Being a homeowner is tough, especially if you tend to tackle DIY projects around the house. DIY landscaping can be a fulfilling pursuit, but it can also present significant challenges and drawbacks if done incorrectly. Homeowners can make all kinds of mistakes in the design, installation, and maintenance processes that lead to structural, drainage, and aesthetic complications. Fortunately, the experts at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help. Take a trip to our store or visit our website for materials for your next project, and make sure to have a comprehensive plan for your endeavors. Here are three common mistakes and how to avoid them during your next DIY landscaping project:
DIY Landscaping Mistake #1: Not Having a Plan
DIY landscaping projects with excellent outcomes all have one thing in common: a detailed plan. Creating a layout with accurate measurements, comprehensive timelines, and important details is crucial, but many homeowners simply grab their materials and get started. Taking the time to sit down and create a plan can help you avoid making mistakes throughout the process.
- Consider everything ahead of time, including how you’ll transport materials and waste. Calling ahead to order supply delivery or rent a dumpster from Lehnhoff’s Supply takes the stress out of bulk material transportation and waste disposal!
- Create a clear layout for outdoor lighting. Utilize different types of fixtures and brush up on the basic principles of lighting design to get the best results.
- Order more supplies than you think you’ll need. Having extra pavers, landscape fabric, or topsoil can help you avoid hurried runs to the supply store in your time of need. Having a stash of extra pavers or flagstone on standby can also help you in the future; finding matching stone isn’t always easy, and you never know when a slab might chip or crack.
DIY Landscaping Mistake #2: Choosing the Wrong Plants
Some homeowners choose plants for their properties based on what looks appealing at the nursery. Unfortunately, this isn’t usually an accurate representation of what the plants will look like in every season for years to come. Many plants lose their leaves in the winter, or they grow incredibly fast and quickly outgrow everything around them. Worse still, some plants simply don’t survive Maryland’s cold winters. Homeowners should research all plants thoroughly before incorporating them into their landscape. Pay particular attention to how big the plants get, what temperatures and light levels are ideal, which pests to watch for, and whether they will grow well alongside your other chosen plants.
DIY Landscaping Mistake #3: Ignoring Your Landscape’s Maintenance Needs
Once you’ve designed and completed your dream landscape, the work is really just beginning. Mowing, trimming, and weeding are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to landscape maintenance. Many homeowners find that routine power washing makes their pavers and decorative stone features shine. Wood mulch must be added to or replaced annually. Stone mulch, soil, and gravel may need to be topped off occasionally, and raking and weeding stone or gravel surfaces is a crucial part of any maintenance regimen.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer and fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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