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Three Tips for a Great Landscape

Designing a landscape is a deceptively difficult thing. After all, it seems like it should be a simple matter of incorporating plants that complement each other into a design. However, many landscape do-it-yourselfers find themselves dissatisfied with their finished results. That is because landscape design involves more than picking a collection of your favorite plants. It also involves considering the heights of your plants, watering requirements, your lawn, and the non-organic elements that help make up your landscape.

One mistake people make is by starting their landscape with plants or beds. Instead, you need to start with your hardscape. Any projects like patios, driveways, retaining walls, fencing, or arbors need to be completed before you plant anything for two reasons. First, these projects can damage your plants, so you want to complete them first. Second, once completed these projects can impact drainage and soil conditions, so you want them finished before you plan your landscape.

Another common mistake is mixing plants with different needs in the same bed. Plants in the same bed need to have the same fertilization, watering, and sun exposure needs, so that can all thrive. However, feel free to mix plant types; in addition to flowers, shrubs, and ornamental trees you can use fruits, vegetables, and herbs in your garden.

Finally, always keep height in mind. Design your beds with a mix of plant heights, shorter plants in front, with medium plants behind them and taller plants in the back. You may want tall plants along fence lines or to obscure any unsightly things in your yard, but keep the plants next to your home relatively short; you want to highlight your home, not hide it!

Sabba’s Landscaping is happy to share years of expertise if you need help with planning your yard. Please feel free to contact us for your landscape design needs.