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The Most Common Landscaping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Part 1)

Even the most advanced garden designers occasionally fall foul of a select few common mistakes. As is the case with most things, it’s learning from these mistakes that ultimately builds competence. Not to mention both confidence and the core skills necessary to produce stunning landscaped gardens.

At both domestic and commercial levels alike, garden designers are taking their outdoor living spaces and assets more seriously than ever before. New technology, affordability of equipment and an ever-expanding range of plant species are all opening up incredible possibilities. Even first-time garden designers have never had a better opportunity to create their own masterpiece.

Nevertheless, success is mostly about avoiding the kinds of mistakes that can really put a dampener on things. So in this piece and the post to follow, we’ll be taking a look at 15 of the most common landscaping mistakes and how to avoid making them.

Even if you’re new to the whole thing, the following insights could prove invaluable:

1. Not hiring garden designers or architects for larger projects

First of all, are you looking to tackle a particularly large or complex outdoor space? If so, involving a qualified designer or architect should be considered mandatory. Even if it’s simply to highlight some of the available options you may be unaware of. Consulting with the experts can help you get the most out of your garden, whatever your vision.

2. Making things up as you go along

Many garden designers approach projects with something of a blank canvas, allowing inspiration to guide them as they progress. The only problem being that proceeding without a plan significantly increases the likelihood of substandard results. If looking to create a truly perfect landscaped garden, there is no such thing as too much planning. Grab a pencil, a piece of paper and experiment to your heart’s content ahead of time.

3. Not setting a budget

Here’s an interesting fact to chew on – research suggests that outdoor landscaping is on average around 30% more costly than every other home improvement project. Underestimating the expense of landscaping or simply budgeting inaccurately can (and often does) result in projects failing. Or at least, coming out with disappointing results that don’t justify the investment. Long story short, budgeting is a big deal.

4. Not paying attention to erosion

Depending on your geographical location and the specifics of the space in question, erosion could be an issue that warrants firm focus. Before even thinking of getting started with any planting, you need to consider and address any potential erosion problems first. This is where the advice of expert garden designers can prove invaluable. The reason being that when it comes to erosion, you either know your stuff or you don’t!

5. Overlooking front yards

Another mistake common in domestic circles is that of focusing primarily (or exclusively) on back garden landscaping. Often without paying any mind whatsoever to the front yard. In doing so, you run the risk of somewhat diminishing the curb appeal of your home. Which for obvious reasons could have an impact on its overall value. Capable garden designers always consider all exterior spaces, rather than just one.

6. Inappropriate irrigation

Irrigation should represent a key consideration at every single stage, throughout the planning and implementation processes alike. Be sure to bear in mind the fact that every plant in the garden may have entirely different watering needs. Again, a few words of wisdom from the most experienced garden designers could go a long way in this instance.

7. Forgetting functionality

From the earliest planning stages, it’s important to think about exactly how the outdoor space in question will be used by its respective owners or guests. Is it safe and suitable for children? Is there enough space for garden furniture? Will the various flowers and shrubs be accessible for on-going maintenance purposes? Bear in mind that it’s perfectly possible for a landscaped garden to look nothing short of stunning, but to also be painfully impractical at the same time.

For more information on any of our products or services, get in touch with the Ladybrook customer care team today.

…stay tuned for the second instalment, coming soon.

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