increased drainage.

Find the right size

Consider the length, width, and depth of your garden bed. One advantage of having a raised garden bed is that it can make gardening easier on the back if it’s high enough, so if you can see a garden bed in store, see how much you have to bend over to reach different areas.

Raised beds should generally be kept to a maximum of 1.2 to 1.5m wide depending on your reach, so that it’s still easy to reach the middle of the plot. Keep in mind that beds backed against a wall or fence should be half this width as you’ll only be able to access it from one side.

If you’re looking to plant deep-rooting crops, then look for at least 30cm of soil depth.

Choose a material that suits you

Garden beds are subject to the elements, as well as constant moisture and potentially insects, which is why you should consider the right material for your plot. Here are the main options.

  • Wood. Timber raised garden beds are durable and attractive, however they can be susceptible to rot. Some wood fares better than others - cedar, for example, is durable and quite resistant to moisture and rot, however often costs more and may be sourced unsustainably.
  • Galvanised steel. While it may not be the prettiest material, galvanised steel is durable, resistant to rust, and economical.
  • Stone. Stone is more common in homemade garden beds rather than ones you can buy in store. It can be expensive, but will last longer than most other materials.

Potting mix

Potting mix can make or break a plant, so if you want to do right by the new green friend you picked up at your local nursery, then invest in a decent mix.

Look for potting mixes that meet Australian standards

There’s an Australian Standard for bagged retail potting mix, and mixes that meet them have passed a series of tests to prove their quality.

Look for black and red ticks on a potting mix bag. Black ticks indicate a regular grade mix that you need to add fertiliser to when you do your potting. Red ticks are premium grade mixes that last longer and have fertiliser in them.

Try and get the freshest mix you can, as the longer the mix is in the bag, the more nutrients the microorganisms in the potting mix will consume.

Match the mix with the plant

Some plants prefer rich, fertile garden soil, while others benefit more from sandier soils. Different plants also have different pH preferences, which is why selecting the right potting mix can be tricky work if you don’t go for a general purpose soil.

Plants in indirect light or shade don’t lose water as rapidly as those in direct sunlight, which is why a lighter mix may be better for these plants. Your green friends in full sun will generally prefer a medium-weight mix that holds water well.

You can also find specialty potting mixes that are formulated to give specific plant varieties the nutrients they need.

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