If you’re planning a DIY landscaping project, planning is everything. We take a look at a few common landscaping mistakes that you should avoid, to ensure your project is a success!
There are many reasons why you may want to consider a DIY landscaping project; not only is it a great way to add value to your home, but you can turn your home into a beautiful, practical space that you and your family can enjoy. But with days or weeks of planning going into such a project, the last thing you want is to ruin it with a few simple planning mistakes. We take a look at some of the most common DIY landscaping mistakes, and how you can avoid them.
1. Underestimating your budget
One of the most common mistakes of a landscaping project is not being able to stick with your budget. Make sure that you take all the costs into account, as it is very easy to go over budget. To ensure that you have enough funding, you might want to go through all the different estimates and multiply them by 1.5. This will ensure that you set enough money aside to fund your landscaping project and give you some wiggle room if you need to spend more
2. Not being practical
In terms of landscaping, you must be practical and plan for the future. Whether it is a few changes to your garden, a completely new patio area, or something even bigger, try to imagine yourself five or ten years from now and determine whether it will be practical. With so many costs going into a landscaping project, you want to ensure that you make the right choices.
3. Forgetting the front
People often spend a lot of time and money upgrading their backyards, while completely forgetting about the front of their house. Even though gardening is often a private affair, make sure that you consider your entire property.
4. Going over the top
Always ensure that you have a natural balance and harmony. Focus on the natural beauty of your surroundings and avoid overusing ornaments and other accessories.
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5. Forgetting the window view
We are often so focused on what it will look like from the outside, that we forget that we will see our gardens from the inside as well. Keep that in mind when you plan your new gardening landscape.
6. Choosing the wrong plants
You should not only focus on the plants you love, but rather on the ones that will be practical for your home and your surroundings. You need to make sure that they are planted in the right climate so they can flourish and compliment your garden accordingly.
7. Trying to be perfect
As with any home improvement project, DIY landscaping projects can allow us to overthink things and try to be perfect. It is often a work-in-progress and you will likely make a few additional changes in the future.
8. Using too-small planting beds
This goes along with great planning. Be sure to estimate the size of your planting beds effectively to allow your plants enough space to flourish and thrive.
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9. Not planting in a safe place
Be sure to plant in an area that will support your layout over the long-term. Take erosion into consideration and make sure that you plant in the right area. There’s nothing worse than having to watch your garden get out of control because there is no safe planting space.
10. Failing to plan
Planning is everything. It’s the key to a successful project and you need to allow yourself enough time and the right budget to truly make this DIY landscaping project a success. Landscaping can be quite challenging, but with the right planning process, you can avoid common pitfalls and get the best value for your money.
If you are looking to save time and stress, get in touch with Fox Hollow Landscaping & Design for expert DIY landscaping advice. We have an experienced team of landscapers who can help you plan your project effectively and allow you to enjoy your home more than ever before.