When it comes to making a new house your home, it can sometimes feel like your to-do list will never end. Don’t let that worry you though – regardless of whether you’re building a house designed just for you or you’ve just bought a pre-owned house and want to personalize it, there will always be more work to do. It’s important to remember that your home’s exterior is just as important as its interior, meaning that your yard has the potential to be one of your most important home investments, but it’s also a place where mistakes can happen. So, we’ve outlined five of the biggest landscaping mistakes that new homeowners make so you’ll know what to avoid doing in the future.
Pruning Shrubs at the Wrong Time
When you buy a home, you’ll feel like you need a landscape clean up as soon as you’re all moved in and settled. This, however, may not be the best strategy. Depending on the time of year, you may cause unnecessary damage to your shrubs that will affect the way they grow in the future.
For example, pruning a Forsythia plant at the wrong time can delay its late winter/early spring bloom of gorgeous yellow flowers until later in the season.
Pruning is used for a few reasons such as training the plant, maintaining the health of the plant, and to improve the overall quality of the plant’s growth. If you’re uncertain of when to prune certain plants, it may be best to consult a professional landscaping company.
Not Researching Plants Enough
Never plant first and ask questions later. Homeowners should conduct their research on the plants they want to put in their yard before acting on impulse. When working with plants, it’s absolutely crucial to note that different types can require different levels of sun, shade, and water. Others may be inappropriate for the climate or region altogether.
There is good news, however. There are plenty of local resources to help you determine what plants are right for your specific yard and our region. You can work with a landscape company to design an outdoor space that keeps the health of the plants in mind along with the yard’s overall beauty.
Too Many Unnatural Elements
Yard art is fine! It can inject a little personality in your yard while showing off your favorite knickknacks. But be careful not to go overboard on the garden gnomes and yard flamingos. Too many statues, wind chimes, or birdbaths can clutter a yard and make it look tacky. So, go ahead and put your favorite things in your front yard, but keep anything else hidden to avoid cluttering your curb appeal.
Mowing the Wrong Way
Did you know that you can mow your yard the wrong way? It is so common that most of us don’t even think about it. We set the mower to the lowest setting with the intention of mowing less frequently. And while this is more convenient for us, it can be a major problem for your lawn.
Scalping the lawn like this causes long-term damage that can be difficult to recover from. You should also keep these tips in mind for a healthy lawn:
- Mow when the grass is dry.
- Keep your mower blades sharp.
- Change your mowing pattern.
- Leave clippings on your lawn.
Installing the Wrong Fence
They say good fences make good neighbors, but they can also cause big problems for homeowners. Installing the wrong fence for your yard or neighborhood can create discord personally and within your community.
Pay close attention to property lines to ensure that you don’t cause undue problems with the homes and neighbors around you. Install a fence that is the right style for your property. Some areas are perfectly fine for privacy fences, others are merely functional. We understand that these aren’t the only mistakes that homeowners make with their yards, but hopefully, by knowing about and avoiding these landscaping pitfalls, you’ll be one step closer to living in the home of your dreams!