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Common Landscaping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Landscaping is a wonderful thing to do in the area surrounding your home or business. It helps create a nice aesthetic that fits your style and shows others that you care about the land as much as you care about the building on a property. However, not all landscaping is good landscaping. There are some pretty common mistakes that the well-intentioned DIY landscapers end up making, only to be discouraged when they see the end result. Today, we’ll teach you what the most common landscaping errors are – and what you can do to avoid making them.

Too Many Lawn Ornaments/Poor Lawn Ornament Placement

Landscaping is all about highlighting the qualities of the land, not cluttering it with manmade decorations. While a few small, crisp and modern-looking ornaments can enhance the freshly manicured layout of your lawn, there is definitely such a thing as “too much.” If you place too many lawn ornaments around, or you place them poorly, this will only make the land look littered – not cute or charming.

Improper Planting

No matter what you plant, you need to ensure that the plant is going to receive adequate sunlight wherever you place it. Oftentimes, homeowners will simply plant a tree, flower bed, bush or other article of flora where they think it will look best. When they take this approach, they often forget about the practicalities of planting. This results in wilted and even dead or diseased plant life that leave a negative impact on the yard’s aesthetic.

Don’t Plant Trees Too Deeply

Some people mistakenly believe that putting as much soil as possible around a newly-planted tree is the way to go. But if you plant the tree too deeply into the ground, this can result in root rot. The tree could become choked of nutrients before it even has a chance to thrive, resulting in a dead or wilted, tiny tree that just looks shriveled up in the yard.

Cutting the Grass Too Short

Did you know that you can essentially “scalp” your lawn? It’s true! If you routinely mow and cut the grass shorter and shorter each time, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. Sure, you might have to cut the grass less often, but the trade-off makes this a terrible idea. In exchange for a few extra days of avoiding mowing, your soil will be more exposed and vulnerable to disease and insect infestation.

How Can I Tell if a Tree is Diseased?

Trees make for beautiful landscaping and scenery, but only if they are healthy. Trees that have been affected by disease, on the other hand, are not only an eyesore but also incredibly unhealthy to have around. If you suspect that a tree in your yard has a disease, you need to get a professional tree care and removal service to handle the job. But how do you know when to call them? You look out for the seven most common signs of tree disease, which we will detail below.

The 7 Signs of Common Tree Diseases

These symptoms of disease are characteristic of the most common types of tree diseases. Other, rarer diseases may present different symptoms that could still concern you. If any tree on your property has any of these symptoms or other visual symptoms that don’t look quite right, disease is quite likely.

Leaf Discoloration

If the leaves on your tree have orange or reddish coloration in spots, and it isn’t autumn, this could indicate disease affecting the pigmentation of the leaves. Sometimes the coloration won’t be rust-colored at all, but that doesn’t mean that the tree is free of disease.

Blight

If the tree looks like it’s been blighted by fire, even though it’s never been in a fire, disease is quite a realistic possibility.

Dust or Powdery Substance

If touching the leaves of the tree leave a dusty or powdery feeling on your hands, the tree is affected by mildew – a common indication of disease.

Fungus (Gall)

There is a specific form of fungus that you can identify by looking at the trunks and branches of fully matured trees. Fungus is a near-guaranteed indication of tree disease.

White Growths

Otherwise known as “canker,” white growths can form along the trunk of a tree.

“Witch’s Broom”

When broom-like branches and twigs sprout out from the trunk of a tree, this is called witch’s broom.

The Presence of Japanese Beetles

This invasive species will emerge to feed on the leaves of diseased trees, so their presence is essentially a harbinger of bad things to come for your tree. You can identify these little buggers by looking for their brown thorax.

Tree Disease is Common, but Can Be Dangerous

If any of your trees are displaying these symptoms of tree disease, it is time to call in the help of professional tree care and removal specialists. They will be able to assess the condition of the tree, inform you of any dangers that nearby trees could be exposed to as a result of the diseased tree, and recommend removal when appropriate. Sometimes removal is necessary, but there are instances where treatment can save the life of the tree.