Landscaping is more than just gardening. It aims to enhance the beauty of your outdoors and turns spare areas into pleasant spaces designed for your outdoor lifestyle. That said, if you want a great landscape that will thrive throughout the years, here are 5 common landscaping mistakes you want to avoid.
Placing plants in the wrong spot
Plants are the most important element in any landscaping project. And more often than not, most consider the beauty a plant brings when picking the spot to plant it. However, failing to consider the plant’s requirements in order to thrive will certainly prevent it from becoming the blossoming beauty you expect it to be.
Failing to trim
Unless you are going for a more natural, forest-like ambiance, trimming your hedges, shrubs, and other ornamental plants to fit your outdoors is crucial to keeping your landscape picture perfect.
Putting too many knick-knacks
Several outdoor artworks or focal points make your outdoors interesting but too many do not make it an outdoor gallery. Instead, it can even be too much or worse, tacky, if the onlooker is inundated with details at every turn. Good landscaping is not defined by how many interesting pieces you have but by the way it harmoniously blends yet stands out from the other elements in your outdoor setup.
Too many straight edges
Landscaping is all about honing and perfecting the natural beauty plants give out generously. However, too much sculpting, trimming, and shaping leads to a cut-and-dried manicured area that will easily lose the spectator’s interest. Give the layout, plants, and other elements some leeway to let Nature do what it does best—natural design.
Forgetting about the fauna
When planning your landscape, don’t forget about the animals that will visit it from time to time. Too often, we focus only on the plantings and the final picture it creates, forgetting that animals and insects bring the landscape alive. If possible, choose plantings that will attract the butterflies, birds, bees, and even dragonflies. You may also want to put in some plants that naturally repel pesky insects such as mosquitoes.