2016 Comes to a Close
15 December 2016
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We would like to thank all of our long-standing and new loyal clients for their support this year. Our gratitude also goes out to our esteemed suppliers and everyone who ran projects and events for which we donated trees.

TreeCo has grown in so many ways; without you and our team, this would not have been possible. We are closed for the December holidays as of today and will re-open on the 10th of January 2017.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Rocking the Daisies with TreeCo
13 October 2016
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For those of you who were enjoying the splendorous sounds of Rocking The Daisies this year, you will have seen the 80 TreeCo trees we sponsored to the event, boogying there with you.

Cloof Wine Estate hosts around 25 000 festival goers each year, but the music fest is not what makes the estate famous, actually it's the delicious wines produced from their unirrigated bush vines that draws the crowds year round. Pruning vines is a calculated science as each snip produces a difference in foliage, photosynthesis and grape ripening.
6000 Reasons for Species Diversification
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A key component of a healthy urban forest, especially one on your estate, is tree species diversity. Tree diversity within an urban forest landscape provides functional, aesthetic benefits as well as biological and ecological advantages, the foremost of which is greater stability of the ecosystem you've created.

Our new range of about 6 000 x 20L trees will almost be ready for delivery this December, which means that when you increase your species diversity with TreeCo, you are automatically restoring the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of your landscape
Some Sweetgum Secrets
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Still on special is the Sweetgum (Liquidamber styraciflua) which grows best in shady areas and clay soil and grows to about 15 metres in adulthood. The Sweetgum heartwood is pinkish while it's sapwood is creamy white and both are popular for furniture and veneer production.When wounded, the Sweetgum exudes a vanilla-scented resin, called styrax, which is used to make perfumes, incense and fragrant soaps.

Medical uses of this versatile variety is as an expectorant for sore throats and coughs, an antiseptic when used topically and even as a remedy for viruses such as the flu, measles and chickenpox when ingested.
Mission Olives and Freerange Eggs
13 September 2016
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As Arbor Week draws to a close, TreeCo is busy saving 35 mature 50 year old Mission Olive trees. This conservation project is being done in collaboration with James the Freeranger who is setting up huge new coops to house his 22,000 chickens. Each tree will be put into bags, rehabilitated and then sold on to selected clients. Our aim is not only to encourage people to plant trees but to conserve them as well.
TreeCo is Always Growing
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Heading into summer, we'll be acquiring 14,5k more trees and shrubs over the next few months as the expansion of TreeCo's nursery continues at full tilt. This is our biggest single acquisition yet so many thanks to all of our partners and clients for your ongoing support.

At TreeCo, we're always growing, and we keep our nursery fully stocked so that you can plant first class specimens all year round. You can even find some of South Africa's protected beauties in our nursery.
Liquidambar
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This month's Tree of the Month is the 50 lt Liquedambar styriflua (liquid ambar). A gem in any garden, this species actually originated in North America (where known as the American Sweetgum), and today, the Liquidambar is one of the most important commercial hardwoods sold in the States.

It is a fast growing, hardy ornamental shade tree with distinct, five pointed, star shaped leaves that turn intense and brilliant shades of yellow, amber and red in the autumn months. The flexibility of this colourful addition to your landscaping project is best exemplified by these diverse little Liquidambars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9fSHQslzB8
Cape Green Forum in Spring
16 August 2016
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It's Cape Green Forum time again and TreeCo will be there on the 24th of August. We’re looking forward to meeting up with you again. In a nutshell, for those who don't know, The Cape Green Forum was formed in 1999 to connect growers, retailers, landscapers, estate managers, irrigation specialists and other suppliers to the green industry in the Cape.

On Trade Day, we usually set up a dense mini forest which features TreeCo's diversity of stock and superior quality of viable and reliable trees. Younger developers can expand their knowledge of TreeCo's varieties within species, affording clients with different soil types equal aesthetics. More traditional landscapers will enjoy our new stock section and possibly even catch a glimpse of every South African garden's super star, Keith Kirsten.
Trees Open Olympics
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When 11549 competing athletes each received a seed to plant in the opening ceremony of the Olympic games, the simple gesture of planting a tree became a global beacon of society. 207 species native to Brazil were planted to represent the 207 National Olympic Committees who are competing in the games this year.

In our own Olympic Marathon, we are still hard at work perfecting our production line. Going into spring and summer, we’ll have a good amount of trees available.

Please contact Rudi 082 829 5543 or Mireze 079 150 0233 for availability or quotes.
Arbour Week Favourites
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Just a reminder that it's Arbor week from the 4th to the 10th of September.
In Olympic fashion, we have an excellent selection of trees for your Arbor week events. From the locally named and internationally acclaimed, here are our Arbour Day favourites:

For sunny conditions and sandy soil:
Chinese Hackberry, Chinese Poplar and Outeniqua Yellowwood.
For something authentic: Koorsboom and the Real Yellowwood.
Something old: Liquid Amber and English Oak.
Something off the beaten track: Wild Plum.
And something special for the ladies this Womens' Day: Viburnum Sinensis.

Happy Womens' Day, Ladies.
Always Growing
14 July 2016
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Playing the long game is, of course, a key element in running a successful nursery like ours. Looking ahead to the future, we've just finished planting 100 Syzygium guineense into 250l bags so that they'll be ready for sale in February 2017.

But these awesome evergreens are not the only new TreeCo additions which need time to grow and have their roots fill their growbags – our 20l production line area is now populated with 2500 new perfectly grown specimens. This area will eventually house 10 000 trees and shrubs ready for purchase because here at TreeCo, we are literally always growing. Watch us in progress on our Facebook page.
Light Work for the Winter Garden
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With winter well on its way, getting your garden winter-ready is easily done with these three key TreeCo Winter Gardening tips:
1. Mulch, mulch, mulch. Feeding your garden with enough mulch is done so that the right nutritional values are grown from within your soil. Adding an extra-thick layer of mulch (of about four inches) will also help protect your plants from frost.
2. Plant evergreens. The upcoming winter rains are perfect for giving your new evergreens' roots enough juice to settle in well before the heat of summer returns.
3. Call us for your evergreens; we've got superb stock in stock: 021 864 3046.
Know Your Roots
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Like people, trees have distinct personalities and nurturing them in their favoured environments is crucial to optimal development. Whether you’re an architect, landscaper or gardner you should always keep a close eye on the space allocated to trees in your design, as the trees' whole life-span needs be taken into account. The best way to do this is to know your roots.

Bigger trees need to be planted at least four to five metres away from underground piping, swimming pools and building foundations. Trees with aggressive roots are especially ill-advised in smaller spaces as the recommended space away from underground piping mentioned above is doubled to accommodate trees of the Ficus and Erythrina (10m) families. For detailed information about the roots of your intended trees', or to get a list of suggested trees for your project, give Rudi a call on 082 829 5543.
Saplings at the Snap of your Fingers
9 June 2016
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For those who don't remember last month's 9000 May Babies, we've been operating at full tilt planting new stock here at TreeCo. We are proud to announce that, with incredible team work, the number of new TreeCo babies that will be ready by November are 300 100lts, 2500 20lts and 3500 6lts! Big thanks goes to our awesome nursery team for the huge effort they have been putting in. As you can imagine, our expansion means you have an array of first class TreeCo specimens at the snap of your fingers. Our full stockist is available here: http://treeco.co.za/our-trees/
New Addition to Accounts
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It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our newest member: Mireze Reyneke, our new Accounts Manager. She'll be working hand in hand with Rudi so hold on to your hats, folks, because she is just as passionate about trees as he is.  Mireze has been in the Green business for quite a number of years now, and you’ll immediately pick up that her extensive experience fuels enthusiasm for landscaping projects. That said, to place an order with TreeCo, give Mireze: 079 150 0233, or Rudi: 082 829 5543 a call.
Ingenius Indigenous
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Blessed with over a 1000 varieties of indigenous trees, South Africa is becoming increasingly patriotic about planting strictly indigenous species. Especially as we have some of the most sought after species in the world: White Milkwoods, Stinkwoods and Boababs. Not to mention our plethora of medicinal trees like: the Red Bushwillow (for stomach complaints), the Apple Leaf (for snakebites) and the Fever Tree (for bringing down fevers). We even have an indigenous lightning conductor! The Knob-thorn Acacia. But more importantly than that, indigenous species are notoriously water-wise compared to their invasive counterparts who degraded our soil and natural habitat. Choosing TreeCo trees means you are an active participant in rehabilitating South Africa's indigenous ecosystem.