Landscaping and Painting


Painting at any time is something that I can do without, but my wife loves it. She finds it exciting to plan, to pick the colours and the textures, and doing a lot of the work. For her, there is the satisfaction of Doing It Yourself.

I do, though, draw the line at the painting that could best be done by a contractor. Check out these from ZAPC Johannesburg for more painting solutions and ideas. Recently, with our landscaping project, discussing all these issues and coming up with good and agreeable solutions, was just about as much fun as now sitting down and enjoying the handy work.

A Complete Makeover


Our yard has had a complete makeover, with new driveway, fencing, gardens and pathways, sod grass, an updated swimming pool, we added some new water features, and even updated the patio, and included some new furniture.

Following, I provide some information on the painting that may help you in the planning, design and implementation of your landscape project, and before you start, do remember to take those before photos as a memento of all your hard work.

The Driveway

Our previous driveway was gravel and dirt, and there was not much discussion on having it paved. My wife wanted stones to form a border for her plants, and our commercial paving contractor was more than agreeable to setting them right. Following my wife did prep the stones with a good masonry cleaner and they are now painted with excellent quality masonry paint

The Pathways

With the makeover, we decided to replace the grass and put in new pathways. I drew the line at lifting and placing the heavy stuff, and we were glad to have the landscapers give us a hand with a lot of the backyard work.

The Fencing


Fencing can do a lot to curb appeal and the value of your home. Colour can make a big difference, as well as, can the type of fence. As we wanted privacy, and with the city by-laws allowing fencing to be 2.44 meters in height, we decided on a full makeover. A fencing contractor was brought in to do the job right, and the decision was to use an oil stain to finish off our new wooden fence.

The wood did not require any preparation, but that is something always to be aware of when using a stain. For longevity, you wanted the stain to penetrate, and for good measure, we went with two coats of differing colors for the two sides.

The Swimming Pool

Here comes the huge job. Painting the pool. My wife quickly agreed that this job was bigger than the two of us, so in came the specialty painting company. We knew the cost would be higher than doing it yourself, but to have the job done right was every Rand worth it.

Here are the steps that we ensured were followed in our contract:

Contractor confirmed the type of paint that was already on the pool structure so that we could guarantee the same kind was applied.

1. The pool was pressure washed and scrubbed to remove any loose paint.

2. The whole of the pool area was washed cleaned with an acid wash containing a mixture of 50% muriatic acid and 50% water, followed by a good water rinsing.

3. The pool was cleaned again with tri-sodium phosphate (TSP). This step is necessary to remove any remnants of acid and grease, and lastly, the pool was rinsed again with water.

4. After three days to completely dry, the pool was painted and let to sit to dry per the manufacturer’s specifications. Do not be in a hurry to fill the new beautiful pool with water, as the drying time is required to ensure proper adhesion.

5. The last step was turn on the water, balance the pool chemicals, and the pool was ready for full-blown use.

The Patio

Our patio is cement, and it was prep the cement per the manufacturer’s instructions, and basically, we followed the same steps as was done for our pool.

The Furniture

The furniture was a project my wife could take on, wire brushing all the metal and then spray-painting to get a smooth finish.



The heavy work is done, and the painting is complete, and my wife and I are both happy with the contractor help we received, even though we know we could have probably done it yourself.

The additional cost was our security of getting the job done right and safely, and was not a bad price to pay. And now, we have our backyard lawn service and maintenance company to keep it just the way we like it.

We would rather spend out time enjoying the handy work, rather than spending the time to keep it looking new. That is the job now for our backyard lawn service and maintenance company.