Q. As this year comes to an end, we are making plans for next year. One item that has been pretty far down on the “to-do” list has finally become a top priority. We plan to completely re-do our landscape and would like it to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Can you help us with ideas that will get us headed in the right direction?
A. Though sad, it's true, homeowners tend to create their own problems by giving their landscapes too much attention. They feel the need to use excess fertilizer, water and herbicides thinking these are necessary ingredients for plant health. In truth, these inputs are not really needed on a regular, predictable cycle. The only predicatability lies in our knowledge of plant symptoms and watching them to know when they need something.
Homeowners also tend to install more plants than necessary to get that instant effect. This practice sets them up for problems in the future; problems such as physical damage due to over-crowding, insect issues, disease problems, and etc. With proper planning, a healthier landscape can be created with less expense, less work and less damage to the world around us. Plants well suited to their site need less fertilizer, water, pesticides and maintenance.
There are four essential components of landscape planning:
Following these recommendations will definitely get you pointed in the right direction for success. Everyone can have an Alabama Smart Yard
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