Plant knowledge equals power in the landscape world

L.A. Dreamin’ Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lindsey Anne’), Photo: Ball OrnamentalsL.A. Dreamin’ Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lindsey Anne’), Photo: Ball Ornamentals

Plant knowledge equals power for landscapers.

If you can identify plants, know how they grow and understand how to keep them alive, that’s half of your battle in the landscaping world.

Unfortunately, there are too many landscapers that don’t dedicate the time to understand, learn or appreciate the plant life around them.

That is why every landscaper needs to find one or two clients in each zone or climate to be a tester.

In one of Houzz’s latest posts, one of the new ways to garden this year is letting it grow to see what we can learn.

“Gardens aren’t static, and neither are we,” the article says. “If you let a portion of the garden be itself for the entire year, what happens? If weeds move in and current plants struggle, maybe your soil is too rich (lots of natives prefer a leaner soil and weeds love it sweet), or maybe the ground is too bare and open. If that plant you’ve been babying dies away, then good riddance –— find something more suited for the spot.”

I know every client isn’t going to want to be “the tester” but it doesn’t hurt to ask. You and your crews could learn a lot just by looking around and testing out new plants.

Some of the best ways to learn is process of elimination.

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