When it comes to landscaping, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, just because a homeowner likes the way something looks today, doesn’t make it the right decision for 5 years from now. We’re going to take a look at 3 common landscaping mistakes, all of which show a lack of foresight when planning.
- Growing Ivy – We’ve all seen an abandoned house that is literally covered in ivy. The fact is, however, that ivy can do the same thing to a house that is occupied if it is not pruned annually. If you are looking for easy to care for greenery—this is not the option for you. Plus, having plant life vine across your house provides an inroad for insects. For most homeowners, ivy ends up resulting in regrets.
- Underestimating Mature Size – If you don’t know how large a tree, shrub, or groundcover will grow (especially in the climate you are planting it in), you may be in for a surprise. Planting a prolific shrub too close to a walkway or an entryway can result in a lot of maintenance to keep it pruned. Planting trees that get too tall near a home, electrical wires, or other things that can be affected, may result in a tree that needs to be pruned into an odd shape. Plus, some ground cover can take over more yard than you expect and be a pain to control. It’s better to know what you are planting
- Too Much Turf – Don’t let the desire for a large, lush lawn keep you from thinking about other options. Rocks mixed with dessert grass can save you a ton in watering costs. If you want part of the yard to feature an actual lawn, keep it contained to reduce bills.
West Coast Trees understands the importance of selecting the right plant-life for your yard. Let us help you design a landscape that is easy to maintain, and that will be beautiful both now and in the future. Get started today by calling 619-518-9507.