Birdscaping - Landscaping for birds

Southern Africa boasts some of the world's most beautiful bird species. As the country's avid bird watchers gear up for Birding Big Day on 30 November, how can you birdscape your landscape to attract feathered guests ? Encouraging birds to visit your garden is easy if you create the right environment for them. Birds have simple ...
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Nine SALI awards for Trees South Africa

Mature tree specialists, Trees South Africa ​  grow, plant, rescue, relocate and rehabilitate trees.  Owner and founder, Dag Willems, an ecologist and arborist offers his professional consultation services to various organisations, including the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town City Council and a number of universities.  Tre...
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Water wise concepts crucial in landscape design

Projects entered into five of the six categories for the annual South African Landscape Institute (SALI) Awards of Excellence are now automatically reviewed against the principles of water wise best practice. Cape Town's,  Peninsula Landscaping was awarded  a Double Gold for water wise landscaping excellence in the 2019 SALI Awa...
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Top water wise award for Peninsula Landscaping

Peninsula Landscaping received the 2019 Rand Water Trophy for the Best Water Wise Entry, presented at the 2019 South African Landscape Institute (SALI) Awards of Excellence, held recently.  The Award was presented for landscape construction at Steenberg Green , an upmarket housing estate, located on the urban edge of Zwaanswyk in Tokai an...
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Plant trees for National Arbor Week

The first week of September is Arbor Week where all South Africans come together to celebrate the importance of trees for our planet.  Trees are essential for biodiversity in our ecosystems. They absorb carbon dioxide and provide a place for birds to roost. In our gardens, trees provide height interest, shade and structure in the landscape. Ar...
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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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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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SALI opposes proposed Cynodon dactylon invasive species listing

SALI rejects proposals to 'list' Cynodon dactylon  Why do landscapers oppose the government's Cynodon dactylon plan? The South African Landscapers' Institute (SALI) issued a strong condemnation regarding the government's proposal to list Cynodon dactylon as a Category 2 invasive species today. SALI categorically oppose any proposal that the in...
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Colour tips for a water wise landscape

With the current water shortage in the Western Cape, Contours Landscapes offer solutions 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, now is a good time to get the planning done f...
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Cynodon dactylon proposed as a Category 2 invasive species

​ Why is indigenous Cynodon dactylon grass targeted by government? Indigenous Cynodon dactylon turf grass is under attack by government. On 16 February, 2018, South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs published amendments to the regulations and lists relating to the National List of Invasive Species. Published in the Government Gazette, dr...
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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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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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Growthpoint Properties has launched its G-Eco Green Initiative with Life & Earth

  Growthpoint Properties has launched its G-Eco initiative with the installation of a food waste composting machine at Growthpoint Business Park in Midrand. This machine, the Heron IVC , is locally manufactured in South Africa by Earth Probiotic Industrial (Pty) Ltd. The Heron IVC turns food waste into compost and can process up to 1,000kg of ...
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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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FSG Maintenance Tips For Corporate Landscapes

  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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Using Synthetic Turf Fields for Rainwater Harvesting

 Life Sports Turf and Life Water IQ redesign artificial sports field drainage to collect rainwater. Saving client's money whilst preserving water. When looking to do rainwater harvesting for a property there are two vital variables, precipitation levels and surface area. And what greater surface area for rainwater harvesting than an artificial...
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Rooftop Tree Planting in Cape Town

Trees South Africa plants up a Higgovale rooftop in Cape Town! Can you imagine a forest of trees on your building's rooftop, overlooking the Cape Town harbour at the foot of Table Mountain? This was the dream of one of the residents of Higgovale, and Trees South Africa made their dream became a reality. "Over a two-day period, and in collaboration ...
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Celebrating Arbor Week in South Africa

Tree of the year 2017 – Buffalo thorn (Ziziphus mucronata)
  It is time to get the spade out the garden shed and start digging because, along with Spring, Arbor Week has arrived! This year Arbor Week takes place from the 1 st of September to the 7 th of September, the theme for this year is Forests and Water. Arbor Week is a Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries event aiming to raise aware...
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Living Walls – Life Landscapes

  A Lovely, lively living wall to add colour to the office. Living walls – the interior plantscaper's response to a lack of space. Having the word, Life, as part of our company name requires that we live up to the name. So Life Indoors has made sure our offices are full of living plants and has even gone as far as to add a living wall in our r...
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Treekeepers conserve urban forests

​ TreeKeepers believe that the only way to conserve our urban forests is to raise awareness of the value of trees for human health and well being thereby encouraging the Public to become more active in preventing trees from being removed. One of the biggest concerns that TreeKeepers (TK) currently has, apart from the need to develop skills in the t...
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