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Training and skills development. (Internationally)

BLandscapeDesign No 8


We have the expertise to invest in your company with regards to the development of your labour input. We have worked extensively into Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa in the guidance and up-skilling of labour in ensuring the execution of professional landscapes, from installation to consistent maintenance delivery.

How important it is to spend time in up-skilling your staff. Some of the key areas for up-skilling as follows:
1. Motivational upliftment - Caring to teach and grow people in their positions and giving those employees better skills and opportunities to do the job well, with enthusiasm and enjoyment.P1070861
2. Confidence boosting – Staff who have a good understanding of how the job should be done, will deliver excellence and therefore need to be trained and developed in order to produce an efficient service. The service is important as your client is observing the efficient delivery and will continue to extend contracts as you deliver with better up-skilled staff to do the work.
3. Continued investment – Continued investment in staff development and teaching is vitally important. People forget easily how the job should be done especially when a particular aspect of the job hasn’t been done for a while. It is important therefore that we never forget that as we deliver a service there is continued teaching/reinforcement to be undertaken in getting the job P1070853delivered efficiently and professionally.
4. Your client’s investment – The teaching investment in your staff is vitally important. We cannot afford to loose our staff as clients trust that the work methodology is maintained. Staff turnover results in diminishing the delivery of sills within your business.
Your landscaping business depends on the visual effect that your staff creates. Being a labour intensive industry, worldwide it is vitally important that we can keep a consistency in ensuring that we deliver a well-executed product. 
We have several skill developmental programs that we offer as follows: -
CIMG0430 SupSkillsforLandscaping No 3
Three Day Landscape Installation & Maintenance Management Programme 
Two Day Garden Workers Training Course
Two Day Advanced Gardeners Programme
Two Day Basic Landscape Design Programme
Four Day Landscape Design Programme 
Three Day Landscape Design Business Practice Programme 
Two Day Green Industry Marketing and Communication Programme BLandscapeDesign No 10
One Day Garden Workers Training Course
Two Day Team leaders programme
These training programmes have been run extensively.
Pictures of up-skilling and training of staff in other parts of Africa and out of the country that have been well received by our clients and their own clients are part of this blog.
Continued staff up-skilling is vital and the popular training programmes and options are as follows: -
Three Day Landscape Installation & Maintenance Management Programme 
Two Day Garden Workers Training Course
Two Day Basic Landscape Design Programme
One Day Garden Workers Training Course
• Two Day Team leaders programme
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South African grasses in sustainable landscaping.

How important is it to use our South African grasses in creating sustainable landscaping? I have been writing about this inclusion in my previous blogs.
Grass plays an essential role in nature, especially as a source of food, but also to provide shelter and nesting material. 
There are also many food chains that eminate from growing grasses in the landscape and it’s usually the animal and bird life at the bottom of the food chain that utilizes grasses. Some of the important additives to growing grasses: - Our grazers  many antelope species enjoy the grass grazing including Spring hares, rats, eating the grass seeds together with Mongoose and other rodents that will eat the nutritious part of the grass. Birds are also big grass seed eaters and are regularly seen in building their nests with grass and seed distribution. Our insect population also use our grass for food and shelter and the good and the bad are then brought into the landscape, which then creates a strong ecological balance in the garden.
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If you look carefully at the structure of most grass plants - they are fascinating in their different formations in terms of structure and design ability, and also when combining with your indigenous and exotic shrub choices within a landscape, thus transforming the design into an unusual and interesting landscape planting pallette. 
Here in South Africa we have grasses that will become the soldiers within the space and combine well with most planting choices including understory planting, shrub and tree coverage. They take well to discipline in terms of cutback and creating effective hedging. They are easily propagated. The bird and insect population, do a lot in terms of repopulation of grasses.20170503 091116
 My favourite grasses in the landscape are the Eragrostis species, which are very pretty in terms of movement in the landscape. Together with the Panicum species, which I really enjoy too in combination. The species within the Aristida range are also very interesting, quite delicate within the landscape and lots of colour in their flowers. The Setaria species   called a brittle grass is beautiful, generally with dark green leaves and bring in a strong boldness used in the landscape. 
Generally all species of grass grown in South Africa can be used ornamentally in the landscape and this is what is exciting as new grass seeds will be brought in by your predators, insect and bird population.CIMG1392 Grasses too are very adaptable in terms of the maturity of the landscape and providing that there is enough growing light, your grass growing population will complement the landscape design that you have planned. 
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Either grasses used in
sways and sweeps in commercial and industrial landscaping is excellent in coverage or utilising your grass species randomly through your planting, providing of course that it combines well with choices of complementary planting and this brings in a very interesting uniqueness to the design.
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I thoroughly recommend using endemic grasses within the landscape and utilising these plants in filling spaces as they bring a lot of movement into the landscape. Allow your grass to flower as the seeds can then be redistributed. See accompanying pictures. We promote this in terms of the new landscaping methodology both here in this county and abroad. 
Regular training in terms of staff understanding and how to work with grasses is offered by our consulting expertise.
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