Your backyard can be many things; a quiet retreat, an adventurous space for the pets, or a play area for the kids; the possibilities are endless. Naturally, a well-designed landscape adds considerable value to a home. In fact, suggests that if done correctly, landscaping updates can bring over 145% return on investment! Now for the downside, when spring fever hits, the inspiration to get out there and enjoy the season's burst of new life can often lead to some ill-fated efforts and hasty decision-making if you skip careful planning. That said, we take a look at some of the more common landscaping mistakes homeowners make and how to avoid them.

1. Don't Spend Money on Things You Won't Use

At the end of the day, when all it's said and done, your landscape is about you. So here is a simple truism to apply; if it pleases you, works for you, and entertains you, then it's a sound investment (usually). Simply put, it is important to have a good idea of what you want your landscape to be and what you want it to do for you. Instead of having a broad expanse of turf with no real purpose other than giving the mower a workout, why not landscape your backyard to include a play area for the kids? Besides, it would be great to get the kids away from the computer for some good old-fashioned backyard family pastimes.

2. Don't Forget the Outdoor Lighting 

Your lawn may look lovely during the day, but when the sun goes down, it takes the charm with it. However, outdoor lighting doesn't need to be outlandish or complicated; apparently, a little goes a long way. Consider strategically placing a few path lights along a front walkway to allow your guests easy and comfortable navigation. However, keep in mind that Dutchess county and the nearby areas, just like other parts in the country, have regulations concerning electrical works; to avoid costly penalties, get expert advice.

Image: Belgard

Image: Belgard

3. Don't Do it Yourself

Speaking of professionals, it is important to mention that the appeal and functionality of your outdoor area heavily weigh on landscaping skills and expertise. So unless you have an impressive history of installing pergolas and laying pavers, please consider hiring a professional landscape service company to design and maintain your outdoor space. Plus, other than their expertise and expansive knowledge, professional landscapers have a host of benefits to offer you including saving your energy costs and informing you of code compliance.

4. Don't Clutter an Outdoor Space

To create a genuinely beautiful lawn, you shouldn't be afraid to subdivide it. The gardens in Italy, France, and England are great examples to emulate here. By defining spaces with pavers, stone, landscaping structures, and hedges, you are better able to control movement, view, and give each compartment its identity. Needless to say, not only does a lack of boundary create weak divisions of elements in your lawn but it also decreases the spaces you'll use. 

5. Don't Use Pointless Curves

Although landscaping curves add umph, you don't have to force them into areas in which they make little sense. Break the status quo and have some fun instead. Consider your backyard's geometric design, your own style, and outdoor living needs. By doing so, you will inadvertently end up with the opportunity to develop creative sub-spaces that are functional and beautiful.

Related: From Inspiration to Decision: 4 Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Space

AuthorHalstead Media Group