Landscaping and Nursery by Francois
Fiddlestiks, 927 Hillside Rd, Port Edward, KZN, 4295
Mon-Sat: 07:00 - 17:00
04 Dec 2017

Landscaping Ideas for Your Property

A first-rate landscaper needs good observation and design skills.

A well-designed landscape can add grandness to your home. It can also increase the worth of your land and home. Landscaping design ideas differ from simple front yard landscaping to complex theme-based landscaping ideas like desert landscaping or oriental landscaping. Landscaping design practices mainly target improving the aesthetic appeal of your land and garden.

Landscaping design and garden features are as much of an art as it is a science. A home or property and its landscaping should harmoniously co-exist with each other. Gardening is the most important facet of landscaping design because plants and flowers can improve the look of a particular area. You can design a landscaping garden relying on your individual style and make it unique and a joy to look at. Prior to getting in a landscaper, you should be aware of your available working space and what methods will best work for your landscaping.

There are different formal and informal methods of garden landscaping. Formal landscaping targets geometric designs and straight line designs. Formal designs are usually well-planned and give a professional appearance. The informal landscaping comprises of curved or wavy lines and generally suit small gardens. An informal style landscaping plan provides random collection of plants and flowers. The oriental landscaping is useful in large gardening projects. The oriental style includes the use of different accessories such as water, rocks, potted plants and evergreens. Woodland style landscaping is an elaborate alternative to landscaping. It suits backyard designing with artificial waterfalls and woodland style plants.

Front yard landscaping designs are more fit for home landscaping and these are the most utilized type of landscaping. You can beautify your front yard in several styles and designs. applying shrubs on the boundaries of your front yard will enhance your landscape. You can also use different decorative lights, craft pathways and borders to your landscape design. If you are living in a dry area, you can use plants more suited to drier climates and soil that holds water for designing your front yard. Use stone design techniques in landscaping to give a very natural and rugged appeal to your land.

If you have a big landscaping plan, it is good to receive advice from a professional landscaper. Some garden and lawn centers can also help you in giving good landscaping ideas. Professional home improvement centres typically have knowledgeable sales personnel who are familiar with different landscaping methods. Before you spend money on landscaping, be sure to get good landscaping advice from a trusted source that’s experienced in landscaping.

You can also look for different landscaping design ideas online. Various online magazines provide informative articles on landscaping designs. If you correctly plan and carry out your strategy then you can create a landscape that is uniquely different from those around you.

23 Nov 2017
Swimming Pool Builder Port Edward Margate South Coast KZN

How to Choose a Swimming Pool Builder

Choosing a swimming pool builder is a big deal. Over the long run, you’re going to be spending thousands of Rands on construction and maintenance. Furthermore, your backyard or the insides of your house is going to be torn apart for 3 to 6 weeks. You need to make sure the person you hire is truly competent and has your best interests at heart.

So how do you choose a swimming pool builder?

Where to Find Builders to Interview

You should talk to at least 5 pool builders before making your pick. You can find pool builders in the Yellow Pages, as well as on the internet. Just Google “pool builder” plus your city.

If you have friends who’ve had pools built, you can also ask them for references.

Do They Do Repairs and Servicing?

As a rule of thumb, you should only work with builders who also know how to repair pools. If you work with a builder who doesn’t do repairs or servicing then they’re more likely to do a shoddy job. If they do pool servicing and repairs as well then they’ll likely view you as a long-term customer rather than a one time customer. For you, this means, that they stand by their product and service. You don’t want a fly-by-night pool builder.

Check Their Work History

How many pools has this contractor built? How many years have they been building pools? How much experience do they have with the specific kind of pool you’re looking to build?

Ask for references. Call up some of their past clients to see if they’re satisfied with the pools they got. Be sure to also ask about whether or not any unexpected problems arose.

The Money

Naturally, you’re going to want to get the best bang for your buck. Try to get at least three solid price quotes before deciding on the contractor.

Don’t just go with the lowest price. Sometimes a high-quality contractor is worth paying a little more for. We hear all to often how many people have gone with the cheapest price and then don’t get what they thought they were getting.

Remember to look at payment terms in addition to the price itself. How much upfront deposit do you need to pay? Do you pay immediately upon completion of the pool, or can you pay at different points during the pool building project?

Ask Questions. Lots!

Ask them a lot of questions. You don’t want any surprises later on.

Where did they learn to build pools? How many years have they been doing pools? What other types of pools have they had experience building? Rock pools? Natural Pools?

Ask a lot of questions. Don’t feel rushed to make your decision and don’t make a choice until you’ve met a contractor that you feel completely safe with. At the end of the day, you have to weigh all the various factors and make a decision based on the contractor that you trust the most.

Good luck choosing your pool builder. If you would like to get a free quote to build your pool then contact us on 0824567884 and let Francois design and build a pool you can be proud of for years to come.

04 May 2017

How to make your Fruit Trees Grow Better in Port Edward

The question on every gardener’s mind is what do my garden plants need? Especially how to make fruit trees grow better in Port Edward or South Coast gardens as well as vegetables, because most gardeners are reasonably successful at growing garden plants, yet find it difficult to get the fruit and vegetables they are looking to grow in their gardens.

While we do not fully understand the complex interaction of plants and soil, scientists have proven that plants of all species must access at least 16 primary chemical elements (13 minerals and 3 non-minerals) for growth and reproduction.

If you look at the label on a bag of fertiliser, you will see a listing for NPK content, nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K), which are considered macronutrients (primary elements) because the plants use a lot of these elements and they are not always present in sufficient quantities in the soil.

Besides macronutrients, plants also need calcium (Ca) magnesium (Mg), and sulphur (S) which collectively are called micronutrients (secondary elements) Sufficient quantities of them are usually present in the soil, so we don’t usually need to add these minerals regularly like other nutrients.

In addition to the above macro and micronutrients, plants need boron (B), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), chloride (Cl), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo) and zinc (Zn). These elements are required at minute levels and therefore are called trace minerals.

Balance the Nutrient Levels

A reasonable question to ask is, “Why not put a lot of everything (all the elements) on the soil and let the plants sort out what’s needed?” (That’s what the fertiliser industry would like you to believe.).

The answer is that in order for nutrients to be available to the plants, plants need their nutrients in relative concentration. Some nutrients don’t get absorbed into the plants and trees unless other essential nutrients are present in the correct quantities. Too little or too much and it will upset the optimal absorption rates.

Law of the Minimum

The Law of the Minimum, states that yield and the level of nutrients in your fruits and vegetables are proportional to the amount of the most limiting nutrient, whichever nutrient it may be. In other words, as Justus von Liebig discovered two centuries ago, “The most growth-limiting nutrient will limit growth, no matter how favourable the nutrient supply of other elements.”. Similar to the old saying that the strength of any chain is based upon the weakest link

A simple analogy is the water-holding capacity of a wooden barrel with a broken stave. The maximum level of liquid that a broken barrel can hold is up to the top of the lowest stave. A dusting of a product like Azomite ensures that the trace minerals, which are difficult to measure in the soil, do not become the limiting nutrients.

Improved Taste

Taste is a subjective matter, but in general, we all enjoy fruit that is sweet, with a pleasant aroma and complex flavours. The one factor that we can measure is the level of sugar in fruits and vegetables. It is proven that fruits grown in balanced organic soil contain higher levels of sugar and higher levels of nutrients, than fruits grown in industrial farm soil that is optimised for rapid growth but not nutrients. While higher sugar makes for a sweeter fruit, higher levels of minerals produce a more complex taste. That is why successful Western Cape winemakers monitor many factors, including the mineral content of their soil, carefully.

You may be surprised to see the difference in the nutrient content of an apple grown on an industrial farm in China, versus the same apple grown in a well balanced, KwaZulu-Natal backyard fed by composting kitchen scraps.

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