Avoid These Basic Yet Common Landscape Mistakes

By Allyn Paul, filed under Landscape Tips.

In my last post, I talked about subtle blending of new elements in the landscape. Now I want to caution you about some common mistakes homeowners make when they are designing landscape and garden elements.

When you have made the decision to ‘beautify’ your yard and garden spaces, no matter what the size, you are landscaping. One of the most important things to keep in mind with landscaping is the level of work and time you can contribute, your budget and how things will look throughout the year.

There are plenty of options in the horticultural world for giving your surroundings some zest, but there are also other choices you can make to give you year round beauty and low maintenance.

People may like the idea of lanterns and sconces, stone walkways, vines and flower beds, but you have to shop for all weather options that can survive a harsh summer or winter. If you are planning on using some kind of lighting feature, either near your walkways or on your walls, consider solar powered options that never need to be plugged in. This will save you money when it comes to your energy bills, as well as providing you with the effect you want with no hassles.

A lot of people love the look of certain plants and purchase them without doing appropriate research. Some plants should only be potted, not put into your garden near your other plants. Vines such as purple loosestrife whose mature plants can have root stocks that send out a dense web of up to 50 shoots are one of the beauties to avoid. This is because a lot of vines, like Purple Loosestrife are very hardy and stubborn making unbelievably difficult to get rid of. Another invasive plant to avoid is bamboo. Are you getting the point here guys?

The idea I am driving at here is you need to research your choices before making them! If you do the math now, you will save yourself a ton of headaches later.


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