Common Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

A nice, well manicured lawn is one of the joys of owning a home. Even something as simple as a mowed lawn and some trimmed shrubberies can make a world of difference when it comes to having something nice to look out your window at. Of course going above and beyond the most basic landscaping design will make your home and lawn stand out even more from the pack, but like all things in life, there is a chance that things can go wrong, despite your best intentions. While we at the Parke Company are more than happy to help you design the landscape of your dreams, we understand that there are those of you who just want to roll up your sleeves and get to work yourself.

With that in mind, here are several things to avoid when tackling your next landscaping project.

All about the Angles

One of the most common mistakes when it comes to landscaping happens when the designer forgets that what he or she is doing is going to impact the world around them, and vice versa. You might have an amazing design planned, but if you forget something simple, such as the fact that most lawns are not straight and flat, you’re going to have a bad time. First-timers tend to think of the lawn as being a square or rectangle and on a grid, when the world is much more soft, with curves and dips and hills. When taken into account by a professional, things tend to work out better, which is part of the reason we at the Parke Company are well known for our landscaping designs. Additionally, you need to take into account what the design looks like from all of the angles. Something that works when viewed from the street might look terrible from the window. It doesn’t have to be an either/or situation; things can look nice from a lot of different angles. One way to fix this is to go back inside and make sure everything looks right before continuing, using the frame of the window as a guide.

Considering the people

Of course this takes the idea that you will be doing most of your work in the front yard, when people tend to do the majority of their work in the backyard. There are some benefits to doing work in the front, since that is the area most people will see first. You also need to be considerate of your neighbors, since what your place looks like also indirectly affects their home’s value as well. Avoid over cluttering the yard with a lot of ornaments; a little goes a long way. Take into account the growth of the plants; if you know you won’t be able to maintain the landscape, then maybe having a large bush near a neighbor’s property might not be the best idea, unless you plan on contacting the Parke Company for our amazing maintenance services.
So when you start to improve your landscape, just remember to keep these things in mind, and if that sounds like too daunting a task, the Parke Company is always here to help, because you deserve the best when it comes to the way your lawn looks.

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