Everyone knows that the front garden of a home is important. The words “curb appeal” refer to how nice your home looks from the road, but some homeowners make huge mistakes when dealing with their front gardens. From not keeping things trimmed to forgetting to use garden edging, there are a number of front garden mistakes that are easy to make. Read on to find out about 12 common ones and how you can avoid them.
1. Not Installing a Focal Point
Your front door is often the focal point of your front yard, but if it isn’t visible then you need to make sure that you have one that is. A water feature, gorgeous flowering bush, or concrete bench can all help draw the eye and keep your front garden from looking too wild.
2. Not Planning for Off-Seasons
No plants look great all year round, and to avoid your front garden look barren during the late fall and winter, you have to make sure that you have plants that will flower at various times in the year. Including evergreens is another way to keep your garden looking full.
3. Not Using Garden Edging
An untidy border around your lawn or garden is one of the fastest ways to ruin what could be a perfectly manicured front garden. Garden edging is easy to use and really makes the area look finished.
4. Planting Trees Without Considering the Future
Everyone loves trees, and in a front garden they can add a lushness that you can’t achieve with other plants. The problem with trees is that many people don’t stop and think about how big they will be when mature. Look for dwarf varieties so that the tree won’t eventually kill other plants by cutting off their light.
5. Not Weeding
Nobody likes weeding, but if you want to have a nice front garden you are going to have to deal with them. They can quickly overtake even the most cared-for garden if given time to do so, so it’s up to you to keep them pulled or sprayed and under control before your garden looks unruly.
6. Neglecting the Pathway
Pathways can be stone, concrete, or rock. Any well-cared for path in your front garden will look amazing and make people want to wander around. Unfortunately, if you don’t keep it clean of weeds, algea, or moss, it will quickly go from inviting to gross and neglected.
7. Not Using Outdoor Lights
This is something that a lot of people don’t think about, but it can have a huge impact on how your front garden looks. Security lights are way too harsh and can make the whole garden look washed out, but thoughtfully placed lanterns with a soft glow can really make the space come alive at night.
8. Refusing to Prune
Plants can grow so slowly that new gardeners often have trouble pruning them back. The result is a long, unattractive plant that doesn’t have any form or shape. In the front garden especially, this is even more unattractive as everyone from the road will see it. Be brutal with your pruning and you will be rewarded with gorgeous plants that will thrive.
9. Not Having a Plan
Just because a plant is on sale doesn’t mean you need to buy it and plant it in your front garden. While it’s exciting to get started, it’s very important to have a plan of what you want your front garden to look like. If you’re having trouble with this part then it might be worth it for you to hire an expert.
10. Not Considering Your Front Door
While some people might not consider this to be part of your front garden, the reality is that if it’s visible from the front of your home then it counts. A fresh coat of paint, updated light fixtures around the door, and a new welcome mat will all go a long way in making this area look amazing.
11. Only Focusing on How the Garden Looks
People will enjoy your garden more if it allows them to use more than just their sense of sight. Some blooming plants that smell amazing, like lavender or magnolia will make people want to linger in your front garden. Adding in a water feature or wind chimes will sound amazing, as well.
12. Thinking You Need One of Everything
Just because you can buy it doesn’t mean that you should. Hanging baskets, garden gazing balls, and bird baths all have a place in the garden, but that doesn’t mean that they should all have a place in your garden. Be picky and don’t overwhelm the eye when planning your front garden.
Avoiding these 12 common front garden mistakes will save you a lot of heartache over your space in the future and ensure that your front garden is gorgeous!
About Fergus @MatsGrids
MatsGrids are suppliers of Ground reinforcement systems, grass reinforcement and protection mesh for domestic and commercial landscaping projects. Our business mission is to become the UK’s leading supplier of groundworks, civils and landscaping products including lawn edging and garden edgings.