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Landscaping and Your Lawn: Three Important Secrets

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

While landscaping and your lawn may seem like separate endeavors, they are actually tightly-wedded concerns. Here are 3 secrets to making sure your landscaping and your lawn live happily ever after.

If you want your landscaping and gardening and your lawn to cooperate nicely, keep the following in mind.

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  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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Paths Are Your Gardening Friend

Some lawn types are better suited to heavy foot traffic than others, but if you and your family are cutting from the house to the garden or the house to the pool over and over again, putting in a path will keep your grass from wearing thin. It can also be an attractive landscaping addition.

Low Spots Are Your Gardening Enemy

A variety of levels in your landscaping and gardening can create a pleasing look, but be sure to avoid creating low spots. The combination of excessive moisture and poor air circulation that typically plagues low spots is an invitation to lawn disease.

What to Do with Trees and Bushes

Nice hedges or large shade trees may be at the heart of your landscaping and gardening vision, but they're not without challenges. Lawns love sunlight, and too much shade can set you up for battles with fungus and moss. Roots from bushes and trees can spread through the yard and pop up in odd spots. There are a couple of ways to handle this tricky landscaping challenge.

First off, pick trees that will mature to a size appropriate for your yard. You really don't want them to cover the whole thing. Next, dealing with root pop-ups gradually will allow you to simply prune the roots back, not traumatizing your trees and bushes.

When it comes to landscaping, consider your lawn's needs, and your lawn and garden will be sure to have a long and happy life together.


About the Author
Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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