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Malcolm Griffiths
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  • From the drawing board into the ground
    Sep 16, 2019 8:00 am

    From the drawing board into the ground

    When designing a garden it makes sense to create a plan which is to scale.

    A ratio of one-eighth to one inch is usually enough to give a visual of the total finished product and not just isolated areas.

    The landscape should cover both...

  • Screening for privacy in a garden setting
    Aug 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Screening for privacy in a garden setting

    Hedges, it would appear, are an inherent part of the Bermuda landscape, whether it is the need for privacy — though this is questionable with the height of the hedges — or simply an unfortunate syndrome that has melded itself in to the psyche of...

  • Create interest with diversity
    Jul 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Create interest with diversity

    Having a mix of plant types in the garden enhances the aesthetic appearance while extending the interest level throughout the year.

    Plants, in general, cover a wide spectrum of types: trees, shrubs, palms, ground covers, cacti, succulents,...

  • The use of stand-alone and group plantings in the landscape
    Jun 10, 2019 8:00 am

    The use of stand-alone and group plantings in the landscape

    Regardless of the size of one’s garden, the correct placement of a specific plant or group of plants can change the visual perspective thereby creating a bold statement.

    Palms and associated types are in many cases ideal for such plantings...

  • Weeds: the ramifications if you do not remove them quickly
    May 6, 2019 8:00 am

    Weeds: the ramifications if you do not remove them quickly

    Weeds are species of plants growing in the wrong place. This applies to a tree, shrub, palm or other species of plant — if it is in the wrong place, remove it before it becomes a problem.

    It may not appear obvious but weeds often grow...

  • The green, green grass of home
    Apr 15, 2019 8:00 am

    The green, green grass of home

    April in Bermuda sees the start of an uptick in temperature, which makes it a good time to concentrate on carrying out work on the lawn, be it verticutting, aerating, fertilising, repairing or laying a new one.

    Three grass types are grown...

  • Spring is a good time to ...
    Mar 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Spring is a good time to ...

    When the weather starts to settle, March is a good month to prepare for planting and replanting.

    Wind is the arch enemy in the early part of the month so care should be taken by watching long-term forecasts. The pluses of...

  • Step-by-step approach to maintenance
    Feb 6, 2019 8:00 am

    Step-by-step approach to maintenance

    I have often written the words “what you create, you have to maintain”. The statement is true when dealing with landscape design and, by natural progression, garden maintenance.

    The garden is not a static entity; when a blade of grass is...

  • Getting it right on garden maintenance
    Jan 2, 2019 8:00 am

    Getting it right on garden maintenance

    Many thousands of dollars are paid out yearly for gardens to be maintained, but what should garden maintenance actually cover?

    People with contracts for garden maintenance usually have more visits in the active growing months than in the...

  • Practical gift-giving for the gardener
    Dec 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Practical gift-giving for the gardener

    What’s in your Christmas stocking?

    So, it’s that time of year again. Presents, I like to think, are personal, but when it comes to the garden, function and practicality are more appreciated.

    Below, some useful, practical items that...

  • The scourge of the hedge trimmer
    Nov 14, 2018 8:00 am

    The scourge of the hedge trimmer

    While wandering about the country lanes and by-ways on vacation in the UK, I couldn’t help but observe the many gardens and landscapes.

    Especially in the southeast of England drought had been a major problem and, as in Bermuda during dry...

  • A small garden is beautiful but keep plans under control
    Oct 25, 2018 8:00 am

    A small garden is beautiful but keep plans under control

    A thing of beauty is not always a joy when it is labour-intensive. A mistake often made in the initial stages of design is not giving enough consideration to aftercare or maintenance.

    Poor maintenance can, by its very nature, create labour...

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