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. The first question to ask yourself is what climatic zone your garden fits into – it could be semi-desert, coast, grassland or fynbos. Trying to […]
3 Ways to be Water-wise 1. Build the humus content of your soil. Humus is the dark organic stuff that forms in the soil when plant and animal matter decays. It can hold many times its own weight in water, so increases the water-carrying capacity of soils, particularly sandy ones. It also prevents nutrients from […]
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 […]
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.