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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Understanding geotextiles and gravel stabilisation methods

What are Geotextiles? Geotextiles are permeable fabrics or materials associated with landscaping and soil. Geotextiles are used to: separate, filter, reinforce, protect, or drain soils.Typically, geotextiles are made from polypropylene or polyester. When it comes to gravel stabilisation products (made from geotextiles) the porous membrane is typica...
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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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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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Marijuana, the law and the South African workplace

How will you deal with marijuana in the workplace?
What do you need to know about South Africa's new marijuana laws?   Libra Landscape and Facilities Management...  looks into the issues and offers this advice: 1. WHAT DOES THE NEW MARIJUANA LAW IN SOUTH AFRICA MEAN FOR THE WORKPLACE? • The employer needs to embed the issue within their organisational di...
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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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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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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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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

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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