If you are working on your yard this summer, this is a great article to check out. 7 Yard Blunders to Avoid. Below are the bullet points from the original article, or click on the link at the bottom for the full MSN.COM article.
1. Don’t be random: It’s easy to go overboard at a garden center or plant website, especially if things are on sale. But don’t buy a bunch of random plants. Your flower bed or lawn will end up a confusing mess of different shapes and colors.
2. Trees aren’t Mount Vesuvius: Judging by office-park lawns, many landscaping services specialize in turning mulch into two-foot-high volcano cones around the trunks of trees.
Resist the urge in your yard. They may look attractive, but these mulch cones can block off the oxygen that the inner bark of the tree needs, invite rodents to build nests or create excessive moisture that can rot roots or lead to growth of bacteria and fungi that can attack the bark.
3. Neatnik mowing: Many people think it’s better for the lawn to rake up the clippings after mowing. For those of us with a compulsive streak, it seems to make perfect sense.
But it is healthier for the grass to let the clippings be (not to mention a big time saver). They will decay naturally in a few days, returning nutrients to the soil in the process — a much better way to fertilize the lawn that dumping chemicals on it.
4.Hello darkness, not my friend: The majority of flowers, trees, vegetables and shrubs need plenty of sun, at least six hours a day. Plant them in shadier spots and they’re likely to limp along. Flowering trees may barely flower, pepper plants won’t produce peppers and shrubs will be stunted.
5. Living too large: If a 10-foot-by-10-foot garden is nice, why not double its size to give it twice the presence in your yard? That’s the way I thought early on as I began land
But then reality set in. Twice the garden means two times the weeds, two times the plants whose spent blooms need to be snipped off during the growing season, and two times the dead plants to clean up each fall.
6. Vegetables for a lifetime: Vegetable gardens have become a major trend over the past few years, but many beginners don’t realize how much produce they can create. Just one tomato plant can put out up to 20 pounds of tomatoes in a season, according to the University of Missouri. Multiply that by the six-packs of plants sold at some big-box stores and you may be headed for a ketchup competition with Heinz.scaping around my house.
7. Feeding to death: Plants need nutrients to thrive. But some people casually douse their flower beds and shrubs with fertilizer without bothering to measure it. Too much plant food, or the wrong kind, can end up prompting flowering plants to create mostly leaves, not blooms. And you even can kill a plant by overfeeding it.
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