Eric Tetler serves as the president and CEO of Windfield Alloy, a New Hampshire company that offers a range of recycling solutions and environmental services. In his leisure time, Eric Tetler enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, including landscaping.
Landscaping as a hobby allows a person the joy of working with his or her hands, while also contributing to the overall look and appeal of a property. When starting out, however, novice landscapers frequently run into a number of problems. Here are three of the most common:
1. Don’t plant trees or shrubs too close to the house. Overhanging limbs can become safety issues during a storm if they are too near the home. Additionally, root systems that work their way under a house can wind up causing damage to the foundation. Trees and shrubs should be located at least four feet away from the home.
2. It’s important to become familiar with the soil type around the home before choosing which shrubs or flowers to plant. If the soil doesn’t drain very well, some plants will not thrive. Others, however, are suited to that sort of environment. Test the soil with a kit, which can be purchased at most home-and-garden stores, and then select the proper plants and nutrients for the specific soil type.
3. Speaking of soil nutrients, fertilizing can cause problems for novice landscapers. They either fertilize too much or not enough. While it’s a good rule of thumb to fertilize once in the spring and then again in the fall, it’s also wise to speak to a consultant at a gardening center, as he or she will usually have specialized knowledge about fertilizing techniques for your area.
Since 2007, Eric Tetler has served as president of Windfield Alloy, an environmentally conscious recycling business in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He first joined the company in 1994, and 13 years later, he became its majority shareholder.