Landscaping Dos and Don’ts

Do

Think Long Term / Plan Ahead

Find the maximum size of each plant so you do not have them too close together or too close to hardscapes. If you already have an irrigation system installed, you do not have to worry about watering your landscape. Otherwise, you will have to water manually if your plants need it. Another long term plan to think about would be seeding or sod. Sod would be best if you want immediate results but if you want something cheaper, seeding is the best way to go (Look out for runoff though).

 

Consider Maintenance

How often are you willing to trim and work on your landscape even after installation? Time and money spent on lawn mowing, trimming, weeding, etc. quickly add up. Make sure to take this into consideration when designing your landscape.

 

Have Various Plants

Have multiple plants, but many of each kind.  Finding a  pattern is best. With taller shrubs behind and shorter ones in front, the layers add to the quality. Try to have an odd number of plants because they subconsciously catch everyone’s attention.

 

Stay Ahead of Weeds

Do regular weeding and consider investing in weed killer. When weeding, be sure to remove the roots otherwise it will just grow back. There are two types of weed killer, pre emergent and post emergent. Pre emergent weed killers prevent the seeds of weeds from rooting before sprouts grow but does little to get rid of existing weeds. Post emergent weed killer kills existing weeds. Post emergent weed killer works best on young weeds and will most likely need to be reapplied to older weeds.

Consider Style of Home

The landscape needs to accent the features of your home. What plants and hardscapes will create a harmonious and unified look?

 

Consider how you and your family will use your yard

If you plan to have a swing set or room  for kids to run around, you will need to have a more open lawn with beds and trees on the outskirts.

Create Curb Appeal

Curb appeal makes a home more attractive to prospective buyers. For example, if there is a sloped and eroded area, a retaining wall would be a simple fix to make it beautiful.

Don’t

 

Don’t Focus Only on the Lawn

Though the lawn is, to some, the most important feature in a landscape, the shrubs and other plants accent the lawn to make it aesthetically pleasing.

Don’t Allow Vines to Go Unattended

If vines get out of hand they make any house look undesirable. Vines are difficult to remove, so it is best to get rid of them as soon as possible. Be sure to wear gloves and protective clothing because many vines have thorns and may have pests and insects living in them. Try uprooting or digging up the vine. If you are unable to, cut it down and put brush killer on the remaining stump. If all else fails, you can use herbicide. Make sure to not use herbicide on a windy or rainy day.

Don’t Install Invasive Plants

Invasive plants, as the name suggests, tend to grow wherever they want in an unpredictable manner. They are difficult to control and hard to get rid of. Due to their spread over the past few years, they are one of the main causes of native biodiversity loss.

Don’t Plant Trees Too Close To Your Home

Limbs often fall due to storms and harm roofs. Often, leaves and sticks clog gutters, causing you to have to clean your gutters much more often. Also, it is more likely to have termites and carpenter ants in your home.

Don’t Let Overgrowth Remain

Overgrowth is unsightly and steals nutrients and sunlight, killing other plants. Depending on the type of overgrowth, materials could range from shears to chainsaws. Either way, it is best to remove it as soon as possible.

Don’t Plant Plain Beds

You’re already planning to have a bed so make it beautiful. Adding a design with flowers using different types or different colors will make it better. If all the flowers are the same height, you should have the bed slightly sloped so make it more visible with the ones in the back slightly higher. Otherwise, the taller plants should be in the back with the smaller ones in the front.

Don’t Simplify Your Landscape

You do not want to plant all of the same plants but you also don’t want to do one of everything. Mix up your plant choices but make a visible pattern. There are many options to pick from when designing your landscape so let your imagination run wild.

Don’t Use Only Straight Lines

Consider the curves of your landscape. Walkways and paths can easily be highlighted by flowers. Keep in mind that gentle curves are much more welcoming than sharp turns.

About The Author:

Diana King is an ardent DIY landscaper and writer. Despite her love for it, she knows when it is time to rely on getting expert help. She uses sites such as http://www.dc-lawn.com for reliable information and services.

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