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Learn from Our Vast Experience: Landscaping Do’s and Don’ts from Grasshopper Gardens

Grasshopper Gardens - Sunday, December 14, 2014

We’ve been in business since before Walker, Texas Ranger was on TV (and it’s not even on anymore in Primetime). So, handing out advice about landscaping is probably pretty trustworthy at this point. We’ve seen other landscapers come and go while we’ve been in business, but one of the things that keeps us going is the quality of our work.

Of course, hiring us is something we hope you do, but until then (and baseball’s opening day is only about 4 months away, meaning spring is too!), we’ve got some tips for you to consider for your yard:

Your Yard and Privacy

Fast-growing trees can quickly provide you with privacy from neighborly (or otherwise) prying eyes. They can grow a lot more quickly than your average tree. A weeping willow or cherry tree can be excellent choices, but not the only choices, for more privacy.

Other options may be adding shrubs or even a nice fence.

Sometimes Less is More!

Remember, it’s okay to remove plants from the yard. Sometimes a fully-grown plant just isn’t working in your space. Getting rid of these plants might actually make your yard look a heck of a lot better. Removing plants might also gives you room for some new additions (ask us for suggestions). If you can’t relocate the plant in your yard, ask your friends and family if they want it.

Casting Shadows

If you're planning to use larger plants in your yard, remember that they'll cast a shadow. This can be helpful when trying to protect your patio or house from the sun during the summer months. Be careful not to put smaller plants in areas covered by that shadow.

Variety (for many reasons)

Think about including more than one or two kinds of plants when planning your backyard. This is vital to protecting your lawn from insects and even diseases. If there is only one type of plant in your yard, you may lose them all with an outbreak of disease or an attack of pesky insects. Diversity is important for plant health when landscaping your property.

Hopefully these tips get the creative juices flowing for this coming spring.

And remember, when hiring a professional of any kind, even landscaping, make sure you ask for professional references. We’d be happy to share ours. The pricing of things is important, but you want to make sure the job is done properly, professionally, and you’ll want someone with vast experience. Call us today!




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