Taking a Look at Indigenous Trees in South Africa
Preparing a landscaped garden involves careful planning, and this means that you should know what types of plants and trees you want to buy. Indigenous trees in South Africa are very popular, as they have already adapted to our climate and have been grown here for decades. Non-indigenous plants and trees are not always able to adjust to the local conditions as well and could either consume excessive amounts of water; could spread like weeds since they do not have natural inhibitors, or could require a lot of additional care since they are not used to the excessive heat or excessive cold, depending on where they originate from.
Trees make beautiful additions to any garden, especially if they stay green and lush all year round. They also provide a natural habitat for many plant and wildlife species, which is why these trees can be seen in various environments across the country. They release oxygen into the air, making the environment healthier and able to sustain life. We can also benefit by planting indigenous trees as they are ideally suited for our gardens.
There are many benefits to planting and growing indigenous trees in South Africa, including:
- They don’t require fertilisers to grow
- They require fewer pesticides than other plants
- They require less water than lawns
- They provide natural shelter
- They help to reduce air pollution
It is often beneficial to plant indigenous trees as they promote biodiversity and preserve our natural heritage and habitat. These trees can be planted in your garden when you are planning a new landscaped garden, or they can simply be added to your garden whenever you feel there is a need for more plants and natural shade. With more shade in the garden the amount of water required is often less since direct sunlight leads to greater evaporation and hence more water.
When you choose trees, make sure that you know what their requirements are. Most of them require sunlight to grow and survive, so it is important to carefully plan where you are going to plant them. In many cases, a tree’s flowers will only grow in the correct amount of sunlight. If you have small kids in the area, keep in mind that some trees may attract bees or birds, which might not be suitable for them. Some trees will even bring butterflies into the area, which is always beautiful to have in any garden.
It’s not always easy to choose the correct indigenous trees in South Africa, which is why you need to speak to a nursery or professional landscape artist for help and guidance when planning your garden. You might get to learn a few interesting facts about trees in general, and how to look after them properly. You can also ask them to give you a list of trees that will flourish in your specific garden layout, which will help you to buy the correct plants and spread them throughout your garden.
Windy Willows is a wholesale nursery based in Johannesburg, South Africa. We stock more than 300 varieties of trees, herbs and perennials, and also have a wide range of plants available. Our prices are very affordable and we also offer landscaping advice to members of the public.