Yearly Archives: 2017

Kisses won’t save the frogs but water lilies will

Frogs are one of nature’s litmus test for a healthy environment. The chorus of croaking frog is synonymous with sunset and spring in South Africa. They are also an excellent way, along with fish, to keep mosquito populations under control; after all they get to eat what bugs them.   Boiling frog syndrome in gardens…
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7 Eco-friendly ways to create a water-wise garden

Drought and the water restrictions have had major implications for landscapers and passionate gardeners. So we thought you might like to know how Life Landscapes, a division of Life Green Group, is sailing through the dry spell. Firstly, the water problems are here to stay so it’s time to adapt by re-examining the way we garden…
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Indoor plants balancing humidity in the workspace

Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. Humidity levels are closely linked to comfort levels of humans - if employees are comfortable, they’re more productive.  Too often offices and corporate buildings have poorly installed ventilation systems which contribute to numerous problems, including sub-optimal humidity levels. Humidity should be kept between 40% - 60%. …
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Let’s talk about the use of Glycophosphates in herbicides on sports fields

In the world of professional sports and turfgrass upkeep, all international fields should be maintained to the highest standard.  Life Sports Turf has made a conscious decision to reduce our use of herbicides on the rugby fields and soccer pitches we maintain.   Mitigating the effects of herbicides on sports fields  The turfgrass industry is cutting-edge in…
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Silver plants for those grey areas in the garden

Looking for information about a silver palette garden, well here is some free data about indigenous grey coloured plants from Life Landscapes. In colour psychology grey can be regarded as emotionless, conservative with a degree of sophistication and business. Grey is moody and dull associated with storm clouds, metal, smoke and mirrors. [caption id="attachment_6223" align="alignnone"…
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9 Auspicious trees in Zulu culture

With Heritage Day being celebrated on the 24th of September and Life Landscapes having recently branched out into Durban, we have decided to explore the cultural uses of eight Zululand trees in Zulu culture. Umphafa/Umlahlankosi - Buffalo thorn (Ziziphus mucronata) The branches of the buffalo thorn are placed on the graves of Zulu chiefs. The Umphafa branches are…
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How to create a South African succulent garden

Too long has the succulent garden been dominated by an oasis of exotic Echeveria. As a South African landscaping company we are thirsty for an indigenous planting palette and feeling a bit hangover from all tequila-brewing cactuses. [caption id="attachment_6164" align="alignnone" width="650"] Exotic desert roses © Selena N. B. H.[/caption] Life Landscapes has decided to explore…
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The Honeybee vs the Earthworm. Who is a gardener’s best friend?

Written by: Jade Calder Above the ground we have the honeybee, weighing at approximately 280mg, with a stinger for a punch. Bees are one of the most important insects, if not animals, in the world, as they are responsible for pollinating most of the fruit and veg found in the local supermarket. Without bees, humans…
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Falconry providing a sustainable form pigeon control

Feral pigeons are – hated by facility managers, loathed by twitchers (bird watchers) and are an ornithologist’s worst nightmare. Life Green Group likes to focus on naturescaping on our landscaping sites, meaning we try attracting indigenous bird species and urban wildlife to our gardens. Feral pigeons are an invasive species in South Africa but we…
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