Landscaping doesn’t only add beauty and value to your home, but it also can increase your privacy and security while giving you a peaceful place to enjoy nature. If you’re in the process of planning out a new landscape you want to put together a plan before you get started. You also want to make sure you avoid some of the most common landscaping mistakes so that you don’t have to deal with headaches later on.
Keep reading to learn what common mistakes you want to avoid when it comes to your landscaping.
Poor Irrigation Planning
Trying to water your landscaping by hand is not only time-consuming, but it also wastes more water than you think. When you are working on your landscaping you want to make sure you also install an irrigation system.
If you don’t do this in the beginning it will make it more difficult to add later on, and it will also cost you extra money if you have to ruin some of your grass and plants later on. Installing sprinklers requires digging up the grass, so the irrigation plan needs to be a go-ahead from the start.
When you are creating a plan for your irrigation system make sure you take into consideration how many zones you need and how you are going to control the irrigation amount for each zone. The last thing you want to do is overwater your brand-new landscaping and kill the grass or plants.
Make sure you have a timer set up for efficient irrigation of your grass and landscaping.
Neglecting Your Grass
Another common mistake is forgetting about the grass around your home. If you forget about your grass it will throw off anything else you do for your landscaping. You want to make sure it is cut and green vs dry and yellow.
If you don’t really know how to bring your grass back to life (if it’s already dry) then it might be time to call in the pros. Having a professional sod installation service is a way to ensure that your grass is up to par with the rest of your landscaping. Calling a professional also means that you can learn tips from the pros to always keep your grass looking healthy.
Forgetting About Erosion Control
Sometimes erosion control is not taken into consideration. If you have areas in your landscape that are susceptible to erosion then you need to make sure you incorporate erosion control into your landscape design.
You might have to grade before you start installing certain landscaping features, or you might have to choose certain plants or build a retaining wall to help limit erosion on a hillside. If you don’t plan for erosion control then this can lead to either a mudslide damaging your home or you might lose some topsoil.
Not Thinking About Local Wildlife
You need to consider what the most common wildlife is in your area when designing your landscape. Do your research on what animals frequent your home area the most often in order to come up with a plan to keep them out of your yard while also not hurting your local wildlife.
An example is if your area is frequented by deer then you want to plant deer-resistant landscaping. You also want to make sure you add fences that are high enough that they can’t jump into your yard. Deer love to eat fruits and veggies so if your garden has either of these you want to find ways to keep them out without hurting them.
If you want to attract other wildlife such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds then you need to plan accordingly and plant flowers and plants they would be attracted to.
There is a thing such as having too many ornaments and statues and even too many plants and trees. You want to avoid clutter so that you can keep everything functional and not overbearing to the eyes.
Having too much of one thing will give your entire home and landscaping an overcrowded look that in the end will only detract from your design.
Time to Avoid These Landscaping Mistakes
With our list of the most common landscaping mistakes many homeowners make, you can now stay far away from these mistakes. If your landscaping project is more than you think you can handle, you might want to consider having a professional help you out.
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