The Most Common Landscaping Mistakes

Here in Greeley, we love seeing our friends and neighbors transform their outdoor spaces into personal oases and luxury spaces. Some homeowners made it happen all on their own, while others worked with a landscaping company in Greeley like ours. But just because the pros at Pribble Lawn make landscaping look easy, doesn’t mean that it is. In fact, we often get calls from panicked homeowners asking us to come fix some of their mistakes. If you want to beautify your yard work, but don’t want your efforts to be in vain, check out these common landscaping mistakes.

Don’t Forget the Front Yard

This isn’t exclusive to Greeley, or even Northern Colorado, but we can’t tell you how many times we’ve visited a home that has a brilliantly landscaped backyard but the front yard leaves a lot to be desired.

We get it. It’s easy to get caught up in designing out the backyard since it’s more private. With tall fences, a backyard makes for a natural retreat and allows homeowners to enjoy their work in privacy and peace. But ignoring the front yard could cost you. Your friends and neighbors won’t feel as welcome into your home, and if you’re thinking about selling your home, a lack of landscaping upfront could affect your curb appeal, lowering the value of your home in the process.

Think of Your Yard as a Whole, not Parts

We often think of our yards in pieces - front, sides, and back. While this makes it easy to refer to where you're doing yard work, it also silos our thinking. If we think about our yards as parts, we’ll design and maintain them as such. The result is a yard that feels disjointed and unclear.

Instead, we recommend that you think about your yard as a seamless space with parts that flow from one into another. This helps you tie all of your design choices together and ensures that your yard looks and feels cohesive.

Installing Too Many Widgets

We've all seen this, probably in our neighborhoods. Some yards have more wind chimes than flowers, more lawn gnomes than grass, and more bird feeders than birds. When it comes to adding yard art or a decorative piece, it’s important to remember that less is more. Each piece of yard art should add to the experience of your landscaping, not detract from it. Too many, and your friends and neighbors might consider your yard tacky, or worse, think it looks like a year-round yard sale.

Not Keeping Up With Maintenance

The first season after you finish your landscaping designs and installation, you’ll enjoy an incredible arrangement of plants, trees, and flowers that you can’t disconnect from. But with time, your installations can quickly grow wild and uncontrolled. The result is a yard that looks more like an overgrown weed than a garden.

Keeping up on the maintenance of your landscaping is a vital part of having landscaping at all. Regular maintenance ensures that all of the vegetation not only looks nice but is healthy and strong, meaning you won’t have to replace plants every year. A well-maintained yard is also more inviting and comfortable, which means you’ll spend more time there.

Hone Your Landscaping Edge

Edging creates a sense of definition to your yard. This allows each of your landscaping elements to stand out and have their own space. Much in the same way that paintings and photos have frames, an edged bed helps to frame your plants and vegetation.

Edging also helps to keep each plant contained in its own space. This ensures that particularly fast-growing plants do not overwhelm their neighbors. Without edging, your garden can quickly become overgrown and overwhelmed, creating a verdant mess in your yard.

Premium Yard Services in Greeley

Don’t let these simple mistakes ruin your landscaping efforts. Pribble Lawn is here to maintain your yard work and landscaping. Serving Greeley and Northern Colorado for over 20 years, we can help with all of your home yard work tasks, like irritation, sprinkler repair, and lawn care. Call us today to get started!