HGTV's 25 Biggest Landscaping Mistakes

As summer comes around and we’re spending more time outdoors, we want to make sure our yards are looking good for the season!  Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or a Northwest Lawn Care customer, this article featured on HGTV.com will be a helpful tool while getting your lawn in top seasonal shape.

HGTV’s 25 Biggest Landscaping Mistakes

25. Excessive Lawn Ornamentation

People often make the mistake of putting too many decorative items in their front yard, which can be a distraction from the beauty of the natural landscape. Before setting out that lawn ornament, ask yourself why are you putting it there and how it fits in to the context of your overall design and plant materials. Stick with one crisp choice, even if it is a little silly. One little whimsical statement goes a lot further than 10.

24. Forgetting to Recycle

Yard projects tend to produce a good amount of waste, which most people don’t realize when they set out to do the work. Instead of tossing out the branches, clippings and other debris, dispose of them in an eco-friendly way. Rent a shredder and turn them into mulch, and put lawn clippings back on the lawn — they are both great fertilizers. Another idea is to create a compost pile. Compost containers have gotten more attractive. Some almost disappear into the landscape.

23. Planting in the Wrong Place

Improper plant placement is another common mistake. People often do not take into consideration the proper sunlight and exposure for their plants. Be sure to pay attention to the little tag that you get when you buy the plant. When it comes to planting trees, you need to remember how big they could get and how much space they are going to need. Also think about focal points — choose something that’s going to look good year-round.

22. Planting Too Deeply

One of the quickest ways to kill a tree is to plant it too deeply. Some folks figure the more soil they can put around it, the better. But doing so can actually choke the tree to death because there is no air allowed to go to the root system. Going too deep can also encourage root rot. Avoid these scenarios by looking at the main stem, where the largest branch is and then where all of the tentacles come out. That’s the root ball, and that’s what you want to meet, right along the surface. A good rule of thumb with plants is to dig to the actual height of the container in which it came.

21. Cutting Grass Too Short

It’s a common myth that cutting the grass shorter means you have to mow it less. That’s actually not the case, and you can do more harm than good. If you scalp the lawn, it could result in a bare patch, which could make it too inviting for insects and/or susceptible to disease. The key is to cut the lawn different lengths throughout the year. During the summer, the lawn needs a little more shade, so let the blades grow just a little bit more. That way the water doesn’t evaporate so quickly. During the winter, cut it a little bit shorter so that the sunlight can actually get into the soil.

20. Forgetting the View From Your Window

It may seem like common sense to think about the view from inside the house, but a lot of people forget it. Keep in mind what it looks like from all angles. Place your containers where you want them, and then go inside and look look through every major window to see what they’ll look like before you plant. It should be like a painting. When you look out, you should see the glass framed with beautiful trees and foliage.

19. Using the Wrong-Size Pots

It is best to start a plant in a larger pot than it comes in to allow it to room to grow. However, if you put a plant in a pot that is too large, it can shift, sink down into the soil, get too much water or dry out too fast. Also, remember that you are going to have to re-pot it, eventually. It’s easy to tell when that’s necessary because little roots begin to stick out at the bottom. A word of caution related to re-potting. Be sure to give a plant plenty of time get acclimated to its new pot before re-potting again.

18. Failing to Fertilize Properly

There are two ways that fertilizing can be a mistake. The first one is not doing it at all. The other is fertilizing too much or fertilizing improperly. Ask someone at your garden center to recommend a proper fertilizer for your yard. It’s a good idea to do it at least twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. You should never do so in the bright sun, and watering always needs to follow. It’s also a good idea to mix in fertilizer when planting new plants. Make sure that, when I dig the hole, I mix in new soil and I also mix in fertilizer. So the plant, over the period of a year, is going to have a nice time release of fertilizer.

17. Picking the Wrong Plants

Just because a plant looks pretty doesn’t mean it actually belongs in your yard. You have to take into consideration your particular backyard, with filtered light or shade, and what’s going to work best for you. If it’s a really hot, sunny spot, maybe you want to go with a succulent. Get a great landscaping book for your area to help you figure out what to plant and when, as well as how and when to fertilize.

16. Not Accounting for Wildlife

Before you decide what to plant in your garden, think about what pests you have in relation to what you’d like to plant. For example, pretty flowering plants can attract deer, so you might want to throw in some bitter-tasting ones among them. Once they taste the wrong one, they are likely to stop coming around. If there are wild rabbits around, you may need to shelter your garden bed by building a small fence. Chicken wire is another option.

15. Being Shortsighted

Being shortsighted is a common problem because many people don’t know what the eventual growth of their plants will be. You need to find out how they spread, how they reproduce and what type of maintenance they require. There are actually software programs available where you can design a landscape and then click a button, and it will show you the growth rate of those plants over a year or two years and so on.

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Thinking about Starting your own Garden?

Starting your own garden can offer you and your family many benefits.  Fresh fruits and vegetables hold more nutrients than their store bought counter parts.  By planting your own garden you can control how much money you spend, the chemicals that are used, and what you grow and eat.  Not to mention the benefits of exercise and being in the fresh air which offers numerous benefits both physically and mentally.  A fresh home-grown garden can be a sense of pride for its owner.  After all, it does take hard work and dedication.

Tips for creating a healthy, successful garden:

  • Use compost for soil.  Use clippings from the garden mixed with kitchen scraps to create a compost.  One common rule of thought is to use one part organic matter to two or three parts garden soil.
  • Gardens require at least six hours of sunlight a day.  Make sure your garden is planted in a well lit area of your yard for the most efficient growth.
  • Plant garden beds at least six feet apart.  This encourages air flow between plants and keeps from overcrowding.
  • Use a soaker hose to ensure that your plants are being watered sufficiently without wasting.  It is better to water deeply with a soaker a couple of times a week rather than using a regular hose everyday.  Everday hoses do not go as deep into the plant and can often waste water.
  • By building your plant beds above the ground a bit can help save water from running off and wasting.
  • If you are a beginner or don’t have the time for a big, elaborate garden, you can purchase the plants already blooming from your local garden center.
  • Beginning gardeners may want to start with herbs, tomatoes, or peppers, as these are less maintenance.  Beginners should choose a few plants to grow in a small area rather than taking on too much, too soon.
  • Blueberries are also known to be an easy fruit to grow. 

Remember that growing your own garden can offer you many benefits.  Although it can be lots of work, it can be well worth it.

 

8 Steps to a Healthier Lawn

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We’ve been talking a lot lately about the approaching spring and getting your lawn growing and healthy.  After the harsh winter we had, lawns are looking dull and dry.  Now is the perfect time to bring them back to life. 

Northwest’s Lawn Care Program is an 8 step program that will keep your lawn growing and healthy throughout the year.  The program is based on a year round schedule that will ensure that your lawn is constantly getting what it needs.  Because the program is customized specifically for your lawn, together, you and Northwest, will establish a watering and mowing schedule for maximum impact.  The result will be a thicker, healthier and greener lawn.

8 Steps:

Jan: Post & pre-emergent broadleaf and grassy weed control

Feb-Mar: Post & pre-emergent broadleaf and grassy weed control

Apr-May: Fertilizer and crabgrass pre-emergent weed control

Jun: Fertilizer and post-emergent weed control

Jul: Fertilizer and post-emergent weed control

Aug-Sept: Fertilizer and post-emergent weed control.  Aeration and overseeding for Fescue lawns in late August.

Oct: Pre-emergent weed control for winter weeds and potash to support strong roots; Fertilize Fescue lawns that have been overseeded

Nov-Dec: Lime; Pre-emergent weed control for winter weeds and potash to support strong roots; Fertilize Fescue lawns that have been overseeded

 

When to Use Pre/Post Emergent Weed Control

Among the biggest roadblocks to a healthy looking lawn are the dreaded weeds.    Weeds can be troublesome during the development stage, however, it is essential to the successful development of your lawn to withhold using post and pre-emergent herbicides (weed control).  The sight of weeds in your lawn may be a nuisance, but during the development stage, it is more important to concentrate on the successful establishment of your lawn.

However, if the lawn is established and no visible sod lines are present, a post and pre-emergent treatment during the appropriate weather and temperature conditions will be applied.  If your lawn is established, post and pre emergent treatments should start now!  Pre-emergent is a treatment that controls weeds before they germinate, while post-emergent treatment kills any existing weeds.  These treatments are usually completed 6-7 times per year with 6-8 weeks in between each treatment.  Starting this process now maximizes your chances of a weed-free lawn during the growing season of spring and summer.

A professional lawn care service will ensure that your lawn is evaluated and treated with the proper amounts of fertilizer and weed control products.  Call Northwest today to set up your FREE lawn care analysis.  888.466.7849

 

Why is a Lawn Care Analysis so Important?

Each lawn is different.  What works for one lawn may not work for another.  That’s why having your lawn care professionals complete an analysis for your lawn is important.  By completing an analysis, specific needs and challenges can be identified.  Through an analysis, a trained professional can gain thorough understanding of your lawn, including the overall health, grass and soil type, turf density, disease, weed problems, and pet or insect damage.  Based on the findings a detailed, customized plan is put into place to ensure that you have a healthy lawn year round.

Once you have a plan in place…you’re on your way to a fuller, healthier looking lawn.

Northwest Exterminating offers a FREE comprehensive analysis of your lawn.  Call today for your FREE analysis at 888.466.7849 or click HERE.

 

All Lawns Are NOT Created Equal!

Every lawn is different.  What works for one lawn may not work for another.  That’s why having your lawn care professionals complete an analysis is important.  By completing an analysis on your lawn, specific needs and challenges can be identified.  Through an analysis, a trained professional can gain thorough understanding of your lawn, including the overall health, grass and soil type, turf density, disease, weed problems, and pet or insect damage.  Based on the findings a detailed, customized plan is put into place to ensure that you have a healthy lawn year round.

Once you have a plan in place…you’re on your way to a fuller, healthier looking lawn.

Northwest Exterminating offers a FREE comprehensive analysis of your lawn.  Call today for your FREE analysis at 888.466.7849 or click HERE.

 

Why Use a Professional Lawn Care Service?

We all want our yards to be the envy of all the neighbors.  Lawns generate pride in your home and add curb appeal to your property.  But maintaining a healthy lawn can be a lot of work and a year round responsibility.  Analysis, treatment and timing are critical in achieving your desired results.  Not all homeowners have the time, effort or expertise to keep their lawn growing, green and healthy.  Maybe a professional lawn care service is what you need.

A professional lawn care service will ensure that your lawn is evaluated and treated with the proper amounts of fertilizer and weed control products.  Often times, it is less expensive to use a professional lawn care service because their equipment and knowledge can reduce waste.

To ensure that your lawn is looking its best come springtime…now is the best time to start treating your lawn!  Maybe you’re not up for the task…but Northwest is!  If you’re interested in a free analysis call us today at 888.466.7849 or click HERE!

 

Introduction of Northwest's LAWN CARE

Northwest Exterminating is proud to announce its Lawn Care division! Just as our pest control technicians are highly trained, so are our lawn care technicians. Our program is based on a year round schedule to ensure that your lawn is constantly getting what it needs. Because our program is customized specifically for your lawn, together we will establish a watering and mowing schedule for maximum impact. The result will be a thicker, healthier, and greener lawn.

We offer a comprehensive analysis of your lawn at no charge. This is important for us to identify the specific needs and challenges for your lawn. Based on our findings, we will develop a detailed, customized solution for your lawn. We also offer a four season tree and shrub program. Our experts will evaluate the trees and shrubs in and around your yard and develop a program to nourish, strengthen and defend against diseases like rot and fungus, as well as control insect populations before they are allowed to cause damage.

In addition to professional lawn care, Northwest offers solutions that will enhance the health of your home and allow you to spend more time enjoying your yard.

Call Northwest today. Soon you’ll have a beautiful, lush, green lawn and…even better…a lot more time to do the things you love!