5 Common Landscaping Mistakes To Avoid


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5 Common Landscaping Mistakes To Avoid

5 Common Landscaping Mistakes To Avoid

The end goal of any landscaping project is for your property to stand out. But standing out doesn’t always produce the kind of results you’re looking and may end up in disaster. Although each homeowner has their own personal taste, there are some general guidelines you can follow that will give your landscape some class and style. Below are some common landscaping construction mistakes that you will want to avoid.

Lack Of Planning

The number one mistake you can make is to go into your landscaping without a game plan. How much time you spend during this phase of construction will ultimately determine what your yard will look like. This is the part of the part of the project where you explore all options, and then sit down with a landscape contractor in order to share you vision. The more you invest in the planning, the greater your chances are of getting the results you want with a great looking landscape.

Improper Spacing

For many plants, the rule of thumb is always less is more. While clustering seems like a good idea, it can produce a mess of florals that detract from your yard rather than add to it. Plants, like anything else, need space to breathe in order to gather nutrients. Bundling up lots of plants together can ultimately kill them and give your yard a cluttered look. Spend some time researching how much space each plant needs in order to thrive.

Geographical Considerations

Although it may be tempting to grow those palm trees in Toronto in order to create an island look, you may want to first consider the cost of doing so. Check with greenhouses, landscape companies, and any other agencies online or in person to find out which plant life is optimal for your area. There are lots of environmental considerations such as soil, water supply, and surrounding plant and animal life. Planting the right florals or greenery will insure their survival and reduce the amount of maintenance and cost of each plant.

Planting In Erosion Areas

If you have a steep slope in your yard or an area where drainage is common, you will have an ongoing battle with losing topsoil which is essential for healthy plant growth. If you have no plan for containing the topsoil such as a retaining wall, then, at best lay down some grass, but stay away from more involved landscaping. It will yield very little results and you’ll end up wasting time and money.

Planting Too Close to Stone or Wood Structures

If you’re planting trees and shrubs, then something to remember is that mother nature always wins. In other words, tree and shrub growth, including the roots, will break through any type of patio, wood deck or pool foundation. Find out just how much space each tree or shrub needs before putting it in the ground. Don’t forget to do the same for your home as well. Planting trees to close to the house and damage the foundation.

 

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