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Low Maintenance in Garden

Low Maintenance in Garden

Low Maintenance Garden

If you don’t have time to spend on keeping your garden looking impressive, here are some low maintenance garden tips.

We all desire a stunning garden, but the result required in maintaining that beautiful landscape is sometimes too much. Watering, weeding, pruning, and removing can take hours. Most of us are so busy with jobs and errands. We want to enjoy the garden, not working in the garden the whole day.

The answer to this problem is to install a low maintenance garden. Take time to learn how to choose the right plants, remember the layout of your yard and the climate of where you live, but also how much time you have to give to your plants all play a role.

Fill in space with grasses and groundcovers. Less open spaces mean fewer opportunities for weeds to take root. Some ornamental grasses clump without spreading too wide and will add variety to your garden. Pick the right varieties, there a few that will spread vigorously.

Consider ground cover, rather than grass, particularly if your lawn is patchy.

You’ll save time mowing, and may end up with better results. Patchy lawns typically mean the grass is fighting with tree roots or lack of sun. Groundcover is a great alternative to grass.

Watering

Install an irrigation system and add a timer on. Keep flowering beds evenly moist. Water just 1 or twice times per week.
Water plants in the evening or early in the morning, when the soil is cooler, as less will evaporate than during the heat of the day.
Don’t water the leaves or plant heads to avoid mold formation. Water gently to avoid damage to your plants.

A Few Low Maintenance Garden Flowers.

Aptenia cordifolia

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Another name for it is baby sun rose. Aptenia cordifolia is a low evergreen growing succulent groundcover, therefore, it is normally used for retaining walls and dry patches of soil where other plants may struggle.

They have heart-shaped fleshy leaves with red flowers. It can also be used to stabilise soil in areas where there is erosion or can be used as a lawn replacement for difficult to reach areas.

Plectranthus neochilus

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Also known as lobster flower. The plectranthus has succulent, grey-green leaves, which form an attractive ground cover even when the plant is not in flower. This flower will performs well in warm dry areas.

Aloe spp

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Aloe is a large family consisting of around 558 evergreen, perennial, succulent, flowering plants with fleshy leaves edged with spikes and arranged in rosettes.

Some are tree or shrub-like and other species have climbing habits. These succulents are a good water-wise choice. The leaves are fleshy and water-holding.

Strelitzia reginae

Low maintenance garden Strelitzia

The Strelitzia is one of South Africa’s favourite exports and is cultivated worldwide. Strelitzias are hardy, and when established it can withstand long dry spells and a fair amount of neglect. Plants can be grown in sun and shade and it gives a beautiful structural display when in flower.

Container Plants that Beat the Heat

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This style of gardening is great because you can use a number of containers. You don’t need to have a yard to create a beautiful container garden.

Decks, balconies, patios can become a garden oasis. Because of this, container gardens are also a great option for areas that have very poor soil.

Best of all, container gardens are easily maintained because it requires minimum care and is not plagued by pests and diseases. Plants for container gardens include annuals like pansies and sweet peas as well as such perennials as yellow coneflower, morning glory vine, big blue lily turf, and multiple species of marigold.

Meadow grasses and flowers that will do well in your Low Maintenance Garden.

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  • Aster
  • Blanketflower
  • Butterfly flower
  • Coneflower
  • Coreopsis
  • Evening primrose
  • Gayfeather
  • Goldenrod
  • Maiden pinks
  • Native grass
  • Penstemon
  • Rock cress
  • Shasta daisy
  • Snow-in-summer
  • Sunflowers
  • Wild lupin

 

Our Tree Felling and Removal Services Include:

Tree Felling
Tree Stump Removal Services
Tree Trimming
Shrub Pruning
Garden Maintenance
Rubble Removal

If you have a garden that needs to be maintained, call us at 078 352 1959.

Frequently Ask Questions about Tree Fellers

Frequently Ask Questions about Tree Fellers

Tree Fellers – Frequently Ask Questions.

What are tree fellers?

Tree fellers are also known as an ArboristFelling is the process of cutting down trees, an element of the task of logging. People cutting the trees are known as Tree fellers.

Why do I need tree fellers?

  • Without professional tree fellers and tree removal services, you can damage your property.
  • Trees that have grown too tall can cause a danger to people or property.
  • Once a tree has died, there is nothing more to do except take it down. Removal is necessary once a tree has died because a dead tree will slowly lose strength. As the tree weakens, it loses its ability to withstand storms.
  • The tree drops annoying leaves or needles, sap, seeds, cotton, or branches.
  • When a tree is leaning in a dangerous direction, like toward your house or driveway, it needs to be felled.
  • The tree is blocking your view or is causing too much shade and hindering your lawn to grow.
  • You are planning renovations and the tree is in the way.
  • Overhead power lines or too close to buildings are all typical reasons.

How Much Does Tree Felling Cost?

The cost of tree felling depends on the size of the tree. If you would like a quote on the cost of cutting down a tree. Please give us a call, so we can come out and provide you with a quote.

Is Tree Felling Dangerous?

Tree Felling is dangerous, especially if you don`t know what you are doing. Tree felling can cause major damage to property and even death if not done correctly.

Why would you want to remove a stump?

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  • They look ugly.
  • No one likes looking out into the yard and seeing old stumps covering the landscape. They look even worse when weeds and other plants start growing on them, which automatically happens over time.
  • Tree trunks take up space.
  • They are dangerous
  • Some stumps are obvious, but others get cover by grass, weeds and other plants and become tripping hazards.

Can I cut a tree myself or do I need Tree Fellers?

We definitely do not recommend removing a tree on your own or without the help of a certified arborist. Professional Tree Fellers have an understanding of many different tree species in different situations.

They have been trained to remove trees in the safest and most efficient. Cammy Tree Felling can help you avoid a risky or dangerous situation and bring along the necessary equipment to remove the branches and wood that usually create a big mess on the ground.

Our Tree Felling and Removal Services Include:

Tree Felling
Tree Stump Removal Services
Tree Trimming
Shrub Pruning
Garden Maintenance
Rubble Removal

If you have a tree that needs to be removed, call our tree fellers at 078 352 1959.

What to do with tree stumps

What to do with tree stumps

Have you recently felled a tree in your garden and wonder what to do with tree stumps? Well we can give you some great ideas on what you can do with your tree stumps instead of chopping them up and disposing of them.

Tree stumps are great for garden art and yard decorations. They can also be used for rustic furniture, wooden paths, stands for flower pots, building fences or making garden paths with wooden slices. These are some creative ways to recycle wood and beautify yards.

Here are 11 ideas of what to do with tree stumps I found whilst Googling

1. If you want to show off your flowering plants or metal artworks, use a tree stump that adds a natural look to your displays.

2. Painting your tree stumps, especially in bright colours, complements your yard centerpieces and brings eye catching decorations into your outdoor living spaces. Although creative painting is eye catching, remember the real beauty lies in the tree stump’s natural look, rustic texture and grayish hues. Instead, decorate the tree stump with flowering plants, moss and grass making it a focal point for your yard landscaping.

3. You can carve a design/a cartoon character/a face on your tree stump to bring character to it.

4. Make furniture for the indoors.

5. Make brightly painted log campfire stools

6. Make mozaic table top on a tree stump stand

7. Use tree stumps for seating

8. Make potplant stands or hand hanging baskets on the stump.

9. You can make a bird bath for the garden.

10. Make pathways in the garden.

11. Make a fire with one log which is known as the Swedish Flame or Canadian Candle. It uses only one log and is self feeding and therefore can burn for several hours without attention. This is nice for a fire pit. Make cuts into the tree stump as if cutting a cake leaving about 15cm at the base. Throw a capful of fuel oil in and you fire will burn for about 3 hours.

In fact there is no end to what tree stumps can be used for and at little cost. They beautify outdoor living spaces and pleasantly surprise your guests.

Cammy Tree Felling can assist with all your tree felling and stump removal requirements! Give us a call.

Planting a New Tree

Planting a New Tree

When to plant a tree

Spring is here and by now you would have trimmed your shrubs, fertilised your plants and had a real good look at your garden. You might have redone your flower beds and found a place that you feel would suit a tree to add beauty to your garden.

One has to take quite a few things into consideration when you decide on the perfect tree for that special spot. Remember that trees are meant to endure and not be changed if it is unsuitable or on the viewer’s whim. A tree’s ultimate beauty is in its maturity.

So think before you plant. Study the requirements of the type of tree you like and determine its height, spread and rooting characteristics e.g. if it is going to be too tall or too spreading or its roots may cause structural damage or it may have to be severely cut to keep it to its allotted space. If any of these requirements do not suit that perfect spot, rather plant something else. Don’t write a tree’s death warrant on the day you prepare to plant it.

What to consider when planting a tree

Here are some things to consider when choosing your tree :

1. How tall do you want your tree to grow.

2. The space that you have set aside for your tree, does it allow sufficient space for your tree to reach maturity.

3. Make enquiries about the root system as you don’t want it to cause structural damage i.e. too close to the building or your pool. Certain trees also cause paving to lift.

4. Is the spot you have allocated for your tree in a sunny or shady position.  This is so important as a tree that is required to be in a sunny position will not thrive if it doesn’t get enough sun and the same applies to a shady position.

5. Does the tree of your choice lose its leaves in winter as if it does, you will have to rake up the leaves and should the tree be near your pool, the leaves will blow or fall into your pool which adds to the maintenance of your pool.  Also if your tree is planted close to your building, leaves will fall on the roof and ultimately end up in your gutter.

6. Are you looking for a tree that flowers or just an evergreen tree.

You would also initially need to stake your tree so that it can develop a strong stem. Obtain guidance on the staking of your young tree as you do not want to damage the stem.

This is why it is so important to choose the right tree. There is such a large variety of trees to choose from. Get expert advice and with the right choice of tree and care, you will achieve what you envisioned that spot in your garden would look like.

Good luck!

Some great local nurseries around Randburg and surrounding areas:
Wikoppen Wildflower Nursery specializing in Indigenous plants and trees.
Lifestyle Home Garden Centre which has practically everything you would need for your garden.

Contact Cammy Tree Felling to help trim your trees before they cause any damage on 078 352 1959 or 079 385 4158 or via our contact form