Landscaping seems to be both an art and a science, doesn’t it? For most of us, we’re kind of lost when it comes to landscaping. We can choose to hire a professional landscaper or do it ourselves. There are common landscaping mistakes that do-it-yourselfers often make.
First, people tend to have good intentions but they plant without a plan and/or without taking the time to consider the details. “Oh, this thing looks pretty,” says a person at their local discount store. “I’m going to take it home and plant it on my front lawn.” Do they know if the plant needs sun or shade? Do they understand it’s going to grow really tall really fast or hardly at all for several years? Do they know they should be fertilizing it with a certain fertilizer at a certain time of year? Probably not. Furthermore, did they take the time to draw up a map of their yard and figure out what makes sense where over time? Again, probably not.
Next, amateurs tend to plant things too closely together, not leaving room to spread. Or they buy and plant multiples of just one type of plant, shrub or tree such that their property lacks variety. Keep in mind that certain things bloom at certain times of the year, and it’s nice to mix things up a bit so that spring-blooming azaleas, for instance, are followed by summer-blooming roses and then autumn-blooming burning bushes, adding different splashes of colors to the yard throughout the seasons.
While no one really likes weeds, one common landscaping mistake is to let the weeds go wild to the point where they mess with bricks, stones, and pavers. Meanwhile, they compete with other plants and trees in the yard for both water and food. Plus, weeds generally look messy, especially when they’re overgrown, so that takes away from the beauty of a yard.
Finally, be careful where you plant bushes and trees. All-too-often people call Big Foot Tree Service to come remove trees, for example, that have been planted too close to their homes. Not only do the branches scrape the siding, but all sorts of needles and/or leaves end up discoloring the roof and clogging up the gutters.
If you have a tree in your yard that’s too close for comfort to your home and/or is dead/dying, call Big Foot Tree Service at 973-885-8000 to get rid of it.