Sure, it’s important to learn landscaping best practices when you’re trying to improve the look of your home’s exterior. But it’s equally important NOT to do certain things. Avoid these 10 landscaping mistakes to have a better-looking and healthier yard.
1. Not Planning the Size of Your Plants’ Growth
Before planting your chosen plants, you need to plan their location based on how high and wide they could grow, not by their current size. This prevents problems later.
2. Picking the Wrong Spot
Learn about each plant’s exposure and sunlight needs before choosing where to plant it. Make sure you give it the right conditions, instead of planting a sun-loving plant in the shade.
3. Cutting Grass Incorrectly
Cutting too short can cause damage. Instead, let it stay longer in the summer, and cut it a little shorter in the winter.
4. Fertilizing Wrong
Avoid the mistakes of not fertilizing or doing it too much.
5. Overlooking Hardscapes
It’s a mistake to put all of your focus on softscapes. You also need to spend time on hardscapes for the complete effect. This includes pathways, rocks, driveways and other hard aspects.
6. Waiting Too Long to Plant
You need to plant certain plants seasons ahead of when they’ll come to fruition. Learn the planting seasons.
7. Planting to the Wrong Depth
Don’t plant your plants too deeply, which can cause problems. Instead, bury each one to about the height of the container you bought it in.
8. Forgetting to Maintain Yard Tools
Make sure you clean, maintain and store your tools, especially when you put them away for the winter.
9. Pruning Wrong
Pruning mistakes can cause plant damage. Learn about each plant’s recommended pruning methods and time of year.
10. Not Planning for Use
Think of how your family will use your outside space and whether animals will want the plants you choose.