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TIPS ON HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST LAWN GRASSES IN EAST AFRICA

 

East Africa is home to a diverse range of climates and landscapes, requiring careful consideration when selecting the right grass for your lawn. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore and compare several popular lawn grasses in the region, providing detailed descriptions, characteristics, …

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WHY YOUR CHILDREN SHOULD LEARN GARDENING

An amusing conversation between a friend and his daughter got us all cracking our ribs; When the child was asked where food comes from, she confidently replied, 'The supermarket'. No amount of prodding would have her give a different answer. I knew it was time to get the kids out into the garden, no…

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How to Landscape and Garden in Nairobi on a Budget: Landscaping and Planting Tips

Introduction

Landscaping and gardening in Nairobi, Kenya's bustling capital city, can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, even if you're on a budget. You can transform your outdoor space into a beautiful garden oasis with a little creativity, planning, and knowledge about suitable plants an…

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Why You Should Have Plants in Your Office - and How To Care For Them

 

In today's fast-paced work environment, finding ways to enhance productivity and improve the overall well-being of employees has become a top priority for organizations. One simple yet effective solution that is gaining popularity is incorporating plants into the office space. Office plants no…

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Securing Your Home-Fences Or Walls?

If society was perfect, we all would wish for an open living style where one lazily hangs on the couch with a mug of their favorite drink, and watch the world go by. But as its is this is hardly possible. Security has become a prime consideration in any living arrangement. The question then comes, h…

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How To Find A Landscaper In Kenya

You have finally built your dream home, and dispensed with the contractors. Now you need to turn the house into a livable home that suits your taste and style. Or you recently "parachuted" into Nairobi and you want your new abode re-done to your liking. Where do you start?

When it comes to creatin…

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Pets and Your Children

For many boys who grew up in the countryside, having pets was almost a rite of passage.  You were not somebody until you could point to your rabbit. You couldn’t sit in the council of boys until you had pigeons, a dog or a fowl.

How Children Benefit from Having Pets?

This possession of pets t…

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How to Grow Zesty Zucchinis

Zucchinis are also called baby marrows,  Courgettes or Summer squash. Zucchinis are what  is referred to as New world vegetables; they were  not available in their present form  until fairly recently. While they  may be delicious, Zucchinis will require some tender loving care though.

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DROUGHT FIGHTING TECHNICS YOU CAN USE TO SAVE YOUR GARDEN.

 

It has been a trying season for garden owners. Parched lawns, drooping shrubs and dead filler plants  are the awful sight that you around town.

The rains have delayed and resulted in drought conditions. Gardeners are now forced to choose what to save and what to sacrifice in the garden.

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LANDSCAPE SPACES FOR KIDS

 

Space is a precious commodity, so limited and expensive in towns and cities that it makes sense to enjoy every inch you have. If like many of us, you live in  apartments that now define our urban landscape, the challenge is how to engage your children in meaningful outdoor activities. However yo…

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HOW NAIROBI BECAME THE GREEN CITY IN THE SUN

It is not the Engineers or Actuarial Scientists who gave Nairobi it's famous moniker-"The green City in the Sun". It was the dedicated local gardeners, landscapers and horticulturalists under the leadership of Peter Greensmith who toiled to bequeeth us a City bristling with life, love and nature.…

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HOW TO GROW CLIMBERS IN YOUR GARDEN

 MAXIMING YOUR GARDEN SPACE BY USE OF VERTICAL GARDENS

 

Got a small garden?

 

The smaller the garden the more important the vertical surfaces around it. Vertical surfaces consisting of wallS, pillars, poles and tree surfaces offer as much growing space as the ground area, sometimes e…

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HOW TO MANAGE PETS IN YOUR GARDEN

 

Yours could be the perfect postcard garden complete with a glistening velvet lawn, flourishing beds draped in arresting colours. That is until you acquire pets in form of dogs and cats. Then the whole garden scenario changes!

How do you keep creatures that are essentially wild in an environ…

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HOW TO PRUNE YOUR GARDEN PLANTS

Pruning is the removal by trimming or cutting off parts of a plant that are old, dead, diseased or not needed for a plant’s growth, or whose continuous presence can be injurious to the plant’s health.

 Acalypha above requires restrictive pruning as it is encroaching on the path while at …

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HOW TO GROW HYDARNGEAS LIKE A PRO

Hydrangeas are flowering shrubs with colourful globe-shaped blooms. They are native to Asia and the Americas. They were first cultivated in Japan.

Although they occur in 75 species, your common hydrangeas are more likely to have come from the more common six species; smooth, big leaf, panicle, clim…

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HOW TO GROW A TROUBLE- FREE LAWN

It is the season of lawn troubles!

 Whenever there are drought conditions, lawns planted without consideration reveal themselves spectacularly. And even more, poorly maintained lawns announce themselves unhindered, bearing the ugly truth; that your lawn could have done with a little more care! Unfo…

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TREES FOR YOUR GARDEN-WHAT TO LOOK FOR

 

If you want to be remembered, build in stone, write a book or plant a tree!

For all my primary school years, we only had two head teachers. But I knew of a third, who had left long before I was born. The giant gum trees that ringed the school were his legacy. Whether there were others befor…

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ADVANTAGES OF MULCHING-AND MATERIALS TO USE

 

TO MULCH OR NOT?

What is the big deal anyway? Why not just mulch, given the immense benefits of mulching? And what is mulch anyway?

Mulch is any layer of material applied or spread over the surface around or amidst plants or over a plain ground.

  • There are several advantages of usi…

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HOW TO CHANGE FROM FROM INORGANIC GARDENING TO ORGANIC GARDENING

Many gardeners desire to transition from gardening that involves use of chemical inputs to purely organic gardening.

Where the rubber meets the road is how to exactly go about it. Your garden will not be classified as organic if any chemicals in any form are used-no matter how selectively applied.…

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HOW TO GROW LAVENDER IN YOUR GARDEN 

 

Among the most useful plants in gardening is the lavender. Besides being a much cherished herb with a culinary reputation, lavender is applicable in a variety of uses within the garden.

However to efficiently apply lavender in your garden it is important to know which variety is suitable for wh…

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