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Visit the new Urban Savannah in Joburg CBD

As part of FNB’s R100m Joburg City Centre head office revamp, the Life Indoors team met with the banking giant to discuss the facelift to the outdoor Urban Savannah area. At first, the brief was to remove the existing plants including hedges and Clivias from the built-in troughs in order to waterproof, paint and then…
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Keeping an eye on the Amazon rainforest fires

The world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon covers 5.5 million km² of land and is one of the world’s most important ecosystems. Often referred to as the “lungs of the earth” the rainforest is made up of billions of trees which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as well as produce oxygen. Should we be concerned…
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How to Grow Succulents Indoors

We’ve probably all killed a plant or two during our lifetimes. Sometimes it’s a bad match: We pick a plant that needs a lot of light or a lot of love and we don’t give it those two necessities. Or maybe we’ve overwatered when we should have underwatered. Or maybe, just maybe, our green thumb…
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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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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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