Good landscaping adds value and serenity to the home. But landscaping does not come easy since it requires an artistic eye, labor, and patience.
Many people try to achieve picture perfect landscaping, but end up messing it up and having something very different. If you want to create a serene and amazing landscape, the following is a list of common mistakes to avoid.
- Overdoing the front yard
People often put all their energy and resources on the front yard ornamentation while ignoring other crucial parts.
This makes the yard a distraction instead of building a balance across the whole landscape. Before installing any ornamental features, draw up a plan that will create a good balance.
Work around a theme with a focal point so that your features are consistent across the landscape.
- Picking the wrong plants
People go to a nursery and grab whatever is pleasing to the eye, forgetting that plants have specifications too. Consider the type of your soil, shade, climate, and drainage before deciding on what plants to carry home.
If you like rare plants, find out what they require before planting them and expecting them to do well. Consider the climate changes in your area and have plants that can survive those changes.
- Ignoring the importance of recycling
Landscaping projects have large amounts of degradable waste that people blow away with leaf blowers and throw away in the trash. Instead of disposing twigs, leaves, clippings, weeds and other plant debris, create a compost heap and use it to nourish your plants. You can even make mulching to reduce water loss and increase your plant life.
- Forgetting the wildlife
If you live in an area where animals roam freely, you should consider them during your landscaping. Too many flowers with sweet smelling scents will attract swarms of bees. That is not good if they are close to a children’s play area. Some rodents hide in thick shrubs and access your house from there so you can consider adding a rock garden to reduce the thickness.
- Not having a maintenance plan
Landscaping is a long term project that requires maintenance, repairs, and replacements. When deciding on the ornaments to put on your lawn, you must consider the long term results as well.
Consider how they will look years down the line and what maintenance they may require. Modern technology has applications to help you design a lawn and predict how it will look in the future.
You can also create a routine maintenance plan to keep everything in shape for a long time.
- Undermining the cost
Landscaping can cost you a great deal of money if you blindly jump on the project. Have a plan and a budget of your wants and needs before embarking on the project.
Do not buy ornamental features on impulse without a budget since they may cost more than what you intend to spend. Have a professional give you advise on options and their costs then choose the ones that will not strain your finances.