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Four Common Spring Landscaping Challenges

by Joe Cooper, All About Lawns Columnist

Keeping your lawn and landscaping healthy, maintained, and looking interesting is harder than it looks. Believe it or not, some of the most common problems are fairly easy to fix. Take a look and start brainstorming for spring.

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  1. Not enough.
    Overly sparse landscaping is a common problem facing homeowners with any kind of green space. Most of us aren't green thumbs by nature, and while we handle the basics pretty well (mowing, watering, edging), we don't always think outside the box when it comes to our lawns. A simple consultation with a landscaper is a great way to infuse new life into your lawn, through easy additions like trees, shrubs, and gravel.
  2. Not enough color.
    Green is the best color for lawns, as we know, but what about the rest of your yard? Do you have nice barberry red shrub lining your lawn? How about a rich Japanese maple shading some light gray stones? A line of bright yellow daisies in the spring? Most of us are probably shaking our head at this point, so when the temperature rises again, consider adding some color to your yard.
  3. Maintenance is sporadic.
    Unlike your bedroom closet, which you can maintain in any state of disarray and the world is none the wiser, your lawn and yard is exposed. It's the first impression your house makes. When you don't cut or water your lawn regularly, prune your bushes at the right time, or replant any plants that have passed on, this impression suffers, and your landscaping loses a little life.
  4. Under-watering.
    As water conservation becomes an increasingly important issue in landscaping and irrigation around the world, it's important to not waste the clear stuff. But without regular watering, your lawn and landscaping will suffer. Watering in the morning or setting your automatic timer to water in the middle of the night are the best times for water conservation, and watering daily is a good practice in warm climates. In humid climates, you're often off the hook, but don't forget watering individual plants according to their individual needs.

As we mention in challenge #1, a consultation with a landscaper is a great way to diagnose your landscaping and come up with a few cost-effective solutions for these challenges, and making your lawn and landscaping the best they've been this spring.

About the Author
Joe Cooper writes education, home services, and design articles, and manages corporate communications. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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