Common landscaping mistakes to avoid

August 17, 2015 - 2 min read

Whether you enjoy having a cuppa overlooking your backyard’s natural beauty or you just want somewhere nice for the kids to play, your landscape is an integral part of the home.

However, if you have little experience in the landscaping industry and want to take charge of your next project, there are a few things you need to take into account before you start. From forgetting about curb appeal right through to going against your backyard’s natural features, avoid these common mistakes and create a garden that will help boost your property’s value.

Going against the flow

Do you have a rocky yard? Perhaps you’ve got an old tree providing a bit of shade? If your property’s landscape has its own unique characteristics, don’t just ignore them. While it can be tempting to knock that tree down, or remove those rocks, you’re better off integrating these into your landscaping design for a more natural finish.

Forgetting functionality

It’s okay to try and make your garden look as pretty as possible, as long as you don’t forget about its functional purposes. This should always take precedence over aesthetics. Focus on things like minimising noise pollution, increasing privacy, future maintenance and shade from sunlight, when designing your next landscaping project.

Wrong place

Always research the plant varieties you want before buying them! You don’t want to plant a whole bunch of species that can’t survive in the Wyong climate.

Too much love

You need to give your garden the right amount of care. While everyone knows the risks involved with ignoring your garden, you also have to be careful not to over-care as well. Too much fertiliser, watering and pruning can cause your plants and grass to become unhealthy and weak.

No exterior lighting

What’s the use of creating a beautiful landscape, if you don’t get to enjoy it all hours of the day? Installing lights around your paths and throughout your garden is a great way to enjoy them at night. Lighting up a big tree is a great way to create focal point for your outdoor area as well.

Not focussing on curb appeal

When it comes to selling your home, it’s all about first impressions. Studies reveal potential buyers decide whether the property is for them within the first 7 seconds. Even though you’ll be spending most of your time in the backyard, a nice entranceway coupled with a beautiful front yard can do wonders for the overall look of your home.