The 5 Most Common Mistakes to Avoid in Summer Gardening

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With school out and everything moving at a slower pace, summer is typically the season when homeowners like to get out in the garden and get their hands dirty, but have you ever invested a lot of time, effort and money into a new landscaping design only to have it end up dry, yellow or, worst of all, completely dead?

Fear not, because the expert professionals at Edmonds and Company Inc. Landscaping & Construction are here to make sure your lawn and plants never fail you again. Below are the most common landscaping mistakes homeowners make in the summer and how to avoid them.

Photo courtesy of Edmonds and Company Inc. Landscaping and Construction.

Planting in the wrong place

As summer arrives and you begin adding plants to your garden, it’s important to focus on more than just the plant’s appearance. It’s vital to the longevity of your plants that you also focus on what they need to survive our long, hot Alabama summer.

“Make sure each plant gets the right amount of sunlight, shade and soil drainage it needs to thrive,” said Michael Edmonds, owner of Edmonds and Company Inc. Landscaping & Construction.


As temperatures climb into the 90s and above, most people want to water their plants more and more to ensure they are getting what they need, and while it’s a good idea to add additional water as the heat and sun intensify, it’s important to monitor how moist the soil is at the end of the day. If the water doesn’t drain well, constant overwatering can lead to root rot. Common signs of overwatering include yellowing and rotting of part of the plant.

Not pruning shrubs regularly

As the heat of summer approaches, it can be difficult to find the motivation to get outside and prune your shrubs. Since summer is the primary growing season for most shrubs, that can lead to problems. Not only can unpruned shrubs lead to more disease and pest problems, but they can also cause them to grow in undesirable shapes as they age. Many shrubs are difficult to reshape, and this makes it difficult to maintain their healthy appearance after a lack of proper pruning.

Not having adequate mulch for the flower bed

It is important to ensure that the beds are thoroughly covered with mulch throughout the summer. Mulch will help retain moisture in the soil and the root ball of the plant, while also helping to reduce weed growth.

“With summer comes excessive weed growth in flower beds,” Edmonds said. “Ensuring your flower beds have an adequate layer of mulch will help reduce the amount of maintenance you’ll have to do during the season.”

Not scheduling maintenance with a professional

Sometimes life can get busy between work, family, and hobbies, and sometimes gardens show a certain amount of neglect. Hiring a professional landscaping company to create a customized plan for your specific needs can keep your yard looking spectacular all summer long, and give you the freedom to enjoy it!

A customized plan will help protect the time and money you’ve invested in your landscape, and a knowledgeable professional, like those at Edmonds and Company Inc. Landscaping & Construction, will care for your landscape as if it were their own.

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