The best shade grass for Gauteng lawns

The best shade grass for Gauteng lawns

There are many different varieties of grass for lawns. Some grasses do better in full sun, others are better for sun and shade. Climate and weather also make a difference when it comes to what grass type is best for lawns. For example, the best grass for shade in one...
Are garden and lawn pesticides dangerous?

Are garden and lawn pesticides dangerous?

There are many kinds of garden and lawn pesticides on the market. Some are touted as ‘organic’. Does that mean that the others are dangerous? Is the green grass you are sitting on toxic? The quick answer is that, unless you are a grub, your grass is safe to sit on,...
Mulch – All Your Questions Answered

Mulch – All Your Questions Answered

New to gardening? If you have heard of ‘mulch’ and ‘mulching your garden’, but you have never done it, the following simple Q&A offers simple answers to the most common ‘gardening newbie’ questions.What is ‘mulch’?Mulch is a layer of organic material put down on...
How to get rid of lawn caterpillars

How to get rid of lawn caterpillars

‘Lawn caterpillars’ is a catch-all term for a variety of lawn pests in grub or worm form, that can devastate your garden. They eat your grass, and many will also have a go at your bedding plants. You can never get rid of every critter, but you can control them early...
How Do I Spot Lawn Diseases?

How Do I Spot Lawn Diseases?

It is easy to spot the fungal lawn diseases if you know what you are looking for. There are three main lawn diseases that commonly afflict gardens in Gauteng (and elsewhere in South Africa). Spot them early, however, and you can easily save your lawn. All are caused...
How to choose the best lawn mower

How to choose the best lawn mower

Lawnmowers come in a variety of shapes and sizes – and prices. With so many mower types and mower models to choose from, the best way to choose the best lawnmower for your garden is with expert advice. However, it will help if you know what mower types you will...
Essential tools for a great lawn

Essential tools for a great lawn

A beautiful well-kept and manicured lawn is always the ideal centre-piece of a great garden. It doesn’t matter if it’s a huge sweeping lawn, or just big enough for a few people to sit on. Lawns are focal points in garden design and aesthetics. However, lawns are often...
Top perennials to add to your garden

Top perennials to add to your garden

Perennials add much colour to South African gardens. They die back, but they won’t die off completely, and they come back better than the year before with a touch of fertiliser just before blooming time.  “A perennial plant or simply perennial is a plant that...
Top annuals to add to your garden

Top annuals to add to your garden

Time to start planning your Spring planting, so here’s five top annuals to add to your garden for a summer flower extravaganza! These popular annuals fit in well with a wide range of landscaping themes and designs, in waterwise gardens and lush subtropical gardens,...
What is the difference between perennials and annuals?

What is the difference between perennials and annuals?

You will often have heard of flowering plants being referred to as ‘annuals’ and ‘perennials’. The following explains is the difference between these two plant categories, with some common examples of plants in each category. Annual Plants Annuals are flowering plants...
Should I Invest in Organic Lawn Care?

Should I Invest in Organic Lawn Care?

Yes, you SHOULD INVEST IN ORGANIC LAWN CARE. Gone are the days of traditional pesticides and weedkillers to keep your lawn pest and weed free. Mostly, anyway… Before we go into what you should invest in organic lawn care – here’s a quick reminder of what it replaces:...
Frost and how to Protect your Garden

Frost and how to Protect your Garden

Frost can do a great deal of damage to garden plants and lawns. If you live in a frost-prone area, such Gauteng or the Free State, it’s a good idea to know how to predict it and take steps to protect your garden. What is frost, and when does it occur?Frost forms when...
How to prepare your lawn for winter

How to prepare your lawn for winter

Winter conditions vary greatly in South Africa. Some areas experience mild, frost free winters. However Highveld, Free State winters can get extremely cold. These areas are also very dry in winter. Conditions like this can wreck your carefully manicured lawn. Winter...
When is the best time to lay a new lawn

When is the best time to lay a new lawn

It makes sense that the best time of year to plant anything in your garden is spring. This is when all plants kick into gear after winter dormancy, seeds start to sprout, and when most plants have the best chance of growing. The days are getting longer and the sun...
How Often Should I Mow My Lawn?

How Often Should I Mow My Lawn?

You’d think that you’d know how often to mow your lawn based purely on how long your grass is. However, there are a few things to consider, to ensure long term, problem free, maintenance of a beautiful lawn. Here are some pointers on managing your lawn: Firstly, grass...
Dog owners Lawn Care tips for a sustainable Lawn

Dog owners Lawn Care tips for a sustainable Lawn

Dogs can wreak havoc on your manicured lawn. They might mot be as destructive as moles or grubs, but they make a mess of your grass over time. Following are some tips for keeping your lawn looking good as well as making it as a safe environment for your dog. What dogs...
How to Implement  your Garden Design

How to Implement your Garden Design

Designing your garden is complete. Now, it’s time to turn the inspiration into reality. You are looking at a lot of hard work. But it’s also very satisfying work. If you have the time and tools to do it yourself, do it. Or do whatever you can do yourself. The benefits...
Lawn insect infestation and how to deal with it

Lawn insect infestation and how to deal with it

It’s not only lack of water that can make your lawn turn brown and patchy. Insects that eat the grass, or the grass roots, can destroy a perfectly manicured lawn in weeks!These, and other insects, will always be present in your garden, and in your lawn, but when a...