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Do's and Don'ts of Spring Landscaping

Updated: Apr 30

Like any big project, dividing seeming daunting landscaping work into smaller jobs will make your overall task easier. We've put together ten DO's and DON'Ts of landscaping to help you tackle the spring season.

1. DON'T start without a plan. Selecting plants that "look pretty" can lead to a haphazard accumulation of plants that may not be best suited for your yard.

2. DO think long-term. Keep in mind that plants, especially trees, grow. Always consider the mature size of a plant (10 years at a minimum) before planting.

3.DON'T be afraid to pull out overgrown shrubs and trees. Overgrown plants crowd a house, obscure views from windows, and invite home maintenance problems like wood rot and insects.

4. DO decide where to spend your money. Buying the smaller size of fast-growing plants let's you spend more on larger, slower growing plants.

5. DON'T always think straight. Although a straight line is the quickest way from point A to point B, that doesn't leave much to the imagination when it comes to landscaping layout. Curved walks and beds slow down the eye and add interest.

6. DO think curb appeal. With the increased popularity of outdoor rooms, the backyard is getting a lot of attention lately - but it's the front yard everyone sees. Money spent on curb appeal is a good investment.

7. DON'T create a monster. A spectacular landscape is a beauty to behold, but beware, that dream garden can turn nightmarish. Definitely assess how much time you are willing to put into maintenance prior to planting.

8. DO plan for low-maintenance. Like most of us, time is limited, so create a landscape that meets your time requirements.

9. DON'T think in ones. A single plant can easily get lost in the garden. Think in multiples - preferably odd numbers. Creating swaths of color increases visual impact and reduces maintenance.

10. DO stay ahead of the weeds. Letting weeds go to seed spells trouble in any garden. Take a little time each week to pull weeds that have popped up - it will pay off in the long term.

Finally, DO contact Rooted In Nature if you have questions. We are here to help! 443-846-0199 or

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