Tired of your dull yard? Looking to add some curb appeal? If so, then your best bet is to hire a professional landscape designer, who will be able to help you come up with a viable landscape design that fits your budget and doesn't require too much maintenance in the process. Still, whether you hire a professional or decide to take on a lawn overhaul on your own accord, there are some all-too-common landscape mistakes you'll want to be careful to avoid.
Failure to Transition Smoothly
A great outdoor space should serve as an extension of your indoor space; this is especially true when it comes to backyard deck and patio spaces. Unfortunately, too many outdoor spaces are seen as being completely separate from their respective indoor space. The end result is a disjointed look and feel that doesn't flow or function well at all. To create a balance between your indoor and outdoor spaces, try to incorporate similar color schemes, fabrics, and materials indoors and out.
For instance, if your dining room has French doors that flow out to a deck, consider adding hanging flower baskets with similar colors as can be found in your dining room--as well as similar linens between your deck furniture and dining room furniture.
Plants That Are Too Large
Another common problem homeowners encounter when it comes to landscape design is failure to consider how large plants will grow to be when planting them. For instance, a pine tree planted within a small wooden planter bed could eventually have a root structure that outgrows the planter itself. Ultimately, one of two things could happen: the tree could die, or it could grow so large that it ultimately damages or displaces the wooden planter. Always understand the full growth potential of a plant and ensure there's plenty of room for it in your design.
Not Working With What You've Got
Finally, make sure that you truly understand how to work with the features and characteristics of your yard. For instance, if your front yard doesn't receive a great deal of sunlight throughout the day, then you'll want to go with low-maintenance plants and flowers that don't require high amounts of sunlight in order to thrive. By being aware of your yard's benefits and potential challenges, you can ultimately create a landscape design that will not only look great but that will be able to thrive for many years to come.