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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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

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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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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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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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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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

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

​ 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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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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The Six Types of Irrigation Systems

Drip Irrigation
  There are six different types of irrigation and sprinkler systems that Life Landscapes , the landscaping division of Life Green Group , works with. All of which offer different watering services to a garden. Irrigation has revolutionised watering. A hosepipe is an outdated way of watering a garden. Hosepipes damage vegetation, require manual...
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Life Landscapes Rebranding

  Life Landscapes specialises in landscape construction and corporate garden maintenance . Life Landscapes started in 2005 and is the founding division of Life Green Group. Its directors, Deighton Clegg and Oscar Lockwood, founded The Office Plant and Real Landscape s, now Servest, in the 1990s. Today, the senior management of Life Landscapes ...
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Bee Awareness

​ Albert Einstein is erroneously quoted as saying, "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left." Bees are a critical part of our food cycle in South Africa but entire colonies and hives in key areas are being wiped out. "Bees are more important than any other domesticated animal because the...
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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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Water Wise Plants | 10 Minute Read

Sedum ‘Autumn joy’ is waterwise, adding bright colours to those drab Autumn months
Article Provided by Cape Contours​ 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, now is a good t...
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