Landscaping Do’s & Don’ts
When you are designing your landscapes, as homeowners you may envision a grand garden with lush lawn and beautiful patio that would become the envy of the neighborhood. But that dream is better to remain a dream, as such designs are very difficult to maintain. Plants have a tendency to grow and landscapes have a tendency to wear out with time. So after a few months, it would feel not worth the money and time.
Planting the Wrong Trees
When planting new shrubs and trees in your property, there are so many varieties to choose from. This decision can be confusing. In such a situation it is always better to choose varieties that would not grow too big and overwhelm the property. A big or too large a tree can always mask the other elements of a landscape and they can take a lot of effort to maintain. Decide on the types of plants you want on the property, and their size.
Choosing Wrong or Non Native Plants
Another mistake that most people do is plant non native trees. In order to give their landscaped garden an exotic look, most homeowners plant trees that are big on maintenance or not suitable for our climate in South West FL. Native plants have the inborn capability to adapt to the local climate; they can withstand the worst weather without you having to put a lot of effort. Exotic plants might add that aesthetic appeal to the garden but this appeal will only be short-lived. Moreover the maintenance of these plants over time will cost more.
Plan less Planting
When you are planting new tress, you are so overwhelmed with the property that you forget to plan where to plant what. Turning the garden into a jungle. It is always better to remember that as plants grow in favorable condition; they take enough space for their development. So when you plant trees without strategizing, the landscape can look real haphazard. Planting trees too close can become a security hazard. Planting trees too close will weaken the foundation of the home as the roots will grow deeper in the ground.
Too Much Lawn Area
While green and large lawns look nice and appealing to the eyes, a yard filled with grass can be expensive and extremely hard to maintain. Lawns without trees are very hard to maintain as they are more susceptible to damage from harsh weather condition. Overwatering can damage the grass roots; excessive sunlight can dry and burn the grass. A lawn filled with grass incurs expensive water bills. Planting more trees and balancing between too much lawn and trees can help considerably.