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Top 7 Landscaping Mistakes

Avoid the time, money and maintenance pitfalls of big landscaping mistakes. Here are 7 must-not-dos of home landscaping.

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Don't Add Too Much Privacy

Don't let landscaping overwhelm your house. Choosing varieties of trees and shrubs that are bred to grow to a particular size means you won't have to spend your time pruning — or fighting your way out the front door.

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Don't Forget to Plan

Don't start landscaping without a plan even if you intend to do the work in stages. A plant-by-plant detailed rendering isn't necessary, but do know where your hardscaping needs to go, allow room for access by delivery or work vehicles, and, where there's going to be heavy traffic. Put plants in last.

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Don't Limit Your Landscape

Don't plant too much of the same thing. When these trees stop flowering, what will the landscape offer?

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Don't Just Focus on the Lawn

Don't let a big lawn suck your resources. A nice stand of lush grass is a time, water and nutrient glutton. Reduce the size of your lawn with landscape beds that feature attractive, low-maintenance perennials, shrubs and trees.

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