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We have been writing for some time about environmental landscaping and ensuring that our landscapes are self-sustaining.  I have briefly described our sustainable landscaping programme that we have launched internationally and will be running both nationally and internationally.

People working in the landscaping industry need to practice sustainable landscaping and this programme will guide management and supervisory staff in their understanding and ensuring that our landscapes become more self-sustaining. Staff landscaping adopt a different methodology in terms of working with plant material and ensuring that everything that we do in a landscape will be self-enhancing and self-sustaining in the long-term.

The purpose of this course is:

1.    To create an awareness of the struggle between nature and man for space on the planet.

2.    To provide practical information on how to make a difference, even a small one, in your gardens and communities.

3.    To plant indigenous vegetation and to encourage wildlife.

4.    Your garden can contribute to the restoration of the natural ecology in your area.

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•   The process of Biodiversity and Sustainable landscaping.
   The value of preserving biodiversity/sustainability
   Causes of biodiversity/sustainability loss.
CASE STUDY on learning and discussion.
•   Biological Aspects of the Environment and problem plants. (For Country of Origin).
•   Sustainability and ecosystems.
CASE STUDY AND HOME WORK on learning and discussion.
Appendices discussion.

    Impact of AIPs on the Environment and their control. (For Country of Origin).
    Detrimental effects of AIPs on the environment.
CASE STUDY on learning and discussion.
    Indigenous Gardens and Insect Populations
CASE STUDY AND HOME WORK on learning and discussion.
Appendices discussion.

    Working with the soil
    Waterwise gardening
CASE STUDY on learning and discussion.
    Garden Design for Sustainable landscaping.
    Designing a bio-diverse garden.

   Describe the process of biodiversity/sustainability and how you will apply the principles and knowledge learnt on this course into your garden.
Appendices discussion.

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Detailed evaluation on learning outcomes to ensure a change in practising environmental landscaping and an understanding of those processes.
On enquiry we will gladly e-mail the detailed course outline.

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As our business is already operational in Southern Africa, we are busy researching opportunities to work in other parts of the world and are directly approaching big hotel groups that we believe will have large landscapes to be audited, together with training and consulting input for their gardening/landscaping teams.

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Auditing and making sure that the quality of landscape is maintained is of vital importance. Some of these service are mentioned below:

  • On site auditing of your landscape and percentage rating/reporting.
  • Corporate Consultation and guidance on development of business opportunities
  • Comprehensive on site mentorship of your business – developmental business and marketing practices.
  • Tailor made and unique In-House training which focuses on staff skills and supervisory / management development.
  • Training of gardening skills.
  • Advanced training in maintenance management supervision.
  • Basic and advanced design skills training.
  • Adoption and implementation of sound business practices.
  • Communication and motivational training.
  • Education in Bio-diversity training practices.

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We have the experience and excellence in consulting expertise together with feedback overseeing and training your management team which can be done as part of the auditing exercise for your sites.

Any queries contact us directly on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Please visit our website on   We look forward to answering your questions.

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Landscapes coping mechanism in times of stress

Landscapers in the world are genuinely expected to survive in stressful conditions. Some of the issues that we have to face as contractors /consultants and designers is the lack of attention to ensure that the corresponding Landscape is a good representation of the hard landscaping elements that it surrounds.

Some of the issues that we have to deal with:

  1. A decreasing budget from our clients from the time of contract acceptance to the final product of hand over of landscape.
  2. Decreasing availability of labour that are willing to produce excellence in the execution of a landscape within a shorter timeframe to accommodate a reducing income .
  3. Soil conditions which are generally of a very low standard and handover to the installation together with the follow-on maintenance of that product becomes an issue long term as nutrients become less available to plant growth.
  4. Selection of plant material from designers through to the contractors is often an issue as the incorrect selection for certain spaces is a problem and can lead to areas of failed landscapes.
  5. Maintenance execution decreases in commitment as the contract possibly comes up for renewal or is in its final phase of handover to the next contractor.
  6. Poor standard of machinery without replacement due to a decreasing budgetary situation can lead to poor delivery and execution of a professional landscape.
  7. Water saving strategies are not practised correctly as the landscapes matures together with nurturing of plant material particularly for the coverage of soil through splits and divides and cuttings.                                                                                  


It is sad that a lot of the points above become issues in executing a landscape correctly. Thus, as contractors we are running the landscape to cope with the stress of many of the issues that arise together with the climatic constraints which are often unpredictable. Poor training of management and supervisory input can result in many of the above issues.

Correct training strategies together with a good commitment to do the job well with clever thought out planning processes in place can be the answer to ensure that we can turn the landscape around in those times of stress.

Contact Landscape Design Consultants International who operate internationaly in the delivery of excellence in auditing and overseeing instalations with detailed report feed back together with results orientated consulting and correct training direction.  


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