Landscaping is not only one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your residential property, it’s also one of the best ways to enhance its overall value. And in order for you to truly benefit from landscaping, it’s important that any landscaping mistakes be fixed right away. Here is a rundown of some of the biggest landscaping mistakes and how they can be fixed.
Neglect for Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is something that should never be underestimated. While it’s good to put lots of energy to the backyard, the front part of your house should be attended to as well since this part of your property is the part that makes first impressions.
To fix this problem, there are a number of improvements that can be made, all of which make a huge difference to how your property will look. First, you should paint the door with a colour that contrasts with the base colour of the house. Second, you should trim overgrown grass. Third, colourful flowers that can be grown in your region need to be planted. In the third phase of improving curb appeal, make sure to have a small water tank ready for rainwater harvesting, as plants fare better when nourished with rainwater.
Too Many Lawn Decors!
Lawn decorative items are exactly that—items intended to improve the appearance of the lawn. As such, it’s no surprise that homeowners have a tendency of putting way too many of them in their yards. The result? The decors distract from the natural beauty of their landscape.
The best solution to the problem is to ask yourself why you wish to put the decor on one part of the lawn and if it suits the context of the design and plants you have chosen. Stick with a firm choice, silly it might be. Remember that one strange statement is much better than a group of ten strange statements.
Improper Plant Placement
This issue is another mistake many gardeners, particularly neophyte gardeners, make. This issue is caused by failure to consider needed exposure and sunlight for plants.
To sort this problem out, be sure of paying sufficient attention to the tags attached to the plants being displayed. These tags tell you how large the plants grow and the amount of space they will need, among other important information.
Aside from paying attention to tags, you must also pay attention to focal points—select something you know will surely look great all-year.
Planting Way Too Deeply
A sure way to kill a plant is by planting it way too deep in the ground. While soil is essential for plants, planting deep actually leads to the plant choking to death since air isn’t permitted to get to the plant’s roots this way. It’s also worth mentioning that planting too deep encourages root rot.
To prevent this scenario from happening, check the main stem, the location of the largest branch, and where every root comes out. This part is known as the root ball, the part you must meet along the surface.
Another thing you can do is to dig soil up to the height of a plant’s container.
Cutting Grass Way Too Short
One myth many believe is that cutting grass short means having to mow the patches less. This actually isn’t true. In fact, you can do a lot more harm to the grass this way. Scalping the lawn results in bare patches, and insect pests and diseases love bare patches.
All that said, it follows that you are better off cutting your lawn to varying lengths all throughout the year. In summer, the lawn will require a bit more shade and some way to prevent rapid evaporation, and as such, letting blades grow a bit more is recommended. In winter, grass must be cut slightly shorter so sunlight will get into soil.