If you find yourself running into the same gardening problems year after year, chances are you’re making one of these mistakes. Here what you need to know to keep your greens looking their best.
More isn’t always better. “I see homeowners buy a ton of plants and put them all in one bed, when they really should be spaced out,” says Chris Lambton, landscape designer and host of the upcoming show Lawn and Order on HGTV and the DIY Network. “While it offers instant gratification for that first year, two years in the plants are all dying because they’re fighting for space and nutrients. It’s a huge waste of time and money.”
PLANTING TOO CLOSE TO YOUR HOME
Keep in mind that bushes, trees and plants will get bigger! So where you plant them initially matters. “I’ve had clients who have ignored how big a tree or bush will get and we had to rip them out. The roots can damage walkways and your foundation. Or it can rot your siding, letting moisture or bugs into your home. You should typically have a one to three foot barrier that remains clear around your house,” says Lambton.
NOT GETTING TO KNOW YOUR GARDEN
Get familiar with your space before going to purchase any plants or trees. Danny Watson, a garden centre associate at the Home Depot, recommends knowing what type of terrain you’re working with.
“Is your soil rocky, sandy, or acidic? What types of plants work best for your garden? How much direct sunlight does it receive throughout the day? Does your area have water restrictions? You should be asking yourself all of these questions,” says Watson.
“Ask for help when you’re purchasing plants or do research on the web. There’s no excuse not to be prepared. You can even get an inexpensive soil testing kit to get even more specific.”
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