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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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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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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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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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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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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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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