It is a great idea to include a design element in your landscape if you feel it will add something. However, there may be certain elements that would not work well in your particular landscape or home environment. Here are some things to consider before including them or other designs in your landscape:
1) Steep slopes.
Steep slopes can sometimes be difficult to maintain and they also pose drainage issues, especially during wet conditions.
If you do decide on a steep slope for your garden beds, make sure it has good irrigation and adequate soil depth so the plants won’t suffer from drought stress during dry periods and that roots have enough room to spread out and grow deep into the soil. Adding rock retaining walls along the face of a steep slope can help prevent soil erosion.
2) Long stretches of single colour flowers or plants.
Having a mixture of colours, textures and shapes will make your landscape appear more interesting throughout different seasons. It also makes it more difficult to find spots where weeds can take root or paths that one might accidentally drive into making this a safer option as well.
A good rule of thumb is that if you’re using shrubs, always have at least three different kinds together in one area for the best look possible. If you are choosing annuals for flower beds, use 10 different kinds to achieve great results when they bloom in succession throughout the entire growing season.
3) Too many entrances to your home.
Many homes only have one entrance, but here is an example where it would be advisable to have up to two. If you do decide on having more than one entrance make sure the grounds are properly prepared because adding extra entrances increases your chances of unwanted guests arriving at your home uninvited.
4) Poor drainage in planters.
Water must drain well out of any type of container or pot used for plants or seedlings if they are expected to survive long term. Water should always be able to drain freely away from the plant roots and even though some plants naturally grow in moist areas, constantly wet soil can lead to rot or fungal diseases which will kill or weaken them over time.
There are various types of materials available for use as drainage material in planters that will help facilitate good drainage, including but not limited to pumice, perlite or expanded clay.
5) Poorly placed patios.
A patio should always be positioned so it is protected from high winds by surrounding trees and shrubs if possible.
Place the patio in an area with easy access to water for irrigation purposes as well as a way for visitors to bring in groceries or other items without having to walk through mud or grass. Adding lighting is also advisable because this will allow you to use it past sunset which can be fun for entertaining company too.
6) Too much lawn area.
Although many people prefer keeping large swathes of their yard perfectly manicured, the is that more frequently than not it is only watered and fertilized needlessly. Lawns represent a huge expenditure of resources like water, the chemicals used to keep them green and power for mowing equipment.
If your goal is to contribute less wastefully towards environmental problems such as global warming or ozone depletion by reducing your lawn area, try replacing it with native plants instead which will attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators while reducing maintenance needs drastically.
7) Feature plantings too far away from entrances.
A good landscape design should never place feature plantings too far away from entrances or paths leading up to them because this will make them difficult to admire daily.
8) Overuse of mulch.
Although it is beneficial as a way to reduce weed growth and retain soil moisture, too much mulch can lead to the following problems:
– Building up of salts from irrigation water on the soil surface and their subsequent uptake by plants
– Decay fungi can cause root and trunk rots and may eventually kill trees and shrubs if applied excessively
– An increased susceptibility or poor establishment of shallow-rooted species such as grasses because pine bark mulch immobilizes nitrogen in the “S” form rendering them inert.
Other alternatives like gravel, loose rock, sand and small bark chips are better to use if you wish to reduce weed growth or conserve moisture.
Landscaping designs can be very enjoyable in terms of making your yard look unique by adding interesting features, choosing the right plants and trying out new ideas. However, it is important to remember that even if you follow all these steps, their success will still depend on whether or not they are completed at the correct times of the season.