Solutions to Landscaping Mistakes

Solutions to Landscaping Mistakes

Learn how to avoid common landscaping blunders and how to remedy the ones that may already be creeping into your yard.

Mistake: Not Recycling Your Fall Yard Waste
Fall yard projects tend to produce a good amount of waste; what a shame to let good waste go to waste.

Solution: Compost It
Instead of tossing out those fall leaves, branches, clippings and other debris from your fall clean-up, dispose of them in an eco-friendly way. Rent a shredder and turn them into mulch, and put lawn clippings back on the lawn — they are both great fertilizers. Better yet, create a compost pile or build a compost bin. Layer yard waste with food scraps and in no time you'll have rich fertilzer that didn't cost you a dime.

Mistake: Neglecting Curb Appeal
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.

Solution: Do These Three Things
There are three simple improvements you can make that make a big difference. Paint your door a contrasting color than the base color of your home, keep the grass trim and green and plant colorful flowers.

Mistake: Excessive Lawn Tchotchkes
People often make the mistake of putting too many decorative items in their yard, which can distract from the beauty of the natural landscape.

Solution: Be Selective
Before filling your yard with a gaggle of garden gnomes, ask yourself why you're putting it there and how it fits the context of your overall design and plant materials. Stick with one choice, even if it is a little silly. One whimsical statement goes a lot further than 10.

Mistake: Planting in the Wrong Place
Improper plant placement is another common mistake. People often do not take into consideration the needed sunlight and exposure for their plants.

Solution: Read the Plant Tag
Be sure to pay attention to the little tag that you get when you buy the plant. When it comes to planting trees, you need to remember how big they could get and how much space they are going to need. Also think about focal points — choose something that's going to look good year-round.

Mistake: Leaving Tools Out in the Elements
Let's be honest: Quality tools cost a pretty penny so leaving them out to ruin in the rain is like throwing money away. Plus, rusty shears will make uneven, dull cuts that can harm even healthy plants.

Solution: a Dedicated Storage Spot
Whether it's an organized corner in your garage or a standalone garden shed, storing expensive garden tools indoors will prolong their usefulness for many years to come.

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