8 Easy to Follow Water Wise Gardening Tips

It is April and still there is no rain forecast for the Cape…  Extreme water saving efforts are needed in the Western Cape. In an effort to ease the pressure on our water supply, municipalities across the province have implemented level 3b water restrictions for the foreseeable future. What are the biggest users of water in your home? The toil...
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Life Landscapes: Colour and Landscaping

Colour landscaping with indigenous plants Life Landscapes explains how to use colour in your landscapes, using indigenous plants. Discover how to use red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white, pink and lilac-flowering indigenous flora in your landscape. Red in landscaping For all intensive purpose as red palette garden is a sunbird garden. Red is a b...
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Landscaping in post Day Zero Cape Town

Landscaping in post Day Zero Cape Town Planting with species that thrive on less than 500mm of winter rainfall a year is the new reality for landscaping in Cape Town. The politicians may have done away with the Day Zero concept, but the realities of the water situation in the Western Cape remains dire. Water restrictions and the price of potab...
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Africa Lawn’s – Shade and Your Lawn

​Between 25% to 40% of turf is grown in partial or deep shade. A 50% or more light reduction is not uncommon. Shade effects turf by: Reduced light intensity Extremes of temperatures are moderated Wind movement is restricted Relative humidity is increased Intensity and duration of dew is increased & Turf has to compete with tree roots for water ...
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Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Winner of the 2017 premier award in landscaping in South Africa  Project Team Client: Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust Architects : GAPP Architects and Urban Designers, Sheppard Robson International, John Cooper Architecture and Ruben Reddy Architects Landscape Architects: GREENinc Landscape Architect...
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Colour tips for a water wise landscape

Cape Contours offers water wise tips With the current water shortage in the Western Cape, Cape Contours Landscape Solutions is focused squarely on incorporating Water Wise plants and principles into every landscape we create.  So to help the water-conscious gardener, we have added to our list of our best water wise plants. In the Cape, no...
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Africa Lawn’s – Irrigation and Your Lawn

The right procedures for soil preparation, establishing and maintenance of our lawns will determine the success and satisfactory look of your grass and lawn. There are various processes one must adhere to, to make sure of success. Below we present a few lawn maintenance tips to get your grass growing.   YOUR GRASS NEEDS MORE TLC THAN YOU REALI...
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Landscaping for wetlands

Landscaping for wetlands Celebrate 2018 World Wetlands Day by appreciating the ecological and investment importance of landscaping wetlands into property developments across South Africa. World Wetlands Day is celebrated annually on February 2, a day marking the adoption of the Convention of Wetlands, known as the Ramsar Convention, held in Iran in...
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Africa Lawn’s how-to-guide on mowing your lawn

​ Introduction Like your hair, a good cut is revitalising. Correct lawn mowing promotes growth whilst also leaves your lawn looking great. Did you know that you can mow your lawn better than an expert without spending money? All you only need is a guide, and you will be relaxing on a pristine lawn in no time. It's essential to mow correctly as cert...
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Here’s To A Water Wise Future

​ Recently, Servest's Landscaping and Turf division received the SALI Rand Water trophy for Best Water Wise Project in South Africa in recognition of their contribution to the Meyersdal Eco Estate, a residential estate in Alberton, south of Johannesburg. This achievement is an important breakthrough for any landscaper and is particularly remarkable...
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Garden Maintenance Tips For Corporate Premises by FSG Landscaping

  Low maintenance, high impact kerb appeal If you own an investment property, a corporate building, or if you simply wish to implement better maintenance techniques into your business complex, kerb appeal is the cornerstone to making a positive impression on all of your visitors. Following these simple tricks can minimise time spent invested i...
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Soil Quality – How it Affects Your Plants

Soil quality determines the quality of your plants; the volume of water needed to produce crops; and ultimately – your production costs. Through years of over-usage, soil becomes depleted of nutrients and can eventually be devoid of the fertile qualities needed to cultivate healthy plants. Overusing herbicides also results in poor soil condition an...
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Insect Biodiversity in The Garden

​ Insects, whether pests or pest predators are essential for garden stability. Pesticides upset the delicate balance that exists within gardens. It is possible to radically reduce the number of insect pests in your garden without having to resort to hosing your garden with a potion of harsh chemicals and toxins. Poisoning the lower end of the food ...
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Firescape Your Garden

Firescaping. The steeper the slope, the larger the defensible space needs to be, especially if the garden is lower than the house. (Pic: Alan Dawson)
Slow down a runaway fire by firescaping a defensible space around your home with three zones of firewise plants. ​ ​ Midsummer is fire season in the Western Cape. In landscapes situated near mountain fynbos or near nature reserves, it is a good time to assess whether your landscape would protect you – or increase your danger – if your home lies in ...
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TreeKeepers Association

It may seem like an obvious statement – "protect our trees". They give us shade in the summer, they clean our air and provide oxygen, they reduce traffic noise, they provide homes and shelter for birds and other creatures, and they give our neighbourhoods and homes beautiful green surrounds, increasing property values. These are just a few reasons ...
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Indigenous Planting Colour Palettes for South Africa

Life Landscapes has decided to explore the use of colour in landscaping and gardens, using an indigenous South African planting list. Enter heading here... Red in landscaping For all intensive purpose as red palette garden is a sunbird garden . Red is a bold, energetic colour and associated with passion, action, danger and war. It is eye-catching i...
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