Brand New House? 4 Common Landscaping Mistakes To Avoid

Designing the right yard for your new house can be a fun but daunting task. With little or no existing structure to work with, you have an empty canvas on which to paint your perfect landscape. But it can be easy to make mistakes that can cause headaches for as long as you have that home. Here are 4 of the most common new landscape design errors to avoid.

Not Thinking Ahead

Designing a landscape for new construction means planning a yard for the lifetime of the house. So don't get too wrapped up in plants that look good right now or yard features that won't grow with your family. Learn the growth rates and eventual sizes of all plants, shrubs and trees before you decide where to plant them.

Opt for low maintenance plants that don't leave a lot of mess and that will provide a variety of color throughout all four seasons. Also, if you have or are planning a family, don't forget to include space for kids to play at various ages and hardscapes (such as patios or terraces) that can be converted into new uses as your family changes. 

Forgetting the View from Inside

You've spent so much money and energy building a home you love, it's important not to forget to make the yard something that complements the house. This means paying attention to how the yard(s) look with the home from the outside and from the inside. Look out all the windows and doors leading to the yard and visualize what you want to be able to see. When buying plants or creating hardscapes, place temporary markers for each in the yard and then look out the windows to assess the view. 

Not Creating a Focal Point

Particularly in the front yard, it's important to create a good focal point on which to base your design -- but only one such focal point. Failing to have an eye-catching, interesting feature in the yard can make it dull and unappealing from the curb (negating that so-called "curb appeal"). Having too many interesting features can leave guests confused and make your yard appear visually exhausting. Choose a central decorative item such as a fountain, a large planter, a beautiful tree or the front entrance, then build your yard to complement this central facet. 

Not Working Out Your Plan

Before you put one spade into the ground, it's important to spend some time working out what you want from the yard. This includes discussing what your goals and needs are as a family, agreeing on a theme or motifs and drawing properly-scaled sketches. Spending time creating a coherent yard plan (and even a harmonious plan that includes both front and back yards) on paper will save you from having to dig things up, move them or replace features that don't work. 

By spending some time before you dig, you can create a thoughtful and fun landscape you'll love. The result will be a space you can be proud of and enjoy with the whole family for a lifetime in your new home. Contact a landscaping company like Boehm Landscape Inc for more information.