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Three Of The Most Common Lanscaping Myths And The Real Truth Behind Them

Even though there's plenty of information readily available about landscaping, there's still a lot of misinformation out there. It seems like certain myths take hold, and like a stubborn weed, just won't go away. Here's a look at some of the most common myths about landscaping, and the real truth behind those myths.

Myth #1: Watering Plants in the Evening Saves Water At first glance, this one might make sense. Watering in the day, the myth states, will only cause the water to evaporate. You'll need more water to do the same job, so it's best to do your watering when the sun goes down. But truth is, when plants are watered, they'll soak up the water more quickly than the sun will evaporate it. If you water in the evening, all you're doing is creating excess water that will pool and cause bacteria growth and potentially damage your plants.  

Myth #2: Cutting the Lawn Shorter Will Mean It Needs to be Cut Less Often

Again, this one seems right on the surface. It's like cutting hair. Cut it short to start with, and it'll  be a while before it needs to be cut again. But it's easy to cut your lawn too short. And when you do, you're depriving the grass of its ability to properly grow. Your grass won't be able to collect the sunlight it needs to properly grow, and you may even expose the roots to harsh sunlight. Let your grass grow too long, and the clippings will block your lawn from the proper sunlight as well. It's best to leave it cut at a medium height, about once every other week.

Myth #3: Hiring Professionals is A Waste of Money When You Can Do It Yourself

The majority of homeowners know the basics of taking care of a yard, but that's about it. While you may be able to handle cutting the grass and planting some flowers, there's actually a lot more that goes into a well-landscaped lawn. You've got to take your specific soil into account, know what plants work best for your Hardiness Zone, be aware of how to properly nourish the plants you have, and have a good eye for the "design" of your yard. A professional can help you with every aspect of landscaping, from choosing your plants, to planting them in the ground, to maintaining them.

Of course, even if you take these myths into account, it's still easy to make mistakes with landscaping. That's why it's often best just to trust the job to a professional landscaping company. They likely have years of experience and knowledge, and have dealt with hundreds of lawns just like yours. Trusting the pros is the best way to make sure your landscaping is done well, and the best way to make sure you get exactly what you're looking for.