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Malcolm Griffiths
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  • Plan your trees in low-maintenance garden
    Nov 14, 2017 8:00 am

    Plan your trees in low-maintenance garden

    Over the past several months we have discussed several types of gardens, some of which can be very labour intensive and costly to maintain.

    Gardens by their very nature are “active” and require attention which, to a degree, can be...

  • Perfect time to take stock of garden
    Aug 15, 2017 8:00 am

    Perfect time to take stock of garden

    What is a garden?

    Whilst recently vacationing in the south of England the temperature hit 80-plus degrees for several days.

    It was a pleasant experience, especially with low humidity, and it created an increase in activity with parks...

  • Create summer interest by diversifying your selection
    Jul 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Create summer interest by diversifying your selection

    The drought, which started in April and ran through June, created a heavy flowering of oleander, hibiscus, lantana, pentas and other species.

    It was, however, interesting to note that many of them were late in leafing up and flowering.

  • When growth is active be aware of potential problems
    Jun 20, 2017 8:00 am

    When growth is active be aware of potential problems

    Growth is a natural occurrence which, in the garden, is part of the design process which knowingly adheres to this activity.

    Growth in plants consists of a two-way dimension; trunk and branches have an upward direction whereas roots have a...

  • Reach for tools with the emergence of spring
    Mar 14, 2017 8:00 am

    Reach for tools with the emergence of spring

    It’s time to dust the cobwebs off your garden tools and clean them up for the start of a new growing season.

    With this in mind, one should also have a plan for the coming year.

    Maintenance is a word with much deception; what is...

  • Gardening: February is a month purifying
    Feb 21, 2017 8:00 am

    Gardening: February is a month purifying

    The word February comes from the Roman Februarius.

    It was named after the Latin term Februum, which means purification from the ritual Februa held on the 15th of the month.

    But why anyone would want to do anything — especially in the...

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