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4 Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

Anyone who says that landscaping is inherently easy likely does not have any experience designing, creating, or maintaining a landscape. Landscaping is both a science and art. Everything should be planned to the last detail or you are bound to make mistakes that will result in a landscape that is uninviting or expensive to maintain.



Sonoma County homeowners, whether you want to create a new landscape from scratch or plan to give an existing landscape a makeover, steer clear of these landscaping mistakes.

Proceeding Without a Plan

If you do not have a plan, you may end up steering the project into disarray. You may buy unnecessary items and the costs may add up resulting in an overrun Before starting your landscaping project, consider how you intend to use your backyard. Once you determine the purpose of your landscape, you are able to prioritize features.

  1. Do you want to use it as an area where you can unwind after a long day at work?

  2. Do you plan to entertain your guests outside?

  3. Do you want to grow flowers or veggies in it? Choose the right color scheme for your lawn. Evaluate different themes and use a moodboard to explore different ideas and concepts until you have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve.

Ignoring Outdoor Lighting

Lighting your garden is a great way to showcase its beauty at night. Lighting your garden also reduces the risk of slips, falls, and trips. Lights can help improve the mood in your garden and allow you to enjoy your space after sunset. When choosing the right lighting for your garden, consider the look and feel you want to create. Choose durable fittings that can withstand the elements and rigors of everyday use. Research the different lighting types and weigh their pros and cons. Use lights to highlight the best features of your garden, but be careful to avoid oversaturating your yard with light.

Not Hiding Eyesores

Eyesores such as raised septic systems, trash barrels, and utility boxes can negatively affect the look of your garden. You can create a design feature to conceal an eyesore. For example, you can plant an arborvitae hedge to hide a utility box from public view. However, be sure to leave enough space to allow access to the box.

Using Too Many Garden Ornaments

You can use ornaments to create a bold statement, but avoid stuffing your garden with them. Use garden ornaments sparingly so they enhance your landscape, instead of distracting attention away from the most striking design elements. Opt for high-quality and unique garden ornaments to create well-thought-out focal points. When choosing a statement piece, determine if it will complement the overall style of your garden. Gardenworks is an experienced Sonoma County landscaper. Our expertise and know-how allow us to create enchanting, multipurpose outdoor spaces. For a consultation, call (707) 857-2050.

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