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The Most Common Landscaping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Part 2)

As promised, here’s the second half of our two-part rundown of some of the most common mistakes made by landscapers – all of which are wise to avoid at all costs:

8. Not sufficiently considering trees

It’s important to remember that the trees you plant will represent a pivotal cornerstone of your landscaped garden. Along with being the largest and most imposing features of all, it’s not as if you can easily move or remove trees further down the line. Of all the plants you decide to include, trees should be given the most consideration of all. Depending on where you intend to plant them, you might need local councils permission. If the trees are likely to in any way encroach onto any public space, the relevant local councils should be informed. 

9. Placing trees too close to surrounding features        

In terms of positioning, you need to think carefully about if and how the trees you plant could become problematic in the future. Not only in terms of their size, girth and reach above ground, but also the way in which their root systems develop underground. From pools to patios to homes to public pavements, you need to think long and hard about whether your trees are positioned appropriately for the long-term. And once again, oversights here could land you in trouble with the local councils.

10. Querying planning permission

Depending on what exactly your project entails, it may be necessary to get in touch with the relevant local councils to obtain planning permission. Even if you are relatively confident that formal permission is unnecessary, it is still better to be safe than sorry. After all, should you be mistaken, you could be looking at both a hefty fine and the unfortunate prospect of reducing your garden to rubble. Get in touch with the local councils and discuss your plans, in order to avoid any such outcomes.

11. Too much or too little colour

One thing the local councils have zero say in is the colour palette you choose to work with. The planning phase of the project should include careful consideration of the overall colour palette you intend to go with. Once again, making things up as you go along can result in a final aesthetic that is chaotic and confusing. Think about the colours that complement the surroundings of the garden and be sure to strike that ideal balance – not too much, not too little.

12. Over-complex designs

In many instances, creative landscapers allow their imaginations to run riot and come up with outright masterpieces. The only problem being that while they may look quite magnificent upon completion, they may also be fundamentally impossible to maintain long-term. It’s important to think carefully about who will be responsible for maintaining the garden upon completion, along with the extent of the work required to keep it in pristine condition.

13. Not considering annuals and perennials independently

Anyone looking to go ahead with an ambitious landscaping project will first need to develop a solid knowledge of both the difference between annuals and perennials. Studying the various species available, where they should be put to best use and so on is always advisable. Of course, you could always ask the experts for their own recommendations.

14. Overcrowding

Particularly when dealing with smaller exterior spaces, it can be tempting to pack as many plants and flowers in as possible, in order to make full use of the available space. Unfortunately, overcrowding has a tendency to lead to not only severe plant health and development problems, but near impossible on-going maintenance of the garden.

15. Not considering soil quality

Last but not least, working with dozens of different plants means having to take into account the soil quality and conditions each requires to grow and thrive.  You cannot simply throw every plant in exactly the same soil and expect positive results. Soil quality and type must be extensively checked before making any decisions as to which plants to work with.

In summary, it’s largely a case of combining common sense with a few of the basics of gardening. Not to mention, getting the required local councils permission if the project calls for it.

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