Quality Landscaping Services


Landscaping Services

We offer a comprehensive range of quality landscaping services in Johannesburg and Cape Town.  Contact Rod on rod@egardens.co.za to arrange your free landscaping quote.

Residential Landscaping, Commercial Landscaping, 

Landscaping & Design Consultation, 

Specialist Horticultural Consultation and 

Alien Vegetation Clearing & Consultation

 

List of landscaping services includes:

  • Hard and Soft Landscape Design
  • Design within the Built Environment (Architecture)
  • Commercial Landscaping
  • Residential Landscaping
  • Remote Landscape Design (as in preparing designs for gardens further afield)
  • Estate Maintenance (gated communities)
  • Residential Maintenance (large properties i.e. not a general garden service)
  • Alien Vegetation Clearing
  • Tree Relocation

An imaginative, well planned design that synergistically compliments the individual architectural and environmental dynamics of your property is the foundation to a successful landscape that will ensure an aesthetically pleasing, yet practical end-result of lasting enjoyment and value. Our design office offers decades of experience in various forms of design beyond soft and hard-landscaping which means that we are able to assist clients with the integration of more diverse elements of buildings and structures that enhance the overall landscape project.

When you require professional horticultural / landscaping advice or assistance in instances where your average garden service or landscaping service provider is unable or under-qualified to effectively assist you, we are able to provide you with professional horticultural and landscaping consultation at a competitive hourly rate.

Landscaping & Design Consultation

Some examples of Landscaping and Design Consultation include:-

  • Consultation on effective land use
  • Reconstruction / re-development advice on old properties with existing features
  • Problem areas where water seepage, invasive root systems are affecting boundary walls and foundations etc.
  • Consultation with client and architects during briefing process
  • Landscape Design consultation with developers and architects
  • Advice on drainage

Specialist Horticultural Consultation

Some examples of specialist horticultural consultation include:-

  • Plant identification
  • Advice on how to care for specialised gardens or rare / problematic plants
  • Problem trees and other plants that the client may want to remove
  • Advice on specialised pruning and maintenance of fruit trees, roses, topiary etc
  • Advice on Water-Wise gardening methods

Alien Vegetation Clearing & Consultation

Instances where our professional advice may effectively assist the client include:-

  • Identification of listed invader plants within garden or plot
  • Advice on the removal and control of invader plant species

 

Some basic tips when undertaking DIY landscaping projects:

  • Decide on a theme for your garden landscaping project e.g. indigenous, french, etc.
  • Landscaping style should match architecture of dwelling
  • Preferably low maintenance/water wise
  • Draw a plan to scale
  • Use sweeping curves for landscaping beds (would form circle if continued), not doilly effect 
  • Use beige stone chip paths where grass won't grow
  • Minimise grassed areas to conserve water and use water wise grass varieties e.g. buffalo, LM
  • Where possible use "gardens within gardens".  This will add interest to the finished landscaped garden.
  • Reserve an area for herbs/vegetables in your landscaping design
  • Minimise variety of plants - rather use swathes in the same way professional landscapers do
  • Use colour contrasts or harmonies
  • Select plants according to local climate
  • Introduce contrasts e.g. sunny, shady, patio, grassy slopes, secret places, foliage
  • Always incorporate stones (bones), water (blood) and plants (flesh)
  • Include focal points/features in your landscaping design
  • Group containers together
  • Hide or emphasise skyline features e.g. view
  • Use good quality products
  • Prepare the site to be landscaped
  • Install irrigation and/or electricity
  • Position plants (allow for expansion)
  • Plant in odd numbers e.g.1,3,5,7,9,11 etc.
  • Plant close together if instant effect desired - thin out later
  • Mulch any exposed soil


Questions and comments

 

The questions/comments section has been closed as of 1 Sept 2015

Aug 27 2015, 04:19 PM
Freda
Good day
Where can I purchase Sapphire Buffalo grass seed - Alberton, Gauteng.
Aug 27 2015, 05:55 PM
Rod
I am not aware that Sapphire Buffalo seed is available locally, so I can't recommend a source. If you Google something like "south africa lawn seed buffalo sapphire" you might find a local company offering seed. You can also try contacting the Keith Kirsten organisation through their website. They might have the rights to Sapphire Buffalo or point you in the right direction. Sorry I can't be more helpful on this one....
Aug 27 2015, 02:58 PM
Mrs Lynette Tillett
Sorry, forgot to ask! What colours are available in the type of Azaleas I wish to plant? Many thanks
Aug 27 2015, 05:23 PM
Rod
Please see my Response under your original Question regarding Azaleas.
Aug 26 2015, 08:21 AM
Anonymous
What is the best grass for dogs/ high traffic
Aug 26 2015, 03:59 PM
Rod
Any of Kikuyu Grass, Buffalo Grass and Cape Quick take traffic well. Kikuyu Grass is invasive, requires plenty of water, is more prone to disease and needs full sun. Buffalo Grass is a surface grass, water wise, requires less mowing, is disease tolerant and tolerates up to 60% shade. Cape Quick is invasive, robust, disease tolerant, requires full sun but has a much finer texture and a harder surface e.g. cricket outfields. Judge for yourself, but I'd personally go for Buffalo Grass.
Aug 13 2015, 12:16 PM
Anne Hubbard
I would like to plant either shrubs/annuals for very small bed, looking for flowers in sun, morningside Johannesburg,
Aug 19 2015, 03:13 PM
Rod
Its very difficult to answer a Question such as this, on this forum. Apart from beauty being in the eye of the beholder, there is a huge choice of shrubs and plants. Then of course there is the issue of whether or not you want to plant indigenous. You should definitely go to the eGardens Inspiration section and browse through some of the articles there. Generally one plants taller shrubs towards the back of the bed, then one tapers the other plants down so that one ends up with fairly short plants along the edge of the bed. I offer you a list of my own favourite shrubs and plants, roughly in size from largest to smallest - I always try to at least some of these in my own garden beds. But you should perhaps get staff at your nearest retail nurseries to advise you too and preferably show you samples. Largest : Sweetpea Bush (Polygala), Spur Flower (Plectranthus fruticosa), English Lavender (L. Margaret Roberts), Orange Jasmine (Murraya exotica), Cape Leadwort (Plumbago Royal Cape) Medium : French Grey Lavender (L. dentata grey), Cherry Pie (Heliotrope white and blue), Wind Flower (Gaura), Agapanthus (white and blue), Wild Iris (Dietes white and yellow) Small or Ground cover : Iris, Plectranthus variegated (P. madagascariensis), Erigeron, Gazania, Sutera cordata Grasses : Ophiopogon kyoto dwarf
Jan 11 2015, 12:58 PM
Tobie
Will blueberries grow in Nelspruit
Jan 12 2015, 11:33 AM
Rod
I can't be sure, but I suspect Blueberries would not do that well in Nelspruit. They grow naturally in colder parts of the USA, and must have very cold Winter temperatures to subsequently flower and produce fruit. There are three main types recommended for South Africa : Northern Highbush for altitudes above 800m, Southern Highbush for altitudes up to 800m, and Rabbiteye, which can be planted generally. Blueberries have been hybridised over the years, and so there are many varieties, each with their own characteristics and needs. Encouraging is that Blueberries are farmed commercially around Stellenbosch, near Hermanus, also George and Swellendam. And some of those are definitely not known for consistently cold Winters. The degree of cold in a particular area is measured in "cold units". One of my future tasks is going to be to speak to the Weather Bureau to see if such historical figures are kept for areas of Southern Africa. So, being ever hopeful, I'd suggest that you give Blueberries a try in Nelspruit. Use Southern Highbush and Rabbiteye as a trial. Blueberries definitely require acid soil conditions, so your planting mound must incorporate shredded and properly composted pine bark, mixed together 50/50 with an acidic potting soil mix. I'd suggest that you go to the eGardens Blueberry Product article, scroll down to the Questions and Responses and find the suggested planting/feeding procedure I recently gave to another person there.
Jan 03 2015, 10:22 PM
Anonymous
Please can you recommend a variety of plants for a predominantly morning sun, afternoon mostly shade Johannesburg garden. Majority of boundary wall is south / south west.
We are surrounded by trees on neighbours walls so should be sheltered from frost.
There is a sunny corner which gets hot afternoon sun.
Jan 04 2015, 03:30 PM
Rod
I answer gardening related Questions from all over the country (and the world, believe it or not!), at no cost other than my own time. Your Question will require more time than I have available to do all the research and come up with plant/shrub/tree lists. So what you could perhaps consider is for me to pass your Question on to either our Cape Town landscaper for remote consultation, or to our landscaper who operates in Northern Johannesburg. Both would be able to come up with a detailed plan of action plus a selection of appropriate plants/shrubs. You would be able to negotiate with them a consultation fee for their time. Well worth it, even if I say so myself! Do get back to me if you wish me to action this for you. I would then need your email address and contact telephone number. Thanks...
Dec 17 2014, 11:48 PM
sanu
Can i have images n information about landscapes over marshy area
Dec 19 2014, 11:36 AM
Rod
If you go to the eGardens website and look in the Inspiration section, you will find a basic article about gardening in wet areas. Your Question requires more work and detail than we can currently provide so if you require more comprehensive assistance in the form of consultation, please get back to us and we will put you in touch with the person to whom we assign landscaping projects. He has good knowledge and experience. You would need to reach an agreement with him about a fee for consultation. Thanks...
Dec 16 2014, 02:25 PM
Gray
Hi,

I am urgently needing new lawn.
Will you be able to assist in sourcing new lawn and laying it out.

Please let me know asap.

Thank you
Dec 16 2014, 02:45 PM
Rod
eGardens only has representative landscapers in Cape Town and Northern Johannesburg. You don't mention where in the country you live. If appropriate, and you get back to me, I'll forward your request. This being the period just before Christmas, and the resultant pressure to finish the year's work, we may not be able to assist you. We'll see...
Dec 02 2014, 08:17 AM
Anonymous
Where can I get tobbacco dust. I live in middelburg mp
Dec 02 2014, 08:34 AM
Rod
Not sure about the Middleburg Mpumalanga area of the country, but down here in the Western Cape it's obtainable at all of the large retail nurseries, and also at any of the Agri Co-Ops (there must be one near you). Hope you come right at one of those places!
Nov 21 2014, 07:10 AM
Kim
Please could you recommend a fast growing creeper that is resilient preferably sweet smelling that would grow on a patio in Seapoint
Nov 21 2014, 09:11 AM
Rod
I'm am not sure if you are the same person from Seapoint who posted a Question yesterday on the article Creepers and Climbers in the eGardens Library section. But do go there, scroll down to the bottom and then read my Response to her. The recommended creepers are similarly applicable in your situation. For the record, and speaking personally, I would go for the Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). It is not a true Jasmine, but has wonderfully fragrant flowers during mid Summer. Other lovely attributes too. And it is wind resistant.
Nov 08 2014, 11:42 PM
maria
Can you advise on the most suitable plants to cover up boundry walls ? We live in Joburg and the wall is facing north east. Also, looking for best plant for big pots (also North-east orientated). Thank you. Maria
Nov 12 2014, 10:06 AM
Rod
East facing beds are always easiest to grow plants in - cool early morning sun. And many plants prefer sun, so North facing is good too. Reading your Question though, I do not know if it's creepers or shrubs you require to cover up the boundary walls, and if they must have flowers. Same for the large pots - do you want shrubs or small trees? With flowers? There's a HUGE choice, so you should be aware that I could only give you my personal favourites - but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so you might have your own preferences....
Nov 16 2014, 07:16 PM
Maria
Hallo Rod, thank you for your speedy reply. Can you please assist with repositioning of several plants (small trees , shrubs) at our garden? We are in need of a team of gardeners with supervision for a day or so, who know what plants need when being transplanted. We live in Sandton / Johannesburg. Project to take place any day during the coming week 17-21 Nov. Thank you.
Nov 16 2014, 08:40 PM
Rod
I have asked the landscaper Jessica, based in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg to contact you per email asap. I obviously do not have your phone number to give to her. I expect you will hear from her tomorrow.
Oct 31 2014, 02:46 PM
Karin
Hi, im looking for someone in cape town that can assist with "terraforce" on a slope....this is for a property in Upper constantia......the property has a slope that we want to reinforce and maintain.. do you do this or can you perhaps point me in the right direction?
Nov 04 2014, 12:12 PM
Rod
I will pass this request on to the landscaper to whom we assign landscaping-type projects. You can expect to hear from him shortly, and take it from there. He does excellent quality work and is widely experienced, but works independently of eGardens. So I do not know what his schedule looks like. Thanks for enquiring...
Nov 05 2014, 08:59 AM
Rod
Our landscaper reverted to us, rather than to you directly. I'm sharing his reply below for your information. Looks like you should rather work through a specialist retaining wall company like Terraforce. Sorry we couldn't assist you ourselves...

"I would suggest you point this lady in the direction of Terraforce as a retaining wall will require an engineer depending of course on the height……..retaining walls are potentially extremely dangerous if not installed correctly as above a certain height they will require reinforced foundations as well for the blocks to stand on…..perhaps even plans to the local authority….."

Oct 23 2014, 01:57 PM
Jackie Coetzee
Do you know of anyone that would be interested in using mussel shells in their garden for decoration instead of rocks
Oct 23 2014, 03:32 PM
Rod
I've not met anyone who has wanted mussel shells, unfortunately. But any clients reading this Question on the eGardens Landscaping page will now be aware that they are available. And for what it's worth I will ask our delegated landscaper here in Cape Town. Either way I'll update this Response, if someone has a need for them. I imagine that mussel shells would be a good snail deterrent say sprinkled around a vegetable or flower garden - since snails do not like moving across sharp stones or eggshells!
Sep 30 2014, 09:55 AM
Dawn
Need a colourful perrennial for my small garden along a wall that gets mostly afternoon sun
Oct 01 2014, 05:07 PM
Rod
East facing beds are normally easiest to garden in (gentle morning sun/afternoon shade). West facing beds receive hotter afternoon sun. So one generally chooses more heat tolerant perennials for West facing beds. The list of sun loving perennials is endless, I'm afraid, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So I can only suggest a few of my favourites. And of course I do not know where in the country you live, or even if you are from SA! Definitely I'd plant at least Heliotrope "Royal Marine" (this is the dark blue Cherry Pie), Heliotrope "Florence Nightingale" (the white Cherry Pie which smells like vanilla), Gaura lindheimeri (Wind Flower in white or pink), Gazanias (especially the grey leaf pink flowering one), Feliciia (Blue Daisy, especially F. bergeriana), Euryops Daisy (Honey Euryops), Statice (Limonium perezii). For sure, I'd try to fit in either Lavendula "Margaret Roberts" or Lavendula dentata (the grey leaf one) - both are attractive grey leaf lavenders, one with long flowers like typical English lavender and the other a French Lavender with short thick mauve/purple/blue flowers. Depending on your own preference, also consider Pelargoniums, Hemerocallis (Day Lily), Agapanthus nana (Agapanthus dwarf varieties). If you want low growing ground cover in between larger shrubs, then maybe Geranium incanum (Carpet Geranium), Erigeron karvinskyanus. If you like spiky plants, then Strelitzia (Crane Flower), Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker) or Dietes grandiflora/bicolour (Rain Flower in white or yellow). Phew!
Oct 02 2014, 09:20 AM
Anonymous
Much appreciated thank you

S.A.
Sep 25 2014, 03:09 PM
Maurice Jacobs
Hi im looking to enhance the area around my pool with some trees. What would you recommend bearing in mind the root system as well as shedding of leaves. I aleady have palms in mind but I would like to add some variety as well. Preferabley evergreens. Your imput would be greatly appreciated thanks. I live in Kraaifontein
Sep 25 2014, 06:18 PM
Rod
Firstly, please go to the eGardens Inspiration section and scroll down to the article Your Poolside Planing Guide. You'll find some general information there. Then scroll down within that Guide and find my Response to a question from Diana. I mention an EXCELLENT link, provided to you below, about trees suitable for planting around pools. Mention is also made about the problems with leaves and fruit. If you like the look of palms, consider the indigenous Cyathea capensis or Cyathea dregei. The Poolside Planting Guide and my Response to Diana also mention a few evergreen plants which give a tropical look.

http://www.randomharvestnursery.co.za/RandomHarvestNews/IndigenousGardening/tabid/275/entryid/14/Trees-for-Pools.aspx

Sep 22 2014, 01:06 PM
john
15 sqm Bearea grass in Ballito
Sep 23 2014, 09:44 AM
Rod
eGardens has not yet appointed a landscaper in your area of KZN. Should there be a significant demand for landscaping and consultation, we will certainly do so. Sorry we can't assist you at this point in time! For now, you might wish to visit one of your local nurseries and ask them to recommend someone reputable. Or use someone who has been recommended by friends or family.
Sep 18 2014, 12:09 PM
Shawn
Hi,
We would like to get a quotation from you for a fynbos garden at our residential home. We need to know our options as well as get an idea of costs involved etc. We live in Bothasig.

Please let me know if you will be able to come and give us a quote.

Thanks,
Shawn
Sep 23 2014, 09:36 AM
Rod
I have asked the person to whom we pass on landscaping and site consultation to contact you, so he should be in contact with you soon, if not already.
Sep 23 2014, 10:55 AM
Anonymous
Thanks he did.
Sep 09 2014, 07:28 AM
Peter Reynolds
I am currently building a house in Somerset West. I need guidance with indigenous garden design and layout. Can someone please help.
Sep 10 2014, 09:31 AM
Rod
I will be meeting with the person to whom we outsource landscaping consultation and projects on Friday, and will mention your request to him. He can then revert to you directly via your email address (if you have supplied one) and you can then proceed from there, if you are able to reach agreement. He is both a friend and a landscaper, and his work quality is excellent.
Jul 29 2014, 07:16 AM
Janey Muller
Morning
can you please recommend a grass for a very small area around a pool ? and do you supply it ? Cost please
thanks and regards
Jul 29 2014, 09:06 AM
Rod
The perennial favourite lawn grass is Kikuyu Grass. It is robust, but is invasive and is somewhat of a water-holic. My own choice above Kikuyu for your landscaping purposes is Buffalo Grass. It takes foot traffic better than does Kikuyu Grass. It is more expensive to plant than Kikuyu Grass, but your area seems to be small anyway, hence the final cost difference would not be that great. Especially around a pool, it would be best to opt for roll-on lawn which will give you an instant coverage. Please note that chlorinated water is damaging to lawn grass, so either ask bathers to be careful about splashing the pool water about, or you can install a stone chip filled drainage channel between your pool paving and the lawn. Regarding supply of lawn grass, we stopped doing that (and plants, trees and seed) several months ago and have become a reference only website. BUT we now offer the option of a landscaping service, only around Cape Town at present. So it depends on where you live, as to whether this service can be of use to you or not. Should you wish to obtain a quote we will gladly perform a site visit and prepare a quote you. You can send an email with your requirements to our email address which is rod@egardens.co.za and we will forward it for you.

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