8 Landscaping Blunders Never to Make

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Your home's landscaping plays a key role in the overall curb appeal of your property. If it's not up to par, your entire exterior can suffer, which can diminish the perceived value of your home. That's the last thing you want when you're trying to sell. After all, you want to make sure that your home looks as good as it can, which will help you attract more buyer eyes and demand more money for your home.

If you're looking to revamp your landscaping and give it a boost to attract buyers, be sure to avoid making the following mistakes. 

1. Putting Out Too Many Lawn Ornaments

All of those gnomes, frogs, bunnies, puppies, and other characters that you've got in pottery or ceramic form might be cute, but too many of them can make your lawn look cluttered. They can also distract buyers' attention from all of the natural green beauty of your yard. If you must use lawn ornaments, make sure you are very selective with the ones you want to include and put them in strategic places. Less is more in this department. 

2. Not Pruning the Bushes

After bushes have been planted, they'll need some level of attention. If you fail to prune your greenery on a regular basis, you'll be left with a lot of dead leaves and foliage, and you'll even prevent new sprouts from popping up. You can even harm your plants if you prune improperly, so be sure to use the right equipment and be very careful of how you prune your plants, shrubs, and trees to keep your landscaping looking its best.

3. Not Having a Colour Theme

You can't go wrong with lots of colour in a garden, but scattering many of them all about with no rhyme or reason can make a yard seem cluttered and confusing. There should be some form of harmony and cohesion to the colour that you infuse in your yard. Consider coming up with a colour palette and keep some consistency when adding colour to your outdoor space.

4. Not Having Enough Variety

Just like too much colour can make things look too busy, not enough variety can make things seem really bland and boring. You want to create some level of visual interest, so consider mixing things up with some colour, size, and types of plants. 

5. Not Having Any Lighting

Exterior lighting makes a huge difference in the look and feel of an outdoor space, especially at night. Not only is lighting required to see when the sun starts to set, it's also good for security. And when it comes to sprucing up landscaping, exterior lighting has a great way of highlighting an outdoor space and enhancing its esthetics. If you haven't installed any exterior lighting, you should consider doing so before the first buyer comes by.

6. Mismatching Elements

It's important to take your home's architecture into consideration when planning your landscaping and planting your greenery. Ideally, you should match your home's architecture with your garden theme. In addition to the plants that you have in your garden, you should also give your hardscaping some consideration as well. Any decks, patios, or walkways should appropriately reflect your home. 

7. Not Having Any Symmetry

Elements that are not symmetrical with the overall yard can make things seem off-balance and lopsided. Instead, you should keep symmetry in mind when planting your greenery and laying out any lawn ornaments and decor. For instance, shrubs should ideally be arranged in a symmetrical fashion and kept pruned in order to ensure that the pairs are always matched. Shrubs that are growing more on one side of an entrance can make the landscaping feel off-kilter.

8. Not Updating Your Doors

Your front door plays a role in your home's landscaping, even though it's not directly tied to it. A front door that has peeling paint or has other signs of wear and tear can take away from the look of your exterior and pull down your home's curb appeal. If necessary, give it a new paint job, or consider replacing it altogether. 

Final Thoughts

Your landscaping is an important element when it comes to impressing buyers, so you should absolutely tend to it in order to entice buyers to go further with their showing. Great curb appeal is an important part of the home selling process, so make sure you give it the attention it deserves.