We all make mistakes but some mistakes tend to be more expensive than others. The excitement of owning a new home comes with the risk of having things fall apart due to poor planning and oversight. Discussed below are six common pitfalls that new homeowners must avoid like the plague when landscaping their homes.
Not Starting off with a Budget and Plan
Wise people know the importance of planning. You need a detailed plan of all the landscape features you wish to have in your home. Then research and have an accurate budget of what each feature will cost you. Underestimating the amount of money you require is a grievous mistake. You do not want to have unfinished features in your space which become an eyesore. If cash-strapped, it is best to do your landscaping in phases.
Planting Trees on Impulse
So you spot this irresistible plant and decide you must have it in your space. You hastily make a buy and plant it in your home. Don’t be surprised to see such a plant wither right in front of your eyes. It is important to research what plants thrive in your area given the climate and type of soil. How tall do they grow? Do they pose a risk to other plants? Sufficient research will save you the risk of wasting your hard earned money buying the wrong plants. It is also important to ensure trees are not planted too close to the house, the pool, or the patio.
Cluttering Your Outdoor Space
Too many ornamental features are a distraction. Be careful not to fall into the trap of picking every feature you admire and placing it in your home. The essence of good landscaping is to create a serene environment that inspires calmness. Always remember that a little goes a long way.
Not Planning for the Maintenance of Your Home
Many homeowners forget that home maintenance is as important as the actual landscaping. Ensure you plan for a good irrigation system and regular tending of your plants and lawn. Plants should be watered deeply and less frequently. Mornings are ideal times to water them. If you have no time or expertise to properly maintain your outdoor yards, you may need to hire a farm worker.
Not Planning for Exterior Lighting
It is futile to have a spectacular front and backyard during the day and the same cannot be replicated at night. The lighting of your outdoor space should be a top priority in your planning. There are many ways that you can ensure that your home radiates its ambiance both night and day. Some of the most appealing lighting techniques include moonlighting, shadowing, and down lighting.
Failing to Match Your Landscape to Your Architecture
When all is said and done, your landscape should settle in to complement the architecture of your home. Take into account the colors, style, and symmetry in your home and make sure your landscape complements it.
It is clear that thoughtful planning is paramount to making the right decisions while designing your home’s exterior. Avoid rushing blindly or buying items without having done proper research. Your home should offer you the tranquility and peace that you yearn for after a hard day’s work.