What constitutes the term bad landscaping? It may be following gardening practices that are too outdated or undertaking bad planting techniques that does no justice to your landscape. Everything changes over time and this includes gardening trends too. It was considered bad landscaping to grow vegetables in the front yard a decade ago. But now, there is a new gardening trend that prefers showcasing an edible garden in the front yard as it brings out the color, vibrancy and aesthetic appeal of the outdoor property. So what is “in” and what is “out”?
Here are 7 deadly sins that garden lovers must avoid when remodeling their landscape. Save yourself from the worst gardening transgressions that many fall prey to.
- Growing the wrong plants – Just because some flowers and shrubs are pretty doesn’t mean that they belong in your garden. You need to take the “nativist” approach to gardening. This simply means that you need to take into consideration the type of region you live in and your living conditions. This could mean taking note of whether you live in dry, humid, pleasant or cold weather and the type of sunshine that you get every day. This could range from hot/warm and sunny, filtered light or shade. Get help from a landscaping contractor to help you choose what kind of plants will work best for your garden.
- Cutting grass too short – One myth that’s going around is that the shorter you cut the grass the lesser you have to mow the lawn. You will do more harm than good as scalping the lawn leads to ugly bare patches. This will invite pests, insects and make it susceptible to diseases. Cut the grass differently for every season. During summer, keep the blades a bit long so that when the lawn is watered, the moisture stays for a longer time. During winter, cut the grass a little shorter than normal so that the sun rays can get into the soil.
- Using harmful chemicals to fertilize – A big no-no is the use of harmful pesticides to keep weeds, insects and diseases at bay. You should organically fertilize the lawn by using naturally made concoctions.
- Planting in the wrong place or too deeply – Always make sure that your plants get plenty of sunlight. Planting in the wrong place will not give proper results. Choose plants that look lustrous throughout the whole year. If you are planting trees, consider how much space they need to thrive and grow. Another common mistake is planting too deeply. This will kill the plant as there is no air circulation in the root system which causes root rot. A good rule to follow is to dig the exact height of the container from which it came.
- Using the wrong tools and wrong size pots and planters – Buying quality gardening tools will ensure safety, efficiency and productivity. Some important tools to keep handy are gardening gloves, safety goggles, a solid shovel and rake. Keep them organized and clean at all times. If you need extra equipment, you can also rent them out from your hardware store. Don’t plant in wrong size pots or planters. You can also house a small or medium size plant in a big pot to allow it to grow with lots of room. However, don’t put small plants in very large pots as it will cause them to sink down into the soil. Repot them if you find the roots sticking out at the bottom.
- Going overboard with ornamentation – Avid gardeners may make the mistake of dumping too many items for ornamentation in their landscape. This can be a major source of distraction for the natural beauty of your outdoor space. Make sure that any softscape or hardscape feature fits into the context of the overall design and plant materials.
- Not accounting for wildlife – Protect your plants by making sure that there is proper fencing or wires around. You can even plant some bitter tasting ones to prevent deers or rabbits from making a meal of your sweet smelling flowers. To stop other critters like raccoons, squirrels, rodents, etc from destroying your produce, apply some chemicals around the surrounding vegetation to act as barriers. For a safer approach, you can even use bleach or cheap men’s cologne.