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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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Street-wise trees for roadsides, parking lots and highways

Life Landscapes, the landscaping division of Life Green Group has decided to take a closer look at the street trees that line our roadsides and parking lots.  Here are some things a facility manager or landscape architect should think about before a trees drips sap on the sunroof or starts pushing up the paving.  Definition…
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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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Macramé indoor plant hangers on trend

Life Indoors is adding another string to their bow with macramé indoor plant hangers. Macramé indoor plant hangers have come swinging into fashion among interior plantscapers. As offices have become smaller and employees demand a more modern, happy working space, interior plantscapers have resorted to greenwalls, upside-down hanging plants, suspended indoor plants and macramé indoor…
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What indoor office plant does your workspace require?

Indoor plants have significant benefits for employees and as interior plantscapers we are able to advice on what indoor office plants can enhance specific office spaces. This is a rough guideline that may help keep the indoor office plants alive in the workspace.   Office plants and living walls for a noisy office To drown…
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