Arbour Week

At Starke Ayres Garden Centres we celebrate Arbour week (1 to 7 September 2018) for the whole month of September.  National Arbour Week is a time when all South Africans celebrate our indigenous trees by getting together as communities to plant as many trees as possible. We encourage all South Africans to plant an indigenous tree this Arbour Week, and if you don’t have space for a tree, there are thousands of beautiful shrubs to choose from. Even a couple of indigenous ground covers will do – plant anything indigenous, no matter how small, it is the intent that matters, not the size of the plant. Get into the spirit of this week and together we will create a greener future together – one garden at a time! Download our tips on how to plant a tree or shrub.

Tips for attracting Bee’s


Bees are more attracted to yellow, white and the blue-purple range . Fragrant flowers . Plants with a long flowering season to assure a continuous food supply . Early spring flowers after a long hungry winter . Select single flower heads. Double headed flowers look showy but produce much less nectar and make it more difficult to access pollen . Avoid highly hybridised plants which have been bred not to seed and thus produce very little pollen . Choose different types of flowers to ensure blooms through as many seasons as possible . Provide fresh water . Don’t use pesticides . Plant indigenous plants . Plant flowers in clumps . Plant where bees will visit- sunny spots and sheltered from strong winds

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With over x 300 Granadillas purchased from Starke Ayres Garden Centres in the last 2 weeks we are just reminding you that the last of our stock has arrived and was off loaded this week and on offer @ R 49.95 each we suggest that you rush over to one of our Garden Centres to purchase yours.

Easy to grow and fruiting all year this easy lunch box snack is an easy grower in most gardens and if you are tired of paying crazy supermarket prices now is the time to grow your own. Attached is a grow guide which you can pick up from our info desk in-store. Just a reminder Starke Ayres Garden Centre Rosebank & West Coast Village’s Keep It Green March Madness Sale ends Monday @ 17h00, 2nd April 2018.

Much-needed rain

Cape Town received some much-needed rain, along with a light show as only Mother Nature can create.

Skilful photographer, Brendon Wainwright (@brendon_wainwright) was on hand to capture the lightning storm. Photo of magnificent storm and lightning of Thursday evening March 29th, 2018 below.


Capturing rainwater in Certified Food Grade quality WATER TANKS remains a sound financial investment for homeowners. How welcome and blessed are our dams, beloved fynbos and gardens with the magnificent rainfall yesterday evening and the spectacular lighting and thunder that heralded its arrival.

Sadly this is not all good news for homeowners, as yesterday City of Cape Town announced a 27% increase in water rates effective 1st July’18.

Rainfall capture calculator:

1mm of rainfall over 1 sq.meter of roof = 1 liter of water Therefore when calculating the tank capacity you require to hold the water from a particular gutter and down pipe measure roughly the sq. meterage of the roof above it:

· 10 meters x 12 meters = 120meters sq. roof and multiply this by the amount of water that fell

· (Or is measured by your rain gauge , which if you do not have one now is a good time to aquire).

· 120sq.m x 7mm rainfall last night = 840 liters of free quality pure drinking rainwater.

*Let’s face it that is an immediate saving we can all benefit from!

Starke Ayres Garden Centres offers Food Grade Quality Water Tanks – so as not to pollute your drinking water that may be used in the household.

Please call Starke Ayres Garden Centre Rosebank or West Coast Village for a tank, pump, filter and UV water cleaning solution that works for you.

From the Starke Ayres Management and staff, thank you ever so much for your kind and continued support over the trying Summer months and we wish you and your family a blessed Easter.

Cape Town to DOUBLE THE PRICE OF WATER in two years

The net effect is that the price of water will more than double between July 1 this year and July 1‚ 2020.

The drought is about to whack Capetonians in the pocket‚ doubling the price of water in the next two years.

The City of Cape Town’s draft budget‚ tabled at Wednesday’s council meeting‚ proposes a 27% rise in water tariffs from July 1.

And it will get worse in 2019‚ with a 30.45% increase‚ followed by a 22% rise in 2020/21.

The net effect is that the price of water will more than double between July 1 this year and July 1‚ 2020.

Xanthea Limberg‚ the mayoral committee member for water‚ waste and energy‚ told a media briefing the drought was to blame.

“Much of the increased tariff will be about recovery from 2017/18 [when revenue from water reached only 73% of the target as consumers slashed usage]‚” she told a media briefing before the council meeting.

“It is also about funding augmentation schemes to adapt to the impact of the drought.”

With consumer price inflation at 4%‚ other proposed tariff increases all outpace it: rates at 7.2%‚ electricity at 8.14%‚ sanitation at 26.96% and refuse removal at 5.7%.

The mayoral committee member for finance‚ Johan ver der Merwe‚ said all the increases were based on the city council’s CPI projection of 5.5% for 2018/19.

The council’s total budget for the new financial year is R49.1-billion.