How to choose plants for the garden

The pleasures of gardening are as many as the extensive variety of plants and flowers that, with a little care and continuous maintenance, transform any piece of land into an enchanted garden. One of the first steps is to choose the right plants… see how!

What is your green style?

• Defining the purpose of your garden is usually the step before choosing and purchasing the plants themselves. The idea is to design a garden space that matches the house, with your lifestyle, with the availability you will have for gardening itself and, of course, with your personal tastes.

• Is the mental image of a garden covered in thousand and one-color flowers something you like? Do you prefer ornamental plants? Have you always dreamed of a small vegetable garden with vegetables or herbs?

• If flowers are your true passion, know how to distinguish between annual flowers – they will have to be planted every year, but they bloom almost all summer; and the perennial flowers – the flowering time is shorter, but they “burst” every year without needing a new planting.

• Variety is a strong point and even advised, but if you are a novice in the field of gardening, start with a small garden so you can experiment and be successful before expanding it!

Location is everything!

How to Create a More Accessible Garden

• Assess the space available and create the boundaries of your future garden, preferably outside places of great human traffic; very close to the space where your children play cowboys; or easy access to pets, neighbors or even stray.

• Invest some time in observing the hours of sun and shade that bathe this space – this information is crucial to know what type of plants and / or flowers you can plant there, with the majority needing six hours of sunlight every day ! If you find that there is more shade than sun (ie less than six hours of direct sunlight), do not despair, there are several species that prefer cooler places!

• There is no point in experimenting – plants that need sun will eventually get sick or die if they spend too much time in the shade and the same will happen if plants that require cool places are exposed to the sun.

• For places with a lot of sun, the options include: tomatoes, leafy vegetables, lavender, sage, melissa, geranium, gazania, adelfa, azaleas and cacti, just to mention a few.

• The shade brings with it some advantages: the flora needs less water, resists lower temperatures, will have less problems with the emergence of weeds and pests. With regard to plants suitable for shade, hosta, tulips, amaryllis, violets, ferns, bergenias, acanthus, lobelia, euphorbia, anemones, columbia and some species of hydrangeas, among others, are recommended.

• The quality of the soil is crucial, if that were not the real sustenance of any garden! In this sense, there are several soil analysis kits to ensure that yours is in perfect health to receive brand new plants!

One degree above, one degree below.

• Flowers and plants react differently, depending on the temperature to which they are exposed. If the heat makes some bloom, it can be disastrous for others. Regarding the cold, the reasoning is the same. Be aware of the specifics of the plants that you would like to include in your garden.

• In this sense, avoid tropical and exotic plants or any other that is not local or national … so as not to suffer a great disappointment.

Color and live.

• A colorful garden is a treat for the view but, for those who take the first steps in this unknown territory, it is advisable to use two or three colors at most. Be inspired by the environment that will surround your garden, without forgetting the different plants that you will combine, each one having different tones in terms of trunk, flower, leaves and fruits. Combine the colors of your garden as you would decorate your room, for example.

• In terms of visual effect, the warm colors (yellow, orange and red) give the garden a sumptuous and cozy look; instead of the cool colors (blue, lilac and purple) that make the garden look bigger than it really is, so a good tip for those with limited space.

• Choosing the colors, let yourself be carried away by the incredible sizes, shapes and textures that many plants present. In addition to the tones, the setting of a garden can be completed thanks to the diversity achieved with plants that show brilliant or worked foliage. They can be the perfect accompaniment for very showy flowers or even help delicate flowers stand out. Use your imagination (and who knows!) For unique combinations!

Quantity and quality.

• The smaller a garden, the less plants and flowers you will need, so as not to run the risk of planting a big mess! As a general rule, for a small space, choose two or three varieties, acquiring three copies of each, that is, there are already nine plants!

• For larger spaces, pay attention to the width of each plant (the current one or the one you will reach) before deciding how many to take.

• If you are still undecided, use this tip: if you want a garden with an immediate impact, that is, grown and quite filled in the first year, you will have to put the cuttings closer together or purchase larger plants. If you are not in a hurry, let the plants grow at will, filling the “voids” with annual flowers if you want.

Seeds or stake.

• Another decision you will need to make when choosing your plants is whether to plant them with seeds or cuttings. The seed process takes more time when it comes to the final result, but it has all the necessary instructions (the best time to sow, at what depth, at what spacing …) and is an excellent method if you are considering planting sunflowers or lettuce.

• In addition to being something you can already see and whose growth can be followed at a faster pace, the cuttings are easier to plant, just needing to be tucked into a pit made in the earth. The younger the better, as these plants tend to adapt very well to new territory.

Spring has arrived, let’s plant!

• It is common knowledge that spring is the season, par excellence, to plant anything, followed by a summer marked by a lot of watering, cleaning work to remove weeds (hopefully not many!) And to appreciate the growth of your garden.

• However, know that autumn is a good time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs and some types of perennials. Also resistant to the cold are pansies and curly kale, so you can practice this type of gardening during autumn and winter. Tomatoes and most of the annual flowers hate the cold, so only when the temperature warms up! If you feel like getting your hands dirty in the middle of spring or autumn, you can plant perennial flowers.

Look for a specialist.

• garden store in your city or a local nursery have professionals specialized in “gardening initiation”, being an excellent resource to answer all your doubts and receive useful advice to start planting with the right foot!

The final choice.

• Do you already have the shopping cart and are you about to make the final decision on the plants that will bring your garden to life? Before pulling out the wallet, carefully read the label that usually accompanies each plant. There you will find useful information regarding your name, the amount of sun and water exposure you need, your ideal temperature and the full size you will reach.

• Did you know that there are some varieties of plants and flowers (for example, garlic and marigold) that are resistant to insects, disease and drought? Flora with health to give and sell and that does not require the use of sprays and other harmful chemicals – one more reason to be aware of the labels!

• For beginners, great gardeners advise, in the field of annual flowers, the cosmos, marigolds, geraniums, sunflowers and zinias. If you prefer perennial flowers, choose between sage, ericaceae, pansies and daylilies. If you are more inclined towards the vegetable garden, there is no mistake if you start with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.

• Above all, choose plants that suit you, after all it is always more motivating to take care of something you are passionate about! And if there’s anything you love, it’s the flowers and the gardens!

Steps: How to integrate them into a garden design

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The final result of a garden depends mainly on the harmony with which its elements are integrated. The steps of a stair or the separation between different levels cannot simply compose an isolated set, but can be part of the “landscape” of the garden. Here are some suggestions that can help to achieve this harmony:

Often, the steps are necessary elements to make the connection between two or more levels in the garden. However, in some cases, they can be included in the project for other purposes, among them, to function as a focus of attention, a special point in the group or even serve as a stopover in extensive gardens.

Whatever the reasons for the presence of steps in a project, it is necessary to pay attention to certain details:

* Always consider the type of material you are using throughout the garden and try to build the steps in the same style. Otherwise, instead of integrating it into the set, you will be highlighting it as a disharmonious element;

* The steps must be wide and low, so that they transmit smoothness. Very steep flights give a heavy and tiring air to the environment;

* The general project of the garden will give the orientation: if the project allows, build the steps that join extensive levels adding curves – it is much more graceful and sculptural;

* The harmony and beauty of a set are not the only important items. Security is also essential. Attention when choosing the material: very smooth and slippery steps or that facilitate the formation of puddles of water are very dangerous;

* Very large gardens or where there is a need to transport lawn trimmers, wheelbarrows, equipment, tools, etc., they may need the help of access ramps. In this case, as there is space available, plan to build small ramps next to the steps or winding downhill trails.

Several options

Steps in stone, wood, sleepers, bricks or lawns … there are many options; each suitable for a type or style of garden or outdoor area. The first step in choosing is to make a general assessment, taking into account two factors:

* if there is already a defined style, for example, rustic or as natural as possible, you can use railway sleepers, grass and raw bricks, slices of tree trunks, logs and cuttings, etc .;

* if the project is not yet defined and, consequently, neither the style, know that stones such as slate, goiás or mineira give a more classic finish to the steps.

Plants & steps

Steps grassy or interspersed with plants give a very nice and elegant look to the project, although maintenance is more laborious. If this is the option, it is necessary to choose the plant species with discretion, looking for those that are more durable and that do not grow too much.

Grassy steps can be built on the basis of bricks or wood. As for the steps interspersed with plants, it is necessary to provide a space for planting. Make holes in the sides or leave a free space in the joints.

The most suitable species are those used in lining or that produce small and delicate flowers such as maria-sem-shame (Impatiens). Aromatic herbs can give a country and fragrant touch – choose between those that don’t grow much like pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris).


6 acres or less: 13 DIY ideas

Each happy owner of the notorious six hundredths wants to place on them not only a garden and buildings, but also fruit trees, a flower garden, a bathhouse with a greenhouse, and a pond with an alpine hill. What is the best way to equip a garden plot so that there is enough space for everything?

Small summer cottage

In order for a small area to contain everything you need and visually seem larger, you have to follow certain rules and even resort to tricks.

  1. First of all, do not build a house and a garage in the middle of the plot or in the direction opposite to the entrance. The access road will take up too much space in this case. To save space, try compactly combining buildings. For example, a house with hozblokami and a garage, and a bathhouse with a “woodcutter” and a barbecue area.
  2. Do not place tall buildings and trees along the southern border of the garden. The midday shadow will not allow you to place beds or a full flower garden here. Well, if the parking for the car can be arranged outside the site, there will be free space for a recreation area. But in the absence of extra meters, it can also be organized on the flat roof of some capital structure. If desired, a greenhouse can also be placed there.
  3. A garden in a small space is best arranged in a landscape style . The retaining wall, laid out in an arc, shrubby groups, the rounded contour of the lawn, winding paths for walks will optically expand the boundaries of the garden. Round arbors, recreation areas, terraces will visually appear more spacious.

If you like rectangular shapes, turn them at least into rhombs. They are more organically perceived in a small space.

  1. In tiny apartments, furniture is always put “on the wall” . Use the same principle in organizing the space of a small area. In other words, free the central zone of the garden and do not spoil its “ceremonial” look with random plantings. The best option for the ground floor is a neat lawn. All plantings and small forms are best placed on the periphery. Firstly, this technique creates the impression of a larger space. And secondly, it’s easier to move around this area.
Separate areas in the garden

Separate areas in the garden add volume to the space

  1. The area of ​​the site is visually reduced not only by the walls but also by the corners. Get rid of them – that is, engage! In each corner, consider placing some kind of decorative element. It can be a bright flower garden, a corner arbor or a podium, a recreation area, a bench, a composition with sculpture, and the like.
  2. Organize the space in the garden so that it is not visible all at once. A guest who has entered should not at first glance evaluate its area. Some parts of the garden should always be hidden in order to know: what is next? The best solution is garden partitions: screens, vertical structures, arches, pergolas, hedges, groups of tall plants. Let the winding garden paths either appear or hide behind these barriers, giving the impression of a large extent of space. 
  3. Visually push the boundaries of the garden. These boundaries are usually denoted by a fence. If it is fully visible, you experience a feeling of tightness, tightness. The easiest and most aesthetic way to hide a fence is to decorate it with trees, shrubs, flowers. A variety of shapes, textures, shades of foliage, bright color spots will do their job. The clear outline of the borders will disappear, giving the impression that next is also a garden.
  4. Make the fence at the cottage combined, using various materials that combine with each other. As a result, uniformity disappears, the feeling of limited space is lost.

Color the fence in a light tone, preferably gray. It looks organically in the garden at any time of the year. Better yet, if you give the fence on your site a little light “tracery”. Of course, a completely openwork fence is not the best option. But the “windows”, variously decorated, imitation arches with mirrors will help to visually make the site larger. Against the background of a solid fence, insert another texture. For example, in the form of large diamonds with wooden diagonal weaving. Even an insert from an ordinary mesh-netting can be an original design decision!

DIY ideas

Fragment of a fence in the form of an imitation of a house wall

  1. Organize terraces on different levels in the garden. If the site has at least a small topography, the garden seems larger and more spacious. Creating a “difference” of only half a meter can completely change the impression of the site! Therefore, plan a retaining wall, an alpine slide, flooring, steps or a podium, even a small one. You can move “down” – that is, make a “recessed” kindergarten or playground for relaxation, located below the level of the garden.
  2. Optically push the boundaries of the garden will help the game with color . The garden will gain depth and volume if in the foreground you place light-colored plants: white-edged derain, yellow-orange flowers, red-leafed barberry bushes, and purple species of cystonia. Behind, group plants of cold and dark shades, such as conifers. Closer plant flowers and shrubs with large foliage, and behind them with small foliage.

Large trees and shrubs in a small area should be few. The crown size can be trimmed from time to time.

  1. From the variety of fruit trees for giving a small size, choose semi-dwarf and dwarf varieties . They are specially grown for areas with harsh climates. They are compact, and it is much easier to harvest from them. Try to get varieties of different fruiting periods – summer, autumn and winter. Then you can enjoy fresh fruits at different times of the year, and keep them well.

When planting plants such as pears, plums, cherries, sea buckthorn, remember that they need a partner for pollination. If neither you nor your neighbors have it, take care of grafting twigs of another variety into the crown of your plant.

  1. On a plot of 6 acres you can not do without small garden equipment . It is better to cut the grass on a tiny lawn with a trimmer, and treat plant waste with a chopper (shredder). The crushed raw materials will take up significantly less space in the compost compartment, under which you can take a small patch in the farthest corner of the garden.
Site design
  1. With an acute shortage of space on the site, you can organize a mobile mini-garden . That is, place the crops in the planting modules. Such modules are temporarily installed in areas of the site where there is no fertile land. On any vertical surfaces – fences, walls of sheds and houses – it is possible to arrange hanging “beds”. To do this, use pieces of wide sewer pipes or any containers with a drainage hole.

Buying soil is impossible! How to maintain fertile soil in the arrangement of the site

Have bought a garden plot, are you going to build a house and break a lawn? Unfortunately, landscape designers often overlook such an important component of your acquisition as … a layer of soil in a summer cottage. Yes, it is with weeds, uneven and in some places is not needed at all – where the foundation of the future home will be. But this layer of soil must be preserved at all costs. Pavel Trannua tells why and how to do it.

Why save the soil during the construction of a summer cottage

Ways to master the garden and turn it into something “comfortable for living” can not be considered. One wants to see the area around the house under construction purely a recreation area. It is aimed at the lawn, at the wide paved paths, at the barbecue and swing areas, at the pond and shady arches of deciduous crowns around it.

For the other owner of the garden, the main thing is to realize himself as an avid plant grower. And here options are even possible inside flower growers: alpine slides are one thing, peat moss for rhododendrons are quite another, and roses and peonies are the third, etc. The rectangle of the garden will require the sunniest place, but there are still adherents of fruit growing – it is usually the most difficult for them to turn around because of the limited area …

Indeed, there can be many views on the arrangement of the site. I proceed from the fact that the most significant component in suburban life is still plants. At any moment, going out into the garden in the beauty of landscape design, going out surrounded by your flowers and fruit trees, picking ecologically clean greenery from the garden is a huge advantage of country life. For this approach, it is more reasonable to create one fertile soil on all.

Why save the soil during the construction of a summer cottage

Let us take a look at the land massif through the eyes of a beginner who has never seriously touched the turf and is afraid of the formidable form of weeds that covers the entire plot. And so he just begins to mentally arrange the buildings and inspects the area …

In this case, try to see that the weeds are a friend of the soil, not its enemy, to this day it has increased its fertility, and the soil is the most valuable that is on the site you have acquired. Your first task during construction is to preserve the soil . And at the same time lighten your future victory over the weeds, which you are going to replace with cultivated plants.

At this stage, the following mistake is made : they’re easily removed and “thrown out” somewhere, in fact, they lose the topsoil , believing that if you dig a bare bare subsoil with humus and other fertilizers, then here you can plant flowers and everything whatever. This is a fallacy: never in your future work with plants artificial soil will not give you the same as natural soil, even if it is a modest soil of the middle strip, not shining with “titles” of chernozem.

Grow your flowers, but it will not be the same, and you will never achieve what you have lost. Your soil has slowly ripened for several thousand years, it has properties that cannot be created by any humus.

“Come on, I’ll buy a car of humus and then what else is best for you – I’ll buy the best fertilizer – and put it on top!” – the active builder who has already rolled under the asphalt a parking lot in front of his castle will grin at my warnings.

Alas, it is impossible to become sixteen again for money, and it is impossible to create soil for money several thousand years old, which has been gradually saturated with humus since the glacier disappeared.

“Come on, I’ll buy a car of exactly the same land, even better – they’ll bring me black soil from Tambov!”

Alas, no one will bring you anything. Do you think that for you somewhere in the field they will carefully bayonet the top layer of “no man’s land” with turf? This is a crime – such actions are prohibited by law! No, they will bring black soil and say that it is black soil, and it will be peat slag, on which nothing grows, but you can’t tell …

How to increase the soil layer when developing a summer cottage

How to increase the soil layer when developing a summer cottage

Therefore, I give such advice – you will not regret it sometime later! – And you decide whether to follow it or not.

  1. Before digging deep pits, first separately remove the fertile layer about a bayonet thick with a shovel. It is darker colored due to the high concentration of humus. It is transported in a wheelbarrow and stacked in a selected place of the future orchard or vegetable garden, flower garden, preferably turf down.
  2. Next, the lower clay from the pit (or sand) is removed and stored so that it does not bury the primordial soil anywhere. So, if you decide to make a loose hill around the house from the excavated soil, then first you should carefully remove and transfer the fertile layer from here.

Thus, you will increase the amount of fertile soil, which will come in handy in the future when planting fruit trees. After all, apple trees and especially pears have little of our natural fertile layer, which the soils of the Middle Strip possess, they grow better on its two to three times thicker thickness. Moreover, it has been built up, and not in depth: than digging a deep landing hole and filling it with fertile soil, it is much better to create an embankment from it.

Again. It would be more reasonable to do as follows: where it is exactly necessary according to the construction plan, remove the top soil layer in advance and store it. And not somewhere, namely, at the place of your future plantings, so that he would fall asleep weeds. During the months of construction, the turf under it will die, and then you will rake clean, loose earth. So carefully remove the layer of earth in place of all the foundations under the hozblok, garage, etc.

How to build fertile soil

As students, we were taught while digging a soil section not to mix the upper fertile layer with the rest of the subsoil, but to lay it on the other side. And it was instructive to say that “when an American farmer lets soil scientists conduct their research on their fields, he must ensure that they put each removed layer on a separate piece of polyethylene – and then return it in the same sequence after finishing work.”

The main idea is that the fertile layer should return to the zone of the greatest number of roots. Where are the roots most? This is on top of the soil 40–50 cm on chernozem, and only 20–25 cm on soils of the middle stripe, such as sod-podzolic. There are almost no roots deeper than 20–25 cm in the forest or in the field in the middle stripe. Only a few fixing “roots go deep.

The sharp predominance of dense roots in the uppermost part of the soil profile in a layer of 20–25 cm (often even less in a layer of 10–15 cm) suggests that the main plant nutrition occurs here, and that attention! – the roots do not want to go deeper. This is mainly due to anaerobic conditions: there is no oxygen due to the dense soil monolith, often flooded with water.

Therefore, soil build-up is one of the most advantageous techniques of agricultural technology in the middle lane for all shrub and woody perennials. When creating a fertile layer in the middle zone, it makes no sense to go deep into the ground – deeper than 20-30 cm, but it is welcome to build up the fertile layer up.

If you shovel a dense layer of subsoil at a depth of 25-50 cm and simultaneously dig compost or manure into it, then this will not be as effective as if you were to top up 25 cm of fertile soil. That is, in both cases you will receive 50 cm of fertile soil, but in the second case it will be more productive, especially over a long distance.

The same approach to planting pits for fruit seedlings: if you dig a deep hole, according to the southern sample, 60–70 cm deep, and fill it with all kinds of organic matter, then water will accumulate in it, after a few years it will swim and lose all its advantages. Whereas a gentle embankment 30–50 cm high will act productively and respond to fertilizers throughout the life of an apple, grape or cherry.

And a few more words for lovers of lawns and arbors. The garden should leave freedom of choice and change. No need to deprive yourself of the opportunity to deal more closely with plants in the future. As little land as possible is initially “bricked up”: your views on garden design, your ideas and addictions to new plants may change. In addition, you can pass the baton to your children who want to arrange everything in their own way – therefore, you should always have the opportunity to re-plan the layout and expand your seating area.


Therapeutic Gardens and Edible Gardens

Gardens have always been a balm space for the soul. It is impossible not to calm down before the look of the plants, the aroma of the flowers. Now, these characteristics are beginning to be used in favor of sick people or those just looking for a quiet moment.

In the United States and Europe, the tendency to create so-called therapeutic gardens grows. They are built outdoors or in atriums, in hospital solariums and in public places, to be frequented by the general population.

Children’s Hospital of Ireland
Combined with birdsong and the sound of running water, they awaken vision, hearing and smell, causing what experts call positive distraction. The idea of ​​creating these areas arose from the observation that physical and mental health is influenced by aspects of the physical environment, such as natural light, space or sound.

The balanced combination of pharmacological, behavioral and environmental therapies is effective in improving the health of patients and the elderly.

The implementation of green spaces in hospitals humanizes an environment generally associated with coldness, sterility, and even hostility towards patients.

Gardens are very useful in the treatment of children temporarily disabled by accident, surgery, psychological trauma or those with mental, sensory and physical disabilities.

Direct contact with nature is able to help in the recovery of illnesses, stimulating the person’s will to live and fight. Called Garden Therapy, or Hortoterapia, an effective adjunct to conventional treatments. The technique combines plant culture and active and passive gardening (contemplation). Hortotherapy has been used in correctional facilities, in cases of chemical or food dependence, physical therapy, mental illness, in the treatment of the elderly and senile patients, as well as among children with special needs or not.

For the elderly, gardening has an extraordinary effect, as it stimulates action and exercises hand-eye coordination, improves fine motor skills, helping in the abstraction of obsessive thinking about loss of strength and health. The result is that they feel not only useful and productive, but less sad and lonely.

In chronic, degenerative or invalidating diseases. When the response to medication is unsatisfactory, therapy makes life more pleasant: even if the patient does not heal, he will feel better, more relaxed.

The therapy can also have a preventive action because outdoor activities require use of the muscles and brain, exposure to the benefits of the sun and fresh air. Thus, it is a good alternative against typical diseases of the city: Obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and cancer.

Often, a person gets sick because he feels dissatisfied with his own life and wants to find a miraculous, quick and effective cure that does not exist. Without effort and work, he seeks the miraculous, fast and effective cure that does not exist. Without constant effort and work you can get nowhere. We all need to take care of our recovery, because the equation therapy = medicine is not always so valid, a small change in the landscape is good, not only for the soul but for the pocket and for the environment as well.

The concern with a healthy diet intensifies as science shows that this is the key to long life, and to the prevention of diseases. A campaign has been gaining momentum in the United States, and its poster girl is the first lady, Michelle Obama, who is encouraging people so that instead of just using water and manure with ornamental gardens, why not apply them in the cultivation of foods? These are edible gardens or edible gardens – a more refined name for the well-known vegetable garden.

Oregon Burn Center Garden, Legacy Health
The big challenge is to make this trend come to stay not only in the United States, Brazil, but worldwide.

Spoon fresh seasoning to make dinner. Pick an orange on your foot and taste the natural juice. These practices, common only in the Interior, are closer than we think. Inspired by this trend, some companies have spread the idea in the real estate market.

Landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx, in the midst of his works of art, liked to grow plants that could also be seen later on in the dishes.

Anyone can adopt the concept and have it in a vase with parsley, chives and even basil. The result? Fresh and tastier spices.

The use of small urban spaces for the cultivation of edible gardens brings benefits to everyone who will share a pleasant and beautiful living space and the production of food and herbs for teas and spices.

As not everyone today has space in the yard to plant, there is the possibility of having a small edible garden in containers, you can enjoy a lot that you have at home, just use your creativity! It is not improvisation, it is a high productivity method proven by farmers. The basic requirement is that the location has a few hours of sunshine a day.

Garden Technology Overview

Even a small plot of land requires care. Cutting the grass, processing the trees, preparing the land for planting – all this takes precious time. And so it turns out that in the country we work more than relax. Yes, in the end, the site looks great, but we don’t have time to enjoy it – there’s so much more to do when they finally take up …

Gardening equipment can simplify maintenance work on the garden and the garden, and as a result, save time. Your site will look just as wonderful, but at the same time, you will have free minutes in which you can sit in the gazebo, have tea, swim in the pool or go to the river, lie in a hammock, and much more. Gardening equipment can become a faithful assistant for any gardener.

What exactly are the aggregates of the term “gardening equipment”?

Today, in the days of the development of technological progress, technology has penetrated into all spheres of human activity. Caring for the garden is no exception. Over the past 20 years, a lot of different devices for working on a personal plot have appeared on the Russian market. Consider the main ones – those that are recommended for each gardener.

Cultivators. Perhaps, let’s start with them, since soil-related work is labor-intensive. In most cases, cultivators are simple and lightweight (no more than 50 kg) gardening machines designed for creating beds, cultivating and cultivating. Also on the market are manual mini-cultivators that allow earthworks in greenhouses and greenhouses with limited space.

Distinguish cultivatorsgasoline and electric . Each species has its advantages and disadvantages. Electrical are more economical and environmentally friendly, but are characterized by the presence of wire and the insecurity of electric current. Gasoline cultivators are somewhat more complicated than electric ones, for them you need to buy oil and gasoline, but they are not tied to an electrical outlet.


Motoblocks , in comparison with cultivators, are more complex devices with the ability to attach attachments. In addition to the work carried out by cultivators, walk-behind tractors allow you to mow grass, dig up potatoes, level the soil, remove snow, pump water (for example, to fill containers or irrigation) and even carry goods. Naturally, they cost more, but if you need a versatile machine that can perform the most complex work of caring for the site, then walk-behind tractors are best suited. They differ in weight and power. Motoblocks are mainly produced with 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines and can have several speeds.

Verticutters, lawnmowers, scythes, trimmers. All of these devices are designed for lawn care. A verticutter (or, as it is also called, a scarifier) ​​is intended to help with cleaning the lawn from a layer of last year’s grass, as well as with aeration of the soil. After processing the lawn with this device, free penetration of air, water, and fertilizers to the roots of the plants will be ensured, which will positively affect the entire lawn as a whole – the grass will be juicier and thicker. The principle of operation of a verticutter is to pierce the soil with cutting mills that have an adjustment of the depth of immersion. Lawnmowers, motocross, trimmers used for mowing and cutting grass. They can be electric, gasoline, or mechanical.


Chain saws – chainsaws and electric saws. The main purpose of chain saws is woodcutting. In a personal plot, they can be used to remove old trees and cut them, as well as to prepare firewood, for example, for a bathhouse or stove heating of a house. Compared to hand saws, they have a huge advantage – they significantly reduce labor costs and, as a result, accelerate the process.
Chain saws can be electric or gasoline. The advantages of electric saws – they do not emit exhaust gases, which means that you can use electric chain saws indoors. They are also characterized by high environmental friendliness and efficiency in comparison with gasoline saws. Disadvantages of electric saws: the presence of a cord, as a result, limited movement; lack of the ability to work in continuous mode – in order for the saw not to overheat, it is necessary to pause work.

In addition, chain saws are divided into: amateur, semi-professional and professional. The main criterion for this division is the duration of continuous operation, as well as the service life, measured in hours of work.

Hedge trimmers. Designed to trim shrubs and hedges. The main division of these devices is carried out by the type of knife. It can be one-sided, two-sided, and rod.

The knife of single-sided scissors has teeth on only one side, and therefore can only be used for processing straight sections of shrubs. The knife of bilateral scissors, respectively, has teeth on two sides, such scissors allow you to trim the bushes from all sides. Barbell scissors are characterized in that the knife can be extended if necessary. This feature of rod products provides the ability to shear a hedge at a height without the use of stairs. In addition, brush cutters are divided into providing precise cuts and rough cuts.

Choppers. This type of gardening equipment is intended for grinding branches, outdated plants, leaves, and weeds. After grinding, the resulting mass can be used for compost. Shredders are electric and gasoline. Electric ones are characterized by less power and are able to grind branches of a smaller diameter in comparison with gasoline.

Soil motor drills. The second name is gas drills. As the name implies, they are used for drilling holes in the soil (or in ice). Pits can be used to plant trees or to set up fence posts. Motor drills give a tangible advantage in the speed of digging holes and labor costs compared with digging with a shovel or other hand tools.

Whatever garden equipment you buy, it is important to remember that only a manufacturer with a good reputation can offer you a really high-quality, functional device that will justify the costs and make work on the garden and cottage site pleasant and easy. We recommend paying special attention to this, and then the purchase will be successful and pleasing.


After all, what is the difference between landscaping and gardening?

It is common to know people who mix or don’t know how to define certain professions correctly. Due to the similarity in names or activities, professionals from outside the areas end up confusing things. This happens, for example, with landscaping and gardening.

Depending on the sector in which the company operates, these two professions can directly influence the customer’s purchase decision. For this reason, it is extremely important that each activity is identified and classified correctly. Wrong hiring can compromise entire planning.

In this article we present the main points about landscaping and gardening: definitions, differences and importance for companies. Follow!

What is landscaping?

Landscaping is a more comprehensive activity, and the professional in the field is not limited to creating gardens or projects related to flowers or vegetables. Landscaping works with everything that influences the external scenario of a building, such as:

  • Pools
  • Free areas
  • Sports spaces

As explained, the professional in this area needs more refined knowledge. Being a specialist, he can act in the development of landscape projects, in the planning of environments, among other activities.

What is gardening?

We can say that gardening is a function that has to do with landscaping, being a complementary activity. However, one does not exclude the other. Gardening is directly focused on applying techniques for the maintenance and cultivation of flower gardens. Decorative objects, such as vases, are also part of the development of a garden.

With a more technical knowledge about plants, gardeners can indicate which types of flowers are recommended for certain gardens, in addition to being able to reformulate old and obsolete gardens.

What is the difference between landscaping and gardening?

Analyzing the concept of each activity and the duties of the respective professionals, it is clear that the big difference between landscaping and gardening is in the development of each profession.

For example: you are sure that you need to create a green area in front of the company, but you do not know how to harmonize this construction with objects such as cars, parking gates, etc. In addition, you want that space to have a garden of daisies.

For the development of the project as a whole, you need a landscaper, but for planting and maintaining the daisy garden, you will need a gardener.

In other words, the landscaper will be useful:

  • In-depth knowledge of environments;
  • In the development and implementation of the landscape project;
  • In the idealization of garden styles.

In turn, the gardener will be effective:

  • To develop planting techniques;
  • In pruning and treating plants;
  • To renovate and maintain the pots and the garden.

Even though there are similarities, landscaping and gardening are far from the same activity. Paying attention to the concept of each, it is clear that the ideal is that companies have professionals from both areas.

The combination of both services can represent a complete and effective result in terms of beauty outside the organization. Analyze the information presented and get it right when hiring a landscaper and a gardener.

List of 14 vertical garden designs to inspire you
vertical gardens

The  vertical gardens , also known as  walls or green walls , are increasingly popular. Their qualities are diverse: they improve the microenvironment of buildings and air quality and provide greater absorption of pollutants. They also provide thermal comfort, reducing the temperature by up to 3 ° C and, consequently, the consumption of air conditioning.

The  vertical vegetation  can be used on balconies, facades and recreational areas of houses and buildings. Check out the  list of 14 vertical garden designs  and get inspired! Who knows, you might leave your home or office a little greener?


1-In the Vila Aspicuelta project, the vertical garden is on the facade facing the street. It creates an interesting dialogue with the city. By Tacoa Arquitetos Associados.

2-The vertical garden of the Odebrecht São Paulo Building has an automated system. The project is by the aflalo / gasperini architects office.

3-The green wall on the facade of Casa Enseada acts as sun protection and increases thermal comfort, eliminating the use of air conditioning. Project signed by National Architecture.

4-The facade of Firma Casa was covered with more than three thousand seedlings of the sword-of-Saint-George type. By SuperLimão Studio.

5-In the Pascal Campo Belo project, designed by the firm Basiches Arquitetos Associados, the highlight is the vegetation next to the gourmet terrace.

6-The plants of the Alex Hanazaki Landscaping Office were used to increase the vegetation on the land.

7-The green wall at the entrance to Philips Workplace Innovation is one of the highlights of the project designed by Andrade Azevedo Arquitetura.

8- The Beach Park Suites Resort Lobby has a vertical garden that significantly reduces the use of air conditioning. By Andrea Dellamonica Arquitetura & Urbanismo.

9-Surrounded by a glass box, the internal garden is six meters high and gives Casa 9, from Sabugosa Arquitetura an identity.

10-Casa EK’s program occupied almost the entire length of the land, leaving few green areas. For this reason, Studio Arthur Casas created generous vertical gardens in a geometric system.

11-At Casa Jardim Europa, with a project signed by Leonardo Junqueira, the green wall integrates with the living room.

12-At Apartamento Alto da Lapa, plants cover the double height of the balcony. Project of the Arquitetos Gallery office.

13-In the Nimbi project, made by Melina Romano, there is a wall that receives vases with natural plants.

14-The extensive vertical garden of the residence IV Centenário, by Studio Ricardo Rossi, adorns one of the living areas.