Routine Management Practices for Outdoor Ornamental Plants.

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As a landscaper or ornamental grower its imperative to note that poor management of ornamental outdoor plants will lead to unhealthy plants and their ultimate death. As such, a grower has to practice routine management practices to ensure best performance  of ornamental outdoor plants. I have listed a number of routine management practices here –
Acclimatization
As defined by Wikipedia, it is the process in which an individual organism  adapts to a gradual change in its environment such as temperature,humidity, photoperiod and pH such that the plant is able to maintain its best performance. Most ornamental outdoor plants do not require acclimatization. This is because they are raised in outdoor nurseries and used in outdoor environments. On the contrary some outdoor plants are raised in indoor environment nurseries  and they should therefore be acclimatized.
Watering and fertilizer application
For best performance it is advisable to plant the ornamental outdoor plants at the onset of the long rain season. This will ensure that they survive with minimum irrigation requirements hence minimising on cost. Watering should be done before and after transplanting ornamental plants.
Ornamental outdoor plants may be top dressed  annually with Nitrogen fertilizer at the onset of the long rains to ensure rapid and uniform establishment. For ornamental outdoor trees ensure that the planting holes are large enough to accommodate the roots. Apply manure and DAP during establishment. Seedling containers with polythene paper should be removed before transplanting as polythene papers will inhibit root growth and expansion. When it comes to spacing, the correct spacing as per the plant requirements should be observed especially for hedge shrubs  as too close spacing shortens the lifespan of hedges. A grower should also take care of weeds. Weeds are known to compete for food, light, nutrients with the intended ornamental plants. The area around this plants should therefore be kept weed free to reduce competition for nutrients. This will also help to keep pest and diseases incidents low as weeds always act as alternate hosts for pests and diseases.
Training and pruning
Most ornamental outdoor plants require regular training and pruning especially when they are young and in their formative stage.
Ornamental plants that require training and pruning include –
-Trees
-Shrubs
-Ornamental ground covers.
-Vines
-Climbing plants and even
-succulents
Training
It is the art of giving the ornamental plant the direction in which to grow. This should be done as early as after establishment as possible. Most young established plants always require support from wooden,metal or other materials to ensure that they grow in the desired direction. As such, training should be done early when the plants are still young.
Pruning
Pruning  is the removal of excess or undesired or dead/dying plant parts from a growing plant. There are two types of pruning
a) Formative pruning
b) Maintenance pruning

With formative pruning only the desired number and shape of branches are left on a plant. It is mostly done when the plant is very young. On trees, formative pruning is done on branches that have narrow crotch angle since they tend to break easily.
Maintenance pruning involves  the removal of
– off-type branches
– Diseased plant parts.
– Very low placed branches that maybe touching the ground.
– Very succulent water-shoots
– Dead/ dying plant parts.
For trees that are expected to flower, proper pruning should be done to ensure light penetration into the tree canopy. At their mature height , trees should be pruned to leave the desired number of branches.
Many shrubs such as Bougainvillea and durantas require close training and pruning if at all they are planted as hedges. This will ensure there are no visible gaps through the hedge. This will also increase the privacy or security of a hedge.

Such shrubs maybe intertwined into each other or  through a chain link if they are grown next to one to ensure total coverage hence more privacy.
Effective regular pruning should be done at the beginning of every rainy season to ensure that there is new growth hence more privacy.

Ornamental plants should not be pruned during the dry weather as this will lead to high incidences of plant die back.  Lawn mowing of grasses should also be minimal during the dry weather.
Shrubs may be pruned into any desired shapes and appearances within a landscape. Topiary which is the art of pruning  a plant into a desired shape should be balanced within a landscape and it should be symmetrical where desired.
Another point of concern is that young growing ornamental plant tips should be handled with care to avoid snapping during training. Vines and climbing plants in outdoor environments should be provided with wooden or sisal twine support for climbing. Studies in the past have revealed that metal support used in outdoor environment usually get to hot in the afternoons and scorch the young growing tips  of such ornamental plants.
Ornamental ground covers usually have a tendency of stretching over intended areas. They should be weeded regularly  when still young since they take 11/2 – 2 years to cover the ground.

Pest and Disease Monitoring
Any grower or farmer knows that  the first step in control of pests and diseases begins with regular scouting. Thereafter, in the event that an attack has been confirmed, the necessary remedies should be applied. Flower beds and flower islands in a flowering landscape should be replaced as is necessary to avoid soil borne pests and diseases attack on the flowers.
Always replace any dead or dying ornamental plants in a landscape early enough before the rest of the plants become large. This is because survival rate of late replaced plants is slow due to shading / competition from the older more established plants.

Weeding
A weed is any unwanted or undesirable plant growing in an unintended place.
There is therefore need to control weeds in a landscaped area.
Turf needs to be regularly mowed using a lawn mower that has sharp blades. It should be done sparingly during the dry months to avoid patches of grass dying leaving uncovered areas. Ornamental flowering plants in flower beds should be regularly weeded and replaced once their flowers die off. A grower should be aware that ornamental flowering perennials last longer than flowering annuals in a landscape. Flowering perennial plants should be used on a larger scale in an outdoor landscape because they require less maintenance.

Landscapers should bear in mind that it takes between 2-4years for any landscape work to be fully established. During this period there is need for frequent landscape maintenance work to be done in the newly established landscape area.
Til next time.

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The Outdoor Room Concept.

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Dear reader, I come to you with a lot of warm wishes even as you look forward to the new year. I guess new year resolutions are in the kitchen cooking and just about to be served. That is it.
Well, I have something sweet for you here.
In landscaping, there is a concept we call the outdoor room concept. Understanding this concept will increase your skills in landscaping. This is because under this concept you will be able to view an outdoor area to be landscaped as one would look at an indoor room which contains a floor, walls and roof.
You are now beginning to see the mental image form in your mind. The first question we need to ask ourselves is; what are the functions of a floor in an outdoor room concept?.The second question we should be asking ourselves is what materials should we use in an outdoor room concept.
The floor is the ground or earth we step on in the outdoor environment. It is the horizontal plane. It therefore;
-Bears all the traffic within a landscaped area
-Guides or directs movement within the landscape.
-On the floor grass occupies over 70%-80%
Materials that we may use on the floor include:
-Grass/turf
-Ornamental ground covers.
-Concrete pathways
-Water such as ponds.

Another aspect of our outdoor room concept is the walls. Walls form the vertical plane in a landscape.
Functions of a wall include:
-Marks the boundary of a landscaped area.
-Separates between areas within a landscape providing privacy.
-Provides security from stray animals or strangers.
Materials that can be used for walls in an outdoor room concept include:
-Concrete walls or fences
-Shrubs as hedges
-Vines when provided with support.
-Sides of buildings.
The last aspect of an outdoor room concept is the roof. In an outdoor room concept, the roof is simply the airspace above us. When landscaped, the roof;
– Provides shelter from direct sun
-It provides privacy from people in storeyed buildings near the landscape site.
Materials used in an outdoor roof include:
-Trees
-Vines, if given proper support.
-Tent roofs
– Verandah over-hangs and
-Building extensions.

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Ornamental plants and building materials  in a landscape should therefore be arranged in a manner that satisfies the desire of the client.

Planting Media for Ornamental Plants.

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Hey, hoping you are having a good time with your family this festive season even as you look forward to the new year. I received a complaint from one of my clients concerning the performance of his ornamental plants. On closer inspection, it came to my attention that the main cause of the problem arose from the planting media.
I therefore thought it wise to highlight to you what makes a planting media good or what could be the characteristics of a good planting media.
Apart from light,temperatures and moisture,the performance of an ornamental plant is also determined by the type of the planting media it is growing in. There are a number of type of substrates through which ornamental plants can grow among them heavy clay soil ,sand ,peat. It should not be forgotten that the substrate should be free from toxins and pests and should be given the proper balance of water and fertiliser. The ornamental industry in Kenya has changed over the years such that many growers of ornamental indoor plants have resorted to soilless media including cocopit (coir), pumice (tuff), rice hulls, wheat straws, saw-dust, coconut husks and barks. Initially, many growers used compost field soil as the preferred media for ornamental plants.
Soilless media is popular with large commercial ornamental plant propagators because of its excellent capacity to retain irrigation water.
The core functions of a planting media a grower should check include:
-Supplying nutrients to the ornamental plant.
-Holding water.
– Providing support to the ornamental plants.
When checking for the characteristics of a good planting media ensure that
1. It has good aeration.
2.Good water holding capacity favourable to the ornamental plant.
3.Clean from diseases and pests.
4. Good particle size to allow free flow of water during irrigation.
5. Easy to transport and not to bulky.
6.Easy to handle – should not be too sticky.
7. The planting media should also be composed of readily available components.
Components of a good planting media for ornamental plants should have a mixture of:
a) Clay, sandy or loam soil, though loam is the best.
b)Decomposed plant matter such as peat moss,muck(decomposed plant leaves) to improve water holding capacity.
c)Coarse matter such as sand, charcoal or vermiculite to improve water percolation.
When it comes to mixing a good potting media, the ratios depend on the crop species and root system of the individual ornamental plant. The root system could be tap or fibrous. Another point of concern is that when filling containers to plant ornamentals, one should always work with moist or damp media to avoid media flowing freely through the container drainage holes.
Sterilizing Plant Media
Growers planting high value disease susceptible ornamentals might find it necessary to sterilize planting media for ornamentals. This ensures the media is free from insect pests and disease pathogens. There are several methods used in sterilizing planting media such as
a) Steam Sterilization
In this method water is heated and steam passed through a planting media via steam pipes for a given time duration. Insects and some pathogens are destroyed during this process.
b) Solarization
This involves moistening and covering the planting media  with clear polythene papers and leaving this in the open sun for a period ranging from 3-6 months. High temperatures attained at the hot part of the day destroys insect pests and a large percentage of other disease causing pathogens.
Though solarization is not as effective as steam or chemical sterilization.
c) Chemical sterilization
In this method, Basamid is the chemical used to sterilize soils and other growing media. Methyl bromide was the chemical used formerly to sterilize planting media but it was banned in the year 2004 because of its residual properties in the food chain.

In the use of fertilizers with planting media, the fertilizer to be used for planting should be added to the sterilized media just before planting.
At planting time ,DAP (Diammonium phosphate)fertilizer maybe used or slow release NPK fertilizers which are available from special supplies shops. An example of a slow release fertilizer used for indoor ornamental plant container is the osmocote.
Mistakes to Avoid.
Compaction of  the media when handling media for ornamentals. This excludes air from the root zone.
-Extreme pH, always check on the pH to ensure it is favourable to the ornamental you are growing.
-Many ornamentals are moved to indoor environments where they are restricted into shallow or deep containers that contain media which may not be well balanced.
This also means they won’t receive direct natural rainfall to clean up the foliage and leach away excessive nutrients from the root zone
-Plant containers lacking drainage holes are likely to have rotten roots due to excess water logging conditions.

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Significance of Turf in a Landscape.

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Turf or grass in an outdoor landscape is equivalent to a carpet in an indoor room. It’s mainly used in outdoor landscapes and not indoor plantscapes. Grass accounts for more than 80% of the area occupied by plants in a landscape, it therefore plays an important role in tying in all the other elements of landscaping into a single unit. Establishment of turf usually takes 1-3 years to completely cover an area.
Choice of turf to be planted usually  depends on the use of the outdoor space. Some grass such as carpet grass is very tender and therefore suitable for golf fields or rest areas. Other grass species such as Bermuda grass and Kikuyu grass are tough or rough and suitable for rough games such as soccer and rugby. Grass requires frequent lawn mowing to ensure complete ground cover. The lawn mower or slasher should have a sharp blade and the grass should be cut at an appropriate height such that they are not too low or too high. Lawn mowing should be done sparingly during the dry months and frequently in the wet season. Frequency of lawn mowing during the wet season is because of enough moisture which favours their germination and growth at a faster rate than during dry weather. All the cut grass should be swept in the lawn area to reduce  grass rot incidences.
Empty grass patches in a lawn should be refilled or replanted with new grass. For more on turf maintenance check http:// maintenance.hightechturf.co.uk
Most grass species prefer open sunny environments. However there are certain types of grass species that prefer shaded areas under trees and buildings such as Zimbabwe grass.
Turf can be established through more than one method and this include:
Use of seeds.
Stolons.
Rhizomes/cuttings.
Sods- lamps of grass which are uprooted from one area and subdivided to fill up a new area.
Once the grass is established removal is not easy.
Land preparation for planting of grass should be thoroughly done to ensure quick seed germination and grass establishment. Sloppy areas should be levellized to reduce steep slopes. The seedbed should be finely prepared. Before planting is done the seedbed should be compacted to ensure that the tiny grass seeds do not get swept away during irrigation. See the steps in  turf grass establishment here http://http://plantscience.psu.edu/research/centers/turf/extension/factsheets/establishment
Seeds for several grass varieties is commercially available; Bermuda grass ( 1kg costs ksh 3,800 and can plant 250 sq metre area.
Grass establishment by sods involves manually uprooting grass patches with some soil attached and moving these to new areas. Sods should not be too small and should be firmly placed in the soil and watered after transplanting. Grass establishment by use of sods is cheaper and faster compared to establishment by use of seeds. However, it is not always easy to establish large areas using sods besides, it is bulky to transport long distances. Grass should be established at the onset of long rains to ensure even and faster growth.

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Flower Colours and their Meanings.

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Ever asked yourself why a pink flower colour was never used for valentine’s day? Well, there is a big reason for that and sooner or later you gonna find out why.
The various flower colours you see around you are always associated with specific meanings as follows:
– White  flower colour symbolises purity. It is the colour most bridal gowns are made of and the colour used most in weddings.
-Pink flower colour is associated with female gender or baby girls birthday flower arrangement gifts.
-Blue flower colour stands for or is  associated with male gender or baby boys birthday flower arrangement gifts.
-A red flower colour stands for love, an emotional relationship between two lovers.
-There is the yellow flower colour, a resemblance of gold which does not burn to ashes but high heat refines it.
The yellow colour signifies divorce, end of a love affair or separation. It’s also used as the main colour in funerals. It is associated with Easter; the death and resurrection of Christ.
The yellow colour has also been used to signify eternity, life after death.
In this festive season, being a month of December, Christmas is fast approaching and just around the corner. Most cut flower colours used for the Christmas  occasion  are Red,White and Green plus Potted Chrysanthemum.
Hope that has added your knowledge on flower colours and their Meanings right!?

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Selection Criteria for Ornamental Plants.

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Hi folks, hoping yours is a lovely weekend. It’s December the 19th and just before I get out for this wedding party,I thought it wise to share with you these tips that can help you best in selecting ornamental plants for your office, homestead or residential plot.
As a customer or client to a nursery owner, always have in mind the intended use of the ornamental plant you are purchasing. Secondly the suitability of the plant to grow in your environment is a factor that should be importantly considered. As my esteemed number one reader, here are a few tips I wanna take you through as factors to consider when selecting ornamental indoor and outdoor plants.
1.Plant hardiness.
It’s the ability of the plant to tolerate the prevailing weather conditions such as light, temperature, relative humidity and other environmental conditions of the indoor or outdoor site. Always select hardy plants which are adapted to the environmental conditions of the area being landscaped.
Ferns,agloenema, dieffenbachia best suit for indoor environment since they prefer low light environments.
Bulb plants such as arabicum, daffodils and tulips have a vernalization requirement; meaning they will only flower if exposed to low temperatures for a given time duration.
2. Plant growth rate and growth habit.
With plant growth rate it should be noted that they are always categorised as fast, medium or slow growers.
Podo and Elgon teak are few examples of slow growing trees. They can only be planted as specimen tree plants within a landscape since they are hardwood species that grow at an extremely slow rate. Fast growing trees are mostly used for hedges and shade.
With plant growth habit,there are those with
-Large root systems. Ficus benjamina
This should be planted very far from buildings and concrete as they grow wide and long finding there way underneath nearby concrete.
-Shallow root systems;
may fall over to nearby buildings during heavy rains such as the pinus species, should be planted at a considerable distance from buildings.
-Deciduous plant species
heavy unpleasant fruits that litter landscapes making lawn mowing difficult
Some deciduous plant species drop all their leaves during the dry periods of the year posing a challenge of leaf ground clearing.An example is the Croton megarlocarpus tree species.
– The mature shape and size of trees during selection is very important as tall trees usually affect utilities on site.
Ornamentals with a heavy texture are suited for hedges compared to those with  light texture. Multi-branching shrubs make good hedges since they can be pruned without damaging them.
Round tree species such as the Acacia are well suited for shade whereas the conical shapes make good work in framing buildings.
Allelopathic trees should not be grown within a lawn since they will poison and retard growth of other ornamental plants in the surrounding.
3. Ease of management.
Landscaping requires good management if you wanna see and maintain the results. Some ornamental plants require minimal care such as pruning, training and collection of fallen leaves whereas others need frequent and close attention. Perennial plants require less maintenance compared to annual which need to be replaced annually. Elderly couples or invalids should avoid use of hard to maintain ornamental plant species such as the deciduous tree species.
4. Tolerance of pests and diseases.
A landscaper should carefully select pest and disease tolerant ornamental plants for the given area.
Some certain tree species such as Digitalia terminalis attract caterpillars in parts of western Kenya, this means  one should plant them at a safe distance from the general buildings front area. Other tree species attract wasps,scales and bees that pose a danger to people and  livestock.
5.Emission of offensive odours or strong scents.
This goes with the preference of an individual. Some will desire strong  odour while others may find them offensive.
6.Adaptation to the prevailing soil conditions.
Ornamental plants should be selected based on how well they are adapted to soil conditions on site. Some plants do well in acid pH while others will do well in alkaline media. Hydrangea ornamental plant for example, when grown in acid media gives pink coloured flowers, when grown in alkaline media it gives blue coloured flowers.
7. Oozing of water.
Some certain ornamental tree species ooze water , a characteristic that may not be preferred by many clients.

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Landscape Site Analysis.

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Have you ever visited lisse, in the Netherlands?? It isn’t a landscaped sight though but your eyes just won’t get tired of enjoying the beautiful scenery.
The world is so full of beautiful and attractive sites that you will lose count. The big question is, can we make our homes appear so beautiful and magnificent like this places?? The answer is a big yes. Interestingly, landscaping works best to them that have the patience to wait for the outcome to be realised. Some ornamentals will take more than a few months or a year to be seen as fully mature and serving the intended purpose.
Before landscaping can be done, there are factors every landscaping enthusiast like me should consider;
1) Size of the land to be landscaped.
Depending on the size of your homestead or the area you are landscaping, one has to choose the ornamental outdoor plants that will best suit the size of the given place. If the site to be landscaped is large,one may plant different types of ornamental plants, this will make it appear small if that’s the desire of the user. If the area to be landscaped is small , it can be made to appear large by planting widely spaced, carefully selected ornamental plant species.
2) The climate where the site to be landscaped is located.
Ornamental outdoor plants just like any other plants have their soil and climate requirements. A landscaper therefore has no option but to plant those ornamentals that are favoured by the climate in a given area.
3) Utilities on site.
Some items in the landscape by way of position or function might influence the landscape design including plants to be used. For example tall growing ornamental trees should not be planted under electricity power lines or large rooted ornamental trees like Ficus benjamina planted near underground sewer lines. The Ficus spp. has roots that can spread over a large area causing damage to concrete.
4) Consider the buildings on site
The distance between buildings on site is important since it determines the area covered by shade and thus enable a landscaper to know what ornamental outdoor plants they might use on a landscape. Highly shaded areas should be noted so that low-light preferring ornamental plant species such as  philodendrons are planted.
5) Neighbours
Allelopathic Cyprus trees planted as hedges will be disastrous to your immediate neighbours since they will not be able to plant crops for food on the side of their hedges. Care should be taken on what species to use on hedges.
6) A client’s budget on landscaping work.
Landscaping is usually very simple using locally available materials. However, if one wants to go for the best such as ornamental pebble stones, marble definitely he will have to spend more.

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Principles of Landscaping.

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Wanna know the principles of landscaping? Stay put, you have just clicked on to the right blog. I wanna take you on a one on one process of turning your ugly looking residential site into a wickedly beautiful photo taking site.
As I mentioned earlier in one of my posts, landscaping is the art of arranging and fitting together of land, buildings,plants and embellishments for human use and enjoyment. Before you learn about the principles of landscaping first thing you need to know is what elements in a landscape are you dealing with! The basic elements in a landscape include land, plants, buildings and embellishments.
Embellishments are rarely found in homesteads for a start but you will find them in developed institutions such as major offices. This embellishments include items like water fountains, statues, sculptors or flowers.

When it comes to the principles of landscaping, the same principles that dictate a good piece of artwork also apply. Many authors on this subject have come up with a number of principles that govern landscaping, while not preempting them, in order of application one could begin with the

1) Principle of Balance.
In carrying out landscaping, a focal point has to be decided upon, upon which other elements of the landscape can be balanced. A good example is the main entrance to an office building, the central position of a house in the homestead. The elements on either side of the focal point  should be similarly arranged to create a sense of balance. A symmetrical balance mirrors what is on the opposite side while an asymmetrical balance is not the exact to the opposite or the other side of the focal point arrangement. For example one tall ornamental Cyprus plant on the right side of a building could be balanced with three short ornamental Cyprus plants on the left side of the focal point of building.

2) Principle of contrast.
Always choose plant species that have a pleasant contrast.Contrast is determined by the difference in color and brightness of an object with other objects within the same field of view. A pitfall to avoid is to use colours that clash. I will take you back to the basic elements found in a landscape. In this case we are looking at the green grass. If the grass is green, it follows that you will want to use non green ornamental plants that compliment or blend in the green grass. Plant texture and height can also be contrasted. Other colours in the surrounding should also be considered such as the colour of building walls,roofs of houses on the landscape. Pink, yellow, dark green or red ornamentals perfectly blend in the green grass.

3) Principle of Simplicity.
Too many ornamentals in a landscape can end up being monotonous and confusing. It is important for one to chose and maintain simple patterns. Overcrowding is the last thing you will want to do on your landscape so avoid it at all cost. Large open spaces should be left for people to seat and relax. Footpaths should be clearly identified. Avoid planting too many trees in one place.

4) Principle of Variety.
Variety is the quality or state of being different or diverse from the rest, or rather an absence of uniformity. This is what makes a landscape standout. A viewer’s eyes has more than enough to feed on hence makes your landscape more interesting to view. Avoid  landscaping with a single ornamental plant type or species.

5)Principle of Harmony.
Any single landscape unit should display a sense of harmony as opposed to having a sense of landscape elements placed haphazardly within a landscape. A good piece of artwork has to reflect harmony, take a look at a good piece of artwork and you will see a sense of harmony.

6) Principle of Repetition.
Repetition is good in a landscaping site. The eyes of the viewer occasionally see the view of a an ornamental plant species that they saw some metres back, which brings out the art of landscaping. A landscaped  site should not have too many ornamental plant species. It should have a few that are repeated in a few sequence or pattern. A  duranta flower shrub planted on the front side of the house  (on the edges of the house) could be repeated at the back of the house.

7)Principle of Emphasis.
Plants or other elements of a landscape may be arranged such that attention is directed to a particular corner that has seating benches and away from other areas such as the rest-rooms or storage area. Emphasis may be achieved in a landscape by planting very brightly coloured unique plants at the place where attention is to be drawn. An embellishment may also be placed in such an area.

8) Principle of Sequence
Sequence is all about a list of things arranged in order. Ornamental plants in a landscape can be arranged in ascending order for example beginning from the entrance  to the tallest further away. Alternatively descending order could be used. Another case in point could be the use of  low growing groundcovers planted in the fore-ground followed by dwarf shrubs in the mid-ground. At the background of the landscape, tall trees suit best.

9) Principle of Proportionality.
A small area should not be landscaped with unproportionally large statue or fountain. As a matter of fact the whole piece of landscape work should have proportionality. For example, one landscaping a large house should avoid using large trees near the entrance since they will dominate at the entrance.

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16 Reasons as to Why Landscaping is Important.

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An expert who has knowledge in Landscaping, Ornamental indoor and outdoor plants production and maintenance, can secure contracts to carry out landscape designs. A landscaper can also maintain hedges, weed flower beds and mow loans periodically in several residential estates. Hence urban residents have no need of a gardener to do all the maintenance work.

It is important to note that  Ornamental indoor and outdoor plants form a major portion of the landscaping sector. These plants together with landscaping play a very important role in the following ways :
1.They improve the physical appearance of an institution or property.
2.They maybe used to partition indoor environments, for instance vines maybe used to separate sitting area from the dinning area in a living room.
3. They filter air especially in indoor environments by taking up Carbon dioxide  during photosynthesis and emitting Oxygen.
4.Ornamental indoor plants improve the appearance of indoor environments increasing the morale of workers in such offices.

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5.They protect property from harsh environmental elements such as direct winds or sun.
6. They are used to shield away areas undesirable for public viewing such as animal sheds or sanitation areas.
7. They modify the micro-climate of a landscaped area. Trees planted around an institution in a desert are likely to release rain into the desert.
8.Ornamental indoor and outdoor plants improve the public image or reputation of an institution or a home.

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9. Provide privacy from surrounding environment.
10. They increase the value of property.
11.They help demarcate boundaries from properties between neighbours.
12.Urban ornamental nurseries are important because they avail a wide variety of plants for use by the landscaping sector.
13.Urban ornamental nurseries are also a source of income for municipalities from the monthly levies received from them.
14.Provide jobs for the ornamental crop nursery attendants and owners.
15.Ornamental plants are used in conserving the environment. When planted on sloppy areas, ornamental ground covers slow down water run-off speed slowing down soil erosion.
16.There is a young branch of ornamental  and landscape Horticulture whereby raising of ornamental plants is done by patients in hospice hospitals; this branch of Horticulture is referred to as Human issues in Horticulture.
Vocational Horticulture is practised in homes for the aged people.
Hey guys , I hope you are convinced as to Why Landscaping is important for your environment and homestead. Do not hesitate but make your surrounding a  small heaven on earth.
Until next time.