Ten Landscaping Mistakes You Need to Avoid

These are no-nos in every aspect of plant selection and pruning.

Nobody has ever claimed that landscaping is easy. No one has any idea what landscaping is. Both experienced gardeners and novices commit many common landscaping errors so that you don’t make them.

Failure to Prune a Shrub

Imagine a row of forsythia trees in your backyard. You wouldn’t want to miss the yellow beauty they bring in April. You could. Many beginners make mistakes with their shrubs by not pruning them correctly. Failure to prune flowering shrubs like rhododendrons, azalea and forsythia at the right time can result in the removal of the buds that produce the stunning blooms. It is best to prune flowering shrubs after they have finished blooming.

Neglecting Hedge Trimming

Growing a hedge is a great way to draw boundaries with your neighbours or divide off a portion of your property. Neglecting to trim your hedge is a bad idea. You must ensure that it doesn’t get out of control. If left alone, the individual hedge bushes can grow too large. You can trim the hedge or “shear” it.

You can make shearing easier if you choose a cordless power trimmer to eliminate the need to carry an electric cord.

To check for weeds while trimming hedges, be sure to inspect the plants between each other. It is important to keep your hedge weed-free for it to grow well.

Importantly, please do not allow any young saplings to establish themselves in your hedgerow. Maple tree samaras, for example, might come into your hedge and fall through to the ground. They will then germinate and take root. Before you know, maple trees have grown through your hedge, causing havoc to its appearance. They can become difficult to remove once they have established a foothold. You might also endanger the hedge roots by pulling them out.

Girdling Your Trees

Refers to “girdling your tree” and can be used in two ways. First, you will see how an Oriental bittersweet has wrapped its arms around a tree so tightly that it has become embedded within the trunk.

This invasive vine is a potential danger to trees, as it can strangle trunks and cast excessive shade in their canopy. Be sure to inspect your property for signs of this invasive plant so you can eliminate Oriental bittersweet before they become established.

Tree girdling can also be caused by humans. It is common to leave the label on a tree too long. The string of the label will eventually dig into the branch where it is tied, cutting off nutrients.

Arranging Trees and Shrubs in a Symmetrical Way

Symmetrically-arranged elements can bring a sense of elegance to your landscape. This is a common approach in foundation plants. However, symmetry may require extra maintenance when these elements are living plants.

Trees and shrubs arranged in a symmetrical arrangement will need to be pruned to ensure the pair remains matched. You may find shrubs that grow on the opposite side of an entrance to your house. This is not unusual. The homeowner was disappointed when one of the shrubs in the pair grew larger than the other. This led to the homeowner losing his plan.

Too Many Garden Ornaments

You can have garden ornaments, but not to overpower your yard. The tipping point is reached when ornaments begin to detract rather than add to your landscape. It is better to avoid using garden ornamentation, as it will attract attention.

To create focal points, it is good to buy the highest quality and most unique garden ornaments you can afford. It is best not to scatter cheap plastic garden ornaments around your grounds as they can distract from your overall landscaping design.

Tire Planters in the Front Yard

The first decision you will need to make when it comes to garden decorations is whether you want to landscape your garden for yourself or others.

Your answer of “for me” will effectively end the discussion. This is because garden ornaments are subjective. However, if you are landscaping to increase real estate value or impress your neighbours or in-laws with your garden ornament choice, you must consider how others feel about it.

For example, take tire planters. Some people might love them. However, they don’t say “upscale country”, and they are not a good idea for everyone. If you live in suburban areas and are concerned about how your yard looks, you might consider a place in your backyard to house your tire-planter. It shouldn’t be in your front yard. We don’t recommend tire planters in your front or back yards if you sell your home.

Scaling Your Grass

At first glance, it might seem quite random how tall or short your lawn is cut. The misconception that a new homeowner has done a good job if your lawn looks neat is common.

It could be so simple. It’s not about maintaining a neat lawn, but grass health. Lawncare professionals will quickly and passionately clarify this matter. It is forbidden to cut the grass too short. How high to cut grass is a recommendation from lawn care professionals. This will reduce the possibility of weed seed germination and preserve soil moisture. Make sure your mower blade is sharp. A dull blade can cause a ragged cut instead of evenly cutting through the grass blades. Ragged cuts can cause brown spots on grass blades and gateway to disease.

Not Hiding Eyesores

You may think of a row of cut hedges that runs along the property boundary. But, that is only one type. To hide an unsightly object, a shorter hedge could also be planted. An arborvitae hedge, for example, can conceal a utility box from the public but still allow access via the appropriate spacing. Unwanted focal points include utility boxes, raised sewer systems and trash barrels. It is wrong to hide eyesores unless you are forced to.

Installing Fences Too Quickly

Sometimes, homeowners can be impatient. They’re often impatient when they purchase a property and hire a contractor immediately to install a fence. They realize that the fence they chose is not the right one for them after they have lived with it for a while.

While mulling over your fence options, you may need to erect fencing on your property line. In the meantime, you might consider interspersing your fence sections with shrubs. The photo shows the homeowners installing inexpensive fence panels with shrubs between them. They can also remove the temporary panels and shrubs later and install a permanent fence solution.

Do Not Know the Size of Mature Plants Before Buying

It is a common mistake in landscaping to choose a plant that does not know its mature size. It is easy to overcrowd your space and create maintenance headaches by choosing the wrong plant. A large shrub planted near your foundation could block windows or cause damage to the foundation. The mature plants can shade other plants if planted near the border. This costly mistake can be avoided by researching before you choose the right-sized plants for your home.

You can do a few things if you’re not happy with your plant selection decisions.

  • Accept the negative situation.
  • Trim the plant
  • Transfer it to another place


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