Never underestimate the power of curb appeal. Many homeowners put all of their energy into the backyard, but the front of the house is where first impressions are made.
Not Accounting for Wildlife
You could be planting a buffet rather than a garden if you do not consider what animals or garden pests might be around. For example, pretty flowering plants attract deer, so you might want to throw in some bitter tasting ones among them. Once they taste the wrong one, they are less likely to come back.
Keep Three Things in Mind
There are three simple improvements you can make that will make a big difference out front. Paint your door a contrasting color to what is around it, keep the grass trimmed and green, and plant colorful flowers.
Forgetting to Recycle
Yard projects tend to produce a good amount of waste, which most people do not realize when they set out at the beginning. A solution to that would be to compost it. You can rent a shredder and turn all the branches, clippings, and debris into mulch. Another idea is to create a compost pile. Compost containers have become much more visually pleasing.
Planting in the Wrong Place
Improper plant placement is another mistake. People often do not take into consideration the proper sunlight and exposure for plants. Make sure you also pay attention to the plant’s tag so you know how big they grow, that way you know how much space you need.
Planting Too Deep
One of the quickest ways to kill a tree is to pant it too deep. Some people think the more soil they can put around a tree the better. However, doing so can actually choke the tree to death because no air is allowed to circulate through the root system.
Failing to Fertilize Properly
There are two ways that fertilizing can be a mistake. The first one is not doing it at all. The second is fertilizing too much/unevenly.
A lot of homeowners make the mistake of over-watering. Most lawns only need about an inch of water per week. The best time to water your lawn is early morning.
Too Much of the Same Thing
If you continuously plant only one type of plant, they could suck all of the nutrients out of the soil and invite disease. Intermingle different shapes and sizes of plants to create visual interest and attract the right kind of insects.
Make up a maintenance schedule and abide by it. Garden beds need to be weeded at least once or twice a month. If you do not have the time to take care of your garden, make sure you have enough money to pay someone to do it for you.
There is a lot of sticker shock in the world of plants. People often think “it’s just a few plants, how expensive could it be?”. When you start a landscape project, make sure you have enough in your budget, because you want to do the job one time and you want to do it right.