Landscaping can make or break the look of your home or business. Don’t make common landscaping mistakes; check out our list to make sure you begin the landscaping process with confidence.
1. Choosing the wrong plants.
Before choosing plants to decorate your landscape, make sure you research each plant you had in mind. You should ask yourself these basic questions before you make a final decision on plants and flowers:
- How much care and time are you willing to put into the plant’s maintenance?
- Is the plant right for the soil, sunlight, and shade available to you?
- Will the plant require frequent trimmings or consume other plants nearby?
2. Leaving winter out of your plans.
Once fall comes in, will your plants have died off, leaving the yard looking bare and unkempt? It’s a wise idea to plan for trees and shrubs that can still add interest to your yard.
3. Forgetting about thirsty plants.
Remember that your yard will need an irrigation system, especially if you travel for periods of time and can’t rely on someone else to take care of your plants. It may also require a drainage system, which is equally important for a healthy landscape.
4. Choosing the wrong fence or walls, or not choosing them at all.
It’s easy to forget that certain styles of fencing or walls simply will not match the style of your home or business. It’s also easy to skip over fencing and walls when they are great additions to landscaping to break up and add to functional spaces.
5. Neglecting the front yard.
You may be thinking about all the things you can do to your backyard to enjoy, such as a patio, pond or waterfall, or synthetic lawns and play spaces. However, your front yard deserves special attention, too. Curb appeal can increase the value of your property and give great first impressions.
6. Allowing eyesores to throw the landscaping off.
Garbage cans, central air conditioners, and other necessary items can make any landscaping job look off-kilter or strange. Invest in some shrubbery or other items to hide the eyesores that must remain.
7. Making the landscape functional.
It’s certainly possible to make parts of your landscape edible. Vegetables and fruits can provide pops of color and texture in contrast to your green plants. Decks can be a wonderful place to relax with friends and family. Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces are another way to make your landscape functional.
8.Neglecting to light.
Your landscape shouldn’t be hidden in the dark. Lighting helps maintain safety and shows off your property. Placed correctly, lights can add to the appeal of your lawn.
9. Being realistic about your landscape.
It’s possible to have a beautiful landscape and realize too late that you need help. Planning to have professionals maintain your landscape for you takes the weight off of your shoulders so that you can enjoy your beautiful landscape all year.
10. Not speaking to a professional first.
Speaking to a professional landscaper can give you ideas you never thought of before. A professional’s advice is invaluable when you’re trying to choose between plants, layouts, and different styles.