Monthly Archives: February 2015

Keeping your grass greener this autumn


It’s March and we are nearing autumn when the grass starts slowing down its growth and may become dull and parched.

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa have found a way to keep their lawns green and luscious all year round – which is one of the highlights of the property and Gardner Mark Robson, shares his tips on keeping your grass greener in autumn.

Firstly, he says, “Stop fertilizing your lawn excessively, and only fertilize the grass once, usually during autumn when growth is slower”. With large amounts of fertilizer on the grass, this will encourage rapid growth and make the plants more vulnerable to insects, so fertilizing once, will help maintain your grass at a steady growth rate.

Secondly, he says that regular cutting of the lawn is important because it adds a thickness to the grass. “Find your own technique, whether it is small areas every so often, or all in one go. Just remember to change directions each time you use the lawnmower on your lawn,” he adds.

In regards to watering, Robson, says that you should monitor how much rain you are having and judge accordingly. If you have had excessive rain, there is no need to water the garden, however if rain has been scarce, then water once or twice a week in order to give the ground some moisture and ensure your plants do not wilt.

Ideally, grass has to be maintained regularly to ensure it flourishes. “Show your plants a little more love and attention more often and it is most likely to stay greener,” he says.

Be amazed by the Farmhouse this Easter!


Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, situated on KwaZulu Natal’s renowned Midlands Meander, are proud of the upgrades and additions to their property over the past year and one such feature is the Farmhouse, which was recently refurbished – at the last half of 2014.

Whether you are looking for extra accommodation for your wedding party, a holiday spot for the family, a place to host an outdoor weekend with the boys or simply want an affordable self-catering venue that offers a pool, fully-fitted kitchen including all the bells and whistles such as two fridges, a washing machine, tumble dryer and a host of kitchen necessities, and gives you that a feeling of home, then Granny Mouse Country House & Spa’s Farmhouse is your best bet.

You will find this stunning gem of a self-catering unit on the 22 hectare Oakleigh Farm, approximately 900m from the main Granny Mouse Hotel and is the hotel’s first official self-catering option, sleeping a maximum of 12 guests.

Some of the features that make this holiday house worth visiting include 5 beautifully decorated bedrooms, dining room with a 10 seater table, lounge, playroom, private pool, veranda, braai facilities and lovely Farmhouse garden, as well as the option of stocking your cupboards and fridge full of goodies for a small fee. However, if guests prefer to eat a restaurant cooked meal, they can order from the hotel directly- it is just a phone call away or have a Granny Mouse Chef cook and serve you dinner at the Farmhouse kitchen.

To make your stay extra exciting, there are also a range of activities in the Midlands worth exploring from the Karkloof Canopy Tours, to flyfishing, hiking, mountain biking, and even browsing at the craft stores located on the Meander route.

For more information and prices contact Granny Mouse Country House & Spa on 033 234 4071