What Are You Doing Wrong With Your Landscaping?


Some homeowners believe that the occasional trim of the lawn is enough to maintain its curb appeal. However, your lawn needs far more attention and without it, your home could quickly become the eyesore in the neighborhood. In lawn care, the mistakes you avoid are just as important as what you do. To help you make the right maintenance choices, here are some mistakes to avoid.

Drenching the Lawn in Water

Your lawn does need water. However, too much water can hurt your grass, shrubs, and other greenery. Instead of overwatering your lawn daily, consider deep soaking your lawn every few days. A deep soak will keep your lawn from drying out and prevent the problems associated with too much water, such as shallow root growth.

It is important to note that the time of day you water your lawn is crucial, too. If you water it during the day in hot weather conditions, the water can turn into steam and damage your greenery. Ideally, you should wait until nightfall to water your lawn.

Using Any Type of Fertilizer

Fertilizers might appear to be the same, but there are fine differences. Failing to understand those differences could leave your soil without the nourishment that it needs. When shopping for fertilizer, pay attention to the labels. Certain fertilizers work best for different types of grass and soil. Even the time of year can have an impact on which soil you should use.

For instance, in the summer, using a fertilizer that offers slow-release nitrogen is best. It helps to control the growth of your grass without starving it of the nourishment that is needed. If you are unsure of the type of fertilizer needed, talk to a landscaper.

Tossing Your Grass Clippings

One of the most wasteful moves you can make when caring for your lawn is to toss the grass clippings collected after mowing. In the past, the clippings were considered unsightly. However, they have value and failing to use them could rob your lawn of the nourishment and protection it needs from the elements.

Instead of tossing the clippings, you can use them as mulch. For finer pieces of mulch, you can add a mulching attachment to your lawnmower.

To keep your lawn in good condition, consider contracting with a landscaper. He or she will evaluate your lawn and decide what it needs to thrive. Regular care will make your lawn stand out from the neighborhood.


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Understanding Landscaping Planning

About a year ago, I realized that part of the reason the plants in my yard kept dying was the fact that they were planted in the wrong places. I didn't pay much attention to which plants needed certain amounts of light, and it was costing them their lives. Several of the plants were really struggling to live, and it was really hard to see. I realized that if I ever wanted to make things right, I would need to create a landscaping plan that would work well for the natural landscape of my yard. This blog is all about understanding landscaping.