A short video showing some of the plants and creatures found in my own
"Proudly South African Garden"
* Plant for
shelter: Several shrubs planted close together will form dense,
protective thickets, this provides habitat for birds and other
* Plant suitable food plants: Birds and other
wildlife will be attracted to your garden primarily to find food in the
form of fruit, nectar and seed as well as insects. These can be
supplied by planting suitable shrubs, native grasses and ground covers.
* Plant local plants: That is plants that grow
naturally in your area which are most suited to your local conditions.
They will provide the right food and shelter for local native birds and
wildlife and are unable to become unwanted plants in adjacent natural
diversity: Birds butterflies and other creatures use ground
covers, grasses, small, medium and large shrubs for both food and cover.
* Plant below trees: This maintains the natural
recycling balance of organic products in the garden. A dense under
storey is natural and provides habitat for the creatures you are
intending to attract into your garden.
* Reduce the area of lawn: Replace lawn areas with
garden beds as far as is possible. Only plant native grasses, many of
which produce valuable food for certain seed eating birds
* Provide water: By incorporating an aquatic
habitat into the garden design a vastly increased variety of creatures
can be attracted into the garden, in addition birds need fresh water.
This can be provided in the form of a pond or bird drinking station.
The installation of a misting device to spray onto a section of the
vegetation midmorning will bring a large number of birds into your
garden to bathe on the wet leaves, in particular species such as white
eyes and sunbirds.
* Attach suitable nest boxes onto you trees for hole
Maintenance is an important part of landscape management and cannot be
avoided. Even the most perfectly designed and installed landscape
garden will fail if not managed correctly, this means regular
appropriate maintenance. However, many maintenance problems are
designed into landscapes which can be avoided by good planning. Complex
designs usually require far more maintenance.
Major invasive maintenance must be planned so as not to interfere with
the breeding of birds or other creatures in the garden the best time
usually being at the end of winter just before the spring growth begins
Landscapes and Gardens that are Nature Friendly
Designing and creating “Proudly South African” Bio-Diverse Indigenous
I design “Proudly South African” landscapes and gardens of distinction
that are Bio-Diverse as well as being pleasing to the eye.
I use my many years of landscape planning and design as well as
landscape construction experience coupled to my vast knowledge of the
requirements of nature to create habitat suitable for birds,
butterflies and other creatures to live and breed in.
I always apply the basic principles of good landscape design to create
an aesthetically pleasing garden that at the same time satisfies the
living requirements of the target creatures that I would like to
attract. My speciality is to attract birds, butterflies and solitary
bees. I design and build Bio-Diverse Roof Gardens
So let Ecoman design and create a garden for you right now that will be
a haven for wildlife such as birds, butterflies, frogs and lizards in
the number of species comparable to Kruger National Park.