How your home looks from the outside is crucial, as it adds to your curb appeal, the safety of your property, the flow of your yard, and your comfort and convenience. Therefore, planning proper landscaping, whether for functionality, aesthetics or both, should take priority. When you do this, you’re going a long way toward achieving the perfect look and level of maintenance that works for your property.
But there are certain things you shouldn’t do when it comes to planning your landscape. Here are seven don’ts to heed.
1. Do it All Yourself
While you may consider yourself a DIY’er in other aspects of home maintenance, you may not necessarily have a green thumb or an eye for landscape design. This is why, in regards to planning your entire landscape, you should defer to the professionals who have the training to ensure all work is done correctly. They know which plants are best for which areas of your yard, and can offer expert design advice that results in a healthy, well-managed landscape.
2. Overdevelop Your Yard
You must size your outdoor living area or patio in the right dimensions relative to your home. If you overcrowd your landscape, you will lose space and create a confused, cluttered look. Keep it classy and simple.
3. Neglect to Consider Your Climate
Always think about your climate when selecting the plants you want, whether that involves flowers, grass, trees or bushes. You may be thinking about choosing plants to match your house, but in your haste, don’t neglect to consider which plants are best-suited for your particular region. This can spell the difference between a flourishing landscape and an unhealthy one that won’t last.
4. Ignore Your Maintenance Capabilities
When selecting your outdoor living layout and accents, take time to think about how much work you actually want to be responsible for on a regular basis. If you don’t care to maintain an entire garden of flowers that must be planted annually, for instance, go with perennials that grow back every year. Biting off more than you can chew will only overwhelm you later. Be honest with yourself now.
5. Forget About Shading
Think about the areas on your property that consistently get shade and at which times of the day, helping you select the right location for plants within your landscaping plan.
6. Fail to Seed and Aerate Your Lawn
Be proactive about your lawn so it remains healthy season after season. This will involve regular seeding and aerating of the lawn every spring at least, which will serve to free up space in your lawn for the grass to gain strength.
7. Ignore Sloping Concerns
Make sure there are no surfaces that angle toward your house. For example, make sure hard surfaces like patio areas are not sloping toward your foundation, or else rain runoff will head straight toward your basement and possibly flood it.
Contact Outdoor Home Living
For help planning your landscape, schedule a consultation with us at Outdoor Home Living. Contact us today at 214-328-5296.