1. Have A Plan:
One of the biggest
landscaping mistakes people make is to start digging before they have
a plan. Give some thought to your particular landscape.
What are it's strengths? It's weakness? What feature would
you like to have? Planning your landscape before you start to
plant can keep you from having to change course when you're half way
2. Landscape To Your Location: As
much as you might love the sun loving plants, they just won't do well
in the shade. Before you invest in a multitude of plants, do
your research. Talk to a landscape professional about your area
and what type of plants might work best. You'll get much more
enjoyment out of your landscape and enjoy minimal upkeep.
3. Go With What Works: While we all
want to have the best yard on the block, your landscaping needs to be
functional as well. A relaxing sitting are might look great
under that big tree but if it's too far away from the rest of the
yard, it may not get used as much as you had hoped. Likewise, a
retailer that hopes to add some aesthetically pleasing walkways will
want to make sure that they're still convenient for the
customers. By all means, pick plants and accents that you like
but make sure that your vision allows you to get as much functionality
out of your choices as possible.
4. Remember Your Pets: There are
some plants and materials that are toxic to pets so if your prized
pooch will be roaming the yard on a regular basis, make sure you've
planned your landscape accordingly.
5. Mulch: Different mulches provide
different benefits. Bark and woodchips, for example, are good
for providing insulation and drainage while stones and rocks are more
suitable around trees and hedges. Some mulches also add to the
nutrient value of your soil giving an added boost of vitamins to your
plants throughout the year.
6. Be Creative: Your landscape
isn't limited to grass and a few flower beds. Fountains, ponds,
sculptures and other landscaping accessories can make an ordinary
space become extraordinary. Try stepping-stone walkways, arbors,
gates and other structural pieces to give your landscape direction and
7. Irrigate: While you want an
attractive landscape, you don't want to spend all your time watering
it. Talk to a professional about proper irrigation so you won't
have to worry about getting enough water to your plants. Bear in
mind, trees and shrubs will require different attention since their
roots go much deeper than those of grass and flowers.
8. Use Lighting: Lighting not only
improves your ability to see where you're walking, it also add an
elegant touch to any landscaping style and allows you and your guests
the outdoors no matter what time it may be.
9. See Into The Future: Your
landscape is going to look different five years from now so take that
into account when you're mapping your layout. Trees and bushes
will have matured and you may find that what was once a sunny spot now
actually has quite a bit of shade. When planting long-term,
think about how the plants will affect your yard in the years to come.
10. Be Original: Creating a
landscape is like creating a work of art - each one is an
original. Or, at least, it should be. There may be similar
pieces from place to place, but each landscape should have it's own
unique qualities. When planning your landscape, forget what your
neighbors are doing and find your own look. Try different themes
- country or Mediterranean for example - and experiment with benches,
steps and awnings. Factor in your normal outdoor activities and
you'll end up with an outdoors that suits you perfectly.