9000 May Babies
5 May 2016
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This month's TreeCo news is the exciting addition of a whopping 9000 saplings to our stock-list following the hustle and bustle of last month's improvements. With our new babies settled in the TreeCo nursery, we're making use of the breathing space to develop our new production lines' areas and, of course, cannot wait for the end result. Book a TreeCo tour with Rudi to explore our new 20L, 100L and 200L blocks.  
Change With the Seasons
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After April's much needed bouts of rain it's time to add that extra bit of organic food to your trees' feeding process; please do bear in mind that less is more when fertilising. As you have also noticed, the seasons are busy changing so constant watering of your garden is no longer necessary as the cooler temperatures will keep your watering area moist for much longer. With the upcoming winter showers we would like to reassure you that, come rain or shine, TreeCo trees get to where they're going!
TreeCo’s Autumn Pruning Guide
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You will need a pair of good quality secateurs (pruning shears) and a small wood saw for bigger trees. Start by cutting away all the dead wood and branches; this is very important to do as the rainy season forms rot within the dead wood. 

As you know, each tree is different so prune according to their growth rate, your desired shape and fruit-picking order.  Shrubs and hedges need to be pruned right back for them to thicken; roses should be pruned depending on the rose bush/tree/climber varietal; perennial flowers are uprooted and their seeds dried for replanting in spring. 

Edible gardens need their soil renewed so splash a dash of organic fertiliser on your herb and vegetable patches. Don't limit your garden to a veggie patch and herb garden though, drop us a line to start your own orchard too.
This Month’s Thanks
12 April 2016
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TreeCo would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal and wonderful clients that supported us during the last three months.  It’s been a great start to the new year. We actually upped our game about seven months ago and are pleased to announce that today we are supplying two of the industry giants with our top-notch trees. So a special thank you goes out to Johan Swanepoel from Arboreta Nurseries and Dean Kingham from Habitat Tree Nursery for their advice and guidance in making our product even better. Whoever said you can’t work along side your competitor?
Feeding Time
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The season is changing and it’s a good idea to add some spice to your trees’ feeding regime.  A little bit of organic fertiliser would be enough to give your tree that much needed boost after the hard and dry summer days we’ve had. You can make your own organic fertiliser at home with combinations of these key ingredients: banana peels, coffee grounds, eggshells, seaweed, molasses, grass clippings, dog food and good old-fashioned cow poop.
As you know, different plants thrive on different nutrient combinations so drop us a line on 021 864 3046 for advice or to order some of our ready-made fertiliser (much faster).
New Prices
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Due to the rising cost of supplies, labour and maintenance, we at TreeCo have had to pass along a slight increase in our prices as of the 4th of April.  Given the steady job we’ve done improving various aspects of our nursery’s production over the past seven months you can, as always, rest assured that TreeCo trees are amongst the absolute best trees in the Western Cape. In addition, all of our processes are environmentally friendly. You can contact the TreeCo office for our updated price list: info@treeco.co.za.
Every Dog Has His (TreeCo) Day
9 March 2016
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Around mid Feb we were asked to assist the wonderful people of Grassy Park SPCA to upgrade their premises. Thanks to donors’ funding, they have an amazing, top-class facility and are in the process of upgrading their premises which houses, as you know, abused and unwanted animals. Included in the upgrade is an awesome, shady play area for the animals. TreeCo has been tasked with greening the adoption centre, creating borders, and planting a little forest in which the vets and staff can recharge after a tough day. Take a look at the good work in action on our Facebook page.
Indoor Forests and Friends on Show 
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If you’ve never seen an indoor forest before, do be sure to catch us at the next Cape Green Forum exhibition at GrandWest, Cape Town. We had another super successful run, meeting up with colleagues in the business again as well as South Africa’s esteemed and ‘favourite gardener’, Keith Kirsten (for whom we’ve had the privilege of providing trees to). As the next Cape Green Forum show will only be held in a good few months, you can find our real outdoor forest in Lady Loch Way, Wellington. Give us a call on 021 864 3046 to arrange a tour.
TreeCo’s Star: Jasmine
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This week’s TreeCo special is the fragrant and striking Star Jasmine which produces dainty white flowers (in full sun, no less) and, rather freakily, actually belongs to the Olive family. While often seen as a creeper, it works wonderfully as a ground cover too, making it a nifty addition to vast gardens. The a.k.a Confederate Jasmine is an excellent choice this season not only on account of its tolerance to different soil types, but also because of it’s infamous resilience to draught - simply a summer must-have as water restrictions persist in our area. Drop Rudi a line on 082 829 5543 to place your order.
February in Full Swing
1 February 2016
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Well, after a well deserved break, we’re back, ready to take on 2016. We trust you’ve had a wonderful holiday and that all loved-ones are back safe and ready for this year. With your continued support and business, we’ve spent the month ‘spring’-cleaning TreeCo and are almost back in tip-top shape. There is quite a lot of work to be done but nothing is ever too big a job or too much to handle.
Water-wise Your Garden: Triple distill
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With this extreme heat that we are experiencing, water-wising your garden is a practical must. True to the “re-use re-cycle” tradition, we recommend you re-distill your garden’s water this summer with the help of our TreeCo water-wise condensation guide:
1st: collect roof runoff
2nd: mulch, mulch, mulch
3rd: milk your air-con.

Of course, the layout of your garden and the kind of plants you have plays a major role in how much water you are actually losing, so give Rudi a call for expert input. We at TreeCo are no strangers to nursing plants through the thick and thin of climate changes.
So What’s Your Tree Sign?
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We know a lot about trees. But what exactly do trees know about us? In the Iron Age, Celtic druids used their natural connection with and knowledge of Earth’s cycles to develop Celtic Tree Astrology. By their reverence for the sacred knowledge held by trees, the druids observed trees’ characteristics mimicked in people’s behaviour.

Achievers behaved like Birch trees; observers, like Willows. Now we have three species of Oak, in stock, which can confirm that Oak people (born between June and July) have the special gift of strength, usually root for the underdog and pair off well with Reeds.
The Final Count Down
1 December 2015
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TreeCo will be closed from the 11th of December till the 11th of January for a well deserved holiday season. The last of 2015’s deliveries and collections will be the 10th of December so please do get your order in in time to avoid disappointment. Remember that water is a priority this summer so keep on being water wise and stick to TreeCo eco friendly growing methods.

With the holiday season upon us we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped shape our business. It's been quite a year for us and we hope that you have found 2015 just as memorable. THANK YOU to all our regular and new clients - we wish you and your loved ones a blessed festive season; see you in 2016.
Add Some Society to Your Salad
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We’ve got a cracking Christmas special: the Tulbaghia violacea, also known as Society Garlic or Wild Garlic. This attractive South African ornamental evergreen outdoor bulb is virtually drought-proof as it does best in full sun and light, sandy soil (excellent for water restrictions). Tulbaghia belongs to a genus of the lily family which is entirely restricted to Africa, and, it’s entirely edible. Add some colour to your salad, eat the peppery sweet flowers raw and use the tapered leaves like garlic.

When not garnished on a dinner plate, crushing Tulbaghia leaves treats sinus headaches and repels insects; the fresh bulbs are boiled in water and the decoction taken orally to clear up colds and coughs. Place your orders for this versatile flowering beauty by calling the office: 021 864 3046.
Indigenous Christmas TreeCo
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Have a live tree in the lounge this Christmas - simply prune some of the lower branches to make space for presents and then plant it out into your garden for New Year’s. This festive season, TreeCo’s top Christmas tree stunt-double (conveniently available in different sizes) is the Real Yellowwood (known in isiXhosa as ‘Umcheya’ and in Zulu as ‘Umkhoba’). This tree belongs to the conifer family and is actually South Africa’s national tree. Ideal conditions are sun and sandy soil.

While the Real Yellowwood boasts a more traditional Christmas tree physique, other playful shapes and sizes are waiting for you TreeCo.
Choose your trees from Our Trees Page by selecting from ideal conditions, root system size, overall size and features…or just get Rudi to choose for you. Contact him on on 082 829 5543. Merry Christmas!
November News
4 November 2015
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Growing trees and supplying them to all sorts of clients is certainly a perk of the job. In just one week at TreeCo, we greened a new school in Swellendam (with The Garden Shack), offered our services to a business park in Killarney Gardens for the first time (managed by De la Porte), and delivered trees to Mick at Hortolene in Constantia. VVD Projects supplied De Grendel Estate with our stock, GardenScapes completed a new development in Stellenbosch and Yokwana greened up a new sewage plant in Riebeeck with TreeCo trees. Stephan at Cape Rain had been under huge pressure at a new mall in Langeberg ridge, so our trees helped to ease the work load there. We proudly added Execuflora as a new client specialising in indoor plants, pots, flower arrangements and artwork.

TreeCo also had a visit from the team at Stellenbosch Municipality’s Million Trees, a massive community development project that is also running to tackle the threat of global warming. After showing them TreeCo trees and our growing process, they took some time to give us their feedback:
“Thank you so much for the opportunity that you afforded us yesterday.
It was wonderful having a look at all the beautiful trees in your nursery and quite educational, as we learnt about the various methods you use to produce such high quality trees. We look forward to doing business with you in the future."

Should you or your team want to visit us at the nursery, you can contact us directly.