Whether you are looking to sell your home or just help it look its best, many people look to curb appeal. Plants can play a large factor to either help or hurt the 1st impression when someone drives past the home. Here are 6 landscaping mistakes to avoid by House Logic.
“I’ve been with clients who won’t even go into a house because of the bad landscaping outside,” says Mack Strickland, a Chester, Va., REALTOR® and appraiser.
#1 Planting Without a Plan
If the task seems too daunting, landscape architects are worth the investment ($300 to $2,500 depending on yard size). They will lay everything out for you. All you have to do is follow the plan. Kind of like paint-by-numbers. That’s easy enough, right?
#2 Planting Too Close Together
Yes, planting in clusters looks way better than installing single plants. But make sure your groups of perennials, shrubs, and trees have plenty of room to spread, or they’ll look choked and overgrown. Also, over-crowded plants compete for food and water, putting the clusters at risk, especially during drought.
Old time gardeners have this saying: “First year it sleeps, second it creeps, third it leaps.”
#3 Going Overboard With Your Favorite Plant
You love azaleas!! So why not plant a ton of them? Because you could risk a yard that looks dull in all seasons but the one when your favorite plant blooms. It’s important to make room for four-season color.
#4 Letting Dead Plants Linger
Spent plants that lived their natural lives are good candidates for a compost pile — if you grind them first, they’ll decompose faster. But if your landscaping succumbed to disease or infestation, it’s best to inter them in black plastic bags, then add to the trash.
#5 Weeds Gone Wild
Weeds not only wreck your landscaping’s looks, they steal water and food from the plants you’d like to grow. Weeds also can shorten the life of brick, stone, and pavers by growing in mortar cracks.
#7 Forgetting to Defend Against Hungry Intruders
Backyard pests think your landscaping is an all-you-can eat buffet. If you’ve got a critter problem: Install an electric fence around landscaping you want to protect. Spray plants with critter repellent. After a hard rain, spray again.
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