I FEEL ROUND 3 OF GARDEN NO-NO’S coming on. When Mary Lynn asked yesterday in a comment about my point of view on using landscape fabric, the fuse was quickly lit: NO! I said. NO! I’ve rounded up some no-no’s we’ve posted collectively so far, but I bet by now there are a few more things to bitch about. Grab a lawn chair and a cold drink, and we can fester together this holiday weekend. Sure beats weeding (which ought to be a garden no-no). Is watering with a coffee pot (or gardening in your long-johns) a no-no? Not for me, apparently.
Dyed green bamboo stakes.
Dyed rust-colored mulch (do you sense a theme here?). Any dyed mulch, in fact, is a no-no to my eye.
Volcano mulch (that is, piled up deep against trunks of trees and shrubs).
Cartoon-like or out of scale garden décor items, especially in plastic, to include gnomes (though there was some sentimental dispute about gnomes), wishing wells and lions.
White plastic anything.
Gravel or lava rock as a decorative mulch outside of dry zones or containers.
Chemicals and chemical-laden products.
Too much space between plants. Too much lawn.
Bad staking, particularly staking with other than natural bamboo and twine.
Inserting plastic nursery tags into the garden as markers.
Sprinkler systems running in the rain or when otherwise not needed.
Excess noisy power tools.
And like I said, landscape fabric. Again, dissent expressed here; some people are proponents of the stuff.