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Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid


As we set the stage for summer entertaining, freshen-up to welcome visitors, or
increase curb-appeal to list a property for sale, here are seven landscaping mistakes
to avoid when making that investment in plants and labor.

1. Nice plant, wrong place—sunlight needs: The nursery label will tell you
whether the plant needs shade or sun. Choose planting materials accordingly. If you
are lucky enough to receive passed-along plants from a friend or neighbor, find out
to best location to plant.

2. Nice plant, wrong place—soil. If the nursery label mentions well-drained soil
your plant is not going to do well in heavy clay, so you would need to create a hold
much bigger than the container the plant is sold in and amend the soil that will
surround the plant with a lighter potting soil.

3. Not getting ready. Be sure to get rid of all weeds and hoe hard-packed soil,
adding fresh potting soil to nurture your new plants.

4. Over-landscaping. The plant label or source should indicate how far the plant
will spread. Leave space. This will set off the new plant to accommodate its growth.

5. Not considering long-term maintenance. Do you have time for daily watering?
Monthly fertilizing? Winter protection? If not, then choose a plant that fits your

6. Overlooking vantage points. Consider what you will see from inside the house
as well as where to place plants from the outside perspective. Create an interesting
view from the kitchen or front room window.

7. Not planning for outdoor or patio furniture. If you plan to entertain outdoors, do
not plant in foot-traffic areas to avoid trampling your new plantings!

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About Emilie

A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Emilie has first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of first-time home ownership and remodeling. She has become involved in the local art community and all the diversity Southern California has to offer and more recently has expanded her knowledge to include New Mexico.

Emilie’s passion to be involved in her community led her to become a licensed Realtor and Broker.  She continues to educate herself on different aspects of real estate to support clients with a variety of needs.  She is certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) to work with U.S. Service families and veterans to find affordable housing solutions.

Having worked for both a small boutique firm and a company with a global presence, in 2023 she formed Emilie Broughton Real Estate to work with buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in California and New Mexico.

Splitting her time between the Land of Enchantment and the Golden State, Emilie focuses on Los Angeles County and the Greater Albuquerque metro area, helping her clients achieve their real estate goals in both Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

Emilie represented her region as a California Real Estate State Director for three years.  She has served as President of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors and is a multi-year recipient of the Five-Star Real Estate Professionals Award for the outstanding service she provides to her clients.

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