It may not feel like it now, but fall will be here before we know it. And, fall is the very best time to dig and plant in your landscape. So, to save you some time and money, here is my list of “don’t do it” items -- start planning your fall garden today!
Don’t use rocks/pebbles as a ground cover or mulch -- because it’s not!
Don’t use ivey, privet, leyland cypress, red tip, mahonia or canna lily.
Don’t use rubber mulch or plastic pine straw around plants, trees and shrubs.
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Don’t use plastic edging, yard art or hanging baskets.
Don’t plant petunias or marigold; they just don’t do great here.
Don’t plant the spreading variety of liriope.
Don’t use pampas grass any where in the landscape.
Don’t group one-of-a-kind plants together.
Don’t buy wisteria or trumpet vine.
Don’t plant trees closer than 12 feet from the house.
Don’t plant trees that will block the view to the front door.
Don’t plant mimosa, weeping willow or sweet gum.
Don’t put fertilizer or lime on the lawn without a soil test.
Don’t put sand on your lawn.
Don’t feed the squirrels or deer.
Don’t design or build a deck, patio, porch or any other structure without some professional advice on design.
Don’t plant bamboo -- ever!
Don’t buy itty bitty plants at the nursery.
Don’t buy diseased or stressed plants from the nursery.
Don’t forget to add landscape fabric and mulch to all beds.
Don’t forget to add some type of edging material around all beds.
Don’t buy plants trees and shrubs that will not get installed within a week.
Don’t buy cheap outdoor furniture.
Don’t buy cushions for outdoor furniture that aren’t covered with Sunbrella fabric.
Don’t buy shovels, rakes, hoes or hoses without lifetime warranties.
Don’t create a high-maintenance landscape if you don’t have time to maintain it!
Next week, I’ll share my list of “go for it” tips for planting in the garden.
Todd Goulding provides residential landscape design consultations. Contact him at www.fernvalley.com or 478-345-0719.