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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Lighter, better more efficient green roofs

Green roofs are a trend on the rise. In South Africa, the city of Durban is at the forefront of this phenomenon. While Germany, is listed as having the most green roofs in the world.  BERA Urbanscape  has created a green roof product that helps landscape architect, engineers and construction companies with installing roof top gardens. In ...
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Why permeable gravel surfaces is an option for a holiday home

Managing a holiday home remotely can be a source of stress for home owners. The garden needs like weeded, watered, mowed and pruned. Most second home owners rely on garden service companies to maintain their gardens while they are not there. However, there are ways to make your holiday home garden more self-sufficient, eco-friendly and hassle free,...
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Three ways BERA is helping save water in Cape Town gardens

Capetonians may have weathered the drought but water problems are not going away in the foreseeable future. It has citizens digging for boreholes, planting indigenous water-wise plants and investing in grey water recycling systems. The 22 March is World Water Day, water is a basic human right, for thousands have lived without love but no one withou...
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Water wise gardening with trees & large shrubs

South Africans have become used to the El Nino effect causing havoc with our seasons. The amount of rainfall we can expect during the wet season differs in all regions. Many of our towns are still struggling with extreme water shortages, and don't have enough water to even keep a household going. Luckily, we have had r...
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Gravel that won’t scoff your shoes this International Women’s Day

Who said gumboots are the only shoes to wear in the garden?! Be kind to the environment and your shoes. Gravel is generally not considered to be shoe-friendly, especially when it comes to high-heels of stilettos. The heel of the shoe sinks into the ground and is damaged by small sharp stones but not with BERA Gravel Fix . Ladies, how often have you...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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