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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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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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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Creating a resilient green industry

Trees reduce air pollution in the urban environment, absorb CO2 and shade roads to decrease heat sink aspects. (Clare Burgess)
  The water crisis is a major cause for concern and poses a serious threat to some businesses and people's livelihoods. On the positive side it has raised public awareness about the value of water and highlighted the bad practice of using potable water for irrigation. A workshop was held in August called ' Water restrictions as an agent of pos...
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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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10 ways Life Green Group is using less paper

 What's with all the paper? We're in the business of planting trees not cutting them down!   Life Landscapes , a division of Life Green Group , is making a concerted effort to use less paper in the office; after all we are in the business of planting trees not cutting them down. Here is how the six divisions of Life Green Group are using ...
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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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