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4 Landscaping Mistakes To Avoid

Landscaping and garden design can represent a significant investment, so it’s important to make sure you plan properly and have solid ideas in mind before you start any work. If you just jump straight in and start digging up the garden, you’ll likely end up with a haphazard space without any sense of structure or flow… and it could prove expensive to rectify.

To help you get off on the right foot, here are some common landscaping mistakes that would be worth avoiding if you want to ensure that you like your new garden for years to come.

#1 Mismatched outdoor vs indoor aesthetics

Maintaining a connection between your interior design and your garden will blend the two seamlessly together, creating a more cohesive and harmonious vision that you’re sure to love. It could be something as simple as using the same stone on your patio as you have in the kitchen, or perhaps matching the hardscaping to the brick of the house itself.

#2 Not planting for the entire year

Only choosing plants that look beautiful in spring and summer means that for much of the year, your garden won’t look particularly appealing. It’s advisable to choose evergreen trees and shrubs that will look beautiful no matter the time of year, as well as all your favourite annuals.

#3 Forgetting about drainage

It’s vital that your garden is designed to ensure that rainwater can escape, otherwise you’ll find you’re left with nothing but a soggy mess. 

#4 Omitting a garden path

Even small gardens can benefit from a garden path, especially in the UK, which is famous for its wet weather. Without a path, you’ll find you churn up the lawn each time you cross the garden after heavy rain. Also note that a path can help draw the eye and create a sense of flow in the space.