Landscaping design

LANDSCAPE DESIGN PLANS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

LANDSCAPE DESIGN PLANS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

What are Landscape Design Plans and why do you need them? Landscape Design Plans makes use of elements such as practicality, natural beauty, horticultural variety, indigenous planting, and environmental sustainability to seamlessly meld the landscape into the overall property.

Garden & Landscape Design Trends for 2019

Garden & Landscape Design Trends for 2019

It’s always great to scour the internet for international garden trends and landscape design trends at the beginning of each year. We’ve done our homework for 2019 and bring you our choice of expected garden trends for 2019.

Shopping Mall Landscaping – Top Tips to Draw in the Crowds.

Shopping Mall Landscaping – Top Tips to Draw in the Crowds.

Developing a new shopping centre? Reviving an outdated space? Shopping mall landscaping layout and design has changed significantly over time as shoppers demand more of a lifestyle rather than pure shopping experience. This means working with a theme and style that encourages shoppers to stay and linger in shopping spaces – to enjoy their time indoors and, ultimately, spend more.

Garden Screens

There are myriad methods of maintaining the privacy in your garden, from stone walls to garden structures! 

Eco Balance Landscaping can create the simplest of screens that will change the look and feel of your gardens landscape, giving you the privacy you opted for!

Take a look at a wooden screen we built to tuck away these Jo Jo tanks. 

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Garden Maintenance: 8 Top Wild Life friendly Garden Practices for winter

Garden Maintenance: 8 Top Wild Life friendly Garden Practices for winter
  1. If you don’t already have a water feature, bird bath or water trough in your garden, think about installing one now.  Water supplies are difficult to find in the winter months and by offering this precious commodity, it will help the wildlife survive the season.
  2. Keep the dying and dead leaves of perennials and bulbs and grass stalks until the end of winter.  Many creatures like spiders, wasps, butterflies etc., will live under the leaves and amongst the grass stalks.  If you cut them down now, there will be no place for next season’s beneficial insects to live out the cold weather.

Garden Glamour: Hanging Baskets

Garden Glamour: Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets always conjure up memories of dried up flowers in desperate need of water, hanging from your granny’s balcony, collecting every bug, spider and dust particle in sight. Lucky for us, that’s not the case anymore, especially for those of us that don’t have gardens to play around in. Now we can be so creative with hanging baskets, from beautiful flowering annuals that you can change as the season changes, to succulents that seem to go on forever, demanding almost no attention, even fruit, like strawberries are perfect for these baskets.

Garden Glamour: Garden Lighting

A healthy garden is like a mini eco system, where life abounds, all eco systems are balanced and there will be as much life in your garden at night as in the day.  By day we marvel at not just the flora in our garden but also the fauna, most folks not realising that when the day shift goes off beat a vibrant night shift takes over. Few people are privileged enough to spend a lot of time in their gardens in the day time, but after a hard day’s work there is very little more relaxing both physically and mentally as spending time admiring the beauty of your garden in the cool of the evening, full moon will add soft light to your garden for a few days once a month. A new innovation called light pots will bring the romance of the full moon to your garden every night. The soft light provided by these pots will allow you to observe all the nocturnal life in your garden, if you are still  and patient the little night creatures will treat you as part of the furniture, and extend your gardening hours until you, have had enough.

Autumn: How to transplant a tree

Autumn is a very important planting season in the garden especially for tree planting . Autumn tree planting will certainly pay handsome dividends in the long run because the roots spend the whole Autumn and winter period developing their root network .As spring arrives these autumn planted trees do not miss a beat by growing prolifically from the get go. If you need to relocate established trees and shrubs to a more suitable position in your garden, autumn is the best time to do so.

How to transplant a tree :

Tip 1: In preparation for the big move, always prune trees and shrubs before digging them out, this helps to minimize transplant shock, this gives them a much better chance to make a rapid recovery in their new home.

Tip 2: Prepare the new hole before you even start digging the tree or shrub out. Good hole preparation is key. A general rule for a medium sized tree (of about a man's height) is to dig a 1m x 1m hole and about 800mm deep. Now that is a lot of digging, but worth the effort when you see your tree flourishing. Mix the soil that has come out of the hole with generous amounts of compost, bone meal and a general fertilizer.

Tip 3 : Water the empty hole by filling the hole to the top with water. Allow that water to drain away into the soil and then do the same again.

Tip 4: Very important when transplanting any plant, is to firmly compress the soil around the roots of the plant. You can really be quite tough about it. Even a great big stomp with your garden boots is good. Large air pockets around the roots cause the fine root hairs to dry out and cause the death of the plant.

Tip 5: The "Life and Death" tip: Never plant your tree too deep in the hole. If soil covers the stem of your tree, higher than what it was in its original position, it will die.

Tip 6Water the newly transplanted tree or shrub about three times a week. Always check surrounding soil first to ensure it is dry and only then water. Be very careful not to over water a newly transplanted tree.