We often overlook our gardening mistakes with the hope that others will too. This year let’s take them one by one and fix them. The top eight mistakes and remakes are below…. I know, I could have said makeovers, but it didn’t rhyme.
The grass ISN’T greener on your side of the fence
This ranks number one. Why? Most people have lawn, but one neighbor’s may be greener than the other. If your lawn looks pale, it is time to reassess your watering, fertilizing, and mowing schedules. Learn where you have gone wrong and make the necessary adjustments on the areas mentioned. If lawn maintenance isn’t your forte and you also have no intention of paying to have it done, consider xeriscaping.
Xeriscape gardening is growing plants that need little to no care to grow in your area. An example of this would be the beautiful Azalea hedges that grow freely in the southeastern U.S. These hedges bloom abundantly in the spring painting the landscape with flowers ranging from white to deep red. All with little to no maintenance.
This guide takes the mystery out of Xeriscape gardening, referencing more than 100 water-wise trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vines, ground cover, grasses, and shade plants chosen to add color and diversity to any landscape. Each plan is illustrated with color botanical illustrations and photographs, detailing the characteristics, landscaping use, and growing conditions of the plant. With the increasing national concern over water consumption, you will find xeriscape gardening a practical approach to creating a landscape in tune with the environment.
Tools and clutter are everywhere
Go through these items one-by-one, and determine which of them you want to keep. Your criteria when deciding if they deserve the trip to recycler or not is simple: Ask yourself, if you have use for them.
If you are going to use them, find a home for them near where they will be used. One clever example of this is putting a mailbox in your garden bed to house your garden hand tools, gloves and seeds to be planted. Photo courtesy Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Your home and garden are too visible from the road
There are several short and long-term solutions to creating some privacy. One appealing idea planting fast-growing shrubs near the curb or adding trellises with climbing plants such as roses, or Bougainvillea near walkways to attract the eye away from the outdoor living areas.
All that’s green is not grass
Weed problems are minimized by keeping your lawn regularly maintained. Check for weeds as often as you can. Weeds reproduce once they flower, so you want to remove them while they are young.
Dig the weeds out by hand or use the lawn jaws. Keep the weeds from re-growing by seeding the empty areas of your lawn. Nature fills in empty spaces so by keeping your spaces filled with desired plants or mulch you lessen your weed problem.
If your problem is space, then here’s one idea that can definitely help you maximize every square inch of your garden: think vertical. Create a sense of lush greenery by using stackable vertical garden planters to create herb, veggie, and fruit gardens that grow up instead of taking up your real estate. These are particularly handy for folks that prefer to stand or sit to garden and to use hand tools to heavier garden tools.
Where is your house?
Privacy from passersby is one thing but if overgrown shrubs have swallowed your home, that is another matter. Overgrown shrubs hold moisture and the centers are often dead; untrimmed trees are a danger to your home and property in a storm. Cut out all that is dead to shape and to promote healthy growth. If it’s too late for that, take out the bushes and replace them with something nice.
Winter is ugly.
Most garden plants do not survive the winter temperature. Hence, they die or hibernate to await their season to bloom. When planning for a garden, think seasonally. Each season plant a few plants that are perennial (come back each year), evergreen and those that bloom in the season that you buy them. That way your garden with be alive and fresh year round.
Awful fences make for disgruntled neighbors.
Fences are not just to separate your property from your neighbor’s property. They also add to the overall look of your garden. Make sure that you keep up the looks of your fences to compliment your home and plants.