Proper landscaping can make a magnificent impact in the way your yard looks and feels. It’s important to do your research and take proper steps when beginning a hardscaping or softscaping project. Read on to see what these experts have to say about the common mistakes people make in regards to landscaping.
Brian Walker from The Landscape Tutor.
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1. When planting a tree, electrical lines are often overlooked.
Plants are not mature when bought from a nursery. They will grow taller and wider. This must be taken into account when laying out landscape beds.
2. Another mistake is buying a plant just for its looks and not taking into account its size. This leads to a lifetime of maintenance.
3. A third mistake is under or overwatering in a plant’s first year. During the summer, the plant needs more water because the root system isn’t established. When a plant is overwatered, the roots can not get the appropriate nutrients from the soil.
4. Pruning flowering shrubs at the wrong time of year is yet another mistake. Spring flowering shrubs should be pruned right after they finish blooming. Summer flowering shrubs should be pruned during the winter.
5. Digging holes too deep when planting shrubs or trees makes it harder for roots to develop properly.
6. Adding too much mulch at the base of trees, creating “mulch volcanoes”, weakens the bark, allowing insects and diseases to enter the tree. Leaving tags and nylon strings tied around parts of the plant leads to girdling and plant dieback.
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