One of the most common gardening mistakes is miscalculating size and then mislocating based on this miscalculation. It seems almost no one knows or want to learn that all woody plants (shrubs, trees and ligneous vines) have indeterminate growth; i.e., they do not stop growing unless dormant or until they are dead. When I advise people about this during a garden assessment or a group talk many of them seem to simply tune out since it is NOT what they want to hear--an inconvenient truth. They have it in their heads that trees and shrubs get to a certain size and simply stop since "mature" (i.e., determinate) is clearly implied. What they want is certainty, predictability, Disneyland. (I a

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Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.