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By Evelyn Masaba
Plants, trees or flower beds are the first things one sees when they step onto your property. Your landscaping will either be so appealing they ignore everything else or an eyesore that drives away guests.
Human beings are easily attracted to good-looking things and a very well maintained compound is one of them; the guests will be enticed to book your property due to how good-looking it is.
Landscaping is the art of improving the aesthetic appearance of a piece of land by changing its contours, adding ornamental features, or planting trees and shrubs.
In Uganda, for instance, there are hotels such as the Kampala Serena Hotel or the Jinja Nile Resort, whose landscaping always leaves you breathless. They have lush lawns and colourful, well-coordinated flowers with trees all over their compounds that leave one wondering how much money they spend to keep their hotels looking so picturesque.
If you own a hotel, you too can transform that wild bush into a paradise in just a few ways. Here is how…
Many people think that it is easy to keep expansive lawns and gardens looking good and fresh year round without hiring a professional. Wrong. Even gardens need people who are qualified enough to handle them, those who know what plants grow in what season and what flowers will bloom all year round. Once you get a professional, the rest is easy to deal with.
Careful on the trim and prune job
The reason you trim and prune is to keep the plants looking well-maintained and taken care of instead of looking haggard and overgrown. Do not get over excited and leave your garden looking very bare.
Make it colourful
Nothing is more welcoming than seeing beautiful arrays of plants and flowers around the gardens of a hotel. A match of many different colours of flowers will keep it very radiant; make sure you have a few perennials that feature some clipped topiary in well-placed locations of the garden. With such colours, the flowers look good when placed at the entrance of the foyer or within the centre of your lawns.
Incase you are in the dry season and your lawns look patchy with some parts missing grass, you can plant new grass on the grounds to make them look uniform.
Patchy grass can be an eyesore, especially if you have a lot of people treading on it. Watering the grass and making sure it has been well-cut regularly will leave it looking healthy.
Design good-looking pathways that thread through your gardens throughout the property to keep guests off the grass when they need to access the rest of the hotel.
This helps you to easily maintain the flowerbeds and lawns safe from trampling by unruly guests.
It is good to mix different species in your gardens. If you want to keep them colourful, use plants that accentuate each other in a way that when mixed they create one huge beautiful masterpiece. A good example would be tulips and daffodils; they work colour magic to the garden when you plant them together.
Although it is important to not go crazy with the diversity, only use plants you know will grow well alongside the rest; you need to study them before doing so.
Mulching and weeding
Every garden needs to be properly taken care of so you definitely need to feed it and clean it. Mulching is the process of applying material such as dry grass or leaves to the soil, usually on top of the roots to conserve moisture and improve fertility of the soil.
Weeding, on the other hand, is when you get rid of unwanted plants in the garden. When you regularly weed and mulch, you keep your garden healthy and safe for the plants in it.
Well, all the above can be helpful in increasing your hotel appearance, but making sure that you do not slack when it comes to maintenance and painting jobs for the hotel are very important too.
The writer is the public relations manager at Jumia Travel in Uganda. Travel.jumia.com is Africa’s No.1 hotel booking website, allowing you to get the best prices for more than 25,000 hotels in Africa and more than 200,000 hotels around the world.
Jumia Travel has offices in Lagos, Accra, Dakar, Abidjan, Algiers, Douala, Kampala, Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Porto and Paris.