Published On: Tue, Nov 11th, 2014

Stomp the Yard: How NOT to Do Landscaping

Stomp the YardLearn how not to landscape your yard—it is the first good step for beginners. Sure, you can get around by taking a few courses about landscaping, but in the spirit of Hippocrates, there is a lot to say for starting a landscaping project by at least doing no harm.

Here is a quick course about how not to landscape your yard:

Planting without a Plan

Some plant choices can last a season; others, a lifetime. Take time to plan your yard, so in return, it can provide you with maximum curb appeal and enjoyment.

If you are design challenged, perhaps an architect is worth the investment. These professionals will provide insights about your future yard, and provide you with a list of suitable turf and plants.

Mismanaging the Lawn or Simply Having a Large Lawn

Having a big lawn area means a lot of work—that is, if you want it to look nice. On the other side of the coin, having a big lawn is okay if you worship green grass and have so much time in your hands. After all, it is like a big empty canvas—you have lots of space to paint the image you want. Likewise, you have a big space to plant and create the yard of your dreams.

If you have a large lawn, but find that taking care of it is too much for you, simply find a turf supplier that provides low-maintenance grass types. Head to the local gardening store and look for low-maintenance plantings like peonies, daylilies, and coneflowers.

Allowing Too Much Togetherness

It is true that planting in clusters look so much better than planting singles throughout the yard, but make sure the groups have plenty of room to spread. If you don’t, these may look choked, crowded, and overgrown. Overcrowded landscaping competes with itself for nutrients, food, and water, too, especially during drought.

These errors are mostly not catastrophic, but it is often the little things that add up to how great or bad your landscape design is.

About the Author

Mike Roach

- Mike Roach, a photographer who has a studio in New Jersey. He travels across Europe, taking breathtaking landscapes and beautiful portraits.