6 Biggest Landscaping Mistakes
Warm weather has finally arrived which means the garden gloves and shovels are being put to good use. For many homeowners, the landscape of your property is something that is of high importance. While taking on landscaping matters for yourself may seem like the best option, there are some things that you will want to look out for. Simple mistakes, like the six listed below, are extremely easy to make and could end up costing you additional time and money (the last thing that we all have!). We hope that through our tips below, you will be on your way to a better and healthier landscape.
1. Neglecting Curb Appeal
As a homeowner, you probably are aware of the importance of curb appeal. While many of us realize the importance, we still seem to direct our focus on the backyard rather than the front. While the backyard is important to have well maintained, the front of your home is where attention is directed. Making sure you are putting just as much effort, if not more, into the front yard as you are in the back is crucial when it comes to the curb appeal of your home.
2. Improper Planting
Improper planting is one of the biggest mistakes homeowners seem to make. When purchasing plants for your landscape, it is very important to know which areas of your yard get enough sun exposure, shade, moisture, etc. All of these considerations will determine whether or not the specific plants you picked out will grow and thrive throughout your yard.
3. Cutting Grass Too Short
Many people believe the shorter they cut the grass, the less they will have to mow. This is actually a common myth and you could end up damaging your yard by cutting the grass too short. When the lawn is over trimmed, you are inviting weeds, insects, and diseases into your yard. To avoid this, most homeowners found that 3 – 3 1/2 inches is a good height to be mowing the lawn at.
4. Fertilizing Improperly
While fertilizing your yard may seem pretty straightforward, there are a number of ways you can improperly fertilize. Some of these mistakes include over-fertilizing, assuming all fertilizers are made equal, and not fertilizing at all. If you have questions about fertilizing, search for a local landscaping company in your area as they should be able to answer any questions you may have about properly fertilizing.
5. Not Accounting for Wildlife
When picking out plants for your yard, it is important to consider which wildlife animals or pests you have in your area. Many times people look past this and then all of the hard work that is put into landscaping your yard becomes nothing but a meal for these animals. Some solutions for keeping unwanted wildlife out is by mixing in some bitter-tasting plants or putting up chicken wire to ensure your garden is better protected.
6. Landscaping Without a Plan
Another extremely common mistake is landscaping without a plan. Before venturing out and purchasing anything that you think might look good in your yard, you will want to take a look at your landscape and really envision which plants should go where. This will all depend on sun exposure, shape, and style of your house. Making sure you have a landscaping plan will also help when it comes to staying on budget.
If you want to save yourself the additional time and money that comes with making these simple landscaping mistakes, call a professional landscaping company in your area. Heartwoods Landscaping, Inc. offers a wide variety of services including design, landscaping, hardscaping, yard maintenance, and a number of additional services throughout Peoria, IL, and the surrounding areas. Our team is compiled of skilled individuals who always ensure that customer satisfaction is of highest priority. If you are looking for landscaping help in the Peoria, IL area, give us a call today. We look forward to helping you turn your yard into an oasis!
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