Landscaping is easy. Just head over to your local home and garden store, grab some plants you like, a couple of bags of mulch, a few garden tools, and you’re all set. Right? If only it were that easy. If you’re planning to DIY your flowerbeds and lawn, here are four common landscaping mistakes to avoid.
1. Planting in the Wrong Spot
Just because a plant looks nice in a spot doesn’t mean it’s the best place to plant it. First, you need to understand what the plant requires. How much sunlight does it need? How much water? Does it grow best in dirt beds, rocky beds, or mulch? If you don’t consider what the plant needs it might not reach its potential – or worse, it might die.
Also, avoid installing plants along the foundation of your home that will quickly outgrow the space. You may have fallen in love with a shrub, plant or tree, but that love may turn sour when it becomes a nuisance when you are continually trimming it to fit the space you’ve chosen to plant it. Plus, some trees and shrubs can be damaging to the home or gutters.
2. Poor Pruning Habits
Pruning is healthy for plants unless you’re using poor pruning habits, which can damage the plant and the look of your landscaping. A good rule of thumb is to stick to pruning 10-15% at one time to avoid causing trauma to the plant and inhibiting growth. Also, winter is the best time to prune. Spring and summer pruning is okay when done sparingly, but avoid cutting your plants back in the fall altogether. Oh! Also, don’t forget to use a nice pair of sharp shears. Clean cuts will help prevent disease and infection.
Read here to learn more about the basics of pruning
Overwatering is an easily avoided common landscaping mistake. Many homeowners overestimate the hardiness of trees and plants. Unless they are exhibiting signs of dehydration, (yellow/brown colors, wilted leaves, slow growth) they are likely getting all they need. Some exceptions do apply so make sure you know what your plants need. Another watering tip is to examine your soil. If it’s clay, you shouldn’t have issues with water retention. If it’s mostly sand, you’ll need to water more often.
4. Cutting the Grass Too Low
While it looks great on a golf course, cutting your grass like a putting green is asking for trouble. When you cut your grass too short you remove too much of the leaf surface which damages its ability to perform photosynthesis. Short grass also produces weak, unhealthy roots that struggle to absorb nutrients. For the best results, your grass height should be approximately 2.5-3 inches high.
Avoid Common Landscaping Mistakes
It doesn’t matter if you’re a landscaping rookie or seasoned veteran, avoiding these common landscaping mistakes will bring you significant benefits. The key is carefully managing your lawn, working on it regularly, and having a good understanding of what your plants need and don’t need.
Are you looking for help taking care of your landscaping or lawn maintenance? We’d love to talk. Nichols Reliable Lawn Care & More provides quality lawn care and landscaping services in the Northwest Arkansas area. Contact us today. (479) 502-2192
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