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THE RISE AND RISE OF ARTIFICIAL GRASS ADVANCEMENTS IN BATTERY OPERATED EQUIPMENT


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FEBRUARY 2016 VOLUME 2, ISSUE 8

6 News Shed Industry news from around South Africa 9 Association News Welcome Clay Brick Association and SANA invites you to their Autumn Trade Fair AGENDA 10

A look at industry relevant topics encouraging healthy debate

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13 The Rise and Rise of Artificial Grass A look at the progression of artificial turf as a viable option to our landscaping sector OPINONS

18 Ask Yourself… What is the Role of the Green Industry? Ida Breed on what we as an industry should really be focusing on to influence our environment. 21 Let’s Start with our Sidewalks Lee Burger on the importance of some thing as simple as a sidewalk for our cities’ emotional wellbeing.

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NEWS

NEWS SHED THE SOUTH AFRICAN LANDSCAPERS INSTITUTE (SALI) LAUNCHES FANTASTIC NEW WEBSITE WWF HEADQUARTERS WINS GREEN BUILD AND SUSTAINABILITY AWARD The new head office of the WWF in Braamfontein has just won an award for green build and sustainability construction. The WWF building demonstrates dedication towards finding practical sustainable solutions that fit within a strict budget, without being constrained by it. The design team had to adapt and change the design to suit, in some instances opting less for technological solutions and more for passive design, and in so doing the project stayed largely within its construction budget of approximately R8.5 million, which was funded from the organisation’s reserves and supplemented with applicable sustainable product and material sponsors. The result is a building that disproves the idea that building green should be expensive. Furthermore, a green building translates into lower operating costs and a reduction of the intrinsic environmental impact of the building, which in turn confirms the organisation’s values. The planted roof garden for recreation and breaks is fed by a drip irrigation system. An attenuation tank under the timber decking collects and channels rainwater from the roof to storage in the basement. The roof top garden was a very simple collection of

indigenous water wise plants from the Highveld. In comparison to the previous building, there are a lot more facilities, including boardrooms and recreational facilities on the roof. The indoor air quality is fresh and all materials are non-pollutant and free of toxins. Dean Muruven, WWF water source areas programme manager, based in the Braamfontein offices, says the central city location also has a special culture that the staff enjoy: “Owning a green building gives the employees a sense of pride as it feels like it brings us closer to our values as an organisation, particularly with some of the unique features contained within our building.” www.wwf.org.za

Described on its dazzling new website as “The only representative body for, and the national voice of, the landscape industry” We would like to introduce all industry members to a fantastic and well trusted association. The South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) was formed in 1984 and is a national body with regional offices serving landscape contractors and suppliers. SALI was formed by a group of progressive landscapers who saw the potential of the landscape industry in South Africa. They believed that the true potential could only be realised if landscape contractors showed unity, produced excellent work and projected a professional image. You can find their Constitution, list of selected suppliers, blog and SALI awards results on their new and easy to navigate website. Visit www.sali.co.za for more.


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FIELDTURF, WORLD LEADER IN SYNTHETIC TURF SPORTS PRODUCTS ENTERS S.A. MARKET the distribution and production agreements during a recent visit to South Africa.

In a major boost to the upgrading of South African artificial turf sports facilities, the world’s largest producer of synthetic sports and landscape surfacing is entering the local market. FieldTurf, part of the 130-year-old Paris Stock Exchange-listed Tarkett Group, has signed a distribution agreement for FieldTurf sports products with Johannesburg-based Fintrex, a leader in the synthetic sports surfaces market in Southern Africa for the past 30 years; and a manufacturing agreement for artificial turf with Free State-based Nouwens Carpets, a leader in the carpet industry since 1962. Nouwens will also produce and handle the sales of FieldTurf synthetic turf landscaping. Ian Tittershill, Montreal-based Vice-President International of Tarkett Sports, a division of the Tarkett Group which operates 34 manufacturing sites in 17 countries and with sales in more than 100 countries, concluded

municipalities, for example, investing in new low-maintenance sports facilities in areas where the under-privileged have never been He says FieldTurf is the most trusted synthetic able to hone their sports performances. turf for football, soccer, baseball, or any sport Fintrex has wide experience in the design worldwide. “Not all synthetic turf surfaces are and build aspects of synthetic sports facilities the same and inferior brands can pose serious and can meet exact specifications within set injury threats to sportsmen and women who budgets and timeframes.” play and train on them. FieldTurf has become renowned for safety and performance as well Fintrex counts, among major contracts, as durability and is used as practice surfaces the Hartleyvale Olympic-qualifying Hockey for world soccer icons such as Barcelona Stadium, the Johannesburg Athletics FC and Manchester United, as well as a Stadium, Green Point Athletics Stadium, and variety of other sports, including at Olympic the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace Stadium. Games. We have been interested in entering Oscar Grobler, Chairman of Nouwens the South African market for many years now Carpets, says the new partnership with but the time was not right. Now, with our two FieldTurf will place the company at the strategic partnerships, FieldTurf will be able forefront of innovation and development to provide playing surfaces for South Africans as it enters a new market. “It also provides of all walks of life, even in remote rural areas,” Nouwens with a stepping stone towards Tittershill stated. becoming SA’s leader in the soft flooring Eunice Forbes, MD of Fintrex – who played industry. This forms part of our ongoing a leading role in the collaboration that will strategy to remain a world-class company bring FieldTurf to South Africa – says the in terms of innovation and forming alliances local availability of the product will, for the with strategic international partners,” first time, enable the purchaser to select Grobler states. aspects such as pile heights and fibre content Over 50 years since it first opened its doors of artificial turf sports surfaces according to as a family business, Nouwens Carpets now specific requirements. “Fintrex believes the has close to 200 employees and is headed fact that FieldTurf is not a mass-produced by CEO and owner, Luci Nouwens, daughter sports surface but can cater for such specific of the founder, Cornelis Nouwens. requirements – and budgets – will see rural

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CORNUBIA’S WIN-WIN REHABILITATION SOLUTION Riparian areas – the strip of land on either side of a river – are an important element of healthy rivers. They provide essential habitats for wildlife while also acting as buffers between upland areas and open water. Having the correct plants in place assists in filtering pollutants from the water and provides a barrier to erosion. The shade afforded by the vegetation helps to reduce water temperatures which, in turn, leads to better oxygen levels to support aquatic animals. “Years of human settlement, including sugar cane farming, have left the banks of the Ohlanga River in Cornubia degraded and filled with alien plants,” notes Bongani Gumede, Corporate Director of Tongaat Hulett Developments. “We recognise the importance of a healthy riparian zone and for this reason, we have teamed up with Wildlands Conservation Trust to rehabilitate the stretches of land on either side of the river.” “By removing the alien vegetation and replacing it with indigenous flora,” adds David Moldenhauer, Strategic Manager – Technical Support of Wildlands “we can restore the valuable habitat to its original state.” But it’s not just any indigenous plants which are used. Thorough research has been undertaken to ensure that the correct historic plants – those which used to be in this location before the sugar cane fields – are planted.

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On top of this, the Wildlands project is not only aimed at environmental restoration. The initiative is also creating jobs and providing skills and training to the local community. There are several different programs that they have been developed which aim to empower the community. The first is a team of individuals who have been employed to work on the rehabilitation of the riparian zone itself. These people clear the floodplain tract on either side of the banks of the river using the “chop and drop” method: the alien vegetation is chopped down and left on the ground in place. This saves on the cost of removal and, perhaps more importantly, the cut material left on the ground makes an excellent mulch for the newly planted indigenous species while also supressing weed growth. It specifically isn’t burnt as this would be a waste of perfectly good nutrients for the soil.

workers can go forward and apply their trade as woodsmen and subcontract their services to residents and businesses in the area. This is the very definition of a business incubator.” In addition, the local community is to be involved in growing the desired indigenous plants. Members are to be trained in the cultivation of the specific plants that will restore health and balance as well as increase the biodiversity of the floodplain. “We are not looking at the easy to grow landscaping plants, although in time we expect that the growers will also be able to provide nursery services to the greater Cornubia region, including residents and businesses.”

To date, 31 jobs for the alien plant clearing have been created for people from the local community. A new team has just been trained to use chainsaws and both Wildlands and Tongaat Hulett aim to use this training and practical application as a basis to incubate a future working environment for those trained. “It is essentially the same as teaching a man to fish,” explains Moldenhauer, “and he will never go hungry again. The hope is that these skilled

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NEWS SANA GREEN INDUSTRY TRADE FAIR, 8 March 2017 Held bi-annually the SANA (South African Nursery Association) Green Industry Trade Fairs continue to grow stronger. It is currently the largest horticultural trade fair in South Africa.

and the promotions of products and brands to a targeted trade audience.

It is the only show to discover new nursery and retail focused products, equipment and services and to find new, popular plant This premier green industry event takes place varieties and the only green environment in March and August each year with a proven to network with thousands of top industry track record of bringing more exhibitors and professionals. With over 130 exhibitors, more visitors together in this face-to-face 5200m² of exhibition space this is one of platform. the most sought after events by buyers and key decision makers. The Trade show’s main focus is to maximize So don’t miss out on our Autumn Trade return on investment for exhibitors by Show on 8 March 2017! generating trade leads, increasing orders

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also provide a non-slip surface through their abrasive characteristics. For urban development and landscape architects, design freedom with clay brick is almost unlimited. Available in a wide palette of colours and textures, clay brick is suited to a broad spectrum of tastes and lifestyles. Clay brick is certainly the best choice for the discerning homeowner. The CBA expand awareness, knowledge and support for clay brick masonry with the goal of ensuring local property owners achieve long life, good value and sustained performance of brick walls and paving. The CBA provides strategic direction to its members through an investment in research and educational initiatives regarding energy efficiency, reduced emissions, green building and sustainable construction. Please visit www.claybrick.org.za for all there is to know on clay brick construction in South Africa.

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THE

AGENDA What is the one thing the industry needs to do better in 2017

Ryan Pembroke

Anja Freysen

Wikus Jordaan

Executive Director Leitch Landscapes

Shadowlands Wholesale Nursery

Contracts Manger at Urban Landscape Solutions

I would think one of the biggest problems we

“THE CLIENT IS ALWAYS RIGHT”…

For me it is the payment terms between

are currently facing in the landscape industry is the fact that it’s not a regulated industry and it’s not a statutory requirement to be a member of SALI or any other governing body, this coupled with the current state of the country’s economy and demands from trade unions is making business very challenging at present. The union’s influence the staff, make unrealistic promises and create expectations which cause staff to become disgruntled and unmotivated, having a negative impact on the employees performance as well as creates a poor perception from the clients side. Being an unregulated industry it means that the larger landscaping companies who are members of SALI have to compete against smaller bakkie brigades/garden service companies that don’t always abide by SALI’s protocol. Landscaping and being a gardener is also not always perceived to be an expertise as “we can pick up a casual worker on the side of the road who can do my gardening / landscaping as well as anything else we require for a lesser fee”, hence the reason for a more regulated industry with statutory requirements and the formation of a bargaining council, would definitely assist the landscaping industry going forward to be more recognised as a professional industry.

A saying which we have all come to know and apply in our business dealings. In view of our current water crisis, it is time to have another look at this principal. Can we honestly, with a clear conscience, do exactly what the client wants, even knowing that they have not necessarily made an informed choice as to the garden they install. As with many issues in our land, education is key! As informed

the landscape subcontractor and the main contractor. The amount of time between claims until the subcontractor gets paid by the main contractor can sometimes be delayed for up to a year, in cases where retention money needs to be released. This has a great impact on turnaround time to complete work timeously, and puts pressure on the ability of the subcontractor to perform.

landscapers and gardeners, the onus lies on

A better solution would be direct contracting

the industry to educate our clients as to what

with the client, instead of a third party or main

is suitable and sustainable. Mrs Jones from

contractor acting as a middle man. The norm

London wants her holiday home to have the

should be that a construction guarantee be set

English Country Garden of her dreams in an

up for 100% of the work and the client pays

African climate. It is very tempting to install

a deposit of 50% before work commences.

her garden, take the money and run. But, is

Landscape contracts can be seen as a

this the correct approach? As informed and

separate contract of equal importance as the

talented landscapers it is our moral duty to

building contract. Main contractors usually

educate our clients, explaining why it is not

have the cash flow and backing to absorb

possible to have all the things they saw in the

payments that are withheld, but for smaller

magazine. We have a vast selection of local

subcontractors these withheld payments could

and suitable plants for our various climates,

mean that subcontractors are not able to pay

let’s start offering alternatives and doing a lot

their suppliers on time and affects business

of explaining. We all have so much knowledge

relationships.

and experience, let’s start sharing it with our clients and help them make informed choices. Educated clients make educated choices.

In effect the subcontractor is financing the work as more suppliers are demanding payments upfront, while the subcontractors often have to wait months for payments. This has a negative impact on industry standards and working relationships.

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Judy Panton-Jones

Lizelle Wolmarans

Leon Kluge

Director at JPJ Landscapes

Senior Landscape Architect at Gibb

Award winning landscape and garden designer

UPSKILLING

The profession of Landscape Architecture

I do have a passion for interesting Southern

has not managed to sufficiently build a body

African plants! There are so many everywhere

of solid knowledge through research, which

around us that would be ideal for landscapes,

Regardless of our age we need to upskill.

weakens the profession in terms of justifying

and indeed I try to use as many as I can in my

There is always room for growth and improved

its practice. Landscape Architects are very

designs, harvesting and giving seed to growers

skills. We need to seriously stream line as we

private about system designs and solutions,

to produce seedlings for my projects… but

prepare for 2017. Our sites need to reach full

as if it were a trade secret. If we want

it seems that more focus or energy is spent

potential and so do we. Our gardening staff

Landscape Architecture in South Africa to be

on looking and promoting new colours of

need ongoing encouragement .They need

a competitive profession amongst engineering

Petunia’s (as an example). I know they are

to grow in knowledge and skill. They need

sciences and architecture, then we need to

bread and butter plants but I hope we as an

to realise how important their jobs are and

be able to justify our decisions and actions

industry can introduce and promote a lot more

training can only have a positive spin off and

with rational explanations and evidence. More

of our wonderful and unique indigenous plants

healthy competition of staff can spark forward

than often Landscape Architects are basically

to the retail and landscape market. Especially

momentum. Especially if there are incentives

experimenting through new projects where

with our erratic rainfall and temperatures, it

involved! There is no shortage of great leaders

the professional actions are built on common

can only be beneficial as we definitely haven’t

in our industry, but there certainly is a need

sense, professional experience, and client-

even scratched the surface of the landscape

for experienced site managers to upgrade on

expressed desires to make their design, which

potential some of our forgotten flora could

their plant and landscaping knowledge. It’s

does not necessarily come with justifications.

have in the landscape market.

very often same old same old and certainly no

We need to change our perceptions

new fresh approach with plant combinations,

about knowledge-sharing amongst other

especially in the light of our climate change.

professionals and advance our collective

How important it is to change our ever so

knowledge. Incorporating research studies

boring plant palettes. Let us move forward

into the Landscape Architectural studies

green industry! We have a huge ethnic

courses to allow students to do research on

heritage. Why does this not inspire us to

completed projects should be considered.

upskill and create new and amazing designs

Post –occupancy evaluations will be valuable

using our own natural heritage?

for all within the profession to learn from

We need to change!

other’s mistakes and successes. Research based information can help Landscape Architects to convince clients of the practicality and success rates.

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FEATURE

REPORT:

THE RISE AND RISE OF

Artificial turf has come a long way since its inception. Here is a look at the journey of artificial grass and its advancements within the green industry, its pertinence to the market and the characteristics that make it a viable alternative to real lawn.

Talking to the market leaders in the artificial grass industry, technological advances mean artificial grass now looks more natural than ever. From the look, to the feel, and even the behaviour of the grass, more and more companies are capable of replicating the real thing, meaning there are now some excellent surfaces available to landscapers. It is now becoming the norm for artificial grass to look natural. Products available now are more realistic in their appearance than they’ve ever been. Five years ago the realistic look and feel of products was something we almost considered a USP, but most manufacturers are now producing artificial grass which looks more natural. This in turn is making the market increasingly competitive.

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All about the base SyntheticLawn’s Michael Merryweather explains… ‘Synthetic Turf should be laid on a suitable substrate to maximise the longevity and functionality of the product. The base forms two major functions in delivering a solid platform that drains. By using the correct layer works one ensures that the turf area remains flat and can handle human traffic without becoming uneven over time. It is also important that the water drains efficiently after rain. Although different turf companies have different methods of handling base construction, it appears that most top companies use very similar processes in their construction. It starts off with the excavation of existing grass and organic top soil. The Insitu ground is then plate compacted. Next is the importing and compaction of a gravel type base. Commercial gravel like G4 works best and will give

MOST MANUFACTURERS ARE NOW PRODUCING ARTIFICIAL GRASS WHICH LOOKS MORE NATURAL. THIS IN TURN IS MAKING THE MARKET INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE

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Easigrass www.easigrass.co.za a rock hard base that won’t undulate over time. A fine sand/stone layer is applied to smooth off the base and a concrete perimeter edge cast, onto which the grass edging will be glued. The base should also be guaranteed by your preferred installer as a part of the total installation guarantee.’

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PEOPLE ARE MAKING THE LINK BETWEEN THE PRODUCTS THEY SEE AT SPORTS CLUBS AND THE SURFACES THEY CAN HAVE INSTALLED IN THEIR OWN GARDENS

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Shape shifting Shaped yarns are becoming very popular, as they provide structure to the uprights yarn which keeps them standing upright’ explains Michael. ‘Various shapes are used from V, C and even S Shape yarns. The industry is not stopping though with constant innovations on new yarns & backing systems to create the perfect synthetic turf. The biggest improvement in artificial grass is the introduction of dual yarn systems that do not require infill. A curly root zone yarn was introduced along with the standard straight yarn giving you a dual yarn system. The curly root zone replaces the need for sand or rubber and provides softness to the product whilst keeping it upright.’ www.prolandscaper.co.za


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Synthetic Lawn www.syntheticlawn.co.za Duraturf’s Technical and Market Expert Ayden Shrives explains that Duraturf uses international yarn leader Tencate for their raw materials, to ensure durable, UV stable products best suited to our climatic conditions. He believes this relationship keeps their development team in touch with colour and yarn shape trends. ‘It must be noted’ says Ayden, ‘that shaped yarn profiles will cause yarns to stay permanently flat once the spine is bent. This has been seen in the sports market where we have seen a full circle from spherical yarns to shaped and now back to spherical/ diamond yarns. He is of the opinion that shaped yarns fail in time. True colours One of the biggest improvements to artificial grass for landscapers has been the introduction of a ‘thatched zone’ (an integral root zone including lighter shade yarns) and the vast choice of colours that the surface is now offered in. Most suppliers are now using different shades

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Easigrass www.easigrass.co.za of brown and green in the root zone as well as two types of green in the upright yarn. This gives a more realistic grass look with up to four different colours. The use of a now, more realistic blade is also aiding this improvement. Easigrass has recently taken the lead to redesign its entire range of 9 artificial grasses to better suit the South African market. Herve Truniger (Trigger), National Accounts Manager for Easigrass South Africa, says ‘the decision to redesign the 9 grass types was based on the fact that South African grass doesn’t look like European grass in either colour or texture. In South Africa, the best known grasses are Kikuyu and Berea which have far broader blades. He adds ‘Easigrass South Africa has also introduced a South African DIY range of artificial grass known as Easi-Green.’ There is now a push towards an authentic and aesthetically viable alternative where in the past the focus was mainly on sports fields and adapting this surface by fibrillating it to make it ‘landscaping’ viable.

Import, export Different companies have different perspectives on the best place to import artificial grass from when it comes to quality. The Netherlands, China and the USA are all now consistent manufacturers of quality products. Where to import artificial grass from might depend on the specification and requirement of the product. If you are thinking of importing, it’s also worth looking into whether the manufacturer has the backing of any trade associations or industry bodies. Ayden Shrives agues the point however, that artificial grass manufactured in South Africa is the best option. ‘Duraturf is the only complete artificial turf grass producer in South Africa. Our company ensures that products are

Pictured in this article are four of South Africa's leading artificial turf companies.

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FEATURE

THIS YEAR THE INDUSTRY PREDICTS TO SELL 35% MORE SQUARE METRES THAN LAST YEAR

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produced for our local environment using world leading raw materials to suit climate and social needs. The state of the art production facility of 140000sqm based in Pietermaritzburg employees over 600 employees and has an annual turnover of over R 1 billion. It ensures job creation, sustainable economic business practice and financial contribution to the national government. With this sound plan it puts us in a position to ensure continuity of service delivery, product support and warranty for generations to come.’

high profile sporting events, it has received huge coverage and exposure – but has it had an effect on the landscaping industry? Fintrex’s MD, Eunice Forbes thinks so … ‘I would definitely say that artificial grass is more accepted than it has ever been, because of how much more visible it is – and a lot of that visibility can be attributed to sport. People are certainly making the link between the products they see at sports and leisure clubs and the surfaces they can have installed in their own gardens.”

Leading the field As the quality of artificial turf has increased, so too has its use in sport. Gone are the days of football pitches covered in sand, giving player’s carpet burns and looking unnatural. Today artificial grass has been used in the Champions League for football, the Olympics for hockey and is a sought after surface for sports clubs and schools. With fake turf featuring in such

New growth There are a number of new products coming to market that may be of interest to landscapers. UK’s Stuart Hedgecock from Perfectly Green says: “Next season we’re looking to launch wooden edging which bolts together so it interlocks. That’s quite an exciting new product.” Another new trend that companies are looking to develop is artificial grass that has

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been designed to look like decking. This can be useful for landscapes where a client wishes to have a garden that is easy to maintain and clean, but doesn’t necessarily want solely artificial grass. A decking styled grass can be used alongside the turf to complement it and stop the garden from looking overly green. UK Company Evergreens is excited by the potential of the product and informs us saying “One of our new products imitates decking – it’s low slip and a great way to invigorate tired wood, as you can simply install over the top of pre-existing decking. It’s still a market with room for plenty of growth, so we will see many developments over the next few years.” Future In terms of what lies ahead, artificial grass is only going to become more realistic. Stuart says the industry is constantly improving: “We’ve got some exciting new stuff to come through next year. There are some new models and new shaped yarns, and some really realistic looking artificial grasses so the range will improve. It’s a constant evolution.” We asked a range of artificial grass companies for their sales figures from 2015 compared with predicted sales for 2016. On average, the industry predicts to sell 35% more square metres of artificial grass than last year. This is a huge rise and with the industry showing no signs of slowing down, proving artificial grass has moved past being seen as just acceptable, and is now a serious option.

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OPINION

ASK YOURSELF… WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE GREEN INDUSTRY? Ida Breed on what we as an industry should really be focusing on to influence our environment.

L

andscape designers and contractors

in South Africa. Firstly we should take

there for a selected few to enjoy. The people

are green “friendly”. However they

responsibility for the particular rich biodiversity

that need the green space most are those that

do not always follow an ecological

we have in South Africa, and secondly we

are often not welcome. If we cannot influence

sensitive approach in their work. Gardening

should become socially conscious and make

our clients, we can still provide refuge and

is regarded as beautification; it is supposed

sure green spaces benefit all people. We can

physical comfort to passers-by in our design.

to look nice. For the same reason, exotic

complain about what our clients demand or

Parking lots, shopping areas and streets

vegetation, manicured gardens, expanses of

what government should be doing, but there

surrounding commercial areas can also be

lawn and alien trees still dominate greening

is also a lot of power in our own hands to

havens for those that need a place to sit, a

projects implemented daily. We also tend to

make a difference.

moment of rest, sympathy from the heat or

go for a small palette of low maintenance “die hard” plant species, selecting “Leopard trees” again for a contained commercial landscape in Gauteng, or following images that we find in overseas garden magazines: curly shaped and colourful green walls, sexy detailing, street furniture and lighting on hard surfaces.

In the green industry we should make more use of regional species to create awareness with our clients and the public of the unique

ecosystems that provide numerous ecosystem services. They also celebrate the special beauty of each part of South Africa. More and more nurseries are offering local species

space created in South Africa, whether private

that are adapted to regional conditions and

or public, can add value to people’s lives and

can survive without long term irrigation and

improve the functioning of the environment

fertilization. As water is our number one

at the same time. Are we making an effort to

depleting resource, cutting out thirsty exotics,

improve our cities, or is it only our bread and

including large expanses of lawn, from our

butter? It is time for voluntary associations

planting list should be a main priority. That

and institutes to play a stronger ethical role

being said, reducing building footprints

in the industry and guide their members in

and maximizing permeable surfaces are just

terms of best practice. Landscape projects

as important for heat island reduction,

that are awarded by SALI and ILASA should be

storm water infiltration, and preservation of

exemplary in how they contribute to social and

healthy soils. Many clients still want green spaces that are

I think there are two main aspects that need

somehow exclusive. Developers want to pay

to be addressed in landscape installations

for green space that always looks good and is

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that attract the butterflies and the bees.

plants are the corner stones of healthy

environmental role to play. Every green or open

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day. How better if we do this with local species

regional vegetation and identity. Regional

The green industry has a key cultural and

ecological challenges our country is facing.

cold, a little bit of nature and beauty in their

About Ida Breed Ida Breed is a Professional Landscape Architect; she holds a Master’s degree in Urban Studies and a PhD. She is a lecturer at the University of Pretoria and is currently the President of the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa. She is a passionate explorer of place and has travelled broadly with a specific focus on the developing world.

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OPINION

Let’s Start with

OUR SIDEWALKS

Lee Burger on the importance of something as simple as a sidewalk for our cities’ emotional wellbeing. It is not often that I get the urge to rally up my

clean and taken care of. It feels as if they value

fellow professionals, but recently I found myself

the pedestrian commute, and care about what

very depressed whilst driving. It is in this moment

people think. Not to mention that this is an area

of confused anger and depression that I realized

where the installation will suffer less theft than that

the immense impact the beauty of a city has

of some parks. It may just seem like a narrow little

on our emotional wellbeing. I long for the times

piece of land, but consider for a moment what the

when cities and towns called themselves the

contrary is doing. Dust pathways destroy the soils

rose capital or the garden city of South Africa.

which run into the nearest sewers and clog it up.

Instead we are faced with housing estates called

Trash brings with it disease and is hazardous to

‘Beautiful Oaks’ or corporate complexes named

wildlife not to mention the image of danger and

‘Meadow Parks’ with no oak or meadow in sight.

neglect. Tall un-kept grasses pose fire hazards or

What is the impact of city image on us and why

even become places to commit crime. We see the

are we not more concerned about it?

neglect and we judge our entire country’s ability to maintain valuable open space. Broken lights result

If we think of the concept a City tries to bring

is areas of danger or cause accidents. We judge

forth to its visitors, some cities are head and

any particular company who rips up the pavement

shoulders above others. This is easy for Cape

and does not replace it properly.

Town for instance where natural splendour is of abundance (I mean really, they have a huge

This is the tiniest narrowest little area that I hope

big beautiful mountain), but in other cities like

will receive some attention this year. It does not

Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein, the

need a lot of design, or an immense amount of

image relies largely on man-made landscape and

monetary input. Our sidewalk just wants to be

design. It is borderline unacceptable that money

tended to, in any way shape or form. It is a canvas

set aside for the beautification of our cities is

for advertising what a city can be. It Is the public

largely spent on community parks alone, in areas

image of any city.

where it benefits only a few. In my personal opinion one dramatic public area that will boost any cities’ international appeal and improve the wellbeing of almost everyone commuting irrespective of whether they are walking or driving is that narrow strip that everyone neglects to address. The sidewalk. It used to be the pride and advertisement of any company and homeowner, but now, it is a dug up, left for dead, dangerous trench; half filled with internet fibre cables, trash and sewage pipes.

About Lee Burger Lee Burger is principal and senior lecturer at the Irene School of Garden Design. He is an assessor for leading educational institutions and universities in South Africa and is a prominent consultant on a variety of projects, especially in design and architecture. Lee has written numerous books

To me it feels as if the entire countries’ problems

and articles. Lee Burger also has his own digital

can be solved here. If this looks taken care of, it

magazine called Virere magazine, which can be

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FEATURE

C O M PA N Y

PROFILE

Pro Landscaper Africa talks to Vic van Eck, the Business Development Director of Servest’s Landscaping & Turf sectors to find more about the largest horticultural business in SA and its plans for the future.

Can you tell us a bit about Servest’s offering of services to the green industry? Servest’s Landscaping offering provides a professional and holistic approach to all aspects of commercial landscape maintenance, including sports turf, golf, industrial and environmental. We maintain and enhance our landscapes using sound horticultural practice and meticulous care, to provide the most aesthetically pleasing environment. Servest focuses on the maintenance and

industrial properties. Quality and service delivery has insured steady growth since the organisation’s inception. To ensure adherence to the highest level of service excellence, we are affiliated to a number of industry organisations, including, S.A.L.I. (South African Landscapers Institute). Environmental management and specialised sourcing of plants is another important part of our Landscaping operation.

installation of a variety of commercial and

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operation, we have been privileged to work on some of the largest landscaping projects and turf and golf construction maintenance contracts (including the 2010 World Cup). We think that this pedigree would appeal to a developer, who is looking for a partner that can demonstrate capacity and ability to operate to international standards.

Of your Turf and Landscaping

Where do you see your landscaping, turf

sectors, which one dominates the

and green sector in 5 years’ time?

most work and why?

With the economy being sluggish, we are

Both businesses are leaders in their

concerned that this sector gets ignored or not

respective fields.

prioritised. However environmental issues and especially water are top of mind and as such

What geographical areas do you cover? We are active throughout the whole of South Africa and Swaziland. What would you describe as Servest’s ethos in our horticultural sector? We strive to excel in all services we offer in the industry. What sized projects do you normally undertake and how big is your team?

our services will always be relevant. Despite this, I am optimistic for the sector and still expect to see growth over the next 5 years. Our customers are always looking for innovative sustainable solutions to their challenges. How do you receive most of your clients? With our 35 year track record, we are fortunate to be approached regularly for advice and assistance with projects, solutions and also tenders. We also have an experienced national sales team and our operational teams all of

We are the largest horticulturist business in

whom actively look for opportunities on a daily

Africa. As such we can deal with anything from

basis. We pride ourselves on our client focused

the smallest to the largest projects. We have a

culture and are proud to say that we have

CIDB rating of 7SH, 4CE and 4GB; one of the

contracts that have been running for some

highest in the industry. We employ over 5,000

35 years.

staff members nationally, many of whom are horticultural experts. The team is supported by a fleet of over 350 vehicles, an extensive fleet of tractors, heavy and medium sized equipment and specialised turf equipment, all supported by a fully-fledged technical department.

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Why would a developer pick Servest? At Servest Landscaping and Turf we are sensitive to what our clients require. We are able to design a solution that meets both their needs and budget. During our years of

Servest’s Landscaping and Turf Sectors Contact: Vic Van Eck VicV@servest.co.za 082 415 1008 www.servest.co.za

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INTERVIEW

30 MINUTES WITH

PAUL ODENDAAL Pro Landscaper Africa sits down with Paul Odendaal to find out more about Cape Town’s plant guru and his take on our green industry.

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INTERVIEW

ThĂŠ Baines Boababs in Botswana. An Inspiring landscape

Understanding plants and climates is essential, indigenous is always important but what is more important is the right plant for the right reason, in the right place.

What did you study to pursue your

What were your first jobs and who were

passion in horticulture?

your mentors through the first period of

from start to full production where 12 tunnels were erected and the cucumbers were grown

your profession?

hydroponically from seed.

or Horticulture and once I started talking to the

During my 3rd year of studies I went to Keith

2010 brought me back to Cape Town where

department- very little convincing was needed!

Kirsten Horticulture International to do my

I worked for Dean Kingham at Habitat Mature

I studied Landscaping and completed my

practical experience for 6 months, which then

Trees, marketing and selling mature trees in

Well, after school the choices were Architecture

Baccalaureurs in Landscape Technology in 2004 turned into a total of 7 years with the company.

containers of various sizes ready for the instant

at TUT (then called Pretoria Technicon). I then

Keith just started KKHI which we know as

gratification some projects desire. This enabled

started working weekends in Garden Centres

marketing of plants locally and internationally.

me to differentiate the dealings with the Cape

around Pretoria. Plant Material was my strong

He was a big personality on TV and was a

Town market compared to the Johannesburg

point and absolute passion. So many plants

fantastic marketer so his opinion has always

market and foreign market.

were now available in comparison to my home

been valued.

town in the Free State. Dreams were built on

When did you establish your company Paul

a daily basis of a Destination Garden Hub that

The opportunity then arose to be a plant buyer

included the various aspects of Horticulture,

for Broadacres Garden Centre, learning and

Landscaping, Interior and Floristry.

experiencing the direct relation to various brands In 2014 I decided that it is now or never. It was

Odendaal Designs?

and marketing systems whilst growing 50Â 000

now time to be my own boss after contemplating

cucumbers out in Tarlton, Johannesburg for the

it the previous year.

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INTERVIEW How would you describe the type of gardens you design through Paul Odendaal Designs? And, what do you perceive to be the most important aspects to take into consideration when designing a garden? I am a slave driver of passion! Plants are the first priority with my designs, and this is guided by location and orientation, the client’s expectations and management of their expectations. Understanding plants and climates is essential, indigenous is always important but what is more important is the right plant for the right reason, in the right place. Not all plants are equal in implantation of key turn projects, certain plants do well in certain areas because they relate to the climate. Cape Town for example has a Mediterranean climate on the Atlantic seafront, so does various parts of the peninsula. Some parts however are more arid and others, lusher. Currently I manage two hotels with 5-star ratings (Ellerman House Hotel and One and Only Cape Town). Their gardens are my responsibility with certain conditions to the job. I strive for a garden with monthly and seasonal interest complimenting the design, sometimes even succeeding in prompting nostalgia for the visitor by showcasing various flowers or scents. Keeping ideas fresh and incorporating plants (from vegetables to herbs and ornamental plants) helps me create sustainable gardening practises which are also pleasing to the eye.

The E-Bucks Maze. A project I worked on at Keith Kirsten Horticulture International (KKHI)

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What advice do you have for other landscapers, architects and designers who want to start their own landscaping businesses? What characteristics are

whatever your part. If you in for quick money,

colonial building in South Africa. I learned a lot

rather just go and party wasting away your

from them as most are well respected within the

money, but if you in for the long term with

industry.

consistent service delivery every time it will pay

important in this South African Economy?

off. No jokes, hard work has never killed anyone. Where do you see landscape architecture

The current state of affairs environmentally is

You were the curator for the Cape Town

certainly the biggest challenge, but the trusted basic garden principles would stand you in

and garden design in the next 5 years? Flower Show this October… how did you find the experience and what was it like

Currently our biggest asset in South Africa is the value of space. In the not too distant future

working with the landscapers?

however, we will also have the challenges of

that. Other countries around the world have the

I was part of an amazing team with various

we will need to allow space for recreation in very

same challenges that some have overcome,

expert experiences- each of us was an

clever ways.

Mediterranean, Sub Sahara and Australia have

ingredient in the shows recipe to success.

closely related climate conditions to ours of

Hosting over 11 000 people during 4 days and

which we can learn from and improve in some

dealing with public and local government means

way too. We are certainly living in an exciting

you need a team. The landscapers who were

time where innovation and creativity will be

directly involved in the show gardens really came

brought to the fore. Knowledge is becoming

with great enthusiasm, taking on challenges

Cooking, Horse riding, friends, photography and

easily available for those who would like to learn

with boldness. Most challenges arouse due to

travelling.

a good stead. The Cape has gone through it before and survived it so we mustn’t forget

overcrowded spaces- both private and public, so

When you aren’t creating masterpieces in the garden, what are some of your other hobbies?

more through networking. A very pertinent point the fact that the Castle is the oldest existing I was told by the late Lynton Johnson once upon a time was quite simply … ‘If you would like to do business with someone, introduce yourself’… it is how the majority of work is achieved. Another point is to be consistent with the service you provide. When it comes to suppliers, how do you go about selecting the best products for your gardens? Build a relationship with your suppliers and know their products. Plant mixes are important as soil is the foundation for any garden, plus the way the plants are grown will be the determining factor if the installation is going to be a success or not. What are some of the trickier aspects of working with contractors on your projects, and how can we as an industry better the communication for concept to delivery? Working as a team, not for you alone. Communication between parties, expected service delivery standard and pride in the job

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THE

SLOPES

OF SIGNAL HILL Red Daffodil’s Chris Maddams turns an oblique and muddy hillside into a spectacular, contemporary garden in one of the Western Cape’s most inspiring locations.

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terraces for optimal plant growth conditions without compromising the architectural values. The stone terraces were then planted with

A

cascading shrubs and groundcovers to further t the first site meeting in winter 2014, Chris Maddams of Red Daffodil climbed a steep stretch of muddy hillside,

covered in rubble & building material, overlooking the city of Cape Town. The idea of a lush garden

when it came to plant choices – namely that

peeks over the trees behind. Today the plot has been transformed into a waterwise, fragrant garden, and it is in fact the original hillside that informed so many of the decisions not just of the landscape design but before that the architecture

the plants selected be biased towards those with reputations for discouraging snakes. After all, riders and walkers on Signal Hill regularly encounter venomous cobras and puff adders. As someone who studied Botany at UCT & recognising the garden’s proximity to the wild hillside behind, Chris was keen to employ a predominantly fynbos palette – so searching for

The brief was to create a garden house – one

led to Artemisia afra, Pelargonium spp.,

conformed to the topography, merging with the natural environment rather than competing with its surroundings as a tribute to this plot’s incredible location.

aromatic plants to discourage reptile invaders Plectranthus neochilis, and Tulbaghia violacea. The latter are plants reported to be used around kraals in the Eastern Cape but they are sour smelling, so to keep them away from the patios, a wide band across the top of the property of just these two species was established.

Red Daffodil was approached well into the build of

the house and the importance of the garden once It was also important to keep the plant choices commissioned was to fulfil the design imperatives to species that aren’t particularly tall – Chris and remove the evidence of the building works.

chose lower growing buchus (Agathosma

Where the architects had initially envisioned

grasses (Aristida junciformis) as these wouldn’t

a garden on the natural slope, Red Daffodil’s Chris Maddams felt that it had been damaged by building works and its gradient represented an erosion risk during the winter rains. To mitigate this he pitched the concept of curved, asymmetrical low stone walls employing the very rock removed in the excavation of the pool. Lightly dressed for neatness but still retaining some roughness, these walls created informal

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caused the client to make an unusual request

of the house.

which blended into its natural surroundings and

COST (excluding pool & paving) R275 000.00

While having part of a National Park as your

Nevertheless, the plot had an arresting location,

is the upper slopes of Signal Hill & Lion’s Head

GARDEN AREA 320m2

prevented them from dominating the site.

backyard may make many of us envious it

the façade of Table Mountain, its back garden

Signal Hill, Cape Town

so that the walls never became too overt and

seemed distant.

with an amazing view across the City Bowl to

PROJECT DETAILS

disguise and distract from the hardscaping

capensis), succulents (Aloe cooperi) and create deep thickets for snakes to hide, plus it preserves the view of the hill from the lower levels of the house. The architects had sought to further connect the structure to its environment through creating planters on the upstairs patios – off the kitchen/ lounge and above the pool. Along with the wall that curves around the lap pool they asked that

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these be used to create a lush hanging garden effect to swamp the house in greenery. Tropical foliage tends to burn in the heat high on the slopes of Tamboerskloof where fynbos comes into its own, but the pool wall was a fairly shaded space. Adding a line of Cape Holly (Ilex mitis) for privacy added to the cooling effect so this has been planted with hardier indigenous ferns, Cyperus grasses, Toad Lilies (Tricyrtis formosana) and in a nod to the client’s request for yellow & red, Lotus berlothii cascaded over the plasterwork in a matter of months. After reading the above, evidently the garden is not 100% fynbos - exotic species were incorporated for specific reasons for example the toad lilies are there to give a tropical feel with their lush leaves & orchid-like flowers; a large Leopard tree (Caesalpinia ferrea) was inset in the patio paving at the client’s specific request while prostrate rosemary & smaller-growing lavender were added around the lawn to add to the fragrant nature of the garden. Nevertheless, all exotics were only chosen if they could handle the hot conditions of the site in a low rainfall environment.

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‘The plot had an arresting location, with an amazing view across the City Bowl to the façade of Table Mountain’

Today the garden with its mix of fynbos and waterwise planting is an aromatic tumble of textures and seasonal colours that add to the beauty of its surroundings, far removed from its bare & muddy origins.

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About Red Daffodil

Formed in 2002 Red Daffodil is a familyowned business aimed at creating beautiful outdoor spaces for our clients and their custom needs. Appropriate design principles and wide plant knowledge are integral to our approach along with a commitment to eco-friendly products. We design, projectmanage, install & maintain our gardens offering clients a complete service.

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PROJECT DETAILS Warner Beach, Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast SIZE 400m2 PROJECT VALUE R1,200,000 TIMELINE FOR CONSTRUCTION 12 weeks

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The Family requested a complete makeover

onto the pool which is a magnificent feature.

of this back garden. They required their garden

The raised swimming pool with panoramic glass

to be private, with reduced noise from the

is elevated with glass on two sides of the pool.

railway line next to the site. Another Challenge

This is a major feature of the garden and so is

to note was the strong sea wind that made

emphasized at night with under coping LED

this garden almost unbearable to utilise. The

strip lighting. An addition to the pool is a fire and

client also wanted a garden where they could

Ice feature which sits at the top middle, it adds

entertain, but one which was low maintenance.

character to the space and is a unique aspect

What they required was an oases where they

to this design. The water feature has a pot fire

could disappear on weekends after a long

pit that runs off gas and an LED colour changing

working week.

perspex water spout that pours water back to the pool.

Design Approach:

The approach was to create a multi terraced garden with different rooms. The walls were

The Elevated Lounging and Deck Area:

The drying and lounging composite deck area

extended by the use of a composite screen

provides another section to the garden as the

for wind and noise reduction. The aim was to

pool terrace is elevated flush with the pool

create an all season family garden that can be

coping. The use of sandstone multi sized round

appreciated all year round and during both the

balls carefully placed amongst the planting also

day and night.

adds a feature to this aspect of the garden.

The entertainment area was built with a wall to

The Sunken Boma: With the strong winds,

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Pots Supplier: Art to Date www.arttodate.co.za House of Classics www.houseofclassics.co.za Sandstone features: Akzento www.akzentosandstone.co.za Tiles, Cladding and Coping: Duratile Designs, Mazista Durban philemon@duratile.co.za Stepping Stones and Cobble Edging: Tuscany Paving www.tuscanypaving.co.za Instant lawn: Evangrass www.evangrass.co.za

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PORTFOLIO seating act as a planter box for more plants to soften the hardscaping in this area. The seating area has an LED strip which lights its base to create at night a dramatic effect. A central bright pot water feature adds colour and life to this section, it is also positioned strategically in line with the houses back door, which leads into the space. The Lawn: A central area is lawned with

Cynodon and provides a common area that links all aspects of the garden. This area softens the deck, paving and tilled surfaces and also provides a cushion for kids play or informal seating for the whole family.

PLANT PALLETTE

The plant pallet is carefully selected for hardiness and to withstand coastal conditions. Strong contrast colours add interest to the whole picture. The Aloe trees form the skeleton and provide height to this contemporary beach house. A combination of high backdrop hedges and smaller boarder hedges in the front, gives structure to the garden. The use of contrasting colour mix, texture and height add variety that softens the wall and adds detail to the garden. Hedges: Abelia grandiflora, Duranta

‘Sheena’s Gold’, Syzigium paniculatum, Planting and Features: The planting design is

Modernism, (Modernism, a movement that took

Murraya exotica, Cuphea mexicana and Buxus sempervirens.

off at the beginning of the 20th century and has come back into fashion especially in Australia, this is achieved by using plants in blocks, Architectural plant features and clipped hedges as framework).

The lighting was a key factor to this garden as the home owners wanted to utilise the space both in the day and at night. Lighting was kept subtle with emphasis on focal points. The entertainment area exhibiting brighter light as it will be more in use. All steps and pathways are lit up for ease of access. All features and key planting have spot lights so they still stand out at night.

MEET THE TEAM: Project Team: Landscape Design and Project Management: - Msimang Landscape Consultants (PTY) Ltd. Landscape Contractor: Abacus Gardens (Durban) Electrical Contractor: Khumbu Projects

PLANT MIX

Planting Mix: Cordyline Australis ’Autropurpureae’, Cycas revoluta, Gaura Lindheimeri (Pink), Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’, Phormium ‘Baby Bronze’, Carex ‘Frosted Curls’, Crassula multicava, Chondropetalum tectorum, Agapanthus praecox, Kniphofia praecox, Hemerocallis hybrids, Clivia miniata, Strelitzia reginae, Syzigium paniculatum (Standards), Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks of Fire’ and Nandina demestica.

About Msimang Landscape Consultants (PTY) Ltd. A Landscaping company established in 2013, founded and currently managed by Ntokozo Msimang, a Creative Landscape Designer with 12 years of experience in the landscaping industry. The company works with a diversity of Clients which include: - Governmental Institutions, Parks and Recreational bodies, Commercial sectors, Residential estates, and Learning Institutions.

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PORTFOLIO

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he brief for this central London roof terrace was to construct a high end contemporary usable space for the family to enjoy.

Background Paul Newman Landscapes was contacted by the clients in March 2015 to undertake the design and build of their large roof terrace in central London. After several meetings a design was presented along with costings for the build. As a starting point the services of a structural engineer were utilised to assess the existing roof structure. A survey was undertaken, and the outcome was to fit new steel beams to span across the roof space, which would allow the new design to ‘float’ over the existing roof.

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The design The terrace had great potential but was only used for the occasional barbecue, so the solution was to create a relaxation area with the existing hot tub, a large lounge area with green wall and water feature, and a kitchen and dining area

1 Dining area with flame heater 2 Water  feature with artificial green wall 3 Prunus  lusitanica gives screening around the jacuzzi 4 Millboard  walkway connecting lounge with dining area 5 Artificial green wall, smoked oak Millboard and stainless steel water feature 6 Uplit  olive trees in white cube planters 7 Overview  of the lounge area with contrasting Millboard

PROJECT DETAILS Project value R 1.425 million Build time April 2016 to July 2016 Size of project 150m2

8 The  bespoke kitchen unit 9 Water feature at night reflecting the LED strip

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PORTFOLIO

together with artificial grass incorporating a putting strip. LED remote control lighting featured throughout the design. For the flooring, enhanced grain Millboard composite decking was chosen in smoked oak and carbonised charred to create contrasting walkways and define the space. Glass reinforced plastic planters were the choice throughout with a carbon grey and white matte finish. For the boundary Griselinia littoralis was planted, a tough New Zealand evergreen shrub ideal for windy locations. Clipped olive trees surrounded by buxus cubes add height and make a feature of the dining area. The roof terrace was divided down the middle by an existing wall, to which an artificial green wall and stainless steel water feature were installed on the lounge side. A deck walkway links the other half of the terrace where a play lawn was installed for the children, together with a golf putting strip complete with flag and cup. For the kitchen and dining area a bespoke kitchen unit was constructed complete with barbecue and rotisserie, under counter fridge, sink and stainless steel cupboards. Tall cylindrical planters with clipped buxus and a low built-in planting bed complete this area. Collingwood low voltage LED lighting features throughout the terrace and is operated on a remote control system to allow individual control over the zones. For the front planters, an RGB colour change LED strip was installed underneath which is Wi-Fi controlled from a smartphone app. This adds a bit of fun and drama to the lounge and lawn areas, as it can also be set to pulse to music.

ABOUT PAUL NEWMAN LANDSCAPES Established in 1993, Paul Newman Landscapes provides a complete landscaping service from concept to completion for clients throughout London and Hertfordshire. Paul Newman Landscapes offers high quality, individual design and build projects to suit clients’ style and budget. Exterior design solutions have included roof terraces, bespoke hardwood structures, courtyard gardens, city spaces, large family gardens and more. www.paulnewmanlandscapes.co.uk

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PORTFOLIO

DURING WORK

Challenges As it was a roof terrace build above the fifth floor with huge quantities of materials required, access issues in and out of the building had to be overcome without disturbing the tenants; the only real solution was to use a furniture hoist. This piece of kit is only the size of a transit van so avoided the need for a crane on site including costly permits and road closures. Three parking bays were suspended, one for the hoist and the other two as a loading bay for materials as they arrived. Timing of deliveries was also crucial, so everything was ordered to be delivered to site on the same day. Two crews were armed with walkie-talkies for communication which made the whole process run smoothly from ground to roof. www.prolandscaper.co.za

1 D  ining area with bespoke kitchen unit 2 Millboard  detail with colour change LED under planters 3 Fire  Magic BBQ and granite worktop 4 The  only way is up! The hoist going up to the roof 5 View from the roof waiting for a load 6 Evening  in the lounge area 7 Fitting  slatted wall panels 8 M  aterials being delivered

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FEATURE PORTFOLIO

LAWN CARE

Leading lawn care equipment to begin 2017

STIHL BRUSHCUTTER STIHL offers a wide range of trimming, cutting and clearing equipment to meet any landscaping need. From lightweight models for trimming edges and keeping small grassed areas tidy to professional models for the heavy-duty work of clearing tough grass, bramble, thickets and weeds, STIHL machines come with the backing of 90 years of precision German engineering. STIHL trimmers and brushcutters come in a choice of petrol, electric and battery-powered versions. www.stihl.co.za

LSMP 1657 MH 2-IN-1 PETROL MULCH & CATCH – PRO 57 CONTRACTOR MOWER This mower is part of Lawn Star’s PRO 57 series, a range of contractor lawnmowers aimed at the garden care business and professional contractors. Boasting a powerful and reliable Honda GXV160 4 stroke petrol engine and 163cc 3200Watt (4.3 HP) OHV designed motor, this engine promises increased fuel efficiency and high output operation. It offers exceptionally quiet operation due to its large capacity, multi-chamber exhaust system and noise-reducing materials and components. Its heavy-duty recoil starter and automatic mechanical de-compression system ensure an easy start every time. The 57cm commercial quality chassis is made of 2.00mm thick pressed steel and has a large 53cm cutting width. It comes standard with an extra-large 70l grass catcher but in the spirit of recycling, also includes a mulching option. The large 205mm front and 230mm rear wheels ensure balance making it easy to push. It has 10 height adjustable positions and a heavy-duty operator handle. www.lawnstar.co.za

THE MAJOR SWIFT MJ70-190 AND 240

THE HUSQVARNA R418TS AWD

These are rigid deck mowers designed for

The Husqvarna R418TS AWD rider is an excellent

everyday use where a durable, reliable mower is required. This is a low maintenance mower that delivers a professional cylinder mower finish

clubs and hotels where professional results, power, comfort and capacity are required.

every time.

Equipped with clever features such as articulated

It is quick and easy to attach to the tractor to

headlights, grass cutting with the R418TS AWD

increase mowing times. The simple height adjustment can be selected from 10mm to 150mm to suit the working conditions, making this a really versatile mower. Strenx™ 700 MC high-strength steel is used to manufacture this mower. Gear driven drive line, eliminates the problems associated with belt driven mowers. Full width rollers allow the machine to follow the ground contours perfectly to give a professional striped finish. www.mfangano.co.za

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choice for landscapers, estate owners, sports

power steering, hydraulic equipment lift and is a comfortable and enjoyable task. The unique articulated steering system on Husqvarna riders allows the rear wheels to swing in underneath the machine resulting in superior manoeuvrability and a minimal turning radius. Option to adapt your rider to multiple tasks with a variety of attachments including trailer, sweeper, and spreader, brush or flail mower. www.husqvarna.co.za www.prolandscaper.co.za


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EDUCATE

THE ADVANCEMENT IN

BATTERY POWERED TOOLS Advancements in battery life and performance mean that battery powered machinery is now a legitimate option when choosing kit. Positives including lighter weight, noise reduction and environmental benefits are becoming more readily accessible without having to sacrifice power Battery powered kit has come to play a role in both domestic and professional toolboxes in recent years, favoured for providing a quieter, cleaner method of garden maintenance. The technology has some way to go before it replaces petrol or plug-in electric products,

THE MAIN LIMITATION OF LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES IS REDUCED POWER – A MAJOR ISSUE FOR THOSE WISHING TO DO MORE THAN GARDEN PRUNING. THIS MAY NOT BE THE CASE FOR MUCH LONGER, HOWEVER the main disadvantage of battery power being reduced performance compared to its noisier counterparts. The ongoing evolution of these batteries is key to why the technology has been able to break into the mainstream market, as they become more efficient and cheaper to run than their rivals. The first compact rechargeable battery, the nickel-cadmium invented in 1899, is still in use today owing to its low cost – but with several drawbacks including low energy density and use of toxic chemicals, constant growth is needed to surpass the battery’s origins and provide the power supply required by today’s user. The is a market in which 46 Pro Landscaper Africa / February 2017

innovation must be sought and boundaries must be pushed to bring battery power in line with the performance of petrol. The technology moved forward to the nickel-metal hydride battery, giving twice the energy density with no increase in weight, and proving to be the upgrade from nickelcadmium. However, these new batteries still had their flaws – the most prominent of which was a high rate of discharge, losing around 4% of charge per day – which kept the nickel-metal hydride one step behind alternative sources of power. The most modern innovation is the lithium-ion battery. Boasting a higher energy density, lower weight and lower discharge rate than its predecessors, the lithium-ion has bolstered the domestic and professional markets and can be found in many of the battery powered machinery and tools available to landscapers today. Despite its obvious improvements on previous models, the main limitation of lithium-ion batteries when used in tools such as chainsaws is reduced power – a major issue for those wishing to do more than garden pruning and a long-standing justification for the avoidance of battery powered tools. This may not be the case for much longer, however – it is the belief of Rebecca Rassie, marketing and communications manager for Stihl, that

“Power is not always the leading factor when choosing a machine.” Rebecca added that Stihl’s offering already includes a number of battery machines with petrol level performance. Paul Fry, vice president of cordless product management at Milwaukee Electric Tools, is also confident in the future of battery powered kit: “Tools are getting smaller and lighter, and at the same time outperforming their predecessors. Lithium-ion will continue to drive the development of innovative products that redefine end user productivity, and will continue to raise industry standards for cordless performance and reliability.” As the power tool industry is thought to be valued at over R420 bn, it’s only a matter of time until battery power is able to eclipse its rivals. With such significant benefits, as gaps in performance are closed and battery life increases even more, it’s clear why battery powered kit would be a preferred choice for an industry primarily concerned with the environment – as well as getting the best out of its kit. www.prolandscaper.co.za


BATTERY

OPERATED

KIT

More clearance, less disturbance with the Husqvarna 536LiRX battery brushcutter Silence is golden – especially when it comes

Husqvarna battery brushcutters feature

to garden maintenance! The Husqvarna

lithium-ion batteries, which deliver

536LiRX brushcutter offers professional

unsurpassed, long-lasting power in a range of

results for heavy grass cutting applications

capacities. The savETM mode ensures longer

along with the comfort you would expect

runtime so you can get more work done

from a lightweight, ergonomically designed

without disturbing anyone in the working

battery-operated machine from Husqvarna.

area. www.husqvarna.co.za

Stihl Lightweight and emission-free, with less noise and no messy fuel mixing, STIHL professional cordless power tools offer total mobility and

tools and reducing downtime and service costs, so our superior Lithium-ion battery technology ensures that there is no loss of

convenience. These tools start at the push of a power should the battery start to run down, button, plus the batteries are interchangeable and the brushless EC motor is practically between the various cordless products. STIHL maintenance-free. Contact understands the need for hard-working power Nadine.green@stihl.co.za www.stihl.co.za

Makita DUC302Z Twin Cordless Chain Saw

The 18V twin battery cordless chain saw has

tension adjustment for simplified maintenance

a cutting capacity of 300mm in length and

this is a great addition to any tool shed.

is suitable for cutting branches and pruning.

Suitable for professional use. Contact Jean-

Fitted with an electric brake for safety, a battery

Pierre Du Plessis on 011 878-2600 or visit

capacity warning lamp and tool-less saw chain/

www.makita.co.za

Makita twin 18V Cordless DUB362Z Blower Makita twin 18V Cordless DUB362Z Blower

ideal for prolonged use in any application. It has an

makes the lives of contractors, garden services,

air volume of 6.9 -13.4 m3/min and an air speed of

municipalities and farmers whole lot easier.

27 – 54 m/s. This blower has a sound power level of

The twin 18V Lithium-Ion batteries, which are

96db and a no load speed of 11,400 – 21,500 r/min.

positioned in series, supply the blower with 36V

The DUB362Z is compatible with the Makita 5.0Ah

of power, all you need and more. This model

(45 minutes charge time) and 3.0Ah (22 minutes

features a brushless DC motor, which generates

charge time) batteries. The rechargeable and eco-

less heat build-up and greater torque making it

friendly 18V Li-Ion batteries provide longer run time.

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PRODUCTS

FEBRUARY F AV O U R I T E S This month we focus on Stone, Concrete and Marble Features for an outdoor bespoke ambiance.

BEADCRETE BY CEMCRETE BeadCrete is a distinctive pool finish offered by Cemcrete. It’s an intricate mix of Cemcrete’s PoolCrete plaster, mixed with delicate glass beads infused into the coating, creating a mirage of cascading colours dancing in the light of your inviting pool water. It’s available in a variety of different colours and is definitely a unique pool finish. www.cemcrete.co.za

THE ABERDEN BY WILSON STONE The Aberden is a Wilson Stone design. There are three variants of this form, a 600, 750 and the one pictured here at 'The One and Only', the 1100. The numbers refer to height. The "Eleven Hundred", as we call it, was created because of a trend that allows for a classical design of pot to become contemporary by enlarging it dramatically. The form and colour fit perfectly into the African/Mediterranean theme at the hotel and its size and finish have distinctly modern tones. www.wilsonstone.co.za 48 Pro Landscaper Africa / February 2017

THE NEW JURA FIRE PIT BY REVELSTONE The Jura Fire Pit is a new addition to Revelstone’s expanding engineering range. It is sold as a kit and is an ideal feature to any garden or patio area. The fire pit comprises of our Jura circle paver, Jura fire pit blocks and Jura circle capping. Gather friends and family around for a real bushveld fire in your own backyard. www.revelstone.co.za

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TERRACRETE THE FLEXIBLE AND PERMEABLE HARD LAWN CONCRETE BLOCK BY TERRAFORCE. Terracrete, manufactured locally and internationally by Terraforce licensees, is a versatile eco-surface hard lawn block. The units can be laid in different patterns and may be used with or without ground anchors for the lining of riverbanks and other areas subject to soil erosion. The paving of grassed roads and parking areas, as well as the stabilising of steep embankments such as bridge abutments, can be undertaken with these versatile blocks. Holger Rust, Managing Director, Terraforce, explains “landscape contractors are finally recognising the many benefits of installing permeable interlocking concrete pavers. “From an aesthetic point of view, they are very versatile,” A grass driveway, a rustic gravel driveway, or an attractive pattern of pavers can add the finishing touch to a residence or development that is looking to stand out. Permeable grass pavers can add a park-like or pastoral feel to many areas that normally require hard paving.” www.terraforce.co.za

TRAVERTINE BY ARTMAR Travertine is a 100% natural stone. This sedimentary rock made from a compact variety of limestone formed along streams. Displaying an array of warm, earthy tones with contrasting veins throughout. Being natural, no two tiles are alike, making it unique. Natural stone is suitable for outdoor application. A variety of distinctive class can be achieved using Natural stone with it array of shapes, colours and finishes. Travertine colours range from the softest ivories to the palest creams. Rich shades of golden honey to deep mocha browns. However an array of alternate colours are also available such as Red, Green, Gold, Black and Silver. www.artmar.co.za

CRÈME DE LA CRÈME MARBLE BY NATURAL STONE WAREHOUSE With its blend of warm cream and beige tones and captivating veined patterns, this marble is a classic choice for interiors. Interestingly enough, most marble can also be textured by a special process to make it suitable for outdoor areas, allowing the client even more freedom of choice for and the ability to seamlessly flow from inside to outside. www.naturalstonewarehouse.com

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Pro Landscaper Africa asks a few quick-fire questions to gain an insight into the people who are lighting up our industry To feature on these pages in future issues, email chanel@ paperplanepublications.co.za

ABSALOM MSAVHENI MOLOBE Landscape Architect @ Msavheni Landscape Architecture Planning and Construction (Pty) Ltd. Your most referred to gardening book of all time? Introduction to Landscape Design by John L. Motloch Your most inspirational garden (worldwide)? Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden: Cape Town

COR NEPGEN Candidate Landscape Architect @ Terra+ Landscape Architects Your most referred to gardening book of all time?

Settings and Stray Paths: Writings on Landscapes and Gardens by Marc Treib Your most inspirational garden (worldwide)?

Shenyang Architectural University Campus, Taizhou City, Shenyang

Piece of machinery/equipment you couldn’t do without?

City, Liaoning Province, China

Top plant?

Pen and visual diary

Laptop

Erythrina Lyssistemon How is sustainability embedded within your business? Improving the quality of human life: (a) by designing the

landscape (b) by mentoring and supporting students and professionals in the Landscape Profession. Biggest life influence? Environment

Describe yourself in three words

Creative, Good listener and Ambitious Three people you’d like to invite to dinner? Barack Obama, Makena Makeka and Thabo Mbeki Lifelong fan of (sporting team)? The Protea’s

Favoured drink?

Rooibos Tea with ginger, lemon and honey

Piece of machinery/equipment you couldn’t do without? Top plant?

Acer palmatum How is sustainability embedded within your business?

I think it is a key principle that is considered at all times, and at a different scales. From how a design is approached, material and plant selection to how we recycle in the office. Biggest life influence?

Spending weekends and holidays on farms. Describe yourself in three words Easy-going and simplistic

Three people you’d like to invite to dinner? Nathan Foster (Terminal Ballistics Research),

Andre Galvao (Atos Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), Heston Blumenthal Lifelong fan of (sporting team)? Atos Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Favoured drink?

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PEOPLE SUE RODGERS Site Manager Mt Edgecombe Estate 1 for Leitch Landscapes

Your most referred to gardening book of all time? Trees of Natal

Your most inspirational garden (worldwide)?

Top plant?

Three people you’d like to invite to dinner?

How is sustainability embedded within your business?

Lifelong fan of (sporting team)?

Aloes

My 3 children (Justin, Gillian, Jesica)

Mulching

Heros Acre, Parliament Buildings,

Ministerial Houses in Ulundi (When my father started Leitch Landscapes) Piece of machinery/equipment you couldn’t do without?

Tennis

Favoured drink? Coffee

Biggest life influence? Graeme Leitch

Describe yourself in three words A Peoples person

Cell phone

JOSH METHLEY

NTOKOZO MSIMANG

Owner and Founder of The Orchard

Managing Director @Msimang Landscape Consultants

Most referred to gardening book of all time? Trees of Eastern South Africa by Richard Boon. Your most inspirational garden? The chealsea flower show in the UK is always an inspiration. Piece of Machinery/ Equipment you couldn’t do without? Wheel barrows Top Plant?

Aloes and succulents (Aloe polyphylla). How is sustainability embedded within your business? Plant selection to area is key, for success of a garden to bring wild life. Also we advise customers to

make compost and try keep to the 3 R’s, Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. Biggest life influence?

Would have to be my mother, and then Tanya Visser. Describe yourself in three words

Your most referred to gardening book of all time? Paul Bangay’s Garden Design Handbook Your most inspirational garden (worldwide)?

Biggest life influence? My Mom for pushing boundaries. Describe yourself in three words? Innovative, adventurous and laid-back

Australian Steve Taylor’s Terraced modern garden he designed in Melbourne.

Three people you’d like to invite to dinner? Meagan Good, Gabiele Union, and Zoe Zaldana.

Keith Kirsten, Tanya Visser and Gregg Minnar

Piece of machinery/ equipment you couldn’t do without?

Lifelong fan of (sporting team)?

Lifelong fan of (sporting team)?

Top plant?

Favoured drink? Coffee

Respectful, passionate and energetic. Three people you’d like to invite to dinner?

S.A. Champ Downhill mountain biker, Gregg Minnar. Favoured drink? Flavoured water!

Hedge Trimmer

Strelitzia Reginae How is sustainability embedded within your business? Low maintenance garden design, a 60% indigenous plant choice on a design and less is more.

Orlando Pirates Soccer Team


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