A Few Dos and Don’ts about Buying Plants and Trees
Lush, green, freshly-mown and well-maintained, weed-free lawns are things of great beauty. They’re undoubtedly firm favourites amongst young children, inviting them to play games safely on a giving surface and having loads of fun without scraping their knees or hurting themselves.
Despite the fact that lawns have been South Africans’ preferred ground cover for many years and remain justifiably popular, a garden which consists mainly or only of lawn appears bare, uninteresting, uncreative and boring. Lawn alone is not enough.
Gardens Need Plants and Trees
Although there are numerous ways in which outdoor areas can be transformed to create interest and include focal points, features and recreational sections, plants are integral components and companions to enhance new elements.
Of and For the Earth and its Inhabitants
Trees and smaller plants provide mankind and the earth with so much in gardens, public spaces and in nature. Trees provide humans and other plant species with shade and they shelter animals from the elements, whilst serving as a source of food for leaf eating species.
They serve as wind breaks, and lessen noise and sounds which might otherwise be disturbing, whilst providing privacy from neighbours or passers-by. A row of shrubs or taller plants do well to screen off sections of the garden, even hiding parts which may be less aesthetically pleasing.
Vegetation and trees in particular are essential to Earth’s wellbeing, nature’s balance and the healthy maintenance of natural climate and weather patterns, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing beneficial gases. Tragically, worldwide deforestation has already taken its toll on the environment.
Certain indigenous flowering species attract birds and beneficial insects like bees and butterflies. One can select plants which encourage their presence, creating a true living outdoor area. You’ll not only be beautifying your own property, but you’ll also be doing your bit for the wider environment by adding trees and plants within the boundaries of your premises.
At our farm in the Honeydew area, we grow some 50 types of trees which will become small, medium or large specimens when fully grown. The size of your property, proximity of the house and other structures must be taken into account when making your selection.
Some species have extensive and invasive root systems, and such trees cannot be planted within a certain distance from buildings, lest their roots cause structural damage. Correct placement also ensures that plants receive the amount of sunlight or shelter which best suits them. You’re also likely to prefer an evergreen near swimming pools or water features, and where additional shade is required.
In a country like South Africa, where droughts are a reality and water is a scarce resource, it’s wise to choose plants which are happy with minimal watering. Most indigenous plants are well adapted to typical South African conditions, but do keep in mind that not all exotic vegetation requires copious amounts of water, or is invasive and thus harmful.
The assistants at our nursery will gladly advise you on which plant and tree species will best suit your requirements within the potential constraints of your property, as will our qualified landscapers, should you select to have your garden laid out professionally. Remember that most lawns won’t thrive under trees, but we have ways of solving this too.