Common Landscape Design Mistakes

Common Landscape Design Mistakes

Common Landscape Design Mistakes: Softening edges.

Why do we create gardens around a house? Is it to add color to the landscape? Is it to add interest? I think one of the most important aspects that gardens and landscapes provide is some softness to all the hard.  Even the nicest house can feel overbearing without any plants in front of it …

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Common Landscape Design Mistakes

13 Common Landscape Mistakes: 7. Not Establishing Any Plant Layering

Prospective clients call us all the time because they are not happy with their current landscape.  When I show up to analyze the landscape they are currently living with, one of the problems I often see is usually a lack of plant layering.  To me, it often seems like garden and garden beds are an …

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Common Landscape Design Mistakes

13 Common Landscape Design Mistakes: 8. A Lack of Bloom Sequencing.

This post came to me today while looking at my own garden.  The last thing you want to do when designing a landscape is not provide enough interest throughout the garden season.  I’ve seen way too many gardens over my 25 year career as a landscape designer that ultimately disappoint homeowners because of a lack …

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Common Landscape Design Mistakes

13 Common Landscape Mistakes: 6. A Lack of Mass Planting

A lack of mass planting is a common mistake for many who like to dabble in gardening and landscape design.  The saying, “less is more” is so true when it comes to designing a landscape that will be pleasing to the eye.  Not less plants, just less varieties of plants.  People who look at landscaping …

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Common Landscape Design Mistakes

13 Common Landscape Mistakes: 5. Proper Plant Spacing

Because most plants are not mature at the time of installation into new landscapes, there is a tendency to plant trees and shrubs closer together than they probably should be planted.  What happens is, everything looks good for a couple of years and then one day your landscape is out of control.  Resist the temptation …

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Common Landscape Design Mistakes

13 Common Landscape Mistakes. 4. Planting Too Deep in Kent, CT

I was called to a property on the Kent, New Milford line in March. The homeowners, weekend New Yorkers, were concerned about their landscape. Their trees in this relatively new landscape are in decline. The first time I went up to the property there was snow on the ground. Considering the property is at the …

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