Here are some common mistakes that homeowners make in managing their yards and gardens.
1. Cutting Grass Too Short
Mistake: It’s a common myth that cutting the grass shorter means you have to mow it less. That’s actually not the case, and you can do more harm than good. If you scalp the lawn, it could result in a bare patch, which could make it too inviting for insects and/or susceptible to disease.
2. Choosing the right plants
Just because a plant looks pretty doesn’t mean it actually belongs in your yard. You have to take into consideration your particular backyard, with filtered light or shade, and what’s going to work best for you.
3. Attracting Unwanted Animals
You could be planting a buffet rather than a garden if you don’t consider what animals or garden pests might be around.
4. Not Understanding How Plants Spread
Being shortsighted is a common problem because many people don’t know what the eventual growth of their plants will be. You need to find out how they spread, how they reproduce and what type of maintenance they require.
5. Pruning Improperly
Pruning can be just as much of an art form as it is a technique, but when pruning is improperly done, you can do more harm than good. In fact, in some cases, it’s better not to prune at all than to do it improperly.
6. Buying Plants without Fully Considering Color and Growth
Too much color without a sense of harmony can become a distraction.
Buying plants without a plan can lead to a lack of variety in the garden. It’s also common to forget to plan a garden for year-round color or interest.
7. Knowing what to get and where to plant it
Never underestimate the power of curb appeal. A lot of homeowners put all of their energy into the backyard, but the front of the house is where first impressions are made.
8. Prioritizing Costs for Your Landscaping
There is a lot of sticker shock in the world of plants. People often think “it’s just a couple of plants, how expensive could it be?” Landscaping is actually 30 percent more expensive than any other type of home improvement project. Another area that gets underestimated is the budget, and one of the biggest factors in a budget is the labor involved. It always costs more, and people cost the most.