It’s tempting to think that because in nature, anything goes, you can apply the same rule to your backyard, but this is unfortunately not the case. Creating a striking garden landscape requires the same careful planning you would devote to decorating your living room and just like with interior design, there are plenty of ways you can trip up when designing the garden of your dreams. In this article, we look at some of the most common landscaping mistakes and how to avoid them.
In the garden, a little light goes a long way but unfortunately, many homeowners fail to include lighting in their landscaping budget. Lighting enables you to enjoy your garden after the sun sets and really, you only need a few low voltage lights along a pathway, or strategically placed through your garden to create a striking affect.
Cluttering the yard with ornaments
As charming as all those gardening statues at Bunnings happen to be, it’s important to remember that whilst one ornament makes a statement, ten ornaments takes away from the natural beauty of the garden and just looks plain tacky. If you are thinking about purchasing a garden ornament, it’s important to consider how it fits into your broader garden concept, and then think about whether or not it takes away from the statement that you are already making.
Ignoring curb appeal
Whilst it’s tempting to pour all your landscaping budget into creating your own private oasis in the backyard, it’s the front of the house where first impressions are made and a miserable entranceway is an eyesore for neighbours, homeowners, guests, and prospective buyers. Keep your front yard neat and enticing by painting your front door in a contrasting colour, trimming the grass on a regular basis, and putting colourful plants in the garden beds. Paving in the entrance way is crucial from a functional perspective, but also as a way of making guests feel welcome as they approach your home.
Lack of forethought about planting
It’s essential to plan out your garden beds and do research into how certain plants grow before you head off to the nursery. All too often, homeowners make the mistake of impulse buying plants, and the result is often an overcrowded or overgrown garden when the plants mature. Investigate how to plan a garden bed and learn how to structure your garden with different plants that compliment, rather than clash against one another.
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