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Plants to Avoid

With the coming season of spring, we know that it is tempting to want to plant all types of foliage in your yard in order to brighten up your home. After all, who can blame you? After months and months of cold and dreary weather, your yard is more than likely in need of a pick me up to brighten up your mood as a whole. While getting in tune with your green thumb is more than encouraged, you may want to refrain from planting specific kinds of plants. In order to prevent a potential landscaping disaster from happening, All My Sons Moving & Storage has come up with a list of plants to avoid adding to your home garden.

  1. Bamboo. Many types of bamboo are known for spreading far and wide throughout their environments, without being invited. While you may think that that plastic and concrete root barriers will stop it from expanding its roots, you will be in for a swift surprise. Most types of bamboo require a concrete “holding pen” in order to keep them in one place. Do yourself a favor and opt out of the stress of constantly trying to contain the plant that does not want to be tamed.
  2. Ivy. While it does a great job at concealing fences that are an eye-sore to your neighbors or adding an element of country charm to your humble abode – English Ivy is known for covering up even those things that you might not want camouflaged. Originally from England, ivy has managed to cross overseas to the states and, subsequently, take over suburban neighborhoods, forests, neighborhood parks, and so much more. Not only that, but it is also listed as a toxic weed throughout the Pacific Northwest region, and equally looked down upon along the eastern coast. While you may love the charm it adds to your home – remember that your sentiments might not be the same a few years down the road.
  3. Kudzu. Did you know that there is a plant out there than can grow up to one foot in a single day? Well, meet the Kudzu. Known for establishing dominance over anything and everything; such as: road signs, buildings, trees and any other object that is stationary for too long, it proves almost impossible to stop the growth once it has started. Do yourself a favor, avoid countless hours of yard maintenance and try going with another type of plant.
  4. Stiltgrass. Better known as a Japanese weed, this grass will not only take over your yard, but also take down all of your other plants with it. When you try to pull and dig out the plant, the more it will plant its roots and continue to prosper. If you already find yourself with a Stiltgrass epidemic outside your home, try applying herbicides that will stunt the growth of this weed. Typically, it is recommended to apply these during the end of spring or the beginning of winter.