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Landscaping and Gardening services

Landscaping and gardening services are essential to creating an atmosphere in an outdoor space, such as the area around an office building or complex, or the lawn around a house. Their specialised services can turn a plain space into a beautiful oasis.

Landscaping

Landscaping involves planning the space and implementing that design. A landscaper must be able to visualise a picture for a space and then be able to create that same picture. This involves incorporating horticultural elements such as trees, shrubbery and lawns with hardscapes. These include pathways, furniture, garden beds, water features and fences. Designers typically work on residential or small-scale projects. Landscape architects usually work on larger scale projects, which can include such things as hotels and resorts. Landscapers often plan the area, and then contract with gardeners or other labourers to do the actual work.

Gardening

Unlike landscaping, gardening usually involves the actual planting and maintenance of the space. This is more of an ongoing activity. A gardener is used to providing specialised care throughout the year. They have a greater knowledge of soil ecology, climates and plant physiology. Water drainage is very important in a garden, and knowing soil types can aid planning for proper drainage. A gardener would also have to be able to handle pest infestations, as they can cause major damage. Gardeners tend to contract for regular maintenance, including lawn mowing, weeding and general cleanup of the area.

Specialised Services

Many services are offered by both landscapers and gardeners. Tree cutting and maintenance is often hired out, as specialised equipment is needed, such as chainsaws and bucket trucks. Oftentimes, pool maintenance and cleanup are offered. Seasonal maintenance can include delivery and application of compost and topsoil, as well as driveway and landscape stone. Most gardeners and landscapers are knowledgeable in irrigation equipment installation and maintenance, such as lawn sprinklers. Clearing an old lawn and laying sod should be done by a professional, to be sure that the sod will take root, and will be free of weeds.

Landscapers and gardeners are able to build and maintain your environment to fit your needs, whether those needs be residential or commercial, incorporating trees and plants you your space. You can find all kinds of landscaping and gardening services in South Africa.