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New Hampshire Landscaping Blog

18Apr

Easily Overlooked Factors When Planning Out Your Landscaping

You probably know what it’s like when you’ve put all kinds of thought and money into a particular project. Let’s say you’ve just designed your dream kitchen. It’s been installed. Then you find out that there was that one little overlook detail in the design process that is now driving you crazy!!! Maybe it’s a door that you wish opened the other way. Maybe it’s the fact that when you open up the dishwasher to unload it, you can no longer reach the cupboard for the coffee cups. Whatever the small detail is...it’s now the biggest issue ever!

Don’t let that happen with your landscaping project.

Here are a few things that are easy to overlook during the design phase of your landscaping.

Look at where the roof drops the most water and ice. In the summer on a nice day when you’re doing your measurements and planning, you might forget about all that ice in the winter, just waiting to fall off the roof and crush your plants. Take note of where the water or snow drops and don’t plan on shrubs there that will get demolished. Push the plants a little further out. Put a “drip edge”along the foundation. A drip edge is a swath of fabric and stone –perhaps 2’wide –all along the foundation. This will help to stop water from splashing mud and mulch up on the house. The photo for this blog shows a drip edge. Then, where the roof lines come together, maybe think of doing a larger area of crushed stone and perhaps a grouping of boulders. Rain will not crush boulders like plants (of course) and it will look like an artistic accent rather than a sad, broken plant.

Keep in mind being able to access little things like the outdoor water faucet, the oil fill area, or being able to get to the bird feeder to refill it. In these instances, just make sure that a plant doesn’t block your access, and putting stepping stones in these kinds of places will make your life a little easier.

Make sure your patio is big enough. You might be tempted to go with a relatively small patio due to cost. But think about it. It may be nothing more than an annoyance if you can’t use the patio like you’d like to. When you’re doing your planning, think of all the features you want on the patio such as flower pots, a grill, etc., and also think about how many people you will want to be able to fit on the patio.Let’s say that you usually only have 2 people at home. A simple, yet small patio may seem sufficient. But when you think of having the entire family over for Memorial Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July and for a grandchild’s birthday party, then that little patio just became an annoyance. You may very well wish you would’ve planned on a bigger patio, because now the grill is over in the grass area, and you can only fit one small table with 4 chairs onto the patio. Wouldn’t you have been happier if you would’ve allowed for enough room to seat 8, fit a grill on the patio, and a flower pot? Maybe if you would’ve planned on partially surrounding the patio with an 18” high wall,then you’d have lots of overflow seating on that wall, while it just looks like a beautiful feature. Now with all of this forethought, you now have room to enjoy the patio with 16 people!

Remember about views you either want to keep or block. If you have heavy prevailing winds, be sure to plan accordingly with tough plants or even a hedge as a windbreak. Don’t forget about the sun’s orientation.You will want to take into account passive solar on the house and shade on the patio. Another thing that’s often neglected is the mailbox. There are some artistic ways to treat mailbox areas from brick enclosures to pretty flowers. And then the last thing I’ll mention is to take notice if you have any deer that visit your yard. If you do, it would be wise to use plants that they tend not to eat. The main take-away for this article is to make sure you really think out the details when planning your landscaping. You’ll be glad you did!!!

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Comments

It is very important indeed to plan your landscaping beforehand! And one way of doing that is to get professional help. Thank you for sharing!
6/12/2022 10:45:49 AM | Reply

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