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Everyone has heard a few myths about how to take care of their landscape. Where some of these myths are true, some are not. Here is a short list of some common landscape myths that we have taken the time to debunk for you.
Myth #1 Cover Newly Pruned Areas with a Sealant
Newly pruned limbs of a tree become susceptible to fungal decay organisms due to the fact that there is an open wound on the tree. A common myth that we have heard about is that you are supposed to cover newly pruned areas with a sealant such as varnish, tar or paint. This landscape myth is false. Even though this seems like a good idea to protect the wound, the sealant actually helps retain moisture near the wound, which helps the fungal organisms grow. The best way to prevent these organisms from appearing is to make sure you make a clean cut just outside the branch collar and leave it alone.
Myth #2 If It’s Good For It, Add More
This common myth relates to landscaping through fertilizing. Some people believe that because fertilizer is good for plants and trees, then you can add more than advised. This myth is false. Where the proper amount of fertilizer is great for plants, trees and shrubs, too much fertilizer can do significant amounts of damage. Fertilizers can cause the salt levels in the soil to heighten to toxic levels. This can cause the roots to burn and the growth of the plants to be stunted.
Myth # 3 Drought-Resistant Plants Do Not Need To Be Watered
It is true that drought-resistant plants such as catmint, lavender, and sage need less water to survive than other plants in your garden, but they still need to be watered. Make sure to get out the watering pail when the soil around your plant is dry. Keep a close eye on young plants, and make sure to keep the soil slightly moist throughout the first year of the plants life, no matter how well they are suited for drought.
Myth # 4 Organic Pesticides are Safer Than Synthetic Pesticides
Pesticides are a nasty but necessary product to keep your garden and landscape looking it’s best. Even though a pesticide is organic, such as pyrethrin, it can still be extremely hazardous to your family, pets, and advantageous inhabitants. Make sure to choose your pesticide based on the amount of dangerous ingredients there are and how effective those ingredients are. Always keep pesticides and insecticides in a safe place that is out of harms way.
Myth # 5 Wild and Native Means the Same Thing
Many people plant native plants in their garden due to the fact that they are more accustomed to the area’s ecosystem. Some people believe that a plant that is growing wildly in their garden is a native plant but this is not the case. Native plants are generally accepted as plants that have been around since pre- Columbian times. Plants that grow in the wild do not always meet this criterion and can be some of the most invasive plants around.
Give the landscape specialists a call at the Tree and Landscape Company so we can take the guesswork out of your garden and landscape. We specialize in all aspects of landscape maintenance and will make sure your property is looking as beautiful as it can be!
Written By Robert Mrdutt