Landscaping Mistakes & Solutions
You don't need to have a green thumb to enjoy a beautifully landscaped lawn and garden. You can achieve surprising improvements in your landscaping just by avoiding these common mistakes.
Cutting the Grass too Short Cutting grass too short can harm your lawn, causing it to dry out quickly. This creates bare patches that attract insects. During the warmest months, cut your lawn high to create shade and slow evaporation. In cooler temperatures, cut grass shorter to let sunlight reach the soil. Planting in the Wrong Location Before choosing any plants and flowers, consider your home's sunlight exposure, climate and soil quality. Pay attention to the information on each plant's tag, and make sure you're selecting varieties known to flourish in your area. Planting too Deep Did you know planting too deep can actually suffocate a tree? A tree's root system needs air — covering it with too much soil can choke it and cause root rot. A good rule of thumb is to dig a hole as deep as the tree's container. Forgetting About Future Growth It may be tempting to plant flowers, bushes, and trees close together for an instantly landscaped yard, but this may be detrimental later on. It's important to know how big each plant will grow in order to allow for proper spacing. Ignoring Curb Appeal Of course, you want the inside of your house to be beautiful, but don't overlook the view from the street. To enhance your home's curb appeal, keep the grass mowed, plant flowers for pops of color and trim trees and bushes as needed.