Yearly Archives: 2018

Aloe allure: the case for planting amazing Aloes in your garden

For some reason, Aloes have traditionally been rather overlooked in local gardens. It’s only really in recent years, with the need for a more water-wise approach to gardening, that these delightful indigenous plants have started to rise in popularity. There really is no mistaking these distinct, contrasting succulents, with their gorgeous foliage, textured leaves and…
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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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Indigenous inspiration: why planting local is right on trend

The movement towards locally-sourced products, services, and just about anything and everything you can imagine has been going strong for a few years now. The ‘Local is Lekker’ concept is a great way of supporting local industries, but it’s about time we extend that sentiment to promoting and celebrating indigenous flora! South Africa has an…
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Spring cleaning: preparing your garden for spring

Have you noticed that chill in the air slowly beginning to fade? Finding that bundling up under all those blankets at night suddenly feels a little too toasty? That's right, winter is finally on the way out, making room for the ever-so-lovely spring months and replacing all those dreary greys with a much warmer, brighter…
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Why you should give your garden a trim before Spring

It may seem counter-intuitive to prune your plants in winter; the thought of removing layers and exposing more of the plant to the cold winter conditions just sounds like a bad idea, but the truth is quite the opposite! Pruning in winter is essential to your yearly garden maintenance routine and promotes plant health, flowering…
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Hexagons, honeybees and gravel paving.

World Honey Bee Day BERA Gravel Fix® draws inspiration from the hexagonal shape of the honeycomb. Through the honey bees incredible work ethic and years of evolution this industrial insect has perfected the honeycomb. The 18 August 2018, is World Honey Bee Day, and at BERA we decided to celebrate these insect architects. After all,…
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South African landscaping trends for 2018

The art of landscaping is constantly evolving with the times, and, in South Africa in particular, there is not just a necessity for landscaping design to stay on trend with aesthetic considerations, but to incorporate practical, water-wise solutions. So, in order to keep you in the know on the contemporary landscaping landscape, we’re looking at…
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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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Is a ‘green wall’ more than an aesthetic feature?

In recent years, as the need for environmentally-conscious design and architecture has grown, so too has the popularity of ‘green walls’ in both home and commercial spaces. The definition of a green wall can vary widely, and no, it doesn’t simply imply a wall with coat of green paint! Occupying either interior or exterior wall…
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