A well taken-care-of and maintained landscape makes outdoor living enjoyable. A dream home is a dream come true only when the landscape is in the right place and growing. Homeowners need to take some important steps to ensure that landscapes get a healthy start in life.
A new landscape is more susceptible to disease and insect problems, because plants are weakened, and root systems are not well established. Correct control of diseases and insects helps the new landscape thrive during its first important season.
A well-managed watering, fertilizing and mowing program is key to success in landscaping in Kenya. It is advisable to watch trees and shrubs for dehydration or over-watering stress. It is also advisable to fertilize your planted area at six to eight week intervals, three or four times during the growing season. In addition, it is good to mow to a 2 1/2-to 3-inch height which can happen walking on the lawn without ruining its grade.
See how to take care and maintain a landscape in Kenya. And if you are considering hiring a landscaping service to help you maintain and take care of your landscape in Kenya, contact Appeala Landscaping Kenya today to speak with one of our experts.
1. Bring in Plants that can Survive in your Backyard, Garden or Field
Before you begin planting or before you add another plant, take time to really get to know the weather, light, and soil conditions of your site. When plants are paired with their desired growing conditions, they practically take care of themselves. Great landscapers plant low-water loving plants in quick-draining sandy soil. Bog plants are reserved for areas that are constantly moist.
Concentrate on planting more trees and shrubs that can do well in Kenya, and particularly on your area. Trees and shrubs have a big landscape presence that increases with time. Plant these long-lasting woody plants and enjoy decades of flowers, fragrance, and colorful foliage with minimal annual maintenance.
Install more natives on your field, backyard or garden. The beauty of landscaping with native plants is that the plants are most likely accustomed to the weather and soil conditions in your region. Be sure to site the plant in its preferred sun exposure direction and you’re well on your way to a trouble-free plant that thrives year-after-year.
2. Reshape your Landscaped Area
Great landscapes often have well thought-out shapes. When reshaping your landscape, sketch a simple plan of your property, including structures, existing trees & shrubs and garden elements. Indicate the outdoor living areas, pathways, and other elements, such as a swing set or vegetable garden. Don’t hesitate to include areas that you are not ready to install but would like to build in the future. The master plan will be essential in illustrating how your landscape will look in time.
3. Refurbish the Most Crucial Areas with Grass, Flowers and Hardscape
Focus on creating one or two key garden areas that offer impact, rather than placing multiple beds and borders in all corners of your property. A perennial-and-shrub border along your hardscaped walkway or near the front door of your home is always a good choice. The area immediately surrounding your porch, deck, or patio is also a great spot for landscaping. You\’re likely to visit these spaces often and enjoy the fruit of your labor.
4. Install Plants of the Same Family in One Location
Cluster plants with similar needs together. Clustering containers simplifies watering and other gardening practices, plus it allows pots to shade one another, which conserves moisture and reduces watering. You can acidify the soil more efficiently by grouping acid-loving plants.
5. Use Borders to Control Grass Growth in Your Landscape
Encircle shrub borders, perennial beds, vegetable gardens, and other planting spaces with a border. This might be as simple as a spaded edge that prevents grass from creeping into the garden. Or use stone or brick to create a lasting border. A defined bed edge plays two important roles in the landscape. It provides a clean finish for the planting area and it prevents grass and weeds from creeping into the garden.
6. Use Colored Materials to Control Weeds
A lush groundcover, such as easy-to-grow creeping sedum or shade-loving lamium, is a wonderful way to add color and texture below perennials and shrubs while preventing weed seeds from germinating in open soil. A 2- to 3-inch-thick layer of shredded wood mulch, cocoa hulls, or pine straw also will prevent excessive weed growth. Mulch root zones to kill weeds, reduce extreme cold temperatures and decrease fluctuations in soil moisture. Mulching helps shallow-rooted young plants survive the winter.
7. Prune Plants when they Overgrow and Mow Lawn
Plants grow, there’s no way around it, and often they expand beyond their intended site. Regularly reign in trees and shrubs by pruning annually. The best time to prune flowering trees and shrubs is just after they bloom. Prune shade trees and evergreen in mid- to late spring. The late dormant season is also good for pruning in Kenya. Pruning in late winter, before spring growth begins, leaves fresh wounds exposed for only a short amount of time before new growth begins. New plants need little, if any, pruning during their first season, but pruning needs may increase thereafter.
In spring, cut back anything that needs to be reduced in size, thin plants as needed, perform corrective pruning, cut back perennial tops, inspect and treat for disease and insects if necessary, spray any existing weeds and apply a preventative weed treatment.
During the growing season, lawns should be cut between 3 inches to 3.5 inches, but the final lawn cutting should be 2 inches to 2.5 inches to protect new growth and to minimize the lawn serving as a feeding ground for pests.
8. Water the Planted Areas
Water, but not too much and not too little. It’s difficult to recommend a standard “one-size-fits-all” watering program because of variations in soil conditions, natural precipitation, temperature and a plant’s moisture needs. Each situation is different. Overwatering, however, probably is the most common cause of death for newly transplanted trees and shrubs. Correctly transplanted and watered in, a plant usually will not need water for several days.
A simple test can help the new gardener determine when to water. Until you know from experience, dig carefully six to eight inches near the root zone, and squeeze a handful of soil. If it is damp enough to form a ball, no water is necessary. If it falls apart easily, water. Don’t worry if the top few inches are dry. Roots need air almost as much as they need moisture. Frequent watering saturates the soil and suffocates the roots. Encourage maximum plant growth by deep but infrequent watering.
Watch trees and shrubs, especially those near lawn sprinklers, for over-watering stress. Leaves may yellow and wilt, just as if they lacked water. Keep new sod wet, but not saturated, until rooting occurs, usually in about a week. In hot weather, you may need to soak twice-daily during the first few days. But, within a few weeks, wean the lawn to a normal watering pattern ranging from every third day to once a week.
Ideally, soak soil up to eight inches deep and wait to water again as long as possible without causing drought damage. This promotes deep drought-resistant root growth.
9. Improve the Soil Fertility with Compost or Fertilizer
Rich in valuable nutrients, compost is a great addition to any garden. Healthy soil yields healthy plants, and healthy plants are easy to care for. Search for quality compost through your local municipality or garden center.
Fertilize the cool-season grass lawn at six to eight week intervals, three or four times during the growing season. The most important fertilization is the last one in October. After the first year, aerate annually to reduce compaction.
It’s not necessary to fertilize new shrubs after planting; doing so may burn new plant roots. Soil, improved at planting time, usually will supply a plant’s nutritional needs the first season. After the first year, fertilize after leaves emerge, but before mid-July. Avoid late-season fertilization; this encourages late, soft growth that is subject to winterkill.
Well, this is all about how you can take care and maintain a landscape in Kenya. If you are looking for a good landscaping company in Kenya to help you maintain and take care of your landscape, look no further than Appeala Landscaping Kenya. Contact us today.
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