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Whether you’re planning on selling your home or staying put for the foreseeable future, you’ll want to take your property’s green spaces into consideration. After all, 63% of survey respondents say they’re willing to pay more for a house or an apartment if the area has great green spaces. It’s key, then, to maintain your yard and make it as beautiful as possible.
But there is both a science and an art to landscape design. Unfortunately, many homeowners take on the task themselves, instead of using a trusted landscape architect. Thus, it’s not uncommon to see major mistakes in gardens and yards. If you want to add both value and style to your property, be sure to avoid these three common landscaping mistakes.
- Not keeping color in mind
A good use of color can bring any garden to life. But if you utilize too much or too little of it, your yard may look off. While too much color will overpower, too little will look monotonous. You need some variety and depth, which thoughtful color placement can provide. You should work with a landscape architect on your ideal color palette before you start implementing your design. Start with colors that complement and accent your home and design a plan that will look vibrant yet calming.
- Forgetting about trees
Existing and soon-to-be-planted trees should be taken into consideration first. But all too often, they become an afterthought. Unlike plants and shrubs, trees are not easily moved and can create a great frame for everything else you bring in to your back yard garden. Since they take up the most space, you should plan your design around your trees — not the other way around. You’ll also want to give them enough room to grow, so don’t plant them too close to your house!
- Not considering local plants or climate
Your landscape architect will likely use native plants in their design. There’s a good reason for this: these types of flora are more likely to thrive in your climate, which means you won’t have to replace them often or worry about invasive species. The plants you choose need to be able to survive temperatures both high and low for your region, so give these decisions a lot of thought. While you may love the look of palm trees, they’re not going to survive in harsh winters. Keep the weather and relative sunlight in mind, too. Otherwise, you may have a brown yard on your hands.
If you need access to beautiful local plans and expert guidance, our Waynesboro landscapers are here to make your property shine. For more information, contact Waynesboro Nurseries today!