4 Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

landscaping mistakes to avoid In landscaping, just as in fashion, there are always trends and fads that come and go with the seasons.  Along with all the dos that are associated with a trend, there are a similar number of don’ts that are looked down upon by those who stay up to date with the current movements.  In this article we’ll go over four landscaping mistakes to avoid in today’s landscaping environment.

 

Heavy Chemical Use

The environment and our abuse of it are big news these days.  And using an unnecessary amount of chemicals as pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers is definitely frowned upon in the current landscaping world.  Organic and natural are big buzz words in several aspects of our lives and using a lot of chemicals is an anathema to good landscaping practices.  Finding other ways to deal with weeds, insects and slow growing plants is currently considered good landscaping.

 

Introducing Invasive Species

Bringing in foreign plants that reproduce expeditiously while rapidly take over the native species is a landscaping mistake that can actually result in a fine.  Contrary to popular belief, invasive species are not necessarily weeds, nor do they have to look ugly.  Some of the most successful invasive plants only got their start because of their beautiful flowers or interesting foliage.  And what might be considered invasive in a particular region may not be very successful at all in a different climate.  Make sure you know what you’re planting.

 

Depending On Too Much Plastic

Along with chemicals, plastics are another former miracle product that has been found to cause bigger problems over the long term.  And while many of the plastics that are used in the garden and yard may not end up in the water supply, they’ve become considered somewhat tacky.  Small plastic fences, plastic edging and even plastic watering cans aren’t looked upon with the same functional/fashionable eye that they used to be.  If you can easily substitute a more natural material for a plastic, why not try it?

 

Kitschy Design

Shaping your hedges into elephants or a popular cartoon character isn’t considered to be clever and skillful these days.  Trimming your hedges is still necessary, but keeping them looking somewhat natural will gain you more points in the gardening community.  Try and keep things looking natural to stay on point.