There are a lot of people out there who claim to be landscaping experts, and it leads to a lot of mixed information, some of which simply isn’t accurate. Professional landscapers have experience and are well-versed with the tricks of the trade to make sure that your property is landscaped correctly.

We’re going to uncover some of the biggest landscaping myths and how these misconceptions are less than ideal for your Macomb, Chesterfield, or Sterling Heights, MI property.

Myth #1. "Wild" plants are the same as "Native" plants.

Re-wilding is an incredibly popular trend for landscape gardens. This method involves using plants native to your area in beds and other parts of the property. Using native plants as landscaping can have many benefits, including:

  • Less watering
  • Less fertilizer and pesticides
  • Attracts more pollinators

However, the term ‘re-wilding’ can be a little misleading. This does not mean that any plant that grows in the wild should be used for landscaping. Many wild plants are actually invasive and can outcompete native plants, disrupting the ecosystem.

Professional landscapers know which native plants to use and which wild plants are invasive in order to create a beautiful and more eco-friendly property.

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Myth #2. Pruning sealer will help prevent infections in trees and shrubs.

Pruning is absolutely necessary for plant health, and for a long time, it was common to use a sealer on the cut branches. Even arborists and other plant professionals adopted this practice.

Times have changed, and plant experts now agree that tree pruning sealer actually causes harm. Sealers may have tar, asphalt, paint, or another similar material, and this can inhibit the plant from healing itself.

Additionally, pruning sealer can seal in moisture and decay, which can lead to more issues later on. Pros keep up with the current best practices for pruning and other landscaping services to keep your plants healthy and thriving.

Myth #3. “Any landscaping is better than no landscaping!”

Landscaping with trimmed shrubs and native plants around a home in Troy, MI.

Landscaping is certainly a quick way to increase your curb appeal, but rushing into the process and just picking anything and putting it anywhere can not only look slapdash—it can also potentially cause damage.

A common mistake is planting trees and shrubs too close to your home, which will allow pests to infiltrate your roof, attic, and walls. Hedges can trap moisture in your siding and lead to rot.

Not planning appropriately for trees can also cause issues down the road. Not considering the proximity to the building and the increasing canopy can lead to expensive tree services.

Professional landscapers understand what works best for your property. Schedule your service today.

Hiring a team of landscaping professionals means you’re hiring people with years of experience in plant selection, pruning, bed maintenance, and more. Our team uses their extensive knowledge to create the most effective landscaping for your property—and to say goodbye to the myths.

Let our pros in Macomb, Chesterfield, and other nearby areas of Michigan take care of your landscaping needs. Call us today at (586) 200-0855 for an estimate.