7 Landscaping Mistakes That You Shouldn’t Fall For!

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Everyone is after a more beautiful lawn each year, so why not avoid simple mistakes that many make and help your lawn to become the envy of the neighborhood. Here are 7 typical landscaping mistakes to avoid this year.

  1. Not watering plants – as winter is upon us make sure that you don’t forget to water. Depending on the region in which you live, watering cannot be completely ignored. Fruit trees, hedges, shrubs and your lawn all need to be watered. Lack of watering will result in dehydration and /or disease.
  2. Manicuring your lawn to the extreme – We tend to get caught up in the immediate appearance of our yards and forget that extreme amounts of anything, can actually end up hurting rather than perfecting. Make sure to know your species of grass and adjust accordingly. In the end make sure you are staying consistent with your recommended manicuring requirements.
  3. Using low quality mulch – When it comes time to purchase mulch, many of us look for the best deal possible. This may seem like a great idea at the time, but can actually end up as a nightmare when all is said and done. Poor quality mulch can bring disease and pests into your plants, with the possibility of spreading to your lawn. Make sure to buy quality mulch from a trusted supplier to avoid any headaches down the road.
  4. Not raking your yard – This always seems to be the dreaded chore each year and ends up getting put on the back burner. However putting it off could cause seriously damage. When raking is neglected, fungus and mold are much more likely to accumulate when it snows. Removing the leaves after the snow has arrived becomes and difficult task and can end up ruining your lawn.
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  5. Avoiding minor pest issues – it’s easy to do, but should definitely not be ignored. As soon as you notice a minor pest issue act quickly. Pest problems usually just get worse over time and become a lot more difficult to get rid of.
  6. Not stocking up on yard supplies – as fall approaches it becomes the perfect time to stock up on yard supplies. This is when you see great deals and discounts on tools, soil, pots, seeds and more. Spend in the fall to save more in the spring.
  7. Delay spring plantingStart your planting early. When your planting gets delayed, it gives your new plants less time to mature and grow.

Make sure your yard is set up for success. Avoid these 7 landscaping mistakes that always seem to get the best of us and make your landscape stand out from the rest. Share in the comments below about landscaping mistakes you have made and how you avoid them.

What Do Trees Do? A Lot More Than You Think.

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Trees are an important element in our lives as human beings. If you go to Arbor Day Foundation’s website, you can find all sorts of information on the environmental and economic benefits that trees provide. Spring-Green has worked with with Arbor Day Foundation since 2010, donating to the effort of planting over 50,000 trees across the country. It is part of our commitment to improve the environment in which we work.

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The Many Benefits of Trees

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the benefits that trees provide us besides helping us to keep a little cooler in the hot summer months, but according to Arbor Day Foundation’s website, trees provide much more than just shade. A mature shade tree can increase the value of a home by as much as $10,000, and many relators have stated that mature trees can have a major impact on the their ability to sell a home.

“One acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 4 tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” – U.S. Department of Agriculture

Just like lawns, trees absorb carbon dioxide and give out an abundance of oxygen. According to Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “One acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 4 tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” It goes without saying that without trees and lawns, we would not have much oxygen to breathe.

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What else do trees do?

Having a tree to shade your house can reduce your cooling costs every summer, especially when planted on the south or west side of your home – and each year the tree grows, your savings will increase. Trees will also reduce air pollution and serve as a wind breaker to help protect your home.

Trees in an urban environment do require more care than they do in their natural environment, but caring for trees creates jobs for many people. Tree trimming companies, arborists, tree care companies, landscapers, tree nurseries, and garden centers all employ people to work for them. Many major universities offer degrees in Ornamental Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Forestry and Arboriculture. These same universities engage in research on tree care as well as pest control programs to protect trees from major pest infestations. Caring for trees is a big business!

Trees are not only pleasing to look at, they are a major influence on our health as well as our economy. Caring for trees can be a rewarding and fulfilling endeavor. To commemorate this year’s Arbor Day, do your part and plant a tree today.

Deer Deterrents: How to Stop Deer from Eating Your Plants

Imagine it has been your lifelong dream; a house in the country away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. A place where the air is clean, the soil is fertile, and where ”the deer and the antelope play”. It may be great to live in a forested area, but when it comes to planting flowers, shrubs, and all the other plants to beautify your home, you may not be thinking about the feeding habits of the forest creatures… namely deer.

Why Are There Deer Everywhere?

It is estimated that there were 500,000 white-tailed deer in the US in 1900. The most recent estimate is that the population has grown to over 25 million. The damage caused to both agriculture and residential property will exceed 1 billion dollars. Nature has always kept animal populations in check, but the suburban environment has disrupted the normal checks and balances of predators. The deer have had the opportunity to grow unchecked and have become a nuisance in many communities, leaving people to search for the best deer deterrent.

Deer have become accustomed to the urbanization of the US and can be found in forest preserves within many cities. They will travel a good distance in search of food; not only in areas that are adjacent to forests, but in many suburban spaces as well.

What Kind of Damage Can Deer Do?

A couple of years ago, I was asked to look at some arbor vitae that were damaged during the winter. When I got there, I could immediately see that the culprit was some hungry deer—they feed on the fronds that they can reach. Another helpful clue was the large amount of deer droppings that surrounded many of the plants. These plants will grow back, but the bottom parts will never be as full as the tops, especially if the deer return in the future.

What Deer Deterrent Should I Use?

Deer will feed on many plants; many vegetables, fruits (they especially love strawberries), flowers, and the tender tips of young trees. Adults will also damage trees by rubbing their antlers against the trunks. Most home landscapes can seem like a virtual smorgasbord of delights to a hungry deer. So how do you stop the deer from eating your plants? You can either plant less of their favorite foods, erect fences or other guards around your plants, or try to control their feeding habits.

There are an abundance of deer deterrent home remedies available online. You can try hanging bars of soap from your trees to present an unfavorable odor, or mesh bags filled with human hair or dog fur can also be used. Baby powder, blood meal, or bone meal will also provide some resistance, but the problem with many of these scent detractors is that they are short-lived, and once the deer become accustomed to the scent, it no longer distracts them from your plants.

One of the best ways to keep deer from eating your garden and landscape plants is to plant ones that they don’t like to eat, like boxwood, lilac, black-eyed susan, and more. However, if food is scarce, deer will eat just about anything they can to survive. If deer are a problem in your area, do some research and explore your options. It will keep your frustration levels in check.

We’d love to hear some stories or remedies that worked for you. Please share them in the comments section. And don’t forget that deer aren’t the only nuisance to your landscape—get more info on controlling pests like voles and other small animals.