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The Friendly Plant (Pty) Ltd was founded in 2006 by Craig de Necker, an internationally recognized, award-winning landscape designer based in Johannesburg. Today, we serve clients throughout South Africa as...

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We design landscapes, our designs are inspired by the existing cultural and natural landscape patterns and processes of the site, this ensures contextually responsive and unique places are created. We...

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Mohlolo is the Sepedi word for Miracle. It refers to our roots in the Limpopo Province where Sepedi is spoken, and our design palette that illustrates that life itself is...




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What does a landscapers do?

A landscaper is a specialist in horticulture who uses this knowledge to create various types of landscape designs, usually from the bare basics, and is an invaluable fund of information on plant-related matters. He (or she) is responsible for the choice of plants, shrubs and trees and their placement in the overall design, and oversees the implementation of the finished design. A landscaper differs from a gardener or garden service in that he is a designer, rather than a garden maintenance worker.

Types of landscapers

Landscapers work for a variety of clients. In the commercial sector, they are responsible for the design of the open spaces around buildings and complexes such as office blocks, shopping centres, hospitals and housing estates, and the subsequent implementation of the design. In this respect, they will work closely with the architect to ensure that the overall design fits in with the architect’s vision and use of the space.

Individual clients may employ a landscaper when creating a new garden for a brand-new house, re-designing or renovating an existing garden, or seeking answers to more minor problems in a garden which does not involve a complete overhaul of the existing layout. General matters may include obtaining advice on the choice of trees or plants to create a themed garden, asking for advice on the growth habits of certain trees, shrubs and plants over a long period, or even planning the placement of ground lighting and planting to create an atmospheric garden by night.

A landscaper is an invaluable source of knowledge when it comes to problems such as identifying and exterminating insect pests, sorting out the light needs of certain plants which are not performing well in their present position and may need to be moved, planning and designing seating areas in a garden, choosing the right variety of trees to plant around a swimming pool, so that the trees do not block valuable light and warmth or constantly drop leaves into the pool. ‘Hard’ landscaping, such as pergolas, gazebos, privacy fences, arbours, paved paths or built-in garden furniture and seating are best chosen under the guidance of a landscaper so as to avoid costly mistakes and to ensure the proper flow of the garden. A professional, experienced landscaper will work closely with you at all times, and will design and agree a garden layout on paper for you to see prior to going ahead. He will ensure that the garden will grow and beautify with age and time.

Choosing the right landscaper

During annual garden shows, you may see the work of fledgling landscapers on display, and this is a very entertaining way of assisting you to make up your mind as to your needs. It is useful to actually visit gardens where the landscaper has worked previously, but if this is not possible, ask for photographs of his work and references from previous clients. Word of mouth from people you know is always an advisable recommendation, as this will give you assurances on design, timing, thoroughness and practicability. Alternatively, check their Uptasker reviews online.




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You might start out with a vague idea of what you want your garden to look like and be used for, but a landscaper will make this a reality, and ensure that your garden will be functional, age beautifully and be an asset for many years to come.
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Owner run Landscaping company based on the East Coast, in East London, Eastern Cape. Landscape East London have a long history of creating beautiful gardens for happy customers across the...

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TCG Landscaping offers a variety of reliable, affordable, top quality services in Gauteng and its neighboring provinces. Your project will be completed in record time with our trademark workmanship and...

We are an award-winning Johannesburg-based landscaping and garden design company, specialising in indigenous gardens. We implement modern design concepts using indigenous plant material which will serve to attract wildlife to...

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Tree Leaf Landscaping & Gardening Services Are you looking to transform you garden new or existing, then look no further: Tree Leaf Team will help you: Working with our team...

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We at Designer Gardens Landscaping will to create a beautiful garden around the confines of your house and use the spaces to maximum effect. Our ultimate goal in designing and...

We are professional garden service and tree Felling We do the following: Landscaping Lawn installation Lawn mowing Lawn dressing Compost Topsoil Fertilizer Tree Felling Rubble Removal House chores cleaning Carpet...

The company has been rated a BBBEE level one status and the provision is to embrace supplementary black empowered individuals, including women as the company grows. Future plans also include...

OH Multi Group provides landscaper services in Pretoria, Gauteng and surrounding suburbs.