Healthy soil holds water for longer periods, allowing less frequent watering! Water restrictions have been implemented across the country to reduce water demand by 15% to align with targets set by the Department of Water and Sanitation. Despite recent rains received in Gauteng which may see the water restrictions lifted, other provinces in the country […]
A water-wise garden should have plants with similar water requirements grouped together High water use zone (3 drop) This hydrozone should be kept as small as possible. These plants will need frequent weekly watering throughout the year. Plant 3 drop plants, such as annuals and spring-flowering bulbs, in containers. These include begonias and impatiens. Medium […]
Mother Nature is an expert on low maintenance gardening – her undisturbed gardens flourish without anyone needing to water, weed or prune. There are lessons to be learned from this.
Water saving We all know that our fresh water resources are under threat and by saving water at home, we can not only help preserve our water but save money as well.
Garden centres stock an array of portable water features that take no longer than a Saturday morning to install in the garden or on the patio.
Large or small, a water feature will enhance your garden. With a little planning, a water feature can be installed in an afternoon or a weekend, depending on its size and the effect you wish to create.
When flying over densely populated parts of South African suburbia, you have the opportunity to peep into many urban backyards containing conventional swimming pools kept in pristine condition with the help of chemicals, permanently sucking vacuum cleaners and frequent manual maintenance by the owners. The gardens surrounding these unnatural-looking blue expanses of water are normally […]
Ponds have a wonderful ability to create an illusion of space. If you have a small garden place a pond at ground level in the foreground of the garden, with the longest part of the pond following the longest length of the garden. This will ‘force’ one’s eyes to move down the length of the […]
All the entries in the show garden category at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show included water in their designs. In keeping with the other elements in the show gardens, the water features were large and impressive, and constructed in just 19 days. Take a look at this inspirational aspect of the gardens. Homebase Cornish […]