That Landscapers HATE to Fix
While more MAY be better in some cases, it’s not better to have more in your landscape. Not spacing out your plants and over-filling them may offer instant gratification for the first year your new plants are in the ground, but in two years, your plants will begin to die because they’re fighting for space and nutrients. This common mistake is a HUGE WASTE of time and money.
HINT: Fill in empty spots with annual flowers until your shrubs mature!
Not Knowing Your Landscape’s Needs
You’ll want to have an idea of what your yard requires and then choose plants that fit those requirements. How much direct sunlight does your yard get daily? Is your soil clay-based, sandy, or rocky? Are there any water restrictions? Are there drainage issues? Knowing the answers to these questions can help you make the best choices for your landscape. There is NO REASON not to research and learn more about the plants you are putting in your landscape. Planting shade plants in sun, or sun plants in shade is an inexcusable snafu in any landscape.
Starting Without A Plan
Don’t go to a Garden Center with a “my heart will guide me” mentality. This will lead to over purchasing and a major loss of money. You’ll also run into issues during your landscape install that could’ve been solved by planning ahead.
Not Paying Attention To The Style Of Your House
Your landscape should complement your home and increase your curb appeal! Different landscape styles work better aesthetically, so always use the look and structure of your house when deciding on garden bed shapes (i.e. A farmhouse-style home won’t work with a formal landscape). Unsure where to start?
HINT: Use a garden hose to help aid in the process of figuring out the shape of each bed; lay out the hose on the ground and use it as your guide, it’s soft and can follow the curves of your house, leading to perfect garden bed shapes.
Planting Too Close To Your Home
When planting, you must bear in mind that bushes, trees and plants WILL get bigger! Where you plant them is SO important – typically, leaving a minimum of 1-3 feet between your plants and your house. Ignoring how large a tree or bush will get can lead to walkway, sidewalk and foundation damage – or, even worse, it can rot your siding, allowing moisture and bugs to creep into your home. Not cool.
Relying On Pinterest To Do Your Landscape
It is SO EASY to get excited and jump into a project when you scroll through Pinterest. HOWEVER, you need to keep in mind the time, resources, and money that go into the ‘simple’ photos you see online. While it can be helpful for ideas, you have to get real about where you and your yard are located zone-wise and how much the project will cost overall.
Keeping with the theme of low growing shrubs here are two groups – those for shady spots and for sunny to partial sun areas.
Mojo Pittosporum – Evergreen, low mounding shrub with light green and cream variegated leaves. It is salt tolerant, deer resistant, and has orange smelling blossoms in the Spring.
Soft Caress Mahonia – This airy plant has bamboo-like foliage and bright yellow flowers at the top of the plant that bloom in early winter.
Carex or Sedge – Mounding, grass like plant that can be used as accents or planted in multiples to give year round color to a shady garden. Most varieties offer variegated or striped leaves.
Wheelers Dwarf Pittosporum Dark green, glossy leafed, mounding shrub that requires almost no trimming.
Dwarf Hydrangea – Enjoy beautiful Hydrangea blossoms on smaller plant varieties available now. In blue, pink, or white, they will brighten up your garden.
Sun to Partial Sun:
Little John Bottlebrush – The bright red flowers which resemble a bottle cleaning brush is where this plant gets its name. It blooms intermittently throughout the Spring and into the Fall. The foliage is narrow and blue green and is deer resistant.
Multi-Blooming Azaleas – multiple colors (red, white, pinks, and purple) are available in plants 2’ – 3’ tall. They will bloom 3-4 times during the year bringing color to your landscape or containers.
Dwarf Spirea – Several varieties are available with different leaf color – dark green, lime green, golden yellow – with blooms during Spring and Summer.
Drift Roses – One of the most popular shrubs. They bloom from Spring to late Fall in a variety of colors – red, peach, apricot, white and pink.
Dwarf Abelia – Evergreen foliage in either variegated or solid green colors. Cluster of small, fragrant, white flowers bloom from late Spring to early Fall.
You’ve been watering your grass all summer long and it may look bleached out.
Make it look like spring again with Ironite! This granular iron product is simple to apply to your lawn and will make your lawn or plants turn green – not overnight but almost.
You might ask, why not just use some fertilizer? DON’T!!! Applying fertilizer to your lawn at this time of the year can burn your grass and can easily stripe your yard.
The Importance of Iron
Plants need iron and cannot properly create chlorophyll without it. This results in poor growth because chlorophyll plays an important role in photosynthesis. Chlorophyll also gives plants their green color, and the primary symptom of iron deficiency are leaves that are yellow between their veins.
How to Apply
A 10 pound bag covers 5000 sq feet and is easily applied with a spreader.
Combine a granular ant killer with the Ironite into your spreader and get a 2 for 1 punch.
Bat guano, or dung, has a long history of use as a soil enricher. It is obtained from only fruit and insect-feeding species of bats. Bat guano makes an excellent fertilizer; it’s fast-acting, has little odor, and can be worked into the soil prior to planting or during active growth.
What Do They Use Bat Guano For?
There are several uses for bat guano. It can be used as a soil conditioner, enriching the soil and improving drainage and texture, and a suitable fertilizer for plants and lawns, making them healthy and green. It can be used as a natural fungicide and controls nematodes in the soil as well. In addition, bat guano makes an acceptable compost activator, speeding up the decomposition process. With so many uses, why would you not use bat guano?!
How to Use Bat Guano as a Fertilizer
As a fertilizer, bat guano can be used as top dressing or worked into the soil and can be use fresh or dried. Typically, this fertilizer is applied in smaller quantities than other types of manure.
Bat guano provides a high concentration of nutrients to plants and the surrounding soil. According to the NPK of bat guano, its concentration ingredients are 10-3-1. This NPK fertilizer analysis translates to 10 percent nitrogen (N), 3 percent phosphorus (P), and 1 percent potassium or potash (K). The higher nitrogen levels are responsible for fast, green growth. Phosphorus aids with root and flower development while potassium provides for the plant’s overall health.
Note: You may also find bat guano with higher phosphorus ratios, such as 3-10-1. Why? Some types are processed this way. It’s also believed that the diet of some bat species may have an effect. For example, those feeding strictly on insects produce higher nitrogen content, whereas fruit-eating bats result in a high phosphorus guano.