From pruning to plant selection, avoid these no-nos By David Beaulieu David Beaulieu is a garden writer with nearly 20 years experience writing about landscaping and over 10 years experience working in nurseries.
Nobody ever said landscaping was easy. Well, no one with any sense, anyhow. There are all kinds of dumb landscaping mistakes that even green thumbs can make. We're here to tell you what ten of the most common errors are so that you can avoid them.
Failing to Prune a Shrub
Imagine you had a row of forsythia bushes in your landscaping. Wouldn't you hate to miss out―even for a single spring―on the splendor they provide in April? Well, you easily could. Beginners often make a mistake with their shrubs: they prune them at the wrong time. Failing to prune a shrub such as forsythia or flowering quince at the correct time could remove the very buds that produce those fabulous blooms.
Neglecting Hedge Trimming
Done properly, growing a hedge can be a great way to set your property off from your neighbor's or even to partition off one portion of your landscaping from another. That being said, neglecting hedge trimming is never a good idea as you need to keep after a hedge so that it doesn't grow out of control. The individual bushes that comprise a hedge may get out of whack if left to their own devices for too long. The solution is to trim or "shear" the hedge.
Make the job of shearing easier, if you wish, by using a power hedger. It's recommended that you use a cordless hedge trimmer because you don't have to drag a cord around.
While trimming your hedge shrubs, also inspect between them to check for weeds. For a hedge to look its best and grow optimally, it must be kept weed-free.
Even more critically, be sure not to let any baby trees become established in your hedgerow. For example, maple samaras may blow into your hedge, fall through to the ground, germinate, and take root. Before you know it, you have maple trees pushing up through your hedge, marring its appearance. Once they gain a toehold, they can be hard to remove; you may even end up damaging your shrubs' roots in the process of pulling out the unwanted trees.
The term, "girdling your trees" is applied to tree care in two different ways. An example of one of those ways is where you see that an Oriental bittersweet has wrapped itself so tightly around a tree that it has become embedded in the trunk.
This invasive vine can cause trees a lot of harm, strangling their trunks and casting excessive shade in their canopies; be sure to check for its presence when you walk your property so that you can kill Oriental bittersweet before it becomes established.
Humans, too, can cause this kind of girdling. A common mistake is leaving the label on a Crimson Queen maple for too long. The label's string will eventually dig deeply into the branch it has been tied to, choking off the flow of nutrients.
Shrubs and Trees Arranged Symmetrically
Symmetrically arranged elements can bring a sense of elegance to your landscaping. It's an approach commonly used in foundation plantings, but when those elements are living plants, employing symmetry can mean extra work for you in the form of maintenance.
Shrubs and trees arranged symmetrically will have to be kept pruned so that the pairs remain matched. It's not uncommon to find examples of shrubs growing on either side of a house entrance where the homeowner's intention was obviously to achieve symmetry. Unfortunately, one shrub in the pair was allowed to get bigger than the other, thus foiling the homeowner's plan.
taken from https://www.thespruce.com/landscaping-mistakes-to-avoid-
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