Water-saving has to be integrated into how we do business

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At Afrilandscapes we have had to apply novel watering solutions to continue to keep our clients’ landscaped gardens in pristine condition during the long droughts which beset Cape Town and the Western Cape in recent months. We have built water-wise practices into all landscaping projects which we manage, from drip irrigation systems, to grey water use, to trapping rain water in tanks for future use.

No place is immune to drought, so we also prepare for such an eventuality by designing and implementing gardens which are resilient to dry conditions, and importantly, to integrate water-saving into how we do business.

This beautifully landscaped residential garden was completed in Llundudno earlier this month. Afrilandscapes will also be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of this picturesque space, and will be using grey water to ensure that the grounds remain green and lush.

If you require professional landscaping services, do get in touch with us on 021 418-4000 or tony@afrilandscapes.co.za.

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The rooftop at The Onyx Apartments in Cape Town’s CBD gets a green makeover

Rooftop garden construction is an international trend which is catching on rapidly in South Africa too. We have done a few in and around the Waterfront, and are currently working on the rooftop of The Onyx Apartments in the Cape Town CBD. We’ve hand-selected rocks from the Contermanskloof Quarry which will serve as features in the plant beds, and can’t wait to see the landscape design come to life at The Onyx!53426633-fe86-4a28-93b1-de02560c7c7d

A few of our other completed projects over the last month

Planting/implementation work of a pedestrian walkway between the EMS and Life Science buildings at the University of the Western Cape. This was previously a roadway, which has now been closed off to vehicular traffic.f0ce7e57-c1e2-4b82-8306-6b476a6005f6With the good rains we enjoyed over the last few months, residents are keen on reviving their gardens for the Summer season again. Here are two gardens we have been contracted to plant and maintain in Hermanus and Llundudno.d43b65fd-5883-4e5f-b624-e45d0676b431If you require professional landscaping services, do get in touch with Tony Krammer on 021 418-4000 or tony@afrilandscapes.co.za.

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Greening work commences at the new Dock Road Junction

Our landscaping division has started with greening work at the new Dock Road Junction, a V&A Waterfront development, located on the corner of Dock Road and the M62. The scope of our work includes earthworks, irrigation, the planting of trees, berms, and garden beds.

Thus far, we have planted 11 Fever Trees (Vachellia xanthophloea) in 500L bags, and look forward to creating a beautifully landscaped environment which compliments the built environment.

If you require professional landscaping services, do get in touch with us on 021 418-4000 or tony@afrilandscapes.co.za.

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LANDSCAPING WORK AT SPRINGFIELD, BURGUNDY ESTATE, IS NEARING COMPLETION

We have landscaped a development for the Rabie Property Group in Burgundy Estate, called Springfield. Springfield is a 40 unit housing complex. Landscape architect work was done by Donovan Gillman of Urban Choreography, which designed the Jungle Gym as a statement feature of the project, while AfriLandscapes was contracted to procure all materials – such as raw cut gum posts – from various suppliers; we were also responsible for assembling this distinctive item on site. A unique aspect of this project is the fact that the garden is connected to a treated effluent water supply, so only grey water is used for irrigation, which is a very innovative solution.The project is in its final stages of maintenance to establish the garden and is anticipated to be completed by shortly.

For advice on water-wise garden design, implementation, and maintenance, please contact Julian Bartels on julian@afrilandscapes.co.za or 071 567 9775

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WE’RE GETTING READY FOR SALI…

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Our landscaping design and ongoing maintenance work at the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District has been submitted for consideration for a SALI (South African Landscapers’ Institute) 2018 Award. We are extremely proud of what we have managed to achieve in this space, particularly amidst severe drought conditions, and very stringent water restrictions. We continue to enjoy a great working relationship with the Waterfront’s management team as we continue to provide ongoing landscaping maintenance in the Silo District and other pockets of the V&A Waterfront complex.

AFRI-LANDCAPES ON HOW TO MAINTAIN A WATER-WISE GARDEN DURING THE CAPE TOWN DROUGHT

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The Cape Town drought, accompanied by hot and dry weather, affects our local gardens far more negatively than we realise. The effects of drought on our gardens can last for many years, impacting most harshly on trees and large shrubs. While we have no control over when rain falls, and when not, we can attempt in some way to minimise its effects on our plant life.

While being mindful to adhere to the specifications of the current water restrictions, and using only grey water, when watering your garden, you should water less often but water thoroughly when you do. While some plants will simply wilt, others may lose their leaves, or at worst, may die. The drought conditions can turn leaves brown, make them curl up, or even cause plants to grow more slowly or stop growing completely. Plants are generally weaker, and therefore more susceptible to disease and insect attacks.

A few considerations for your garden during the drought conditions:

• Water intentionally
Plants still require watering during a drought. When watering your garden, you should water less often but water slightly more when you do. If the ground gets moisture on a deeper level, it encourages deeper roots as opposed to a smaller, more superficial root system. Additionally, bark, woodchips, and pebbles can be used as a form of mulch layer which will add protection against evaporation.

• Give a mulch boost 
Using mulch has several benefits, especially in drought conditions. The mulch keeps the soil cooler because it prevents direct sunlight on the soil, and as such prevents evaporation from taking place; bark, woodchips, and pebbles can be used as a form of mulch protection.

• Weed your garden
The small amount of water available should not go to weeds so be sure to weed your garden and deadhead your flowers.

• Use the correct fertiliser
Fertilising encourages your garden to grow. In the times of drought, it is about using the correct fertiliser and the right composition. Remember that your grey water does contain nutrients that will add to your usual feeding scheme. Using pelleted fertilisers without water will add no value to your garden; you should consider liquid fertiliser or dissolving your fertiliser or consider worm tea as an organic alternative. Salt build-up in the soil from overdosing can be detrimental to plants in times of insufficient water if you do fertilise.

• Lawns
It is also advisable to leave your grass a little longer as the extra length protects the roots and assists with keeping the soil cooler, thereby preventing unnecessary moisture loss. Certain areas of grass can also be replaced with pebbles, chip stones, and rocks as well as other hard landscaping solutions, such as peach pips and even crushed glass! Certainly, the demand for a variety of synthetic turf has exploded and brings back the calming green of your beloved garden. But the feel is different and note that synthetic turf can get quite hot in the sun.

The current dry spell gives all of us the opportunity to think about when to next invest in our gardens, what to buy, and what to add to our outdoor spaces. It also gives us an opportunity to ask how water-wise our gardens are, and how we can improve it.

For advice on water-wise garden design and maintenance, please contact Julian Bartels on 021 418 4000 or julian@afrilandscapes.co.za.

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