19 things your landscaper won’t tell you
Add as much as 15% to your home’s value with these expert landscaping tips.
Those grass clippings will become food for earthworms and microbes that will help make your lawn green and healthy.
If you have a room with a big window, make sure it looks good from there too.
By next spring, you’ll have a weeding and pruning nightmare.
It has been found to contain arsenic and other harsh chemicals that can be harmful to children and pets and will contaminate your soil.
You don’t have to. If there’s just a light layer, go over them with your mower and leave them on your lawn. As they break down, they’ll help limit weeds from popping up.
Dig down 12 to 15cm deep and then gather two cups of dirt into sample bags. Mail them off to find out what nutrients you need.
Plant clumps of species in odd numbers, such as five or seven in one area, or repeat the groupings throughout your landscape for a unifying effect.
You want to extend your beds out at least one- to two-thirds of the house’s height, if not more.
I once had a customer whose beds had seven layers of weed fabric, yet she still had weeds. I guess she kept thinking, If I put down just one more layer, the weeds will stop coming.
Look for a fertiliser with time-releasing water-insoluble nitrogen and use it only twice a year on a steady schedule, like the beginning of autumn and spring. In general, well-irrigated and older lawns need less fertiliser.
Though it’s inexpensive and has a lovely flower, it’s an invasive species that will spread everywhere and choke out other plants.
Infrequent watering encourages roots to grow deeper to find groundwater, creating a stronger plant.
Colours that are opposite each other, like yellow and purple, look beautiful together.
That will keep you from making costly mistakes, like putting plants in the wrong spot.
…but they can block your view of oncoming traffic. Keep your line of sight clear.
…and then neglect to water them. It happens all the time.
People have a tendency to over-dig, and the roots of the tree or plant can get buried, causing it to suffocate, or water accumulates at the root level and rots out the roots.
And squirting us with a squirt gun? Now you’re really pushing it.