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4 Common Backyard Maintenance Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Some of the most popular landscaping trends of the past year require quite a bit of care and upkeep.

Whether you’re doing a complete overhaul of your backyard or looking to maintain what you’ve already got, it’s important to know what you’re doing.

Oftentimes, when people tackle everything using DIY methods, they end up making backyard maintenance mistakes.

We’re going to take a look at four of the most common backyard maintenance mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Not Watering at the Right Times

It’s easy to over or underwater your lawn without realizing what the problem is. It’s important to make sure that you’re watering your lawn at a time of day that isn’t so hot that all of the water will evaporate. It’s also important to avoid overwatering your lawn, which will lead to root rot and other problems that will destroy that luscious green grass.

2. Not Mulching Before Landscaping

Do you keep having to weed your landscaped areas? Are roots and other plantlife popping up through the cracks in your hardscaping? If so, the problem may be that you didn’t mulch–or mulch properly–before you started your landscaping.

To ensure that your lawn is ready for landscaping, it’s best to work with a company like FECON. They can come in and take care of all of the unwanted growth before you start planting or laying your hardscaping.

3. Failing to Account for Natural Drainage Patterns

All yards are going to have a natural drainage pattern that varies based on the high and low points. When you don’t take this drainage pattern into account, you may notice pooling or erosion in your yard, especially after a hard rainfall. 

There are plenty of ways that you can reroute water without disrupting the flow of your landscaping. Dry bed landscaping is one of the most aesthetically pleasing ways to make sure that rain doesn’t spell trouble for your carefully manicured yard.

4. Planting the Wrong Foliage for Your Climate

Are your plants dying out before the growing season is over? Did that vining plant you love start taking over every other plant in the yard? Chances are, you’ve chosen plants that aren’t suitable for your climate and may be invasive species.

The best way to plant long-lasting, hardy plants, from trees to flowers, is to research your region’s natural vegetation. When you go local with your vegetation, you’ll find that you don’t have to spend as much time and money on maintenance. This is because these plants have adapted to your climate and can thrive on their own in your backyard.

Avoid These Backyard Maintenance Mistakes and Create Your Dream Backyard

We all want our backyards to feel like our own personal oasis. Landscaping trends are getting more and more ornate, but that doesn’t mean they’re unattainable. Avoid these backyard maintenance mistakes and you can have your dream backyard in no time.

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