Spruce up your verge this spring and win

Spring has arrived and Pam Golding Properties (PGP) Hyde Park and Fourways/Dainfern offices are calling on home-owners to put on their gardening gloves and get stuck into their verges for the ‘Outstanding Verges Competition’, which is being held by the two offices.

Entrants stand a chance to win R20 000 worth of gardening equipment or plants, and a vegetable garden start-up kit for the charity of their choice.

According to Jonathan Davies, joint area manager of PGP Hyde Park Office, the competition is taking place for the second time following its tremendous popularity in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs in 2011. “Through our Outstanding Verges Competition we aim to encourage homeowners to uplift their neighbourhood environments, and to create awareness amongst communities of the positive impact that beautiful verges can have on an area’s property values.”

“Many homeowners in South Africa spend time outdoors gardening and enjoying our magnificent weather,” he says. “While it is to be expected that these individuals focus their efforts on the parts of the garden they use most, a little attention to one’s verge can go a long way to creating a good first impression of an area and attracting potential buyers. Spring is a season of renewal and is the perfect time of year to refresh one’s home environment.”

The competition provides residential property owners with a chance to take part in a community initiative that can benefit their whole neighbourhood. It also presents an opportunity to encourage fellow homeowners in an area to work on their verges for the collective benefit of all residents.

Jason Shaw, area manager of the Fourways/Dainfern office, points out that for those who have precious little time to spend on their verges, the use of indigenous plants and features can yield highly pleasing results. “Indigenous gardening can be far less time consuming in that it requires less maintenance. It is also generally seen as a more environmentally friendly option as it uses less water and often assists in attracting local birdlife. By planting indigenous grasses, shrubs, trees and flowers on your verge, you can not only uplift the image of your neighbourhood, but also give back to the environment.”

Shaw adds that the judging of the ‘Outstanding Verges Competition’ will take place in the first week of November 2012. Criteria will include overall attractiveness of each verge, the innovative use of plants and features, such as rock formations, stone carvings, water features and other elements. Each verge will be judged in its own right, whether it has a particular theme, is indigenous or is in a more traditional English or European style.

As an organisation that isconscious of the environment, PGP recently launched a nationwide tree-planting initiative whereby the group committed to planting 1 000 trees if each of its employees would plant just one. PGP is well on its way to achieving this goal, which aims to beautify our surroundings and contribute towards developing agreener future for South Africa.

Davies and Shaw conclude by saying that PGP Hyde Park and Fourways/Dainfern offices were looking forward to seeing what efforts would be made by homeowners in the competition and to awarding the prize to the most deserving participant.

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