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Low-maintenance landscaping does not mean that no maintenance will be required, as all happy plants will require some routine care in order to succeed. In addition to plant selection, proper planting practices and the grouping of trees and shrubs according to their needs for water, fertilizer, and maintenance will go a long way to ensure good plant health.
Some site conditions to keep in mind when selecting landscape plants include:
-light availability, intensity and duration (full sun to full shade)
-water availability, both quantity and quality
-exposure to wind and temperature extremes
-soil type, drainage, compaction
-competition from existing vegetation
-below ground conditions in urban sites
-overhead wires or obstructions
Picking the “right plant for the right place” is an important consideration for all types of landscaping. Ignoring this may lead to increased maintenance, a failure of plants to thrive, and sometimes the death of installed plant material. Careful planning and site evaluation are the first steps in applying this concept. Trees and shrubs vary considerably in their ability to tolerate different site conditions and it is critical to select plants to match the existing growing conditions of the site in addition to their ornamental value. Even the best planting practices will not help a plant to thrive if it is poorly suited for a particular site. It is also important to know the mature height and width of selected plants so that they will not outgrow the space allotted to them.
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