As spring rolls through Alabama, gardeners’ green thumbs grow a little brighter. Landscaping tasks like applying herbicides, late winter pruning, and planting new trees give Southern gardeners a boost of creative energy. But with the promise of bursting spring blooms, it’s easy to plant before you plan. Before you dig into spring landscaping, learn from these common landscaping mistakes.
Failing to Stick to an Aesthetic
- Creating a garden is an artistic experience. Each landscaper has a unique aesthetic. Before you plant flowers, trees, and shrubs this spring, determine how you want your landscape to look.
- Choose a color scheme to unify your garden
- Create dimension by planting trees, shrubs, and flowers
- Consider how your garden will look in the winter, and alternate elegant-limbed trees and evergreen foliage with summer blooming plants
Ignoring Gardening Practicalities
Ignoring the less fun aspects of gardening can ruin your spring landscape. Before you jump into purchasing plants, measure the dimensions of your garden, test your pH, and analyze the areas of shade and sun. Determine how many spring bulbs you’ll need to balance your beautifully blooming magnolia tree, and buy each variety in bulk. Unless you love the unkempt look of forgotten gardens, planting too many varieties will make your garden look disjointed and crowded. Take care to plant away from power lines and buried pipes, which could tangle with tree limbs and cause trouble down the road.
Not Timing Planting
Failing to schedule your landscaping can undermine the most beautiful gardens. Before you dig in, remember:
- Plants flourish when planted just before they leave dormancy
- If you plant a tree in bloom, the flowers won’t last long this season
- Newly established trees and shrubs require more water than established plants
- To save time and make gardening more fun, plant with a partner