Eco/Water Wise Gardening

Water Wise Watch: May

In this issue: Local and international water news Updates on water restrictions in your province Weather Dam capacities Drought information and FAQs Water Wise Tip of the Month from Leslie Hoy “Automatic irrigation systems must be turned down to reduce watering times and quantities by at least 50%.
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Water Wise Watch: April

In this issue: Local and international water news Water Wise events Updates on water restrictions in your province Weather Dam capacities Drought information and FAQs Water Wise Tip of the Month from Leslie Hoy “Reduce your water and electricity footprint simultaneously.
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Water Restrictions Lifted in Jozi!

After two years of severe drought and water restrictions, the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, announced on Monday that the water restrictions in Johannesburg have been lifted.
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Water Wise Watch: March

In this issue: Local and international water news Water Wise events Updates on water restrictions in your province Weather Dam capacities Drought information and FAQs Water Wise Tip of the Month from Leslie Hoy "To check for leaks in your home, first turn off all your taps and take a water meter reading.
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Water Wise Watch: February

In this issue: Local and international water news Water Wise events Updates on water restrictions in your province Weather Dam capacities Drought information and FAQs Water Wise Tip of the Month from Leslie Hoy "Use your grass clippings as a 2cm deep mulch in the garden.
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How to choose water wise lawn alternatives

First, have a look at your garden and decide where you have ‘silly pieces’ of lawn, like: • Bits of lawn between pavers • A garden where the shape is rather tight • Lawn under the eaves of a house Visit your local GCA garden centre and ask for their advice on the best options of organic and inorganic alternatives Try these: Aloes Clivia Gazania Vinca Vygies Paving Gravel Still want lawn?
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Let’s talk MULCHING

Let’s talk MULCHING So, what is mulch? MULCH is any material placed on the surface of the soil to trap moisture.
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How to water like a pro! #waterwise

Be water wise and learn to water like a pro! For hanging baskets and containers, place pot or basket in a tubtrug or a large bucket and water containers one at a time.
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Peanut Wreath Bird Feeder Peanut Wreath Bird Feeder

Peanut Wreath Bird Feeder
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How to attract birds to your garden

Now is an excellent time to provide nesting, resting, feeding and breeding sites for birds in your garden.
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Walk on the wild side

Chris Dalzell, Curator of the Durban Botanic Gardens provides tips and a list of suitable indigenous plants for local gardens.
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Plants for the Planet: The Eco benefits of plants and gardening

Gardening, whether on a large plot or in just a few windowsill pots, is a deeply satisfying avocation for many millions of people around the world.
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Plants for climate change

Is it not often noticed that many of the toughest plants to grow in coastal conditions have blue flowers, and many of them are indigenous too.
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Wise up on watering

Did you know that how you water your vegetables can have an effect on their growth?
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Winning Water Wise Ways

With the recent increase in water restrictions, we’ve come up with a few ways in which you can make your garden more water wise.
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Use mulch in your garden

A thick layer of mulch is one of the most practical ways to conserve water in the garden.
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Use grey water in your garden

With the focus on being more water wise in our gardens, why not consider using the ‘grey’ water that is produced by your household?
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The magic of mulch

Why is mulch important for your garden and what types of mulches work best?
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Stylish succulents

Succulents are today’s retro plants. Once the fashionable must-have for 1960s-style rockeries and collectors, they have made a comeback – their funky shapes, textures and colours add designer flair to today’s gardens.
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Indigenous colour

The miracle of spring can be seen in the countryside and in our gardens.
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