You may have seen a sign or two in your neighborhood last year announcing “Yard of the Month,” possibly prompted by nominations from good-natured neighbors with keen eyes for gardening. But if you’ve never had the privilege of that special signage sprouting up in your yard, you may be making some common landscaping mistakes.
So, what’s keeping your yard from showing its best facade?
- Gaudy decos—yes, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
- Planting the wrong types of plants for the season (and wondering why they won’t grow well).
- Giving your grass a too-short buzz cut. It may work well for Drew Carey and young kids, but not for your grass.
- Color issues—do you really want a monochromatic yard? Or are you working too much of a color splash?
So now that we’re square on what not to do, what should you do when you start to tackle your summer landscaping?
- Remove or use last year’s garden waste. Old, dried leaves and sticks do not make a good landscaping foundation unless used as mulch.
- Provide a good environment—soil and fertilizer do matter.
- Soak it in—know how light, water and effective planning will affect your landscaping.
When you plan for your summer landscaping, also consider:
- The overall look you want to achieve.
- That trees and plants will expand. Don’t expect perfection at the start—leave some room for growth.
- Pests. Rabbits, deer and other critters can take a chunk out of your pretty palette.
- How much time (and money) you can devote to planting and maintenance.
- The angle. How will the landscaping show from both the outside and the inside of your home?
And as always, if your plans involve digging, be sure to call Texas811.