The Top 6 Most Common Landscaping Mistakes

1. Planting in the Wrong Place

A common mistake in landscaping is improper plant placement. People often do not take into consideration the proper sunlight and exposure for the plants they have chosen to plant.

Solution: Read the Plant Tag

All of the plant’s needs for growth are on the tag in the plant holder that you get when you buy the plant or you can check Plant Finder for plant requirements. If you are planting a tree, you need to keep in mind how big the tree could get and how much space it is going to need.

2. Cutting Grass Too Short

It’s a common myth that cutting the grass shorter means you get to mow it less often. By cutting your lawn shorter, you can cause more harm than good. Keeping the lawn too short could result in bare patches which could make it susceptible to diseases and insects.

Solution: Cut According to The Season

The key to a healthy lawn is to cut different lengths depending on the season. During the summer, the lawn should be a bit longer. This will give the lawn a little more shade and the water doesn’t evaporate so quickly. During the winter, cut it a little bit shorter so that the sunlight can reach the soil.

3. Not Fertilizing Properly

There are two ways that fertilizing can be a big mistake. The first one is not using fertilizer at all. The other is fertilizing too often.

Solution: Use Caution When Fertilizing

Ask someone at your garden center or distributor to recommend a proper fertilizer for your yard and plants. A great fertilizer will provide nutrients that your lawn and plants need. You should never do so in the bright sun. It’s also a good idea to mix in fertilizer when planting new plants.

4. Not Accounting for Wildlife

If you aren’t into inviting wildlife into your yard you need to consider what kind of plants you are planting and what animals or garden pests might be around.

Solution: Plant Things Critters Hate

Before you plant in your garden, think about what pests and critters you have in the area. For example, pretty flowering plants can attract deer, so throw in some bitter-tasting ones in the mix to deter them. Once they get a taste of the bitter flowers, they are likely to stop coming around. If there are rabbits around, you may need to form shelter your garden bed by building a small fence.

If you want to invite wildlife, here’s a list to attract a variety of species.

5. Improper Pruning

Pruning can be is more than just chopping off limbs and twigs, it’s a technique. A bad pruning job can be very bad the tree or shrub.

Solution: Research Pruning

Every plant has a different pruning process. Fall and winter are usually some of the best times to prune, but research each plant in your yard to make sure. If you aren’t sure you are doing it right, consult a professional.

6. Irrational Irrigation

A lot of homeowners make the mistake of overwatering or watering during the wrong part of the day. On average, most lawns just need an inch of a water per week.

Solution: Timely Watering

The best time of day to water the lawn (and usually any other type of plant) is in the early morning so it has all day to be absorbed. You can buy a sprinkler with an automatic timer to reduce water waste, or even put in an irrigation system. If you water during mid-day, the water will end up evaporating too quickly.