Category Archives: Naturescaping

Preparing a garden for black frost

Preparing a garden for black frost In a typical South African winter snow sets in Drakensberg. Cape Town’s north-westerly winds bring the winter rain to the Western Cape. While in the interior, frigid cloudless days set in the Gauteng regions. Along with the cold comes frost. What is black frost. Black frost occurs when the…
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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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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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Having owls in the garden is a hoot

The owl has a reputation for being wise and a symbol of status, this reputation hails from the Greek Mythology as the owl was an icon of Athena, the goddess of learning and intelligence. So without further ado, twit twoo, here is how to attract owls to the garden.   Owls play an important role in…
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Naturescaping for garden bats in South Africa

Life Landscapes has investigated how to attract Halloween’s favourite critter to a garden. With countless landscaping sites across South Africa we have realised the importance of urban wildlife islands for a city’s biodiversity. Landscapers and citizens often make use of bug hotels, barbet nests, butterfly gardens and owl boxes but we forget about the animals…
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How to create a South African butterfly garden using host plants

Most butterfly garden blogs will tell you to plant nectar-rich plants like lavender, Freylinas, Salvias or Buddleja species and to stop using insecticides in the garden. But those gardeners are forgetting one thing: a butterfly garden is not about the butterfly and the flowers - it’s about the caterpillar and the leaves of the host…
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Naturescaping: a way to celebrate World Wildlife Day in the garden.

In 2013 the United Nations proclaimed the 3rd of March: World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness for wild animals. At Life Green Group we believe conservation starts at home, and more importantly in the garden by naturescaping. Naturescaping Naturescaping is a sustainable method of landscaping that pays careful attention to endemic plants and…
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Creating a garden for fruit-eating birds this Bird Day

Bird Day takes place every year on the 5th of January,  so the landscaping division, Life Landscapes, of Life Green Group has decided to explore how to go about creating a garden that attract fruit-eating birds because at Life Landscapes we're bananas about barbets. [caption id="attachment_4704" align="alignnone" width="650"] Crested barbet © Steve Slater[/caption] Frugivorous birds…
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