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The Growth of Easigrass South Africa

During 2018, Easigrass South Africa sold the equivalent of about 200 rugby fields of artificial grass, making massive inroads into a region where the impact of climate change is becoming more and more evident and water is often in short supply.

“The Easigrass partner and retailer network across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe once again produced stellar results in 2018, following two years of phenomenal growth. 2017 was already a big year and we saw sales continue grow!” said Trigger Truniger, national accounts manager for Easigrass South Africa.

As a leading global brand, Easigrass, supplies and installs a wide range of multi award-winning natural-look premier grass products across every continent. The brand launched into the almost non-existent local artificial grass market in 2012 when Van Dyck Floors began optimizing its product range and supply chain.

Easigrass was founded in the UK by Jonathan Gallagher in 1989. Initially, it focused on growing demand within the sports industry. However, following the joining of his elder brother Anthony Gallagher 13 years ago who brought extensive research and development on innovative ways to create value for residential and commercial applications, new products that closely resembled natural grasses were launched and its presence in the evolving leisure/landscaping market increased dramatically.

Easigrass not only began to grow internationally but also became the first artificial grass brand to be included in an exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2010. To date, it is the only artificial grass company to be awarded a gold medal from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Managing director of Van Dyck Floors, Dr Mehran Zarrebini, said that growth during 2017 and 2018 had averaged 18,9 percent, a significant achievement during difficult years for South Africa’s economy.

This culminated in Easigrass’s Cape Town operation collecting the award for the Best International Sales at the annual International Easigrass conference held in London in January this year – again for the third year in a row. (This measures actual sales and is adjudicated according to the amount of artificial grass sold rather than annual percentage growth measured against the previous year).

Dr Zarrebini, attributed this national growth and the specific strong performance of the Western Cape (which includes the award winning branch in Cape Town as well as a highly successful one in Somerset West) to continuous product innovation, access to the latest global Easigrass manufacturing technology and very strong support from Van Dyck Floors within Southern Africa.

Although the devastating drought in the Western Cape during 2017 had played a role, it was not the sole contributor to strong performance which had been reflected across the region.

Instead, he noted, the quality of the product and the standard of installation had carved a space in a now highly competitive market. The launch of two new products –  Easi-Windsor and Easi-Play Elite– which closely resemble local natural grasses and are a value offering that meets the specific needs of South African clients –  had also had a significant effect.

Dr Zarrebini thanked the 12 partners across Southern Africa for this strong performance.

Turning to the Western Cape, in particular, he noted: “From a strategic perspective, Cape Town has recognised that there are plenty of opportunities and they have focused not on competing with others, but rather on working together to create a larger economic pie. Instead of it being a zero sum game, they have taken a positive sum approach to growing the artificial grass market in the Western Cape. I also believe that the team is extremely creative and has built up strong relationships with clients.  Confidence and trust attract people and enable this team to drive growth both internally and externally.”

Jonathan and Anthony Gallagher, owners of UK-based Easigrass, congratulated the Cape Town operation on its win. “This confirms that Easigrass customers worldwide can expect and receive the same level of experience, knowledge, skill and professionalism as they get from our headquarters in London. We train all of our partners in the latest techniques of quality synthetic grass installation where products are designed to last, making Easigrass one of the world’s leading and most trusted artificial landscape providers,” they said.

Truniger is confident that Easigrass South Africa will continue its strong performance during 2019, adding that the company is looking to grow its partner network across the country and especially in outlying regions which are currently serviced from major centres.

Dr Zarrebini agrees. “I certainly expect Easigrass South Africa to continue growing at a similar rate. There are a number of South African cities where we are yet to establish a presence and so it is important that we continue to expand our national footprint. A key focus of ours is technology and we continue to develop our digital marketing strategy to include emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and conversational systems. This allows us to create superior customer service and essentially provide the information that clients require in minimal amount of time.”

He pointed out that artificial grass was becoming a preferred option with landscapers and designers and especially those with sustainability in mind. “The environmental benefits of utilising artificial grass in place of real grass in areas which are not appealing for natural grass growth has helped develop the market for artificial grass. It is also aesthetically pleasing and low maintenance for both residential and commercial applications as more commercial developers begin to focus on employee well-being.”

Easigreen Duo

Easigrass, the world’s leading artificial turf brand and the creator of South Africa’s most realistic and highest quality artificial grasses, is entering the DIY market with EasiDuo.

According to Herve Truniger, National Account Manager, Easigrass South-Africa, Easigrass has applied lessons learnt through developing its award winning professionally fitted products to EasiDuo, making Easigrass the only company to offer both a professionally installed and DIY option in South Africa.

“Now the average handyman can also look forward to no mud, no mess and no more mowing! We can vouch for the fact that Easigrass is a great and affordable way to update outdoor spaces, patios and even balconies. It would be great to be able to build your kids (or is that Dad?) a putting green, cricket pitch or play area during the holidays or even spruce up your braai or entertainment area,” says Truniger.

The beauty of EasiDuo is that, like its counterparts, it has been carefully engineered to look less like a green carpet and more like the real thing with bits of brown included in the green thatch to make it more realistic.

It is also a proudly South African product that will be manufactured at Van Dyck Floors’ Durban factory.

Although so new that it may not yet be available via all garden centres and hardware stores, Truniger says that EasiDuo will be sold by the linear metre.  Those wishing to purchase EasiDuo can log on to www.easigrass.co.za, email sales@easigrass.co.za or call 087 350 129 to locate an Easigrass partner or order.

Because putting down an artificial lawn is not something the average home handyman or DIY enthusiast does every day, Truniger offers a few tips to those contemplating upgrading their outdoor spaces with Easigrass:

Measuring:

  • EasiDuo is perfect for smaller spaces. If you are wanting to create an Easigrass lawn that is over 20m², it might be more cost effective to have it professionally installed. Contact one of our agents for advice and a quote.
  • Even if the area you wish to cover is not square, measure the longest and widest points and then round them up to the nearest metre. Multiply the width by the length to give you your square meter-age.
  • For areas that are not square or rectangular, you can do a drawing of the area and work out how to fit the widths into your area in the best possible way. DIY rolls come in widths of 2m and you can join them together with Easiglue and EasiTape.

Fitting:

  • Make sure that you cut and place your Easigrass with blades running in the same direction. If you join pieces with blades running in different directions, they will appear to be of different colours.
  • Creating a good, level base for your EasiDuo is important. Remove 5 to 6cm of grass and soil and then compact the area. Use a spirit level to ensure that it is level.
  • Alternatively, if you lan to attach EasiDuo to paving or a cement or concrete floor or surface, make sure that it is clean and dry before applying a double epoxy glue.
  • For garden areas, apply a weed barrier and insect repellant followed by a crusher base, if needed. Make sure the surface is level and compacted before laying the grass.

Maintenance:

  • Brush regularly using a hard bristle brush to revitalise your EasiDuo and keep it free from dust and debris.
  • All Easigrass products are 100% pet friendly. Use a stiff yard brush to remove any pet hair which builds on the area. Avoid pet mess wherever possible and, after removing any solid waste, treat the area with our specialist Easi-Pong product to remove any smells and bacteria if there’s an accident.
  • We recommend that you regularly move any garden furniture, portable trampolines and other equipment to avoid crushing your artificial lawn and creating pressure marks.
  • Don’t use a vacuum cleaner as this may remove sand infill. The use of a power washer and/or power hose is also not recommended.
  • Do not place your braai directly on your EasiDuo as this could damage it.

Easigrass helps to safe water in more ways than one

As our summer temperatures rise and record-breaking highs are reached year on year, together with an increase in population, water restrictions will increase. The Western Cape region is currently experiencing the challenges of a drought, which in turn give rise to creative solutions – both indoors and outdoors.

Kobus Buys, Easigrass Partner in Somerset West explains how Easigrass helps to curb water wastage: “Of course, having artificial grass means that there is no need to water your lawn which can substantially reduce water costs. Furthermore, garden owners need to also consider the fertilisers required to keep a lawn looking green and healthy. Through choosing an alternative to traditional lawn, you can limit dangerous pesticides and pollution caused by contaminated water carrying chemicals into the water system.

“Easigrass, installed by our trained teams, helps drainage and the return of water to the underground water system. Years’ of research and experience lead to the development of our installation process which promotes water drainage and assists in the maximum water to slowly seep through to the underground water systems.  The Easigrass double-backing will also reduce the evaporation from the soil.

“Easigrass promotes happy families and homes.  The best way for a weary brain to relax is to simply spend time outdoors. Increasingly our clients install Easigrass to regain that ‘green look’ in their gardens and to be able to spend more time outside.  Nobody wants to sit in a dreary, brown and muddy garden,” jokes Buys. “We can help you create an enjoyable space. A place where your kids, pets, family and friends can enjoy the fresh air and outdoors – without the muddy footprints being trampled into your home.

“At Easigrass we care for the environment and try our best to protect and preserve it. By replacing your lawn with Easigrass, made from recycled products and itself fully recyclable, you are doing your little bit for the environment.”

Easigrass Somerset West services the Somerset West, Strand, Stellenbosch and Overberg areas. Contact them for a free no-obligation quote on 021 200 1457 / somersetwest@easigrass.co.za.

How to make your own compost

Your kitchen is a treasure trove of ingredients that can be used to make a healthy compost heap. There is no reason, no matter how small your garden, to not be making your own.

In today’s heavy populated world our landfills are under immense pressure and we can play a part to alleviate this burden by reducing our portion of waste. Start the recycling process in your own home and kitchen. Although some organic matter is not suitable for the compost heap, a large amount of waste is.

What can be used for your compost heap?

Compost consists of pure organic matter. You can use leaves, garden refuse, fruit, vegetables, egg shells, coffee grounds and used tea bags.

Adding sawdust to the mixture will accelerate the process. Do make sure though that your sawdust is clean with no machine or chain oil residues. Scatter the saw dust thinly to avoid clumping.

Compost activators will also help the process on.

Waste not suitable for your compost heap?

  • Stay clear from cooked foods, meat, bones and fish scraps. (Unless you are using a composter specifically designed for this purpose.)
  • Do not add any weeds or diseased plants.
  • Avoid pet waste, including cat litter.
  • Lemons and oranges are too acidic for the compost heap and should rather be avoided.
  • Stay clear from waste that has been sprayed with pesticides.

Add some style to your kitchen

Use a stainless steel or ceramic container with a lid and air filter in your kitchen to store the waste until you are ready to move the waste over to your composter.

Do you have a small garden?

No need for a large garden to use your waste more constructively. Several sizes of composters are available from your hardware store. They are compact and build to make the process of compost effortless.

Save water

Soon you will be able to reap the benefits of making your own compost. Become more self-sustainable and clever as to how you use your water:  start a herb and vegetable garden, plant fruit trees or sow flower beds. These will reap plenty more awards than our traditional water guzzling gardens.

Opt for an alternative lawn solution like Easigrass to have a beautiful lawn all year round – but without all the hassle and water bills.

A few easy steps

  1. Place your composter or start your compost pile on the bare earth. This gives worms and other organisms access to your compost and will carry the compost to your beds and help to aerate the pile.
  2. Start with a layer of twigs or straw of a few centimetres thick. This will help with drainage and to aerate the pile.
  3. Add your composting materials in layers, alternating between wet and dry waste. Moist ingredients are food scraps. Dry ingredients are e.g. straw, leaves, sawdust and bark pieces.
  4. Add a nitrogen source to activate and speed up the process. A compost activator is an easy and effective option.
  5. Keep your compost moist. Rain will be sufficient if the pile is kept open. Alternatively add some water – it should not be soggy.
  6. Cover your compost. This will help to retain moisture and heat, as well as prevent over-watering by the rain.
  7. Turn your pile every few weeks to aerate.

Sources

https://learn.eartheasy.com/guides/composting/

http://thegreentimes.co.za/cape-town-dispenses-free-compost-bins-for-residents/

http://www.compostfoundation.org/icaw

Kirsten, K., 2007. Gardening with Keith Kirsten. Struik Publishers/New Holland.

Top 10 Family Picnic Areas in Pretoria

Known as the “Jacaranda City”, Pretoria is home to over 50,000 of these beautiful trees. The city’s wide streets are lined with an abundance of vibrant jacarandas that turn the city into a purple haze when in bloom.

Three universities, multiple sports venues, sprawling suburbs and a Central Business District can also be found in this South African metropolis. In fact, Pretoria is the centre of government, commerce and administration in the country. Many banks, businesses and other large corporations can be found here.

The city also has charming architecture, significant historical sites and a unique urban landscape which calls itself home to a number of smaller parks and gardens. Here are ten of our favourite spots for family-friendly picnicking.

1. Freedom Park

On top of Salvokop Hill sits Freedom Park, a wonderful architectural and historic site. The park contains a series of memorial sites built to commemorate the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for freedom and human rights. There is also a museum on-site that honours fallen South Africans. Enjoy a picnic while learning about the rich history of South Africa.

Address: Koch St & 7th Avenue, Salvokop, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa

Price: Adults R55.00, Children R35.00

2. Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Themed gardens are the perfect spot for picnics. A paved nature trail makes its way through Pretoria National Botanical Garden offering natural vegetation, grasslands and woodland. Each section boasts a diversity of indigenous plants and species, with over 20,000 flora and plants from around the country found here. Wildlife is the Gardens is vast and varied including over 220 bird species such as hawks, falcons and eagles. Watch out for antelope and mongoose as well. Between the months of December and February, you can watch as the annual migration of the brown-veined white butterfly passes through. Thousands of butterflies fill the sky on route to Mozambique.

Address: 2 Cussonia Ave, Brummeria, Pretoria, 0186, South Africa

Price: R26.00

3. National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

This venue is the perfect day trip, offering intimate picnic areas and no shortage of fun. There is a reptile park, aquarium, a collection of exotic trees and a cable car that runs to the top of a hill overlooking the city. The Pretoria Zoo is located in Pretoria’s city centre and has over 4,300 animals including 97 mammal species, 161 bird species, 279 fish species, 106 reptile species and seven amphibian species.

Address: 232 Boom St, Daspoort 319-Jr, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

Price: Adults R110.00, Children R75.00

4. Burgers Park

Burgers Park is the oldest park in Pretoria and has been named a national monument. It is located in the heart of the city and named for Thomas François Burgers, the fourth president of the South African Republic. A statue of President Burgers also stands in the park. Originally founded as a botanical garden, there are four acres of lushious picnic space.

Address: Thabo Sehume St & Jacob Maré Streets, Pretoria Central, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

Price: Free

5. Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Visitors come here not only for picnics, but for fishing, wildlife viewing, bird watching, angling, cycling and horseback riding. Rietvlei Nature Reserve is truly a hidden treasure. A large dam located in the park is the source of 20% of Pretoria’s drinking water. Visitors have the chance to see wild animals such as rhinos, cheetah, buffalo, black wildebeest, blesbok, zebras and 240 species of birds. There’s also a separate lion encampment you can visit, with a guide.

Address: 14 Game Reserve Ave, Rietvallei 377-Jr, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa

Price: Adults R55.00, Children R20.00

6. Jan Celliers Park

 

This park, also known as Protea Park, is beautifully maintained and people can often be found taking photographs in the sunshine. Tranquil and relaxing, the running stream is filled with koi fish, water features and indigenous trees and plants. It also offers a spectacular view of the city. Take it all in, while you indulge in a perfect picnic.

Address: Corner and, Wenning St & Broderick St, Groenkloof, Pretoria, 0027, South Africa

Price: Free

7. Groenkloof Nature Reserve

Groenkloof Nature Reserve has a variety of activities for nature lovers including mountain biking, 4×4 and hiking trails. Of course picnicking is the perfect way to relax between exercise and wildlife viewing. Overnight facilities are also available.

Address: Christina De Wit Road, Groenkloof, Pretoria, 0027, South Africa

Price: Adults R38.00, Children R22.00

8. Magnolia Dell Park

This quaint spot is a popular public park, and one of Pretoria’s most beautiful. There is a restaurant and tea garden on-site that is ideal for picnics. Magnolia Dell is also a venue for arts and crafts markets.

Address: Queen Wilhelmina Drive & University Rd, Bailey’s Muckleneuk, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa

Price: Free

9. Nkwe Pleasure Resort

This resort has an iconic waterfall and a refreshing rock pool. There are sites for caravans, camping, chalets, log cabins and of course, picnics. There are shaded areas for visitors, as well as braai facilities. Children can play on the jungle gym or take a dip in the pool, and there is a shop available for drinks and eats.

Address: Nkwe Rd, Tierpoort, 0056, South Africa

Price: Adults R60.00, Children R20.00

10. Your Own Backyard

What better place to host a family picnic than in the comfort of your own home? You don’t need to go far to find a peaceful retreat, or outdoor space to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Your backyard can be transformed into the perfect picnic area with a little help from Easigrass. Artificial grass is the perfect alternative to create a lasting green space for your home. Contact us for a free quote

Top 10 Family Picnic Areas in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest and most populous city. The busy metropolis is full of creativity, culture and nightlife.

“Jo’burg” or “Jozi”, as it is often called, has historically been known for its precious stones and minerals including an abundance of gold and diamonds.

The city is home to some of South Africa’s tallest buildings and skyscrapers, but also offers an abundance of green space to retreat to. So grab your blanket and fill up your basket, for an urban oasis picnic.

1. Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens offers several special gardens for visitors to enjoy. There is a sweet Rose Garden, Shakespeare Garden, Herb Garden and Hedge Garden. Other attractions include an off-leash dog area, arboretum, pond and fountain for you to explore. The park also has a large lake dam, called the Emmarentia Dam. Enjoy your picnic on one of the park benches, or lay out a blanket. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see a concert or kite-flying competition.

Address: Olifants Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg, 2194, South Africa

Price: Free

2. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

Who wouldn’t enjoy a picnic with a view like this! There are nine botanical gardens in the country, and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden is one of the most perfect for an afternoon getaway. With grassy greenland covering over 300ha, there is a rare collection of plants and animals. The magnificent waterfall is a spectacular sight, and the park also hosts a series of outdoor musical performances.

Address: Malcolm Rd, Poortview, Roodepoort, 1724, South Africa

Price: Adults R45.00, Student R30.00

3. Delta Park

Delta Park is one of the biggest parks in the city. It is comprised of 108ha of grass and woodland, with three dams. Explore the walking trails, sensory trail and bird watching hides. Johannesburg’s oldest bird sanctuary, the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary, can also be found here.

Address: 77 Craighall Rd, Victory Park, Randburg, 2195, South Africa

Price: Free

4. James & Ethel Gray Park

This peaceful park is named after former Johannesburg mayor James Gray and his wife, Ethel.  The large, grassy plateau overlooks the Johannesburg skyline, and is perfect for picnics. You’ll find many shaded spots for a hot day.

Address: Edgewood Avenue & Melrose St, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

Price: Free

5. Northcliff Ridge Ecopark

Northcliff Ridge Ecopark is one of the highest points in Johannesburg, and promises spectacular views. The Ridge is a great place to watch the sunrise, or view the Jo’burg cityline. Ecopark access has a bit of a challenging summit, requiring a steep climb through the Northcliff suburb. However, the rewards for making it to the top are worth it!

Address: 2115, 5 Lucky Ave, Northcliff, Randburg, 2115, South Africa

Price: Free

6. Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Klipriviersberg is the largest nature reserve in Johannesburg. The Klipriviersberg trail is an advanced-level trail. It’s easy to spot zebra, black wildebeest, antelope and many birds while making your way through. If you’re not interested in hiking, simply relax and enjoy the view.

Address: 4 4th St, Rietvlei 101-Ir, Johannesburg South, 2091, South Africa

Price: Free

7. Johannesburg Zoo

The Johannesburg Zoo is a 55ha zoo with over 2,000 wild animals on-site. Spend a full day exploring over 320 unique species, and then relax in a cozy green space, such as the Bandstand, for a picnic.

Address: Jan Smuts Ave & Upper Park Dr, Parkview, Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa

Price: Adults R81.00, Children R41.00

8. Cradle Moon

This hidden gem is a fantastic venue for the active picnic’er. The ‘Yellow Route’ trail is renowned among outdoorsmen and cyclists. Cyclists make their way through farmhouses and past giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, antelope and rhino as they travel the single-track bike trail. Game Lodge group activities are varied including a boat cruise, game drive and trail runs. Outside food is not allowed in, so be prepared to purchase picnic supplies on site. If you stay at the Cradle Moon Lodge pricing will vary based on accommodations.

Address: 59 Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, 2024, Johannesburg, South Africa

Price: Varies

9. Monte Casino Bird Park

Montecasino Bird Gardens are a magical place for a picnic! Explore the enchanted walkways to view a colourful display and variety of birds. Over 60 species can be found in the walk-through Aviary. Reptiles and other small mammals can also be seen here. Retreat to the magnificent gardens afterwards for a family-friendly picnic.

Address: 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Johannesburg, 2055, South Africa

Price: R75.00

10. Your Own Backyard

What better place to host a family picnic than in the comfort of your own home? You don’t need to go far to find a peaceful retreat, or outdoor space to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Your backyard can be transformed into the perfect picnic area with a little help from Easigrass. Artificial grass is the perfect alternative to create a lasting green space for your home. Contact us for a free quote

Top 10 Family Picnic Areas in Cape Town

The multicultural “Mother City” buzzes as the economic and cultural hub of South Africa. But what makes this metropolitan even more attractive is its sprawling coastline and vast mountain ranges.

Tucked between its infinite peaks and valleys, Cape Town has a number of picture-perfect picnic areas. So many, in fact, that it’s difficult to narrow it down to just a Top 10.

From sea to sand, and mountain top to grassland, the beauty of Cape Town is unlike any other. Grab your picnic blanket, pack a basket and indulge in a lazy afternoon at one of these family-friendly destinations.

1. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are among some of the most popular in the world. Sit back, relax and enjoy picnicking amongst all its beauty. The site was founded in 1913 to celebrate the rich biodiversity of South Africa, and to promote, conserve and display the diverse range of plants and flowers native to the region. Over 7,000 different types are in cultivation today. Kirstenbosch lies in the heart of the Cape Floristic Region, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. In 2015 the International Garden Tourism Awards Body named Kirstenbosch the International Garden of the Year. There is certainly no shortage of things to do here – check out the Tree Top Canopy Walkway, Arboretum and Tea Room Restaurant.

Address: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa

Price: Adults R65.00, Students R35.00, Children R15.00

2. Table Mountain National Park

Cape Town’s most iconic landmark. Table Mountain is one of the oldest mountains in the world, and one of the richest floral kingdoms. The massive national park is considered a natural world heritage site, and is comprised of several smaller parks. What better place to picnic than this Natural New 7th Wonder of the World. Admission varies depending upon where you enter the park, and some areas are free of charge.

Address: Tafelberg Rd & Caeleway, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

Price: Varies

3. Lion’s Head

If you want to work up a sweat, climb the two hour Lion’s Head trail to the summit of this 2,195 ft mountain. Enjoy a spectacular view of the city while you snack and enjoy a cold beverage. If you don’t feel like hiking, you can also take the Table Mountain Cableway to the top.

Address: Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Price: Free

4. Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

The Cape was a beacon of hope to sailors for many years. It’s not hard to miss the lighthouse and large boulders scattered throughout the rugged landscape. There are numerous picnic spots, walking and biking paths, tidal pools and isolated beaches. Set up a picnic and listen to the sound of the waves crash as they roll in.

Address: Cape Point Rd, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Price: Adults R147.00, Children R76.00

5. Tokai Forest

This wooded section of Table Mountain National Park is a favourite for picnics, biking and nature walks. Over 1,555 different trees are planted in the Tokai Arboretum. Pack a basket or braai and relax in the shade of a tree canopy. Food and drink are also available for purchase on site.

Address: Tokai Rd, Porter Reform Estate, Cape Town, South Africa

Price: Adult R25.00, Children R15.00

6. The Company’s Garden

This peaceful retreat sits in the heart of the city. It’s rich in horticulture, and you’ll find several historical monuments throughout. Now a heritage site, the land was given its name in the 1650’s by sailors that used Cape Town as part of their trade route. The fertile ground was perfect for growing fresh produce, and as ships rounded the Cape, they’d replenish their food stock with a trip to the garden. The park is also home to the South African National Gallery.

Address: 15 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

7. Green Point Park

This urban park offers an escape from city life. Get lost in the Outdoor Labyrinth, or plan the perfect playdate for the kids. Soft green lawns and shady spots make this an ideal picnic area.

Address: 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051, South Africa

Price: Free

8. De Waal Park

Popular with dog walkers, this park has a fountain and bandstand to compliment its wonderful green space. The park was officially opened to the public in 1895 and named after former Cape Town Mayor, David Christiaan de Waal. It is said that Mayor de Waal loved trees for their “serene dignity” and compared them to a symbol of prayer. Under his leadership thousands of trees were planted in Cape Town that continue to flourish today.

Address: Molteno Rd, CBD, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

Price: Free

9. Clifton Beach

Four beautiful beaches dotted along the western coast of the city, with white sand and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Dip your toes in the sand, enjoy a swim in the salt water and take in the oceanfront picnic view.

Address: Clifton, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa

Price: Free

10. Your Own Backyard

What better place to host a family picnic than in the comfort of your own home? You don’t need to go far to find a peaceful retreat, or outdoor space to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Your backyard can be transformed into the perfect picnic area with a little help from Easigrass. Artificial grass is the perfect alternative to create a lasting green space for your home. Contact us for a free quote.

Top 10 Family Picnic Areas in Durban

The coastal city of Durban is best known for its busy port, warm sunshine and beautiful beaches.

But scattered throughout this vibrant cosmopolitan city are peaceful retreats and numerous green spaces worth exploring.

“South Africa’s Playground” is the perfect spot for a picnic. So grab a blanket and basket, and head to one of these family-favourite spots.

1. Durban Botanical Gardens

Opened in 1849, Durban Botanical Gardens is the oldest surviving botanic garden in Africa, and Durban’s oldest public institution. Sit next to the lake, or under the trees, for a view of the pristine gardens. You can also enjoy one of the many live music events. Visitors can either bring their own picnic, or purchase food at the venue.

Address: 9A John Zikhali Rd, Musgrave, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Price: Free

2. The Golden Mile

Durban is known for its sandy beaches, and in particular, this stretch from uShaka Beach to the Suncoast Hotel & Casino. The Golden Mile is full of action with plenty of surfers, sand artists and vendors. Pack a picnic for one of the dozens of beaches or small parks, such as the Blue Lagoon and Sunken Gardens.

Address: Golden Mile Beach, Durban, South Africa

Price: Free

3. Paradise Valley Nature Reserve

100ha of coastal and remnant grassland, picnic and braai sites, graded trails and a spectacular waterfall. All four of Paradise Valley’s trails lead to the picnic area, where you can also see the Umbilo Waterworks monument, built in 1887.

Address: 10 Oxford Rd, Pinetown, Durban, 3610, South Africa

Price: Adults R13.00, Children R10.00

4. Beachwood Mangroves

Located in Durban North, this nature reserve is home to an assortment of plant and wildlife. There are guided tours, or you can take one of the elevated boardwalks to explore the area on your own. Set up a picnic under one of three types of majestic mangrove trees.

Address: Riverside Rd, Prospect Hall, Durban, 4051, South Africa

Price: Free

5. Jameson Park

Located in the heart of Durban, Jameson Park offers a peaceful retreat with over 600 roses bushes to admire. The rose garden is in bloom from September to November, and offers unparalleled beauty. It’s the perfect backdrop for a leisurely picnic. Before it donned its roses, the park was once a pineapple plantation.

Address: 350 Montpelier Rd, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Price: Free

6. Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

This massive 668ha nature reserve has plenty of nature to get lost in – from its cliffs, peaks, forests and bodies of body. The Nkutu River runs throughout, and there is a picnic site located alongside it offering a view of the waterfalls. Over 254 bird species, 50 different mammals, 150 butterflies and 274 tree species can be found here.

Address: 152 Kloof Falls Rd, Kranskloof, Kloof, 3624, South Africa

Price: Adults R30.00, Children R15.00

7. Durban North Japanese Gardens

This tranquil public garden is full of zen. The Gardens feature traditional Japanese sculptures, lily ponds and meandering walkways. There are designated picnic areas, as well as a playground for children.

Address: Prospect Hall Rd, Prospect Hall, Durban, 4051, South Africa

Price: Free

8. Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

253ha of protected natural grasslands and coastal forests, with many remote areas for a quiet picnic. The large, lush nature reserve is home to mongoose, zebra and over 200 species of birds. You might even be able to catch a glimpse of the wildlife on one of the cycle, hiking or handicapped trails. Hidden among the beautiful yellowwood trees, is the Coedmore Castle. Built in 1885, it’s open to the public for guided tours.

Address: Coedmore Ave, Yellow Wood Park, Durban South, 4011, South Africa

Price: Adults R30.00, Children R15.00

9. Mitchell Park & Zoo

If you’re looking for something a bit different, Durban’s only zoo has lawn space for picnics, and offers several activities for the whole family. The zoo features small animals including crocodiles, buck, wallabies, monkeys and tortoises. There is also a walk-through aviary with many species of birds including parrots, cranes, flamingos and swans. The surrounding lawns have a colourful display of flowers, shrubs and trees to enjoy your picnic, as well as an accessible playground for children. If you forget to pack a lunch, visit the Blue Zoo tea garden.

Address: 10 Ferndale Rd, Morningside, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Price: Adults R10.00, Children R7.00, Pensioners R4.00

10. Your Own Backyard

What better place to host a family picnic than in the comfort of your own home? You don’t need to go far to find a peaceful retreat, or outdoor space to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Your backyard can be transformed into the perfect picnic area with a little help from Easigrass. Artificial grass is the perfect alternative to create a lasting green space for your home. Contact us for a free quote.

Squashing the Top Five Myths About Artificial Grass

There are many misconceptions about artificial grass, otherwise known as synthetic grass or turf.

And we’re here to squash those rumours!

While some people believe artificial grass is only used in sports facilities, others think artificial grass will lower their property value. These are the kind of rumours that make potential buyers (wrongfully) sceptical.

But don’t let these myths fool you.

Artificial grass is a safe, cost-effective and practical alternative to a traditional lawn. It’s also a great way to brighten up a dull surface, such as concrete.

Below is everything you need to know to make an informed decision before investing in an artificial landscape.

We’ve compiled six of the most common myths about artificial grass and will tell you how our product stacks up.

1. It looks fake

Installing artificial grass is not typically the first choice home, or business, owners consider when planning their green oasis.

But most people would actually be hard-pressed to tell the difference between artificial and natural grass.

Major advancements in technology have resulted in a quality, artificial product that replicates both the look and feel of natural grass, with resounding accuracy.

Anthony Gallagher, co-founder of Easigrass, was one of the first people to introduce dead grass infill into artificial grass to give the product a more authentic look.

A pioneer in the field of research and development, his design set a new standard of craftsmanship. Easigrass is the first, and only, artificial grass company to be awarded Gold by the Royal Horticultural Society at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

So whether you’re playing barefoot outside, or simply admiring the view, the soft touch and aesthetic of artificial grass are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.

2. It’s expensive

This myth is bogus!

Artificial grass is a no-brain investment. The simplest reason: because it requires very little maintenance.

It’s much more cost-effective, particularly over the long term than a natural lawn.

And also available in a wide range of varieties to fit your budget.

You’ll save even more when you eliminate the added maintenance expenses required for natural grass. Mowing, watering, re-seeding and weeding can add up quickly.

You could save up to 70% of your water bill if you choose Easigrass artificial grass.

The average homeowner saves gallons of water per year, which makes artificial grass just as financially-savvy as it is environmentally-friendly.

3. It contains harmful chemicals

In its early years, around the late 1960’s, there was little done in the way of scientific research for artificial grass.

As advancements in the industry were made, the product was meticulously refined, and stringent health and safety standards were put into place.

Government regulations ensured harmful chemicals and toxins were banned.

But if you’re installing a low-quality product today, this can cause problems.

Ensure you select a reputable provider, with proven safety standards to ensure the health, safety and sustainability of yourself, and the environment.

Easigrass installs SALI-approved artificial landscapes in Southern Africa, and around the world. SALI, the South African Landscaping Institute, is the national body ensuring high standards of workmanship and materials, and compliance with the code of conduct.

Another added benefit of artificial grass: it prevents you from polluting your lawn, and the air, with the harmful chemicals found in weed killers and other fertilizers.

4. It fades quickly

A tough product is important for withstanding the wear and tear of high-impact sports such as soccer, rugby and field hockey.

And Easigrass provides turf for many professional sports leagues including FIFA, IRB and FIH.

Modern techniques ensure that the product is designed to last.

With a sophisticated installation process, your artificial landscape can last up to 20 years (and Easigrass offers up to a 10-year warranty).

5. My pet won’t like it

What’s better than a year-round green space for your pet?

In fact, your furry friend is much less likely dig up artificial grass.

Your lawn also won’t develop bare patches, from things like repeated activity and urine, in the same way, that natural grass does.

The draining system of the artificial lawn ensures that a pet’s urine is flushed out. As well, the product is engineered in a way that ensures it’s left odour-free and clean.

Making your space pet-friendly is one of the many benefits of an artificial landscape. Leisure, residential and commercial spaces can also be transformed, both inside and outside.

Artificial landscapes are a great way to promote green living, and enhance your space!

If you would like us to get in touch, please click HERE or alternatively, please call 0873510129 for a direct quote.

 

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