Do you remember what your landscape design looked like years ago? Maybe you did it yourself, or you hired a landscape design company. Or maybe you got lucky and moved into a home where the previous owners had created a garden paradise. But time and weather can take their toll. Today, we lay out the telltale signs that you need to upgrade your landscape design.
1. Overgrown Vegetation
Do you have a tree near your foundation that rubs the shutters and scrapes the siding? Or do you have massive amounts of moss, mold, and mildew on the sides of your house due to plantings that are too close to the house? Are your front windows blocked by overgrown shrubs? Maybe you have a tree that the power company keeps cutting back, and you think it looks uglier each time they do so.
When builders or homeowners first plant trees and shrubs, in many cases, they don’t plan for how large things will be when fully grown. This can result in a number of problems, including unappealing curb appeal.
2. Dead or Dying Trees and Shrubs
You may have a number of dead or dying trees and shrubs. This can result from overcrowding (see #1 above), or a planting that needs sun is now in the shade of a large tree. Things may have changed in your soil’s composition as well. Or the hotter summers aren’t conducive to a particular planting on the west side of your house. Whatever the cause, dead or dying vegetation or the gap it leaves behind once it’s removed is not attractive.
3. Your Lawn is More Weeds than Grass
Every yard has a few weeds. But if your yard – whether the entire thing or patches of it – have been overtaken by crabgrass, clover, nutsedge, chickweed, or other lawn weed, it may be time to start over.
A professional landscape design team can help you redesign and fix these weed-filled areas. You can use this time to have them dig up weed patches and install garden beds or hardscape elements, and reduce the amount of lawn you have to mow.
4. Buckling, Cracked, or Uneven Patio or Sidewalk
A buckling sidewalk or uneven patio is a trip hazard, especially for small children and the elderly. Cracks in a concrete sidewalk or patio will allow ice to get in over the winter, widening the cracks. Do you find yourself pulling weeds from your concrete sidewalk, patio, or driveway?
It’s time to replace any dangerous aspects of your landscape design. And while you’re at it, why not upgrade to something beautiful?
5. Lack of Outdoor Lighting
When you look outside in the evening, is everything pitch black? Not only is that not inviting to spend time outside in the evening, but it can also be a safety issue. Consider adding landscape lighting along pathways and on steps, as well as to highlight elements of your landscape design. You can also install motion sensor lights to scare away intruders of the animal or human variety.
6. No One Wants to Be Outside
If everything is overgrown, dying, full of weeds, or showing cracks and crumbling, is it any wonder no one wants to spend time outside? Another reason people may not want to be outside is there is no privacy from the neighbors. Did you have to cut down a dying hedge or tree that blocked them from seeing directly onto your patio?
By making some upgrades to your landscape design, you can solve all of these problems and everyone will want to spend time in your new outdoor oasis.
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If your landscape design is looking overgrown, has gaps, or your hardscape elements are shifting or cracking, it’s time to call in a professional landscape design team like LiveWell Outdoors. We’d be happy to work with you. Schedule a call, and experience nature’s beauty.