13 Things Your Landscaper Won’t Tell You

Did you know that you can boost your property value by roughly 15% if you use savvy landscaping tactics? While it is impossible to supply a long list of tips or suggestions as to the perfect plants to choose or the best looks for a home, we can give you these 13 tips. They are the most effective secrets your landscaper is unlikely to share, but which can give you a lot of immediate benefits:

  1. Forget that mower bag – Whether you are a fan of reel mowers that use no fuel but human effort or a classic, gas-powered lawnmower, you can provide your lawn with loads of nutrients by unhooking and giving away the mower bag. Why? it turns the clippings into food for beneficial insects and microbes that help to nourish the lawn.
  2. Your view – Everyone talks about curb appeal, but what about your view from inside? One of the best ways to improve the looks of the garden is to also garden for those sitting indoors and gazing out.
  3. Breathing room – A good garden is one that takes years, not weeks to develop. Because of this, it is best to plant anything in your garden with plenty of open space around it. This lets plants fill out, spread and multiply, giving everything a much more natural look.
  4. Skip colored mulch- Though they may look nice, many colored mulches are full of harmful chemicals and contaminants. Instead, use leaves raked from lawns! Also, forgo those weed fabrics as they don’t really do the job – even if doubled or tripled!
  5. Get your soil tested – Local agricultural groups are happy to test soil and let you know what nutrients are missing, its level of acidity and more.
  6. Buy multiples – You love that delicate little Columbine or fragrant lily? Don’t buy just one. Planting clumps in odd numbers (three or more) gives a nice statement and unifying effect.
  7. Go big – Don’t make too closely spaced or too narrow flower beds. Rather, ensure that beds in front or behind the home are extended at least 2/3 of the height of the building.
  8. Be aware of invasive species – Mint plants, loosestrife, and many other plants are active spreaders and can take over an entire bed in just one to two seasons.
  9. Use one inch per week – Too many gardeners overwater their lawns. This wastes water and can even impair the grass. Just use a gauge to ensure the lawn gets around one inch of water each week.
  10. Don’t use grass fertilizers – Though everyone wants a green lawn, most fertilizers are too high in nitrogen. Instead of applying a lawn fertilizer, use a time release and low nitrogen feeder only twice per year.
  11. Hire a designer – If you don’t have a lot to spend on a garden, you’ll actually get much more from an expert designer than a DIY attempt
  12. Think line of sight – Though some non-deciduous bushes at the end of a drive look nice, they impede your view, go with a ground cover.
  13. Use a color wheel – If you are going to do the design of a garden on your own, whip out a color wheel and choose contrasting hues to create a good plan.