Eco Balance Landscaping recently won a SALI (SOUTH AFRICAN LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE) SILVER award in the Garden and Turf Maintenance category for 7 Pigeonwood Close, Simbithi. This garden was installed by Eco Balance Landscapes in August 2015. The residents requested lots of flowering plants and were blessed with a great outcome.
Eco Balance Landscaping recently won a SALI Gold award in the Landscape and Turf Maintenance category for Kiribati, Zimbali - In this blog post we share some of this beautiful, water-wise garden’s earthly story with you.
WHAT ARE SUCCULENTS AND WHY SHOULD YOU BE GROWING SOUTH AFRICAN SUCCULENTS IN YOUR GARDEN?
For a start, succulents are not to be confused with Cacti. The latter are part of the succulent family but are mostly thorny and not proliferous in South Africa. They occur most commonly in the Americas (yes, a picture of Mexico should pop into you head!).
Traditionally our rain fall reduces now. This is the time when one leans heavily on an irrigation system to keep our lawn and gardens well watered and looking good. Take some time to run your irrigation system and inspect for any repairs that may be needed. If you are not technically minded (like me), call us, and we will send in Phillip, our irrigation specialist, to complete an irrigation service for you. Tip 1: Check each spray head and ensure that it is dispersing water correctly and is facing in the right direction...watering the wall or driveway is not a good idea.
Tip 2: Reset your iIrrigation controller to your Autumn programme. A deep watering three times a week is far better than a short watering daily.
Tip 3: Be water wise and check for any leaks or breaks in your pipe. These are easy to repair.
Water Wise Fact for the month: A garden irrigated by a well designed irrigation system uses less water per month than a garden watered at the same intervals by hand. I suppose one would call this human error ... or human generosity. Think of your own or your garden helpers watering habits, would it be wiser to invest in a system that delivers the correct amount of water and on schedule?
Drinking water for creatures and all your helpful predators, such as birds, frogs and insects is essential, in a healthy ecosystem. Try to include a birdbath or grinding stone, a small pond or even a bog garden in your garden. Besides these items providing life giving water, they are ideal elements to add interest and personality to your garden. A bog garden is a fabulous idea to excite the wild life visitors to your garden. I attended a wonderful talk about garden creatures and the speaker referred to any watering point in your garden as “McDonald’s”, the quick “take away“ where all garden residence will always get a drink and a juicy bug burger in a flash.