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Benefits of planting trees

Trees absorb carbon dioxide during the process of photosynthesis and release oxygen which we need to live. Those that grow on river banks reduce erosion and flooding. A treeless environment would not only be a great loss to all the birds, animals and insects that rely on trees but a very strange world. They do beautify the landscape and provide an environment for breeding and feeding for a diversity of wildlife. The shade in summer that is created by large trees reduces the cost of air conditioning whereas they slow the cold winds in winter and this saves heating costs.

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Evergreen Trees for Butterflies

To attract butterflies

Acocanthera oppositifolia - Bushman’s Poison

Bauhinia galpinii - Pride Of De Kaap

Bauhinia natalensis - Natal Bauhinia

Buddleja auriculata - Weeping Sage

Buddleja saligna  -   False Olive

Buddleja salvifolia – Sagewood

Combretum molle - Velvet Bushwillow

Dodonaea angustifolia - Sand Olive

Euclea crispa - Blue Guarri

Euclea natalensis - Natal Guarri

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Evergreen trees for a bird garden

To attract birds ,fruit, nectar and nesting

Apodytes dimidiata - White Pear

Burchellia bubalina - Wild Pomegranate

Calpurnia aurea  -  Wild Laburnum

Carissa macrocarpa - Big Num Num

Diospyros whyteana - Bladder Nut

Dodonaea angustifolia - Sand Olive

Duvernoia aconitifolia - Lemon Pistol Bush

Grewia occidentalis - Crossberry

Halleria lucida - Tree Fuchsia

Harpephyllum caffrum - Wild Plum

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Day of Pink

What is the Day of Pink?

April 11, 2018 marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.

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Autumn is the best time to plant trees.

There is a false perception in the gardening world that autumn is the end of the growing season. In fact, it is quite the contrary. Autumn is an ideal season for planting trees and plants. The key is encouraging good root growth. Planting trees and shrubs in autumn enables the root systems to grow before the hot summer returns.The soil stays warm well after the air temperature cools and this encourages root growth.

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Trees with aggressive roots

All ‘Acacia’ now Senegalia and Vachellia species – Thorn Trees

Breonadia salicina - Matumi

Bridelia micrantha - Mitzeeri

Buddleja salvifolia – Sage Bush

Cussonia paniculata – Highveld Cabbage Tree

Cussonia spicate – Lowveld Cabbage Tree

Erythrina latissima – Broad – Leaved Coral Tree

Erythrina lysistemon – Coral Tree

Ficus all species - Fig

Kigelia africana – Sausage Tree

Kirkia acuminata – White Syringa

Leucosidea sericea - Ouhout

Olea europea subsp africana – Wild Olive

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Bats in the garden

There are 56 bat species in South Africa and they are either insectivorous and eat mosquitoes, moths and beetles so do leave a dead tree in the garden which will attract insects. Fruit eaters and nectar feeders help with pollination and seed dispersal. To encourage and keep bats, keep an environmentally friendly space without the use of insecticides and poisons. Put up a light to attract the insects which will then attract the bats. Make sure that you have tall trees in which they roost. The fruit bats eat big, juicy ripe fruit so plant a few fruit trees and Ficus species for them.
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