You may be thinking about all the projects you want to tackle outdoors because of the warmer weather. While you may have grand plans to improve your curb appeal, it’s important to take the time and patience to land your front yard design properly. There are some common mistakes you need to avoid if you want to make sure you’re following trends rather than dating your home. These will help boost the resale value of your home and make all your neighbors the envy of it.
These are some common mistakes to avoid when you’re thinking about landscaping your front yard.
no game plan
One of the biggest mistakes is not having a plan when it comes to landscape design and layout. This can make your yard feel disjointed, and your plants have the potential to look overgrown and out of place. Meet with a local garden expert or map out your front yard, including habitat for all plants, trees, rocks, water features and flowers. This will help ensure things don’t look too busy or too sparse, and will make your yard feel well thought out.
using the wrong plant
Learn which plants are right for your exact yard. If they need full sun or partial shade, or require a lot of maintenance, this can be a disaster waiting to happen. Not only do you need to consider placement based on sunlight, but different flowers and plants have different watering schedules, so you want to know exactly what to expect before planting them.
too many decorations
Everyone loves a yard that changes with the seasons in terms of decor, but you can go overboard. You want to avoid garden decorations that make your front yard look tacky or cheap (we’re talking to you, plastic deer), so keep it to a minimum.
We love color, but you need to be careful how and where you use it.
Choose all one color
We love the monochromatic look as much as the next guy, but your home should be homey and warm from the first sight. If you prefer to have your house the same color as your outdoor furniture and plants/flowers, use it as a backdrop. Add a pop of color or two to your home with a chair pillow or front door.
choose too many colors
While a little variety is good, you don’t want to overwhelm the outside of your home. Bright colors might work in some parts of the country, but go easy on your other options. Choosing a primary color and a contrasting color that complements it is the safest approach, especially if you plan to sell your home.
When it comes to the neighborhood, some things are just plain polite.
Forget holiday decorations
Everyone loves decorating for the holidays, but if your giant inflatable Christmas Santa is still blowing up in your yard in mid-January, that’s a problem. Remove all holiday decorations a week after the day has passed, or you might look lazy (and annoy your neighbors).
If you have a front yard paver patio with outdoor furniture, make sure it looks good. Avoid cheap looking plastic tables and chairs. If you don’t have a dedicated seating area, move any other furniture to a less visible backyard.
We also enjoy playing with the kids outside. On a nice spring day when everyone wants fresh air, get the kids pools, hoses and other toys out. Just make sure to put them in the garage or storage room at the end of the day so your front yard stays clean and tidy and doesn’t look like a forgotten amusement park.
General maintenance errors
Not cleaning up after pets
If your dog only uses the front yard as their private bathroom, no problem. Just make sure you clean them every day to avoid any – um – buildup.
mow your lawn
No one likes to see an overgrown lawn. Sure, if you’re out of town, you might miss a Saturday, but it’s not cool to be left unattended for weeks on end.
None of these to-dos are terribly time-consuming, and keeping lawn care on top, keeping your landscape clean and comfortable on the eyes, opting for classic and understated colors and finishes will go a long way in keeping your curb appeal at its pinnacle. (and happy with your neighbors).