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.

5 Gift Ideas for Gardeners and Lawn Lovers This Holiday

5 holiday gifts for lawn lovers

The season of giving is upon us. It’s the time of year that we spend hours combing through online shops and visiting our favorite superstores to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones. But what do you get that gardener or lawn-lover on your list? I can assure you that I have collected a number of items over the years that have filled my garage to its capacity, but I still enjoy receiving a unique lawn accessory as a gift.

Here are a few not-so-common gift ideas for the gardener or lawn-lover in your life.

Edger

There are many different kinds of edging tools out there. You can go the old-fashioned route and get a manual push edger which has a star-shaped cutting blade that you push forward on one or two wheels lining up to the side. Or you can go all out and purchase an electric or gas-powered version, and although these are very fancy and nice, unless there is a lot of edging to do every week, these may be a little excessive. If you’re looking for similar results without the cost, you can try a string line trimmer, but the manual push edger does provide a more finished look to the lawn edges.

manual push edger with star-shaped cutting blade

Good quality lawn rake

When it comes to gift ideas, gardeners and lawn lovers always appreciate a good lawn rake, which comes in handy for raking leaves in the fall or cleaning up a lawn that may have too many clippings left on it. I prefer the 30 or 33-inch rake. Nowadays, most rakes are made out of plastic and are somewhat pliable. There is no advantage to using a rake made out of bamboo, outside of the material being a renewable source. I have used bamboo in the past and it worked, but the tines seem to break easier and they are more difficult to find.

Unless you are in the mood for a good workout, avoid choosing a thatching rake for a gift. These rakes are designed to pull out dead grass and thatch out of a lawn. I have seen many thatching rakes hanging in garages that have rarely been used. Raking out the dead grass and thatch is a difficult task, even when using a gas-powered de-thatcher. Plus, it is easy to damage a lawn if you de-thatch too much.

If you use a lawn maintenance service, most of these items are unnecessary. If the person for whom you are buying a gift for is a gardener, stick to some good quality hand tools or even garden art.

Bird feeder or bath

Bird feeders or bird baths make fantastic gifts for gardeners and lawn enthusiasts. It’s easy to find these kinds of garden tools online and from many different sources. I recommend Gardener’s Supply Company—they may be a little more expensive, but the quality is consistently great.

Garden tote

This one is great! I got a Gardener’s Hollow Leg Tote once as a gift and I love it. It is basically a bag that you strap to your waist to use when pulling weeds, trimming shrubs, or dead heading perennials. I use this a lot and it would make a great gift.

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Gardening book

Gardening books make great gifts as well. There are so many versions that it makes it difficult to recommend just one, but my favorite is Crockett’s Victory Garden by James Underwood Crockett. It has been around since 1977, but the information and recommendations are reliable and practical.

Hopefully these ideas help you when deciding what to get the lawn-lover in your life this holiday season. If you decide on something else, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Good luck!