Planning Your Yard? 4 Mistakes You'll Want To Avoid

15 September 2015
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It takes more than plants to create the perfect yard. Before you start designing your yard, there are several things you need to take into consideration. Here are four design mistakes you should avoid.

Too Much Ornamentation

You've decided to incorporate your love for water into your landscaping project. Hardscaping, such as waterfalls and fountains can add a touch of beauty and tranquility to your yard. However, you don't want to go overboard. One or two water features placed in different locations around the yard will provide focal points for the rest of your landscaping, but too many water features can destroy the beauty of your yard.

Lack of Proportion

When planning the hardscaping for your yard, it's important that you consider the sizes of your home and yard. For instance, if you have a small yard, you don't want a large gazebo that will overpower the rest of the yard. Likewise, if you have a large yard, you want to avoid choosing features that are too small for their surroundings. If you're unsure about the proper proportions, you should sit down with a hardscape designer. They'll be able to help you design your yard around the proportions of your yard and home.

Geographical Mismatching

You need to consider your surroundings when planning the hardscaping for your yard. You don't want to plan a mountain retreat when you live in the middle of the desert. Take a look at your surroundings when you're designing your yard. Plan your yard around the climate you live in. With careful planning, you'll be able to enjoy your yard year-round.

Choosing the Wrong Trees

You want trees in your yard. Trees are an excellent way to bring shade to your yard. They'll also make your home more energy efficient. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong trees can cause nightmares later on. Here are two trees you might want to avoid.

Ginko Trees

Ginko biloba trees grow very well in most climates and turn a beautiful shade of yellow during the fall months. They also grow fruit that has a smell you might not want in your yard. In fact, the smell has been compared to vomit.

Black Walnut

The black walnut tree can provide plenty of shade for your home. However, it can also release toxins into your soil that will make it difficult to grow plants in your yard.If you do decide on black walnut trees, be sure to plant them away from your garden areas. 

Now that it's time to landscape your yard, it's important that you take the time to design it properly. The tips provided above will help you avoid common landscaping problems. Contact a local landscaper, like Michael's Landscape Design, for more info.