As valuable resources dwindle and water quality worsens, replacing lawn with hardscaping or artificial turf is not only good for the environment, it saves on your monthly bill and cuts down on maintenance.
Many gardens have some sort of drainage issue; drain pipes that don't carry water away from the foundations, areas that become waterlogged during the rainy season, and a myriad of other reasons. It is important that excess water be drained or run off from a property as quickly as possible if you want to avoid damage to structures.
Vibracrete - or precast concrete - walls are a common feature in many South African homes. They offer an affordable way to close off a property and create a private outdoor sanctuary. But vibracrete walls can be an eyesore, or at least an unattractive feature.
Sustainable landscaping is more than just planting a few indigenous shrubs in the flower beds. It's about creating a lifestyle in which both we and the environment benefit. The best way to start is by planning correctly and to design a garden that will suit your budget.
As climate change wreaks havoc on gardens, with high temperatures and either low or high rainfall, designing a low-maintenance garden makes a lot of sense.
As homeowners gravitate outdoors, the sky is the limit when designing an outdoor living or entertaining area. This area, like any other area in a home, should incorporate green design in a way that it is harmonious with the surrounding vegetation and buildings, and provide a relaxing haven that is mentally relaxing.
Not only practical, adding lighting to your outdoor or entertainment areas extends the amount of time you can spend relaxing in the garden. Whether you choose solar lights, or have an electrical point put in for low-voltage lights, installing outdoor lighting adds to your home in more ways than one.
Today's gardens not only consider the environment, they are designed to partner with the surrounding area and consider the needs of local wildlife. Take a look at a selection of garden design ideas that incorporate local plants and vegetation to the fullest.
Buying a brand new home more often than not means planning a garden from scratch. But where do you start when starting a new garden. Apart from putting together a plan of what you want in the garden, establishing a lawn area is the first step towards that perfect garden you want.
The Mooibos garden is a collaboration between 6 UCT students. The concept behind the Mooibos Garden is to allow anyone to have a vertical garden on their wall. The product consists of a wooden framed box, which securely holds an array of pot plants.
Townhouse living does offer some benefits, but privacy is definitely not one of them. Most townhouse gardens have hardly any privacy, and many are overlooked by units on higher levels. So how do you establish some privacy in your own garden?
If you're like many homeowners, you consider the patio an extension of your home. So it's fair to ask: Would you be just as comfortable nestled in with your favourite book or preparing a meal in your outdoor space as you would in your living room or your kitchen?
To plan the garden of your dreams it's important to think about how you will use the space. Will it be used for entertaining family and friends? Is it a place to retreat? Will it be used as a play area for children ?
Is your garden old fashioned or trendy? Gardening has evolved over the past six decades and eras of fashionable plants have come and gone. We take a look back at the highlights ... of where gardening has come from and where it is going.
Becoming a standard gardening standard in many new, upscale homes, Xeriscaping is a method of gardening that allows for easy maintenance and water wise design.
Here in South Africa we spend a lot of time outdoors, whether it's sports and outings, or at home in our garden. When at home in the garden you need a cool, shady spot to sit and relax - a garden oasis - and this feature will inspire you to create a wonderful spot for taking time out on weekends.
We all want a home that is welcoming and attractive to look at. So how would you go about adding curb appeal?
Winter is the perfect time to action any changes you want to make to your garden, or put in a pool. It allows the garden and pool time to settle in and be ready for the summer months.
Illuminate your summer garden with an enchanting space for relaxing or entertaining after the sun goes down. You can easily transform a garden space into a nocturnal paradise perfect for evenings in the garden.
If you are staying home over the holidays, chances are that you're going to be entertaining - and that normally includes outdoors. Just like your indoor living spaces, outdoors areas can become an integral part of the home by providing more space for seating, entertaining or casual dining.
We South Africans naturally move more of our attention toward the outdoors as the weather starts to warm up. Thoughts of sipping cool beers while sitting comfortably atop cozy loungers and braais instantly come to mind at the mere mention of summer.
There are plenty of different materials used to make patio furniture. Remember what your main use of the patio will be, that will help you decide on your purchase.
Lighting up the garden around a home not only provides a wonderful atmosphere for summer entertaining, it also serves to provide additional security, reduce the number of accidents in a night garden, and even increase the value of a home.