To enable more sustainable landscaping practices, landscapers will have to become more gardeners, rather than the lawn maintenance technicians of today. The repetitious pesticides applications, mowing and leaf blowing can all be replaced with more real plant care and better gardening.
We can not expect the type of knowledge from landscapers that we expect from a horticulturist or a professional garden designer. But if landscapers follow the principle of ‘the right plant for the right place’ we already have made tremendous progress. Simple actions like checking the soil and the location, talking to the nursery and reading the labels are also important first steps.
Know Before You Buy :
Location and hardiness zone
Season and weather forecast
General design and available space
Possible pests. Deer?
Natural habitat and existing plantings
Available time and money
Read the Label:
Common and/or latin name
Hardiness zone and sunlight requirements
Soil conditions and water need
Expected width and height
Pest resistance? Deer proof? Wildlife value?
Always make sure you follow the planting instructions. If you are unsure, just check the internet. Type in the name of your species and guaranteed you will find some good information.
Economical option. Good for big areas. Requires water to germinate. Smart option for annuals.
Not washed away easily. A good option for bigger areas. Smart choice for perennials
Most expensive but quick and safe result, fast fill-in. Loosen roots and water when you are planting.
Easy transport and economical for dormant plants. Doesn’t work for all plants species.
Most bulbs should be planted late fall, different bulbs require different planting depths. Store dry.
Limited storage time. Easy to plant. Follow instruction for soil type, depth and watering