To enable more sustainable landscaping practices, landscapers will have to become “gardeners,” rather than the lawn maintenance technicians of today. The repetitious pesticides applications, mowing and leaf blowing can all be replaced with 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’ they will 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
Weather forecast (don’t plant on hot days)
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, there’s tons of information on the internet.
Economical. Good for large areas. Requires frequent water to germinate. Smart option for annuals.
Are not washed away easily. Good option for large areas. Plugs are a smart choice for perennials.
Most expensive but good for quick filling and reliable results. Loosen roots and water when planting.
Easy transport and economical for dormant plants. Read instructions. Doesn’t work for all plants species.
Most bulbs should be planted in late fall, different bulbs require different planting requirements.
Limited storage time. Easy to transport and plant. Follow instruction for soil type, depth and watering.