Jo-Anne's Blog

The Landscape Design Blog is written by Jo-Anne Hilliar, a professionally trained Landscape Designer with more than 25 years of international experience.

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Landscapes coping mechanism in times of stress

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

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De-briefing Maintenance Audits

De-briefing: Maintenance Audits Maintenance Audits evaluations following on an extensive visit to our client ESP landscapers in Mauritius just recently. We have very positive feedback on all the 35 audits that were done, run by the ESP maintenance teams. ESP are the largest contractors in

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ESP Landscapers Ltd Mauritius – Maintenance Audits

ESP Landscapers Ltd Mauritius – Maintenance Audits We are delighted to report that Jo-Anne Hilliar, consultant for Landscape Design Consultants International will be in Mauritius working for ESP Landscapers Ltd conducting maintenance audits on 852 Hectares of landscaping.  The

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Good maintenance

THE VALUE OF GOOD GARDEN MAINTENANCE Managing space and the interpretation of a good landscape can be debatable in terms of affordability and the perception of what you’re trying to achieve in design and ultimate care and maintenance thereof. A landscape is very dependent on plant-out

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Team leaders on site

Team leaders on site Unless you have a competent and enthusiastic team leader running maintenance/installations on site, you can land up producing a job that is inconsistent with the anticipated delivery of a good landscape.  Please see below some of the most important factors

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Benefits of training and skills development – internationally

 Benefits of training and skills development – internationally: The last blog centered around training and skills development and how important it is to develop gardening skills of working in our industry as we are largely reliant on manual labor in order to execute a perfect

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Training and skills development (internationally)

  Training and skills development. (Internationally)   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

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South African grasses in sustainable landscaping

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

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What is gardening for biodiversity

WHAT IS GARDENING FOR BIODIVERSITY. “Biodiversity” is a current buzzword in gardening circles but what does it mean? Biodiversity is short for biological diversity and refers to the variety of different life forms – plants, animals and micro-organisms, the genes they

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Sustainable gardening

Southern Africa seems to be the leaders in the world in terms of sustainable landscaping practices.  The reason for this is the stark reality that shortages of water resources and changing climatic constraints are not conducive to creating ornamental landscapes. These are the

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