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Every homeowner would want to invest in their landscape design that will look amazingly beautiful, welcoming curb appeal and low-maintenance for years to come.

But also, every homeowner has experienced at least one problem that can sometimes appear impossible to solve. However, any problem has solutions, and all you need is a little patience to deal with them and eventually be able to avoid them for good.

We have listed the 3 of the most common problems homeowners have faced on their landscaping. Read them below and try to incorporate the solutions we have mentioned.

Erosion. For example, if your yard has a steep slope, a garden, or flowerbeds, you can lose soil anytime there is heavy rainfall. A good solution is to build a retaining wall or add gravel in these areas to stop erosion from damaging your lawn and plantings. These methods help slow and redirect the water flow to prevent deterioration.

Garden overtaken by weeds. Weeds are the most common problem in landscaping as they ruin the balance of the garden. When weeds invade your turf, they compete with healthy, desirable grasses for air, water, and nutrients. For example, when fertilizer is applied, weeds are often quickest to soak up the nutrients that would otherwise fuel your lawn’s growth. This results in the weakening of grass plants, making your yard more prone to other issues, such as disease, insect infestation, and drought.

Mulch is the solution to many landscaping problems. It is of various types and mainly represents a material sprinkled on the ground between plants. There is hay, straw, leaves, stones, pine straws, or something plastic-based or wood-based among the materials. Mulch won’t only get you rid of weeds but will also give your garden an aesthetic look.

Improper Mulching. Mulching is one of the most beneficial acts a homeowner can do for the health of a tree. However, improper mulching materials and practices may have little or even a negative impact on the trees in your landscape.

On wet soils, deep mulch can lead to excess moisture in the root zone, which can stress the plant and cause root rot. Piling mulch against the trunk or stems of plants can stress stem tissues and lead to insect and disease problems or branch girdling roots. Some mulches, especially those containing fresh grass clippings, can affect soil pH and may eventually lead to nutrient deficiencies or toxic buildups.

The generally recommended mulching depth is 2 to 4 inches. Organic mulches usually are preferred to inorganic materials due to their soil-enhancing properties. If organic mulch is used, it should be well aerated and, preferably, composted. Avoid sour-smelling mulch.

If mulch is already present, check the depth. Do not add mulch if there is a sufficient layer in place. Instead, rake the old mulch to break up any matted layers and refresh the appearance.

In any case, if you’ve been working with landscaping professionals, these problems will be caught and addressed early. If you need help assisting you with any of your landscaping problems, give us a call here at Medford Landscape Design.

Medford Landscape Design is a highly regarded and respected full-service landscaping company on the North shore.

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