Have you ever considered recycling and establishing your own compost heap? In nature everything that dies is recycled into the soil. This is the natural way of things and you can save yourself a lot of money by making your own compost.
Now that the leaves on your deciduous trees are falling, it is time to rake up the leaves and mulching them, together with other plant cuttings. Grass cuttings can also be worked into the compost heap, provided your grass is weed free. Some people put garden refuse into bags and dispose of them, but I don’t agree with this. I would rather recommend using garden and vegetable matter to make your own compost. You can either buy a dedicated compost making bin or simply cover your garden refuse with heavy duty plastic using old tyres to hold it down. Do this in at least semi-sunshine. The humidity under the plastic will kill off weeds seed germinating.
If you need any further advice or assistance, then don’t hesitate to call us.
We have just emerged from a major water shortage in the Western Cape. This crisis has undoubtedly made us more aware of the importance of not wasting our already strained precious resource: water! That’s why it’s not just an advantage to save water, it’s a necessity. One of the most efficient ways of water conservation and making it through dry-spells is to make use of a water tank.
One of the benefits of being a landscaper is that you get to see how past planting practices can cause major problems to an owner’s property.
Several trees have large surface roots that could damage structures or paving. In this picture, the roots of a jacaranda tree have uplifted the paving in a courtyard. This tree needs to be removed by a professional tree-feller, the paving re-laid, and a new tree (with a non-aggressive root-system) planted.
It is often a sad experience to remove a large tree from a property, but it is far better to save yourself the resultant costs of damage to property and to plant trees that will prove non-aggressive and just as effective in years to come. Contact us if you encounter any of these issues.
There can never be too many containers standing on the patio, however, one does want the patio to flow with your indoor style. Inviting the indoor out and the outdoors in creates a calmness which stimulates restful and peaceful surroundings. Whether it's big bold containers in groups or a shelf full of succulents in small containers, the secret to success is in planting them correctly.
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Cape of Storms can fix someone else's disaster. We did not install this irrigation system which was a big disaster, but we did repair it and we built the Balau planking box to hide the solenoid manifold. Call us if you need help - there is no system we cannot fix!
It is now time to re-assess the amount of water our irrigation systems use. If you are fortunate enough to have a state of the art Hunter irrigation controller, then you just need to change the seasonal adjustment. However, if you don’t, then you will need to re-program the whole system. This is also a good time for you to have us service your irrigation systems to ensure that you are not losing any water over the winter months. Now that the weather is generally cooling down, your garden will need less water. We are available to repair any system or replace any damaged parts. Book your service today!
Another common mistake many clients make, is to allow your garden services to continue cutting your lawns even though growth of the grass is slowing down. Once a month is more than ample for your lawns in winter so don’t allow your garden services to cut it so short that they cut into the roots.
At last things are really starting to cool down and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees. We are officially in autumn folks or as the Yanks say – "fall". Now is the time for you to have us cut back your trees, prune your shrubs, remove dead plant material and feed the beds in preparation for winter. Very few gardens are so low maintenance that absolutely nothing ever has to be done. Every garden needs a maintenance plan going forward and we strongly advise you to plan and budget accordingly. If you just allow your garden to ‘go’ it might cost you a lot more to have it totally re-landscaped as opposed to having regular maintenance done. We consider all gardens as children that require nurturing to reach their full potential. We do not charge for garden assessments or quotations at this time so take advantage of this FREE service.