A well landscaped front lawn and surroundings will increase your home’s aesthetic appeal. It would also increase the latter’s resale value in the days to come. However, landscaping is not as easy as you may think it to be. It requires proper planning and execution to produce expected results. As such, here are seven blunders you need to steer away from while landscaping your front lawn.
The absence of a solid plan
Not having a detailed landscaping plan would only leave you with a botched up project at the end of the day. If you are new to landscaping, then a solid plan is necessary to achieve desirable results. So sit down and note down all that you would want to have in the space you wish to landscape. Plan out how you want the space to look like at the end. If need be, consult a professional landscaping company to get some pointers. The end result would be well worth the patience and effort for sure.
Skipping the ground preparation
Landscaping is not as simple as sticking a plant into the ground and expecting it to grow. You need to prepare the ground soil first and then plant the seeds in them afterwards. Adding organic matter to the soil will help while overturning it would help remove any weeds or pests that might harm the plants. So make it a point to invest in the ground preparation first, and then the plants later on.
Putting plants where they shouldn’t be
Of course you may think that a plant would look really beautiful in a specific place. But is that what the plant would want as well? Every plant would have different sun, light and water requirements. So putting a plant where it should not be would only lead to the plant wilting and dying in the end. So research a bit about the requirements a plant would need before choosing a space for it in your garden.
Choosing the wrong kind of plants
You would need to choose plants according to the available space in your garden. Choosing a plant that does not fit a small space would eventually lead it to outgrowing its space and encroaching on the other plants in the garden. So do a bit of research on the right kind of plants that would fit the space available outside your home before buying them.
Forgetting about children and pets
Some of us simply tend to fill the entire outdoor area with plants without even considering the other factors like children, guests and pets. If you have children or pets, trust them to spend a lot of time in the garden. Set up a dedicated play area for them so that they stay away from the plants. The same goes for your pets. Create a path for them to move around the garden, and a litter box in the corner of the yard so that they don’t spoil your plants.If you entertain guests a lot, you would need to keep aside a dedicated zone of the same purpose as well. So keep all of these factors in mind while landscaping.
Going overboard with lawn decorations
Face it. No matter how many lawn decorations you decide to add to your garden, it would be the beauty of the plants that attract everyone’s attention at the end of the day. So focus on minimal lawn decorations and let your plants do the talking instead.
Neglecting the hedge trimming
A hedge can increase the garden’s aesthetic appeal by several notches. But be forewarned that it would require plenty of maintenance. Planting a hedge and then neglecting it would only lead to it overgrowing its space and spreading all over the garden in haphazard designs. So ensure that you prune or shear the hedge at regular intervals to keep it nice and pretty.
Landscaping can offer you rich benefits if done properly. In addition to ensuring that you follow the right steps to create and maintain the perfect lawn, there are certain mistakes that you need to absolutely avoid. Do that and there will be no stopping your lawn from looking absolutely stunning.