Recommended Products and Books[We do not sell the items below, these are links to Amazon.com]
Perennial Ground Covers is a great resource for accurate selection of ground covers.
The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy Without Chemicals will be of interest to health-conscious gardeners.
The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques will speed your way to a beautiful garden.
Trowel and Error: Over 700 Tips, Remedies and Shortcuts for the Gardener can save you time and trouble.
Attracting Birds to Your Backyard: 536 Ways to Create a Haven for Your Favorite Birds (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book) is worth a look if you would like more birds to visit your garden.
When you are in the market for a sprinkler that will do a lot of work so you don't have to, consider Rittenhouse's 30 pound cast iron walking sprinkler - it has been a top performer for more than 70 years.
Fertilizing chores go MUCH faster with the heavy duty Earthway 50 pound broadcast spreader. They also offer an "80-Pound" spreader for less money, but it is less heavy duty (OK for smaller less frequent jobs).
If you'd like to reduce your frequency of watering and risk of drought damage, consider adding Horticultural Grade Terra-Sorb (AKA Super-sorb) to your soil. It absorbs 300 to 400 times its weight in water and slowly releases it. It's non-toxic, non-hazardous to the environment, and compatible with fertilizer. Apply at a rate of 1 pound per 100 square feet for each 2 inches of depth by raking or tilling into the ground 2-4 inches (or mix 1/2 teaspoon into the soil under/around each individual plant).
Felco makes the highest quality gardening tools, with replaceable blades so you do not have to replace the entire tool.