The Most Common Mistakes in Home Landscaping Design

by Editor on October 13, 2013

Home as seen in 2005

Landscaping is not a simple pursuit and most people can’t do it on their own. Sure, arranging a few beds of flowers and an herb garden is doable with a strong DIY ethic, but actually turning your backyard into an urban or suburban oasis takes a rare kind of creativity. One false move and you could take your backyard from a oasis to a place where no one wants to spend time. However, learning what the biggest mistakes are is the most important part of the landscaping process, because you don’t want these mistakes to happen when you are actually doing the landscaping. Trial and error in this capacity can cost time and money. Here are some of the most common mistakes in home landscaping design.

One of the biggest mistakes is not making a proper sketch or blueprint of your landscaping plans. Even if you can’t draw, it is important to have a vision board of what plants you would like to see planted and where you would like to see them planted. If you are having your backyard or front yard professionally landscaped, having a blueprint will minimize the chances of something being out of place or not fitting in with the grand plan. If you don’t have a plan, it will reflect in your final landscaping choices.

Choose plants that can thrive in every season. When people landscape, they usually only think of one season: summer. However, what can happen is that the fall comes around and your back yard starts to look like a wasteland. And when winter comes around, it will look especially bad. So, make sure to plant evergreen trees and deciduous trees, so that you can take advantage of having a beautiful garden and backyard all year round. Moreover, when the fall comes around, you won’t be the only house on the block with trees that don’t have turning leaves.

Also, if you are making the decision to invest in landscaping, it is important to have a proper irrigation system. Having the proper irrigation system will make sure that your plants always have the proper amount of water – even when you leave for vacation. Taking this extra step and drilling wells and then lining the yard with a channel for sprinklers is critical. Also, if you don’t want to waste water, you might want to go a step further and use a programmable timer for watering.

Lastly, another big mistake is not consulting with the professionals. For instance, a company like Michael Hatcher & Associates has been in the business of landscaping for over thirty years. Without professional help your back or front yard will look, well, unprofessional. So, if you want to bring to life some of your creative landscaping visions for your yard, perhaps you should collaborate with a few professional landscape architects. Whether you want a yard full of wild flowers or a rock and waterfall feature, teaming up with an experienced landscape architect can not only make your landscape dream a reality, but they will also do it efficiently and in a timely manner.

photo by: Raptor Alpha

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