Landscaping your yard can be a difficult undertaking. Many variables, including the climate, the type of soil, and the existing types of trees already in the mix, can affect your design plans. Even the most zealous DIY landscaper will make mistakes that need correcting.
Don’t despair if you have a case of landscaping blues this spring. Rest assured you can start all over again. Read on to learn how to fix a few of the problems you may be having.
1. Wrong Grass Seed
Not all grass seed is the same. Maybe you tried to seed a bare area of your yard last year, but it still looks just as bad this year. It’s time to consult a professional at a home and garden center concerning the right type of grass seed for your needs. He or she can assist you in picking the correct variety, and you will also learn about proper soil preparation and watering.
2. Packing it In
A few years ago you planted new bushes. The sprigs of green looked tiny, so you planted them close together. Now they have grown – too big! Don’t worry about it. It usually won’t hurt a bush to dig it up for repositioning. Just make sure to dig deeply to keep as much of the root ball intact as you can. This time, however, research how big the bush is expected to grow before you re-plant it.
3. Shade vs. Sun
No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to coax a patch of sunflowers to grow if you don’t have enough sun. Conversely, you won’t be able to use Blood Root for ground cover if your yard has no shade. Believe it or not, I planted a garden for six years in the same spot, even though it had only three or four good hours of sun per day. Save yourself some heartache, and buy plants to will work with the amount of sun your yard enjoys each day.
Landscaping can be fun, but it can also lead to feelings of failure; however, don’t let past mistakes stop you from attempting to beautify your yard. Remember, there’s always next year!