Landscaping Guidelines

Landscaping Guidelines

Arabella Country Estate is situated within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve within the Cape Fynbos Region. This is one of the richest plant kingdoms in the world with an incredible variety of flowers and shrubs. Arabella is an area that is also prone to long dry periods with variable or no rainfall.

As a part of the Biosphere Arabella Country Estate is committed to protecting the biodiversity of plants and animals within the reserve and to co-operating in avoiding the introduction of plants or animals which may pose a threat to this diversity. The Golf Estate is also committed to the conservation and wise use of water resources.

Additionally, South Africa has promulgated Regulations in terms of the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act (CARA). The Schedules to this Act set out plants, not allowed on private land. Failure to remove such plants is an offence and landowners are liable to prosecution. It is in our interest to comply with these regulations.

Arabella Country Estate Landscaping Guidelines are intended to help private homeowners:

• Help Arabella Country Estate contribute to the goals of the Biosphere Reserve
• Avoid breaching the CARA Regulations, and
• Have a water wise garden that will save water and thus save money.

WHEN STARTING A GARDEN IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT a qualified landscaping consultant is employed to guide you in your choices. Many of the surrounding nurseries or landscaping contractors have the knowledge to advise you in your planting.

Plant Material
1.1.1 Only South African indigenous plants may be used, preferably those, which are endemic (Cape Flora). Endemic plants are better suited to local climate conditions and are also water wise. Non indigenous may be planted with desecration in non visible areas.
1.2 Recommended Plants
1.2.1 An extensive recommended plant list is attached to these guidelines; copies are available from the estate office.
1.3 Road Verges
1.3.1 No lawn or gravel stone may be used on the 3m estate road verges. Servitude planting of the verges is encouraged and should follow sub paragraph 1.1 as set out above.
1.4 Water Management
1.4.1 In view of the estate being in a low rainfall area water consumption must be managed with care. The installation of all irrigation systems must be approved by estate manager prior to installation. All automatic irrigation systems must be fitted with rain sensors. In summer irrigation systems should be programmed to run during the night (less evaporation) and over watering should be avoided at all times.
1.4.2 All irrigation systems must be fitted with an isolation valve situated next to or not more than 1 meter from the mains water supply meter and within the estate servitude area.
1.5 Weed and Pest Control
1.5.1 It is the responsibility of homeowners to ensure the proper control of weeds and pests on their property, avoiding spreading onto estate land. Driveways and paths should be kept weed-free at all times. Environmentally friendly products only should be applied. A list of appropriate products is available from the Estate office.
1.6 Garden Maintenance
1.6.1 Homeowners are responsible for regular upkeep of gardens i.e. mowing and edging of lawns, weeding of beds, etc.
1.6.2 It is the responsibility of the homeowner or the garden contractor to remove all garden waste, grass cuttings and weeds, etc from the premises/estate.
2.1 No lawns will be permitted beyond the boundaries of private properties.
2.2 No trees may be removed or felled without Home Owners Association Directors approval.
2.3 No plants or bulbs may be removed or transplanted.
2.4 Estate or golf course irrigation lines may not be operated by homeowners.
2.5 No private garden waste or soil may be dumped in this area.
2.6 No hard landscaping allowed in above areas unless approved by estate management (e.g. paving, paths, water features, steps, benches, sleepers, retaining walls, bridges and sculptures).
2.7 No berms may be constructed in this area.
2.8 No blocking, re-directing or any interference of the estate swale system is permitted.
2.9 No sleeves installed for estate purposes may be used by landscape contractors for irrigation or other purposes.
3.1 Limited development of estate land immediately adjoining the
homeowner’s property may be permitted with the consent of the estate landscaping committee, Applications must be submitted to the estate office for consideration. The application must be submitted in writing and must include a scaled layout plan(s) clearly showing the intended development and nature and types of plants, paving and any other features envisaged. No fences, bridges, ponds or berms will be permitted and planting must be informal. If a landscaping contractor is used for such work a fee of R500.00 will be payable together with a refundable deposit of R5000.00 to the estate office. This is to cover the cost of any repair work to possible damage caused on surrounding land.
3.2 Any areas outside of private erven may not be fenced off from surrounding land.
3.3 There may be no visual intrusion to, the view from neighbouring properties. Planting should be in line with the rules applying to private home gardens – indigenous etc. and kept below 1 meter in height.
3.4 Only hand watering is allowed in these areas. No irrigation systems may be installed. The development of these areas will be carried out under strict control of estate management.
4. Vacant Erven
4.1 All erven must be kept free of any alien invasion in accordance with CARA Regulations. (see attached).
4.2 No dumping of litter or building rubble is allowed.
4.3 Any possibility of soil erosion on vacant erven must be monitored.
4.4 Erven must be free of any dangerous trees that may cause damage to neighbouring properties.
4.5 Erven must be free of any stagnant water that may cause excessive breeding of insects (mosquitoes, etc).
When first developing a garden it is recommended that homeowners employ the services of a professional with knowledge of the area and plants that should be used.
Homeowners should then inform the estate manager of their proposed plant list and design for approval prior to any activity onsite.

5.2 All private landscaping contractors must register with the estate manager for permission to operate on the estate. During this introduction the landscaper will be familiarised with all rules and regulations.
5.3 No plants contained in the first schedule of the CARA regulations are allowed on the estate. Homeowners will be required to remove such plants. A copy of the CARA regulations is held at the estate office.
5.4 The rules and code of conduct applicable to building contractors and sub-contractors as contained in the building guidelines apply to landscaping contractors as well.

Working hours – Monday to Friday between 07h00 to 18h00 (no work on weekends or public holidays)
6.2 No advertising boards may be displayed anywhere on the estate.
6.3 No cold canvassing is allowed on estate.
6.4 The movement of staff is restricted to the site being landscaped.
6.5 All rubble must be removed from the site and estate immediately upon completion of the contract.
6.6 No rubble is to be dumped on vacant erven or estate property.
6.7 The use of alcohol is strictly forbidden.
6.8 No firearms are allowed on the estate.
6.9 Staff to stay properly dressed at all time.
6.10 Speed limits on the estate are to be adhered to:- Main routes 40km/h, residential areas 25km/h.