When it comes to our home and gardens we often like to try the “do-it-yourself” approach! This can either be a positive learning experience or result in disaster and the need to call in a professional. It is never a bad idea to try to learn something new, and be able to build up your talents so you do not need to call in professionals, but it is always good to understand and learn about the task. This is true for landscaping! If you do not want to pay to bring in a professional landscaper, then make sure you understand how to go about the task at hand, and certainly what mistakes can ruin your landscape!
The lack of experience when it comes to keeping your outdoor setting well trimmed and kept can result in a total disaster. Often these mistakes end up being repeated because you may think you have a great “eye”. Sometimes you will be a fast study and have a great design sense, but most often you will find you are not an expert landscaper. It then becomes important to understand the mistakes you have made, so you can avoid these mistakes in the future.
A lot of homeowners who decide to landscape their own settings often stick to rigid and straight lines, working along the lines of a grid. Unfortunately, the actual world just does not work in these measurements. In face landscapes are bumpy, and some have hills or ditches, it is anything but flat and square! These imperfections actually make the landscape beautiful, the graceful curves and the and the sway of the landscape create an aesthetic that is beautiful and natural. By focusing on creating straight lines in a square setting, the reality is the creating on a dull and uninviting atmosphere because it is anything but natural.
Amateur landscapers often prefer to focus all their efforts on their back yards. This is not a bad thing, as typically, most of the time is spent in the backyard because this is where the privacy often is. It is important not to neglect the front yard though. It does not need to be very detailed; it just needs to look inviting and friendly, especially if the house is on a street. It should create a pleasant picture.
Another common mistake is planting flowers and plants wherever you want them to go, instead of where they are best suited for. Different plants need different needs; some need full sunlight while others prefer shade. It is important to understand where plants grow best, and place them according to these standards. Placing them where you want them to go may not be the best option for these plants. The soil also needs to be considered. If the soil has poor drainage, then some plants will not tolerate these conditions, becoming a waste of your money and time. If you have specific color in mind, or a certain style, talk to a local gardening store or expert for advice on the right plants for your conditions.
When it comes to planting, there is another important aspect to consider. Plants, when they are first purchased, are much smaller then plants that have reached maturity. This means you must plant according to the size that the plants will be when they are mature. If you plant according to the size they are at the beginning, the result may be drastic overcrowding, resulting in your plants dying.
These are some really good idea to consider before you begin to plant and design your landscape. These are simple steps that make sure your landscape will last and be beautiful for years to come!
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team