25 Apr 2017

Top Landscaping Mistakes

Compiled by Nancy Erdmann - Phoenix Home & Garden - April 2011

PREPARATION
Unreasonable budget expectations: Too many people want a BMW yet expect to pay Walmart prices. By establishing a realistic budget up front, expectations can be met from the beginning.

Lack of preplanning: Avoid rushing things and not having a plan that looks at the whole project—even if some of the items will be installed later. Learn to trust the process. Design takes time and evolves as the project and designer/client relationship develops.

Implementation without a plan: There is so much opportunity lost when each element of a design is thought of singularly as opposed to its place as part of the whole.

Not planning the big things first: A new pool, patio or garage are the kinds of big-footprint items you should plan for first. A common mistake is siting the swimming pool in the middle of the yard and then landscaping around it. This leaves little leftover space for lawn. It’s better to push the pool one way or the other, so there’s room for a chunky-sized lawn that’s good for sports and play.

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18 Apr 2017

TOP 10 LANDSCAPE MISTAKES

Author: Nancy Erdmann – Phoenix Home & Garden – April 2011 – Top 10 Landscape Mistakes
1.) Not understanding your plants’ needs: There is a tendency to purchase a plant that looks good at the nursery without a basic understanding
of its ultimate size, frost sensitivity, and exposure and soil requirements. Do your homework, and in the end it will save you time and money.

2.) Buying plants without considering their size at maturity: People forget how big plants will get when they see them at the nursery. Be sure to determine the space that established plants will need so that they can grow to their full potential.

3.) Lack of plant continuity: I call these “dog’s lunch” landscapes, where there is a little of everything thrown in with no composition. Plant nuts can be the worst offenders. But it is easy to solve by selecting a few theme plants to repeat throughout the garden to pull it all together.
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