Archive for June, 2012

APHIDS

This are pests that can be a real menace to your plants and attack a variety of vegetable crops and ornamentals both shrubs and trees. Aphids are found on almost all types of plants and a few species can cause plant injury.

Aphids are the most common insects found on trees, shrubs, and garden ornamental plants. Aphids feed by sucking sap from plants. When the number of aphids on a plant are very high for an extended period, their feeding can cause wilting and sometimes even dieback of shoots and buds. Some aphids can cause leaf curling when the insect infests emerging leaves.

Sometimes problems with aphids do not primarily involve plant injury but instead their production of sticky honeydew. Honeydew is the waste material excreted by aphids and certain other phloem-sucking insects (e.g., soft scales, whiteflies, some leafhoppers). It may cover leaves, branches, sidewalks and anything that lies beneath a infested plant material.

Gray sooty mold grows on the honeydew, further detracting from plant appearance. Ants, yellow jacket wasps, flies, and bees are usually attracted to plants that are covered with honeydew.

A recipe for a home remedy to get rid of aphids

1 cup vegetable or white mineral oil
2 cups water
2 teaspoons dish soap (without bleach)

Spray this homemade aphid control mixture on the aphids every few days until the aphids recede. This home remedy to get rid of aphids will suffocate the aphids. Make sure that plants that are treated with this solution are kept out of direct sunlight as the oil may magnify the sunlight and burn the plants.

Bring in predators as an organic control of aphids

Aphid predators are a natural way to kill aphids. These include lacewings, ladybugs and aphid predator (which is an actual bug called that). Introduce these beneficial bugs to your garden as a natural way to kill aphids. Planting mint, fennel, dill, yarrow, clover and dandelions will also attract these insects to your garden.

Grow plants for a homemade aphid control

Growing plants that are especially attractive to aphids can actually help with a serious aphid infestation. Plants like nasturtiums, asters, mums, cosmos, hollyhocks, larkspur, tuberous begonias, verbena, dahlias, and zinnias are very attractive to aphids and are especially good for organic control of aphids. Grow these plants away from the plants you wish to keep aphids off. They will act as a lure, keeping the aphids away from the plants you wish to keep aphid-free.

You can also try planting garlic or onion plants nearby the infested plants. The smell of these plants drives the aphids away. You can plant garlic and onions in pots for mobile homemade aphid control.

LANDSCAPE LIGHTINGOR GARDEN LIGHTING

This refers to the use of outdoor illumination of private gardens and public landscapes; for the enhancement and purposes of safety, nighttime aesthetics, accessibility, security, recreation and sports, and social and event uses. The public landscape and gardens have been illuminated for as long as interior structures have; for security, circulation, and social occasions. Get outdoor lighting right and your garden will be a gorgeous, glowing extra living room long after the sun goes down.
Different parts of your outdoor space will need different types of lighting. Focused, brighter task lighting – which makes specific activities easier – is for entrances, paths and decking. More subtle accent lighting – which creates mood and atmosphere – is for the lovelier parts of the garden you’re happy for guests to see!

The different types of garden lights are as follows

  • path lights
  • area lights
  • uplights (directional, spot, and flood lights)- stake mount
  • wall lights – surface mount
  • tree-mount lights – down lights
  • deck lights – surface mount
  • well lights – mounted below grade
  • Hardscape lights- integrated into walls.
  • step lights – recessed into stair risers
  • rope lighting – fiber optics

Eden gardening and landscaping offers installation of this garden lights as part of our garden services in soft and hard landscaping or as an after service if you have already done your landscaping. Lighting up you garden will totally transform your garden please contact us for more information on this or if you have any queries.

 

GARDEN FURNITURE

Posted: June 27, 2012 in GARDEN FURNITURE

This includes Furniture such as chairs&tables (garden seat sets), sun loungers, parasols, garden benches, gazebo, bins and hammocks (swing seats). This furniture are made in such a way that they will not be damaged by exposure to rain, sun or other outdoor  elements.They are available many kinds and types that will match a lot of preferences as well as budget issues. They are made from either plastic, metal or wood and choice depends on customer preferences. Metal furniture is favorite among folks who opt to have a long term structure in their yards that will work as their comfort zones and stress relieving spots. Not just that, most of these structures will likewise add to the enhancement of the overall look of your outdoor area. They can be built permanently or movable and can put up with rains and winds much more than other materials. They are going to last for several years with limited maintenance and can be tough and secure materials. The metal is made of non-rusting material because it will be out in the elements more regularly just like rain which can lead to corrosion. Steel and aluminum are not susceptible to rust however iron is so much better see to it that it must be coated or treated to withstand rust. In this way the time for you to maintain or repair them will likely be lessened and it will be sure that they will go on and endure for some time.

Eden gardening and landscaping offers this furniture at  the best prices in Kenya depending on the furniture and design specified please contact us for more information on this or if you have any queries.

GARDEN SEATS

GAZEBOS

PARASOLS and PARASOL BASES

  

SUN LOUNGERS

 

HAMMOCKS-SWING SEATS

  

GARDEN BENCHES AND ARMCHAIRS

BINS

LIVE FENCES

In comparison to brick or stone walls live fences require regular maintenance to keep it looking great but this fences if well maintained and the right plants used for the fence it can give very beautiful scenery compared to stone walls.

One can set up a wire mesh or a half built stone wall with metallic grills use climbers like passion flower, flame vine or English ivy.

One can use kei-apple and cypress trees closely planted for ever green high hedges. For low hedges use either croton/Joseph’s court.

Alternatively if you prefer a stonewall you can cover it with climbers and it will still look like a live fence.

Due to modernization and civilization land has been divided into small plots especially in urban centers people have ended up living in apartments with limited or no land at all. Let this not be a reason for you not to have your own vegetable garden and having the pleasure of beautiful indoor plants glazing your patios, balcony, and kitchen window seals. Here are some ways you can have this done

Bag culture

If the backyard of your home is not big enough try out bag culture. Make a planting media using the right proportions including one like sand or aggregate that will help create proper aeration in the media. Fill the bag or bags with the media. One can make holes on the sides to plant the seedlings. Plastic sack bags are most suitable but also other plastic bags can be used if perforated. You can plant spring onions, kales, spinach, herbs, tomatoes and lettuce in this bag.Dont forget to inco-operate manure or nitrogenous fertilizers indoor to get a good lush from vegetables.

Trough culture

You can get ready made troughs plastic, wooden, clay or concrete. This can come in different shapes and sizes or even you can build boxes from wooden planks. If not one can recycle containers and use them to plant vegetables and indoor plants. You can be more creative cover the containers with colorful papers or paint them artistically. Plant herbs like white oregano, basil herb, rosemary into this containers place them in places where there is at least enough sunlight for proper establishment for example a window seal. Fresh herbs are suitable for cooking, garninshing and in salads so I would highly recommend this as it would save on your income and put food on your table.

Both of this are methods that are environmentally friendly especially when we use recycled containers and bags

 

Herbaceous plants are a large group of horticultural plants that can be divided in many sub-groups.They are ornamental plants that have that have been grown since the antiquity.  They were very popular in Victorian England among Stately Gardens but their wide use declined with the influence of industrial revolution, particularly during the period of pre-world wars.

Popularity in herbaceous plants has re surged in the last 40 years or so with rapid expansion in urban settlement and increase in wealth among the ordinary citizenry in the Western industrial countries.Herbaceous plants are non-woody flowering plants that were traditionally grown in outdoor flower bed gardens hence the term bedding plant that is commonly applied to this group.

They were also used in border planting and the term herbaceous border is widely used to apply to the group as well.

Reason for increased popularity

1)      Change in taste for ornamental plants by the public demands more colorful plants in landscapes

2)      Plants are flexible and fit in many situations: ground beds, planters in busy shopping malls and open spaces in cities, in pots and hanging baskets

3)      Improvement in production systems e.g. plug system and tray cell packs which have advantages of reduced cost of production also they provide enhanced convenience in consumer handling

4)      Aggressive marketing aimed at meeting consumer requirements with outlets in super markets, retail and florist shops as well as garden centers; Some producers sell directly to home consumers

5)      Many new exciting cvs are being released every year

Herbaceous flower can be distinctly classified in two/three groups.

Annuals – those grown and flower within 1 yr (season);they are low growing flowers that are finding wide application among this group.The term BEDDING plants is almost synonymous with annual herbaceous plants

Perennials – those which grow for one or two years before they start to flowering and may continue to flower for three or more years, some perennials flowers grow up to 10 or more years.  They are most showy in border planting.

Biennial herbaceous-Distinct group that does well under temperate conditions.Go through a two years cycle

Under tropics they grow as annuals or weak perennials.

Some nurserymen may use the term bedding plants to apply to herbaceous perennial crops that are started from seed.

  • Early production culture similar.
  •  The term bedding plants may even include ground cover plants (especially flowering types) and also include:

–          Herbaceous

–           Containers ( flowering pot plants)

–          Hanging baskets

–           Window-box plants

  •  It is important to note certain non wood plants treated distinctly from herbaceous plants

–          bulbous plants

–          succulents

–          water plants

–          hanging basket plants

–          foliage plants for indoors decoration

These groups though non-woody are not considered as herbaceous plants.

Establishment of herbaceous plants in a landscape

  1. Herbaceous plants

–   Annuals, perennials (and biennials not quite marked in Tropics)

–   Herbaceous include bulbous plants

def;  plants which develop ground structures for storage and regeneration.  They are able to undergo adverse climatic conditions and are survived by bulbous structures.

–   bulbs, corms, tubers, tuberous roots and rhizomes.

–  Herbaceous plants may also include ground covers.

–   Specially treated as alternative planting to large grasses for lawn.

·        Herbaceous plants

–  majority are flowering plants

–  and are grown in locations where flowers are enjoyed.

Herbaceous plants have a wide application.

1)   Outdoor planting

–  flower beds

–  bedding plants – annuals

–  border planting   perennials

–  mixed border planting -combines perennials and annuals (filler) plus groundcovers and small shrubs.

2)   Many are planted as pot plants as well as hanging baskets

–          perhaps this has been responsible for increased production and consumption of herbaceous flowering and foliage plants.

These plants are produced in nurseries.

–          most of which have specialized in their production systems.

–          large operation fertizer types.

They are produced under various categories referred to -. Product type:

  1. Seedlings for bedding planting .
  2.  –  flats/tray cells
  3.  –  plug trays for transplanting
  4.   peat pots

SAGO PALM cycas revoluta

Cycad aulacaspis scale (CAS)   

This scale is also referred to as the Asian cycad scale.

They are armored scale insects that   colonize every part of the plant, including roots and are free from the natural enemies that keep population under control in its native habitat. Therefore, its populations can increase rapidly in just a few days.  Even when scales are controlled in the plant foliage CAS can quickly re-infest plants from root populations. Root infestations are difficult to detect.

Symptoms

CAS causes damage by sucking plant fluids. Initial symptoms of infestation include small yellow spots on the upper surface of fronds.  As the infestation progresses, fronds become brown and desiccated

Control

Integrated pest management (IPM) there is No single control alternative.

  • Prevent pest problems: Check new plants before purchase or prior to installation.
  • ·         Detect infestations quickly and monitor pest populations:
  • Act quickly and use effective control tools: The CAS has overlapping generations therefore increase rapidly.
  • Cultural control. Avoid plant crowding to reduce movement of scale crawlers. Pruned plant parts must be disposed of properly and tools used for pruning must be cleaned.
  • Chemical control.   Contact foliar sprays such as horticultural oils and insecticidal soaps require 2 to 3 applications (5 to 10 days apart).  Systemic insecticides usually are more effective when applied as soil drenches.
  • Biological control: Two natural enemies, a predaceous beetle, Cybocephalus binotatus Grouvelle, and a parasitic wasp, Coccobius fulvus